A scene from Shovel Knight's new DLC.
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Here are the new releases you need to play in April 2019

It’s been a stellar year for big releases already and April looks to be no different. Here are the games we can’t wait to play this month.
By Jamie Stevenson
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Spring has sprung and brings with it a whole raft of ace new releases. From incredible-looking DLC, to old favourites getting a fresh lick of paint, to one of the biggest games of the year finally hitting shelves, April looks set to deliver the goods. We run through the month’s biggest releases and stoke excitement for the weeks ahead.

Shovel Knight DLC (April 9, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC)

Yacht Club’s 8-bit classic has been a mainstay on our screens since its release in 2014 and with good reason. This Kickstarter-funded cracker has everything you'd want from a platforming throwback – gorgeous retro art, fiendishly difficult boss battles and NPCs so charming you won’t be able to stop yourself popping by for an update whenever you swing by your village hubs. But what's a five-year-old game doing on a list of new releases? Well, fellow shovellers, April brings with it some glorious-looking DLC that we can’t wait to dig up.
Arriving as free DLC to all owners of the comprehensive Treasure Trove release, the new DLC includes Showdown, which allows up-to four player multiplayer action – pitting yourself and fellow players against one another in a quest to shovel the most gems. Players will also be treated to the King of Cards content, the final chapter in the game’s campaign. Frankly, Yacht Club could serve us up anything in the world of Shovel Knight and we’d be excited, but these updates truly have us champing at the 8-bit.

Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster (April 16, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch)

With the release of Final Fantasy VII in March, Xbox One and Switch owners were treated to the arrival of one of the greatest games ever made on their respective consoles. In April, well, you’re just being spoiled. Following hot on the heels of the adventures of Cloud Strife and his motley crew come the remastered releases of PS2 classics Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 – essentially ensuring that FF fans won’t need to leave their homes for the foreseeable future.
Final Fantasy X is another sprawling epic, with users plunged into the beautiful world of Spira, with blonde-mopped hero Tidus joined by sorcerer Yuna along with a whole host of memorable characters as they look to defeat the ominously named Sin. Arguably one of the best in the series, we can’t wait to get our hands on X again.
A direct follow-up to FFX, and despite its critical success upon release, FF X-2 is one of the series’ least heralded efforts, though it certainly has charm to spare. Again taking place in Spira, only with Yuna now the lead, X-2 is brilliantly colourful and with a deeper level of character classes introduced, FFX-2 is ripe for re-evaluation, with April giving you ample opportunity to dive back into these incredible, immersive worlds.

Days Gone (April 26, PlayStation 4)

A screenshot of a fight in Days Gone.
Keep the fight alive in Days Gone
Days Gone is an open-world zombie game. While that may elicit eye-rolls from some wondering if the whole zombie thing is a little played out (and trust us, it’s not), Sony Bend’s upcoming, much-delayed title has been at the forefront of many gamers’ wish lists since that incredible trailer dropped months ago. And with good reason. Witnessing literal hordes of zombies give chase to lead character Deacon St John, as he desperately escaped on foot while they clumsily fall over one another in a bid to reach those sweet, sweet brains was enormously thrilling to watch, so we could only imagine how that tension would be amped up with controller in hand. The sense of scale of the threat looks to differentiate Days Gone from many of its undead brethren, and with survival mechanics and absolutely brutal combat playing a significant role, this should be way more than another half-hearted entry into the zombie canon.

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (April 30, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch)

Yes, it truly is the month of Final Fantasy ports. For Xbox One and Switch owners it’d almost be too easy to draw the comparison to London buses – none for ages then loads at once – so, well, let’s just leave it there. Final Fantasy XII received its first spit and polish (as well as its extended title, The Zodiac Age) back in 2017, turning an already-beautiful game into an even more polished experience.
While the game sadly fell between two stools upon initial release, coming at the tail-end of the PS2’s lifecycle, this truly is an excellent, undersung title that more than honours the standards of the long-running series. The story, which is more grounded than the end-of-world japes usually preoccupying FF games, follows peasant Vaan and his chums as they try to avert war in his home of Dalmasca. With rich characters, stunning boss fights and the epic scale that fans of the series have grown accustomed to, Switch and Xbox One users can look forward to finally getting their hands on this rollicking RPG.

Super Meat Boy Forever (April TBC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, XBO, Switch)

It’s been a long, nine-year wait for a follow-up to infamously tricky/brilliant twitch platformer Super Meat Boy, but that wait looks to be coming to an end in April with the arrival of Super Meat Boy Forever. Originally announced way back in 2014 as just a mobile game, it’s now set to arrive on consoles, PC and mobile, and promises to be just as devilishly difficult as its predecessors, with randomly-generated levels set to test your instincts and wits to breaking point.
Trailers so far have promised more anarchic, brutal and brilliant platforming with updated visuals to bring Meat Boy to even fleshier life. We can’t wait to get our hands on this one, and only hope that it’s worth the wait.