2023 will be full of new releases to keep Xbox gamers busy throughout the year, with many upcoming titles from established developers with excellent track records, like Arkane Studios. Some of these games will be sequels to popular series that fans have been waiting for a long time, while others will be new IPs that could become the next big hit. 2023 is full of new releases as several titles had to be delayed from their original launch date in 2022 to 2023, which hopefully means developers will have more time to polish their games to perfection and remove any game-breaking glitches. .
2023 could be a good year with its many highly anticipated titles, but Xbox’s decision to increase the cost of first-party Xbox games to match the PS5’s exclusive price of $70 could discourage gamers from buying new ones. new games. Microsoft is just the latest publisher to raise game prices, as many other companies have joined Sony in pricing current-gen games. Xbox gamers may need to be more deliberate about which games to buy in 2023, as all major releases on Xbox will be subject to price spikes, like Bethesda’s upcoming games, though that makes Game Pass even more attractive.
Ark 2 Early Access is set to start in 2023
Ark 2 was originally slated for release in 2022, with pre-release footage showing what players can expect from the game, such as improved lighting, shadows, textures, and realism. However, a mid-2022 Ark 2 trailer revealed the game’s new release date of 2023, though the exact reason for the delay is unknown. Ark 2 is expected to feature Soulslike-like melee combat and more advanced traversal mechanics, like sliding, swinging, free climbing, parkour, and more. Unlike Ark: Survival Evolved, the upcoming game appears to have a storyline that follows a character played by Vin Diesel, who leads his tribe as they explore the wilderness and fight against other tribes.
Forza Motorsport returns to Xbox in 2023
The eighth installment in the Forza Motorsport series, simply titled Forza Motorsport, appears to be something of a reboot of the series after the lackluster performance of Forza Motorsport 7. The first images showed Forza Motorsport’s stunning attention to detail, and the game will offer real-time ray tracing, realistic graphical fidelity, and enhanced physics simulations. Forza Motorsport will also feature dynamic time of day changes, which will affect track temperature and tire condition, with higher temperatures depleting tire durability faster. The focus on realism could also mean the game will offer a higher level of customization and tweaking, which has been a staple of the Forza Motorsport franchise.
STALKER 2 could finally be released in 2023
STALKER 2: Heart of Chornobyl is finally set to release in 2023 after the game was delayed due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, where developer GSC Game World is based. The studio bolstered its support for Ukraine by changing the title of STALKER 2 from Russian spelling to Ukrainian spelling, which turned “Chernobyl” into “Chornobyl.” STALKER 2 takes place in an alternate world where the Chernobyl nuclear power plant mysteriously exploded again in 2006 and triggered supernatural events that spawned horrific mutated beasts. The plot of the game will follow the story of the protagonist, Skif, who works as an illegal scavenger (known as a stalker) in the highly radioactive zone.
However, wartime interruptions weren’t the only issues STALKER 2 faced during development. The game was originally supposed to include NFTs that would feature NPCs modeled after the game’s players, but the announcement received major backlash from fans, causing the developer to remove NFTs from STALKER 2. Even before these recent tribulations , the game was first announced in 2010. Early versions of STALKER 2 never saw the light of day, however, since GSC Game World officially disbanded in late 2011, only to be reformed in 2014.
Redfall is Arkane Studios’ first offering after Xbox acquisition
Redfall is a cooperative first-person shooter developed by Arkane Studios that features four heroes with unique skills. Redfall’s gameplay includes various vampires, such as the fisherman and the watcher, the latter of which fires eye beams of searchlights that players must avoid to avoid attracting attention. The game will feature a large map that dwarfs Prey’s Talos I space station, giving players plenty of room to hunt the vampires infesting the Massachusetts town. The developer also decided to include stealth and recon abilities that allow players to vary their approach to defeating opponents and even avoiding battles.
Starfield’s delayed release will bring it to Xbox in 2023
Bethesda’s latest, Starfield, features over 200,000 lines of dialogue, which could indicate that it will be the studio’s biggest RPG to date. Players will be able to customize ships, discover new planets, build planetary bases, and engage in space combat in the Settled Systems, an area that spans 50 light years surrounding the solar system. Starfield will feature extensive character customization that will allow players to choose the protagonist’s background, traits, and religion. Story-wise, Starfield will be set 20 years after a war between the game’s two largest factions, the United Colonies and Freestar Collective, which occurred in the year 2310.
The biggest games coming to Xbox in 2023
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2023 could be a good year for Xbox fans with upcoming releases having a chance to rival the best Xbox games of 2022. Starfield could become a strong contender for the best RPG game in 2023 due to its massive amount of lines of dialogue that could immerse players in its world, while Forza Motorsport could offer a new racing experience with its next-gen realism. STALKER 2, Redfall, and Ark 2 have shown some potential to be the next big hit on Xbox in 2023 based on the story, gameplay, and details of the released trailers.