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'Rise of the Ronin' (2023) | Image: Team Ninja/Sony Interactive Entertainment

Best New Video Games Releasing in March 2024

March 2024 is another big month for new game releases. I say this every month, but that doesn’t make it any less true. If you like dark and twisted things, be sure to check out Alone in the Dark and The Outlast Trials. One’s the reboot of a classic, the other a multiplayer spin on a popular gorefest of a franchise. Elsewhere, a samurai changes the course of history in Rise of the Ronin; players compete for glory in WWE 2K24 and Princess Peach: Showtime! gives the popular heroine her time in the spotlight.

We’re also experiencing a pleasant changing of the tides as Sony and Microsoft seemingly learn to play nice. Former Xbox exclusive Hi-Fi Rush is one of several games coming to PS5, and PlayStation’s Horizon Forbidden West arrives on PC.

Alone in the Dark

  • Platforms: PC, PlayStation, Xbox
  • Release date: March 20

Psychological horror meets southern gothic in Alone in the Dark, a reimagination of the classic 90’s survival horror game.

Emily Hartwood’s uncle has gone missing. Together with private investigator Edward Carnby, embark on a journey to Derceto Manor, a home for the mentally ill where something lurks. You’ll encounter strange residents, nightmarish realms, and dangerous monsters while uncovering a plot of rising evil. Who can you trust, what will you believe, and what will you do next? Alone in the Dark stars David Harbour and Jodie Comer. A free prologue is available to play now.

Rise of the Ronin

  • Platform: PlayStation 5
  • Release date: March 22

Amidst the chaos of war, disease and political unrest, a nameless warrior holds the very fate of Japan in their hands. Rise of the Ronin is the latest from Team Ninja, so of course, it features a deep and engaging combat system with layers of complexity suitable for any play style. Face your foes with a selection of close-quarters weaponry or engage from afar with authentic period firearms. Explore a historically inspired world and see the story unfold differently depending on your choices. 

WWE 2K24

  • Platforms: PC, PlayStation, Xbox
  • Release date: March 5 – 8

WWE 2K24 celebrates 40 years of WrestleMania, where you can relive a collection of some of the most unforgettable, career-defining matches. It boasts a roster of over 200 wrestlers, including legends “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Undertaker, and Andre the Giant, alongside current stars Cody Rhodes, John Cena, Rhea Ripley, and Roman Reigns.

With two career arcs, MyFaction mode, MyGM, a deep sandbox mode and new match types, including Casket, Gauntlet and Ambulance, this year’s entry delivers no shortage of World Wrestling Entertainment.

The Outlast Trials

  • Platforms: PC, PlayStation, Xbox
  • Release Date: March 5

Experience mind-numbing Outlast terror. This time with friends. The Outlast Trials is a co-op take on the terrifying series. Set during the Cold War, you and other players are involuntarily recruited to test advanced mind control methods. Escape the horrifying creatures in your path while having your morals challenged, endurance tested, and sanity crushed. All in the name of progress, science and profit. The Outlast Trials has been in Early Access for some time, receiving acclaim. The complete experience launches this March.

Expeditions: A MudRunner Game

  • Platforms: PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Switch
  • Release date: March 5

Venture off-road, piloting various all-terrain vehicles on scientific expeditions into the wilderness. Expeditions: A MudRunner Game features realistic physics to test your skills and give a simulation-like driving experience.

Chart through arid deserts, dense forests and up steep mountains using an arsenal of cutting-edge gadgets, like planting anchors and using echo sounders to probe water depth. Manage your camp by building research structures and hiring experts to unlock new skills and possibilities during expeditions.

Dragon’s Dogma 2

  • Platforms: PC, PlayStation, Xbox
  • Release date: March 22

Dragon’s Dogma returns for a new single-player adventure where players choose their own experience – from appearance, vocation, party members and more! Rise from an underground prison to explore a detailed fantasy world to fulfil a forgotten destiny and slay the Dragon to claim the throne.

Players can wield swords, bows, magic, and more to battle the monsters beyond the towns’ borders. With a string of interchangeable human and beastren companions, you’re never alone and can be ready to face even the most unexpected of challenges.   

Princess Peach: Showtime!

  • Platform: Switch
  • Release date: March 22

Princess Peach takes the spotlight, transforming into diverse roles using showstopping abilities to save the day. Fend off the Sour Bunch with sensational swordplay as a swordfighter. In another role, Peach puts on her detective hat to solve a ‘whodunnit’ museum mystery. From kung fu master to pastry chef, Peach’s roles give you distinctly powerful ways to save the day!

South Park: Snow Day!

  • Platforms: PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Switch
  • Release date: March 26

Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny come together to celebrate the most magical day in a child’s life – snow day! A massive blizzard has thrown the town into chaos and, more importantly, cancelled school. Play with up to three friends in this multiplayer-only experience, engaging in action-packed combat against warring factions in an all-new story where you make the rules. Equip unique weapons and deploy devastating, upgradable special abilities on a new adventure to save the world and enjoy a day without school.

Classified: France ’44

  • Platforms: PC, PlayStation, Xbox
  • Release date: March 5

Classified: France ’44 is a turn-based strategy game set in World War II during the desperate months leading up to the Allied invasion of France. Command an elite team of allied special operators in Nazi-occupied France, wreaking havoc in the build-up to D-Day. Take on Germany’s war machine, launching daring raids in occupied territory. Recruit operatives to build your squad, then engage in a sweeping campaign of sabotage and destruction. However, the more chaos you cause, the more you’ll draw the merciless attention of the Gestapo secret police.

Outside the campaign, the rich Mission Creator tool allows players to create, share and download custom missions.

March 2024 Video Game Release Dates

  • Captain Velvet Meteor: The Jump+ Dimensions (PC, XBX/S, Switch) — March 1
  • Cricket Through the Ages (Switch) — March 1
  • Mixture (PC, PS5) — March 1
  • The Mobius Machine (PC, PS5) — March 1
  • Unlife (PS5, XBX/S) — March 1
  • The Outlast Trials (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1) — March 5
  • Expeditions: A MudRunner Game (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch) — March 5
  • Mediterranea Inferno (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch) — March 5
  • WWE 2K24 (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1) — March 5-8
  • Classified: France ’44 (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1) — March 5
  • Reveil (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1) — March 6
  • Berserk Boy (PC, Switch) — March 6
  • Manic Mechanics (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1) — March 5
  • ABRISS: Build to Destroy (PC, PS5, XBX/S) — March 7
  • Zoria: Age of Shattering (PC) — March 7
  • As Dusk Falls (PS5, PS4) — March 7
  • Stilt (PC, PSVR2) — March 8
  • Summer House (PC) — March 8
  • Unicorn Overload (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch) — March 8
  • Contra: Operation Galuga (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch) — March 12
  • Little Cities Bigger (PSVR2) — March 12
  • Cartel Tycoon (PC, PS5, PS4) — March 14
  • Highwater (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch) — March 14
  • Star Wars: Battlefront Classic Collection (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch) — March 14
  • Outcast: A New Beginning (PC, PS5, XBX/S) — March 15
  • PJ Masks Power Heroes: Mighty Alliance (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch) — March 15
  • Hi-Fi Rush (PS5) — March 19
  • Lightyear Frontier (PC, XBX/S, XB1) — March 19
  • MLB The Show 24 (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1) — March 19
  • Alone in the Dark (PC, PS5, XBX/S) — March 20
  • House Flipper 2 (PS5, XBX/S) — March 21
  • Horizon Forbidden West: Complete Edition (PC) — March 21
  • Dragon’s Dogma 2 (PC, PS5, XBX/S) — March 22
  • Princess Peach: Showtime! (Switch) — March 22
  • Rise of the Ronin (PS5) — March 22
  • The Legend of Legacy HD Remastered (PC, PS5, PS4, Switch) — March 22
  • Bulwark: Falconeer Chronicles (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1) — March 26
  • South Park: Snow Day! (PC, PS5, XBX/S, Switch) — March 26
  • Mars 2120 (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch) — March 28
  • Outward (Switch) — March 28
  • Open Roads (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch) — March 28
  • Pepper Grinder (PC, Switch) — March 28
  • Touch Detective 3 + The Complete Case Files (Switch) — March 28
  • Sonzai (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch) — March 29

Gaming FAQs

What games are coming out in March 2024?

The heavy hitters of March 2024 include Alone in the Dark, Dragon’s Dogma 2, Rise of the Ronin, WWE 2K24 and Princess Peach Showtime. Plus, Horizon: Forbidden West comes to PC, and Hi-Fi Rush arrives on PS5.

Is Brock Lesnar in WWE 2K24?

Brock Lesnar was removed from the game and its cover artwork weeks before release. Recent allegations cast a shadow over his wrestling future after being indirectly implicated in controversy surrounding former WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon.

Is Rise of the Ronin open-world?

Rise of the Ronin is an open-world game with action RPG elements set during the Bakumatsu period of the 19th century. Preview tout a diverse and stunning world of pristine forests, secluded beaches and developed cities to explore and overcome trials.