2023 has already been a fantastic year for video game sequels, with titles such as Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, and Street Fighter 6. What's more, it's only getting better. There is still a long list of sequels “projected” to be released before the end of the year. But, as we all know, video game release dates are notoriously flexible. Nonetheless, as we approach the year's halfway point, these are the five video game sequels we just can't wait to play in the second half of 2023. So long as they stick to their frustrating release schedules.
5. Pikmin 4
It wasn't long ago that Nintendo revealed the Pikmin 4 sequel during their Nintendo Direct showcase back in February. And, to no one's surprise, the reveal was met with huge applause from fans. After all, it's a long-running classic that we first encountered and adored on the GameCube. That was more than 20 years ago. Furthermore, Pikmin 3 was released over a decade ago. So it's about time Pikmin 4 got a sequel, and we're not far away from getting our hands on it either.
July 21, 2023, is the set release date for Pikmin 4 on Nintendo Switch. Everything appears to be on track for that release date as of now. There have been no hiccups, and the window for extending that date without much backlash is closing. As a result, we are confident that we will be able to obtain the game within the next two months. In any case, we can't wait to see what one of the most anticipated video game sequels has in store for us in this new era.
4. Payday 3
It really feels like we haven't had a go-to four-player co-op shooter to rely on in a long time. Everyone expected Redfall to be our savior, but that fell far short of expectations. As a result, it appears that the burden has fallen on our favorite criminals in Payday 3. Out of all the video game sequels coming in 2023, this is one we and many others have high hopes for.
News of Payday 3's development first sprung all the way back in 2016. So, it's been a swift seven years since we first heard of this sequel. That's probably why the news of its planned release in 2023 is flying under the radar right now. In any case, it's back in the capable hands of Overkill Software and Starbreeze Studio, the same developers who worked on Payday 2. So, we're taking the long window from announcement to release as a good sign that they are handcrafting the game to be the best it can be. We're just hoping that the next piece of information we get about the title is a confirmed release date rather than a delay.
3. Marvel's Spider-Man 2
One of the most talked about video game sequels of 2023 is Marvel's Spider-Man 2. Much like the box office hit Spider-Man: No Way Home, this sequel is drawing eyes by bending the videogame Spider-verse and bringing Miles Morales to fight alongside Peter Parker. That alone has us leaping from our seats and rushing to place a pre-order. And just when we thought it couldn't get any better, we find out Venom is the main villain they'll be facing?!
It all seems too good to be true, but that's exactly what Marvel's Spider-Man 2 has in store. That's why we're just hoping that Insomniac Games announces a confirmed release date for 2023 soon. However, we wouldn't be too upset if they delayed. Especially considering the volume of AAA games being rushed out the door before they are ready, it would just be a shame if that happened with this title. So much so, we would be fine if they delayed so long that meant a well-rounded sequel. Nonetheless, Insomniac Games' Spider-Man series has yet to disappoint, so we're confident we're in good hands.
2. Hollow Knight: Silksong
Hollow Knight: Silksong is undoubtedly one of the most eagerly anticipated video game sequels for indie game lovers. The original side-scrolling 2D action adventure took our hearts by storm in 2017, with its immersion, story, music, and mechanics. Proving that an indie title can out best the most proclaimed AAA titles. And, given the number of AAA disappointments we're experiencing, 2023 would be the ideal year for Team Cherry to prove that again with Hollow Knight: SilkSong. However, the waters are looking a little choppy as of late.
Hollow Knight: Silksong was supposed to be released in the first half of 2023. Unless there is a surprise reveal within the next week, developers Team Cherry will fall short of their target. Furthermore, the lack of an update for a new release window is unsettling. So, we're praying Hollow Knight: Silksong is released in the second half of 2023, because we need a hero now more than ever, and Hornet can be that hero.
1. Counter-Strike 2
We'll say it: Valve is an expert at announcing video game sequels. Valved dropped the curtains on Counter-Strike 2 in a surprise announcement during one of the last CS:GO majors. Abruptly after, there was a storm of excitement and anticipation. After all, it is the most popular Esports FPS game of all time, and it is being updated to play better, faster, and more accurately.
All things considered, Counter-Strike 2 is nothing more than CS:GO gone over with a fine-toothed comb. With that said, a number of changes are reshaping the Counter-Strike meta and how it plays. We have all the information you need right here. But, in any case, when Counter-Strike 2 officially launches in the summer of 2023, it will easily re-establish its Esports glory and concurrent player count. And we just can't wait to see how the new and improved sequel plays.