Star Wars Outlaws
We've had our fair share of Star Wars games to date. Some of them are iconic, others are insanely good and a few are... divisive, to say the least. However, none of them has managed to fulfill the promise of intergalactic exploration in a free and open way.
Granted, you can travel to different planets (or restrained areas of them, at least) in a few games like Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. But most of the time this "traveling" mechanic comes down to selecting your destination on a map and watching a cut scene unfold while the new area loads. However, that's all about to change.
As stated by Kotaku, it seems players will be able to jump into their spaceship and freely explore the galaxy as they wish in Star Wars Outlaws:
"From hopping into your battered ship—The Trailblazer—to steering it through the atmosphere, the transitions between boots-on-the-ground exploration and gravity-defying dogfights look refreshingly smooth. (Almost like what many players hoped for from Bethesda’s Starfield.)"- Tom Regan, Kotaku
And just in case you were wondering; yes, Star Wars Outlaws is an open world game:
"Focusing on the open-world game aspect allowed us to build out a deeply immersive Star Wars journey. "- Navid Khavari, narrative director
Unfortunately, Ubisoft hasn't revealed the game's release date yet, but we can expect it to hit shelves in 2024 on PlayStation, Xbox series X/S, and PC.
Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree
While not technically a full game itself, Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree is a highly anticipated DLC that's set to be released this year. We don't know much about the expansion yet, but the mere fact that it's being developed for one of the greatest games of all time should be more than enough to get us excited.
Reportedly, the DLC is set to release in February, which might be way too soon considering we don't even have a trailer for it yet. But, hey, let's leave it to 2024 to surprise us in a good way with an early release of Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree.