In and of itself, 2022 hasn’t been a bad year for the gaming world. Filled with blockbusters, the latter will have been punctuated by numerous outings that have delighted players. However, she will still have left a dose of bitterness in the mouth due to her numerous defections. But yesterday’s disappointment should undoubtedly be tinged with smiles since each of the actors who refused 2022 will leave their mark on 2023.
The proof, at the time of indulging in the usual game of the most anticipated games, difficult were the decisions, because plural are the games which wanted to offer themselves a place in the impatience of our editorial staff. An impatience that we wanted to limit to 10 games. What a good idea…
(The games in this selection have been listed in alphabetical order, do not see any rankings there.)
Alan Wake 2
It will therefore have taken no less than ten years… Yes, no less than ten years for the highly demanded Alan Wake 2 don’t talk about him. Ten years during which the fan community has constantly asked Remedy Entertainment to extend the world of the famous writer with a sequel. And today, we are there in theory. 2023 will welcome a new part of this adventure whose outlines will change a bit, to fully set foot in the world of survival horror. A survival horror that could reach the public if we are to believe its developers. Impatience is therefore the watchword.
Baldur’s Gate III
He, too, can easily be associated with the term impatience. Because Baldur’s Gate III no longer even hides at the time of taking care of his score against months and months of “delay”. Unveiled in 2019, accessible for more than two years via early access, the title developed by Larian Studios and planned to shake up a legendary license never stops postponing its final release. But in theory, this time it’s the right one, since 2023 has been written in stone instead of marble (let’s be careful…). And given the first promises and the studio’s success with the Divinity: Original Sin license, it’s hard not to be very curious. Very very curious.
And we are going to stop there with the term impatience, because if Diablo IV is anchored in this feeling, the games to follow will be too, since most of them are promised for a long time… And what about Diablo IV about it except that it’s been years since he’s been on a mission to make people forget Diablo III. And he will have put all the chances on his side to achieve it: a darker atmosphere and close to opus II, a gigantic and connected universe, dungeons to no longer know where to turn…, Diablo IV is intended as the sum of all the expectations of its community devoted to the most famous name in hack ‘n’ slash. Can’t wait to hammer the mouse or the controller, it’s up to you…
Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes
Eiyuden Chronicle stood out in 2022 with an entertaining appearance alongside Rising. But the great fans of RPGs of the good old days were already looking towards Hundred Heroes, the flagship opus. Spiritual successor of the Suikoden series, this title is indeed the result of the work of Rabbit and Bear Studios which, under its rabbit and bear hair, brings together part of the team of the first Suikoden, including Yoshitaka Murayama, the creator of the series. Suffice to say that against a backdrop of nostalgia and truly enchanting HD-2D aesthetics, we chuckle at the idea of going back to the past combined with the present.
Final Fantasy XVI
For him, however, the feeling is different. Because no, with the canonical Final Fantasy license, going back to the past is hardly an option. Always in motion and opening up to other worlds anchored around the traditional base of the series, Final Fantasy XVI is about to take over from a Final Fantasy XV with a more than complicated career. But the release of a Final Fantasy is always a small event in itself, especially when it aims to make people forget a flayed opus. So yes, it is clearly the ball in the stomach that we are waiting for this volume XVI of the double consonant which makes us dangle a spectacular adventure… but perhaps too oriented action… However, we can not help but believe.
Hogwarts Legacy: Hogwarts Legacy
After surfing the successive waves of countless postponements, the action-RPG anchored in the Harry Potter universe will finally be released in a few weeks. A true open door to the universe created by the now controversial JK Rowling, Hogwarts Legacy appears as a title with more than certain potential since it makes presentations follow one another. Magnificent world, respected magic of the universe, countless activities of all kinds…, this episode clearly makes you want to lose your broom there over many dreamlike hours.
Hollow Knight: Silksong
Originally, silk song was only meant to be an expansion for Hollow Knight. Then, by dint of reflections and additions, the project became more “ogresque”, to finally marry the contours of a standalone. But as time went on, there was a step back in time, and the years passed in order to lead us to 2023. Even today, we are not sure that the “sequel” to one of the best metroidvania of all time will definitely make an appearance this year. We can only rely on the latest promises, made at Microsoft’s conference. But one thing is on the other hand certain, his adventure has the ambition to surpass in every way a first opus however remarkable. Suffice to say that the ride in the company of Hornet makes your mouth water.
Like some games in this selection, the players’ hands should already be placed on this announced monster. But the gods of delay have decided otherwise, and it is finally in the first half of 2023 that it will tread the lands of Xbox and PC. It will then be a question of discovering the next colossus on which Bethesda has been working for ages. A colossus that will offer to explore space and countless planets/systems in what some hope will be the Elder Scrolls of space. We admit it, we are as burning as a star to find out how far the promises will be kept.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
Very inspired by the Batman Arkham paw, Marvel’s Spider-Man had managed to offer a more than convincing adventure in the universe of the most famous spider. But today, as the second installment takes shape for a release in 2023, it’s hard not to be swept away by the desire to discover the way Insomniac Games has used to progress its series. And after a Miles Morales episode as a simple rather lazy spin-off, one wonders how far the spider will be able to weave its web. A canvas which, as a reminder, will be torn in a very attractive duel with Venom. At the time, Batman Arkham City had transcended the Asylum recipe and made history. Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 will he be able to?
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
Promised, Breath of the Wild 2 is coming. I promise, it’s coming soon… Come on, I promise, Breath of the Wild 2 is coming… By the way, it will be called Tears of the Kingdom, so it’s promised for good, this time, it will be there in 2023. That’s a bit what many fans have been experiencing for years… An impatience gratinated with hopes, always showered by the disappointment of a postponed release. next day, then the day after, and again the day after. But this time, the good end is held and Nintendo is committed by revealing the date. And it is now the world of video games that holds its breath when it comes to discovering the one that, originally an extension, has become a full-fledged game as there were so many ideas surrounding it. A new world hanging in the sky, a seemingly darker story, cogs pushed further, dungeons like so many were missing in Breath of the Wild… Tears of the Kingdom could well be the ultimate Zelda. Only five months left to wait…
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, Resident Evil 4 Remake, Wild Hearts, Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League, Street Fighter VI, Pikmin 4, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, Assassin’s Creed Mirage…, here are just a few examples of titles that could have passed the cut. And above all as many titles (far from constituting an exhaustive list) which should make 2023 a prosperous year in the video game field… Clearly, 2023 is taking shape as a year that we want to see scrolling to find out how far she will lead us. And this is even more true in the sense that many players have not yet fully revealed their intentions, while once and for all the ninth generation seems to be installed for good.