2023 has been one of the biggest (and arguably most ambitious) years for video games—a statement that I, along with countless others, will gladly agree with. However, with a new fiscal year looming on the horizon, it does mean that there’s a new question in need of answering: which, if any, video games are we going to see receive a well-overdue sequel — if not in the aftermath of 2023, then at some stage in the foreseeable future? The jury’s currently out on that one, though if there’s anything we’ve come to realize these past several months, it’s that some universally acclaimed titles, namely Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 and Final Fantasy 16, are simply meant to stand the test of time, and are therefore eligible for a slew of sequels.
To celebrate the end of yet another fantastic year of gaming, we thought we’d comb over the biggest hits from all corners of the industry—IPs of which we, in all honesty, believe have the potential to span a second, third, or perhaps even fourth installment. Care to join us as we delve into the most anticipated (but currently unconfirmed) video games of 2023? Then let’s jump right in.
7. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom 2
Ever since series director Eiji Aonuma claimed that Tears of the Kingdom’s design was to be the “new format” moving forward, fans have been left feeling confident about the franchise’s longevity. And while the latest entry did in fact resolve a lot of the issues and tighten the lid on the overachieving narrative, it seems that another chapter could very well be coming — if not in the next year or two, then at some point before 2030. Don’t take our word for it, but just know this: if there’s any particular series that’s likely to span another season — it’s The Legend of Zelda.
6. Marvel’s Spider-Man 3
There isn’t a single doubt in my mind that Insomniac Games won’t be devising yet another web for its universally acclaimed Marvel’s Spider-Man universe. In fact, with the second game even going as far as to tease “the final chapter” in a post-credits scene, it seems pretty obvious at this point that there’ll be a third installment. As for whether or not it’ll be the last segment in the award-winning saga, of course, is still anybody’s guess. Either way, Insomniac Games clearly has enough material to span an entire anthology of video game adaptations — so one can only hope that, while the next game in the timeline is already a given at toe moment in time, it won’t be the final tale in the book.
5. Alan Wake 3
Remedy Entertainment struck gold with its second chapter in the action-adventure horror hybrid series, Alan Wake. A Game of the Year contender, clear as day, the latest chapter lays the foundations for a third and (possibly) final segment for the anthology, which means, while not confirmed at the time of writing, the chances of seeing a sequel arrive in the coming years is extremely high. That said, with other IPs in line to receive the same treatment over at Remedy’s lab, it could be that we don’t actually see Alan Wake 3 for several years yet. So, if you had high hopes of returning to The Dark Place before 2028, you might want to reshuffle your calendar.
4. Baldur’s Gate 4
Given the fact that it took over twenty years to release the third installment in the critically acclaimed tabletop-RPG series, it’s unlikely that we’ll be seeing Baldur’s Gate 4 come to fruition at any point in the next few years. Having said that, with Larian Studios receiving nothing but high praise and a myriad of nominations since its global debut, we do have every reason to believe that there’ll be another link in the chain at some point in the next decade or so. Again, it’s far too early to call it, though judging from the overwhelming reception that the recent chapter received, it does give us a slight glimmer of hope.
3. Hogwarts Legacy 2
There was a surprising amount of content that never quite caught on in Hogwarts Legacy: a lack of morality, and not to mention a PvP mode, to name just a couple. Suffice to say, fans of the universally adored franchise are hungering for another chapter—a sequel that, in light of everything, will make up for the first game’s shortcomings. It hasn’t been “officially” confirmed just yet, though several sources have gone on to claim that a sequel is in active development. So, while we won’t be seeing the nooks and crannies of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for a fair while yet, there’s definitely a number of wands pointing towards its existence. That’s a start.
2. Final Fantasy 17
Rumor has it, Square Enix is considering dropping the numeric format and flipping the script on Final Fantasy altogether—a move that will ultimately remove the real-time combat, and return to its famed roots. And it’s inevitable at this point, to be fair, that a seventeenth mainline installment will arrive on consoles; it’s merely the question of when, really. Given the fact that Final Fantasy is, without a doubt, one of the biggest and arguably most popular RPG series ever created, it wouldn’t surprise us if the next chapter came to light over the next three or four years.
1. Diablo 5
Blizzard Entertainment has already stated that there’ll be plenty more sequels heading our way over the next few years, which of course means a Diablo game is practically guaranteed at this point. And while the devs have named it outright just yet, fans of the RPG are already beginning to thread all the pieces together in anticipation of its eventual announcement. Sadly, though, Diablo 4 did release over ten years after its previous installment, which leads us to believe that, on top of every other colossal IP that Blizzard has in its pipeline, a fifth entry could still be a fair ways off. Even still, it’s in the cards, and it’s definitely going to shake up the award-winning formula a couple of notches, for sure.
So, what’s your take? Do you think we’ll be seeing any of the above sequels in the coming years? Let us know your thoughts over on our socials here.