2023 was a jam-packed year for gaming from start to finish. Just consider this shortlist of a few of the most hyped releases we saw in 2023:
Baldur's Gate 3
Resident Evil 4 (2023)
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
Final Fantasy XVI
Armored Core VI
Mortal Kombat 1
2023 was certainly one we'll always remember, even though our wallets probably want to forget. There's no doubt that it's going to be pretty tough to compete against 2023 as arguably the biggest year for gaming of the 2020s so far, but 2024 certainly has a good shot. Today, let's discuss some of Patriot's most anticipated games of 2024 and what we can't wait to get our hands on.
Star Wars Outlaws
A new Star Wars game is on the horizon, and we’re finally getting Ubisoft and Massive Entertainment’s crack at a sprawling, open-world Star Wars universe. What’s not to love just based on that?
Star Wars Outlaws will follow the story of an outlaw, Kay Vess, during an attempt at a massive multi-planet heist set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Star Wars Outlaws will feature a dynamic open-world setting with single player, third person play. From what Ubisoft has shared thus far, gamers can expect open combat and different playstyles (including stealth), space and grounded vehicle combat, a changing story and dialogue that can branch off into different plots.
Star Wars Outlaws is slated for a late 2024 release date. It will be available on Playstation 5, Xbox Series X/S and PC.
Indiana Jones and the Great Circle
Indiana Jones is back in exciting fashion, with the first major Indiana Jones-related game we’ve received in well over a decade and what’s shaping up to be a massive hit in the action-adventure genre.
Indiana Jones and the Great Circle will be set in between Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in 1937, with a new story diverging from the film series. This time around, Indy is tasked with seeking out the power of the Great Circle (mysterious sites around the world with immense power when connected) and stopping others from reaching it first. Bethesda Softworks and Machinegames’ team behind the Wolfenstein series will be helming the game.
Set in a giant, multi-country spanning story, players will get to control Indiana Jones in a first person perspective complete with massive areas to explore, puzzles to solve and plenty of story in the middle. Players also have options with combat, stealth and using the environment with enemies and other forces, along with the use of Indy’s signature whip.
Indiana Jones and the Great Circle is slated for a likely late 2024 release. It will be available on Xbox Series X/S and PC.
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth
Coming off a new entry into the series with the release of Final Fantasy XVI in 2023, Square Einx is far from done. This year will see the release of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, a direct sequel to Final Fantasy VII Remake (2020) and will be the second in a planned trilogy reimagining the original Final Fantasy VII (1997).
Much like the first game in the trilogy, the legendary RPG will receive full remasters to graphics and plenty more details and slight “reimagined story elements” based off the original story that follows Cloud and his allies after they leave Midgar and protect the Lifestream. Where this remake will differ is offering more of an open-world experience with plenty more to do, along with expanding more real-time exploration and combat that the series has added.
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is currently slated to release on February 29, 2024. It will release as a Playstation 5 exclusive.
Tomb Raider I-III Remastered
More remasters are on the way this year, with one of the more unique ones being Tomb Raider I-III Remastered.
What differentiates this remaster from many others is that developers Aspyr and Crystal Dynamics have opted for a more true to the original upscale of graphics that maintains the classic 3D look of the series fans know and love. The remake also optimizes the gameplay and controls and will come with all of the expansions available on consoles for the first time as Lara Croft's original adventures can all be played again for the first time in decades. This is sure to be a classic that people will look and appreciate for the nostalgia over the typical glitz and glamor.
Tomb Raider I-III Remastered will release on February 14, 2024. It will be available on Playstation 5, Playstation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and PC.
Silent Hill 2 (2024)
The massive success of last year’s Resident Evil 4 remake made it abundantly clear that there’s still a huge place for great survival horror franchises today. After over a decade of no new Silent Hill games, we return to Silent Hill and back into the story from one of the best horror games of all time.
Similar to that of recent Resident Evil remakes, Silent Hill 2’s remake will feature a third-person over the shoulder perspective for a stronger modern fit, complete with recreated graphics and overall design. Silent Hill 2 will also feature an improved combat system. The remake will also follow the same story as the original, focused on James Sunderland who returns to the town of Silent Hill after receiving a letter from his deceased wife.
The Silent Hill 2 remake is slated for a mid-late 2024 release. It will be available on Playstation 5 and PC.
Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater
Konami isn’t just stopping at their Silent Hill 2 remake. After the lengthy hiatus of the Metal Gear series following Hideo Kojima’s split from the developer after Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, the series is returning with a new look.
Konami’s next remake slated for 2024 will cover the third game in the Metal Gear franchise: Snake Eater, one of the most beloved games of the 2000s. Much like Silent Hill 2, Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater will receive a wholly updated look powered by Unreal Engine 5 (as the first of the MGS series to not use Fox Engine) that maintains the same story fans know and love. The game will follow an operative codenamed Naked Snake tasked with saving a rocket scientist and sabotaging a Soviet nuclear weapon with the pressure of facing his former mentor, The Boss. Although neither Kojima nor artist Yoji Shinkawa are involved with the remake, Konami has assured fans that the game is a faithful adaption with no elements altered.
Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater is slated for a mid-late 2024 release. It will be available on Playstation 5, Xbox Series X/S and PC.
TMNT: The Last Ronin
One of the more out-of-left-field AAA games coming in the near future is TMNT: The Last Ronin as a very unique spin on our favorite heroes in a half-shell.
Based on the comic series of the same name from 2020 by original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, TMNT: The Last Ronin will feature a futuristic world with a much darker timeline that covers the downfall of New York City and the Turtles as we knew them, with just one of the four Turtles left to stop Shredder and save his home at all costs. While it's unknown if the game will maintain these same elements, its trailer leaves a lot to speculate about.
Though little is known about the game so far, TMNT: The Last Ronin is inspired by other third person story-based, Beat 'em Up games like God of War with similar vibes to other comics like The Dark Knight Returns and Old Man Logan.
Currently, it is believed that TMNT: The Last Ronin is slated to release in late 2024 or 2025 and looks to be a Playstation 5 exclusive.
Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth
Anytime is always a good time for a Yakuza game to come around, and there’s a lot to love about the potential return to form with the series’ original protagonist returning, Kazuma Kiryu.
The 9th entry in the Yakuza/Like a Dragon series will feature Kiryu and Yakuza: Like a Dragon (2020) protagonist Ichiban Kasuga as they team up with old and new allies from throughout the series in both Japan and Hawaii as the series’ first time traveling outside of Japan. This storyline will feature Kasuga seeking out his mother as Kiryu brings the team back together and fights against cancer.
Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth will be released this week on January 26, 2024. It will be available on Playstation 5, Playstation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and PC.