It looks like 2023 is going to be another jam-packed year when it comes to AAA releases, so we’ve rounded up all the biggest games you need to watch out for. PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, PC and Stadia next year.
After a stellar year of major releases in 2022, you might think things will slow down in the next 12 months. Elden Ring and Horizon: Forbidden West caused quite a stir, and we still have God of War: Ragnarok and Modern Warfare 2 to look forward to.
Looking ahead to 2023, though, the lineup looks just as jam-packed, with plenty of games expected to finally hit shelves.
We’ve broken down all the biggest AAA games scheduled for 2023 on PS5, Xbox Series X, Switch, PC, and Stadia here.
PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, PC, Steam and Stadia video games in 2023
Expected: January 24, 2023
If the wait for Final Fantasy 16 is getting too long, then Forespoken could be the perfect game to bail you out. The debut game from Luminous Productions, a team that features many FF VX developers, is a beautiful-looking action RPG that focuses on fast, fluid traversal across a sprawling map.
You play as Frey, a normal woman from New York City who is suddenly transported to the strange land of Athia. Why is she there and why is her fist talking to her? It won’t be long before we find out.
Dead Island 2: February 3, 2023
After first being announced in 2014, followed by years of hellish development, Deep Silver finally showed off the Dead Island follow-up game at Gamescom 2022, as well as announcing its long-awaited release date.
In Dead Island 2, players will race through a zombie-infested Los Angeles, with more brutal weapons to craft and heads to explode than ever before. After nearly a decade in development, a return to the series seems long overdue.
Hogwarts Legacy: February 10, 2023
Potterheads have been desperate for an open world game set in the Wizarding World for many years, and Hogwarts Legacy seems to be delivering on exactly that fantasy. Players will be able to choose their house, learn spells, and even collect fantastic beasts, all while unraveling the mystery at the heart of the story.
There are also plenty of iconic locations to explore, from bustling Diagon Alley to the school of witchcraft and wizardry itself. If you’re the kind of gamer who knows what your Patronus is, then there’s no game more essential in 2023.
Starfield: early 2023
Few games have received the publicity that Starfield has. Bethesda’s sci-fi epic has been in development for at least six years and promises to bring the studio’s unique brand of role-playing games to the stars, in an experience director Todd Howard described as “Skyrim in space.”
There will be over 1,000 planets and moons to explore, packed with enemies to slay, loot to find, and wildlife to discover. It’s easily Bethesda’s most ambitious project to date, and it’s sure to be one of the biggest releases of 2023 when it hits Game Pass.
Final Fantasy 16: Summer 2023
Final Fantasy is one of the most iconic series gaming has to offer, with a legacy spanning 35 years. Even this far down the line, a new entry builds a ridiculous level of anticipation, so expect Final Fantasy 16 to be a big deal when it finally arrives.
Square Enix is going back to the roots of the franchise this time, embracing a medical setting and ditching the fully open-world formula of its predecessor. However, it will still retain the flashy real-time combat that has become the norm in recent years.
Devil 4: 2023
It’s hard to believe there hasn’t been a major release in the Diablo series since 2008, so it’s no surprise fans are itching for Diablo 4 to finally drop. But Blizzard isn’t resting on its laurels for our next descent into hell.
Diablo 4 will launch with nearly 150 dungeons to hack, hack, and loot, as well as a revamped endgame thanks to the Paragon system. There’s also more character customization than the series to date, so you can tailor your warrior and truly immerse yourself in the dark and gritty world.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League: 2023
For the fifth entry in the critically acclaimed Batman Arkham series, Rocksteady is shifting focus away from the caped crusader and toward his rogue’s gallery. This time around, players step into the shoes of Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, and King Shark, and can switch between them at will.
The Suicide Squad is tasked with hunting down the formally heroic Justice League, who are under the influence of Brainiac. It should offer a new perspective on the Arkham universe, as well as the hard-hitting combat the games are known for.
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor: 2023
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is considered by many to be one of the best Star Wars games ever made, so a sequel was almost inevitable. Jedi: Survivor continues the story of Cal Kestis and the crew of the Mantis as they fight for survival against the Empire.
Set five years after they decided not to rebuild the Jedi order, Survivor promises to take Cal and his friends into much darker territory, interacting with some of the darkest characters in the galaxy. There’s no shortage of lore to draw from, and we can’t wait to see which familiar faces from George Lucas’ space opera turn up.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2: 2023
With the original being one of the most critically acclaimed games of all time, Breath of the Wild 2 could be the most hyped game of 2023. Gamers fell in love with Nintendo’s new look at the classic franchise in 2017, and they are still making new discoveries to this day.
Little is known about the sequel at this point, but we’d hope you’ll dig into another beautiful version of Hyrule and solve more physics-based puzzles. It may have been pushed back from 2022, but BOTW 2 will still dominate the year.
There you go! Those were the biggest AAA games coming in 2023. We’ll be updating this page throughout the year with all major announcements and delays.
For more upcoming games, check out everything we know about Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, as well as The Division Heartland.
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