Welcome to the New Year! Another year of exciting new games is on the horizon and we start things off in January with an unusually busy slate highlighted by the release of the highly anticipated Kingdom Hearts III.
Below are some of January 2019’s upcoming Xbox One game releases.
The Walking Dead: The Final Season – Episode 3: Broken Toys – January 15, 2019
The third episode in the adventure game series originally developed by Telltale Games, but completed by Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment. There was some uncertainty regarding the ending of the series when Telltale Games shut down, but fans are getting a conclusion of Clementine’s story.
Life is Strange 2 – Episode 2: Rules – January 24, 2019
Another episodic title, January will see the release of the second episode of Dontnod’s Life is Strange 2. Titled “Rules,” the episode will continue the journey of brothers Sean and Daniel Diaz who are on the run from the police following a tragic event in Seattle.
The episode will pick up from the first as the boys continue on their trek towards their family’s hometown of Puerto Lobos, Mexico. Episode 2 will see the boys arrive at their grandparents house where they’ll actually encounter a familiar character in Chris Eriksen, the young boy we played as in The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit demo earlier this year. When it’s discovered that Daniel and Chris both share similar powers, it’s up to Sean to make sure Daniel follows a set of rules that will hopefully keep them out of trouble.
Life is Strange – Episode 2: Rules will release on January 24, 2019, for Xbox One.
Resident Evil 2 (remake) – January 25, 2019
One of this month’s most eagerly awaited games is Resident Evil 2, a remake of the original that released in 1998 on PlayStation.
The story follows rookie police officer Leon S. Kennedy and college student Claire Redfield as they attempt to escape Racoon City during a zombie apocalypse. But not everything will be as you remember it, as Capcom appears to have added a new area in the game referred to as the Orphanage. We don’t know what’s there yet, but this adds a fun new wrinkle to the fan-favorite game.
In addition to new surprises, Capcom has made several tweaks to the original game in an attempt to update it. Most notably is the switch from the tank controls and fixed camera angles to an “over-the-shoulder” third-person camera that’s more similar to Resident Evil 4. The new angle presented some challenges in keeping the game feeling claustrophobic and scary, so the team had to actually conceal enemies with things like updated room layouts, lighting, and smoke.
Resident Evil 2 will release for Xbox One on January 25. The game supports enhancements on Xbox One X, offering either 4K resolution or 60 frames per second.
Kingdom Hearts III – January 29, 2019
For the first time ever, Kingdom Hearts is coming to Xbox One. Unfortunately, it’s the final chapter in the Dark Seeker saga, so hopefully you’ve been able to play the other versions before this – otherwise, there’s a good chance you’re going to be confused by what’s going on in this complex story.
In any case, Kingdom Hearts is a third-person action-adventure that features original characters crossing over with the various Disney properties – all shaped by a unique, complex narrative in a fictional universe. Kingdom Hearts III will continue the adventures of Sora, who is joined by Donald Duck, Goofy, King Mickey, and Riku in their search for the seven Guardians of Light and the “Key to Return Hearts” as they attempt to thwart the restored Master Xehanort’s plan to bring about a second Keyblade War.
Kingdom Hearts III is shaping up to be the largest game in the series, featuring worlds inspired by several Walt Disney Studios properties including Toy Story, Pirates of the Caribbean, Frozen, Monsters Inc., Big Hero 6 and more. There are also mini-games inspired by Ratatoille and Winnie the Pooh.
While KH3 will include many returning gameplay features from the series, it does expand parties to five characters and introduces new “Attraction Flow” attacks that incorporate various Disney Parks attractions.
Kingdom Hearts III will release for Xbox One on January 29, 2019.
Other Xbox One game releases
- Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Eidtion – January 11
- Onimusha: Warlords – January 15
- Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown – January 18
- Tropico 6 – January 25