Last year set a high bar for quality video game releases, and 2024 so far isn’t quite clearing it.
The pandemic screwed up production schedules for countless big-budget video games, and as a result, 2023’s game release scheduled ended up with a logjam of incredible games released week after week.
Long production cycles mean we are seeing fewer high budget games from studios. In the 1990s and early 2000s, many games often took under two years to create, but now they take anywhere from half to a full decade. There is no clearer example than the 11-year gap between “Grand Theft Auto V” and the sixth title, scheduled for a 2025 release.
This year could’ve used some of that sizzle, as many projects still have “to be determined” tags to their release dates. But 2024 will at least start out very strong, especially in the first quarter.
‘Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown’
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Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox, PC | Jan. 18
Ubisoft revives (for the third time) one of gaming’s first stories ever told. This new reboot evokes the 2D roots of the series while updating the tale with flashy action and a modern visual language edited with style and panache.