— Square Enix

We’ve been through may finally be the game to deliver — fingers crossed there isn’t some kind of curse on it, though. Even as people voice fatigue with Ubisoft’s open-world formula in the wake of genre-redefining titles like Breath of the Wild and Elden Ring, Outlaw’s use of the Star Wars setting seems like the perfect playground for an open-world game full of people to screw over and adventures to get lost in. – Willa Rowe

10. Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes

Release date: 2024

Platform: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, PC

It seems every classic RPG under the sun has gotten a retro-homage in recent years. We’ve had Earthbound-likes, Chrono Trigger-likes, and even Live-A-Live-likes. But Suikoden has stayed in the past — until now. Yoshitaka Murayama, the creator of the Suikoden series, has taken it upon himself to bring his franchise back into the world with spiritual successor as the start of a new era for FFXIV, one with a more adventurous spirit as the Scions explore the uncharted lands of Tural.

On top of the usual additions of new jobs, stories, and dungeons, Dawntrail will also introduce FFXIV’s first graphical overhaul, boosting the visual quality of both the world and characters. Interestingly, it looks like Dawntrail takes liberal inspiration from the series’ past with a setting inspired by Final Fantasy XI and a job seemingly inspired by Final Fantasy IX.

A lot is riding on Dawntrail as it could set the tone and quality expectations for the next 10 years of FFXIV. – Hayes Madsen

7. Avowed

Release date: 2024

Platform: Xbox and Windows

The Outer Worlds felt like Obsidian’s take on a spacefaring Fallout. Now, the studio is primed to reveal its version of an epic Elder Scrolls-esque fantasy game. Set in the same universe as Pillars of Eternity, gives the titular heroine a sword. What else do you need to know? Showtime will be only the second game to star Peach as the main protagonist, the first being 2005’s Super Princess Peach. This time around, Peach finds herself trapped inside a theater where new plays require her to take on new roles, each of which gives her a unique set of skills. The game looks to meld multiple gameplay styles depending on the costume. We’ve already seen Swordfighter Peach, Detective Peach, Patissier Peach, and Kung Fu Peach. – Willa Rowe

5. Unicorn Overlord

Release date: March 8, 2024

Platform: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and S

If you’re not already a fan of Vanillaware, it’s a great time to get in on one of the most underrated developers around. Vanillaware has tackled strategy, beat ’em ups, and visual novels. Now, it’s back with , which continues the series’ recent trend of third-person action RPGs. Like in 2020’s Trials of Mana, you control a party in real-time combat, switching characters and giving orders at will. It features the series’ signature vibrant art style, looking better than ever in the short clips we’ve seen so far. – Robin Bea

3. Metaphor: ReFantazio

Release date: 2024

Platform: PlayStation 5 and 4, Windows, Xbox Series X and S

Persona is more popular than ever thanks to the fifth entry in the series — as well as the upcoming Persona 3 Reload — but the familiar story of a bunch of high-schoolers building relationships and dungeon-crawling could use a fresh twist. Thankfully, , but the sequel to Capcom’s 2012 cult hit Dragon’s Dogma finally arrives this year. From what’s been shown so far, it looks like it won’t stray too far from the original, instead polishing and refining what made it great. This time, your NPC companions (Pawns) have more skills to help on your adventure; with new classes also added to the original’s already great options. Whether you missed Dragon’s Dogma or you’ve been waiting for a sequel all these years, Dragon’s Dogma 2 is shaping up to be one of 2024’s most exciting RPGs. – Robin Bea

1. Final Fantasy VII Rebirth

Release date: February 29, 2024

Platform: PlayStation 5

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth looks to continue the bold reimagining established by Remake, bringing in even more wild changes and a more ambitious open-world style. Square Enix has said Rebirth will cover from when the party leaves Midgar, up through the climactic events at the Forgotten Capital, which resulted in a beloved character’s untimely end in the original game.

In many ways, Rebirth looks quite similar to Remake but cranked up to 11. Combat is expanded with more playable characters and Synergy Moves that result in powerful combos. The open world is packed with iconic towns like Costa del Sol along with brand-new locations. Then there are the story changes, including a bigger role for fan favorite Zack Fair. Remake was a huge surprise, especially in terms of its ending, so it’s exciting to think about what revelations might be in store with the next chapter. – Hayes Madsen

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