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Top 12 exciting gaming trends to expect in 2024

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Top 12 exciting gaming trends to expect in 2024

Lookback on 2023

Before we dive into the anticipated gaming trends of 2024, let’s glance back at the roller coaster ride that was in 2023. The gaming industry witnessed unprecedented shifts, from Microsoft’s monumental $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard to a staggering estimated 8,000 job cuts due to factors like high inflation rates and past over-expansion.

Amid this tumultuous backdrop, however, 2023 showcased remarkable games, such as Baldur’s Gate 3 and The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. A paradox of record highs and lows kept the industry on its toes, with twenty-five games scoring 90 or above on Metacritic.

Nintendo Switch 2

In 2024, gamers can anticipate the unveiling of Nintendo Switch 2, While details remain speculative, court disclosures and behind-the-closed-doors demos hint at a console emerging from Nintendo’s stable. Predictions include a potential paid upgrade element for enhanced backward compatibility.

Top 12 gaming trends to expect in 2024

Xbox breakthrough

Microsoft’s strategic acquisitions, especially the monumental takeover of Activision Blizzard, positions Xbox for a breakthrough year in 2024. The influx of game titles to Game Pass, graphic showcases like Hellblade II, and the release of Obsidian’s Avowed contribute to Microsoft’s potential resurgence.

Meta quest 3 VR headset

The Meta Quest 3 VR headset, released in the previous year, is poised to dominate the VR landscape in 2024. With competitors facing limitations, Quest 3 is anticipated to demonstrate its full potential, potentially fueled by upcoming blockbuster VR titles.

Top 12 gaming trends to expect in 2024

Introducing mixed reality

Apple Vision Pro, expected to launch in March 2024, introduces mixed reality to the gaming scene. While Meta Quest 3 has taken an early lead, Apple’s entry could redefine the narrative and elevate the discussion around mixed reality.

Top 12 gaming trends to expect in 2024

Innovation in VR

As Meta Quest 3 establishes itself as an industry standard, multiplayer VR games are expected to thrive. Unique and innovative experiences like Taskmaster VR, Bulletstorm VR, Gravity Royale VR, Mannequin, and Ghosts of Tabor are set to capture gamers’ attention.

Mobile port decline

After notable mobile ports in 2023, the trend of Triple-A games transitioning to mobile might see a decline in 2024. Exceptions like Genshin Impact and carefully crafted mobile-first titles are expected to shape the mobile gaming landscape.

Netflix gaming rise

Netflix’s foray into gaming continues, with downloadable titles like Immortality, Into the Breach, and Oxenfree II gaining traction. The potential addition of cloud streaming for TV-based game streaming could position Netflix as a major player in the gaming industry.

Top 12 gaming trends to expect in 2024

Mobile to console transition

The increasing quality of mobile games, coupled with the preferences of Millennials and Gen Z gamers, could lead to more mobile-to-console and PC ports. Genshin Impact’s success serves as a testament to this trend.

Expect AI everything

Generative AI tools are expected to play a more prominent role in 2024, assisting game developers in coding and implementing advanced visual effects. Tools like Copilot from GitHub may become commonplace in the development process.

Top 12 gaming trends to expect in 2024

Retro gaming

The resurgence of retro games sees new releases replicating old consoles, such as the Atari 2600+. Companies like Retro Games Ltd plan to launch new full-size consoles, promising a nostalgic journey for gamers in 2024.

Godot to emerge as gaming rival

Unity’s challenges prompt developers to turn to open-source platforms like Godot. With an influx of talent and increasing adoption, Godot could emerge as a serious rival to Unity in 2024.

Epic games release

Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 5, showcased in 2023, is set to power numerous major releases in 2024. Games like Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, Black Myth: Wukong, and Nightingale will highlight the engine’s capabilities.

Despite these exciting gaming trends, the gaming industry faces challenges, including ongoing downsizing, potential layoffs at Unity, and the critical reception of Unity 6. The landscape is ever-evolving, and 2024 promises to be a year of innovation, competition, and adaptation in the gaming realm. As we step into the future, the gaming community eagerly awaits the next level of immersive experiences.

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