10 Games We Can't Wait to Play in 2023 – MUO – MakeUseOf

2023 has got some amazing games in store. Here are some you should have on your list to play.
2023 looks like it could be a bumper year for video games and gamers of all persuasions. So let's take a look at some of the biggest and best games due to be released in 2023.
Many of these games were set to release in 2022 and got delayed, but there are also plenty of brand-new games making their way onto our consoles and PCs during 2023.
If you are wondering what 2023 will have in store for you in terms of video games, you have come to the right place. Here are 10 games we can’t wait to play in 2023.
Hold on to your wallets, Harry Potter fans, because Hogwarts Legacy is set to release on February 10, 2023. The Harry Potter franchise has seen many video games over its long reign. But Hogwarts Legacy looks like it will be raising the bar drastically.
Hogwarts Legacy is an action RPG from Portkey Games. But unlike most Harry Potter games, the legend himself will not be the star of the show this time around. You will be. Hogwarts Legacy is an open-world title that lets you craft your own adventure. You are completely free to live out your Harry Potter fantasies in Hogwarts Legacy.
Out of all the games releasing in 2023, there is one that immediately comes to mind for many gamers. That is, of course, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. It did take the award for the Most Anticipated Game at the 2022 Game Awards, after all, and rightfully so.
This is the sequel to the beloved launch title of the Nintendo Switch, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. And gamers have been waiting with bated breath for five long years to continue Link’s story. This epic open-world RPG definitely would have been one of the best Nintendo Switch games of 2022 had it not been delayed, but we can’t wait to get our hands on it on May 12, 2023.
2022 was a great year to be a gamer. Unless, of course, you were hanging out for an Xbox-exclusive title to add to your collection. Xbox had grand plans at the beginning of 2022. But, unfortunately, none of them really panned out and Redfall was one of 2022's victims.
It’s not all bad news, though, as 2023 is fast approaching, and the wait is almost over. Xbox gamers can look forward to slaying some vampires in the upcoming first-person shooter sometime in 2023.
Redfall was a disappointing loss for Xbox gamers in 2022, but the highest-profile delay of the year was most probably Starfield. Starfield is an upcoming action RPG from Bethesda Softworks that would give The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom a run for its money in the battle for the most highly anticipated title of 2023.
Starfield suffered the same fate as Redfall in 2022, and its original release date of November 11 was delayed until sometime in 2023. But Starfield fans can look forward to getting their hands on the Skyrim-esque space adventure in early 2023. Hopefully.
Fire Emblem is one of Nintendo’s most successful franchises, and fans haven’t seen a new mainline entry in the series since 2019's Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Fire Emblem Engage is a Nintendo Switch exclusive that will be released on January 20, 2023.
The Fire Emblem franchise is well known for its solid tactical RPGs. Tactical RPGs offer a more strategic approach to turn-based combat where you can move your characters around the battlefield like pawns.
They were first popularized in the West by games like Final Fantasy Tactics and have since gone on to become an incredibly popular genre in gaming. If you've been pondering over whether there are still many good reasons to buy a Nintendo Switch in 2023, this is one of them.
Big-budget AAA titles are usually heavily advertised and drum up a lot of interest and anticipation for their releases. But indie games can be just as much if not more fun than big-budget titles. And Sea of Stars is the perfect example of that.
Sea of Stars is a turn-based RPG with a beautiful pixel art style that would speak straight to the nostalgic pits of any long-time gamer's heart. Sea of Stars was originally meant to release in 2022 but sadly also found its way into the Delayed Until 2023 Club.
Almost anything Square Enix touches turns to gold, and Forspoken looks like it will be no exception. This action RPG looks like it will feature some of the most epic, fast-paced combat that gamers can expect from 2023.
It also looks like the storyline will be incredibly unique, which in a market saturated with games is a refreshing change of pace. Forspoken will be released on the PlayStation 5 and Windows on January 24, 2023.
If you enjoy action RPGs, epic boss battles, high fantasy character designs, and having the ability to share all that with your friends, you will love Diablo IV. The Diablo franchise is known for having great stories and seemingly endless character customization. Diablo titles also have a large cast of playable classes to choose from, which gives the games tons of replayability.
Diablo IV looks bigger and badder than any Diablo that has come before it. And Diablo’s lore is nothing short of epic, so we cannot wait to see what the latest entry in the series has in store for us on the sixth of June 2023.
The Final Fantasy franchise requires little to no introduction. It is an incredibly beloved series of turn-based JRPGs that has been providing gamers with entertainment for many years over many titles. And the latest entry in the Final Fantasy series is landing on 22 June 2023.
Final Fantasy XVI is the second Square Enix title on the list and will be released on the PlayStation 5 as a timed exclusive. This could be concerning to some long-time fans of the series as PS5 stock shortages are still set to continue through 2022 and beyond. But luckily for those without a PS5, there are plans to release it on other consoles sometime in the future.
The 2009 film Avatar is more often than not sitting atop its throne as the highest-grossing blockbuster film. So it is not surprising to see that the video game inspired by it is also incredibly hyped. Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is an open-world action-adventure game coming to the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Windows, and Amazon Luna.
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora has a very wide release window of April 2023 to March 2024. But many gamers have their fingers crossed for a late 2023 release.
There are so many incredible games set to release in 2023 that we can feel our wallets crying and our thumbs cramping already. Many of these titles have been delayed. This can be frustrating, but at the end of the day, it's better to delay a game than release an incomplete one.
If you don’t know what games to look forward to in the coming year, any of these will be sure to get those gaming juices flowing.
Laura-May Randell is a Lvl 29 Kiwi gamer and writer, armed with a Bachelor of Arts and far too much gaming experience.


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