There are a lot of question marks when it comes to Xbox in 2023, though we expect some answers later this month. The platform has a lot of really big games coming, but for the most part, we still don’t know exactly when they will arrive. Still, for those of you wondering which games to keep an eye on, here are the current major releases for Xbox Series consoles this year.
Hogwarts Legacy – Feb. 10
Not surprisingly, the return to Hogwarts comes first. Hogwarts Legacy will be one of the biggest titles of the year on all platforms. Avalanche’s promising magical RPG that finally lets us experience life as a student at the world’s greatest school of witchcraft and wizardry is filled with so much potential that we’re just itching for a chance to start the adventure and get sorted into one of the four ancient houses.
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty – March 3
Team Ninja has produced numerous exciting and memorable action-RPGs throughout its history, and this year it will expand those offerings with the dark fantasy title Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty. Set during the Han Dynasty era of China, this game sees an unnamed and militia-less soldier fight to survive in a land of monsters and men.
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor – March 17
When Fallen Order arrived a few years ago, it breathed life back into a beloved series that faltered unchecked at the box office. This year comes the sequel, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, to continue the exciting adventure that is the life of Cal Kestis as the young Jedi navigates a world where the Empire’s grip tightens and the galaxy plunges further into darkness.
Resident Evil 4 Remake – March 24
Spring is absolutely loaded and following the two other March blockbusters is the return of Resident Evil 4. Capcom gives the iconic survival horror game a serious upgrade, improving visuals and performance and bringing it in line with modern gaming standards, while keeping the fantastic story at its core.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League – May 16
Rocksteady is attempting a new kind of third-person action-adventure game, one where the protagonists are well-regarded bad guys, but on this occasion are the good guys. Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League asks players to adapt as Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang and King Shark, as they are tasked with taking down Earth’s greatest protectors after their corruption by an invading alien force.
Minecraft Legends – spring 2023
Mojang’s blockbuster franchise is truly iconic. The creative game has become a household name and even grown so large that spin-offs have been born. The last of this effort is explored in 2023, when Minecraft Legends arrives and asks players to unite the Overworld and fight back against the Piglin armies and the Nether corruption seeping in from the Underworld, all in a new action strategy style.
Street Fighter 6 – June 2
The fighting scene will be injected with a dose of fresh blood this summer when the highly anticipated next installment in the Street Fighter universe arrives. Bringing back a collection of beloved characters and seeing them compete in a series of one-on-one match-ups, this game aims to compete for the best fighting title of the year.
Diablo IV – June 6
Blizzard has been teasing and sharing all sorts of details and information about this fourth installment in its long-running franchise, giving us updates on its development progress. Fortunately, it won’t be long before we get to see how it all takes shape in reality, as Diablo IV debuts in early June and serves up a new demonic story set in Sanctuary, packed with fresh loot to hunt, bosses to take down and more.
Forza Motorsport – First half of 2023
If you’re looking for a new racing title to fill your time, Forza Motorsport is undoubtedly on your list of anticipated games. Coming from Turn 10 Studios, this racer will leave the striking open worlds of Forza Horizon behind in favor of the hard asphalt of track and street racing scenes, for a simulation experience where even the smallest detail is of utmost importance.
Starfield – First half of 2023
Perhaps the most anticipated game of the year, period. Starfield will be Bethesda’s first foray into a brand new universe in 25 years and is expected to be incredibly impressive, if all the promised potential delivers. From 1,000 planets to explore, to deeply customizable spaceships, hordes of NPCs to chat with, and all designed to reinforce the rich and spanning story – needless to say, this is going to be a very big one.
Redfall – First half of 2023
Arkane Studios is attempting a cooperative multiplayer FPS. Redfall takes players to a sleepy Massachusetts town that has been overrun by deadly vampires and is now cut off from sunlight. Using a collection of slayers, this game asks players to get creative in the effort to use the tools and items at your disposal to chew through the soulless horde and save the town from a grim fate.
Lies of P – 2023
At this point we are all more than familiar with the story of Pinocchio, or at least you think you are. Neowiz wants to turn the fairy tale on its head by setting it in a dark Belle Époque world and using an action-RPG style of gameplay. The actual storyline? Simple. You just have to find Mr. Geppetto, but when you do, you have to survive all sorts of nasty horrors and dangers that want nothing more than to end your story before it begins.
While the second half of the year may look flat for Xbox so far, there is still plenty of time for more announcements, so stay tuned for more news and information.
To see what PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch have in store for 2023, go here and here, respectively.