Up For Debate - What are the best new gaming IPs of 2019 so far?

Written by Jon Sutton on Mon, Jul 29, 2019 12:16 PM
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It’s all too easy to get suckered into that blinkered way of thing wherein all we’re being fed is endless sequels and AAA homogeneity. All it takes is a little digging, scratching off the layer of Far Cry New Dawn, Metro Exodus, and F1 2019 (great though they may be) to reveal incredibly refreshing and unique ideas underneath.

The indie scene is the obvious starting point for new IPs and the most adventurous ideas, although the AAA market can still provide plenty of true excellence. Apex Legends and Sekiro may lack a massive quantity of originality, for example, but they stand up as some of the finest games in their respective genres. Apex is the whittling down to a fine point of what makes battle royale so intoxicating, while Sekiro is a harshly difficult evolution of the Souls formula which emphasises parrying and enhanced verticality.

It’s the weird and wonderful world of indies where we’ve seen the most magic so far this year though. 2019 has been a great time for anyone interested in wholly unique concepts, whether that’s Outer Wilds truly incredible galactic cartography, Hypnospace Outlaw’s Geocities-aping trawl through cyber-crime or Baba Is You’s head-wrecking spin on computer logic.

Fans of the greats haven’t been let down either. Bloodstained is as near-as-dammit to the rebirth of Castlevania, this time far away from Konami’s lecherous clutches. AMID EVIL, too, takes major cues from old-school first-person-shooters to deliver a game which is all your favourite bits of Doom, Hexen, Unreal, Blood, and Quake smudged together.

And finally, spare a thought for Devotion, the gaming great that never was. Devotion was a rare horror outing to arrive with near-universal critical acclaim yet was sadly permanently removed from Steam following an outcry from Chinese players that it was offensive to president Xi Jinping. Maybe they should just set it in the UK. You can make fun of our prime minister all you want. Seriously, please do.

Anyway, before I go and list them all and ruin this whole debate, it’s over to you. What are the best new game franchises and IPs that you’ve played this year? Let us know below!

Which is your favourite new game IP of 2019 so far?

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16:52 Aug-13-2019

Outer Wilds is something you should have to experience without knowing anything at all. The game is now in my top 10, maybe even top 5

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05:39 Jul-30-2019

AMID EVIL was something I happened to walk into whilst checking my Steam QUEUE and wow, this game just took everything I never knew I wanted in a game lol. I thought: "This is how PC Gaming is done.". Though I'm sadden that Outer Worlds will be an EpicGames exlcusive for 2019, I'm still very happy that Obsidian Entertainment is finally making another FPS, RPG game. Knowing damn well the master-piece that was New Vegas I have no doubt this will be another for the pedestal :D

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18:52 Jul-29-2019

idk maybe Rage 2 with very boring world nut with also very satisfying shooting

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21:19 Jul-29-2019

Rage 2 isn't a new IP tho.

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02:04 Jul-30-2019

well serie rage not but its nothing like rage 1, also Mordahu is not from 2019 ether as it was in early access before

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10:26 Jul-30-2019

It's all about semantics really.

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15:56 Jul-29-2019

Outer Wilds is a very, very good adventure game. Baba is You is genuinely brilliant. If you like logical puzzle solving definitely do not skip this game. Mordhau is to me just a better and more polished version of Chivalry, so a big plus. My brother is absolutely in love with Sekiro, and MK 11 is also really good. Streets of Rogue recently got a full release, also another great and fun game. That's all that comes to mind now but I probably have more.

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15:01 Jul-29-2019

this year so far, A Plague Tale: Innocence wasn't bad piece;
I have Sekiro installed now, barely played anything, so far game feels really difficult for me (I haven't played any DS, Bloodborne etc..)

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05:44 Jul-30-2019

Same, I feel terrrible because my brother Steam gifted Sekiro to me since I was blown by how awesome it looked and well, the game proved to be too difficult for me lol. I'm still stuck on the level where you face that gaint man thing chained locked to wood.

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14:50 Jul-29-2019

For me it's gotta be Farrealm: The Prince of Winds by a long shot.

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14:21 Jul-29-2019

CRYSIS!!! sorry wrong year havent Traveled Far Back enough yet see ya earlier BAmzooooooTTTT

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12:20 Jul-29-2019

If Mordhau wouldn't be overpriced...

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