2023 is a year of explosive growth in stand-alone masterpieces. Now that the New Year is here, it’s time to look forward to the 2024 game lineup.It’s a pity that GTA6, the most wanted game in the universe, will not be officially released until 2025. I want to experience Rockstar’s Florida which “doesn’t support idlers” still have to wait a long time.
Fortunately, there are still many masterpieces worth playing in 2024. We have sorted out the games currently announced for 2024 and selected the 24 most anticipated new stand-alone games to share with you. I wonder how many of my expectations overlap with yours? Of course, the following content is based on the information released so far. We do not rule out the possibility of surprise attacks by game publishers next year, nor do we rule out the possibility of bouncing.
Without further ado, let’s start right away and look at the games that have announced exact release dates. At the end of January, the latest sequels of two well-known Japanese IPs will be launched on the same day. First of all, Sega's "Like a Dragon" main story was released in the 8th generation without realizing it. This time "Like a Dragon 8" still uses the RPG gameplay of "Like a Dragon 7" and has two protagonists. One is Kazuma Kiryu, the male protagonist of the entire series, and the other is the male protagonist of "Like a Dragon 7", the "youth" Kasuga Ichiban who is addicted to video games. Even before the game is released, two plot-breaking points have been revealed: Kiryu Kazuma has cancer and Kasuga Ichiban is looking for his mother. Since Kasuga’s mother is located in Hawaii, the story stage of this game is also set for the first time outside of Japan. In a global resort like Hawaii, the entertainment venues for small games will be more diverse, and there will be more exaggerated elements of joy. Who can tell that this is a Japanese gang-themed game?
Released on the same day as "Like a Dragon 8" is another old IP with several 8 - "Tekken 8". Tekken is a traditional 3D fighting game owned by Bandai Namco. The entire IP has been developed for more than 20 years and is famous for its gorgeous martial arts design and hard-core combo skills. The plot setting of "Tekken 8" closely follows the previous game. Among the new characters appearing is a mysterious girl named "Reina", who is likely to be a new member of the Mishima family. As for her specific seniority in the family, it will be revealed after the release.
Then came February, when great works gathered together. After a year of delay, "Suicide Squad:Kill the Justice League" will finally be released on February 2nd. This is a third-person action shooting game that places great emphasis on action experience. It is in the same universe as the classic Batman Arkham series. The production team is also Rocksteady Games. Players can choose to control any one of the four members of the Suicide Squad. , to fight against the Justice League controlled by the villain. Each character has extremely distinct skill differences. Warner Interactive Entertainment has high expectations for this game and chose to postpone it to improve its quality. I hope the finished product will become a new comic book masterpiece.
The classic Japanese RPG "Persona 3" will release a completely remastered version on February 2: "Persona 3 Reload". After the widespread success of P5, the production team also responded to the requests of players around the world. The classic P3 has been remade. The engine has been replaced, the graphics have been redone, and some inspiration has been drawn from the P5 system, the gameplay has been improved, and content has been added so that players can engage in a large number of activities that are not available in the original P3, and deeply experience the combination of daily campus life and supernatural and extraordinary events.
On Valentine's Day, February 14th, we will play the story of a couple separated by life and death. "Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden" is being developed by Don’t Nod, the French studio that developed Life is Strange. The studio was originally known for its interactive narrative games, and this "Banishers" is their first challenge to an action-adventure RPG. Judging from the released trailers and actual gameplay demonstrations, both the background and settings are very attractive. The story takes place in the New World of America in 1695. The hero and heroine are a pair of evil spirit hunters. After the heroine died, unfortunately, the two still traveled together as one person and one spirit, looking for a redemption destination. The exploration and combat portions of the game require players to utilize their different abilities. As for the plot, there are a lot of choices, allowing players to influence the development of the story. It is indeed a studio that is good at interactive narrative. So what will happen to the human-ghost lovers depends on our choices.
Next February 16th, a game that has been delayed N times will be released, Ubisoft's "Skull and Bones", which is a naval battle strategy adventure game. Players who have played "Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag" are very satisfied with Ubisoft's "Skull and Bones". Everyone should have confidence in the naval warfare system. But whether the naval combat system alone is enough to support a game is a matter of opinion. In the game, players will play the role of a self-created pirate captain, customize their ship, and adventure in the Indian Ocean in the 17th century. Based on the content released so far, I feel that this game pays more attention to the multiplayer online experience. The single-player content may not be too rich, but the romance of sailing on the sea and adventure is still for me, a big sailing enthusiast. Hard to say no to.
After "Skull and Bones" is completed, the most blockbuster work in the first half of 2024 is coming. The second chapter of the classic Japanese RPG "Final Fantasy 7" remake: "Final Fantasy VII Rebirth" will be released on February 29. for sale. The remake of FF has a total of three chapters, which means that this long-awaited "Rebirth" can only tell half of the story. Fortunately, the protagonists have left Midgar City and started adventures across the continent, so at least it is certain that the volume of playable content in this game will be much larger than that in the first chapter. The original "Final Fantasy 7" was the most influential generation of the FF series, and even indirectly contributed to the success of the PS1 console. This remake is more like a "re-interpretation" than a remake. The plot in the first chapter released three years ago was already significantly different from the original version. This also led to players' opinions being divided into two groups. One group believes that the classics should be respected and the story direction of the original version should be followed, while the other group believes that it should be significantly rewritten to make up for some of the regrets of the original version. I don’t know which faction you are in front of the screen. Of course, judging from the pictures released now, I am not sure which faction the production team is, so whether the end of this chapter is a good ending or a bad ending, the answer will still have to be revealed after the release.
Now in March, a very important horror game will have a remake. "Alone in the Dark" was officially released on March 20. In the era before the term "horror survival game" existed, the original "Alone in the Dark" had already established the gameplay concept of this type of game, and even "Resident Evil 1" produced by Capcom became a direct reference to the "Alone in the Dark". Like the exploration of the mansion, the male and female protagonists, the camera perspective, and the design of scarce prop resources are all from "Alone in the Dark". What is very interesting is that this time the remake of "Alone in the Dark" uses the same over-the-shoulder perspective modern horror survival game logic established by Resident Evil 4. So as a player of the biochemical series, how can you not go on a "pilgrimage"?
Capcom's open-world action RPG "Dragon’s Dogma II" was released on March 22. It is a rare European medieval-style fantasy work from Capcom. Twelve years have passed since the release of the first generation. Players can create their characters in the game, choose different professions, and form a team of up to four people with AI-controlled followers to experience a royal adventure story. This story inherits most of the worldview settings of the previous game.
But it has no direct connection with the plot of the previous game and is more like a parallel world. Although "Dragon’s Dogma II" is an RPG, since it is a Capcom game, the highlight is of course the action performance. The first generation back then followed this path. The missions and exploration parts were not outstanding, but it felt very cool. Not to mention the melee profession, even casting a magic spell had a powerful impact. It is worth a try for action fans. And after all these years, I hope that Capcom will not only further increase the action experience, but also improve the shortcomings of the previous game and add deeper role-playing elements.
There are many Japanese masterpieces in the first half of 2024. After "Dragon's Dogma 2" there is also Koei Tecmo's "Rise of the Rōnin". It is also an open-world ARPG, and it also uses action performance as a selling point, because the production team is the "Ninja Team" who are very good at action games - Team Ninja. The background of the story of "Rise of the Rōnin" is the late Tokugawa era in 1863. Japan's national gate has been forcibly opened by black ships, forces from all sides are surging, and society is about to usher in huge changes. As a ronin, the protagonist can freely take risks in this exciting era to influence some major events, thereby creating his history. If I remember correctly, this seems to be the first time the Ninja team has challenged an open world. Judging from the images released so far, the combat part of the game seems to be the same as the old ninja group. Players who like action will probably like it. I just don’t know how far their open-world design can go.
Okay, the next game, I believe many, many people have been waiting for it for a long time. Since the first trailer was released three years ago,"Black Myth: Wukong" has become the expectation of countless players, and the topic has remained high. This is an action RPG based on the four famous classics "Journey to the West" and has undergone a highly creative adaptation. It extensively references Chinese folklore and mythological elements. The art level is very high and the details are very exquisite. Actions, skills, The monster designs all have corresponding origins, which are both gameplay-oriented and have a strong cultural heritage. I am also looking forward to how the production team will cleverly arrange more traditional elements in the official version. And after participating in the trial in Cologne this year, I am also relieved about the real quality of the game. As long as the production team can extend the design quality of the trial to the official version, then "Black Myth: Wukong" will not disappoint. , on August 20 next year, everyone will be destined.
The above are games that have announced exact release dates. The following are games that have been officially announced to be launched in 2024 but have no announced dates. Most manufacturers seem to be unwilling to announce the release date too early in advance. After all, this way there is more room for delays. The action-adventure game "Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice" continues the dark and mysterious style of the previous generation. The visual and sound effects are amazing, and the performance of the protagonist Senua is also super realistic. As a schizophrenic and anti-traditional hero, she experienced the tragic fate of her lover being massacred by Vikings in the previous game and then embarked on an adventure where reality and illusion intersect. It was like seeing the world through the eyes of a real mental patient, which left a deep impression on me. In this sequel, it seems that she will go to the Viking territory to continue fighting, and she will see more amazing scenes. For example, the giant figure demonstrated at TGA not long ago shocked me.
The open-world action-adventure game "Star Wars: Outlaws" is claimed to be the first large-scale open world of the Star Wars IP. Players will control the original protagonist Kay Vess, an interstellar thief, and adventure with his cute little friend Nix on various planets in the galaxy. Further expands the worldview of Star Wars. The game was developed by Massive Game, a team under Ubisoft, and the plot timeline is set between the movies "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi," so it will involve a lot of movie content. Judging from the images released so far, this is indeed a standard 3A open-world masterpiece with high production specifications and a relatively relaxed tone, suitable for all players interested in Star Wars IP.
In addition to high-investment masterpieces, there are also some relatively low-cost, independent games worth looking forward to in 2024. For example, the Souls-like game "Enotria: The Last Song" is produced by the Italian independent manufacturer Jyamma Games. Although there are more and more Dark Souls-like games on the market now, this is the first time I have seen one with such bright colors and pleasant scenery. Probably the most beautiful Souls-like game to date, right? The setting of the game is also quite special, and the combat system is related to masks. After defeating the enemy, the player can put on the enemy's mask to play the role of the enemy and gain new powers. At the same time, you can also put talents into your mask and switch between different ability combinations. It still feels like it has its characteristics and is not a cookie-cutter imitation of the Dark Souls.
Next is a very innovative first-person driving survival game: "Pacific Drive". Other survival games are people-oriented, but this survival game is car-oriented. Players must rely on driving to cross a world full of monsters radioactive contamination and the apocalypse of supernatural phenomena, and find valuable supplies to keep the journey going. If you want to survive successfully, you have to protect your car and modify it according to different types of dangers. Not only is it creative, but it also has an inexplicable sense of joy. You can imagine how many strange vehicles players will modify by then and turn them into mobile bunkers in the apocalypse.
The third generation of the series next year. "Little Nightmares 3" is a puzzle-oriented platforming adventure game. The protagonists are two new characters who are trapped in an unknown place and need to find a way to escape together. This series has always been known for its unique art style and psychological horror atmosphere. This time, the third generation has added an online function in addition to the stand-alone mode. You can control a protagonist with another player to face childhood nightmares together and escape cooperatively.
The simulation construction and management game "Frostpunk 2" which once challenged many players' views will finally be released in 2024. The game allows players to build a city in a frozen apocalypse and lead its development. There are a lot of ethical, political, and sociological reflections in it. For the city to survive, players have to make many difficult and even cruel choices in development strategies. The background of "Frostpunk 2" is set 30 years after the previous game. Oil has replaced steam and become a new energy necessity. Players' cities can expand significantly outwards, so the social problems they face will be more complex than in the previous game. I just don’t know if the game will torture my soul again after I use extreme means to win. Is all this worth it?
Below are two Japanese RPGs. The first is a new work that Atlus has been secretly developing for many years: "Metaphor: ReFantazio" is directed by the original team of "Persona" 3-5. It turns out that you didn’t develop P6 because you were doing this. "Metaphor: ReFantazio" uses a new fantasy worldview. The protagonist embarks on a long adventure to unlock the curse on the prince. He will meet a large number of characters during his journey, and use a unique way to turn his contacts and interactions with others into his power. The core of "collecting character bonds" still sounds very "Persona". The game also has date change settings and five-dimensional ability settings similar to the "Persona" series. It made me very curious as to how the production team would integrate these settings into the protagonist's journey. In short, for players who like P5, this game is not to be missed.
The new game "Visions of Mana" in the Mana (series) just announced by SE will also be released in 2024. The most classic works in the Legend of Mana series were all produced in the 1990s, which are unforgettable memories for players at that time. However, this series gradually declined, and the last orthodox sequel was sixteen years ago. Judging from the pictures released this time, it feels like this old IP is finally returning to its original intention and creating the warm and soft feeling of its early days. I look forward to bringing back the childhood memories of JRPG veterans.
Returning to European and American masterpieces, "Ark 2", starring movie star Vin Diesel, has been postponed to 2024. Its predecessor is the once-popular "ARK: Survival Evolved", a multiplayer online survival sandbox game set in ancient times, with a realistic ecosystem. However, judging from the information currently released by the production team, "Ark 2" seems to be undergoing drastic reforms to the game and adding more stand-alone narrative components. Therefore, a major protagonist like Vin Diesel was arranged in it and also gave He designed the corresponding storyline. At the same time, the combat logic of "Ark 2" will move closer to the soul-based game, greatly increasing the difficulty. But at the same time, this game is still a multiplayer online survival game, and I really can’t figure out how they are going to be combined. With so many elements added together, I can’t even imagine what the game will look like in the end. I can only say that the production team’s ambitions are great. I chose to skip the deadline for a year, probably because the challenge was too great and more modifications and polishing were needed.
Next is the new work "Avowed", a medieval fantasy-style RPG that Obsidian Studio has invested heavily in, which I am personally very much looking forward to. Obsidian is the team that created the masterpiece "Fallout: New Vegas", and their predecessor, Black Island Studio, is one of the most famous veterans in the European and American RPG circles. If this "Avowed" can maintain its standard for most of the time, then I think the pressure may go to The Elder Scrolls 6. If it doesn't come out, there will be no need to release it. Just kidding. According to Obsidian, Avowed will not completely follow the format of The Elder Scrolls. The focus of the game is not the breadth of the open world, but the narrative and characters, which will include many interesting characters and quest lines. I also have great trust in their mission writing skills. The only problem with the game at the moment is that the graphics seem a bit old, and there is a high probability that they are still using it. The ancestral perspective of frontal dialogue. This may be a negative point for players who pay attention to visual performance. I just hope that the game’s excellence in other aspects can make up for some shortcomings on the screen.
The above are the games that have been temporarily officially announced for release in 2024. But in addition to them, there are a few titles that I’m looking forward to and will hopefully be releasing next year. First, there’s the complete remake of Silent Hill 2. The original "Silent Hill 2" is an insurmountable classic among horror survival games from a narrative perspective, full of psychological hints and metaphors. Not just me, I believe it is the best work in the Silent Hill series in the eyes of many players. Now, more than 20 years later, Konami is finally willing to issue a remake of it. And I also hope that this remake can make the IP of Silent Hill known to more new players. The remake, licensed from Konami to Polish studio Bloober Team, officially released a trailer more than a year ago. And the project’s production time will be almost four years until the end of next year. The remake of Resident Evil 2 by Capcom has only been in the works for four years, so I think it is a reasonable request to play it next year. Silent Hill 2 is not the only one Konami has planned to remake these classic games.
The remake of "Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater", and "Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater", also officially released a live trailer in early this year. It seems to be relatively complete, and it may have been secretly developed for a long time. MGS is a classic series created by Hideo Kojima. It has made great contributions to the filmization of later games and the design logic of the stealth system. Since Kojima and Konami parted ways, this IP has been dormant. Konami must also know very well that MGS will not have the same flavor without Kojima. So the safest way, of course, is to remake it. If this MGS3 remake can be successful, then the remakes of several other games in the series will be just around the corner.
Now that we are talking about Hideo Kojima, we must mention "Death Stranding 2". I like the delivery infrastructure game nicknamed "Walking Simulator" in the first generation of "Death Stranding". I just got addicted to it. I was addicted to paving roads and building ropeways and couldn't extricate myself. I also really wanted to see what the island would do. What kind of new ideas can be inserted into the sequel? In addition to the imaginative gameplay concept, the music and art of this series, as well as the performances by big names, are all worth experiencing. There have been leaks on the Internet that the game will be launched in the second half of next year. Although there is no official word, judging from the development cycle of the first generation of "Death Stranding", this leak is still somewhat credible, and it can be regarded as having good expectations.
Okay, we’ve almost finished taking stock of the 24 new games. Which one are you most looking forward to next year?