Summer is approaching, and with it… the long-awaited holidays!

Whether you’re still studying or already working, you’ve surely planned some relaxation for the summer months. Are you planning a trip to some beautiful place, or are you intending to catch up on your reading and gaming backlog?

If you’re choosing option number 2, you are definitely eagerly waiting to have some time finally to check out the most anticipated games of 2024 that have recently come out or are about to be released.

Can’t wait to play? In that case, we’ve prepared a short list of video games you need to try this summer!

GameReleaseGenreDeveloper
Elden Ring Shadow Of The Erdtree 2024-06-21 RPG FromSoftware
Star Wars Outlaws 2024 Action Massive Entertainment
Destiny 2 The Final Shape 2024-06-04 MMORPG Bungie
Still Wakes The Deep 2024-06-18 Horror The Chinese Room
Nine Sols 2024-05-29 Indie Red Candle Games
Hades II 2024-05 Indie Supergiant Games
Ghost Of Tsushima Directors Cut 2024-05-16 Adventure Sucker Punch Productions
The Elder Scrolls Online Collection Gold Road 2024-06-03 MMORPG ZeniMax Online Studios
Helldivers 2 2024-02-08 Shooter Arrowhead Game Studios
Manor Lords 2024-04-26 Strategy Slavic Magic
Senuas Saga Hellblade II 2024-05-21 Adventure Ninja Theory
Gray Zone Warfare Standard Edition 2024-04-30 Shooter MADFINGER Games
Dragons Dogma II 2024-03-22 Shooter CAPCOM
Frostpunk 2 2024-09-20 Strategy 11 bit studios
Black Myth Wukong 2024-08-20 Action Game Science

Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree

Release date:2024-06-21
Genre:RPG
Developer:FromSoftware

This is one of the games coming out in 2024, scheduled for release on the first day of summer. Although it is a DLC for the 2022 Elden Ring, the events in it take place parallel to those of the main game, and the story and world are similar in length (50h) and size.

This time we follow Miquella’s Path – slowly uncovering the secrets of both the Land of Shadow (a place obscured by the Erdtree where the goddess Marika first set foot after leaving her motherland) and Miquella himself – the eternally young demigod, son of Marika.

Shadow of the Erdtree is one of the most anticipated games of 2024 and had to be on our list of games you need to play this summer!

Key features
  • Massive expansion to the beloved Elden Ring
  • Quite a challenging game belonging to the soulslike subgenre
  • Large, mysterious, and dark world

Destiny 2: The Final Shape

Release date:2024-06-04
Genre:MMORPG
Developer:Bungie

This is also an expansion to another previously released title – this time a major DLC for the 2017 Destiny 2. Additionally, The Final Shape is the conclusion of The Light and Darkness Saga.

The game is a direct continuation of the events from Destiny 2: Forsaken. We again play as one of the Guardians, who this time faces the ultimate showdown with The Witness – the main antagonist of the entire saga. The Witness disappeared into a portal he created on the surface of the celestial Traveler in the previous instalment.

Although the Destiny series is mainly associated with MMO fun and looter shooters, this expansion is a full-fledged action game with an engaging story. Curious about how the war ends, and what will be the culmination of The Light and Darkness Saga? You need to play this title this summer!

Key features
  • Another DLC for the MMO game Destiny 2, which interestingly develops the storylines
  • Conclusion of The Light and Darkness Saga
  • Large arsenal of weapons and armor, new character abilities

Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut

Release date:2024-05-16
Genre:Action
Developer:Sucker Punch Productions

Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut is the director’s version of the game Ghost of Tsushima, released a year earlier on PS4. This title (like its earlier version) was a PlayStation exclusive, but in May 2024, the game was released on PC. The Director’s Cut was expanded with the Iki Island DLC.

In this game, we play as the samurai Jin Sakai, tasked with stopping the Mongol invaders who previously attacked the titular Tsushima Island, killing his comrades. Interestingly, the game transports us to historical settings, to the year 1274 in feudal Japan, which we can explore both on foot and on horseback.

Due to its unique atmosphere and the fact that the game recently premiered on personal computers, it also had to be on our list! This exceptional title as a PS exclusive received very high ratings!

Key features
  • Adventure action game with stealth elements and extensive skill trees
  • The title takes players to the historical setting of ancient Japan
  • Outstanding, gripping story

The Elder Scrolls Online: Gold Road

Release date:2024-06-03
Genre:MMORPG
Developer:ZeniMax Online Studios

As you can see, 2024 is marked by large, extensive DLCs for games. This is also the case here! Gold Road is the eighth chapter, another expansion to the 2014 game The Elder Scrolls Online.

This title once again takes us to Cyrodiil. One of its regions, Colovia, ruled by Colonius, begins to change beyond recognition. A tropical jungle, called Dawnwood by the Elves, is slowly encroaching on its lands. Additionally, the long-forgotten Daedric Prince Ithelia has returned to this very place. The fate of Colovia, as well as the entire Cyrodiil, once again rests on our shoulders.

Do you love and faithfully follow the TES series created since the 90s? Are you curious about what other secrets Tamriel holds? In that case, this title also cannot be missing from your summer library!

Key features
  • Another chapter in the history of Tamriel
  • Huge, open world full of secrets to discover
  • Possibility of character customization, both in terms of appearance and playstyle

HELLDIVERS 2

Release date:2024-02-08
Genre:Action
Developer:Arrowhead Game Studios

Helldivers 2 is the second installment of the warmly received sci-fi shooter that premiered in 2015. This title focuses on cooperation with other players, but solo play is also possible.

Once again, we move to the surface of Super Earth, a planet that the titular Helldivers soldiers defend against alien civilizations using a very extensive arsenal of various weapons. In addition to fighting invaders, their task is to spread democracy and peace throughout the galaxy.

If you’re a fan of sci-fi games focusing on battles with aliens and are drawn to elaborate, interesting shooters, Helldivers 2 is the game for you. How about an online session with a group of friends this summer?

Key features
  • Second installment of the highly rated science fiction shooter
  • Considerable arsenal of various weapons and armor, as well as upgrades for soldiers
  • Epic battles with alien civilizations, mechs, and spaceships

Manor Lords

Release date:2024-04-26
Genre:Strategy
Developer:Slavic Magic

This is one of the hottest releases of the year. Released in April on early access terms, Manor Lords has already made a splash, mainly because the game was developed by a single creator – Grzegorz Styczeń.

Manor Lords is an economic-tactical strategy game inspired by historical realities – feudal Europe from the 11th to the 15th century. As usual in strategy games, our task is to slowly build and develop a village that can then turn into a self-sufficient city, as well as to wage battles against hostile factions and invaders.

The game impresses both in terms of graphics and gameplay mechanics. The official, full release has not been announced yet, but even in early access, this is a title you must catch up on!

Key features
  • Great strategic-economic game set in the Middle Ages
  • Extensive system of both construction and combat
  • Variable weather conditions and seasons affecting gameplay

Senua's Saga: Hellblade II

Release date:2024-05-21
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Ninja Theory

Also known as Hellblade 2: Senua’s Saga, this game is a direct sequel to the successful Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice from 2017. Both are dark, Nordic myth-inspired journeys through a semi-fantasy world and… into oneself.

Again, we play as the Pict warrior Senua. After understanding the root of her curse (which is actually a mental illness), the woman copes much better with the surrounding reality. This time, she voluntarily surrenders to the Norse slavers, to find her kidnapped comrades upon reaching Iceland. There, her affliction becomes a kind of gift – she is recognized as a seer. Now she must uncover the island’s mystery.

Due to its stunning graphics and engaging story, it became a hit just days after its release. If you haven’t had a chance to play the second part of Hellblade yet, we highly recommend it!

Key features
  • Continuation of the adventures of the mentally ill warrior, Senua
  • Wonderfully designed world, created using photogrammetry
  • Great musical setting, appealing to fans of neofolk music

Gray Zone Warfare | Standard Edition

Release date:2024-04-30
Genre:Shooter
Developer:MADFINGER Games

Also known as GZW, this is a tactical shooter with an open world, heavily focused on realism. The game is designed for PvPvE skirmishes.

In this title, we are transported to the Democratic Republic of Lamang, a fictional country in Asia modelled after Laos. For unknown reasons, the country has been quarantined, and the civilian population has left its borders. Three private military factions are sent to the area to uncover the mystery of the quarantine and the state itself.

GZW features a massive map that can be explored solo or in a squad. Interestingly, the classic health bar has been replaced with a complex injury system – each wound must be treated differently. During gameplay, we must also remember to stay hydrated, fed, and sheltered. Sounds intriguing? Then you’ve got a plan for the summer!

Key features
  • Tactical shooter with highly developed, realistic gameplay
  • Huge map filled with villages, towns, jungles, rice fields, and other interesting places
  • Rich arsenal of weapons with realistic behaviour (knowledge of ballistics is very useful)

Dragon's Dogma II

Release date:2024-03-22
Genre:RPG
Developer:CAPCOM

This is the second installment of the successful RPG first released on PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2012. The vast, creature-filled fantasy world is completely absorbing!

The storyline of Dragon’s Dogma II is partially based of the first game. Don’t be fooled, though! This title is set in an alternate reality to the first instalment. Once again, we play as the Arisen, a character whose heart has been stolen by a dragon – our ultimate goal is to find the giant lizard. Along the way, however, many adventures and challenges await us.

To assist us, we have companions known as Pawns, which we can create ourselves or recruit from a large pool. Interestingly, other players can “borrow” our Pawns, allowing these characters to gain knowledge about locations and characters and help us. Want to explore a well-designed fantasy world this summer? Dragon’s Dogma II awaits!

Key features
  • Sequel to the great RPG from 12 years ago
  • Huge, well-designed fantasy world inspired by medieval Europe
  • Interesting system of immortal companions known as Pawns

Frostpunk 2

Release date:2024-09-20
Genre:Strategy
Developer:11 bit studios

And finally, a bit of chill with the frosty setting of Frostpunk 2 – perfect for summer! This title is the second part of the game Frostpunk, released in 2018. Interestingly, both were produced by a studio known for the excellent This War of Mine.

The story of Frostpunk 2 takes place 30 years after the events of the first game. The ice-bound, alternate version of our world still suffers from an unexplained climate collapse. Forced to fight for survival, humanity began building cities around coal-fired heat generators. However, 30 years after the disaster, coal deposits are beginning to run out…

Our task, as the city manager, is to find an alternative way to heat the inhabitants and maintain the economy and peace at a sufficient level. Frostpunk 2 is therefore a great title for those who love strategic challenges and also dream of cooling off during summer heatwaves. The game’s atmosphere will undoubtedly help!

Key features
  • Sequel to the great strategy game from 2018
  • Alternate steampunk world, combining elements from our past with unusual technology
  • Frosty climate and harsh conditions that provide a real challenge!

Conclusion

So, did any of the games we listed particularly appeal to you? Or are you already looking forward to playing them all?

As you can see, some presented games have already won the hearts of gamers, while others are still awaiting their release and will be truly fresh when you sit down at your computer or console this summer!