5 questions on players’ minds ahead of new video game releases in 2023

Movie players have a great deal to appear forward to in 2023, from “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom” to a slew of very long-awaited sequels, remakes and indies. But with so substantially continue to mysterious, I’m burning with concerns for the new yr to respond to:

Will the new “Fire Emblem” prove to be as participating as “Three Houses”?

“Fire Emblem Engage” kicks off Nintendo’s big 12 months of releases on Jan. 20. The previous “Fire Emblem: Three Houses” had you play a (ridiculously younger and underqualified) professor at a navy academy that serves 3 fantasy kingdoms. Centered on what faction you chose, you’ll finish up on opposing sides of a war midway by the video game — crossing swords with pupils and school you have occur to know and appreciate.

This year’s “Fire Emblem Engage” seems less grounded — the principal character sports garish two-toned hair and can even summon ghostly versions of warriors from previous game titles. That admirer services may perhaps enhance gross sales, but time will explain to how “Engage” stacks up from its predecessor.

This year's remake of 2008's "Dead Space" offers a revamped vision of the influential horror game. (Courtesy of Electronic Arts)
This year’s remake of 2008’s “Lifeless Space” provides a revamped vision of the influential horror recreation. (Courtesy of Electronic Arts)https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2023/01/06/hidden-gaming-gems

Will horror remakes protect what manufactured the originals special?

Two vintage horror video games get whole makeovers this year: “Dead Space” and “Resident Evil 4.” It is a confident bet for publishers — just sufficient a long time have handed to capture a nostalgia wave and entice gamers who missed them the very first time all around.

I’m hopeful for “Resident Evil 4” — publisher Capcom has a confirmed observe history with knockout remakes of “Resident Evil 2” and “3.” But “Dead Space” could stumble with a narrative “glow-up” and in its selection to give a voice to its previously-silent protagonist. Confident, Isaac Clark started off speaking in sequels, but his stoic silence helped provide the initial game’s despairing tone.

How will “Tears of the Kingdom” innovate on “Breath of the Wild”’s system?

Aftershocks from 2017’s “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” keep reverberating: Final year’s hit “Elden Ring” evidently emulated its open up-globe structure, alongside with myriad games big and modest. We continue to never know substantially about the “Zelda” observe-up, but I’m hoping it riffs on its predecessor the way “Majora’s Mask” transposed “Ocarina of Time” to a weirder critical. It’s really hard to envision that it could completely rebuild the franchise the way “Breath of the Wild” did, but the very last matter I want “Tears of the Kingdom” to do is participate in it risk-free.

How significantly will “Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon” resemble the developer’s “Souls”-games?

Famous studio FromSoftware expended a great deal of the late 1990s and 2000s generating giant robot video games. Which is straightforward to fail to remember, considering the fact that its name has come to be synonymous with brutal and enigmatic fantasy RPGs, from 2009’s “Demon’s Souls” to 2022’s “Elden Ring.” But in 2023, the studio is last but not least returning to their mech-battling “Armored Core” collection. Lots of admirers will get “Fires of Rubicon” no matter how it performs — but I’m curious to see how the new game blends the developer’s past 3 decades of operate.

One of the few released images of "Hollow Knight: Silksong" (Courtesy of Team Cherry)
A single of the couple unveiled images of “Hollow Knight: Silksong” (Courtesy of Team Cherry)

Will “Hollow Knight: Silksong” truly appear out?

I get it. Indie developer Workforce Cherry has to take its time with this a person — but rumors of an impending release are far too tantalizing to disregard. The developer’s 2017 game, “Hollow Knight,” is maybe the ideal sport of its bodyweight class at any time created, so anticipation could not be hotter for this sequel.