We can't speak for the world or anything, but we're feeling a tad spoilt for choice after browsing through the weighty catalog that is the 2023 release schedule. Truth be told, we don't even know where to begin, or even if we possess enough ink to jot down all the release dates and corresponding platforms that developers have been hurling at us left, right and center. But, you know, that's a struggle we'll happily onboard for the sake of eliminating boredom.
2023 will see in a number of quality video games, that much is true. The question is, which ones are worth taking note of and pre-ordering? Well, out of the entire bunch, here are the five we'd recommend slapping in your diary. If you're planning on playing just a few games next year, then make sure these five make your to-do list. No excuses!
5. Final Fantasy 16
After nearly seven years of waiting, Final Fantasy fans will finally get the sixteenth instalment to the main series. This does, of course, tie in quite well with Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, the follow-up to 2020's Remake, which will also launch in 2023. As for the sixteenth tale, though, players will be stepping into Valisthea, a region that employs peace and prosperity with the use of a natural resource known as Mothercrystals.
In yet another whirlwind adventure, players will step forth to dismantle a looming threat. With the balance of tranquility being threatened by an evil force know as Blight, a new group of heroes must assemble to unify the six factions that hold a stake in the world's order.
Final Fantasy 16 will launch in Summer 2023 on PlayStation 5.
4. Marvel's Spider-Man 2
Insomniac Games developed and shipped one of the greatest PlayStation exclusives of all time in 2018. Built with a visually stunning open world New York City to explore, as well as an absolutely flawless combat system, the superhero flick went on to become a major highlight for most gamers' portfolios. And so, it comes as no major surprise that Insomniac has reignited the fires beneath its former successes and brought a sequel to light.
Marvel's Spider-Man 2 returns to the beloved web-slinging hero and his trusty protege, Miles Morales. Unfortunately, that's about as much as Insomniac has given away. That said, we do know that villains including Venom, Kraven the Hunter, and perhaps even Green Goblin will be stepping into the spotlight for the second chapter. It's also known that the sequel will be a little darker than its predecessor. That's according to the devs, anyway. Whatever the case, we're super excited to play it.
Marvel's Spider-Man 2 will launch in 2023 on PlayStation 5.
3. Alan Wake 2
Alan Wake shot to fame as one of the best story-driven horror games of 2010. Its sequel, or at least the premise of one, however, failed to ignite Microsoft Studios' interest. Because of this, Remedy Entertainment went on to sideline the sequel, and instead devoted all available resources to making Quantum Break. Years later, the developer secured the funding for the horror IP, and thus Alan Wake 2 was born.
Unfortunately, the premise behind Alan Wake 2 is a little unclear. Remedy Entertainment, however, has confirmed that the sequel will break away from the action-based gameplay, and steer more towards a survival horror experience. It's also known that players will not have to play either Alan Wake or American Nightmare to get the gist of the next journey. So that's something.
Alan Wake 2 will launch in 2023 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.
2. The Wolf Among Us 2
After enduring what can only be described as development hell, The Wolf Among Us 2 will finally arrive in 2023. Originally announced back in 2017, the episodic adventure was scheduled to launch in 2019. However, with Telltale Studio closing its doors in 2018 due to “insurmountable challenges,” the game was eventually cancelled. Fast-forward a couple of years, and the project was successfully revived, giving Telltale a second wind, as well as the series a chance to tie a few loose ends left in the original.
The Wolf Among Us 2 picks up with Bigby Wolf six months after the events of the first chapter. With Snow White finally assuming the role as mayor of Fabletown, Bigby must learn to adapt to a world shaped by the new order. After dealing with the fallout from past hardships, the sheriff must either find a place in the world, or abandon all hopes of ever fitting in.
The Wolf Among Us 2 will launch in 2023 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.
1. Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
Rocksteady Studios will be making a striking return next year with Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, an upcoming action-adventure game that stems from the same bloodline as the Arkham saga. Similar in design, the fifth entry will bring its signature beat 'em up style, along with a number of general enhancements tailored for current-gen consoles to the table. The only major difference is, well, Batman won't be the one to dismantle the threat.
Kill the Justice League follows four playable characters: Captain Boomerang, Harley Quinn, Deadshot, and King Shark. In an open world based on DC's Metropolis, the four are invited to abolish the Justice League, an elite team of superheroes who have been brainwashed by the supervillain known as Braniac. With nobody left to save the world from collapsing, the unlikely quartet must venture deep into the city and engage in one of the most daring battles of all time.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League will launch in Q1 2023 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.
So, what's your take? Will you be picking up any of the above five? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.