2023 games: all the new and upcoming releases confirmed for this year

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A new year is here, with plenty of 2023 games to look forward to—including those we thought we'd be playing last year. The first quarter of the year is bringing us all sorts of long-awaited launches like Atomic Heart, Kerbal Space Program 2, and The Last of Us Part 1 on PC at last.

Best of the best

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2023 games: Upcoming releases
Best PC games: All-time favorites
Free PC games: Freebie fest
Best FPSes: Finest gunplay
Best MMOs: Massive worlds
Best RPGs: Grand adventures

For the third year running, we've seen an increase in big games willing to push back their release dates to get a bit more development time. Not even just once, either. Some are still getting multiple delays before they finally hit our game libraries. Knowing that, let's call this a tentative 2023 games list. Inevitably, some of the names here will get kicked into the year 2024—a frightful number for me to be forced to type already. When they do, we'll be keeping track right here, just like we did last year.

From what we know so far, 2023 is going to be a huge year for RPGs. A lot of major series with long-in-the-works sequels are targeting this year for release dates. Starfield's delay put it in the early part of 2023, Baldur's Gate 3's early access is planned to end with a full release in August, and both Final Fantasy 16 and Diablo 4 are scheduled to turn up too.

Hit the ground running and fill up your schedule with all the new games of 2023:

Biggest games releasing this month

Here are some of the biggest launches you have to look forwards to this month: Company of Heroes redeploys for an RTS renaissance, Kerbal Space Program 2 takes off once more for the final frontier, and Destiny 2 goes cyberpunk in its newest expansion. Check out all the other games launching this month further down the page in the new games of February section.

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Hogwarts Legacy (opens in new tab) | February 10
The wizarding world's first big action adventure in years arrives this month. Legacy will take players back to the 1800s of the wizarding world to attend Hogwarts, get sorted into houses, and battle dark wizards.

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Atomic Heart (opens in new tab) | February 20
After many a delay, Mundfish's retro-future Soviet FPS is finally being unveiled. The hands-on Atomic Heart preview that we got to play tempered our excitement a bit, but it sure still looks pretty.

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Like a Dragon: Ishin (opens in new tab) | February 21
The Yakuza series spinoff is finally getting remade and localized and I can personally promise you it's an intense historical drama and not at all a game about dancing, farming, gambling, fishing, and singing karaoke. Alright, it's both. Just like the rest of the Yakuza games.

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Company of Heroes 3 (opens in new tab) | February 23
Realtime strategy marches back to the battlefield with Relic's hallmark WWII series. Use army customization to fine-tune your forces with specialist units, while a Dynamic Campaign Map ensures you never fight the same war twice in the Mediterranean theatre.

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Kerbal Space Program 2 (opens in new tab) | February 24 (Early Access)
Your favorite little green astronauts are back, and they've got their sights set on distant stars. Master new technologies to establish space colonies, orbital installations, and—eventually—achieve interstellar travel.

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Destiny 2: Lightfall (opens in new tab) | February 28
Destiny tries cyberpunk on for size in its latest expansion. Master new Darkness abilities with Strand powers while exploring a futuristic city on Neptune's moons. But based on the name, keep your fingers crossed for our favorite big orb.

2023 Games: January

Biggest January 2023 games

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Persona 3 Portable (opens in new tab) | January 19
Another treasured Persona RPG arrives at last on PC. Gather your fellow teens, grab your Evoker (which is not at all a gun), and face the terror of the Dark Hour.

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Forspoken (opens in new tab) | January 24
A Square Enix open-world RPG from a new studio of Final Fantasy veterans. As Frey Holland, displaced New Yorker and fledgling sorcerer, adventure across a fantasy world with the greatest magic of all: parkour.

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Dead Space (opens in new tab) | January 27
The Motive remake of the much-loved space horror shooter from 2008. A faithful recreation: severing alien limbs with a plasma cutter remains gruesomely enjoyable and the physics puzzles and no-HUD approach of the original both remain.

All January 2023 game release dates

  • January 6, 2023 — We Are The Caretakers - Afrofuturist strategy RPG
  • January 12, 2023 — One Piece Odyssey - A JRPG for everyone's favorite pirate anime
  • January 12, 2023 — Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider - Retro action platformer
  • January 19, 2023 — Persona 3 Portable - The PC port of the JRPG arrives
  • January 19, 2023 — Tortuga: A Pirate's Tale - Turn-based piratical strategy
  • January 24, 2023 — Forspoken - Magical parkour adventure
  • January 24, 2023 — Mahokenshi - Samurai fantasy deckbuilder
  • January 25, 2023 — Hi-Fi Rush - Rhythm-based action-adventure
  • January 27, 2023 — Dead Space remake - Motive's space horror remake
  • January 31, 2023 — Inkulinati (Early Access) - Medieval animal strategy
  • January 31, 2023 — Warhammer AoS: Soul Arena - Age of Sigmar auto-battler
  • January 31, 2023 — Season: A letter to the future - Atmospheric bicycle adventure
  • January 31, 2023 — Superfuse - Superhero Diablo-like with moddable abilities

2023 Games: February

Biggest February 2023 games

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Company of Heroes 3 (opens in new tab) | February 23
Realtime strategy marches back to the battlefield with Relic's hallmark WWII series. Use army customization to fine-tune your forces with specialist units, while a Dynamic Campaign Map ensures you never fight the same war twice in the Mediterranean theatre.

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Kerbal Space Program 2 (opens in new tab) | February 24 (Early Access)
Your favorite little green astronauts are back, and they've got their sights set on distant stars. Master new technologies to establish space colonies, orbital installations, and—eventually—achieve interstellar travel.

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Destiny 2: Lightfall (opens in new tab) | February 28
Destiny tries cyberpunk on for size in its latest expansion. Master new Darkness abilities with Strand powers while exploring a futuristic city on Neptune's moons. But based on the name, keep your fingers crossed for our favorite big orb.

All February 2023 game release dates

  • February 2, 2023 — Deliver Us Mars - Story driven space mystery
  • February 2, 2023 — Perish - Grisly shooter in Classical Purgatory
  • February 2, 2023 — Tails: The Backbone Preludes - Vancouver adventure with furry folk
  • February 3, 2023 — SpellForce: Conquest of Eo - Fantasy turn-based strategy RPG
  • February 10, 2023 — Hogwarts Legacy - Wizarding world RPG
  • February 14, 2023 — Blanc - Cute monochrome co-op adventure
  • February 14, 2023 — Wanted: Dead - Cyberpunk zombie hack and slash
  • February 15, 2023 — Pharaoh: A New Era - Remake of the classic city-builder
  • February 15, 2023 — Returnal - PlayStation roguelike shooter hits PC
  • February 17, 2023 — Gigantosaurus: Dino Kart - Welcome... to Jurassic Kart
  • February 17, 2023 — The Settlers: New Allies (opens in new tab) - Ubisoft's RTS city-builder
  • February 17, 2023 — Wild Hearts - A monster hunting game from EA
  • February 20, 2023 — Atomic Heart - Sci-fi Soviet shooter
  • February 21, 2023 — Akka Arrh - Psychedelic arcade shooter
  • February 21, 2023 — Like a Dragon: Ishin! - Yakuza samurai-era AU
  • February 22, 2023 — Digimon World: Next Order - Digimon RPG with duo battles.
  • February 23, 2023 — Blood Bowl 3 - Fantasy football with goblins and gore
  • February 23, 2023 — Chef Life: A Restaurant Simulator - Restaurant management sim
  • February 23, 2023 — Company of Heroes 3 - WW2 Mediterranean RTS
  • February 23, 2023 — Sons of the Forest - Woodsy horror survival
  • February 24, 2023 — Kerbal Space Program 2 (Early Access) - Physics disaster in space
  • February 24, 2023 — Octopath Traveler 2 - Square Enix JRPG sequel
  • February 24, 2023 — The Pale Beyond - Antarctic sailing expedition survival sim
  • February 28, 2023 — Destiny 2: Lightfall - Destiny does cyberpunk
  • February 28, 2023 — Dungeons of Aether- Dungeon crawler in Rivals of Aether setting
  • February 28, 2023 — Scars Above - Body horror space adventure
  • February ??, 2023 — Redemption Reapers - Dark fantasy tactics

2023 Games: March

Biggest March 2023 games

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Resident Evil 4 (opens in new tab) | March 24
Welcome, stranger: Leon Kennedy's European Vacation gets a modern reimagining. Track the President's daughter to solve a bioweapon mystery, and relive Resident Evil's finest hour of spin kicks and amateur harpooning.

All March 2023 game release dates

  • March 3, 2023 — Last of Us Part 1 - Remastered Naughty Dog hit
  • March 3, 2023 — Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty - Three Kingdoms ARPG from Nioh devs
  • March 9, 2023 — Clash: Artifacts of Chaos - "Weirdpunk" third-person brawler
  • March 9, 2023 — Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse - Wii horror remaster
  • March 14, 2023 — The Legend of Heroes: Trails to Azure - New Trails universe entry
  • March 14, 2023 — Terminal Velocity: Boosted Edition - Classic shareware shooter
  • March 22, 2023 — Have a Nice Death - 2D tiny grim reaper soulslike
  • March 23, 2023 — Storyteller - Extremely interactive fiction
  • March 24, 2023 — Resident Evil 4 remake - Mr. Kennedy's big day out, again
  • March 28, 2023 — Crime Boss: Rockay City - First-person GTA-like

2023 Games: April

Biggest April 2023 games

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Star Wars Jedi: Survivor (opens in new tab) | April 28
It's dark days for lone Jedi Cal Kestis. Hunted by the Empire across known space, Cal's got a bigger bag of tricks to help him Jedi: Survive—new fighting styles, new friends, and a newfound talent for taming lizards all feature in this Star Wars sequel.

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Mask of the Rose (opens in new tab) | April ??
Descend once more into the chthonic metropolis of Fallen London—and maybe find romance? In Failbetter's dating sim/murder mystery/census-taking simulator, meet a gothic undercity's worth of colorful characters: some cloaked, some tentacled. Some, assuredly both.

All April 2023 game release dates

  • April 4, 2023 — Meet Your Maker - Post-apocalyptic PvP base-builder
  • April 4, 2023 — Road 96: Mile 0 - Prequel to the procgen roadtrip adventure
  • April 18, 2023 — God of Rock - Rhythm-based 2D fighter
  • April 18, 2023 — Minecraft Legends - An action strategy spinoff
  • April 25, 2023 — Afterimage - Colorful dreamlike metroidvania
  • April 25, 2023 — Roots of Pacha - Stone-age Stardew Valley
  • April 26, 2023 — Desta: The Memories Between - Dreamspace sport roguelike
  • April 28, 2023 — Star Wars Jedi: Survivor - Cal Lightsaber's dark middle chapter
  • April 28, 2023 — Dead Island 2 - Zombie survival RPG infects California
  • April ??, 2023 — Mask of the Rose - Failbetter's 'sort-of' dating sim
  • April ??, 2023 — Star Trek: Resurgence - Star Trek treks into adventure game land
  • April ??, 2023 — Untamed Tactics - Tactics RPG with anthropoid animals

2023 Games: May

  • May 2, 2023 — Age of Wonders 4 - Fantasy 4X with tactical battles
  • May 2, 2023 — Redfall - Co-op open-world vampire shooter
  • May 15, 2023 — Amnesia: The Bunker - Hallmark horror series in WW1 hallways
  • May 18, 2023 — Endless Dungeon - Tactical action-RPG in Endless universe
  • May 18, 2023 — I Am Future (Early Access) - Rooftop post-apoc base-builder
  • May 26, 2023 — Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League - Co-op cape killing

2023 Games: June

  • June 1, 2023 — Street Fighter 6 - Ryu Ryu Ryu Ryu Ryu Ryu
  • June 6, 2023 — Diablo 4 - The long-awaited action RPG sequel
  • June 27, 2023 — Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life - A farm life remake

2023 Games: August

  • August ??, 2023 — Baldur's Gate 3 - Larian's take on the classic RPG series

2023 Games: November

  • November 10, 2023 —The Day Before - Open world zombie survival MMO

2023 Games: December

  • December ??, 2023 - Stalker 2: Heart of Chornobyl - Radiation-soaked FPS sequel

2023 Games: Dates to be announced

2023 games with dates to be announced

  • A Highland Song - Scottish side-scrolling survival rhythm
  • After Us - Surreal post-human puzzler
  • AK-xolotl: Wars - Multiplayer bullet hell
  • Alan Wake 2 - The survival horror sequel
  • Aliens: Dark Descent - Alien, but an RTS
  • Alliance of the Sacred Suns - 4X Space Strategy
  • Anger Foot - Kick-heavy FPS
  • Arcadian Atlas - Isometric turn-based tactics
  • Ark 2 - More dinosaurs, plus Vin Diesel
  • Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon - FromSoft's return to robot roots
  • Assassin's Creed: Mirage - Assassin's Creed goes back to its stealth roots
  • Atlas Fallen - Monster Hunter by way of righteous deicide
  • Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora (opens in new tab) - Open-world Avatar
  • Banchou Tactics - High school delinquent tactics RPG
  • Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden - 17th century ghost-hunting RPG
  • Blue Protocol - Online anime action RPG
  • Bomb Rush Cyberfunk - Jet Set Successor
  • Bramble: the Mountain King - Nordic horror platformer
  • Broken Roads - turn-based RPG in post-apoc Australia
  • Capes - turn-based superhero tactics
  • Chrono Odyssey - Fantasy MMO
  • Creature Keeper - Real-time combat creature collector
  • The Crew: Motorfest (opens in new tab) - Ubisoft's open-world racer hits Hawaii
  • Crimson Desert - Singleplayer RPG from Black Desert devs
  • Crimson Tactics (early access) - Final Fantasy Tactics with pony options
  • Cyber Knights: Flashpoint - Cyberpunk heist tactics RPG
  • Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty - Expansion to the CDPR RPG
  • Darkest Dungeon 2 - Grueling eldritch roguelike sequel
  • Demonschool - High school demon-fighting tactics RPG
  • Depersonalization - Eldritch anime RPG
  • Desktop Dungeons: Rewind - Browser roguelike remaster
  • Dredge - Sinister fishing sim with sea horrors
  • Dungeons 4 - Dungeon Keeper-inspired simulation RTS
  • Earth from Another Sun - scifi MMO/FPS claiming useful blockchain presence
  • Echo Generation - 80s voxel adventure with turn-based combat
  • Edge of Sanity - 2D lovecraftian survival horror
  • El Paso, Elsewhere - Third-person shooter
  • Everywhere - A vague metaverse dream from GTA producers
  • The Expanse: A Telltale Series - Telltale storytelling for best Belter bosmang
  • Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth - The next chapter of the FF7 remake
  • Final Fantasy 16 - The RPG series returns to medieval magic
  • Flashback 2 - Remake of a classic scifi side-scroller
  • Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn - Soulslike for musket fans
  • Forever Skies - Airship-based FPS survival on doomed earth
  • For The King 2 - Turn-based tabletop-ish RPG sequel
  • Frostpunk 2 - Grim, snowy city management
  • The Gap - Psychological walking sim
  • The Great War: Western Front - WWI RTS
  • Harold Halibut - Claymation space story
  • Hellscreen - Boomer shooter with rearview
  • Homeworld 3 - Sci-fi RTS classic returns
  • House Flipper 2 - More gentrification simulation
  • Hyenas - Sega's multiplayer FPS
  • Hyper Light Breaker - Action adventure sequel to Hyper Light Drifter
  • Immortals of Aveum - EA-published magic FPS
  • The Invincible - Retro-future space thriller
  • The Iron Oath - Turn-based tactics with dark fantasy mercs
  • Killer Klowns from Outer Space - Asymmetrical horror throwback
  • The Last Case of Benedict Fox - Eldritch investigation metroidvania
  • Layers of Fears - More horror from Bloober Team
  • Lies of P - Bloodborne, but you play Pinocchio
  • Lightyear Frontier - Chill farming sim with mechs
  • Lollipop Chainsaw - A remake of the zombie hack-n-slash
  • The Lords of the Fallen - Similarly-named soulslike sequel
  • The Lord of the Rings: Gollum - a very Smeagol skulking game
  • Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria - A middle earth crafting game
  • Mars First Logistics - Physics-based Mars rover deliveries
  • Men of War 2 - WW2 RTS with co-op
  • Metal Slug Tactics - classic run-n-gun goes tactics RPG
  • Miasma Chronicles - post-apocalyptic tactics RPG
  • Moonlight in Garland - Stardew in the big city
  • Moving Out 2 - Packing party game sequel
  • N1RV-ANN-A - Cyberpunk bartending visual novel
  • NAIAD - Vibrant underwater exploration as a sea nymph
  • Nemire - Undead army tactics RPG
  • Nighthawks - A vampire RPG from adventure game veterans
  • Nightingale - Crafting survival RPG in the Fae Realms
  • Off the Grid - Blomkamp Battle Royale
  • Palworld - Open-world survival with gun-toting Pokemon
  • Park Beyond - Tycoon simulator of the rollercoaster variety
  • Party Animals - Cuddly physics brawler
  • Payday 3 - Long-awaited co-op heist sequel
  • Pixel Tactics Online - Turn-based tactics
  • Planet of Lana - Sci-fi puzzle adventure
  • Pokemon Trading Card Game Live - Pokemon cards, but online
  • Pragmata - Outerspace action adventure
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake (opens in new tab) - Action adventure
  • Railroads & Catacombs - Darkest Dungeon, but trains
  • Ravenlok - An action adventure fairytale
  • Replaced - Sci-fi action platformer
  • R-Type Tactics I - II Cosmos - Tactics spinoff of side-scroll shooter
  • Sea of Stars - Classic-style turn-based RPG
  • Shadows of Doubt - Neon noir detective sim
  • Shardpunk: Verminfall - A turn-based tactics take on Vermintide
  • She Dreams Elsewhere - Retro-surreal adventure RPG
  • Skate Story - Chill skateboarding through the atmospheric underworld
  • Skull & Bones (opens in new tab) - Ubisoft Pirating RPG
  • Snufkin: Melody of Moominvalley - A story adventure game
  • Solium Infernum - Grand strategy in Hell
  • Songs of Conquest - Turn-based fantasy strategy RPG
  • Starfield (opens in new tab) - Bethesda's new original space RPG
  • Stellar Blade - Flashy scifi hack-and-slash
  • Stray Blade - Soulslike with El Dorado flavor
  • Tempest Rising - Archetypal base-building RTS
  • Terra Nil - Reverse city-builder
  • Teslagrad 2 - Electrifying puzzle platformer sequel
  • Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown - Open world driving in Hong Kong
  • Tron: Identity - Tron steps into visual novels
  • Under the Waves - Subaquatic psychological story
  • Voidtrain - Open-world survival FPS
  • Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2 - Sequel to the 2011 action game
  • Wartales - Turn-based Mount & Blade
  • Witchbrook - Wizarding school life sim
  • Witchfire - A roguelite shooter from Bulletstorm's developer
  • Wizard With A Gun - Co-op sandbox survival
  • Wrath: Aeon of Ruin - Quake-like retro shooter
  • WrestleQuest - 80's pro wrestling meets retro-styled RPG
  • Zoria: Age of Shattering - Squad-based fantasy dungeon crawler
Lauren Morton
Associate Editor

Lauren started writing for PC Gamer as a freelancer in 2017 while chasing the Dark Souls fashion police and accepted her role as Associate Editor and Chief Minecraft Liker in 2021. She originally started her career in game development and is still fascinated by how games tick in the modding and speedrunning scenes. She likes long books, longer RPGs, multiplayer cryptids, and can't stop playing co-op crafting games.

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