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Far Cry: New Dawn – OnlySP’s Most Anticipated Games of 2019

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Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn sees a change of setting for Ubisoft’s open-world franchise,  expanding upon the destruction left after the events of Far Cry 5.

What is Far Cry: New Dawn?

The game is being developed by Ubisoft Montreal, which also created Far Cry 5. New Dawn follows the series tradition of a spin-off title following the release of a mainline title.  

Set seventeen years after the events of Far Cry 5, New Dawn takes place in the post-apocalyptic world left after the nuclear war predicted by Joseph Seed. As in that earlier game, this standalone spin-off will allow players to fully customise their avatar, including both their appearance and gender.

New Dawn will feature twin sister antagonists Mickey and Lou (spotlighted in the trailer below), who grew up during the apocalypse. These girls lead a band of scavengers known as the Highwaymen, who will act as the primary enemies in the game.

Why are we excited?

Unlike other entries in the franchise, Far Cry: New Dawn is a direct sequel to Far Cry 5. To continue the storyline from Far Cry 5 is a refreshing change for the series and one that allows the developer to bring back familiar characters and answer questions—particularly regarding the fate of The Father in the wake of the nuclear apocalypse he wanted to bring about. The post-apocalyptic setting gives the team the freedom to reimagine Hope County in a new light, filled with vibrant colours and over-the-top creatures.

Additional elements of gameplay have been added to New Dawn, which creates a new level of excitement for fans. A focus of the game will be the creation and customisation of weapons and vehicles. These crafting mechanics take place in the upgradeable ‘Homebase’, which is also a new element within the franchise.

A new game mode called Expeditions will allow the player to explore beyond the map into new regions to gather resources used in the ‘Homebase’.

In an industry that lacks variation, the inclusion of coloured, female antagonists is one that makes a game worth looking out for. How the twin sisters interact on screen will be of interest, as it is a unique relationship not often seen in video games and lends itself to fascinating interplay.

New Dawn was revealed at The Game Awards in 2018 for a February 2019 release, just 11 months after the launch of the previous instalment. The Game Awards reveal has over 1.6 million views, which suggests that the unexpected announcement has increased the excitement of fans who were not anticipating a new release so soon.

When can we play it?

Far Cry: New Dawn will be released on February 15, 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.


How do you feel about a return to Hope County? Is it a smart move by Ubisoft Montreal or would the team have been better off with another far-flung spin-off in the vein of Blood Dragon or Primal? Let us know below, and come back tomorrow when we highlight the upcoming title from one of the most acclaimed indie developers on the planet.

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Most Anticipated of 2019

Honourable Mentions – OnlySP’s Most Anticipated Games of 2019

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This coming year is set to be chock full with amazing games. Over the past 12 days, the OnlySP team has shone a light on those titles that we are most excited about, but some of our individual favourites were not represented in the consensus vote.

Zanki Zero: Last Beginning

Coming from some of the key team members behind the Danganronpa series, Zanki Zero: Last Beginning is an unusual survival game.

In the wake of an apocalypse, eight clones on a tropical island comprise all that remains of humanity. The clones have accelerated lifespans, meaning they survive for only 13 days; however, a machine called the Extend Device ensures their continual resurrection, with each death granting different buffs and gameplay bonuses.

Curiously, the game is divided into chapters, and players control particular characters in each chapter, rather than having the chance to choose between them at will.

As a survival game, threats to life come from many different angles, including starvation, dehydration, and, of course, combat. However, felling enemies—mostly evolved animals—will drop resources that players can use to build amenities and prolong the characters’ health.

Survival games have exploded in recent years, but the narrative focus and unique clone-based premise separates Zanki Zero: Last Beginning from its genre contemporaries.

Zanki Zero: Last Beginning released in Japan last year, and will make its debut in the West for PC and PlayStation 4 on March 19.

Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord

Announced more than six years ago, Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord has not been officially confirmed for a 2019 release, but fans are hopeful.

Despite the title, Mount & Blade II is a prequel to its predecessor, set two centuries before the wars depicted in the earlier game. The title takes place during the glory days of the fictional Calradian Empire and recounts its fall, as it shatters into an array of disparate kingdoms. On the surface an action-RPG, Mount & Blade II promises a deep, diverse experience with layers of strategic elements.

Third-person melee combat will make a return and will be accompanied by in-depth siege- and diplomacy-based gameplay. Meanwhile, an organic economy system will aid in bringing the Calradian Empire to life.

OnlySP’s Dylan Warman went hands-on with the game back at E3 2017, finding it to be a satisfying experience with a few minor flaws remaining to be ironed out. However, a year and half has already passed and still no end is in sight for the lengthy development.

The widespread expectation is that Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord will release on at least PC at an as-yet unspecified date in 2019.

Medieval (Remake)

Sir Daniel Fortesque will soon join the likes of Wander, Spyro the Dragon, and Crash the Bandicoot, as Sony is, once again, dusting off the Medievil name for a remake.

Originally announced with a brief teaser at the PlayStation Experience event in 2017, the project was surrounded by silence throughout almost the entirety of 2018. A common query among perplexed fans was the extent to which the game would represent a new experience, given the initial billing as a full remaster.

However, in October last year, Sony Interactive Entertainment chairman Shawn Layden dropped the bombshell everyone was waiting for: Medievil will be a full-blown remake. The core design and art will be retained, but the game will not simply be a reskin of what has already been.

The developer responsible for the project, Other Ocean Interactive, has previously made a name for itself with ports. With this legacy, the team seems to be following in the footsteps of Bluepoint Interactive, which crafted 2018’s excellent remake of Shadow of the Colossus.

Medievil is expected to be available exclusively on PlayStation 4 some time in 2019.

Phoenix Point

The father of XCOM, Julian Gollop, will return to the genre that made him a living legend when Phoenix Point launches later this year.

In 2047, the apocalypse is already well underway. Melting permafrost during the 2020s unleashed an alien infection—the Pandoravirus—upon the unsuspecting Earth, mutating humans and animals into all manner of monsters. Facing off against this existential threat, players assume command of the Phoenix Project, a global organisation dedicated to protecting humanity.

Fans of XCOM will almost surely be right at home with Phoenix Point, as the game follows the same model of pairing turn-based direct-control combat with a global strategy layer. The player begins as a small, isolated unit and must grow their reach and strength by acquiring resources through both diplomacy and conquest.

Despite the fundamental similarities, the development team at Snapshot Games is including a few unique wrinkles to the formula, including a range of adversarial human factions and enemies that mutate in response to player actions.

Originally set to launch last year, Phoenix Point is now expected to release in June 2019 on Mac, Windows, and Xbox One.

Total War: Three Kingdoms

For the latest mainline entry in the Total War saga, Creative Assembly is delving into a part of world history long desired by fans but never before visited: China’s Three Kingdoms era.

Total War: Three Kingdoms centres on the fall of the Han Dynasty, casting players as the leader of one of eleven factions vying for control over the vast nation.

While this latest game remains, at its core, Total War, the development team is engaging in some intriguing experiments. Foremost is the implementation of guanxi, an aspect of Chinese culture that describes the interconnectedness of human life. Throughout the campaign, the characters form relationships with others, and players will have to take those connections into consideration when planning their moves.

The other major new addition is a mode based on the classic novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, which will put more of a focus on individual characters. In this mode, generals have supreme strength and can be controlled directly during battles and sieges.

Following its delay out of last year, Total War: Three Kingdoms is scheduled to launch on March 7, 2019 exclusively on PC.


Thank you for joining us on this jaunt through the games that have the OnlySP team most excited for the coming year. With hundreds of titles to choose from, innumerable others missed out, but rest assured that we are keeping our eyes out for everything in the realm of single-player gaming.

If your favourite/s failed to make our shortlist, please take the time to give them the attention they deserve in the comments below, and be sure to follow OnlySP on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube for all the latest from the world of single-player gaming.

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