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A Brief Look at a few Upcoming Games in 2024

Join Tony from Podcasters United as he shares some amazing titles coming out in 2024!

It is without a doubt that 2023 was an absolute banger of a year for games releases and will easily go down as one of the best years in gaming history. So while I’m still trying to catch up with everything this past year had to offer, I’m going to take a small break and take a brief look at what is coming up in the early months 2024. A few of these titles might already be out by the time this article is published and I have more to say about some than others, but this is more of my own personal to-do list for the year than anything.



Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown

Developer: Ubisoft Montpellier

Publisher: Ubisoft

Release Date: January 15, 2024


The Prince of Persia series hasn’t seen much success after the Sands of Time trilogy (which seems to be a trend on my list), there was the failed reboot from 2008, the alright movie-tie in turned SoT side story/sequel The Forgotten Sands from 2010 and various smaller releases that were met with little fanfare. There was also the announced SoT remake back in 2010 that looked underwhelming to say the least and was universally panned to the point where it ended up getting shelved. Then in late 2023 Ubisoft announced a new Prince of Persia game seemingly out of nowhere and much to my own personal delight, it looks to be returning to the action/puzzle side scrolling style from the original games.


Will The Lost Crown be the triumphant return of the series we’ve all been waiting for? Probably not, but it is nice to see that Ubisoft actually listened to the criticisms of the aforementioned remake and went back to basics for this one.



Yakuza 8/Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth

Developer:Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio

Publisher: Sega

Release Date: January 26, 2024


Nowadays it wouldn't be very hard to find someone who knows of the Dragon of Dojima, but originally the Yakuza/Like A Dragon series initially sold very poorly outside of Japan and there were always doubts on whether or not Sega would bother localizing the future installments. The series would finally see some success in the West in early 2017, when Yakuza 0 was released for the PS4 and became a sleeper hit for Sega. Now after a bit of a rebranding and a successful genre change, the series is coming back stronger than ever with Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth.

    

Ichiban and Co. are back and this time they've somehow found themselves in Hawaii, where all kinds of wacky and melodramatic happenings will take place. I've been avoiding seeing as much as I can for this one outside of a single trailer, but what I did see made me very excited. I mean there looks like there is going to be an Animal Crossing-esque minigame and as someone who has spent 100+ hours playing New Horizons, I'm looking forward to spending dozens of hours on that alone.



Alone in the Dark

Developer: Pieces Interactive

Publisher: THQ Nordic

Release Date: March 20, 2024    


The original Alone in the Dark was a groundbreaking achievement for its time and is considered as the Godfather of the survival horror genre. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the many failed attempts to revive the series over the years, but the upcoming reboot from developer Pieces Interactive shows great promise. This time the series is going back to its roots and returning to the original's 1920s Louisiana setting, with the player once again following  Edward Carnby and Emily as they investigate the disappearance of Emily's Uncle at the Derceto Manor.

    

There was a demo released for the game in early 2023 and while it was rather short (it was essentially the opening prologue), the developers seemed to have perfectly captured the atmosphere from the original trilogy. With a team that seems to have love for the original, the involvement of series creator Mikael Hedberg and a solid voice cast (including Jodie Comer and David Harbour), I can't help but feel optimistic that the once influential series will finally return in true form. With how well survival horror fans have been eating the past few years with games like Signalis, REm4ke and most recently Alan Wake 2, hopefully Alone in the Dark will continue the trend.



Dragon's Dogma 2

Developer: Capcom

Publisher: Capcom

Release Date: March 22, 2024


Dragon's Dogma was one of those games that flew under everyone's radar back when it was released back in 2013, but grew a strong following over the years by word of mouth. Capcom obviously took notice and released Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen, an updated version of the original game, on various platforms over the years. It wasn't until the Summer of 2022 that the long awaited sequel was finally announced and is looking to be one of the most anticipated games of the year.


I’ve been avoiding everything about Dragons Dogma 2 as much as I possibly can, all I have seen was the announcement trailer and it was all I needed to declare it a top contender for my personal 2024 GOTY. I have no doubt that it is going to be every bit as great as the original and look forward to the new adventures I take with my Arisen and their Pawn.



Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree

Developer: FromSoftware

Publisher: Bandi Namco Entertainment

Release Date: TBA (2024?)


     FromSoftware has really made a name for themselves over the past few decades, they went from making niche titles, to creating one of the most popular and successful games in recent history. The Shadow of the Erdtree DLC was announced at the end of 2022 and little information has been released about it since. FromSoft is no doubt cooking up something special for fans and hopefully in the upcoming months they will reveal what they have planned, perhaps even a release date by the end of the year.


This past year is going to be a hard act to follow, but there are no doubt some great titles coming out that I missed, but these are but a few that I am really looking forward to during these opening months of 2024. Feel free to share with me what your most anticipated games for 2024 either in the comment section below, or on social media.

 

Bio: Tony is a lifelong game collector, Batman fan and enjoyer of B-movies.


Twitter: @TonyGearSolid 

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