TheGamer Staff's Most Anticipated Games Coming In 2023 (2023)

Next year is already full to bursting with the promise of new game releases. From revisiting classic games in the form of remakes to journeying to amazing worlds in daring new titles, 2023 has it all. Of course, we wouldn't be your favorite source of gaming news and entertainment if we didn't have opinions on what we're most excited about.

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We've asked TheGamer's staff what upcoming game is their most anticipated, and as you can see, we have a variety of answers. (You should expect nothing less from a site that's debated what Pokemon tastes the best.) Read on to check out our most anticipated games of 2023!

Dead Space

Amanda Hurych

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January can’t come swiftly enough. The original Dead Space is one of my favorite games to replay. I’ve got the jump scares and shop locations forever imprinted in my memory. And while the game has aged like the finest of wines, I am still pumped for the remake. Because like it or not, I have admittedly become a bit inured to the horror of it all.

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That initial sprint to the elevator, the first time an “Infector” Necromorph jabbed its needle-thing into a corpse’s head, and those haunting renditions of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” no longer hold the same impact for me as they used to. I still love Dead Space in its entirety, but I’m no longer sweating pit stains the size of a bison anymore. Hopefully, come January 23, my T-shirt will be drenched in sweat once again.

Starfield

Harry Alston

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I’m excited for Bethesda’s next huge open-world game, whoopdeedoo. My excitement comes in three packages. One, I’m a guide writer at heart, and games like Starfield are the reason I even exist at all. Two, I have never been properly involved with the first couple of weeks of excitement around an open-world game like this. Throughout my entire gaming life, I’ve been too busy sweating it in various FPS games to ever turn up when everyone’s shouting about their new obsession. By the time I get to it, no one else cares, so neither do I.

Now I’m old, and my fingers hurt if I play Apex for too long; Starfield might sort that game-induced loneliness out. Three, I kinda hope it sucks a bit to begin with, because some of Fallout 76 was the funniest shit I’ve ever seen.

Park Beyond

Helen Ashcroft

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Part of me is sad that Park Beyond has been pushed to 2023, since I wanted to play it immediately after getting my hands on the recent demo. It combines theme park building and management with a new physics-defying element that allows me to indulge my desire to send roller coasters flying into the sky. You can research and design all kinds of weird and wonderful additions to traditional theme park rides to make them all as over-the-top as a theme park of your dreams should be.

It’s everything I want in a theme park builder and looks set to also be so much more. However, I also know that it will almost inevitably become one of my most played games, so I would much rather wait for the team to finish it properly so the gameplay is as well-rounded and enjoyable as the concept, without crunching to do so.

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth

David W. Duffy

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I must admit, FF7 Remake had me flipping back and forth between extreme hype before release to indifference after making it through to the Shinra building, but a lot of that was down to the terrible timing of repatriation and not being able to focus on games generally.

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It took me a long time to want to pick it up again, but playing through it start-to-finish recently for the Steam Deck test reignited that fire and gave me a much greater appreciation for it — not only for how it revolutionises the original game, but potentially Final Fantasy as a whole going forward. Rebirth also sees the transition to the post-Midgar open-world part of the original game, so I’m incredibly curious to see how they pull that off. From the Midgar Zolom to more of Sephiroth’s delusions of godhood, this game is going to be huge.

Street Fighter 6

Axel Nicolás Bosso

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While we still don’t know exactly when the next entry of this classic series will come out, and we have only seen a few characters of an apparently big roster (at least according to leaks), there’s a good chance we’ll be fighting with the sexiest version of Ryu during the first quarter of 2023. Street Fighter 6 is my most anticipated game at the moment for a couple of reasons, but to make it short, it’s my favorite fighting game series ever. I love playing some Guilty Gear, Tekken, and other titles, but it was my man Ken who made me fall in love with the genre.

Although Street Fighter 5 was pretty underwhelming during its first seasons, I cannot express how excited I am for 6. I played the reveal trailer way too many times when it first came out, even crying a bit. The new systems seem to have a high-risk/high-reward equation in mind, the brand-new characters look amazing, and the general art direction is gorgeous, to say the least. Let’s hope Street Fighter is finally back to reclaim its throne.

Final Fantasy 16

Quinton O’Connor

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I don’t have any tattoos, but if I did, there’d be at least three celebrating my love for Final Fantasy and JRPGs in general. Even so, it took me until 2020 to give Final Fantasy 14 a chance, not because I thought the hype would prove to be overblown, but because I’m just that allergic to MMOs. My allergy has been all but completely cured. I still can’t deal with the endgame raid stuff, but man, do I love this story, this cast, and this world.

When the news hit that Naoki Yoshida’s team, AKA the FF14 team, had been chosen to deliver the next mainline single-player installment, my jaw dropped. And just when I had very nearly lifted it back up from the floor, June’s incredible trailer shoved it right back down to the ground. There are a ton of games I’m looking forward to next year, but man, Final Fantasy 16 takes the cake. I’ve even got a character in 14 now whose surname matches FF16’s protagonist’s, which will either age quite well or quite poorly per audience reception to the dude.

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2

Andrew King

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Will it ever come out? I don’t know, but until it does (or gets an official cancellation) Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 will be my most anticipated game. Though it would be an understatement to say that the long-anticipated sequel to the 2004 cult hit RPG has had a rocky development, I can’t give up hope that 2023 will be the year that it actually comes out and is actually good.

The original game, set in four disparate parts of turn-of-the-millennium Los Angeles, is one of my all-time favorite role-playing games and a masterclass in mood. That game was incredibly buggy at launch, but has since been patched by dedicated fans. My fingers are crossed that, despite the behind-the-scenes drama, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 won’t need that treatment. Who knows? It could still be great.

Alan Wake 2

Joshua Robertson

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Being a massive fan of anything Remedy, there’s gonna be very few games that come along next year that get me more excited than Alan Wake 2. I can remember finishing the first game (which is an underrated gem by the way) and trawling through forums and social media for answers back when working in the games industry was just a twinkle in my eye.

The idea of getting answers to an incredibly engrossing story that ended on a cliffhanger over 12 years ago is definitely enough to get me looking forward to it, but Sam Lake explaining that Alan Wake 2 is more “survival horror” than “psychological thriller” this time around has elevated my excitement to new heights. It’s also Remedy we’re talking about here, and anything that team touches is a slam dunk.

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor

Lu-Hai Liang

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I was a big fan of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. In fact, I argued that it has one of the best stories set in the Star Wars universe since Rogue One. I was deeply involved in Cal Kestis’ story and especially that of his companions. It was a gritty, dark, and compelling narrative. As for the gameplay, I am not a fan of Soulsbornes, but I appreciated the twisting levels and lightsaber combat of Fallen Order.

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So I am awaiting its sequel with great anticipation. I hope the visuals will be suitably improved for the power of the current gen, and I hope the spaceship improving “mini-game” is expanded on. Also, I look forward to seeing Merrin again and how the former Padawan’s story continues.

Slitterhead

James Troughton

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Making me pick one game for my most anticipated of 2023 is a bit cruel, frankly.

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Minecraft Legends, Stalker 2, Redfall, Spider-Man 2, Aliens: Dark Descent (yes, another RTS), and Lies of P all spring to mind. But picking between them and the many, many other games that are definitely-not-getting-delayed next year is a tall order. Push come to shove, I’d probably say Slitterhead. Horror is making a comeback but so much of that has been remakes — Resident Evil 4, Dead Space, The Last of Us, and even the rumoured Silent Hill 2. But Slitterhead is a wholly original world, carving out its own identity from the brain behind Silent Hill, Keiichiro Toyama, and I’m excited to see what horrifying nightmares he conjures up. I’m gonna grab a blanket and hide under it while people’s mouths turn into facehuggers, thanks.

Homeworld 3

Matt Arnold

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Missing out on the original Homeworld games back in the early 2000s was a huge mistake. I knew the games would be incredible, I just never got around to playing them. With Homeworld 3 finally coming in 2023, I don’t intend to take a third strike.

For the unfamiliar, Homeworld is legendary among RTS fans for its breathtaking space combat and three-dimensional gameplay. Managing dozens of units is hard enough on a plane — throwing in the Z axis quite literally adds another dimension to all of your strategies. As of right now, Homeworld 3 doesn’t have an official release date, but it’s expected in the first half of 2023. Hopefully, I’ll have gotten this year’s most-anticipated strategy threequel, Victoria 3, out of my system by them.

Dragon Age: Dreadwolf

Belle Huston

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Am I allowed to have hope? I’ve been playing Dragon Age games since I was young enough to be writing fanfiction on paper, so needless to say, I’m attached. When I sat down to play Dragon Age: Inquisition for the first time and gasped as the Conclave exploded, I could have never imagined what my life was going to be like the next time I got to play a brand-new Dragon Age game.

I’m not holding my breath that we’ll actually get Dragon Age: Dreadwolf in 2023, and I’d much rather that BioWare spends their time on it, doesn’t force their workers to crunch, doesn’t launch a game that’s a buggy nightmare, and fights EA on whatever weird multiplayer mechanic they’re surely trying to add in…yet, even the smallest, itsiest bitsiest sliver of hope I’m still fostering is enough to set me ablaze with excitement.

Chants Of Senaar

Issy van der Velde

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Tickling all the right parts of my puzzle-loving brain, Chants of Senaar is a stunning indie inspired by the Tower of Babel myth. Do I think I’m better and cooler than everyone else on this list for picking an indie? Yes, yes I do. I played the demo at Gamescom, and out of everything I saw there, it’s what has stuck with me the most. All I want is to get back into that tower and climb through all of its secrets. You gradually piece together different languages to progress, and the satisfaction of unclouding the doubt behind the meaning of words is unparalleled.

STALKER 2: Heart Of Chernobyl

Joe Parlock

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The original STALKER games hold a dear place in my heart, being some of the first games I played on my first-ever gaming PC. From their exquisitely bleak atmosphere and learning about the endless threats of the Zone, to the fine-tuned and tactical gunplay and survival mechanics, I regularly head back to Shadow Of Chernobyl and Call of Pripyat to see what else I can find.

It’s been 13 years since Call of Pripyat launched now, and nothing since has come close to offering what STALKER does. Intense and engrossing, while also giving you a sandbox of a radiated ecosystem to play with, I am so excited to venture into an updated, modern take on the Zone in Heart of Chornobyl.

Forspoken

Jerel Levy

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I can remember exactly where I was and how I felt when the first trailer for Forspoken dropped. The elation at seeing a high fantasy title from Square Enix featuring a Black woman as its lead got me completely hooked into what Forspoken was all about. Later trailers showed even more women of color within the realm of Athia, and the game became almost a dream realized for myself and many other Black gamers. Seeing Ella Balinska celebrate and understand the impact of her casting on her Twitter gave me high hopes for Forspoken.

Though it's been mired in a bit of controversy for its portrayal and writing, I'm expecting the best. Luminous Productions seem capable enough, and the gameplay seems like it's tightening up. The fact that I get to ride a magical surfboard, cast spells in a gorgeous atmosphere, banter with a witty cuff, and parkour across the world while exclaiming, "Is that a motherfucking Dragon," has me hoping the beginning of next year will be the realization of dreams coming true.

Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes

James Kennedy

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Suikoden is a series that has always been near and dear to my heart. So it was pretty damn hard to watch it die a slow, and painful death. It has been well over 15 years since the last mainline game was released, and it has become abundantly clear that there is little hope for the series. Which is why Eiyuden Chronicles is so damn exciting. The key figures who created the Suikoden series have all banded together to create a spiritual successor to the beloved franchise. And it looks INCREDIBLE!

Not only is the sprite-based art style on point, but the gameplay looks like it is going to deliver that same dynamic, speedy, turn-based combat the Suikoden series was known for. And with Murayama writing it, the script is surely in sturdy hands. There is every reason to feel hopeful about this one. I believe in my heart of hearts that this is going to be an all-time great RPG. I can feel it in my bones!

The Wolf Among Us 2

Meg Pelliccio

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The Wolf Among Us was my favourite out of all the Telltale games to date, and despite the studio undergoing death and a new rebirth, I have high hopes that the sequel could be something equally good. In fact, if I’m being really optimistic, perhaps even better.

There’s something particularly gratifying about pairing up a detective-style game with Telltale’s graphic adventure style. The Wolf Among Us is based on the Fables comic book series, where all your favourite fairy tale characters have been forced into the human world and try to live normal lives in Fabletown. However, rather than just rehash the stories already told on paper, the games are set 20 years prior to the comics. I fell in love with the noir-esque elements and vibrant characters so much that I became an avid Fables fan after playing and bought every graphic novel in the series just to see more of them. And for the same reason, I can’t wait to see the return of Bigby Wolf and Snow White next year.

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