We gave you part one of 23 games coming out in 2023, and we told you that wasn’t all, so we are back with part 2 of that list. Keep in mind that there are still a lot more games coming out but covering a total of 46 should be enough to keep you satiated for now, no? Indie games will get their own list soon, and between these, the indie games, and the unannounced surprises, there are a ton of games coming out in 2023, and the year looks jam-packed. Are you excited about the games coming out? We sure are! A lot more for some when compared to the others, but let’s get the preamble out of the way and get this show rolling. There are 23 more games coming out in 2023.
Spongebob Squarepants The Cosmic Shake
Who knew we’d be getting a remake for “Spongebob Squarepants Battle for Bikini Bottom,” one of the best Spongebob games ever made? And if that wasn’t enough, who knew we’d be getting a new sequel for it after all these years? “Spongebob Squarepants: The Cosmic Shake” is the next Spongebob platformer coming to us from THQ Nordic. “The cosmic Shake” will take us to new worlds from different time zones while retaining the charm and the vibrant color palette of the first game. I don’t know much about the story, but it’s Spongebob, so I know it’ll be funny and goofy for us Spongebob fans, at least. “Spongebob Squarepants: The Cosmic Shake” comes out on January 31, 2023, for the PlayStation 5 and 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. It’s nice to see 3D platformers making a comeback.
Persona 3 Portable
“Persona 5 Royal” finally made its way to new-gen consoles and the Xbox for the first time. Developed by Atlus and considered the best JRPG ever made, “Persona 5 Royal” is an incredible third-person turn-based JRPG that oozes style. I haven’t completed it yet, but this game is phenomenal. “Persona 3 Portable,” which was the PSP version of “Persona 3,” is also making its way to the new-gen consoles and will be released on January 19, 2023, for the PlayStation 5 and 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. I know nothing about this, but after playing “Persona 5,” I would love to play previous games in this beloved series for sure! The game will also be part of the Xbox Game Pass at launch.
Persona 4 Golden
If “Persona 3 Portable” and “Persona 5 Royal” weren’t enough for you and you wanted more “Persona” in your life, then you’d be glad to know that “Persona 4 Golden” is also making its way to new-gen consoles. Again, I don’t know a lot about it, but it has my interest. “Persona” games are fantastic across the board, and this is one of the fan-favorites. It’ll also be out on January 19, 2023, for The PlayStation 5 and 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC and will also be part of the Xbox game Pass at launch.
Monster Hunter Rise
“Monster Hunter Rise” technically isn’t a new game coming out in 2023 as it’s already been out on the Nintendo Switch for a good while now, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s coming to new platforms. It builds on top of the very successful and beloved formula that “Monster Hunter World” laid down and gives us the ultimate “Monster Hunter” experience. A new world full of new monsters to hunt and a refined gameplay experience is what awaits you if you pick up “Monster Hunter Rise,” which will be out on January 19, 2023, for the PlayStation 5 and 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC, and will also be included with Xbox Game Pass at launch.
Skull And Bones
After six years and countless delays, “Skull and Bones” is finally coming out in 2023. It’s an online open-world game coming to us from Ubisoft and features pirates, ship-to-ship combat, and looting all over the Indian Ocean. This feels like a more gritty and grounded version of “Sea of Thieves,” and while it isn’t for me personally, I can think of a lot of people I know who’d enjoy this game a lot. “Skull and Bones” will feature PvE and PvP gameplay in a single world, and being a pirate is always fun. It comes out on March 9, 2023, for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.
Crime Boss Rockay City
One of the biggest surprise announcements from the Game Awards 2022 was “Crime Boss Rockay City,” which seems to take heavy inspiration from games like “GTA” and the “Payday” series. It’s a first-person co-op heist game that takes place in a fictional rendition of 1990s Florida and features a huge cast of big-name actors and actresses like Kim Basinger, Danny Glover, Chuck Norris, and a lot more. It’s unclear if it will be an open-world game or a linear game with mission-specific areas, but it can be played solo or in co-op and will feature a story. It’s the first game from this new Czech Studio called INgame Studios, and it sure looks like a vibrant and ambitious project. The game comes out on March 28, 2023, for the PC and, at an unspecified date in 2023, for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.
After years of waiting, Activision Blizzard is finally releasing “Diablo 4” in 2023, and fans of this series, including myself, cannot wait to get their hands on it. A full open world, refined classes, crazy moves, co-op play, world bosses, raids, and a ton of loot to find and collect await us in this asymmetric action RPG. “Diablo” games are very popular and are some of the best loot games ever made, but I don’t want to call it an MMO even though it sort of is, I know. A dark Dungeons and Dragons tale awaits us when “Diablo 4” finally comes out on June 6, 2023, for the PlayStation 5 and 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC.
Robocop: Rogue City
We can all agree that RoboCop is awesome, right? Teyon is bringing us a first-person Robocop game titled “RoboCop Rogue City.” As mentioned, the game will be a first-person shooter, and while the details are light on this one, it does look good and very atmospheric. I am not expecting a lot from this game but come on! How can someone not be excited about a RoboCop game? Plus, these guys made one of the best Terminator games that ever came out with “Terminator Resistance.” I am sure the game will be just fine; not the best, but definitely worth checking out. It will be released sometime in June 2023 for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.
Aliens: Dark Descent
“Aliens Dark Descent” comes to us from Tindalos Interactive and is a real-time strategy game set in Ridley Scott’s Alien universe. The Alien games as of late have been amazing, with the incredible survival horror “Alien Isolation” and the more recent action-packed co-op shooter “Aliens Fireteam Elite.” This is an RTS, so it’ll ask you to use your brain, but it will also feature tons of tactical gameplay, a new and original story, and hordes of Xenomorphs to kill. “Aliens: Dark Descent” comes out sometime in 2023 for the PlayStation 5 and 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC.
The First Descendant
Okay, this one is a live-service game by Nexon and will feature third-person co-op gameplay much akin to games like “Destiny 2.” “The First Descendant” looks spectacular as it’s being made using Unreal Engine 5, and the gameplay, the powers, and everything else looks promising, even if they look unoriginal. This game will also feature a narrative and tones of lore, and it seems more like a refined version of “Outriders” than it does its own thing, but I digress. A cool game is a cool game, no matter how unoriginal it may seem. I wish there was more information out there so I could talk about it more, but there isn’t. It comes out sometime in 2023 for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.
Embark Studios was made by members of DICE that left the company to start working on the game they wanted to make. Their debut project is titled “Arc Raiders,” which is a free-to-play third-person cooperative action shooter set in a world where mechanized aliens drop from space, and you must stop them. Since it’s free-to-play, it will feature a ton of monetization in the form of microtransactions, I am sure, but the game on its own looks very action-packed and fun to play, especially with a group of friends. It also looks like an open-world game, and it seems to take heavy inspiration from games like “Destiny 2,” but don’t quote me on that. The game has DICE written all over it, and I am sure this will be fun when it comes out sometime in 2023 for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.
The sequel to “Ark Survival Evolved,” “Ark 2,” looks like it will feature a single-player campaign alongside its popular survival game mode, and guess what? Vin Diesel is the star of the show in this game. Despite being announced for over two years, they haven’t shown us anything about the game, and the truth be told, I don’t much care for it, but I know that the community of this game is going to chew this game up when it will be released sometime in 2023 for the Xbox Series X|S and PC and will also be included with Xbox Game Pass at launch.
“Atlas Fallen” was announced during the Summer Games Fest, and this game looks just awesome. Set in a fantastical world full of sand dunes where gods have gone corrupt, and it’s up to us to retain the world to its former glory and challenge these gods. The combat looks good, but the exploration here looks downright phenomenal. The game can also be played in co-op, which is again awesome, and while there’s no release date or even a ton of gameplay to go around, I want to play this game as quickly as I can. “Atlas Fallen” comes out sometime in 2023 for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.
Banishers: Ghosts Of New Eden
This is another game that excites me a lot because of its developers, Don’t Nod Studios. Announced during the Game Awards 2022, “Banishers Ghosts Of New Eden” is an open-world RPG set in the frontiers of North America in 1695. As the title suggests, you’ll be fighting ghosts and banishing them to their realm in what feels like an emotionally gripping narrative. The last time Don’t Nod did a project like this, it was “Vampyr,” one of the most underrated games I have ever played, so it’s nice to see them try something like this again. “Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden” comes out in the winter of 2023 for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.
Okay, let’s quickly run this down, as this is a weird one. “Everywhere” is a project announced by Leslie Benzies’ new studio. Is it a game? A creation tools. I don’t really understand. It’s so hard to talk about something that isn’t clear, but “Everywhere” looks like a game that lets you make other games and worlds within it like “Roblox” but also has a narrative-driven game attached to it. It’s confusing, so just go with it, and it sure does look incredibly interesting and one-of-a-kind. “Everywhere” comes out sometime in 2023.
Hell Is Us
This is an interesting one. “Hell Is Us” is coming to us from a new studio called Rogue Factor, full of veterans from this industry, and is a third-person action-adventure game set in an open world. There’s not a lot known about the game, but it will tell a touching and topical story in a world where the game won’t guide you to anything but only your instincts will. It will also feature hack-and-slash combat, and exploration will be a huge part of it. The game is being built using Unreal Engine 5, so it will look awesome, and this is an interesting game that I can’t wait to learn more about. “Hell Is Us” will come out sometime in 2023 for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.
Layers Of Fears
“Layers Of Fear ” and its sequel, “Layers of Fear 2,” were both interesting horror games by Bloober Team. They weren’t the best, but the concept and the story surrounding them were worth looking into, and there were some genuine horrors along the way. The presentation was a bit of a problem, so what if I were to tell you that you can play these games once again, but they’ll be better in every way this time? “Layers Of Fears” is the next game in the series that is being built on top of the foundations the first games laid, all wrapped up in a singular experience, and all of it is being built from the ground up using Unreal Engine 5. The use of UE5 means we’ll see 4K visuals with raytracing alongside HDR, and it will look awesome. I like the games Bloober Team makes, and this one sure look really good with incredible lighting and a creepy atmosphere. It’ll be worth seeing what changes they bring to these games if any, but the added bump to the visuals does bring this game’s atmosphere up to the level they planned originally, and a horror game is all about its atmosphere, so I am definitely into it. The game will come out sometime in early 2023 for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.
Lollipop Chainsaw Remake
Yoshimi Yasuda and Dragami Games announced early this year that a full-blown remake of “Lollipop Chainsaw” is coming in 2023, and I don’t know anyone who thought or asked for this. “Lollipop Chainsaw,” for those unaware, was a 360/PS3 era hack and slash game featuring cool combat and “interesting” visuals and design choices. I can’t say I don’t like the game, but I sure am not crazy about it. This game quickly became a cult classic despite mediocre reviews. James Gunn was also involved in this project, and this was the first and only video game he has worked on; unfortunately, he won’t be returning for the remake. Details for this are next to non-existent, and we only know that it’s coming sometime in 2023 with no platforms announced either. This was unexpected but nonetheless interesting.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart Of Chernobyl
After unavoidable delays due to the Ukraine war, it looks like “Stalker 2” will finally come out in 2023. Developed by GSC GameWorld, “Stalker 2: Heart of Chernobyl” has been years in the making and is the next big step in the world of “Stalker.” An open-world game set in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, the “Stalker” games are some of the most immersive first-person shooters you’ll ever play in your life, and “Stalker 2” looks like a bigger, bolder, and more beautiful version of already brilliant games that this series is known for. I hope the developers and their families are safe, and there’s no rush to get this out. Take your time, guys. If it does release in 2023, then it’ll come out on Xbox Series X|S and PC and will also be part of the Xbox Game Pass at launch.
The Lords Of The Fallen
“The Lords of the Fallen” is the newest entry in this SoulsBorne series, which will take us to a dark fantasy land with two massive, interconnected worlds for us to run around in. The game will feature tons of weapons, a fully customizable character, and a story that’ll be interesting alongside challenging but fluid gameplay. It looks gorgeous, and it looks like the jank that was present in the previous games has been acknowledged and fixed this time around despite me not being a Soulsborne fan; I am looking forward to this one as it looks very interesting. “The Lords of the Fallen” comes out sometime in 2023 for The PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.
The Wolf Among Us 2
After a long time and a ton of issues, Bigby is finally coming back with “The Wolf Among Us 2”. After the troubles that Telltale Games went through, the future of this franchise, among their other games, was tossed into the air, but with their revival of sorts, they are finally giving us the sequel we deserve. Inspired by the Fables comics, “The Wolf Among Us 2” will pick up six months after the events of the first game, and we’ll finally return to this gritty, noir world and take control of Bigby once more. This is a narrative game with choices that change the story and the fates of the characters, and this is a dark tale in a fantasy land. Adam Harrington will also return to voice Bigby once more, and this will be an awesome game that I can’t wait to play when it comes out sometime in 2023 for the PlayStation 5 and 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC.
Warhammer 40K: Space Marine 2
I have not played the first “Warhammer 40K Space Marine,” but I am familiar with the lore, and I have played other “Warhammer” titles. To say this series is crazy would be an understatement, and while I am not a big, crazy fan of the series or anything, “Space Marine 2” has all of my interest. It looks like “Gears of War” on steroids, and what’s not to like about that? The main character from the first game also returns, and we’ll be fighting a huge, and I mean huge, number of Tyranids along the way. The game looks totally crazy in terms of visuals, the sheer number of enemies on screen, and the grandiose spectacle on display. Destructible environments will also be present here from the looks of it, and the combat looks extremely brutal, as it should. I am super excited for this one, which comes out sometime in 2023 for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. The cherry on top here is that Tim Willits, one of the minds behind “DOOM,” is working on this, which is awesome!
Crash Team Rumble
Finally, we have “Crash Team Rumble” coming to us from Toys for Bob, the guys behind the brilliant remasters of “Crash” and “Spyro” games and, more recently, “Crash Bandicoot 4.” We all love Crash Bandicoot, and it’ll be cool to see the first-ever multiplayer-only Crash game. 4v4 party game where all the characters featured in previous games will be playable, and the game will act as a competition between the two teams and pit them against each other as they play crazy games to score points. “Crash Team Rumble” will come out sometime in 2023 for the PlayStation 5 and 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC, so gather your friends, as this will be an incredibly fun game to play.
My god, there are so many games coming out in 2023! The crazy thing is that both of our lists don’t even cover half of what’s already been announced and slated for the coming year, but we feel that these 46 games cover a wide variety of genres and communities. Which ones are you excited about? Don’t worry; I haven’t forgotten about the indies; they’ll get their diligence in due time. Happy holidays and a happy new year, and I hope you are eagerly waiting for some of these games like I am! See you at the next one.