With another year, comes another release schedule. The world’s biggest companies are gearing up to launch some of the year’s biggest games in March, with gaming enthusiasts worldwide waiting for some of the hottest titles to drop. Here are the 5 most awaited games of March 2019, sorted by announced release date.
Dead or Alive 6: March 1
This is the latest sequel in a long-running game series and is of the 3D fighting game genre. It is built on a new engine that Koei Tecmo says will enhance character details such as dirt and wounds. Apart from functioning on the existing rock-paper-scissors fighting system, the game also has a new ‘Special Move Gauge’ that they claim will add a “new dramatic strategic element” to the fights.
The new addition to the series will also continue the story of Dead or Alive 5, and will also add a few more characters to the franchise. The game’s PC system requirements are also on the higher side, owing to the additional detail put into the game’s engine by the developers. This was due to the player’s outrage at the downgraded graphics of the previous games. It will release on March 1st for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Devil May Cry 5: March 8
DmC 5 is one of the most awaited games of the year, with the E3 reveal trailer putting fans of the franchise in a frenzy. It is of the 3D hack-and-slash brawler genre, and brings a lot of new gameplay mechanics to the table, along with the choice to play as one of 3 characters.
Some of the series’ returning fans will recognize the regular mainstays, such as Nero and Dante, but the newest character announced in the franchise is one simply known as V. The ability to play as the new character is one of the biggest selling points for the game presenting a novel method of defeating demons. The character functions in a puppeteer playstyle and will have 3 different summonable demons for specialized attacking styles.
Other new weapons include an electric, robotic arm-weapon for Nero and a motorbike that turns into a pair of saws for Dante. Those who have played the demo have pegged it as the “most fun we’ll have in an action game in 2019”. The rest of us will have to wait for its release on March 8th on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
The Division 2: March 15
The smash hit by Ubisoft was known as “The Divison” swept store shelves when it released in March 2016, marking the then-biggest ever opening weekend sale for the studio. Now, 2 years after its release, the studio is gearing up to release the sequel to the game, creatively titled “The Divison 2”.
It is set to be one of the biggest releases of the year, and Ubi has already tied up with both AMD and Nvidia to bundle the game with their latest GPUs. While this will allow for a healthy initial player base, fans of the original Division will also find a lot to be familiar with the new offering.
The third-person shooter RPG will come with campaign, co-operative and player vs player modes, and is set in Washington DC. Similar to the previous game, there are 3 “dark zones” set up across the city where PvE and PvP battles can take place.
The game is one the most graphically advanced and hyped titles of the year, and is also coming out of the gates of one of the more established studios in the space. The game is set for release on March 15th, with lots of post-launch updates slated for the game. It will be playable on Xbox One, PC, and PS4.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice: March 22
Sekiro is another big-budget release lined up for a release next month, coming from the creators of the Dark Souls series. Continuing with their design philosophies, Sekiro will be a hack-and-slash game which will feature a campaign set in feudal Japan.
Players will be able to play as a samurai, with the main weapon of the game being a katana that has upgradeable skills and abilities to allow progression through the game. FromSoftware has also dedicated additional manpower to changing the stat-based upgrade system to a skill-tree based one.
The protagonist of the game will also be able to equip a multitude of prosthetics to vary abilities and play style. Moreover, it will be produced by the veteran game developer, Hidetaka Miyazaki, already bringing a lot of experience to the table. The game also features stealth as a very big part of its atmosphere and functions on a combat system that derives its essence from Dark Souls.
It is also strictly single player, deriving entertainment and replay value for consumers by a varied skill tree and theatrical boss battles. It is slated for release on March 22nd on the PC, PS4 and Xbox One platforms.
The Sinking City: March 24
The Sinking City is a game that a very specific set of individuals have been waiting for. The game is an open love letter to the atmospheric horror fiction works of author HP Lovecraft. As expected, it is a psychological horror game where the protagonist will be put into an environment where they will need to investigate a mysterious flood.
Set in the 1920s US, the player will have to navigate through a city that has taken over by a ‘corruption’ that the player will be tasked with removing. The studio making the game, FrogWares, has received numerous awards for its efforts in the creation of the Sherlock Holmes series of games.
This is set to be one of the sleeper hits of the lineup in the coming months. While all other titles on this list had been announced months prior due to their big budgets and star status as AAA studios, the release date for this one is still unclear. However, the last-mentioned date was on March 24th, for the PC, Xbox One and PS4 platforms.
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