There might be too many new games for 2023. We're only a few weeks into January, and it's become clear that this will be a year in video games to remember. We've got a wide array of upcoming Xbox Series X games to look forward to and some key upcoming PS5 games (including the launch of PSVR 2) finally releasing, and that's just in the first few months of 2023!
Diablo 4 is coming and it's bringing Necromancers with it. Yes, that's the fifth and final new class for the title, and we've got a vague release date to go with it too. With the title doing everything it can to take what makes Diablo what it is and better it, there will be more monsters, more abilities, Legendary loot, and more. With full cross-play and couch co-op to boot, Diablo 4 will offer up special PvP areas too. Diablo 4 is looking incredible.
Final Fantasy 16 is coming, it's finally official. Set in the world of Valisthea, the land is studded with what's known as Mothercrystals. These crystal towers fill the world with aether, which gifts the people magicks. But, the world has also been infested with Blight, and deadly creatures known as Eikons that threaten to destroy the dominions.
Baldur's Gate 3 has been moving through Steam Early Access since October 2020, and now developer Larian Studios is finally ready to unleash its new RPG on the world. Baldur's Gate 3 is set to land in August 2023, with the Mind Flayers doing all they can to rip and shred their way through your party. Larian has been doing great work on the legendary series through two years of Early Access, and we can't wait to see how the final game shapes up.
Former Activision and EA developers have come together to create Immortals of Aveum. It's an intriguing first-person magic shooter, set in an original world. While the pre-rendered reveal trailer reveals little about the game, we do know that Immortals of Aveum is being developed under the EA Originals banner, so expect the quality to be high. If the stunning aesthetic can carry across into the final experience, Immortals of Aveum will certainly be one to watch.
After eight years, one game, and one sequel that never materialized, publisher CI Games is taking the entire concept back to the drawing board. The Lords of the Fallen is a series reboot for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X; this dark fantasy action game is positioning itself as a Dark Souls alternative, with the same style of punishing combat set across a more expansive world. We'll know for certain whether this reboot can do what its predecessor couldn't when it launches later this year.
The long-awaited Avatar game - now officially called Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora - finally got revealed at E3 2021, and it's in development at Massive Entertainment (in collaboration with Lightstorm Entertainment and Disney). The game will be a new standalone story where you plas as a Na'vi and journey across the Western Frontier, which is a brand new part of Pandora not seen in any media before. This is a first-person, action-adventure title, with a living and reactive world that's fighting against the formidable RDA forces.
Deck13 and Focus Entertainment are bringing us Atlas Fallen, another fantasy action RPG but set in a stunning sandy world. Even the weapons are sand-infused and the mysterious fighters are set to take down the legendary creatures that roam this place. Your task is to free mankind from the oppression of the gods. It's all a bit elusive right now, so let's see what else we learn about the game in the coming months.
Nightingale comes from former BioWare boss Aaryn Flynn. First revealed during the Game Awards 2021, Nightingale is described as a "shared-world survival game" that takes place in a Victorian fantasy setting. Sounds intriguing, doesn't it? You'll be able to play the survival adventure solo or with friends and other players you meet in the world. According to the official site (opens in new tab), testing is set to go live sometime next year, so it looks like we can expect to see a Beta at some stage.
In addition to Dragon Age 4, BioWare has also confirmed its returning to the final frontier with a new entry in its long-running Mass Effect series. A brief teaser trailer released at the end of 2020 was all that was needed to get us excited, showing the return of a fan favourite character in Liara, who appears older and wiser than the last time we saw her, and is seemingly on the hunt for Commander Shephard's ship, the Normandy. What could it all mean? BioWare's staying quiet for now, but we're already preparing for launch.
After years of prevaricating, party pooping, and a preposterous number of Skyrim (opens in new tab) re-releases, Bethesda came out at E3 2018 to finally confirm that The Elder Scrolls 6 (opens in new tab) is officially on the way, even releasing a short but exciting teaser trailer to prove it. That trailer in question doesn't reveal a whole lot, but suggests a number of potential settings for the long awaited sequel, from the long forgotten High Rock to the lost island of Yokuda. Sadly, this RPG is likely to stay in production for quite some time, but the more hopeful adventurers wouldn't be completely mad for expecting The Elder Scrolls 6 to release before the end of the decade. Fingers crossed.
Wyrdsong is a brand new game from equally brand new studio Something Wicked Games. Made up of former Bethesda Game Studios and Obsidian Entertainment, the studio's game is a fantasy RPG set in a fictional Portugal during the Middle Ages. It will apparently ask players to question "both their reality and the choices they make" in what Something Wicked hopes to be a challenge to current RPG titles. 2b1af7f3a8