When it comes to top-selling video games these days people go crazy for open world titles. They are the first person shooters of the modern era, games that sell millions of copies and are discussed at length by fans on forums and message boards. Open world games are great as they allow us to lose ourselves in an entirely different location or time period, with the likes of Skyrim, The Witcher 3, and Red Dead Redemption 2 fantastic examples of in-depth open world adventure games.
With the genre's popularity at such a high, I thought I'd take a look at some of the craziest open world games currently in development. From zombie epics The Last Of Us 2 and Days Gone to sword-wielding samurai's in Ghost Of Tsushima and famous Disney characters in Kingdom Hearts III, this list has something for everyone.
But as well as confirmed releases I've chosen to highlight a number of games rumored to be in production, such as Doom 2 and Assassin's Creed: Dynasty, along with a few I hope are coming, most notably Grand Theft Auto VI.
Here's hoping all these games see the light of day over the next couple of years.
30 In Development: Ghosts Of Tsushima
This game from developer Sucker Punch Productions is going to kick behind. Taking control of Jin Sakai, the last samurai on Tsushima Island during the first invasion of Japan by the Mongolians, you must learn the fighting style known as "the way of the ghost" and secure the freedom of Japan.
Ghosts Of Tsushima is set in a massive open world full of interesting side quests and allows you to stealthily take out your enemies or engage in massive battles in the open. The game will even allow you to switch from English to Japanese audio to keep things as authentic as possible, making it one of my most anticipated releases of 2019.
29 In Development: Starfield
Bethesda’s first RPG in over 25 years, Starfield is shaping up an epic space adventure on a grand scale like we’ve never seen before. Having been in development for over a decade the game is finally set to see the light of day next year, or possibly 2020 if things don't go to plan.
Rumors persist the game will be set in our universe and include alien races and four different planets you can visit, with the biggest being almost twice the size of Skyrim’s entire map.
28 Possibility: Far Cry 6
Although Far Cry 5 only dropped earlier this year rumors persist the sixth game in the successful franchise is in development.
Speculation is growing the game could include sci-fi elements and be set in either India, Russia, or North Korea.
Introducing sci-fi into the Far Cry universe has been done before and doesn't necessarily mean it will be on a different planet or in space, but that would be a welcome change. Maybe it will be a post-apocalyptic earth setting? Whatever they choose I'm sure it will be another great game from Ubisoft.
27 In Development: Kingdom Hearts III
People go mad for the Kingdom Hearts series and the third installment is sure to have fans excited. The game will feature a huge collection of characters from Square Enix, Pixar, and Disney properties and introduces two new playable characters, King Mickey and Riku.
The game will feature similar hack and slash combat from the previous releases while adding a larger world for gamers to explore. The addition of Mickey and Riku will enable five-player co-operative play adding longevity to an already well-liked franchise.
26 In Development: Tom Clancy's The Division II
I feel like Tom Clancy’s makes more money from video games than books these days, but who am I to complain when they look as good as The Division 2. Set seven months after the previous game, players must try and restore order in a war-ravaged Washington DC.
The co-op option allows you to team with friends and complete missions while a stack of downloadable content is set to be added after the game's release to keep you interested. If this is half as good as the first game, it'll be a winner.
25 Possibility: Assassin's Creed: Dynasty
The lasted Assassin's Creed game takes place in ancient Greece and is quite a beautiful game to play, but fans are clamoring for the release of the long-discussed Assassin's Creed: Dynasty.
Originally thought to take place in Greece, this game is now said to involve some form of plot in Feudal Japan or China.
There isn't any more information but an Assassin's Creed game set in either of these locations would be amazing and give players an entirely new environment to explore.
24 In Development: Shenmue III
Setting the record for the highest crowd-funded video game of all time – raising $6 million – Shenmue III is a game fans have been craving for a very long time. Following on from events in the original two titles, Shenmue III finds Ryo Hazuki journeying from Japan to China to find his father’s slayer, Lan Di.
The game is said to include three main areas with a bunch of old characters reappearing while a new antagonist, Niao Sun, will be the games focal point. Expect a detailed and well-animated game with an in-depth and heartfelt storyline.
23 In Development: Crackdown 3
Similar to the first two games in this well-received series, Crackdown 3 involves a number of organizations vying for control of New Providence, with players having to hunt down and take out the various factions. Power-ups and crazy weapons are all the rage while the “Skills for Eliminations” system remains.
Causing absolute mayhem and destroying everything in your path is still the name of the game, but the best part might be Terry Crews as main protagonist Commander Jaxon.
22 Possibility: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Who doesn't love a good Star Wars game? The tentatively titled Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is supposed to be a brand new open world game set after Revenge Of The Sith.
There are no juicy plot details just yet, but we do know the game involves taking control of a surviving Padawan with a story that's said to be dark and depressing and very much in line with Empire Strikes Back era Star Wars.
21 In Development: Days Gone
Zombie games feature heavily on this list and I have no regrets about that decision. There’s something about creeping through an abandoned town looking for supplies with the threat of the flesh-eating undead attacking you at any minute that's just hard to beat.
Of all the games on this list, Days Gone looks set to be the one everybody will be talking about.
As biker bounty hunter Deacon St. John, you wander an infected world trying to stay alive as the zombie hordes take over. Think Mad Max with zombies. Yes, please.
20 In Development: Skull & Bones
A game where you get to play as a pirate and sail the seven seas pillaging all that come before you? Where do I sign up?
Skull & Bones finds you sailing the Indian Ocean and is influenced by the naval battles from Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. There isn’t a great deal of information available regarding the plot but you can team up with or engage five other players in the multiplayer battle mode Disputed Waters, which is sure to be a blast.
19 Possibility: Doom Eternal
A sequel to the 2016 reboot of the original Doom, Doom Eternal is becoming more and more likely to drop in the coming 12 to 18 months.
The first person shooter will no doubt be heavy on the violence and gore and is said to take place on entirely new worlds with a rash of evil baddies to dispatch. Hopefully, it's as entertaining as the previous game and can continue to build on the Doom legacy.
18 In Development: Metro Exodus
Although Metro Exodus will have a focused storyline the game is set to comprise of large levels with extensive maps for players to explore. The first person shooter will include horror survival elements as you navigate a post-apocalyptic Russia.
Screenshots released so far hint at Metro Exodus being the best looking game in the franchise yet.
New mutant enemies and methods of combat are included while a dynamic weather system means the environment will change as the seasons progress in-game.
17 In Development: Rage 2
Taking place 30 years after the first game, Rage 2 finds you taking control of the last ranger Walker. Stranded in a post-apocalyptic world overrun with crazy mutants you must use everything at your disposal to survive.
Expect fast-paced action, glorious graphics, and lots of violent deaths with this open world first-person shooter. Rage 2 will also feature vehicular combat and the ability to power up firearms for extreme combat.
16 Possibility: Wild
First announced way back in 2014, Wild is an open-world survival game set during prehistoric time. Although the main character you control is human, players have the ability to control animals they encounter during the game, including fish, wolves, cats, and even ants.
Unfortunately, things have gone rather quiet in regards to a release date. While there where hopes the game would be dropping next year many fans are unsure whether Wild will ever see the light of day.
15 In Development: Dying Light 2
After the success of Dying Light a sequel was inevitable, and from what I’ve seen of Dying Light 2, expect another engrossing thrill ride that will keep you up all hours of the night. Once again every action has a reaction, so depending on how you interact with your surroundings and fellow survives determines the outcome of the game.
The parkour action of the original is set to return but zombies will be dispersed differently, with the undead appearing more during the night. This one is sure to be another fantastic addition to the zombie genre with plenty of intensity.
14 In Development: Final Fantasy VII Remake
I’ve never been a big fan of remaking games, especially when they are as good as the original like Final Fantasy VII. My feelings aside, this one actually looks like it could turn out to be something pretty special.
The game is going to be a retelling of the main plot, with Cloud Strife and his eco-group’s battle against the Shinra megacorporation at the game's core. This remake will feature better graphics, a bigger open world, and new storyline content, and keep Final Fantasy fans happy until the next major original installment in the series is released.
13 Possibility: Fable 4
Although Microsoft is keeping mum, it's believed Fable 4 is finally being developed for a future release within the next five years.
It's been eight years since fans attempted to overthrow the King of Albion and the latest rumors concerning Fable 4 is that the game will be a sequel to the original with a ginormous open world for players to explore. While there's not much more information available at this time, here's hoping they get another great voice cast and keep the storyline intriguing.
12 In Development: The Last Of Us 2
Set five years after the events of the The Last Of Us, this much-hyped sequel finds players taking control of an older Ellie who becomes involved with a mysterious cult in the post-apocalyptic zombie-filled world.
Like so many of the games on this list, there isn’t a heck of a lot of info in regards to the storyline, but if it’s anything like the first game, expect a heart-wrenching storyline driven by meaty characters with a number of twists and turns.
11 In Development: Anthem
Combining elements of third person shooters and action RPG games within a futuristic open world, Anthem is sure to be on many gamers lists of must-play titles next year.
In the game, players take control of characters known as Freelancer's, explorers who wear special suits called Javelins that give them special abilities.
Expect nifty combat sequences and great character development in this sci-fi adventure.
10 Possibility: Watch Dogs 3
After the Watch Dogs was released to middling reviews, Ubisoft went back to the drawing board and wowed critics and fans with its sequel. Three years on and we are still no closer to Watch Dogs 3 but the Internet believes it's coming sooner than later.
With the first two games set in Chicago and San Francisco, many are pointing to a jump across the pond, with London being heavily touted as the setting for the third game. If this is the case I'd love to see more Hacktivist groups involved in the major storyline as well as the ability to control more vehicles (land, air, and sea) as well as underwater exploration.
9 In Development: The Surge 2
Set in the near future where the earth’s resources have been consumed and the human race is close to extinction, humans are forced to augment their bodies, mixing flesh with metal advancements to survive.
Unlike the first game, The Surge 2 is set in Jericho City and features a lot more vegetation and greenery as opposed to the desolate and dark environments of the previous release. The combat is set to be the main feature of this game with players able to fully customize their characters with a host of new weapons at their disposal.
8 In Development: Biomutant
Ever wanted to control a raccoon-like creature tasked with saving the world? Biomutant gives you this chance, with players able to customize your protagonist as you decided whether to save the Tree of Life or destroy it.
The choices you make dictate the story with players able to upgrade their bodies by completing various mission-based challenges.
It sounds pretty wild and although there isn’t much word on how big the open world will be, this one has me interested.
7 Possibility: Halo 6
So it turns out the rumored Halo: Infinite is actually Halo 6 and not a standalone game. While this might disappoint some who were hoping for two games set in the Halo world, it does mean a new Halo game is more than likely to get a release within the next couple of years.
Infinite is said to focus heavily on Master Chief after the uproar from fans about the introduction of Locke in the last game. It's most likely going to perform similar to previous Halo games, but many are hoping for an immersive open world to explore, and hopefully an awesome storyline.
6 In Development: Dual Universe
It’s the year 12477 and the first Arkship, the Novark, has fled earth and arrived on the earth-like planet Alioth.
It’s here players must begin a new civilization while dealing with the unknowns of a new planet.
Dual Universe is said to contain elements from a number of popular science fiction games including Eve Online, Star Citizen, Minecraft, No Man’s Sky, and Space Engineers. This one is shaping up as a massive space exploration simulation mixed with social and political gameplay that's sure to be addictive.
5 In Development: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Another samurai game set during Japan’s turbulent Feudal era, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice follows shinobi Sekiro as he embarks on a quest for revenge against the samurai who attacked him and took his lord.
This one is heavy on combat as you travel the beautifully rendered environments taking out all manner of enemies.
As well as being able to use a variety of tools and weapons players can use a grappling hook that replaces Sekiro’s missing arm.
4 Possibility: A Return To Bullsworth Academy
Bully was a surprise success for Rockstar Games and rumors have persisted for years a sequel is on its way. But we might actually be close to getting Bully 2 considering Red Dead Redemption 2 is now complete.
Apparently, a casting call has been put out for voice actors for an unnamed game about school kids. Could this be another school-side drama? If so, will it feature a whole new cast of characters in a different school or will it be a direct sequel? Only time will tell but fingers crossed this one is coming soon.
3 In Development: Darksiders III
The hack and slash adventures continue with the much-hyped Darksiders III. This time players take control of Fury, sister of War and Death (one of the Four Horseman Of The Apocalypse) who uses a variety of whips, chains, swords, and magic skills to defeat her enemies.
Fury’s main quest is to find and destroy the Seven Deadly Sins but the huge open world also features puzzles for players to solve and side quests to discover new weapons and upgrades.
2 In Development: Cyberpunk 2077
The sooner this game gets a release date the better. In development for years, Cyberpunk 2077 is finally on its way, and if beta footage is anything to go by, it’s going to be one of the most immersive games of the modern era.
Set in the dystopian Nigh City, California, players assume the role of mercenary V and can explore the megacity while upgrading their body modifications and plugging into the mainframe while completing various missions across the huge open world.
1 Rumored: Grand Theft Auto VI
Considering how long Rockstar takes on games, any chance of Grand Theft Auto VI arriving in the next five years seems unlikely. If Rockstar does decide to tackle another installment in this amazing franchise here's hoping the set the game in a totally new city, such as Chicago or Las Vegas, or maybe head overseas with a game in London or Tokyo.
Most likely to be released in conjunction with Sony's next-generation console, GTA VI could be a leap forward in the franchise and feature one of the most detailed and immersive open worlds we have ever seen.