It's that time of year again. With just over six months having passed since the last Just Dance game hit the shelves, our thoughts have started turning to the almost inevitable reveal of Just Dance 2019, and what we can expect from the latest instalment in Ubisoft's flagship dance title this time around. With an official announcement likely still a few weeks away, we've rounded up all the information, rumours and speculation in one handy place - so get your dancing shoes on, as we run down the lowdown for the all new Just Dance 2019!
Just Dance 2019 Release Date: When will it launch, and on what consoles?
Assuming Just Dance 2019 follows the same pattern as previous games, we can expect the official reveal at Ubisoft's E3 conference, on the 11th June - potentially as the opening game to kick things off with a bang. Or at least, a party.
With regards to which consoles the game might launch on, while there's no official information just yet, if Just Dance 2019 follows a similar pattern to past games, we'd expect it to release on the Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii at the very least, most likely being joined by Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii U versions.
While some may be surprised that the Wii is still up there with our all but guaranteed picks, the ratings body Chart-Track revealed that the Wii is actually still the best-selling platform for the Just Dance games, with the Wii version of Just Dance 2018 outselling the Wii U, Switch and Xbox One versions. As such, we'd be incredibly surprised if Ubisoft dropped support for it any time soon! If Ubisoft were to drop any platforms, we'd expect Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U to be the first to go.
As for release dates, Just Dance 2019 will most likely be revealed at giant gaming convention E3, which kicks off on the 12th June, with the game most likely hitting consoles in the mid to end of October, as all the other games have done in the past.
What do we know about Just Dance 2019 so far?
While Just Dance 2019 isn't concrete at the moment, there's certainly some evidence that suggests it's in the works, or at least in Ubisoft's mind. It's worth noting that this will be the tenth main-line Just Dance title, marking ten years since the humble series began - and with gaming companies always loving a good anniversary, perhaps we can expect Ubisoft to do something special with this iteration.
Though Ubisoft themselves have been very quiet on the Just Dance front as of late, the dancing franchise is clearly a series that still matters to them, with Just Dance Unlimited, their subscription streaming service for extra songs, still very much being updated, with new songs added on a regular basis. More interestingly, Ubisoft also seem to have recently hosted a Just Dance-themed party for one of their developers (the studio formerly known as Reflections, up in Newcastle), with entertainment provided by the dancing agency Encore Dance Entertainment. Fact fans might be interested to know that's the same dance agency that were involved in the auditions for Just Dance 2014 - and while we haven't seen any adverts for Just Dance 2019 dancers yet, it's certainly a positive sign.
What Game Modes and Extras will Just Dance 2019 have?
While nothing is official just yet, Just Dance is a series that's nothing if not predictable, and we're expecting Just Dance 2019 to offer more of the same. On the online side of things, Just Dance 2019 will almost certainly have Just Dance Unlimited, Ubisoft's paid-for song streaming service, where you can jig along to a selection of songs from old games - plus some brand new tracks - for a monthly subscription fee. Likewise, the online multiplayer 'World Dance Floor' is likely here to stay too, having been in several past games already, giving fans a reason to keep playing, with its themed competitions and special events.
Of course, it wouldn't be a Just Dance game without local multiplayer too, and so we'd expect the standard four player 'Just Dance' mode, which has been a mainstay of the series since it's Wii debut in 2009, to make its return, letting everyone jig along to songs competitively, copying the on-screen instructions as best they can. Sweat mode, the pseudo workout calorie burn tracker, will likely also make an appearance, in some form or another.
Just Dance 2019 Song List: Our predictions
While no songs have been revealed just yet - we can likely expect the first batch of official tracks alongside the game's announcement in June - we've put our sleuthing hats on to have a think about which tracks are likely to come up, which songs are almost guaranteed to come up, and the tunes we'd like to see on our favourite dancing game. Without further ado, here's our pick of the charts - be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!
Ever since Gangnam Style took the West by storm, K-pop favourite PSY has been on every Just Dance game ever since, so it would make sense if he was on Just Dance 2019 too - most likely with his recent single, 'I Luv It'.
- Katy Perry
If there was an award for "Most Songs on Just Dance", Katy Perry would win hands down. However, with so many of her biggest tunes already represented on the game, that does mean it's somewhat slim pickings in terms of potential contenders from the princess of pop, which leads us to her latest album for inspiration. The most likely winner is probably 'Chained to the Rhythm', a fun little pop track, with her other single from the same album, 'Bon Appetit' perhaps being a bit too adult for Just Dance.
- Lady Gaga
Whether it's because the game shares its name with one of her biggest hits, or whether it's just because she's a fairly big deal, Lady Gaga has been on a fair few Just Dances so far. For Just Dance 2019, our picks would be either something recent like 'A-Yo' or 'Perfect Illusion', or perhaps one of her older hits that hasn't been done yet, such as 'Poker Face'.
- Hatsune Miku
A bit of a hard one to pick, everyone's favourite vocaloid has become a Just Dance staple as of late, and has an insane number of tracks at her disposal. Personally, we'd like to see 'Cantarella' or 'Romeo and Cinderella', the former of which would make for a pretty upbeat duet choreography, but with so many songs under her belt it could literally be anything.
A popular band for the old favourites that act as a good counterpoint to all the chart hits, Queen have had a fair few of their biggest tracks on Just Dance games already - 'Don't Stop Me Now' on Just Dance 2017 and 'Another One Bites The Dust' from Just Dance 2018 for example. But that doesn't mean we're all Queen-ed out, as the likes of 'I Want To Break Free', 'Killer Queen' and 'We Are The Champions' haven't appeared just yet. In fact, we can imagine a pretty funky choreography for 'I Want To Break Free', in a similar vein to Freddie Mercury's infamously dragged up video - you could even have an unlockable alternate choreography as 'I Want To Break Free: Vacuum Version'.
Given that Ubisoft like putting a) Shakira songs and b) non-Engligh language tracks into Just Dance, some tracks from Shakira's recent latin album might kill two birds with one stone - so maybe 'Perro Fiel', 'Me Enamore' or 'Trap' might make it on to Just Dance 2019. Or perhaps they'll go for her debut hit,'Wherever, Whenever', which has yet to make it onto the game, weirdly enough.
- Bruno Mars
Given that biggies like 'Uptown Funk', '24K Magic' and 'The Lazy Song' have already been in Just Dance games (Just Dance 2016, Just Dance 2018 and Just Dance 4 DLC respectively), which of Mr. Mars' hits could be next is a bit hard to call. So, we'd pick something else off his most recent album, perhaps 'That's What I Like' or 'Finesse' - although older hit 'Grenade' is also a possibility.
As her new album is a bit of a concept one, with a hell of a lot of random spoken word sections, we're not sure there's that many Just Dance-able tracks on there, save recent single 'Formation'. However, Beyonce certainly has a number of older tracks that have yet to hit a Just Dance game, such as 'Halo', 'Irreplaceable' and 'Best Thing I Never Had'.
- Demi Lovato
Another lady who's got a fair few Just Dance tracks under her belt, our Demi Lovato picks are taken straight from her most recent album - perhaps 'Sorry Not Sorry' or 'Tell Me You Love Me', both of which would work well on the game.
We also wouldn't be surprised to see one (or more) of the following:
- Taylor Swift
Surprisingly, Tay-Tay has never been on a Just Dance game yet - and it's not as if she's not popular enough either. For her Just Dance debut, we imagine Ubisoft would pick one of her biggies, like 'Shake It Off', 'I Knew You Were Trouble' or 'We Are Never Getting Back Together', although recent single 'Look What You Made Me Do' is another possibility.
- A Disney Song
Another Just Dance tradition of recent years is to have a Disney song or two thrown in for good measure - like last year's 'How Far I'll Go' from Moana. In a similar vein, we wouldn't be surprised to see a song from recent Day of the Dead-inspired Coco (maybe 'Remember Me' or 'Un Poco Loco'?), or perhaps an old favourite from Beauty and the Beast, given the recent live-action remake. 'Belle' is one possibility, as is 'Tale As Old As Time' for a slow, romantic dance for two - unfortunately, 'Be Our Guest' has already been done on Just Dance Disney Party 2, so is unlikely to make another appearance. However, our pick would have to be 'Gaston', as a bit of a silly song, full of muscle flexes and other manly moves.
- A Dodgy Christmas and/or Halloween Themed Song
Just Dance games often have a couple of seasonal offerings, of varying quality. For example, Wham's 'Last Christmas' from Just Dance 2017 is a good one, while Big Freedia's 'Make It Jingle' from Just Dance 2018 was not.
- With the sad news of Avicii's recent passing, a track from the late DJ might be another possible inclusion for the track list - especially as Wake Me Up was one of the most popular tracks on Just Dance 2015. Possible contenders include 'You Make Me', 'Broken Arrows' or 'Lay Me Down'.
- And, as a random final pick, we'll go for Jason Derulo ft Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign - Swalla, as it combines two Just Dance favourite artists in one song, making it a perfect fit with Just Dance 2019.
Though the game's expected release may still be a good few months away, it can't be long until we know more about Just Dance 2019, with the game still strongly expected to be revealed at E3. We'll be updating this article as and when new information comes out, so make sure you keep checking back for all your Just Dance 2019 gossip!