Welcome to RPGFan’s 35 Most Anticipated Games of 2023!
You might notice that we added about..oh I don’t know, five more games than normal this year. However, 2023 is absolutely not. Get packed We want to play the AAA and Indie games. Frankly, it’s amazing time to be an RPG Fan (I refuse any apology for the joke).
So, join us as we take a look at the 35 games we’re hoping to get our hands on in 2023!
Which bit title are you most excited about this year? Do you know of any bit titles we have missed? Do you know of any other bit titles that we have missed? Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Discord, or however you most enjoy interacting with us!
Intro by Zach Wilkerson
Advance Wars 1+2 Re-Boot Camp
Platform: Nintendo Switch
A devoted reader of RPGFan would agree to the following: Advance Wars 1+2 Re-Boot Camp was on last year’s list. What’s happening here? We promise you Nintendo and WayForward haven’t forgotten about this title, waiting for less sensitive times to drop their passion project.
Combining two games from the series that haven’t seen the light since 2001 and 2003 on the Game Boy Advance. Re-Boot camp Modernizes graphics, while keeping the original art style and gameplay. To see which strategist can best use Versus Mode, you can join other strategists online. It is disappointing to hear that Andy and his Orange Star Army friends are not able to get back into the action. I was eager to try the series. The tactical adventures that both new and experienced players will enjoy will be well worth the wait. The Black Hole Army won’t stand a chance when the time comes.
Anthony Krolikowski writes
Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, Sony PlayStation 4, Sony PlayStation 5 – Release: February 24th
The first entry into the Atelier Ryza Series was released in 2019, which, by series standards, is too recent to anticipate a part 3. Yet here we are. Personally, I enjoyed. Atelier Ryza More than the follow-up. Atelier Ryza 2, so I’m hoping a return to Kurken Island might see the trilogy finishing on a nostalgic high. I preferred the intimate island feel to the larger scale of the Grand Canyon. Ryza 2. Developer Gust did a wonderful job translating Ryza’s progression in life through to a storyline with more complex relationships and scope, so it will be interesting to see how they handle an even later chronological stage in her life.
It is a certainty that I believe. Atelier Ryza 3 Fans who enjoyed the first two entries will find it a joy to return. Gust has evolved in recent years and obviously love the game. Ryza series. I only have one request. Please make Bos a member of the party.
Sam-James Gordon wrote the article
Baldur’s Gate III
Platforms: Microsoft Windows – Release: August
It’s been 21 years since players could cast their metaphorical d20s to determine the fate of the Sword Coast! Sure, we’ve seen remasters of one of the greatest CRPGs, but honestly, we’ve been ready to learn more about the God of Murder, Bhaal, and his children. Moreover, Dungeons & Dragons They have come a long distance since using 2nd edition mechanics in Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn And its expansion Throne of BhaalIt will be thrilling to see the new generation of 5e users. Plus, with Larian Studios at the helm, we’re bound to see flexible and creative use of those robust mechanics after what they gave us with Divinity: Original Sin and its successor.
It is important to be clear: Baldur’s Gate III has been in Early Access since October 2020, with ongoing content drops, tweaks, and updates for players along the way, and what they’ve been playing, they seem to be loving. However, those waiting for a final product in 2023 will likely be rewarded for their patience. Hopefully, we’ll have a thrilling continuation of a storied epic in the Forgotten Realms setting some 120 years later. You should find it easy to Eldritch Blast the game, since there are warlocks available now.
Greg Delmage wrote the following article
Coffee Talk Episode 2 – Hibiscus and Butterfly
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, macOS, Nintendo Switch, Sony PlayStation 4, Sony PlayStation 5, Microsoft Xbox One, Microsoft Xbox Series X|S
The first Coffee Talk game was a refreshing visual novel ostensibly about making coffee-based beverages, but drink making was just the setting and backdrop to a colorful cast of humans, orcs, vampires, and more that inhabit — where else? — an alternative version of modern-day Seattle. Coffee Talk Episode 2 – Hibiscus and Butterfly This tradition will be continued by welcoming back familiar faces, as well as new ones, like our banshee and satyr friends from the trailers. I am looking forward to revisiting my favorite characters and making new friends that will no doubt prove just as charming. You will also be able to offer new drinks and game-play options that will increase the number of things you can do for your customers. Sipping a salted caramel latte and spending more time in this café with Andrew Jeremy‘s beautiful music is something I can’t wait to do in 2023.
Mike Salbato wrote the article
Platforms: Microsoft Windows. MacOS. Linux. Microsoft Xbox One. Microsoft Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, Sony PlayStation 4, Sony PlayStation 5
Since then Demonschool was revealed last June, it’s one game I’ve kept an eye on. The moment I glanced at the game’s grungy, pixel-meets-low-poly art style and its MegaTenNecrosoft Games’ art style was inspired, but it is not the same as other artists. The game was amazing to watch in motion, and I was even more intrigued by the music. The dynamic battle system looks like a blast and promises to have a decent amount of complexity, the characters seem interesting, and again, every single aspect we’ve seen of Demonschool It exudes style, down to the fonts and camera angles. I can’t wait to learn more about it and enroll in Demonschool Probably next year.
Mike Salbato wrote the article
Dragon Quest III HD-2D HD-Remake
Platforms to be determined
Dragon Quest III This is a classic entry in the franchise that’s loved for its role in the legend of the series as well as its early implementation of a beloved job system. It will appeal to both old and new fans with its new format and stunning graphics. Everybody keeps asking for HD-2D remakes. Dragon Quest III HD-2D HD-RemakeThis may be the right choice. Square Enix has a brighter color palette than what the style is used to (think: LIVE A LIFE’s visuals more than Octopath Traveler’s), a perfect fit for Dragon Quest’s bright and playful aesthetic.
But how do I sell you if you’ve never played Dragon Quest III? Well, it’s easy. It’s Dragon Quest III. It’s the classic RPG to end all classic RPGs. Take a moment to look at these screenshots. I promise you. You’re gonna love it.
Wes Iliff writes
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Xbox Series X|S, Sony PlayStation 5
Dustborn The game’s bright presentation and unique premise first attracted my attention. Red Thread Games is currently developing the game. Dreamfall Chapters, and made up of devs The Longest Journey And Dreamfall), with Quantic Dream (Heavy Rain, Detroit: Become Human) set to publish. This action-adventure third-person game puts you in the shoes Pax, a four-month-old pregnant woman, who embarks on a journey across America as a courier following an event called “The Broadcast.”
Pax literally has the power of words. Your wordcraft is used both inside and outside of battle to help other people. You make a lot of pit stops to see the sights of dystopian America. You even take part in the Battle of the Bands due to your cover as a folk-punk rock band member. Pax is joined in the battle by a team of misfits and outcasts who all have unique talents and different personalities. Dustborn This promises to be a unique video game road trip.
Audra Bowling wrote this article
Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Xbox One, Microsoft Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, Sony PlayStation 4, Sony PlayStation 5
Everyone is looking forward to the future Suikoden I & II remasters. They are stunning. But what’s the real reason those remasters exist in the first place? All of us know the answer. Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes.
Why shouldn’t we be? Hundred Heroes Looks amazing in trailers with beautiful graphics and thrilling combat. The tension between the main characters looks straight out of Suikoden II. But maybe, most importantly, Yoshitaka Murayama—the creator of Suikoden—is back. We hope that he can recreate the magic of the series’ first episodes, as those trailers suggest. While the prequel was a good start, Eiyuden Chronicle: RisingWhile it might have been controversial, most people can agree that this creates an interesting world we want more information about.
So sure, I’m excited because Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes Get inspired by the Suikoden series, but every time I’ve seen the game, it continues to build upon that excitement. We’ll see if it can live up to Murayama’s previous greatness.
Zach Wilkerson wrote the article
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth
Platform: Sony PlayStation 5
What are you saying about? Final Fantasy VII RebirthThis is the second act in what we now understand to be a three-part retelling. Final Fantasy VII? There isn’t too much to go on yet other than the trailer we got in June and the tiny morsels of information we got a month later.
Methinks an interesting way to start the game would be through Cloud’s Nibelheim flashback, Skyrim Style, but the best way to end the game is probably a certain scene, but it’s difficult to predict just what Square Enix has planned. All I really know for sure is that I’ll be there day freakin’ one.
The clock’s ticking, folks. You still have to finish Final Fantasy VII Remake (and, optionally, Episode INTERmissionYou have approximately 365 days to complete this task. I’m not entirely convinced this will release within the next calendar year, but here’s my attempt to manifest it into existence nevertheless. If the game does actually come out by next December—you’re welcome.
Gio Castillo writes
Final Fantasy XVI
Platform: Sony PlayStation 5 – June 22nd
Square Enix is generously sharing details about its 2011 games. Final Fantasy XVI with the “Dominance,” “Ambition,” and “Revenge” trailers, featuring lore details, an extensive look at the battle of the six realms, Eikons, and, most recently, a June 22nd release date. Flashback to 2020 when the title was first revealed. There were mixed reactions due to the rough gameplay and the dark medieval setting. However, the development has come a long way thanks to Yoshi-P and the staff listening to players’ feedback. The episode features a prince and his friends fighting against the odds, becoming the Warrior of Light and reclaiming the kingdom. It also includes the best episode. Game of Thrones—I just love the direction this franchise is heading.
Masayoshi Andoken, the composer of the soundtrack, is adding the cherry to the cake. The grandiose violin music playing in the background was enough to give me chills every time I listened. My PS5 is eagerly awaiting its arrival.
Tin Manuel writes
Engage with Fire Emblem
Platform: Nintendo Switch – January 20th
Fire Emblem It has been around since at least the 90s but feels like it is experiencing a revival. After Fire Emblem Awakening The franchise was given new life. Fire Emblem: Three Homes made it a Switch mega hit, fans have been dying to see what’s next for the series. Fortunately, we don’t have to wait long.
Engage Fire Emblem will be one of 2023’s earlier titles, releasing on January 20th. The game This game combines an innovative art style with modern mechanics and plenty of nostalgia. Players will have the ability to combine their units with well-known characters. Fire Emblem’s history. I’m psyched to see some of my favorite Fire Emblem Characters in Engage, but I’m more excited about the gameplay. The weapon triangle is back, the skills are stronger than ever, and animations look better that they have been in a decade. Whether you’re a new fan or a series veteran, there’s a lot to be excited about come January.
Brian Mackenzie writes
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Sony PlayStation 5 – January 24th
The development of Athia is a lot like Frey, its protagonist. She has mysterious circumstances that lead her from New York to Athia. Forspoken Each has had its own journey. Developers may have needed to spend more time polishing and fine-tuning the experience. Forspoken Promises to deliver, but I’m okay with waiting. Truthfully, each subsequent bit of information and Deep Dive video we’ve seen about Forspoken Its initial announcement has made me even more curious. The game looks gorgeous in motion with impressively fast and fluid combat, and its concept of travel by “magic parkour” appears engaging and fun. Athia seems to be an intriguing world with plenty of opportunities to encourage players to go off the beaten track. Plus, there’s a talking bracelet and so many cats! I’m curious to see how Frey’s journey will play out when Forspoken Finally, January releases
Audra Bowling wrote this article