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The PC Gamer 2019 Fantasy Draft

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What will be the best games of 2019? It’s sort of our job to figure this out. We write stuff like our list of what’s coming, or the promising 2019 RPGs to help you foresee how your gaming time and moneydollars might be spent.

This year we’re trying something new: a mock draft of the games that we think will be the most acclaimed and popular in 2019. Making predictions is fun, and treating PC gaming like a fantasy sports league is one way for us to see who on the PC Gamer team has the best eye for what’s coming this year.

The rules

  1. Each editor picks seven games, one per round, in a reversing, or snake draft format.
  2. Must draft at least one singleplayer game and one multiplayer game.
  3. Each editor may draft one (but only one) ‘ongoing’ game that has already been released, a representation of that game’s specific progress and health throughout 2019.
  4. If a game fails to release in some form in 2019, it’s omitted. Part of the draft is predicting whether a game will release this year at all.
  5. How to win: At the end of the year, PC Gamer readers will vote on who picked the best set of games. We’ll weight this voting alongside a set of quantifiable, semi-arbitrary stats like filesize (lowest), number of trailer views, number of patches/updates, and other criteria to be determined.

We finished drafting earlier this week. Here’s the results, a lively discussion of how it went, and our predictions about the games coming in 2019.

The Outer Worlds

The 2019 draft results

1st pick: James Davenport, Associate Editor

Far Cry New Dawn
Persona 5
Amid Evil
Psychonauts 2
Imperator: Rome
Gears of War 5

2nd pick: Phil Savage, Editor

The Outer Worlds
Quake Champions
Total War: Three Kingdoms
Outer Wilds
Anno 1800
Sunless Skies
Rhythm Doctor

3rd pick: Wesley Fenlon, Features Editor

Resident Evil 2
In the Valley of Gods
Disco Elysium
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Babylon’s Fall

4th pick: Bo Moore, Hardware Lead

Spelunky 2
Phoenix Point
Cyberpunk 2077

5th pick: Fraser Brown, News Editor

The Division 2
Mount and Blade 2
Age of Empires 4
Destiny 2
Devil May Cry 5
Total War: Warhammer 3

6th pick: Chris Livingston, Staff Writer

Read Dead Redemption 2
Civilization 6: Gathering Storm
Trials Rising
Skin Deep
Skull & Bones

7th pick: Tyler Wilde, Executive Editor

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Industries of Titan
Jump Force
Steel Division 2

8th pick: Evan Lahti, Global Editor-in-Chief

Metro Exodus
Dying Light 2
Rainbow Six Siege
Slay the Spire
Rebel Galaxy Outlaw
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries

9th pick: Philippa Warr, Deputy Editor

Doom Eternal
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Untitled Goose Game
Heaven’s Vault
Atomic Heart
Sea of Solitude

10th pick: Jarred Walton, Hardware Editor

Rage 2
Wasteland 3
Left Alive
Generation Zero
Wolfenstein: Youngblood