The long-awaited Diablo IV was finally announced at BlizzCon 2019. The isometric action-RPG is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, though game director Luis Barriga said you shouldn’t expect it anytime soon — “not even Blizzard soon.”The only PS Plus or Games with Gold story to make the cut was the announcement of May’s PS Plus lineup. The month’s free games included Overcooked and What Remains of Edith Finch.
In early January, Square Enix announced the English voice cast for Kingdom Hearts III. The superstar lineup of voice talent included Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Zachary Levi, and many others.
Ahead of its official reveal at BlizzCon, Overwatch 2 information was reported by ESPN. The leak contained accurate info on PvE missions, the new Push game mode, the new Toronto map, and more.Sony bolstered its PlayStation Now service in October by announcing a significant price cut and adding standout games like God of War, Grand Theft Auto V, and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.
The list of ill-fated Star Wars games reportedly grew by one in January, when EA supposedly canceled an open-world project codenamed Orca. “The great work by our team in Vancouver continues and will evolve into future Star Wars content and games,” an EA representative told IGN when asked about the alleged cancellation.
However, there may be a new hope for series fans, as the report stated a separate, “smaller-scale” Star Wars game is now in development at EA Vancouver. This year’s excellent Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order also softens the blow.
Beloved game director Hideo Kojima was awarded two Guinness World Records during the promotional tour for Death Stranding. Those records are most followers on Twitter for a video game director and most followers on Instagram for a video game director.We (and the IGN readership) were eager to learn more about Square Enix’s Avengers project leading into E3. Ahead of the show, Square confirmed an E3 appearance, as well as the official title: Marvel’s Avengers
Two competitors were booed heavily upon their eliminations from the Fortnite World Cup. Epic previously banned the two players, XXiF and Ronaldo, from Fortnite for 14 days due to a collusion scheme that netted the duo easy elimination points during the World Cup qualifiers.
After years of wishing and waiting, mainline Pokemon finally came to console in 2019. The reveal came in February, and as expected, ended up being one of the biggest stories of the year at IGN. The announcement unveiled the new titles (Sword and Shield), region (Galar), and starters (Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble).
The most recently published story on our list is the reveal of Microsoft’s next-gen console, Xbox Series X, which came during The Game Awards on December 12. Formerly known by its Project Scarlett codename, Xbox Series X was unveiled in a new trailer that showcased its PC-like form factor and new controller. The console will be released during Holiday 2020. You can read everything we know about Xbox Series X for more.
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In mid-November, Sony’s patent for the PlayStation 5 controller was discovered online. The new controller closely resembles the DualShock 4, though with a slightly chunkier design, altered grips, a USB-C port, and the removal of the light bar.
One of the biggest stories of the year, both in terms of traffic and industry impact, was Google’s reveal of its game streaming service, Stadia, at GDC. The service was recently launched, and despite a rocky start, we feel it’s too early to write Stadia off as a bad platform.
While the Pokemon Sword and Shield starter evolutions leaked earlier in November, this story’s place on the list suggests many waited for the games’ actual releases to check out the final forms of Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble.
Moving into the top five, we have the first details on Square’s Avengers game. The info was posted prematurely in a blurb for the game’s E3 Coliseum panel. The blurb detailed “an epic action-adventure that combines cinematic storytelling with continuous single-player and co-operative gameplay.”
In October, Sony officially named its next-gen console (unsurprisingly PlayStation 5) and announced a Holiday 2020 release window. Other PS5 details revealed that day include the addition of haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, and USB-C charging capabilities for the controller. We also learned more about the console’s CPU, an 8 core, 16 thread x86-64-AMD Ryzen “Zen2.”Following declining sales and massive losses, GameStop is reportedly redesigning a number of its stores. One such store is located in Pryor, Oklahoma, and a video of its redesign was posted to Facebook. IGN later confirmed the legitimacy of the video, which showed a sleeker, more streamlined layout compared to the retailer’s current crowded design.
Considering the infrequency of console launches, it’s no surprise the first details about the next PlayStation made for one of the year’s biggest stories. At the time, PlayStation 5 lead architect Mark Cerny broke the next-gen ice by revealing the console will support 8K resolution, ray tracing, 3D audio, and PS4 backward compatibility. We’ve learned a bit more about the machine since April, so be sure to check out all the known PS5 details.
The most-read video game news story of the year at IGN was also one of the first to be published. Coming just four days into the year, a supposed leak (as of now inaccurately) outed the final four Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC characters. According to the leak, those characters would be Erdrick from Dragon Quest, Ryu Hayabusa from Ninja Gaiden, Steve from Minecraft, and Doomguy from Doom. Only Erdrick (a.k.a. Hero) has since been confirmed.
One of the initial five DLC characters has yet to be revealed. Fortunately, Nintendo announced DLC support for Smash Ultimate will continue beyond the that first set of five, leaving the door open for this year-old leak to prove accurate.
What do you think was the biggest games-related story of 2019? Let us know in the comments.
Jordan is a freelance writer for IGN.