The 15 most anticipated games of 2023 | CNN underlined

Thanks to fantastic games like Stray, Tunic, and Bayonetta 3, 2022 provided ample reason for gamers to keep their controllers fully charged. And that’s before you consider that these exceptional entries were sandwiched between the outright hits Elden Ring and God of War: Ragnarok.

But thanks to the PS5 and Xbox Series X entering their third year, as well as a host of pandemic-delayed games finally seeing the light of day, 2023 is poised to top the previous 12 months. From long-awaited sequels and ambitious remakes to some original projects brimming with potential, here are the 15 games we’re most eager to get our hands on this year.

Release date: January 27, 2023

A remake of Electronic Arts’ 15-year-old sci-fi survival horror classic, Dead Space aims to retain the terrifying atmosphere, blood-drenched action, and tense, twisting storytelling of the original. More than just recycling that trusted formula, though, this ambitious revamp is taking full advantage of next-generation technology to increase immersion and cinematic presentation. Best of all, brave fans don’t need to wait long to board the Necromorph-infested USG Ishimura, as Dead Space lands, like a Plasma Cutter blast, later this month.

Release date: February 10, 2023

An open-world action RPG set in the titular wizarding school, this ambitious fantasy adventure promises to include enough spell-casting encounters, potions, and magical monsters to please even the most demanding Harry Potter fans. But it’s not a simple retelling of the days the boy wizard bested Voldemort, either, as fans will don the robes of an original, custom character in a new story set 100 years before the events of the book series.

Release Date: March 17, 2023

Release Date: March 24, 2023

Capcom’s recent Resident Evil 2 remakes and its direct sequel have proven that these survival horror classics are worth revisiting. The upcoming Resident Evil 4, arguably the most beloved entry in the series, seems to continue this trend with the full force of a zombie canine crashing through a window. With reimagined, modern gameplay and new cinema-rivaling presentation, this updated version of Leon S. Kennedy’s living nightmare should deliver one of the year’s best adrenaline-pumping attractions.

Release Date: May 12, 2023

Released alongside Nintendo Switch in 2017, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild not only ensured the success of the system, but redefined one of the medium’s most beloved series to deliver its best entry yet. Its long-awaited direct sequel, Tears of the Kingdom, seeks to duplicate that achievement, retaining and refining the vast open-world gameplay of its predecessor, but also evolving it with a host of new features. You’d have more luck killing Calamity Ganon with a stick than getting details on those new items, but we know the game will encourage more vertical gameplay across a series of islands floating above Hyrule.

Release Date: May 26, 2023

Long before Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man claimed the crown of superhero gaming, Rocksteady Studios had already done the genre proud with its critically acclaimed Arkham series. With that trilogy wrapping up in 2015, Bat fans have been eagerly awaiting the British developer’s return to the DC universe. He finally arrives this year, inviting players to unleash the mayhem antics of Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, and King Shark. As well as building on the strong foundation of the Arkham games, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League adds 4-player co-op to the mix, ensuring that the good guys, who have apparently been corrupted by Brainiac, don’t stand a chance. .

Release Date: June 2, 2023

Eager fighting game fans will be able to unleash their feet and fists when one of the genre’s biggest franchises finally returns to show its might in an all-new, numbered entry. Street Fighter 6 will feature a launch roster of 18 new and familiar fighters, competing online and locally in a trio of dedicated modes: Fighting Ground, World Tour, and Battle Hub. Add in evolved gameplay mechanics and an improved visual presentation, and the high-kicking sequel should hit like a match-winning Hadouken when it arrives this summer.

Release Date: June 6, 2023

It’s been over a decade since Diablo III saw fans hack, slash, and spell-cast, but the brave dungeon-dwellers will soon be invited back to Sanctuary. While Diablo Immortal, a free-to-play game in the franchise, might have removed that demon-wrecking itch, mainline Diablo IV, positioned as a return to the series’ thumb-blistering roots, promises to rub it raw. In addition to looting, leveling, and rampaging ugly beasts, the long-awaited evil sequel will also treat fans to a long-awaited meeting with the legendary evil Lilith, who they love and hate.

Release Date: June 22, 2023

Square Enix’s long-running and hugely popular RPG series has spawned more sequels, spin-offs, and remakes than you can shake a Buster Sword at. But while the franchise is keeping fans busy with these regularly released worldwide expansion offerings, the new mainline entries are a much rarer beast. That makes Final Fantasy XVI a big deal, one that will no doubt deliver—and evolve—the series’ strong blend of stunning visuals, thoughtful combat, and epic, original storytelling.

Release date: August 2023

After more than 20 years of waiting, RPG fans will finally return to the Forgotten Realms of the popular Baldur’s Gate franchise. But the Dungeons & Dragons-based sequel has a lot more going for it than just the overflowing anticipation of gamers. Developed by Larian Studios, the team behind the acclaimed Divinity RPG series, Baldur’s Gate III represents that rare dream combination of a beloved property with the studio best suited to adapt it. Throw in the fact that this long-awaited PC game was perfected over two years of early access fueled by fan feedback, and we can’t wait to throw a party and teach those ugly skinners some manners.

Release date: TBD 2023

The long-running Assassin’s Creed series has mostly maintained an annual release schedule, but it’s been nearly three years since the Viking-themed Valhalla plunged its hidden blades into us. Assassin’s Creed: Mirage will not only see the series return in 2023, but will also find it significantly altered from its last entries. While recent chapters have featured massive open worlds, branching narratives, and an action-RPG approach, Mirage promises a return to the franchise’s harrowing roots, with sharper, more linear storytelling and stealthier gameplay.

Release date: TBD 2023

The titular island town of Redfall is a quaint New England getaway that wouldn’t look out of place in a travel brochure… save for the bloodthirsty shivers that roam its streets. Fortunately, the open-world first-person shooter arms players to the teeth, pairing them with up to three survivors of the vampire onslaught. Its concept may sound similar to other online co-op fraggers, but coming from Arkane Studios, the talented team behind the critically acclaimed Dishonored series, we expect it to contain more than mindless action and pulling the trigger.

Release date: TBD 2023

The wildly ambitious scope and scale of Starfield is matched only by the enormous expectations fans have for Bethesda Game Studios’ first new universe in a quarter century. And while a lot has been revealed about the sci-fi action RPG, including the impressive/daunting ability to plant your flag on 1,000 planets, just as many remain a closely guarded secret. We hope it’s out of this world, but even if it only matches the quality of the studio’s Fallout and Elder Scrolls entries, we’ll happily spend hundreds of hours among the stars fulfilling our space cowboy fantasies.

Release date: TBD 2023

A cult horror classic released in 2010, Alan Wake seemed like an unlikely candidate for a sequel. But thanks to its recent remaster finding a new audience, not to mention its developer Remedy Entertainment boosting its fanbase significantly thanks to the success of the spooky sci-fi entry Control, the titular, haunted novelist is making a comeback. Details about its new supernatural-tinged story are scant, though Remedy has revealed that the game will feature a more survival-horror vibe than its action-focused predecessor.

Release Date: Fall 2023

DC’s villains will also face stiff competition from the aforementioned web-slinger, as Insomniac Games is due to deliver the next numbered entry in its popular PlayStation-exclusive Spider-Man series. After 2018’s stellar title that kicked off the franchise, and 2020’s excellent spin-off starring Miles Morales, the new wall-crawling entry is easily one of the most anticipated games of the year. The sequel puts fans under the spandex of Peter Parker and Morales’ Spideys, while pitting them against a rogues’ gallery of nasty dudes, including Marvel’s iconic menace, Venom.

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