The Year In Video Game Skies, 2019

Despite video games’ best efforts to make me spend my time staring down at the floor and picking up random junk, I keep looking up to the skies above and the stars beyond. 2019 was full of lovely depictions of both.

This is the third annual collection of video game skies, and each year I’m amazed by just how many good ones there are. This year was no different, full of beautiful gradients, blazing sunsets, and trippy space-scapes. As this console generation comes in for a landing, the sky-tech is on full blast, in cutting edge blockbusters and indie games alike. But every year far more games come out than I could possible ever play, and even enlisting the help of my Kotaku colleagues, there are still plenty of games with dazzling sights that didn’t make it into this year’s roundup. So please dig through your screen cap archives and join me in the comments below to share some of your personal favourite skies from 2019.

The Long Dark

Screenshot: Riley MacLeod, The Long Dark

The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr

Screenshot: Joshua Rivera, The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr

The Stillness Of The Wind

Screenshot: Ethan Gach, The Stillness Of The Wind

The Division 2

Screenshot: Ethan Gach, The Division 2


Screenshot: Ethan Gach, Anthem

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Screenshot: Natalie, Degraffinried

Days Gone

Screenshot: Joshua Rivera, Days Gone

Life Is Strange 2

Screenshot: Gita Jackson, Life Is Strange 2

Rage 2

Screenshot: Gita Jackson, Rage 2

Outer Wilds

Screenshot: Nathan Grayson, The Outer Wilds


Screenshot: Ethan Gach, 198X

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers

Screenshot: Heather Alexandra, Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers

Gears 5

Screenshot: Ethan Gach, Gears 5


Screenshot: Ethan Gach, Control

Concrete Genie

Screenshot: Natalie Degraffinried, Concrete Genie

Borderlands 3

Screenshot: Ethan Gach, Borderlands 3

Hitman 2

Screenshot: Riley MacLeod, Hitman 2

The Outer Worlds

Screenshot: Gita Jackson, The Outer Worlds

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep

Screenshot: Ethan Gach, Destiny 2: Shadowkeep

Grand Theft Auto Online

Screenshot: Zack Zwiezen, Grand Theft Auto V

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Screenshot: Ethan Gach, Star Wars Jedi: The Fallen Order

Death Stranding

Screenshot: Ethan Gach, Death Stranding

The Touryst

Screenshot: Ethan Gach, Touryst

Shenmue III

Screenshot: Heather Alexandra, Shenmue 3

Shovel Knight: King of Cards

Screenshot: Ethan Gach, Shovel Knight: King of Cards


    For all its considerable faults, Anthem did have a very nice skybox.

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