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5 Most Anticipated PlayStation 5 Games Coming Out in December 2023



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The PlayStation 5 has many great titles on the horizon for the holiday season. With 2023 being a great year in terms of PlayStation exclusives, it will be great to see how they will close out 2023. There are still quite a few releases that are sure to make a splash when they release next month. This makes the holiday season one that players can look forward to wholeheartedly. So, without further ado, enjoy our picks for the 5 Most Anticipated PlayStation 5 Games Coming Out in December 2023.

5. Smallland: Survive the Wilds

Smalland: Survive the Wilds - Announcement Trailer | PS5 Games

Today, we are kicking off our list of the most anticipated PlayStation 5 games, releasing in December 2023 with Smallland: Survive the Wilds. For fans of survival games with a cooperative twist, this game is for you. As is the case with many survival games on the market, players have a significant amount of freedom within their gameplay. In Smalland, players can scour the world in search of resources to aid in their survival efforts. This can also be done cooperatively, allowing players to stockpile supplies as part of a group. This aspect of group play is a fantastic element of the game, as players are encouraged to help one another.

One of the best aspects of the game is its customization. Players are able to not only craft and wear their own armor but they can also make their own weaponry and structures. This gives players an immense amount of freedom within the game's world. The game also features a seasonal system, which dramatically varies the gameplay based on environmental factors. All in all, Smallland: Survive the Wilds is one of the most anticipated PlayStation games coming out in December 2023.

4. Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora - Official Story Trailer | PS5 Games

For the next entry on our list of the most anticipated PlayStation 5 games releasing in December 2023, we have Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora. For fans of the Avatar franchise, this game features many elements that many people enjoy about the Avatar movies. Players are cast in the role of a Na'vi and are able to traverse the world around them using fantastical creatures. In addition to this, the game features an array of weapons to use, both weapons of human creation as well as more traditional weapons, such as a bow and spear-thrower.

The world of Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is vast and allows the player to explore freely. This freedom, coupled with the sense of fantasy, makes the game both immersive and believable. The duality of the two different cultures and weapon systems in the game makes for a contrasting experience. Players are able to take down massive mechs. Whether they use Na'vi weapons or human weapons to accomplish this is entirely up to them. In short, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is one of the most anticipated PlayStation games releasing in December 2023.

3. Disney Dreamlight Valley

Disney Dreamlight Valley - Announcement Trailer | PS5 & PS4 Games

We are switching things up quite a bit for our next entry. Here, we have Disney Dreamlight Valley. Within Disney Dreamlight Valley, players can interact with their favorite Disney characters in this charming life-sim. Players are tasked with saving the world of Dreamlight Valley from a phenomenon known as the Forgetting. In doing so, players can interact with many different characters and partake in many activities. These activities include things such as cooking, gardening, and many other life-sim staples. That is just the tip of the iceberg with this title, however, as there are many aspects for players to look forward to.

Players are able to customize not only their characters to a fantastic degree but also their housing. This gives more creative-minded players plenty to look forward to. For more goal-oriented players, the game also features many quests with their own story arcs. This ensures that no matter how you enjoy playing, there is something for everyone to enjoy here. The game features a sense of wonder that also significantly rewards the player for exploration. All around, Disney Dreamlight Valley is one of the most anticipated PlayStation 5 games set to release in December 2023.

2. The Lord of Rings: Return to Moria

The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria - Announcement Trailer | PS5 Games

We are changing things up quite a bit with our next entry. For many players, the Lord of the Rings franchise is one near and dear to their hearts. Featuring a magical world full of depth and intricacies, there are many stories to tell. Among these stories are the tales of the mines of Moria. The game has been described as a survival crafting game and sees players working together to achieve a common goal. Players are whisked away to a world that is constantly changing. This is due to the game's procedurally generated nature.

This not only increases the sense of cooperation in the game, as players will never know what to expect. For players who consider themselves lore-lovers, this title also has an amazingly rich lore as well. There is much more than meets the eye with this title, however. The game also includes survival mechanics that the players must manage. In doing so, players can use a number of methods in order not only to survive but thrive in this game's harsh world. To close, The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria is one of the most anticipated PlayStation 5 games set to release in December 2023.

1. Outer Wilds: Archaeologist Edition

Outer Wilds - Launch Trailer | PS4

Wrapping up our list, here we have Outer Wilds: Archaeologist Edition. As part of Outer Worlds Ventures, players are sent into the far reaches of space. It is here that they find themselves trapped within a time loop. Within this loop, players slowly start to unravel the history of the world around them. In doing so, they will find many ancient runes and hints as to both their fate & predicament, as well as information on the solar system they find themselves in. This not only does a great job of balancing the game's more mysterious aspects but does so in an intriguing way.

The Archaeologist Edition of the game features the game's DLC Echoes of the Eye. This DLC follows player's journey as they travel. The game features many of the same aspects that make the base game tremendous but improves upon them as well. Players can look forward to delving further into the mysteries of the Outer Wilds in a whole new way. This sense of mystery is one that is not only a driving force for the player throughout the game but is at the heart of what makes the Outer Wilds so great. In closing, Outer Wilds: Archaeologist Edition is one of the most anticipated games, releasing in December 2023.

So, what's your take on our picks for the 5 Most Anticipated PlayStation 5 Games Coming Out in December 2023? Do you agree with our picks? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.


Judson Holley is a writer that began his career as a ghostwriter. Returning to the mortal coil  to work among the living. With some of his favorite games being tactical FPS games such as Squad and the Arma series. Although this could not be further from the truth as he enjoys games with deep stories such as the Kingdom Hearts series as well as Jade Empire and The Knights of the Old Republic series. When not attending to his wife, Judson often tends to his cats. He also has a knack for music mainly composing for and playing piano.