Last Updated on January 3, 2024
2023 saw a glut of amazing games released with fans of SFF sinking numerous hours into titles such as Baldur’s Gate 3, God of War: Ragnarök (and it’s incredible free DLC), Diablo IV, Starfield, Alan Wake 2, Spiderman 2, Star Wars: Jedi Survivor, Final Fantasy XVI and many more. 2024 looks like it’s going to be another stellar year and whether you have a Switch, Playstation, Xbox, PC, or any other gaming device, I’m sure you’ll find something you’re going to devour on this list. Here are Grimdark Magazine’s most anticipated games of 2024.
Hellblade II: Senua’s Saga
Top of my list is one of the most grimdark games you could wish for. The first title in the series Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, is one of the best games I’ve played. Based in 8th Century Orkney, it follows a Pict warrior called Senua as she enters Helheim to rescue the soul of her dead lover from Hela. It is one of the darkest games I’ve ever played and the developers spent time researching mental illnesses to get a true feel of how to disorient the player whilst giving a realistic reflection of the difficulties faced by Senua on her journey. It is a difficult game to play but one where the player is rewarded for their resilience by a truly wonderful story. This sequel takes place over hundreds of miles across Iceland as Senua once again battles terrifying creatures from Norse mythology in this dark fantasy world. Prepare to be blown away.
Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth
This one is a personal favourite of mine. A sequel to a remake of a game that pulled away from the hugely popular original game to tell its own story and plant seeds of intrigue for this follow up. Players thought they knew where this story was heading but with the writers playing on themes of fate and destiny, this tale could go any number of ways. Cloud and his friends now have a whole world to traverse as they seek to stop Sephiroth and Shinra destroying the planet in this second of a planned trilogy. Final Fantasy XVI proved that the series can keep with tradition whilst using fresh ideas and this game looks to build on that foundation. Prepare to have your heart broken in this one.
Warhammer 40K: Space Marine II
Captain Titus has been investigated by the Inquisition and arrested on suspicion of heresy. Although allowed to return to the Ultramarine chapter, he has been demoted to Lieutenant just as the Hive Fleet Leviathan have invaded the Imperial worlds of Avarax and Kadaku. This third-person hack and slash should be a lot of fun, especially on multiplayer and with the Forces of Chaos returning along with the new addition of The Thousand Sons, this will be a load of grimdark fun for fans of Warhammer in what should be a very interesting year.
Another sequel to a popular game, Hades II sees protagonist Zagreus hanging up his shade-slashing boots and passing the torch to his sister, the Princess of Hell, Melinoe. Tasked with a rescue mission and an assassination, Hades II looks to follow in the bloody footsteps of the original and deliver another unique game set in the Greek Mythology.
Rise of the Ronin
Set during one of the darkest periods in Japanese history, Rise of the Ronin allows players to create a character during the Boshin War as there is unrest between those who wish Japan to open to Western influence and those who do not. Rise of the Ronin will have players travelling across the Japanese countryside as well as the cities of Yokohama, Kyoto, and Edo. The Ghist of Tsushima showed that there is an audience waiting for more from this Japanese setting and Blue Eye Samurai proved that there is so much that can be done around this period. I can’t wait to play this when it is released in 2024.
Star Wars: Outlaws
It’s not often I’ll pop a Star Wars title in a grimdark article but I’m excited about this one. Andor proved that dark Star Wars tales can be the best when done well and I’m hoping that Outlaws is able to focus on the underbelly of the Star Wars world in this game that has the feeling of Mass Effect. Set between The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi, this story has two outlaws attempted the biggest heist in the history of the Outer Rim. Recent Star Wars games have delivered stories better than their big screen counterparts, let’s hope this effort continues on that path.
Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2
This sequel to 2004’s game is being developed by the creators of Everybody’s gone to the Rapture and that’s the main reason I have high hopes for this effort to be released late 2024. Just read the official description for the story and you’ll see why 2024 can’t come quick enough! Bloodlines 2 takes players to the dark underbelly of Seattle, where vampires struggle for survival and supremacy. As an Elder vampire, players meet compelling characters, manoeuvre complex political relationships, stalk the city streets for prey, and engage in intense combat while balancing the need for blood. Throughout the game, players must always be mindful of their surroundings or risk breaking the Masquerade – the absolute law of secrecy that keeps vampire society hidden from humanity.
Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree
Not much is known about the expansion for one of the best and most grimdark games of all time. A short trailer shows bleak, grey skies, ghostly shapes, and a haunting blonde figure on a horse. Expect brutally difficult enemies, a stunningly dark world, and music to stay in your head for years after. Our team here loved the main game, we’re sure this will be just as good!
Honourable mentions go to The Last of Us Part II remaster (not sure I will be able to survive another playthrough emotionally), Silent Hill 2 remake, Alone in the Dark, Slitterhead, Avowed, and an unnamed Hideo Kojima game. There’s a mountain of great looking games coming out in 2024 and this is just my personal tip of the iceberg.
What are you most looking forward to?