From Hogwarts Legacy to Tears of the Kingdom, 2023 has been a fantastic year for new game releases so far. But is the best still to come? It’s time to take a look at what to expect from the remaining months of the year.
Games in August 2023
10th: Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical
In an exciting fusion of genres, Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical is set to be released. It’s an unconventional interactive tale that takes elements of Greek mythology into the modern day, filled with a variety of musical numbers.
And on the theme of all things Stray, last year’s lovable PC game by the same name is coming to consoles on the same day, allowing PlayStation and Xbox players to explore its dystopian city on four paws.
17th: Vampire Survivors releases on Switch, meaning you can now feed your addiction on the go.
25th: FromSoftware’s lesser-known mech sci-fi action series has a new entry with Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon.
Games in September 2023
6th: Fans of The Elder Scrolls and Fallout series may not see a new game for several years (or another decade), but we are excited to get our hands on what Bethesda Game Studios have been developing in the meantime. Proclaimed by lead developer Todd Howard as “Skyrim in space”, Starfield may well be the biggest release till the end of the year, boasting an almost infinite number of planets to explore. Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda in 2021 has thrown a spanner in the works for anyone hoping to try it out on PlayStation, as it comes exclusively to Xbox Series X/S and PC.
19th: Eagerly anticipated by fans of fighting games, Mortal Kombat 1 launches in all its gory glory. This reboot of the series features familiar favourites from the traditional roster, as well as Omni-Man from Invincible, Homelander from The Boys and DC’s Peacemaker.
21st: A cult classic returns. Payday III comes out a whole decade after the last instalment. It will be interesting to find out what direction developers Starbreeze Studios have taken the beloved tongue-in-cheek first-person heist shooter.
26th: In a bid to redeem themselves, CD Project Red is dropping Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty, a DLC for the 2020 title that suffered a fractious launch. With the base game now mostly fixed and actually playable, the new spy thriller expansion widens its celebrity cast to include Idris Elba, while Keanu Reeves reprises his role as Johnny Silverhand.
29th: EA Sports FC 24 releases, rebranded from the FIFA series that most people are likely familiar with.
Games in October 2023
12th: After a three-year hiatus since the release of Valhalla, Assassins Creed: Mirage is coming out, taking the series back to its roots in both theme and gameplay. With a middle eastern setting to match that of the first game and a greater emphasis on stealth, Ubisoft hopes to provide a more original assassin experience. It’s going to be scaled back in size to reclaim the balance of quantity and quality that more recent titles have missed.
20th: Swinging high on the hype of Across the Spider-Verse, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 will release as a PlayStation 5 exclusive, with the potential of a later PC release. The new web-slinging action game will weave threads together from the first game and the Miles Morales spinoff, allowing you to explore New York as both Morales and Peter Parker.
Also following earlier movie success this year, Nintendo is releasing Super Mario Bros. Wonder, a potentially interesting return to a 2D side-scrolling platformer style with four player co-op.
24th: Paradox Interactive is keeping the city-building genre fresh with Cities: Skylines 2.
Games in November 2023
7th: Known for the Life Is Strange series, developers Don’t Nod are taking a different turn with their action-RPG Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden. From early impressions, it seems as though they are still doing what they are good at with powerful story writing and creative artistic design.
9th: A spinoff from the Yakuza series, Like A Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name is set to be released. This title appears to be taking a darker and more serious tone than others in the series.
17th: A remake of Super Mario RPG from 1996 is coming to Switch, placing familiar (and some unfamiliar) characters into a JRPG format.
The turn-based strategy spinoff of Persona 5, Persona 5 Tactica is also releasing on the same day.
Games in December 2023
7th: James Cameron’s sci-fi epic makes its way from the big screen to open-world in Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora developed by Ubisoft, with a gameplay premise that doesn’t look dissimilar to their own Far Cry.
Other than that, not much has been announced yet for December, but no doubt more will be confirmed before the holiday season. Most notably, Hades II early access and Hollow Knight Silk Song are still set to be released at some point this year.
Which games you are excited for? Let us know in the comments.