Financial experts and gaming pundits estimate that the gaming industry will grow to $180.1 billion in revenues by 2021. If you take a look at the games that came out last year, it’s easy to see the direction gaming is heading in. Don’t forget the gamers either. Console peasants, as they’re called, have certain advantages. They don’t need to upgrade their hardware too often. The console makes for a fun multiplayer experience. And a decent Spectrum Internet Ultra connection or a similar provider is all they need. On the other hand, PC gaming aristocrats spend hundreds and even thousands of dollars creating the perfect gaming computer. This is something that memes dubbed the GPCMR. The Glorious PC Master Race is a pointed reference for serious gamers who run their games at maximum everything. Both communities love their games equally though.
10 Games to Watch Out for in 2023:
All the while, games are improving exponentially. Big gaming studios like Ubisoft put out annual installments of popular franchises like Assassins Creed. These games earn millions, if not billions in revenue. The graphics improve constantly, testing the limits of innovation. Some games have been going strong since the late 90s! 2018 was a big year for gaming. But 2023 is shaping up to be even more action-packed if the expected releases are anything to go by. Here are the games we will be watching out for this year:
- Devil May Cry 5 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
- Dead or Alive 6 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
- Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
- Days Gone (PS4 Only)
- Mortal Kombat 11 (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch)
- Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
- Rage 2 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
- Total War: Three Kingdoms (PC Only)
- A Plague Tale: Innocence (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
- GTFO (PC Only)
Below is a brief look at what to expect from each game and its expected release date.
Devil May Cry 5 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Devil May Cry 5 is actually the true sequel to Devil May Cry 4. It foregoes the reboot plot and instead brings back the grimy feel of the franchise. The main protagonist according to Capcom is Nero, a new breed of demon hunter. He comes complete with a sword and a robotic arm that revs just like a petrol engine. Demons had better watch their back. The expected release date is March 8, 2023.
Dead or Alive 6 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
The 6th edition in the Dead or Alive franchise goes toe to toe with big names like Soul Calibur 6 and Tekken 7. It’s a crazy fighting game with flashy moves, frantically fast fighting and crazy stage environments. Fans will be happy to welcome two new additions to the much-beloved roster. Shocker Nico and brawler Diego bring their own oomph to the game. Expect this game to hit the markets on March 1, 2023.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Enter a mythologized version of feudal Japan in this amazing RPG by FromSoftware. The open world game is beautifully crafted, full of unique locations and places to explore. At the same time, it has punishing gameplay that will keep you on your toes. Thematically tuned hack-and-slash plus innovative game changes make this a game fit for the new breed of gamers. This game releases on March 22, 2023.
Days Gone (PS4 Only)
The zombie genre is, for want of a better word, dead. Everybody has done pretty much everything there is to do. But Days Gone brings its one unique twist to the tired old genre. The zombies aren’t zombies at all, just feral humans that want to at you. You may find that the protagonist Deacon looks very familiar. That’s because he’s modeled on and voiced by Sam Witwer. You may know him from Star Wars: The Force Unleashed as Starkiller. The game hits shelves on April 26, 2023.
Mortal Kombat 11 (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch)
If there’s one franchise that needs no introduction, it’s Mortal Kombat. The game revisits its brutal roots as one of the messiest, bone breaking, disemboweling games ever made. It builds on the previous editions playstyles feature. You can customize moves and collect gear as well. The storyline leaves nothing to be desired as Dark Raiden falls to corruption and time travel threatens everything. The game release date is April 23, 2023.
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
The Division 2 is set seven months after the smallpox outbreak in the previous game. This time, you’re in Washington D.C., not New York. The game is a shared world multiplayer just like its predecessor. But you will note several new quirks. You now have a new class system as well as an improved game engine. You can take part in 8-player raids with your squad. Shoot thugs, search them for better gear and continue to survive. This nugget drops on March 15, 2023.
Rage 2 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
The post-apocalyptic world is a wild, crazy party in Rage 2. After an asteroid collision destroys most of humanity, the survivors struggle with bandits, mutants and other unpleasant individuals. You are Walker, the last of the Rangers in a sprawling wasteland crawling with surprises. The game will remind you a lot of Mad Max: Fury Road, especially with the monster trucks and high-speed combat. The game’s expected release date is May 14, 2023.
Total War: Three Kingdoms (PC Only)
The Total War franchise has a long history of period-perfect everything. Whether its Rome, Japan or France, the franchise never fails to disappoint. This time, Total War: Three Kingdoms takes place in Dynastical China. True to its roots, the game is all strategy and tactics paired with amazing graphics and battle sequences. Choose from 11 factions and lead yours to glory on May 23, 2023.
A Plague Tale: Innocence (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
If you’ve ever wondered what living in the Dark Ages was like, this game can show you. Only a bit larger than life. You are Amica, an orphan with a little brother named Hugo, trying to survive in the grim world. Experience crazy villagers, huge, rabid rats and even the Inquisition as you flee for your life. This gem will be available on May 14, 2023.
GTFO (PC Only)
This game takes you to the same mad hordes of zombies and hair-raising escapes of Left 4 Dead. The game is extremely suspenseful as you explore creepy catacombs with your squad. Bear in mind this is a 4-player co-op first-person shooter. So you will need a decent internet conversation. If your connection is finicky, make sure to sort it out with Charter Spectrum Customer Service before playing. Otherwise, you’ll just ruin the experience for everyone. The game releases sometime in Spring 2023.