Even though 2022 was packed with incredible games, 2023 is still going to be absolutely stuffed. It’s not a given that they will all be good when they come out, but there’s still plenty to look forward to. Here are ComingSoon’s top 50 most anticipated games slated for 2023.
January 24, 2023
Forspoken is one of the first big releases of the year. Its questionably quippy marketing campaign has painted a somewhat grim view of its dialogue, but its trailers have likewise demonstrated a magical, parkour-focused experience where traversal looks fast and effortless. And there’s not going to be much of a wait to see what side of Forspoken will be more dominant.
Dead Space Remake
January 27, 2023
It seems like a blessing from Michael Altman himself that the Dead Space remake is coming so soon after the immensely disappointing The Callisto Protocol. Dead Space is one of the greatest survival horror games of all time and Motive Studio has shown all the right signs that it gets how to update such a classic.
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake
January 31, 2023
There aren’t many licensed 3D platformers now, and SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake seems positioned to address that drought. This spongy game doesn’t look like it will set a whole new standard for the genre and make Nintendo rethink its upcoming lineup, but The Cosmic Shake appears to have the charm, color, and collectibles that a decent platformer needs.
Season: A Letter to the Future
Jan 31, 2023
Season: A Letter to the Future sounds like a depressing game, as it’s about a character trying to catalog everything before a giant storm washes everything away. But with that darkness comes an inviting art style and laid-back gameplay mechanics focused on exploration and taking record of its various locations. It’s quite a jump between tones, but there’s potential for a thoughtful rumination on finding beauty in the midst of some very real-world problems.
February 10, 2023
Hogwarts Legacy looks like the game Harry Potter fans have wanted for literal decades. Enrolling in Hogwarts, learning magic, and exploring in and around the constantly shifting school are elements made for an RPG and it seems as though Avalanche Software is well aware of that fantasy.
Theatrhythm Final Bar Line
February 16, 2023
Theatrhythm Final Bar Line is seemingly taking the simple but endlessly engaging rhythm gameplay from past Theatrhythm Final Fantasy games and finally putting it all on home consoles. It is also set to not only include songs from Final Fantasy but other staple RPGs like Chrono Trigger and Romancing SaGa, resulting in an experience that is aimed directly at RPG fans who want to interact with classic soundtracks.
Like a Dragon: Ishin!
February 21, 2023
Like a Dragon: Ishin! already came out in 2014, but this modern remake will bring it to a new audience since it never initially left Japan. This remake boasts improved visuals and now runs on Unreal Engine 3. But despite its new face, it still has Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio’s beating heart at the center of it, meaning it’ll be full of memorable characters and over-the-top action from the original.
February 21, 2023
Atomic Heart has been in development for so long that it seems like a troubled title. There are even reports alleging as much. However, the game shows well and seems like developer Mundfish has put enough of its own spin on the BioShock formula it was obviously inspired by. It might be a janky title that can’t hide its development woes or it could overcome them, but it is interesting either way.
Horizon Call of the Mountain
February 22, 2023
Horizon Call of the Mountain is shaping up to be one of PlayStation VR2’s first big titles. This adventure may not have the vast open world as the mainline entries, but it seems like it could make up for that with its new perspective. Admiring a Tallneck while shuffling around its huge feet sounds like it could be something special.
Resident Evil Village VR
February 22, 2023
Resident Evil Village is already one of the best Resident Evil games and its predecessor was an absolute terror in VR, so it isn’t hard to imagine that Resident Evil Village VR will be anything short of fantastic. Being able to dual-wield and witness House Beneviento in VR sounds like an equally terrifying and exhilarating way to put a fresh spin on such an incredible horror game. And, of course, there will be the people who just want to look up at Lady Dimitrescu and get stomped on in a way that the old versions can’t provide.
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty
March 3, 2023
Team Ninja is known for its action games like Ninja Gaiden and Nioh, so any other action game is going to carry that pedigree. Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty seems similar to Nioh with its action-heavy take on soulslike combat and while that might not be the newest take, it’s hard to refuse a Team Ninja action game (that isn’t Ninja Gaiden 3).
Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon
March 17, 2023
Bayonetta 3 took a long time to come out, so it’s interesting that PlatinumGames has another Bayonetta game almost ready to go. However, Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon is not just another regular entry in the franchise since it is a spin-off that looks and plays differently than the numbered titles. Players control Cereza in her pre-Bayonetta days with the left Joy-Con and the demon Cheshire with the right Joy-Con. It’s unique, but something the series could use after three traditional installments.
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
March 17, 2023
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was a great first attempt, but it just needed some refinement to reach its full potential. And it looks like Star Wars Jedi: Survivor could be that second shot that Respawn Entertainment needed to truly get it right. Its first gameplay trailer teases what’s to come and gives small glances into its expanded traversal and combat mechanics, two aspects that needed work in the original. Respawn has yet to put out anything less than great (except that VR Medal of Honor game) and it doesn’t look like that will change with Jedi: Survivor.
Resident Evil 4 Remake
March 24, 2023
Dead Space isn’t the only horror classic getting remade, as Capcom is continuing the trend and remaking Resident Evil 4. Resident Evil 4 looks like it is retaining many of the big reasons why the original was so beloved, but adding and changing between the margins when appropriate. The intro is symbolic of this approach since it draws out the opening sequence into something more terrifying and mysterious. It’s got a lot to live up to, but it seems like Capcom is well aware of that and making all the right choices.
Amnesia: The Bunker
Horror games can sometimes be hard to replay since many of them are so heavily scripted. Amnesia: The Bunker isn’t and that’s why it is so enticing. The Bunker is a much more open game than its predecessors where scares aren’t predetermined and players can explore where they want in the titular World War I bunker. It sounds new and ambitious and something the Amnesia team is quite qualified to tackle, given its expertise in the genre.
Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection
April 13, 2023
Capcom ran the Mega Man Battle Network series into the ground, but it’s been dead long enough to feel new again. This golden formula of tactically choosing chips from a menu and then using them in real-time is an engaging mix that still feels great today, as noted by games like One Step From Eden. Capcom has not only bundled these titles together for this collection, but also introduced a whole bunch of online functions to bring it into the modern era. It’s more than a slapdash port and something that seems designed to appeal to new and returning players.
Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores
April 19, 2023
Horizon Forbidden West was one of the best games of 2022, so more of it is not a bad proposition. Not much is known about Aloy’s next small adventure, but given the quality of Frozen Wilds, Zero Dawn’s DLC, it’s likely that Burning Shores will provide a fitting tease of what’s to come in the inevitable third main entry. It’s also only coming to PS5 and not being shackled to the PS4 might mean Guerrilla Games can aim a little higher.
Dead Island 2
April 28, 2023
Almost no game has been through as much turmoil as Dead Island 2. But even though the game has gone through a few studios, it seems as though Dambuster Studios has wrangled it into something promising. Being able to bash zombies with all sorts of weapons and run around its interpretation of Los Angeles seems like it might be mindless, but in a way that might work well for co-op and those who just want to unplug.
Star Trek: Resurgence
Star Trek: Resurgence seems fitting for Dramatic Labs, a new team made up of ex-Telltale Games developers, given the team’s history with games of this ilk and Star Trek’s penchant for deep stories. The narrative game formula isn’t as new as it once was, but a good story can excuse a possible lack of innovation.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
May 12, 2023
Nintendo has hardly shown The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, but it’s difficult to not have astronomical expectations for the sequel to Breath of the Wild. Nintendo perhaps knows that surprises were key to Breath of the Wild‘s success and is playing Tears of the Kingdom close to its chest to preserve that sanctity.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
May 26, 2023
Rocksteady Studios has been working on Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League for so long that it seems like it will never come out. The team hasn’t even shown that much of this comic book game, either. Regardless, Rocksteady has a phenomenal track record and it won’t be that much longer until it’s clear if it was worth the wait.
Street Fighter 6
June 2, 2023
Street Fighter 6 seems like it is more than making up for Street Fighter V. It’s got an undeniable style and expanded mechanics, but also more modes for those who don’t just want to play competitively. If it all comes together, it could be one of Capcom’s best playable apologies since Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.
Final Fantasy XVI
June 22, 2023
A new numbered Final Fantasy is a big deal and Final Fantasy XVI, appropriately, looks like a huge deal, especially with all of the larger-than-life beasts seen in its trailers. And with an M rating, inspirations from Game of Thrones, and current-gen exclusivity, it doesn’t seem that Square Enix is content with just going bigger with Final Fantasy XVI.
RoboCop: Rogue City
Teyon’s surprising Terminator first-person shooter means that RoboCop: Rogue City is worth keeping an eye on. The brief trailer showed players mowing down thugs as Alex Murphy and generally looks smoother than the aforementioned Terminator title. It may still be a passable budget shooter when it finally releases, but that’s better than RoboCop has seen in the gaming space for some time.
Tchia is another wholesome game that is set on an island inspired by New Caledonia, a place not typically seen in video games. But instead of just walking around like some stumpy human, players can inhabit any animal or object on the island, allowing for great freedom during combat and exploration. This unique mechanic combined with the setting and Breath of the Wild influences make Tchia seem like more than a relaxing, cutesy experience.
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora
Between April 2022 and March 2023
Ubisoft has not given players much of a look at Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, but the allure of an open-world game set on Pandora is quite strong, especially right off the heels of Avatar: The Way of Water. It would also be ideal if Ubisoft tried to innovate and didn’t just rely on its usual bag of open-world tricks. Doing so might mean Ubisoft could make up for its tepidly received 2009 Avatar game.
Sea of Stars
Sabotage Studio’s The Messenger was a great modern take on Ninja Gaiden and it seems like Sea of Stars is shaping up to be a contemporary homage to Chrono Cross. It’s a lot to live up to, but the studio has already shown that it can live up to the games it is obviously drawing from.
The Expanse: A Telltale Series
Telltale Games’ first game since its collapse is going to be quite the spectacle since it will be the true test of whether or not it deserved to be revived. The Expanse: A Telltale Series looks like it was where the team wanted to go all along, given its added gameplay segments that go beyond picking dialogue options. It remains to be seen if that is enough, but it is promising.
Insomniac Games has already made two amazing Spider-Man games and there’s little reason to think it can’t add another to that list. That pair raised some interesting questions and opened the door for a truly wild follow-up, given the emphasis on Venom this one seems to have.
Cocoon is a cute-looking puzzle adventure game from the lead designer behind Limbo and Inside. That’s an impressive pedigree on its own, but Cocoon also looks great in action with its core mechanic of being able to leap between worlds to solve puzzles. With a unique setup and interesting abilities, Cocoon is an indie title that could blossom into a beautiful experience.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage
Assassin’s Creed has gone so far up its own ass that it’s about time it went back to basics. Assassin’s Creed Mirage is a callback to the first few entries where they were more open-world action games than open-world RPGs. That combined with its Middle-Eastern setting might just be what the series needs.
The Wolf Among Us 2
The Wolf Among Us was one of Telltale Games’ best series and it’s been a grueling wait to see what happened after its cliffhanger ending. This new iteration of Telltale has yet to put out a new game, but it’s saying the right things about this long-anticipated follow-up.
Blasphemous was one of the standout 2D soulslike action games, so its sequel is naturally interesting. The first game’s art style and take on religion and religious iconography made for such a unique world that deserves a second go. The Game Kitchen hasn’t released footage of the sequel, but did announce it through a trailer for the first game’s Wounds of Eventide expansion.
Oxenfree II: Lost Signals
Oxenfree II: Lost Signals almost seems lost itself since it has been in the works for so long. Night School Studio has been toiling away on this adventure game sequel for a few years and shown very little of it. But given how Oxenfree thrives on intrigue, being vague may just be a fitting pre-release strategy.
Judging by the trailers, Replaced has some of the most stunning pixel art around, which is saying something given how many games use that art style. But those same trailers also reveal a loud and unique style in a cyberpunk world that makes a bold first impression. Sad Cat Studios has only revealed glimpses of its free-flow action combat and cinematic platforming, but they have a similar energy to the action seen in its cinematic moments. If the full game is as cohesive as its trailers, Replaced might be one of 2023’s indie darlings.
Nintendo hasn’t divulged much about Pikmin 4, but it’s a charming series worth keeping an eye on. It’ll also be the first Switch-native entry, which is exciting in its own right. While it is a little alarming that it has been in development for so long — Shigeru Miyamoto first talked about it in 2015 — Nintendo is known for its commitment to quality.
Hollow Knight: Silksong
Hollow Knight: Silksong, the highly anticipated sequel to the acclaimed search action platformer Hollow Knight, is finally set to come out in 2023. It’s been a long time coming, but it re-emerged from its cocoon at the Xbox + Bethesda Showcase just long enough to prove that it still existed. And for most, that’s more than enough.