2023 will finally mark the beginning of the PS5-Xbox Series head-to-head generation battle. After two years of constant delays due to the lack of developer support for the previous generation’s consoles and the rising lack of support for Unreal Engine 5.
Only a few games, such as Starfield, Spider-Man 2, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, and Final Fantasy 16, have been developed from the ground up to take full advantage of the new hardware, but owners of PS4, Xbox Series, and especially Switch also have much to look forward to.
Gather updated news entries from GamingGadgets, here are the top games for each month of 2023 we are most anticipated for:
Forspoken – January 2023
Frey, the protagonist of Forspoken, travels from present-day New York to the magical and deeply mythologized land of Athia via the “isekai” narrative idea. Frey will acquire extraterrestrial skills that will help her in battle and on her travels as she travels back home.
Forspoken was delayed twice in 2023, but it will eventually release on PS5 and PC on January 24. Square Enix’s next action RPG has an impressive cast of writers behind the scenes, including Gary Whitta (Rogue One), Amy Hennig and Todd Stashwick (Uncharted), and Allison Rymer (Shadowhunters).
Additional games being released in January:
- Fire Emblem Engage – Release Date: January 20
- Dead Space – Release Date: January 27
Hogwarts Legacy – February 2023
One of 2023 and 2023’s most-anticipated titles is now one of the year’s most-anticipated third-party releases. It has been delayed for two years, but on February 10th, Hogwarts Legacy will finally be released, allowing Harry Potter enthusiasts to live out their Wizarding World fantasy finally.
The role-playing game is modeled on Hogwarts and takes place in the nineteenth century, so players may create a character, join a house, and see the campus as it looked back then. The visuals are stunning, and the gameplay appears polished, with lots of minigames to keep us engaged.
Additional games being released in February:
- Wild Hearts – Release Date: February 17
- Atomic Heart – Release Date: February 21
- Horizon Call of the Mountain – Release Date: February 22
- Company of Heroes 3 – Release Date: February 23
- Sons of the Forest – Release Date: February 23
- Octopath Traveler 2 – Release Date: February 24
The Day Before – March 2023
The Day Before is a graphics powerhouse survival online multiplayer game set in a post-pandemic America that has been overrun with zombies. Its release date has been confirmed by developer fantastic. The Day Before is an MMO hybrid of The Walking Dead and The Last of Us.
Boasting an amazingly complex open environment, The Day Before offers a truly online zombie-infested sandbox that you may explore and survive with friends or go up against them.
Additional games being released in March:
- Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty – Release Date:
- Skull and Bones – Release Date:
- Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon – Release Date: March 17
- Star Wars Jedi: Survivor – Release Date: March 17
- Resident Evil 4 Remake – Release Date: March 24
- Crime Boss: Rockay City – Release Date: March 28
- System Shock Remake – Release Date: Late March
Dead Island 2 – April 2023
After years of delays and rumors about the game’s production state, Deep Silver has set April 28th as the release date for the zombie RPG Dead Island 2.
Dambuster Studios is currently in charge of making Dead Island 2 after the reins were passed around several times since the original game’s 2011 release. The wide variety of playable characters, weaponry, and gadgets in the game’s futuristic Los Angeles have impressed fans in recent gameplay previews. Dead Island 2’s success would be an excellent return for a stagnant series.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom – May 2023
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is Nintendo’s sequel to The Legend of Zelda, widely considered to be one of the finest video games of all time and one of the many highly anticipated titles set for release in 2023.
Nintendo has been cautious about revealing too much about Tears of the Kingdom, likely to maintain the same level of mystery and intrigue as Breath of the Wild. What Nintendo has shown is a more robust traversal system, with Link able to travel not only over Hyrule’s landscapes but also through the sky. When Tears of the Kingdom releases on Nintendo Switch on May 12, we will be eager to learn its mysteries.
Additional games being released in May:
- Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League – Release Date: May 26
Diablo 4 – June 6, 2023
In 2023, Blizzard will release Diablo 4, the first action RPG to attempt an open world. With its focus on Lilith, Diablo 4 returns to its more sinister origins. Former game director Luis Barriga referred to it as “a dismal and shattered hellscape bereft of hope and tormented by demons,” using gothic and medieval aesthetics.
Final Fantasy 16 – June 22, 2023
Square Enix’s long-running Final Fantasy series enters a new era with Final Fantasy 16, which will take players to the world of Valisthea. After hearing about the future journey for the first time in 2020 during the PS5 demo, we know much more about it.
Final Fantasy 16 ditches its predecessor’s open environment in favor of a semi-open structure comparable to titles like Pokemon Legends: Arceus.
Square Enix plans to make the battle easier for newbies to the genre, with the goal of creating a system that is accessible to players of varying skill levels.
Additional games being released in June:
- Street Fighter 6 – Release Date: June 2
July & Spring 2023
In mid-2023, Turn 10 will release Forza Motorsport, a next-gen exclusive remake of its popular racing simulator. As the first Xbox Series X|S-exclusive Forza game, players can anticipate the series’ customary technological brilliance on Microsoft’s system.
As a result of Minecraft Dungeons’ success in 2020, Microsoft and Mojang are planning to release another Minecraft spinoff in the first half of 2023. The newest Minecraft offshoot, aptly titled Minecraft Legends, is an action-strategy game that aims to merge the series’ family-friendly vibe with some relatively robust real-time strategic aspects.