The 30 Most Highly Anticipated Games of 2023

After a few false starts in the past two years, 2023 is shaping up to be the official start of the PS5-Xbox Series generation. With the increasing adoption of Unreal Engine 5 and more developers dropping support for last-gen consoles from Sony and Microsoft, new hardware exclusives like Starfield, Spider-Man 2, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, and Final Fantasy 16 are just a few of the titles to look forward to. However, even owners of PS4, Xbox One, and Switch can expect exciting games.

Despite several game delays to 2023 and a focus on new-gen hardware, each platform holder has at least one major exclusive in the works. This makes next year’s lineup the most anticipated since the console shift in 2020. We’ve compiled a list of the 30 biggest games of 2023 in chronological order of release date to capture the excitement of this new year.


1. Fire Emblem Engage

Release Date: 20 January 2023

Platform: Switch

Prepare to embark on a heroic journey to save the continent of Elyos as the Divine Dragon in the latest addition to the Fire Emblem series. In Fire Emblem Engage, you’ll use strategic hero-summoning tactics to overcome a powerful ancient threat in turn-based, tactical combat. Alongside iconic heroes like Marth and Celica, you’ll meet a new cast of characters in this thrilling new Fire Emblem story.

After a thousand-year slumber, the Divine Dragon has awakened, and it’s up to you to rally an army of allies from past Fire Emblem games and new recruits to defeat the Fell Dragon. With engaging gameplay and a rich storyline, Fire Emblem Engage is sure to delight fans of the series and newcomers alike.

2. Forspoken

Release Date: 24 January 2023

Platform: PS5, PC

Forspoken is the new video game released this year, that takes players on an epic adventure through the enchanting yet treacherous world of Athia. The story follows Frey Holland, a young woman from New York City who suddenly finds herself transported to this mysterious land with a magical, sentient bracelet attached to her arm. She teams up with a cynical companion called “Cuff” to navigate the vast landscapes of Athia.

Frey’s ultimate goal is to find a way back home, but she’ll have to battle monstrous creatures and confront the powerful Tantas to do so. As she delves deeper into the secrets of Athia, she uncovers something powerful and transformative within herself. Forspoken promises to deliver an immersive gaming experience filled with action, adventure, and discovery.

3. Dead Space

Release Date: 27 January 2023

Platform: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC

Discover the terrifying secrets that lurk within the USG Ishimura mining ship in Dead Space™, the sci-fi survival horror classic. Explore the ship’s ominous corridors and workspaces, navigating nightmarish horrors to survive. This fully rebuilt remake offers an even deeper and more immersive experience, with stunning visual fidelity, spine-tingling atmospheric audio, new gameplay content, and faithful adherence to the original game’s thrilling vision. Unravel the mystery that has gone horribly wrong aboard the USG Ishimura.


4. Hogwarts Legacy

Release Date: 10 February 2023 (PS5, XSX|S, PC), 5 May 2023 (PS4, X1), 25 July 25 2023 (Switch)

Platform: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Set in the 1800s at Hogwarts – Hogwarts Legacy invites you to experience a brand new story in the wizarding world. As a student in possession of a mysterious and powerful secret, you hold the fate of the wizarding world in your hands. Along the way, forge alliances, confront Dark wizards, and make choices that will shape the destiny of all. With your first days at Hogwarts fast approaching, the question remains: where will your journey lead you in Hogwarts Legacy? Discover the endless possibilities that await as you carve your path through the wizarding world. Will you rise to greatness or succumb to darkness? The choice is yours in this highly anticipated game.

5. Wild Hearts

Release Date: 17 February 2023

Platform: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC

In WILD HEARTS™, you’ll need to master ancient technology in order to take down colossal beasts that are infused with the ferocious power of nature itself. This game puts a unique twist on the hunting genre, giving you a fighting chance against these fearsome creatures. You can choose to tackle them alone or team up with friends for seamless co-op play. Developed by Omega Force, the studio behind the DYNASTY WARRIORS franchise, and in partnership with EA Originals, WILD HEARTS takes you on an epic adventure through a fantasy world inspired by feudal Japan. The hunt is on – are you ready to begin?

6. Atomic Heart

Release Date: 21 February 2023

Platform: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC

Prepare to enter the alternate post-WWII world of Atomic Heart, the action-packed RPG that delivers a unique twist on history. Once a utopian society where humans and robots lived in harmony, this fictional USSR has fallen from grace due to shrouded experiments and the unyielding march of technology. As Agent P-3, you’ll witness the deadly consequences of innovation firsthand as you journey through Facility 3826, encountering artificial intelligence on the brink of madness, unsightly mutants, and killer robots. With a wide range of cutting-edge weapons and abilities at your disposal, you can tailor your playstyle to survive the inescapable threats that lie ahead. Whether you’re a hardcore player looking for a frenzied, gore-filled challenge or an adventurer eager to explore the gripping narrative, Atomic Heart offers a customizable experience with three difficulty levels to choose from.

7. Horizon Call of the Mountain

Release Date: 22 February 2023

Platform: PSVR 2

Prepare to ascend to new heights in Horizon Call of the Mountain. Join the journey of Ryas, a disgraced Shadow Carja soldier who is determined to restore his honor. As you explore the serene wilderness, be wary of deadly machines lurking around every corner. Experience the tension of pulling back your bowstring and immerse yourself in this epic adventure. Help Ryas investigate a mysterious new threat to the Sundom and the world, and earn his redemption and freedom. With majestic visuals and subtle sensations, Horizon Call of the Mountain promises to be a thrilling ride that you won’t want to miss.

8. Company of Heroes 3

Release Date: 23 February 2023

Platform: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC

Get ready for an epic experience with the return of Company of Heroes in its third installment! Featuring a breathtaking Mediterranean theatre of war, this game offers heart-racing combat coupled with more intricate strategic decisions than ever before. Each battle in Company of Heroes 3 unfolds a unique story, with you at the helm. Brace yourself for next-gen action, award-winning tactical gameplay, and a deeper strategy that will leave you thoroughly engaged. Don’t miss out on the excitement of Company of Heroes!

9. Sons of the Forest

Release Date: 23 February 2023

Platform: PC

Prepare to face your darkest fears in Sons of the Forest, the open-world survival horror simulator that will leave you on the edge of your seat. When tasked with finding a missing billionaire on a remote island, you quickly discover that you’re not alone. The island is overrun with cannibals, and you must use your crafting and building skills to survive this hellscape. Whether you choose to brave it alone or with friends, every moment will be a struggle for survival. With a terrifying atmosphere and heart-pumping gameplay, Sons of the Forest promises to be an unforgettable experience.

10. Kerbal Space Program 2

Release Date: 24 February 2023

Platform: PC (PlayStation and Xbox versions to follow at a later date)

Get ready to embark on a thrilling space adventure with Kerbal Space Program 2, the highly anticipated sequel to the beloved space-flight simulation game. Experience the next generation of space exploration with exciting new parts, stunning visuals, and a fully revamped UI and Map View. Explore rich and diverse new environments as you push the boundaries of space travel and discover new frontiers. With endless possibilities and a universe of adventure waiting to be explored, Kerbal Space Program 2 promises to be an unforgettable journey through the final frontier.

11. Octopath Traveler 2

Release Date: 24 February 2023

Platform: PS5, PS4, Switch, PC

Get ready to embark on a new adventure in the captivating world of Solistia with Octopath Traveler 2! This brand-new installment in the OCTOPATH TRAVELER series features eight new travelers who are ready to take on exciting new challenges in a thrilling new era. With every path open for you to explore, it’s up to you to decide where to go and what to do. Which traveler’s tale will you bring to life? With the success of the first installment, which sold over 3 million copies worldwide since its initial release in 2018, you can expect nothing less than an incredible gaming experience from Octopath Traveler 2.


12. Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty

Release Date: 3 March 2023

Platform: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC

Get ready to journey into the darkness of the Three Kingdoms, where demons lurk and danger is everywhere, in Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty. This action-packed RPG is rooted in Chinese martial arts, showcasing sword-based action that flows gracefully between offense and defense. Developed by Team NINJA, the same talented team behind Nioh, this dark fantasy Three Kingdoms adventure promises an unforgettable gaming experience that will keep you on the edge of your seat. So, prepare yourself for an epic adventure filled with martial arts action and a world filled with demons.

13. Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon

Release Date: 17 March 2023

Platform: Switch

Step back in time and witness the origin story of the legendary Bayonetta with Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon. Join Cereza, a trainee of the dark arts, and her first demon companion, Cheshire, as they embark on a perilous journey into the forbidden Avalon Forest to search for a way to save Cereza’s mother. Play as both characters, fend off faeries, and solve challenging puzzles as you explore the treacherous forest. Delve into the early days of the Umbra Witch’s tale and uncover how it all began. With Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon, take control of Cereza and Cheshire and experience the start of an epic adventure.

14. Resident Evil 4 Remake

Release Date: 24 March 2023

Platform: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, PC

Get ready to face your fears and fight for your life in the Resident Evil 4 Remake! It’s been six long years since the tragic events that took place in Raccoon City, and one of the survivors, Leon S. Kennedy, has been tasked with tracking down the president’s missing daughter. His search leads him to a secluded European village where he quickly discovers that something is terribly wrong with the locals. Survival horror is taken to a whole new level in this 2023 remake, reimagined for modern audiences. Brace yourself for an intense and heart-pounding gaming experience that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Can you survive the terror that awaits in Resident Evil 4 Remake?

15. Crime Boss: Rockay City

Release Date: 28 March 2023 (PC), June (Consoles)

Platform: PC (consoles at a later date)

Experience the thrill of the heist in Crime Boss: Rockay City, a first-person shooter game developed by the talented team at InGame Studios and 505 Games. Play solo or team up with friends as you take on the role of Travis Baker, a man with a singular goal – to become the new King of Rockay City, no matter the cost. Set in a vibrant metropolis filled with towering skyscrapers and sun-soaked beaches, Rockay City is waiting for you to explore. Get ready to immerse yourself in an action-packed adventure where you’ll need to use your wits and weapons to succeed. So, what are you waiting for? Join Travis Baker on his quest for power and see you in Rockay City.


16. Minecraft Legends

Release Date: 18 April 2023

Platform: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Embark on a thrilling adventure and uncover the secrets of Minecraft Legends, an exciting new action strategy game. Enter a beautiful world filled with abundant resources and diverse biomes that are on the brink of destruction. The savage piglins have invaded, and it’s up to you to rally your allies and lead them in epic strategic battles to save the Overworld. With its release on April 18, get ready to dive into the exciting gameplay of Minecraft Legends. Traverse through lush biomes and encounter dangerous obstacles, make new friends, and reunite with familiar mobs. Lead your team and engage in intense battles against the piglins – but be warned, they are not to be underestimated. Developed by Mojang Studios and Blackbird Interactive, Minecraft Legends is the ultimate action strategy game you don’t want to miss.

17. Dead Island 2

Release Date: 21 April 2023

Platform: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC

Prepare for an epic pulp adventure with Dead Island 2, and get an exclusive sneak peek into the game’s extended gameplay reveal. Join the slayer Dani as she navigates through the undead-infested streets of Beverly Hills and Bel-Air. Witness the impressive arsenal of lethal weapons, tactical combat tactics, a brand-new skill system, and the innovative FLESH dismemberment system in action.

Join the fight against the undead in HELL-A, and don’t miss out on the thrilling gameplay experience of Dead Island 2.

18. Star Wars Jedi: Survivor

Release Date: 28 April 2023

Platform: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC

The epic journey of Cal Kestis continues in STAR WARS Jedi: Survivor™, a thrilling third-person action-adventure game set in a galaxy far, far away. As the Empire’s grip tightens, Cal Kestis and his crew are on the hunt for a safe haven in the midst of the galaxy’s darkest hour. Join Cal and his team as they fight for survival and navigate the perilous landscape of a galaxy in turmoil.

Set five years after the events of STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order™, Jedi: Survivor is a narrative-driven game, developed in collaboration with Lucasfilm Games by Respawn Entertainment. Don’t miss out on this exciting new chapter in the Star Wars universe.


19. Redfall

Release Date: 2 May 2023

Platform: Xbox Series X|S, PC

Redfall, an open-world first-person shooter game, is set in the town of Redfall, which is under attack by a legion of vampires. Trapped on the island with only a few survivors, players must fight alone or team up to fend off the bloodthirsty creatures. Explore the island to uncover the mysteries behind the vampire invasion and the sinister company responsible for creating these monsters. With people disappearing and dead bodies piling up, it’s clear that something world-shattering is happening. As players confront the powerful vampire gods, they must question whether the creatures are the result of a failed experiment or something far more sinister. One thing is certain: the situation is going to get much worse before it gets better.

20. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Release Date: 12 May 2023

Platform: Switch

Get ready for an epic journey through the vast and stunning world of Hyrule, both on land and in the skies, in The Legend of Zelda™: Tears of the Kingdom, exclusively on Nintendo Switch. In this highly anticipated sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you’ll have the power to shape your own path through the breathtaking landscapes of Hyrule, and the mystical islands floating above. With Link’s newfound abilities, it’s up to you to face off against the dark and dangerous forces that threaten to destroy the kingdom. Get lost in the adventure of a lifetime and unleash your imagination in this unforgettable game.

21. Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League

Release Date: 26 May 2023

Platform: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC

Join Task Force X in Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, an upcoming third-person shooter game developed by Rocksteady Studios, known for the award-winning Batman: Arkham series. Assemble your team and take on the impossible mission of defeating the powerful Justice League. This genre-defying action-adventure game is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

22. System Shock Remake

Release Date: 30 May 2023

Platform: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC

System Shock Remake is an upcoming first-person shooter game set in space. The game is a modern-day recreation of the popular PC classic and features updated mechanics, graphics, and enemy A.I. In this game, you will fight against one of gaming’s most iconic enemies, SHODAN, in a battle for humanity’s survival. With the ability to hack and use a variety of weapons at your disposal, it’s up to you to fight your way through the dangers and save humanity from a fate worse than death. Nightdive Studios is developing the game, and Prime Matter is publishing it.


23. Street Fighter 6

Release Date: 2 June 2023

Platform: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, PC

Capcom is set to release their latest installment in the iconic fighting game series, Street Fighter 6. This highly anticipated game offers players three distinct modes: Fighting Ground, World Tour, and Battle Hub. Fighting Ground features classic game modes from previous Street Fighter games, while World Tour offers an immersive single-player story experience. Additionally, Battle Hub provides an expanded platform for player communication and engagement. Don’t miss out on the chance to create your own unforgettable moments in this exciting new chapter of Street Fighter.

26. Diablo 4

Release Date: 6 June 2023

Platform: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC

Set in the aftermath of the cataclysmic events of Diablo III, Diablo IV is a dark fantasy action role-playing game where the world is left in ruins after the devastating conflict between the High Heavens and Burning Hells. As civilizations crumble and darkness looms, a legendary figure rises to seize power in the power vacuum.

25. Final Fantasy 16

Release Date: 22 June 2023

Platform: PS5

Experience the epic journey of Final Fantasy 16 in its ultimate quality, featuring a plethora of bonus content and support for ultra high-resolution graphical options and HDR 10. Immerse yourself in the meticulously crafted world of Final Fantasy XV like never before, with stunning visuals and enhanced gameplay. As the flames of vengeance blaze with an insatiable hunger, your ultimate challenge is to awaken the Eikons and dominate them before they dominate you. Embark on this unforgettable adventure and prove your mettle as a true hero.


26. Exoprimal

Release Date: 14 July 2023

Platform: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S,PC

Exoprimal is an exciting online multiplayer game where players team up to battle against fierce prehistoric creatures – dinosaurs. As an Exofighter, you have the responsibility to protect humanity using advanced exosuits in intense wargames against both dinosaurs and rival squads. Your ultimate goal is to stop Leviathan’s sinister agenda and save humanity from extinction. Join the thrilling adventure now and unleash your combat skills!

27. Pikmin 4

Release Date: 21 July 2023

Platform: Switch

Embark on a thrilling adventure to explore a mysterious planet with the help of curious and diverse plant-like creatures known as Pikmin in the upcoming game Pikmin 4. Discover new types of Pikmin, including the brand-new Ice Pikmin, each with unique abilities to assist you in your journey. Accompanying you is the capable canine, Oatchi, who will aid you in overcoming the most daunting challenges on the planet. Join forces with your Pikmin companions and Oatchi to unravel the secrets of this enigmatic world.


28. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Release Date: 18 August 2023

Platform: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC

Step into the shoes of one of the infamous Slaughter family members or become a hapless victim in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a thrilling third-person horror game inspired by the iconic 1974 film. Prepare to delve into the dark and twisted world of the movie as you confront the madness and terror that awaits you. Developed by Gun Interactive, the team behind Friday the 13th: The Game, and Sumo Nottingham, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre promises an authentic and immersive gaming experience that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Get ready to face your worst nightmares in this spine-chilling horror adventure.


29. Starfield

Release Date: 6 September 2023

Platform: Xbox Series X|S, PC

Get ready to embark on a thrilling journey amongst the stars in Starfield, the highly anticipated next-generation role-playing game from Bethesda Game Studios, the acclaimed creators of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Fallout 4. As the first new universe in 25 years from the studio, Starfield promises a fresh and immersive gaming experience that will take you on an epic adventure to unravel humanity’s greatest mystery. With cutting-edge graphics and gameplay mechanics, prepare to explore an awe-inspiring galaxy and encounter a plethora of challenges and discoveries along the way. Join the excitement and prepare for an unforgettable interstellar odyssey in Starfield.


30. The Day Before

Release Date: 10 November 2023

Platform: PC (PS5, Xbox Series X|S versions at a later date)

The Day Before is an eagerly awaited game of 2023, offering a unique post-apocalyptic experience set in a world ravaged by a deadly pandemic and infested with hordes of zombies. With a blend of survival gameplay, intense combat, and base-building mechanics inspired by Animal Crossing, The Day Before promises a gripping and immersive adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Explore the desolate landscape and scavenge for resources to survive against all odds. Strategize and build your base to withstand the relentless attacks of the undead. Prepare to face your darkest fears and fight for your survival in this exciting and harrowing world of The Day Before.

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