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18 July, 2024
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The 2024 Summer Showcases Were Packed With Games

Although the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) perished back in 2021, the tradition of summer gaming showcases still continued this year in full. Kicking off with the Sony State of Play on May 30, the past few weeks have held a handful of exciting presentations, offering trailers on upcoming games, big reveals, and more. Almost every major company has presented their plans for holiday 2024 and beyond, while surprising and inventive new indies dot the rest of the release calendar. Between the big publishers like Xbox Game Studios and the smaller developers between, there’s a torrent of new games coming soon that are going to be absolutely amazing. Out of the sea of new stuff that was shown off during the 2024 summer game showcases, these were the updates, big reveals, and awesome indies that had crowds buzzing with excitement.

World Premieres and Major Reveals

After the huge amount of games that were released in 2023, we expected the big reveals to be less frequent for the 2024 summer showcases. However, there were more than enough show-stopping surprises across a variety of genres, platforms, and fandoms. Action games were aplenty, especially from Xbox Game Studios, who announced a pair of prequels in their biggest franchises. First, DOOM: The Dark Ages shows us the life of the Doom Slayer before DOOM (2016), as he battles in the Middle Ages with more gore than ever before. Next, Gears of War: E-Day is set 14 years before the events of the original Gears of War, and sees the return of Marcus and Dom as they battle against the invasive Locust for the very first time. Truthfully, the entire Xbox Games Showcase was bursting with awesome first looks, including world premieres of new games like Atomfall, Expedition 33, South of Midnight, and several more.

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Smaller genres were also receiving big news, with the announcement of Sid Meier’s Civilization VII at the 2024 Summer Game Fest Show, due out sometime in 2025. There wasn’t much news in the way of sports games, unless you count the reveal of Harry Potter: Quidditch Champions, which will be available on September 9, 2024. Fans of narrative-driven adventure games should also be excited, as Maxine Caulfield will return to solve yet another supernatural murder mystery in Life is Strange: Double Exposure on October 29, 2024. If you’re looking to really get scared this Halloween, you can also indulge in the Silent Hill 2 remake on October 8, 2024

Imaginative New Indies

The big studios weren’t the only ones with exciting games to show, as many indie titles sparked considerable interest, some more so than the big-budget ones. For starters, the developer of The Stanley Parable is working on an ominous new project about managing a tea shop, called Wanderstop. If you’re looking for a bit more action, the retro-style Power Rangers: Rita’s Rewind beat ’em up might fit the bill. Likewise, the hack ‘n slash rogue-lite Tears of Metal is also looking to offer a dose of animated mayhem, but with a mix of resource management.

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If there was one indie title that truly captured our imagination, it was UFO 50, a 50-in-1 collection of brand new indie games from some of the best developers in the scene. In this project that was first announced 6 years ago, creators of games like Downwell and Spelunky have teamed up to deliver a retro-inspired experience unlike any other. Players will journey through the software library of a fictional game company spanning multiple genres, including arcade shooters, platform puzzlers, and even an entire turn-based RPG. If all goes according to plan, UFO 50 will be available for PC on September 18, 2024.

DLCs, Expansions, and Updates

Of course, there was a fair share of trailers for existing games, highlighting various patches, seasonal updates, and more. While the majority of the live-service content failed to impress, there were quite a few DLCs that caught our attention. RPGs were particularly hot, with Bethesda offering a trio of expansions in Starfield: Shattered Space, Elder Scrolls Online: Gold Road, and Fallout 76: Skyline Valley. Blizzard also got in the mix with a cinematic trailer and release date for Diablo IV: Vessel of Hatred, which will be launching on October 8, 2024. Apart from the blitz of RPG content, the announcement of the anthology DLC, Alan Wake II: Night Springs, was a pleasant surprise and has already been released to high acclaim.

2024 summer showcases
2024 summer showcases

While many went into the 2024 summer gaming showcases with relatively low expectations, there were enough announcements to keep the hype at satisfying levels. Many of the biggest games that were highlighted are still a ways off, but the 2024 holiday season now holds a few more titles to anticipate. Overall, it’s been a great season of game conferences, but there’s still time for some studios to throw in last-minute announcements. At the very least, it’s looking like the next few years will be rather fun for fans of games both retro and modern.


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