On average, more than 1,000 new PC games are published on Steam every month. Keeping up with that many games is almost impossible, which is why Steam’s wishlist feature is priceless. Spot a game you think you might enjoy? Include it to your wishlist right away so you don’t instantly forget about it. This feature is just as crucial for game developers as Steam is more inclined to promote a game that thousands of users are enthusiastic about.
Steam has a list of the games that appear on the most wishlists, which is regularly updated. Here are the most wishlisted Steam games of 2024 at the moment:
- Debut date: February 22, 2024
Nightengale is another open-world survival crafting game, but what sets this one apart is its steampunk aesthetic. Embark alone or with up to five friends while collecting materials, constructing an estate, exploring caves and ruins, and battling mythical creatures.
- Debut date: Summer 2024
This third-person co-op action RPG shooter places you in the role of a Descendant tasked with completing missions and defeating enormous bosses to protect humanity. There are numerous characters to pick from, each with their own distinct active and passive abilities. As you progress, you’ll acquire new weapons and equipment that can be personalized and enhanced. Will The First Descendant challenge Destiny 2 in 2024?
- Debut date: January 24, 2024
It’s an excellent time to be a fan of survival games. Rust, Valheim, Lego Fortnite, and more draw millions of players each month who want to construct bases and fend off enemies while contending with the elements. Enshrouded is a new fantasy-themed survival game with all of the traditional elements: Crafting, building, exploring, and battling. Up to 16 players can join up on a single server to construct and fight together to rescue Embervale.
- Debut date: September 5, 2024
Fans of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. have been waiting nearly two decades for a sequel. This year, it’s finally happening. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is a first-person shooter staged in a 64-square-kilometer radioactive zone where you’ll be up against different human factions as well as dangerous mutants. As in the first game, you will have to deal with survival mechanics such as hunger, sleeping, and bleeding as you venture out into a world that couldn’t care less about you.
Ark: Survival Evolved lets you tame and ride dinosaurs, so it’s no wonder it became one of the most popular games in this increasingly crowded genre. Studio Wildcard significantly upped the ante for ARK 2 by casting Vin Diesel (Fast X) and Auli’i Cravalho (Moana) as its lead characters. There will be more of a focus on story, but don’t worry — you can still craft weapons and tools, construct structures, battle monsters, and of course, ride dinosaurs.
Frostpunk 2 is a survival strategy game set 30 years after an apocalyptic blizzard that left the world all but frozen. Your job is to build up a city with limited resources while keeping the people within from tearing themselves and each other apart. The first game was a smash hit, and fans have been waiting patiently for a sequel since 2018.
- Debut date: August 20, 2024
This action RPG from developer Game Science is based on the legendary Chinese novel Journey to the West, which also inspired a Netflix movie in 2023. Battle mythological creatures as you master new staff techniques and combine your prowess with new spells, abilities, and equipment you discover along the way. Could Black Myth be this year’s Lies of P?
It’s been five years since Team Cherry announced the follow-up to its beloved action platformer Hollow Knight. We still have no idea when or if this game is coming out, but we do know it stars Hornet, princess-protector of Hallownest who sparred with our Knight in the first game. She has a very different play style that looks more acrobatic and should differentiate this sequel from the original — if we ever get our hands on it, that is.
- Debut date: April 26, 2024
In this medieval strategy game, you assume the role of a manor lord in charge of constructing a city and an army to safeguard your citizens. Combine Civilization and Total War into a blender, and this is probably what would come out. Remarkably, Manor Lords was created by a solo developer, but you wouldn’t know it from the game’s stunning landscapes.
- Debut date: 2024 (Early Access)
After Hades made such a significant impact in 2020, it’s no surprise that the sequel made its way onto more Steam wishlists than any other game. The action roguelike starring Melinoë, Princess of the Underworld and the sister of Hades protagonist Zagreus, will expand upon the previous entry with new weapons, new upgrades, and new buff gods to ogle. It’s only entering early access this year, but it should still be worth playing on day one.