51 New Upcoming Xbox Series X/S Games of 2023

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After years of PlayStation domination in the console gaming market, Xbox is getting back into the race with several studio acquisitions and great exclusives coming out soon. From Ark 2 to Starfield, here are the best upcoming Xbox Series X/S games of 2023.

Disclaimer: The Chant and The Day Before was removed as they are no longer expected in 2023 or failed to keep their spot on this list.

#51 Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown

  • Developer: Kylotonn / KT Racing
  • Publisher: Nacon / Bigben Interactive
  • Platforms: PC PS5 XSX|S Switch
  • Release: 2023

There are plenty of driving games out there for you to partake in. But Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown tries to give you more than a simple “racing title” can give you. It wants you to have a driving experience that everyone can enjoy. So, for example, you’ll be able to have fun in races, it’s true. But you’ll also be able to drive around the game’s world and take in all the sights and sounds that are there.

You can even bring in your friends and form a “driving party” that will go on for as long as you want. So why not drive some of the most luxurious cars possible in a beautifully rendered world?

#50 Wanted: Dead

  • Developer: Soleil
  • Publisher: 110 Industries
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBOX One XSX|S
  • Release: February 14, 2023

When conspiracies are built, it’s up to those willing to take them down to fight for the rest of us. Wanted: Dead is a mix of a hack-n-slash game with a third-person shooter that is wrapped up in a grand story.

You’ll play the leader of a special police unit called the Zombie Unit. You have stumbled onto a conspiracy that reveals how Hong Kong is really being controlled.

Not content to let things lie, you grab your unit and race into action to take them down. Utilize brutal melee combat mixed with shooting mechanics to infiltrate the hideouts of the conspiracy and take out all that get in your way.

#49 I.G.I Origins

  • Developer: Antimatter Games
  • Publisher: Toadman Interactive
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2023

A prequel to the 2000 title, I.G.I Origins, will feature you as Michael King. You’re a former soldier who is brought in by MI6 to house a new directive that can help further save the world from threats. You’ll be given a vast arsenal to get the job done and the freedom to do the job your way.

You can go in guns blazing to take down foes, or you can do the stealthy way and take everyone down without being caught!

However, as the missions go on, the questions about what is really going on will build. What would you do if the people controlling you are the real enemy?

#48 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

  • Developer: Sumo Nottingham
  • Publisher: Gun Interactive
  • Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
  • Release date: 2023

There have been a lot of horror games as of late that have tried to capture the feeling of fleeing from a horrifying entity or working together to take them down. Enter The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a game based on the hit movie based on the real life actions of the Slaughter family. And now…you can be them, or try and run from them.

Yes, if you are one of the potential victims you’ll need to run away, collect tools to make your escape and then do just that. Or, you can be one of the Slaughter family and have to track down your prey so you can kill them.

You’ll find out if you’re a victim or a free spirit when the game comes out.

#47 Hyenas

  • Developer: Creative Assembly
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, PC
  • Release date: 2023

In the future, the Earth is dead, and people live on Mars. Though we do need some clarification there, the RICH people live on Mars. The ones who have hoarded all the wonders of the old world and were so powerful that they basically put the rest of humanity on a floating trash bin.

But you’re not going to let that stand, now are you? Exactly! You are one of the Hyenas, a group of people who go into the compounds of the rich and take the stuff that they like so you the people can have it for yourselves.

There are multiple hyena groups out there, so be sure to get the best stuff for yourself before they take it first!

#46 Skull & Bones

  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platforms: PC, PS5, X/S
  • Release date: March 9, 2023

Skull & Bones was unveiled to be a pirate tactical action game. Players will take the role of commanding your ship, searching for loot, battle, and avoiding the law. The game was mainly showcased with players going around the oceans on a ship, so there didn’t look much in terms of freely roaming around on land. Initially, the previous development update had this game coming out towards the end of 2022. Unfortunately, Ubisoft required more time to work on the project which pushed the game back to March of 2023.

#45 I, the Inquisitor

  • Developer: The Dust
  • Publisher: The Dust
  • Platforms: Xbox Series X/S, PS5, PC
  • Release: TBA 2023

I, the Inquisitor is an exciting-looking adventure game set in a truly dark and interesting fantasy world. The story centres on an alternative version of history, in which Jesus didn’t actually die during his crucifixion. Instead, he reacted with fury after returning to life as a wrathful god, determined to enact revenge on his persecutors. From there, centuries’ worth of his inquisitors continued to violently enforce faith upon non-believers, thus creating a dark and tyrannical world of biblical rule. In I, the Inquisitor, players will take on the role of one of these inquisitors during the 1500s, in an adventure that’s sure to be packed with ethical dilemmas and challenging moral decisions. This looks like a game with plenty of exploration, combat and excellent choice-and-consequence-based storytelling. 

#44 Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty

  • Developer: CD Projekt Red
  • Publisher: CD Projekt Red
  • Platforms: Xbox Series X/S, PS5, PC
  • Release: TBA 2023

Cyberpunk 2077 hasn’t had the best of runs since its launch back in December of 2020. In fact, it’s almost two years since its arrival and yet the game is still not 100{2c093b5d81185d1561e39fad83afc6c9d2e12fb4cca7fd1d7fb448d4d1554397} fixed. However, CD Projekt Red isn’t going to give up on the content that it wants to make for the title. As proven by the reveal of the Phantom Liberty DLC.

The teaser for it shows V signing on with the “New United States of America”, and going on a mission for them as a result. But Johnny Silverhand thinks that this is a “bad idea”. You’ll have to see which side is right when the DLC comes out in 2023.

#43 ARC Raiders

  • Developer: Embark Studios
  • Publisher: Embark Studios
  • Platforms: Xbox Series X/S, PS5, PC
  • Release: TBA 2023

ARC Raiders is an upcoming free-to-play co-op shooter, where the action takes place in third-person mode as opposed to many of the popular FPS-style shooter games. Set in a ravaged world under threat from an otherworldly, mechanised onslaught from space known as ARC, the game pits players against the destructive powers of the robotic invaders. Co-op gameplay is a must in this title, although there’s also plenty of opportunity for exploration, scavenging and gear customisation as you fend off the sky-based threat that continually falls upon you and your squad. ARC Raiders looks like a great game for those who enjoy online multiplayer action in a futuristic setting.

#42 Eiyuden Chronicles: Hundred Heroes

Eiyuden Chronicles Hundred Heroes
  • Developer: Rabbit & Bear Studios
  • Publisher: 505 Games
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows
  • Release date: 2023

Eiyuden Chronicles: Hundred Heroes is the latest entry in the Eiyuden Chronicles series. This new JRPG is a collaboration between Yoshitaka Murayama (Suikoden I & II) and Junko Kawano (Suikoden I & IV). It takes place in Allraan, a continent housing several nations and cultures. One of these nations edged out the others and discovered a powerful technology that amplifies magic.

As for most JRPGs, the story is key to Eiyuden Chronicles: Hundred Heroes. The game also offers a vast world to explore, from bustling towns to creepy caves. Eiyuden Chronicles: Hundred Heroes features turn-based combat for teams of six, with various AI commands to customize the fighting style of each hero.

#41 Atlas Fallen

  • Developer: Deck13 Interactive
  • Publisher: Focus Entertainment
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: 2023

The world of Atlas Fallen is one where the gods have corrupted everything, and as a result, it’s up to humanity to rise back up and challenge the paradigm, and give humanity the ability to do everything themselves again.

You’ll be given great abilities in Atlas Fallen. As you’ll have to use both the powers of the sand of your world, as well as the essence of the enemies you defeat in order to grow stronger. The combat is said to be truly powerful in the grandest of ways. So test it out to see how it works!

Whether you take on the task of redeeming the world yourself, or ask a friend to lend a hand to defeat monsters, your grand journey awaits you!

#40 Warhammer 40000: Space Marine II

  • Developer: Saber Interactive
  • Publisher: Focus Entertainment
  • Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC
  • Release date: TBA

The Warhammer 40K franchise is one of the most expansive in the entire gaming world, and that’s saying something. But each one has its own flair and style that can’t be denied.

Warhammer 40000: Space Marine II is the sequel to the hit Space Marine title from years back, and once again, you’ll be a soldier of the Imperium tasked with bringing peace to the galaxy…by literally slaughtering all who would dare try and disrupt it.

You’ll be a one-man army more or less as you go from planet to planet as you face off against the Tyranid Hordes and try to bring peace to the galaxy and glory to the Imperium.

For a space marine, there is only war, and their war is about to start up again.

#39 Destiny 2 Lightfall

  • Developer: Bungie
  • Publisher: Bungie
  • Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4
  • Release date: February 28, 2023

If you’ve been waiting for the next big piece of DLC in Destiny 2, well, the wait will be over next year, as Destiny 2 Lightfall will be arriving next February, and it’s promising quite a bit.

Not the least of which is a Cyberpunk-style city that is set on Neptune of all places. What’s more, Calus is back as a villain, and that means that it’s truly time to start off the final part of the “light versus dark” saga that Destiny has been building up for quite some time now.

There are other aspects here too that’ll get players excited, including new subclasses, the new city to explore, and more. But just how good it’ll be will depend on how it is when it launches next year.

#38 Gothic 1 Remake

  • Developer: Alkimia Interactive, THQ
  • Publisher: THQ Nordic
  • Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC
  • Release date: TBA

The Gothic franchise is actually a bit bigger than most people remember. But the key thing here is that the games have been deep and full of story and fun to be had.

Now, a new studio has been made with the express purpose to go and make a Gothic 1 Remake and design it to be both completely modern, and yet one that adheres to what is the original game. We’ve seen a lot of remakes as of late, and some of them do indeed push the games beyond what they were before.

So, can this one live up to the hype? We’ll have to wait and see!

#37 Alone in the Dark

  • Developer: Pieces Interactive
  • Publisher: THQ Nordic
  • Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC
  • Release date: TBA

While many might not remember it, it was Alone in the Dark that helped set the tone for franchises like Resident Evil and Silent Hill. Bringing horror to video games in a way that wasn’t done before.

It eventually fell to the wayside, but something like that doesn’t stay buried for long. And now, THQ Nordic has revealed that Alone in the Dark will be coming back via their studio, and the team behind it are behind games like Amnesia and Soma, meaning that they are minds that are adapted for horror.

There isn’t much known about the game outside of it being called Alone in the Dark. But the team are aiming to build a modern horror masterpiece. So be on the lookout for more info.

#36 Path of Exile 2

  • Developer: Grinding Gear Games
  • Publisher: Grinding Gear Games
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft Windows (TBC)
  • Release date: TBA

Path of Exile 2 brings a new storyline that goes alongside the one from 2013’s Path of Exile. This new seven-act storyline leads to the same Atlas endgame as the original opus but brings new mechanics and enhancements to the original game.

This new game is set 20 years after the previous one. Society has been slowly rebuilding after the death of Kitava, but the thirst for power of some greedy persons began to corrupt Wraeclast once again. Path of Exile 2 features 19 new classes, a new Skill Gem system, a brand new range of equipment, as well as various improvements to the core system of the game.

#35 Atomic Heart

  • Developer: Mundfish
  • Publisher: Mundfish
  • Platform: PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, X/S
  • Release: 2023

Atomic Heart is an upcoming FPS set in an alternative 1955 timeline. Here the Soviet Union is thriving with technological advances. Players are stepping into the role of a mentally-unstable KGB agent called P-3. Here, the government tasks P-3 to figure out what’s going on with a facility that recently went quiet. Upon arrival, you’ll deal with machines that have gone rogue. You’ll need to gather whatever scraps you’ll find along the way to tweak your weapons further to fight against these enemies, all while scavenging for clues of what happened before your arrival.

#34 Layers of Fears

Layers of Fears
  • Developer: Bloober Team, Anshar Studios
  • Publisher: Bloober Team
  • Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft Windows
  • Release date: Early 2023

Layers of Fears is the third installment in the Layer of Fear series. It is a direct follow-up to Layers of Fears 2, a psychological horror game in which an actor follows the instructions of an unseen director aboard a ship.

Compared to the first two games in the series, Layers of Fears appears significantly more terrifying. Its reveal trailer depicts a spooky manor with burning paintings, chains, and many unexplained mysteries. Layers of Fears will play with your nerves as you uncover all the mysteries behind this creepy manor.

#33 Tom Clancy’s The Division: Heartland

Tom Clancy's The Division Heartland
  • Developer: Red Storm Entertainment
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft Windows
  • Release date: TBA

There’s been a lot of mystery around The Division Heartland, as we know it’ll take place within The Division universe, but what is the game truly about? Well, we now know that it’ll take place in Silver Creek, a place that has come under attack from hostile forces.

Now, you’ll have to go and make a stand with your fellow members of The Division in order to take back this place and show the “heartland of America” will not be taken over so easily.

No doubt there will be all sorts of missions for you to do in the game, so be ready as they’re going to be doing some closed tests that you might just get to be a part of!

#32 Exoprimal

Exoprimal closed network test gameplay
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft Windows
  • Release date: 2023

Exoprimal is a PvEvP game featuring exosuits and dinosaurs. Yes, the game mixes a futuristic version of humans with prehistoric creatures. Because why not?

Exoprimal’s main game mode sets two teams of five players against one another as they attempt to defeat dinosaurs and accomplish various goals. For these missions, players can choose an exosuit, each with its own advantages, such as the ability to tank, heal, or obliterate everything. Exoprimal’s obvious primary foes are dinosaurs, but players must also watch out for each other since PvP combats are a part of the game.

#31 XDefiant

  • Developer: Ubisoft San Francisco
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft Windows, Stadia, Amazon Luna
  • Release date: 2023 (TBC)

Ubisoft is trying to get its share of the FPS arena shooter market with XDefiant. Formerly known as Tom Clancy’s XDefiant, this free-to-play, fast-paced arena shooter revolves around factions inspired by Tom Clancy’s popular franchises.

The factions, also called Defiant, all come from other Tom Clancy games. The Wolves come from Ghost Recon, the Echelon are from Splinter Cell, while the Outcasts and the Cleaners both come from The Division. Each of these factions has its own abilities, weapons, and items. Ubisoft employees describe the game as “fast-paced firefight meets punk rock mosh pit,” whatever that means. 

#30 Crysis 4

  • Developer: Crytek
  • Publisher: Crytek
  • Platforms: TBA
  • Release date: TBA

Another title that has been long rumored is that of Crysis 4. The original Crysis trilogy put you in a superpowered exosuit and dared you to stop multiple alien invasions in a variety of locations.

The fun was that you could upgrade the suit however you wanted and thus would be able to augment the player character to be who you really wanted it to be. We have confirmation that Crytek is working on Crysis 4, and even dropped a small teaser earlier in the year to highlight that.

What new abilities will you get? What new threats are on the way that you have to stop? We’ll find out more soon hopefully.

#29 RoboCop: Rogue City

  • Developer: Teyon
  • Publisher: Nacon
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft Windows
  • Release date: June 2023

Have you ever dreamt of becoming part man, part machine, all cop? This fantasy will come true with RoboCop: Rogue City, an FPS coming to Xbox Series X/S in June 2023.

This game lets you play as the iconic RoboCop, as he is facing various enemies threatening the city of Old Detroit. You will have to handle hostage situations, bank robberies, as well as gangs and punks aiming to take over the crime-ridden streets of Old Detroit. Developer Teyon promises a compelling narrative in which RoboCop must seek out the truth in a world rife with greed and corruption.

#28 Aliens Dark Descent

Aliens dark descent
  • Developer: Tindalos Interactive
  • Publisher: Focus Entertainment
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft Windows
  • Release date: 2023

The newest project starring the most well-known alien in video games, Aliens: Dark Descent, was unveiled at Summer Game Fest 2022. In contrast to Alien: Isolation, you won’t need to constantly check your radar to avoid a murderous alien. Aliens: Dark Descent features aliens, plural. 

Players control a Marine unit that is fending off waves of aliens. Aliens: Dark Descent’s specific gameplay is still unknown, but it appears to be a fast-paced cooperative FPS with the objective of shooting as many aliens as you can.

#27 Black Myth: Wu Kong

  • Developer: Game Science
  • Publisher: Game Science
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft Windows 
  • Release date: 2023

Black Myth: Wu Kong is an upcoming action RPG inspired by a 16th-century Chinese novel called Journey to the West. The narrative of the game is based on the adventures of the Monkey King, a famous mythical character who is one of the novel’s primary characters.

In the game, this powerful monkey is referred to as the “Destined One.” He bears several abilities, such as the power to turn into a swamp of flying insects or transform into a giant monster. During his adventures, he will face various opponents, from headless monks to a powerful white dragon.

#26 Perfect Dark

Perfect Dark
  • Developer: The Initiative, Crystal Dynamics
  • Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
  • Platforms: Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft Windows
  • Release date: 2023 (TBC)

Among the various remakes coming to Xbox Series X/S in 2023 is a franchise that began on Nintendo 64. Perfect Dark, an FPS developed by Rare in 2000, is getting a reboot this year. Xbox promised this Perfect Dark reboot would provide an “AAAA” experience, whatever that means.

Perfect Dark is a Microsoft exclusive. We don’t know much about the game yet, but if it is anything like the original game it should feature interstellar wars, aliens, reptile-like creatures, and evil human companies. The reveal trailer also shows pyramids, so chances are we’ll travel to Egypt at some point.

#25 Valheim

  • Developer: Iron Gate Studio
  • Publisher: Coffee Stain Publishing
  • Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft Windows, Linux
  • Release date: Q2 2023

Two years after breaking records on Steam, Valheim is finally reaching Xbox Series X/S in 2023. This survival sandbox game takes place in Valheim, a fictional world from Norse mythology where slain Vikings go to prove themselves worthy of the halls of Valhalla.

You start the game naked in this foreign land. Enemies are everywhere around, from boars to giant trolls. Your first goal will be to build a settlement to protect yourself from the outside threats and eventually get something to cover your bare skin. Once you’re settled, you will have to complete various challenges and clear out dungeons to find a way to reach Valhalla.

#24 Kerbal Space Program 2

  • Developer: Intercept Games
  • Publisher: Private Division
  • Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft Windows
  • Release date: 2023

There are plenty of great space games coming out to the Xbox Series X/S in 2023. One of them is Kerbal Space Program 2, the sequel to the popular space sandbox game from 2015.

Kerbal Space Program 2 builds on the elements that made the first game so well-liked while also introducing new tools and mechanics. This sequel introduces new propulsion methods, habitation modules to build houses on the surface of a planet, orbital and planetary colonies, as well as interstellar travel. Additionally, it adds a multiplayer mode so that you can take on the stars with buddies.

#23 Minecraft Legends

Minecraft Legends
  • Developer: Blackbird Interactive, Mojang Studios
  • Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows
  • Release date: 2023

The Minecraft universe keeps on expanding. After the dungeon crawler Minecraft Dungeons, a new game comes to expand the franchise. Minecraft Legends is an action-strategy game where you are the only hope to repel hordes of piglins and prevent the Nether from invading the Overworld.

Your objective is to build defenses to thwart the corruption that is spreading. Creepers, zombies, skeletons, and all of the default opponents you encounter in Minecraft join you in defending the Overworld. And according to its reveal trailer, Minecraft Legends also includes its fair share of horseback riding.

#22 Pragmata

  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft Windows
  • Release date: 2023

Pragmata is a tough game to describe. Capcom revealed a single trailer for this game, and it would be a euphemism to say it’s confusing. 

The trailer begins in an empty version of New York City. The protagonist, wearing a space suit, walks down these streets when a little girl and her holographic cat appear. Then a satellite breaks the ceiling of Earth, shattering gravity, and everyone ends up on the Moon. Even if the story remains blurry at this time, the graphics and overall premise of Pragmata seem interesting. This dystopian sci-fi adventure game is still a mystery, but one worth uncovering.

#21 Dead Island 2

Dead Island 2
  • Developer: Dambuster Studios
  • Publisher: Deep Silver
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 5
  • Release date: February 3, 2023

Yep, it’s true! Dead Island is alive once again! The game was revealed once more at Gamescom and it honestly has a release date of February 2023. So that means we technically don’t have too long to wait until you can play it!

As for the gameplay itself, that wasn’t shown in the return trailer. But, there were a lot of zombies shown, as well as the new setting of the game with a very chill protagonist. Given how the first game was, you can likely expect a lot of violence and a lot of weapons that you can use to try and get the zombies to go away.

#20 S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl

  • Developer: GSC Game World
  • Publisher: GSC Game World
  • Platforms: Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft Windows
  • Release date: 2023

For the first time in its history, a S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game is coming to consoles. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl, the fourth game in the series, will release on Xbox Series X/S in 2023. This new title aims to revive the series, which stopped in 2009 with S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl was supposed to come out in 2012 as Call of Pripyat’s sequel, but was canceled on the year of its intended release. The game is now back on track, with a release window set in 2023.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl is an FPS set in the post-apocalyptic Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Mutated monsters and stalkers are roaming around this open world, and it is up to you to take part in a non-linear journey to decide the fate of this zone.

#19 Star Wars Jedi: Survivor

Star Wars Jedi Survivor
  • Developer: Respawn Entertainment
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft Windows
  • Release date: 2023

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order gets a sequel in 2023 with Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. This new game continues the adventures of Cal Kestis, five years after the events of the original game.

At the end of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, the Empire and the Inquisitors were chasing Cal throughout the galaxy. He managed to escape and destroyed a token leading to Force-sensitive children. Star Wars Jedi: Survivor picks up the story five years later, but we don’t know yet what happened in the meantime.

#18 State of Decay 3

State of Decay 3
  • Developer: Undead Labs
  • Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
  • Platforms: Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft Windows
  • Release date: 2023 (TBC)

In 2013, Undead Labs release its very first game, State of Decay. The game quickly became a commercial success, leading Xbox to purchase the studio right after the release of State of Decay 2 in 2018. Five years later, a new game comes to complete the series: State of Decay 3.

We don’t know much about the game, besides a trailer released back in 2020. This third opus seems to focus on survival in hostile frozen territory, as the trailer follows a huntress that comes into contact with an undead deer.

#17 Tekken 8

  • Developer: Bandai Namco Studios
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC
  • Release date: TBA

The Tekken franchise is one of the longest-running, and most endearing, fighting game franchises out there, and for good reason. The series is known for its brutal fighting system, fun characters, and a fierceness about it that puts it above other franchises.

Tekken 7 is widely hailed as the best in the line because of not only its story, but the overall focus on gameplay and customization to make sure everyone enjoyed it. Now, Tekken 8 must try to top it, and the reveal trailer showed that things are picking up right where they left off. Jin and Kazuya are at it once more, and the game looks beautiful.

#16 Assassin’s Creed Mirage

Assassin's Creed Mirage
  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
  • Release date: 2023

Are you ready to go back to where it all began once again? Assassin’s Creed Mirage is going to be one of the titles in the franchise, but there will be a few key difference this time around.

In Assassin’s Creed Mirage, you’ll play as Basim 20 years before the events of Valhalla, and this time you’ll see him in the ancient version of Baghdad. But the “return to the beginning” will be a reference to the gameplay. It’ll be about the original three building blocks of the series. The stealth, the assassinations, and parkouring all over the city.

Baghdad will be big enough to have a lot of fun in, so you’ll want to check this out when it arrives.

#15 Resident Evil 4

  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft Windows
  • Release date: March 24, 2023

U.S. government special agent Leon S. Kennedy is back in 2023 with the remake of  Resident Evil 4. The game goes over the events of the original 2005’s Resident Evil 4 but takes the horror side up a notch.

Leon S. Kennedy is sent on a mission to rescue the daughter of the U.S. President, who was kidnapped by a mysterious Spanish cult. His journey leads him to a rural village in Spain, where people seem to worship a mind-controlling parasite. The revamped graphics of the remake make Resident Evil 4 even scarier than before.

#14 Dead Space

  • Developer: Motive Studios
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft Windows
  • Release date: January 27, 2023

Dead Space, the iconic space horror game, is back with a remake in 2023. The story is the same as the original game. Isaac Clarke, a space engineer, is a crewman aboard a repair vessel assigned to a massive planetary mining ship. 

But of course, this game doesn’t simply revolve around Clarke fixing things. The crew goes on to investigate a distress call when they are attacked by mutated human corpses. Clarke needs to find a way to survive, help his crewmates, and uncover the mysteries lying in space.

#13 Alan Wake 2

  • Developer: Remedy Entertainment
  • Publisher: Epic Games Publishing
  • Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft Windows
  • Release date: 2023

13 years after the original Alan Wake, the eponymous novelist is back for more adventures in 2023. The original game followed the adventures of Alan Wake as he tries to uncover the mysteries behind his wife’s disappearance. The game was an action-adventure game with six episodes, each with its plot twists and cliffhangers. Alan Wake 2 won’t be like that.

Unlike its predecessor, Alan Wake 2 is not an action-adventure game with horror elements, but a real survival horror game. If you haven’t played the original game, then don’t worry. Remedy Entertainment stated that there is no need to play Alan Wake to understand its sequel.

#12 Hogwarts Legacy

Hogwarts legacy collector's edition content spotted
  • Release date: February 10, 2023
  • Developer: Avalanche Software
  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and Series S, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Good news for those who waited for their Hogwarts letter without ever receiving it: you will finally be able to join the wizarding school in 2023. At least, in a video game.

Hogwarts Legacy is an open-world action RPG that turns you into an apprentice wizard. The game is set in the late 1800s, and you play as a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. If this game is a brand new story and is not connected to Harry Potter and You-Know-Who, it keeps the iconic locations and experiences of the Wizarding World. You can choose your house, cast spells, brew potions, fly on a broom, and wander around the Forbidden Forest and Hogsmeade Village.

#11 Diablo IV

  • Developer: Blizzard Entertainment, Vicarious Visions
  • Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft Windows
  • Release date: 2023

Diablo is back, and this time it is not a controversial pay-to-win mobile-only game. Diablo IV continues the story of its predecessor, Diablo III. Cultists have conjured a new threat, Lilith, and your mission is to slay as many demons as possible on your way to defeat Lilith. You won’t be alone in your mission to defeat this menace, as Diablo IV is an online-only game.

The gameplay mechanics in Diablo IV are the same as those in the earlier games in the series. The game features a brand new open world that contains five different regions, each with their procedurally generated dungeons, random events, and monsters crawling everywhere. 

#10 Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II

  • Developer: Ninja Theory
  • Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
  • Platforms: Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft Windows
  • Release date: 2023

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II was first announced back in 2019, alongside the reveal of the Xbox Series X. This game is a sequel to 2017’s Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, which follows the story of Senua, a character struggling with psychosis and the voices in her head.

During The Game Awards 2021, Ninja Theory shared an impressive trailer for Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II. Senua is leading a group into a cave to try and trap a giant. Their mission failed and the giant awaken, destroying everything in his wake. The exact story of this sequel is still a mystery, but Senua and the voices in her head are back with a new adventure powered by Unreal Engine 5.

#9 Street Fighter 6

  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft Windows 
  • Release date: 2023

Seven years after Street Fighter 5, one of the most popular fighting game series is back in 2023 with a new opus. Street Fighter 6 brings a revamped look at returning characters, introduces new ones, and packs new mechanics to an already well-liked fighting game.

Street Fighter 6 brings a new mechanic to use in battle: Drive. Once fully charged, players can activate the Drive mode to perform deadly attacks on their opponents. The only downside is that it leaves them stunned afterward, giving the enemy an occasion to fight back. On top of the traditional fighting mode, Street Fighter 6 adds two new additional modes: Battle Hub and World Tour. Battle Hub is an online lobby where players can socialize, whilst World Tour is a single-player story mode featuring a 3D world to explore.

#8 Suicide Squad Kill The Justice League

  • Developer: Rocksteady Studios
  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft Windows
  • Release date: Spring 2023

The developers of the Batman: Arkham series are back with a brand new game. Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League follows the adventure of a team of supervillains as they are forced to cooperate to save Metropolis from an alien threat.

This action-adventure game features four well-known DC supervillains: Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, and King Shark. Each member of the squad has their own special abilities that they use to fight opponents around an open-world Metropolis. Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League looks like a funny take on the usual superheroes’ adventures.

#7 Like a Dragon Ishin

  • Developer: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
  • Release date: 2023

The Yakuza series has come in many forms over the years, and the fanbase has long loved it for that. But, there was a title that has loomed in the background that was “lost” to time, and they’ve been begging for it to come back. Now, it’s finally happening.

Like a Dragon Ishin will take the legendary Yakuza characters and put them out of their element by going to the 1860s in a fictional version of Kyoto, Japan. Here, you’ll embody a familiar face, but with a different story. One of a man who is determined to take Japan out of its Shogunate state and lead it to a new era!

Will you be “like a dragon” and ensure it happens?

#6 Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora

vatar: Frontiers Of pandora
  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft Windows, Amazon Luna, Google Stadia
  • Release date: 2023

In 2009, James Cameron directed Avatar, a science fiction movie about an alien planet and the human threat looming over its blue-skinned habitants. Avatar remains to this date the highest-grossing film of all time, topping Avengers: Endgame and Titanic. This popular movie finally gets a sequel this December and with it a brand new video game called Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora. If this game was meant to release alongside the movie, Ubisoft decided to push back its release date to 2023 to “make it perfect.”

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora puts you in the shoes of a Na’Vi, one of the blue guys from the planet Pandora. The human forces of the RDA are threatening the peace of your planet and forcing you to embark on a journey to the Western Frontier of Pandora.

#5 Forza Motorsport 2023

  • Developer: Turn 10 Studios
  • Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
  • Platforms: Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft Windows
  • Release date: Spring 2023

The iconic Xbox-exclusive racing franchise is back in 2023 with a brand new game. Six years after Forza Motorsport 7, Xbox announced the eighth entry in the series, simply called Forza Motorsport.

This reboot keeps everything that made Forza Motorsport popular: gorgeous cars, iconic tracks, and fast-paced races. Technically speaking, this new Forza Motorsport renders in a 4K resolution, runs at a 60hz refresh rate, and includes ray tracing for even better graphics. The game also features a dynamic time of the day mechanic that can change the ambient track temperature and have a direct effect on tire grip.

#4 Redfall

  • Developer: Arkane Studios
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms: Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft Windows
  • Release date: 2023

Redfall is one of the most anticipated games coming out to Xbox Series X/S in 2023. This new FPS from Arkane Studios takes place in the fictional island town of Redfall, Massachusetts. Vampires are crawling the streets and the surviving humans are worshipping them. 

The game can be played either solo or with three other players. Everyone can choose between the four available characters, each having their own superpowers like the ability to become invisible, summon items, or shoot thunderbolts. Their mission is to slay everyone around, vampires and humans alike.

#3 Ark 2 

  • Developer: Studio Wildcard, Grove Street Games
  • Publisher: Studio Wildcard
  • Platforms: Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft Windows
  • Release date: 2023

Ark 2 is a sequel to Ark: Survival Evolved, a 2017 action-adventure survival game. In the original game, you began naked on a stranded island filled with dinos. The sequel is more of a PvE adventure with what Studio Wildcard calls “Souls-like melee combat.”

The story of Ark 2 takes place on an alien planet, sometime after the events of Genesis: Part 2, the fifth and final paid DLC expansion pack released for ARK: Survival Evolved. Ark 2 is a Microsoft exclusive, so you will need to play either on PC or Xbox Series X/S if you want to see a primitive version of Vin Diesel riding a dinosaur.

#2 Dragon Age: Dreadwolf

  • Developer: BioWare
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5
  • Release date: TBA

Yes, it’s true, we’re actually getting progress on the next Dragon Age title. Which is good because if you recall, the last mainline Dragon Age title came out about 10 years ago now!

There were rumors about Dragon Age 4 for years, and then Bioware fell into a funk in which Mass Effect Andromeda and Anthem came out, so many are hoping that the now titled Dragon Age: Dreadwolf will be the game that will help pull them from said funk and push them back to the legendary game developer status that they had.

There’s still precious little known about the game as a whole, but if it follows the path of the previous games, you can expect a massive RPG experience.

#1 Starfield

  • Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms: Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft Windows
  • Release date: Q1/Q2 2023

The creators of Skyrim and Fallout are back with Starfield, a brand new IP set in space where you can visit over 1,000 planets and create your own story with impactful choices.

This new game will be the first IP developed by Bethesda in over 25 years. The hype is real, but it could easily backlash at Starfield. Bethesda promises an immersive story spanning the entire universe, the ability to explore countless planets in over 100 star systems, as well as full customization of the main character and their ship. If they deliver what they promised, Bethesda could release a serious GOTY contestant. If not, we may live another backlash such as the one against No Man’s Sky or Cyberpunk 2077.

Disclaimer: This list was updated on 9/6/22 to include new entries.