2024 is here and, with that, we have a whole new calendar to look at and wonder what is next for the gaming industry. Of course, there is always a wrench or two thrown into the plans when it comes to video games, and more than a few surprises in store, but guessing what is to come is a lot of fun. With that in mind, here are eight video game predictions for 2024.
2024 video game predictions
Get ready for fewer massive games compared to last year
2023 was a jam-packed year of high-profile video game releases. Honestly, it was to a point that is unsustainable for the industry to carry over into 2024. With that in mind, we expect a bit of a course correction this year as companies regear for their next project. There likely won’t be anything that comes close to the lineup of Tears of the Kingdom, Baldur’s Gate 3, Alan Wake 2, Super Mario Bros. Wonder, Spider-Man 2, Street Fighter 6, Diablo IV, Starfield, Hogwarts Legacy, and more. It is unrealistic to go into 2024 expecting anything close to a slate of releases like that.
Instead, look forward to finding exciting new indies and games with a smaller budget than the massive list above. Just because there will be less massive releases isn’t a bad thing. There will still be countless amazing games to enjoy.
Metroid Prime 4 will be a day-one launch title for the next Nintendo Switch
One of the most anticipated upcoming announcements is whatever Nintendo’s next console will be. The Nintendo Switch has been a bonafide success since it was released, but everyone is ready for what’s next. We started hearing whispers about the successor of the hybrid console set to come this year, but what games will launch alongside it? Our guess is Metroid Prime 4 will be the headliner, which, after being announced in 2017, restarted development and has been agonizingly absent for years.
With the game being promised for the original Switch, we think 2024 is the perfect time for Nintendo to pull out a tactic they have used with Zelda in the past. Samus’ newest first-person adventure can be released for both the old and new Switch the day that the new console is available. That gives them a chance to reannounce the game in February during a Nintendo Direct and build up hype for both the game and console all year long.
Fable will be released this fall
Xbox has been on an acquisition spree in recent years, and everyone is ready for these exclusives to start dropping that they’ve been promising. We already know that Senua’s Sage: Hellblade II is coming in 2024, but what else? Fable is one of our most anticipated upcoming Xbox games, so we are hoping to get a big gameplay reveal this summer for the game, but that would be even sweeter if Playground Games had it on track to release this holiday season. Of course, we have no idea how the game actually looks at this point, and delays happen, but that would make many classic Xbox fans happy.
Beyond Good and Evil 2 will remain MIA
No one really knows what is happening with a lot of Ubisoft games these days. It’s wild to think that the original iteration of Beyond Good and Evil 2 was announced 16 years ago. The reannouncement of that game was in 2017 and since then, absolutely nothing. We don’t think it has been canceled, and maybe this isn’t a very good prediction since it seems more plausible than some on this list, but we don’t expect to hear anything from this game anytime soon. Between this game, Elder Scrolls VI, and Perfect Dark, you should go into the year expecting not to hear anything from them for the foreseeable future.
PlayStation VR 2 will get a massive game that doesn’t make it feel like a waste
The PSVR2 was released in 2023, and that was pretty much the only notable thing about it. As is very common in the VR field, the add-on for the PS5 doesn’t really have any games that are must-buys, and there are too many that feel like tech demos. We get way too sick after a few minutes of putting a VR headset on, but we think 2024 will have one really big release for PSVR2. One that can be compared to something like Half-Life: Alyx and Asgard’s Wrath 2. We don’t expect much more than that, but maybe VR fans can get one win out of the next 365 days.
A new Twisted Metal game will be announced
Here at the start of 2024, PlayStation’s usual lineup of very exciting exclusives is surprisingly barren. Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is on the way, and that’s kind of it as far as we know. This year might be pretty light for its exclusives.
When looking at the rest of its portfolio, we think PlayStation should be close to announcing a Twisted Metal reboot. The Peacock series that was released last year was better than expected, and we know Sony wants to get into the multiplayer live service business. We know plans were already in the works on a new entry before Lucid Games was taken off the project, and nothing has been heard about it since. Twisted Metal is positioned perfectly to deliver that kind of online experience that it is looking for and can deliver a very fun experience if handled right. Will the return be something we have waited decades for, or will it be another mediocre game like Destruction All-Stars? We’re not ready to hedge our bets either way on that yet.
Silent Hill 2 will be one of the most disappointing games of the year
No ill will towards Bloober Team at all, but any horror fan should be very cautious about the upcoming Silent Hill 2 remake. Konami has shown repeatedly over the last decade that it has no idea what to do with its franchises, and we wouldn’t be surprised to hear reports of it interfering with the development of this game. Hopefully, it won’t be unplayable, but whenever Konami is mentioned, you should expect a step backward in quality.
A new 3D Mario game and Mario Kart 9 will be announced
We are so ready for Mario’s next big adventure. By this point, we don’t think it will be Super Mario Odyssey 2 like we dreamed it would be in 2017, but whatever it is, we are very excited. We are hoping for a 2025 release. As for Mario Kart 9, we think there will be a swath of new original tracks after the Booster Course Pack brought back a lot of classics in MK8. It’s also time for the series to take the next step in implementing even more Nintendo characters outside of the Mario series, but it will distinctly still be Mario Kart; not Smash Kart. Mario Kart 9 would be a huge fall-time release for Nintendo.