The Games of 2024 – Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden
PUBLISHER Focus Entertainment
DEVELOPER Don’t Nod
PLATFORMS Xbox Series X/S, PS5, PC
RELEASE DATE 02.13.2024
This narrative-driven action RPG takes place in Colonial North America, just with way more ghosts than they ever mentioned in the history books. You play as Antea and Red, two lovers who’ve sworn an oath to rid our world of specters, which gets a little more complicated when Antea dies and becomes a spirit herself. While developer Don’t Nod is playing to its strengths—expect plenty of dialogue trees and decisions that impact the outcome of the story a la Life Is Strange—Banishers might be its most ambitious title yet, with early footage indicating a scope and polish more in line with God of War than the studio’s recent work. Particularly Kratosesque is the combat system, which sees you using Red’s physical attacks in conjunction with Antea’s ghost powers.