Every year, it feels like there are more and more video games that get added to our “must be played” list. Which just keeps expanding with more and more announcements (and sometimes more and more delays).
2024 has plenty of upcoming video games to offer gamers—and if your to-be-played list isn’t terribly stacked from all the excellence that released in 2023, we’ve got 11 games that are (hopefully) slated to come out in 2024 that we can’t wait to play.
(As a quick caveat, we’re done including Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. It was on here too many times! It had its chance!)
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth
The hotly anticipated sequel to Final Fantasy VII Remake, which left on a cliffhanger that deviated from the original, we are avidly awaiting its release.
Because we have to know how the rest of the story unfolds and just how different it’s going to be from that 1997 original. The game spans the events of Cloud, Aerith, Tifa, Barret, and Red (and other come-and-go members) as they leave Midgar and head to the Forgotten Capital.
It also sounds like we’re going to get a heck of a lot more Sephiroth and we are all for that. We don’t want too much spoiled ahead of time, so let’s leave it at that.
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth releases on February 28.
Skull and Bones
Is this one on here because it keeps getting delayed and we’re still highly suspicious that it’s not coming out? Yes. Are we cautiously optimistic about the feedback of the closed beta from December? Also yes.
Gamers have been clamoring for this game since 2013 when it was supposed to be an expansion of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and changed so many times. It was supposed to come out sometime in 2023 and finally was pushed to early 2024. And it’s finally on the horizon.
We can’t wait to customize and upgrade our pirate vessel—and it sounds like it gets even better after the first few hours of play when you can focus on class-based ships suited to your playstyle. It’ll be interesting to see how the story plays out and if this can really live up to all the hype.
Skull and Bones is slated to release on February 16.
Princess Peach: Showtime!
Princess Peach finally gets her own dedicated video game! And after the insane success of Super Mario Bros. Wonder, we’re all in on what this game could be.
The premise is that Grape and the Sour Bunch show up at the Sparkle Theater to ruin everything. Peach and the theater guardian, Stella, are forced to step up and save the day with fun costumes and power-ups for the princess. Trailers have shown a Detective Peach, a Kung-Fu Peach, and a sword-fighting Peach.
We want to see what else there might be up this game’s sleeve!
Princess Peach: Showtime! is set to release on March 22!
Little Nightmares III
The Little Nightmares games are the perfect amount of creepy, especially if you play them around Halloween time. They also aren’t terribly long games, so even if they do creep you out, you don’t have to commit too much time to them.
Little Nightmares III diverges from the first two in that you get an AI companion you can explore with or play co-op with a friend. You play as Low and Alone as they try to escape Nowhere while trapped within the Spiral. Which the Spiral just looks disturbing. This third installment of the series may give this a little bit more of a push into the darker end of the creepy pool.
Little Nightmares III is slated to come out sometime in 2024.
Hades was an insane success and with that reveal trailer for Hades II, gamers can’t wait to jump back into that isometric world.
This time you’re playing as Melinöe, Zagreus’s sister and the princess of the underworld. While you were trying to escape the underworld as Zagreus, Melinöe has grander ideas: Defeat Chronos, the Titan of Time. We can’t wait to see what gods and goddesses grace us with their powers this go-around, but we know it’s going to be one heck of a journey.
Hades II launches in early access on PC in the first quarter of 2024.
Star Wars Outlaws
Are we hoping that this is the Grand Theft Auto of the Star Wars universe? Yes, absolutely. We’re trying to keep our expectations in check, as we’ve been burned by Ubisoft before.
This is the first truly open world Star Wars game and is set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. You get to play as Kay Vess, who’s trying to seek a new life, and her companion Nix. And you’re going to fight, steal, and run your way through the galaxy’s crime syndicates. Which just sounds like Grand Theft Auto and we absolutely cannot wait to play it.
Star Wars Outlaws is slated to release sometime in (probably) late 2024.
The Plucky Squire
This action-adventure and puzzle platformer looks like one of the more creative games we’ve seen in a long time. You play as Jot, who is kicked out of his storybook and into the outside world by the villain known as Humgrump.
Yes, you read that right. You’re going to be jumping between 2D and 3D worlds in this one. The puzzles look entertaining, creative, and just the perfect amount of difficulty level to keep us fighting through and trying to save Jot’s friends and give them the happy ending the stor book deserves.
The Plucky Squire is slated to come out sometime in 2024.
Dragon's Dogma 2
After more than a decade, welcome back to the insane world of Dragon’s Dogma with the hotly anticipated sequel.
RPGs are on fire right now, and with that new gameplay reveal trailer, we’re anxiously awaiting its release. The game’s a seamless open world map that’s four times bigger than the original game and is set in a world parallel to the original. You play as a customizable Arisen, a hero marked by a dragon who you have to defeat, explore the world, take on quests, and fight monsters… everything you want in an RPG.
Dragon’s Dogma 2 is set to release on March 22.
Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth
The Yakuza games are sheer insanity in the best kind of ways. And Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth seems to promise more of the same.
This new installment offers players so much more. It looks to be a fusion of the original beat-em-up action and the current turn-based RPG style. It’s also the first time we get to go overseas from Japan, taking us to Hawaii as well. There’s also an island-building mode! And new minigames! The amount of time we’re going to sink into this game probably isn’t funny.
Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth releases on January 26.
No Rest for the Wicked
This action RPG comes from the same studio that gave us the Ori games and was only announced at the 2023 Game Awards.
There’s a showcase slated for March 1 that will give us more details about the game. All we know so far is that it will be a distinctive “painting” art style and set in a handcrafted world. There’s crypts, forests, mountains, and some insane verticality you don’t normally see in an action RPG.
No Rest for the Wicked potentially comes to early access sometime in the first quarter of this year.
Hollow Knight: Silksong
It’s been five years since Hollow Knight: Silksong was announced, the sequel to the excellent Metroidvania first game.
You play as Hornet, who is captured and taken to the mysterious kingdom of Pharloom which is haunted by Silk and Song. From trailers, the movements look more acrobatic than the first game, and Team Cherry has said we get sidequests to do and keep track of. They’ve also said there are over 100 different benches in this sequel compared to the 41 in the first one.
And 165 new enemies on top of that. We cannot wait.
We can hope and pray that Hollow Knight: Silksong comes out sometime in 2024.