Top 7 Best Upcoming Survival Games for 2024

Get Ready to Survive and Thrive in These Upcoming Survival Games

The survival genre continues to thrive, with several exciting new titles coming in 2024 that will test players’ skills in staying alive in hostile worlds. From defending bases against hordes to gas lamp survival and first person shooters, these games offer intense challenges and memorable worlds to get lost in.

List of Top 7 Best Survival Games 2024


An upcoming survival game in 2024 called Nightingale, featuring a screenshot of a nightmare in the woods.

The magical realms of Nightingale finally open their doors to Realmwalkers everywhere come February 2024. Developed by Inflexion Games, this shared world title invites players to traverse mystical portals into procedural biomes using cunning, skill and teamwork to survive.

Craft a Living World with Friends

At its core, Nightingale is about building a settlement with friends, uncovering mysteries, and overcoming threats together. The world evolves based on the collective actions of players.

Inflexion Games has delayed the Early Access launch to ensure Nightingale delivers on its immense potential as a gaslamp fantasy survival experience. Early Access marks the start of an ongoing collaboration between Inflexion and the Nightingale community. Through regular Realmwalker feedback, the game will grow and improve over time into the definitive gaslamp survival experience.

Acclaimed Developers Bring Their Pedigree

While Nightingale is their debut project, Inflexion Games boasts industry veterans with acclaimed pedigree. Their combined credits include franchises like Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Far Cry, and World of Warcraft. With Tencent’s backing, Inflexion has the resources and expertise to fulfill Nightingale’s immense potential as a memorable shared-world survival game.

Check out their website at or the Steam game page.

Frostpunk 2

An upcoming 2024 survival game called Frostpunk 2 set in a city covered in snow, offering players a breathtaking aerial view of their surroundings.

11 bit studios S.A. has announced Frostpunk 2, the highly anticipated sequel to the acclaimed society survival game Frostpunk. The new title continues the chilling post-apocalyptic story thirty years after the original, where Earth is still trapped in an icy climate.

Surviving the Frozen Wasteland

In Frostpunk 2, players take on the role of a leader in a resource-hungry metropolis struggling to expand and find new sources of energy. While the city has endured the worst of the apocalyptic blizzard, new threats loom driven by human ambition.

The frozen wasteland setting remains hazardous, and survival depends on players making difficult decisions. As the city grows, creating and passing laws that maintain order becomes increasingly complex.

Human Ambition Sows Discord

A key theme of Frostpunk 2 is how human ambition can disrupt and divide a society. Even after surviving the apocalypse, social differences and conflicting visions for the future foster tensions.

As a steward, players must manage various factions and ideologies vying for control of the city. Navigating political strife and keeping the city united in purpose is a major challenge.

Shape the City’s Future

Through meaningful narrative choices, players will steer the city down different political and ethical paths, ultimately determining the society’s destiny. Will you maintain order through careful reforms or impose your vision through technological dominance?

For fans of the original Frostpunk’s gritty survival storytelling, Frostpunk 2 promises to deliver an even richer sequel with greater depth. The game will be released sometime in 2024. More details are a little far and few at the moment but check out Frostpunk 2’s Steam game page.


A man with a backpack is walking down a street in the year 2024 in the game Rooted

Rooted is a gorgeous looking upcoming post-apocalyptic survival game from Headlight Studio focused on salvaging, crafting, and camp-building. Launching in 2024, players are thrust into a 2100 AD world devastated by global warfare and tasked with navigating the ruins.

Gear Up Through Scavenging and Crafting

Scavenging debris and objects to repair into useful gear is essential for improving your living conditions. Finding a safe haven to build a camp in the wilderness provides the foundations for survival. Hunting, collecting water, and learning what’s safe to consume is crucial.

Brave Dangerous Ruins for Valuable Salvage

Braving abandoned villages allows you to salvage relics of the past civilization. Heading into the ruins of the city offers more valuable items but greater dangers as well. Expect resistance from hostile groups and deadly spores requiring protective equipment.

Band Together or Go Solo in Co-Op Survival

While fully playable solo, Rooted also features co-op survival, friendly fire, and in-game communication. Building traps and weapons helps defend your camp against threats like powerful robots. For fans of crafting, scavenging, and camp-building, Rooted hits the right notes for an immersive apocalyptic experience. Check out the game’s website or the Steam game page.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2: Heart of Chornobyl

In the year 2024, a soldier stands in awe of the breathtaking field of poppies, setting the scene for one of the top 7 upcoming survival games, Stalker 2

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl is the long-awaited next-gen sequel to the award-winning S.T.A.L.K.E.R. PC game franchise developed by GSC Game World.

This open world first-person shooter set in the sinister and mysterious post-apocalyptic Chornobyl Exclusion Zone promises an immersive survival experience showcasing Unreal Engine 5’s groundbreaking graphics capabilities.

Tactical Gameplay in an Evolving Open World

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2’s gameplay involves tactical approaches against dangerous enemies in an open world that evolves based on the player’s choices. The A-Life 2.0 system simulates a living world that reacts to the player, while survival mechanics like scavenging for supplies add to the challenge.

With single player and multiplayer modes, mod support, and advanced AI systems, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 aims to offer significant replay value. The non-linear story and myriad ways to impact the Zone create an unpredictable, ever-changing experience. With immersive sim elements complementing its horror and shooter gameplay, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 looks to offer a fresh take on the franchise that long-time fans and newcomers alike will enjoy.

Preorders are now available for the Standard, Deluxe and Ultimate editions on major platforms like Steam and Xbox, offering fans the chance to enter the darkly compelling world of the Zone once again. From motion capture to photogrammetry, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 aims to set a new benchmark for graphics in order to fully realize the nightmarish environment of the Exclusion Zone.

Visit the game’s website for more information.

Dune: Awakening

An upcoming survival game, Dune: Awakening, set in a desert scene with a building in the background, planned for release in 2024.

Funcom’s upcoming Dune: Awakening invites players to immerse themselves in the rich universe of Frank Herbert’s legendary sci-fi series.

As an open world survival MMO, Dune: Awakening lets you freely explore the hostile desert planet Arrakis, where you can build shelters against destructive sandstorms and scavenge wrecked ships and abandoned outposts.

Drawing inspiration from the Dune novels and films, the game world is filled with opportunities for survival and discovery. You’ll need to be strategic in navigating its harsh conditions. Dune: Awakening offers a chance to truly live out the fantasy of surviving on the planet known for its massive sandworms and value of the spice Melange.

Battle for Control and Customization

Dune: Awakening also incorporates strategic multiplayer elements as you battle other players for control of the spice trade. You can form factions and engage in tactical skirmishes both on foot and from vehicles as you compete to dominate Arrakis.

Your character is also fully customizable down to the smallest detail, letting you create a unique avatar to represent you in the game world. You can even construct your own fortress as a base of operations. Between engaging PvP battles and deep customization options, Dune: Awakening looks to provide an immersive social experience steeped in the lore of Dune.

Dune: Awakening will come to PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S. Sign up right now at and wishlist the game on Steam.

Blind Descent

An upcoming image of a tropical forest with a river in the background for the 2024 survival game, Blind Descent

Blind Descent from developer Pokuch offers a fascinating premise – surviving and exploring the depths of Mars. This multiplayer open world survival adventure is currently in Early Access, allowing players to experience the alien underground biomes and provide feedback to shape the final game.

An Expedition Gone Wrong

Set in 2071, players are tasked with locating a missing pioneer team after their mine elevator crashes deep below the Martian surface. Finding yourself stranded in a vast subterranean world, you must use your wits and survival skills to press on.

Master Underground Survival

Blind Descent provides various mechanics for traversing the dangers below. Craft tools and weapons, climb sheer cliffs, build shelters against harsh weather, and construct rowboats to cross underground seas. Defending yourself and your team will require improving gear and strategy.

Expanding the Experience

In Early Access, the developers are focused on incorporating new story elements, exotic biomes, alien creatures, crafting options, and gameplay polish based on player feedback. The full release will integrate all of this content into a seamless experience.

For multiplayer survival fans, delving into the farthest reaches of Mars provides exciting challenges. Check out the Blind Descent website and the Steam game page.

Outbreak Island

A screenshot of a survival room with a table and tools.

Outbreak Island is an open-world sandbox survival horror game, and will offer an intense base defense action and deep crafting systems for hardcore survival fans. The game is expected on PC either late 2023 or early 2024.

Outbreak Island throws you into a dire situation as detective Howard Chapman, who arrives secretly on Erlsen Island to investigate an experiment gone horribly wrong.

The local population has been driven violently insane, forcing the authorities to isolate the region. With no way off the island, you must rely on your wits and skills to survive while unraveling the mystery. Your camera becomes your most vital asset, allowing you to distract infected inhabitants and observe situations from afar. Meticulously gathering and studying evidence is crucial to learning what caused the catastrophic outbreak.

To survive on Outbreak Island, you’ll need to adeptly craft weapons and continuously improve your equipment by scavenging. Finding and extracting vital food and medicine is a constant necessity. Stealth and caution are advised when moving around areas crawling with deranged inhabitants. However, you must also be ready to fight them face-to-face when required.

The island’s environmental hazards like scorching sun, torrential rain, and eerie fog present further challenges to endure. Staying alert and resourceful is imperative for staying alive long enough to find the culprit behind the island’s downfall.

Multi-Level Underground Labs

The island features sprawling multi-floor underground labs filled with mutated monsters and valuable loot. Braving these monster-infested depths allows you to craft new equipment and weapons using the rare resources found below.

Farming, Hunting and Special Recipes

Mastering self-sufficiency is key on Outbreak Island. Grow crops, gather edibles from the wilderness, and hunt animals to avoid starvation. Combining ingredients can create special food and medicine for maintaining health and stamina.

Defend Against the Hordes

Every week, swarms of mutants attack bases in what the game calls the “Weekly Outbreak.” Successfully defending your base during these horde events depends on your fortifications, weapons, turrets and other defenses.

Check out Outbreak Island on Steam or on the Epic Games Store.

Survival game enthusiasts might be spoilt for choice in 2024. Which of these upcoming survival games are you looking forward to playing? Let us know in the comments!

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Harriet Gough
Over 20 years' experience as a writer and games journalist. Avid gamer and enjoy a wide range of game genres including MMOs, FPS and RTS. My favorite games include Warframe, Skyrim, Destiny 2, CoD and Age of Empires.

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