It’s a new year with tons of new games to play, so it’s time to pitch My Most Anticipated Games Of 2023. While 2022 had a few bangers, Elden Ring and Cult of the Lamb took up most of my gaming time. This year is a different story, as more than a few games will occupy my time.
Originally this was going to be my Top 5 Anticipated Games of 2023, then that changed to my Top 6, then Top 7, so I figured why not just scrap those arbitrary numbers? There are way too many great games being released this year, and capping them at any number isn’t fair — to me.
Below, you’ll find just about every game I want to get my grubby hands on in 2023, and hopefully, either myself or someone else here at The Outerhaven will provide coverage of these games later in the future. That is if we haven’t already done so. Except for the Soulsikle games, because those belong to me… MUHAHHAAA… Ok, enough of getting out of hand, and on to “Keith’s Most Anticipated Games Of 2023.”
When Respawn Entertainment dropped Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, it was easily one of my favorite games due to its Soulslike gameplay, and my love for Star Wars. Not only did we get a lore-rich adventure, but we also found ourselves knee-deep in one of the better games of 2019. Sadly, that game also had a few bugs, one of which was a game-ending bug that I found myself stuck in. Thankfully, that was all cleared up, and I (and you) were able to enjoy perhaps one of the best Star Wars games in the last decade.
With Star Wars Jedi Survivor being released in 2023, I’m hoping Respawn Entertainment will launch the follow-up with fewer (or no) bugs. Our Jedi pal, Cal Kestis, is all grown up, but he’s got a major case of Empire hot on his butt. Not to mention that no one really likes the Jedi anymore, so Cal will have to use some old and some new tricks to stay alive. Plus, who’s that guy in the Kolto tank? Will he shave his beard? And should I purchase that Limited Run games collector’s edition? I really want that hilt.
I really hope this game performs better than the previous game did.
Game:Remnant II Release Date: Sometime in 2023 Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC
You ever encounter a game that came out of nowhere, but you desperately needed to play it? Well, that’s how I feel about Remnant II, as it was announced less than a month ago, yet I need this. I was a massive fan of the previous title, Remnant from the Ashes, so getting my hands on Remnant II is a no-brainer. While we don’t know much about follow-up, we do know that it will return the same rich co-op gameplay, and lots of new updates, including what Gunfire Games is calling the “Archetype system, “which will up the combat ante. Not to mention lots of lore that extends from the previous game.
Do I need another reason to be excited about Remnant II? Sign me up, and don’t skimp out on the adventure!
Armored Core is a mecha game. I love mecha games. Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon is a mecha game. In all seriousness, I grew up on the Armored Core games on the PlayStation platform, and it’s been nearly ten years since Bandai Namco and Fromsoftware released another game in the chapter. Well, that all changes in 2023. According to the developer, we can expect a rich single-player campaign, an expanded combat system, lots of massive boss fights, and the best part — building your mecha of destruction.
Game:Dead Space Remake Release Date: January 27, 2023 Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC
Before I got bitten by the Dark Souls virus, I was a massive fan of Dead Space — and still am. When EA shut down the Visceral Studio, I was devastated, as that meant we’d never see another Dead Space title again. Yet, here we are with not just a new Dead Space game, but a remake of the original game, rebuilt from the ground up. Complete with a new audio system, new ways to kill those pesky Necromorphs, the ability to traverse the entire U.S. Isumuhara, and more. This ain’t your Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 version that we’ve been playing for years. This will be the same experience, but better if that makes sense.
And yes, I will e talking your ears off about how I beat the game for the 400th time… KARL! I’m ready to be made whole, all over again.
I was hip to Spider-Man before the movies. Before the games. And yes, I grew up on Spider-Man and his Amazing fans and the comics. Now, so many decades later, being able to play both Marvel’s Spider-Man and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales was pretty much the stuff of legends. Both were freaking excellent titles, and now, Insomniac Games is hard at work developing Marvel’s Spider-Man 2; once they’re done, will deliver us yet another amazing superhero game with not one, but two Spider-Man, against Venom, Kraven, and something else that they’re holding back on.
If there was ever a reason to own a PlayStation 5. Well, outside of Returnal and Demon’s Souls, this will be that game. Get ready, true believers.
Game:Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty Release Date: March 3, 2023 Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC
Wo-Long: Fallen Dynasty is the spiritual successor to Koei Tecmo’s Nioh series, and that’s not bad. Taking place in the same period, because the developer loves the Three Kingdoms era, will be full of danger, enjoyable combat, and bosses that will chew you up and spit you out, over and over. If the Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty demo that was available for a short time is indictable of the game’s quality, Souslike fans like myself will be eating well when this game drops.
Back when THQ was a thing, they released the impressive 3rd person shooter called Warhammer 40,000 Space Marine, which was amazing. Despite not knowing much about that universe, the game was captivating thanks to its combat, and the story wasn’t bad either. Sadly, I felt the game was overshadowed by the release of Gears of War 3 for the Xbox 360, which was released during the same period. On a whim, I checked it out and was a believer. Sadly, THQ went under, and I figured the eventual sequel was scrapped.
Thankfully, after all these years, Focus Entertainment and Saber Interactive revealed they were working on the Warhammer 40,000 Space Marine 2 follow-up. Trust me, I’ve been trying to get as much information as possible. I couldn’t even believe of well the game looked after getting a glimpse of the game in trailer form at PAX East 2022.
Ok, I’m just going to be perfectly honest — I’ve never played Resident Evil 4. OK, I’ve played it, but I’ve never left the first level. There was always something else I wanted to play, and it never returned. That said, everything I’ve seen about the Resident Evil Remake has me very excited. I’ve been a fan of the RE remakes, and I’m sure this one will be no different.
Game: Street Fighter 6 Release Date: June 7, 2023 Platforms: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC
I’ll be honest, me and fighting games aren’t the best company. Still, after Capcom officially revealed Street Fighter 6, I’ve been interested in the flagship fighter, and even managed to play in the closed beta, where I had more fun than I expected. So far, it looks like Cpacom has learned from its mistakes with Street Fighter 5, and Street Fighter 6 has all the makes (again, so far) of a champion. I’m looking forward to knocking this rust off me, taking it back to the streets, and hoping I don’t get my ass kicked too much. Who am I kidding, I’m going to get thrashed.
Game:Redfall Release Date: Sometime in 2023 Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC
Vampires are causing trouble… wait, why is it always Vampires? Anyway, it will be up to a ragtag team of Vampire hunters to save the town of Redfall, either alone or up a squad of four players. It’s an open-world story-driven FPS, from the same team that gave us Dishonored, Arkane. I’m looking forward to this very much.
Game:Starfield Release Date: Sometime in 2023 Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC
Bethesda’s upcoming space RPG, Starfield, has been on everyone’s lips, regardless of whether what has been said was good or bad. We’ve seen some gameplay of the game several times and during this gameplay reveal, we got to see a number of things from planet exploration, Alien creatures, how players will mine for resources, character and ship customization, combat, shipbuilding, and more. After watching the gameplay reveal a few times, it definitely feels like Fallout meets No Mas’s Sky, and I’m perfectly fine with that. I’d imagine Starfield should be one of the Xbox’s trump cards in 2023, assuming it doesn’t get delayed again. SPACEEEEEEEEEEEE!
Game:Alan Wake 2 Release Date: Sometime in 2023 Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC
The original Alan Wake game was one of my favorite horror titles, and while it took Remedy Entertainment a while to get around to working on the sequel, I’m glad they did. We don’t know anything about the game, but that’s alright. Perhaps that novel Alan was trying to write in the previous game will be part of Alan Wake 2. Regardless, I’m ready for Remedy Entertainment to scare me again.
Game:Lies of P Release Date: Sometime in 2023 Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC
The only way to describe Lies of P is if Pinocchio was a dark fairy tale, and had a child with Bloodborne. Because that’s exactly what we’re getting here. Based on the tale of Pinocchio, but with Soulslike gameplay twist, which promises to be one of the more unique games of 2023. The gameplay footage from the developer, Round8 Studio, looks promising as well. Fingers crossed that the actual gameplay is as good as the footage.
Game:Atomic Heart Release Date: February 21, 2023 Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC
I’ve always enjoyed media that tells a story of alternate timelines, and in Atomic Heart, we’ll do just that. In this game, we’ll experience a utopian environment that takes place in the alternate timeline of the 1955 Soviet Union. It may be a paradise, but things are all wrong, and there are all these funky robots running amok and making a mess of everything. Of course, it’s up to you to figure out what’s going on, and report back to your superiors — if you can get out alive, that is. This game is giving me some BioShock vibes, which works for me, as those games are some of the best gaming experiences I’ve had. I can see myself spending quite some time with this game.
Game: Witchfire Release Date: Sometime in 2023 Platforms: PC
Witchfire is a game I’ve been waiting to play since it was announced. While on the surface, it reminds me of Hexen, it’s so much more. A first-person shooter, that is now based n an open-world title, with roguelike elements. I wish I could say more about the game, but the developer, The Astronauts, has been keeping a lot of what the game is all about under wraps. But they’ve been really eager to share the gameplay mechanics, so give that a read if you haven’t already. Funny enough, Witchfire was on my list of games I was looking forward to in 2018. It’s been delayed a few times, but it will be worth it. I hope that it’s going to be worth it.