Though December is typically a month for giving gifts during the holidays, it is a rather quiet month in terms of game releases. Frequently, game developers set their releases before the holidays, so that shoppers have the opportunity to boost sales further down the road. This year's December is indicative of that trend.
Few big titles are being released this month, with a focus on porting games to new consoles. Exciting franchises are finding homes on new hardware, and special editions of favored games are being released as well. Downloadable content is seeing a rise this December, too, in the form of Hearthstone's latest expansion "Descent of Dragons."
Despite few offerings early in the month, December still gives a bit of something for every kind of gamer.
What to be excited for:
“Halo Reach” (December 3)
“Halo Reach” released years ago on the Xbox 360, but “Halo” fans have cause to celebrate the game once more. “Halo Reach” will be released on the Master Chief Collection on the Xbox One in early December. Its multiplayer and Firefight modes will find life once again on the new console, and players who wish to relive the story of Noble Team will have the opportunity to do so.
“Life Is Strange 2: Episode 5” (December 3)
The original “Life Is Strange” game was a sleeper hit. It came from out of nowhere and surprised gamers with its thoughtful story-telling and unique time-travel mechanic. Its sequel, “Life Is Strange 2” is concluding this December with its final episode. The twists and turns that Daniel and Sean’s story has taken will finally be resolved.
“Assassin’s Creed: The Rebel Collection” (December 6)
The Nintendo Switch has not been shy about acquiring franchises to showcase on its portable console. Its latest grab is “Assassin’s Creed: The Rebel Collection.” Switch owners will be able to play both “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag” and “Assassin’s Creed: Rogue” on their devices. The collection will also include any DLC that released with each game. Not only is that a sweet deal, but it will be a wonder to play “Assassin’s Creed” on the go.
List of December 2019 releases:
Dec. 3: "Arise: A Simple Story" — PS4, Xbox One, PC
Dec. 3: "Halo Reach" — Xbox One
Dec. 3: "Life Is Strange 2: Episode 5" — PS4, Xbox One, PC
Dec. 3: "Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition" — PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Dec. 3: "SaGa: Scarlet Grace" — PS4, Switch, iOS, Android
Dec. 3: "Terminator: Resistance" — PS4, Xbox One, PC
Dec. 5: "Darksiders Genesis" — Stadia, PC
Dec. 5: "Star Ocean: First Departure R" — PS4, Switch
Dec. 6: "Assassin’s Creed: The Rebel Collection" — Switch
Dec. 9: “Ashen” — PS4, Switch
Dec. 10: “Hearthstone: Descent of Dragons” — PC
Dec. 10: “MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries” — PC
Dec. 10: “Narcos: Rise of the Cartels” — PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC