What are the most anticipated PS5 and PS4 games of 2023? Publications like Push Square sound like a broken record every January, when they proudly declare the next 12 months in gaming to be the best ever. However, in this instance, it could potentially be true: the lineup is looking extraordinary. Obviously there’s always the potential for delays, but right now we’re looking at a literal avalanche of games.
With the New Year now here, we had to compile a list of our 60 most anticipated titles, and you’ll find that below. Please do keep in mind that if we’d have included everything we’d be here until 2024, so this is more of a curated list of the cream of the crop. We’d love it if you stuck around until the end of this article to vote for your most wanted – and we’ve even included an Other category for those remaining releases we missed off.
Without further ado, then, let’s dig into this veritable feast of forthcoming PlayStation software…
A sequel 13 years in the making, Alan Wake is finally back for a pure survival horror adventure from Remedy. It’s unclear how much of the original game will play a part, but after references in Control, the book writer will finally pen his next novel. Or he’ll have to deal with the monsters at his doorstep. The latter seems more likely.
A free-to-play co-op shooter about fending off a mechanised alien threat? While Arc Raiders sounds like the most video gamey video game ever, its impressive debut trailer has us pumped. The visuals look top-notch, and the gameplay seemingly combines traditional shooting with more over-the-top, physics-based antics. This will be one to watch.
FromSoftware is returning to its roots with mecha sequel Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon – only this time it has the unprecedented success of Elden Ring fuelling it. Practically guaranteed to be the most popular entry in the long-running series, it’ll be interesting to see whether the Japanese developer’s new-found fame helps this hardcore robot tinkering sequel to resonate with mainstream players.
After a couple of sprawling RPGs from Assassin’s Creed, the upcoming Mirage is being billed as a return to the classic stealth gameplay from earlier entries. Set in Baghdad, it means you can expect more orchestrated Black Box missions, where your goal is to think creatively about how to solve each objective.
Publisher: Focus Entertainment / Developer: Mundfish
Atomic Heart is one of those games that looks almost too good to be true. The first title out of developer Mundfish, there’s a visual and gameplay quality to it that you’d only expect out of the biggest AAA studios. Yet Mundfish is very much indie. Atomic Heart could be really good — the key word being could — but we’ll remain skeptical until we have played it for ourselves.
The success of Genshin Impact has left other publishers itching for a similarly sized hit, and while Blue Protocol from Amazon Games and Bandai Namco isn’t a one-to-one clone, it’s clearly gunning for the same audience. Playable both solo or in co-op, this free-to-play RPG has real pedigree behind it.
A Jet Set Radio sequel in all but name, Bomb Rush Cyberfunk looks very promising. You’ll explore open urban environments, pulling off tasty tricks and tagging your territory with expressive graffiti. With music provided by Hideki Naganuma and disciplines such as skateboarding, BMX, and inline skating, this could well be a Dreamcast-era delight.
Company of Heroes 3 marks the series’ debut on PlayStation, so we can finally learn what it’s all about. Published by SEGA and developed by Relic, this is a real-time strategy game about commanding WWII troops around the battlefield. With new controls built with console players in mind, here’s hoping this’ll be that rare thing — an RTS that’s fun to play on a pad.
Cyberpunk 2077, on a PS5 at least, is good again. It’s also more popular than it’s ever been, with Netflix’s excellent anime adaptation attracting new crowds to Night City. Idris Elba will star in this enormous expansion, which will be the game’s one-and-only major DLC add-on.
Publisher: Deep Silver / Developer: Dambuster Studios
Another game on this list that’s been delayed more times than it’s likely to receive in review ratings, 2023 looks set to finally see the release of Dead Island 2. To be fair, the footage that’s been released since the recent re-unveiling has looked pretty good, so this could be a good open world to switch your brain off for. It’s Dying Light 2 with guns, which already sounds better than what Techland managed.
Publisher: Electronic Arts / Developer: EA Motive
Something’s gone seriously wrong if the Dead Space remake isn’t scoring a 9/10 when PS5 reviews drop in late January; this is one of the best survival horror games around, making for an easy sell to fans of the genre. EA Motive looks to have lovingly recreated the USG Ishimura in beautiful 4K, and then expanded where it can with new sections to the ship and a talking protagonist. Dead Space on PS5 will be excellent, there’s surely no doubting that.
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Bungie continues its journey to what is pitched as the end of Destiny 2 as we know it in the upcoming Lightfall DLC. You should expect the usual: another fantastic campaign, more weapons to wield, and a boatload of players repeating the phrase: “I should probably try and get back into Destiny.”
The king of dungeon crawlers is set to make a grand return in 2023. Its predecessor is somewhat divisive for its deviation from the bleak tone of fan-favourite Diablo 2, but this new entry looks to return to that darker style. We’ve already gone hands-on with Diablo 4, and we came away impressed by the punchy combat, gorgeous visuals, and addictive progression. Definitely one to watch out for.
Dinosaurs attack in their dozens in this PvPvE experiment from Capcom, in which you’ll form uneasy alliances with opposing teams in order to fend off prehistoric threats. Armed with exosuits and futuristic combat gear, it’s hard to predict whether this will be a hit, but facing off against unthinkable hordes of triceratops certainly give it a fighting chance.
Publisher: Cosmo Machia / Developer: Cosmo Machia
The legendary PS2 launch title FantaVision returns in a PSVR2 reimagining, where your objective is to catch and combo fireworks in a therapeutic puzzler. Expect tried and tested gameplay with added immersion, all courtesy of Sony’s new-gen headset.
Formerly a Nintendo Wii exclusive, cameras are your primary combat option in this remastered version of Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse. In a year bursting with survival horror re-releases, this may be one of the lower profile revivals, but fans of the genre will want to keep it firmly within their viewfinders.
It’s difficult to say definitively whether Final Fantasy VII Rebirth will release in 2023, with Square Enix only handing it a “Winter” release window. If it does squeeze in before the year’s end, though, then we have another fantastic RPG on our hands. Continuing the story of Cloud Strife, the protagonist will leave Midgar for new locations in the second part of the Final Fantasy VII Remake saga.
Publisher: Square Enix / Developer: Square Enix
As long as Square Enix doesn’t muck it up, Final Fantasy XVI is another Game of the Year 2023 contender. Arriving with a good amount of excitement off the back of a lot of promising footage — both in-game and cutscenes — the journey of Clive Rosfield is one we’re greatly anticipating.
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment / Developer: First Contact Entertainment
Its community was small, but Firewall Zero Hour was a much-loved tactical first-person shooter for PSVR. Developer First Contact kept the game alive with a series of major post-launch updates, and now it’s finally moving onto a sequel with Firewall Ultra. Launching day and date with PSVR2, this will take full advantage of the new tech to deliver an immersive multiplayer experience.
Publisher: Square Enix / Developer: Luminous Productions
Finally ready for release, Square Enix launches its PS5 console exclusive Forspoken to praise attributed to those magical traversal abilities and combat powers. You can only tell so much in a preview, but if you can get over the constant attitude and swearing from protagonist Frey Holland, then Forspoken will be one to look out for.
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