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Game Infinite's Most Anticipated Games of 2023+

2023 is here, and it already looks to be an absolutely monster of a year. 2023 looks to be the year we thought 2022 was going to be before everything was delayed. This is by far not a definitive list, it is just my personal opinion. There might be games here you don't care about, or games missing that top your list. Tell us on social media what your most anticipated games are! As always, delays are always inevitable so not all games on this list are likely to release in 2023. Due to the ever increasing nature of delays and launch windows, this list includes any game that has been officially announced, but it does not necessarily need a release date. This year looks to be absolutely massive, to the point that we have some heavy hitters in the high twenties and thirties because there are just that many amazing games in the pipeline. Let us look forward at 2023 and beyond at games we can't wait to play. Also, tell us on social media what your most anticipated game of 2023 is!

34. Boundary (2023+ Release Likely)

(Update Mid 2022: A brief playable beta was available during steams indie event, and I finally got my hands on this game when I was starting to believe that I never was going to. I will say for certain that the realism manifested in difficulty. The experience was...rough. The developers really captured the actually difficulty of trying to make a FPS in the floaty zero-g environment that is outer space. You don't feel like a super soldier or Master Chief, you feel like a slow squishy balloon that could pop at any second. You float around space, it is hard to get a sense of your surroundings, and you die a lot. I found it having a bit of a difficulty spike as it plays like no other shooter I've ever played.)

(Update 2022: I am concerned this game may have become Vaporware. It used to be way higher on this list, but I am no longer confident on its release. With the 2020 release window now over a year behind us, with little to no word from the developers. Infrequent social media updates come with little mention of the never approaching release, and silence to comments asking about an release update, I have a feeling we may never get to see this game. While it's normal for games to be quiet, it is unusual for devs to miss multiple announced release windows from one year to another without really addressing the delays. It still looks really fun and has an interesting concept. I hope that 2022 will be the year we finally see it, but my expectations have slowly evaporated. Each year the the steam page release date keeps getting updated and delayed with little word or explanation from the developers. The fact that now 2 years of delays have happened without much mention or transparency, makes me hesitant we will actually see it. I understand that some times games have long development cycles, but being two years late on a previously announced release date usually spells development trouble. I have a bad feeling it won't release; however, I will keep it on the list for now.)

(Update Early 2021: With a "2020 release" for pretty much all of 2020, 2020 came and went with silence from the developer. Like many on this list, I am presuming COVID was a factor in its delay to 2021. I realize this smaller lesser known title ranks high on my list, and it may not end up being the quality a high ranking deserves, but I have just been looking forward to this game for quite some time.)

(Update Mid 2020: We still are no closer to a release date, and with COVID I suspect the game will be further delayed. However, my excitement level for this space shooter has only increased. It is a lesser known more niche title, but it is one I am personally looking forward to)

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I did not hate Call of Duty Ghosts as much as most of the fan base did. I enjoyed many aspects of the game from having a dog companion to fighting aliens in multiplayer. One of the things I loved most about Call of Duty Ghosts was the opening mission in orbit. The opening mission of Ghosts was super cool even to the biggest hater. Now, we get combat in space in other games but most often it feels super sci-fi like Halo. This put us in white astronaut suits floating around white space station-like areas with guns. It felt both sci-fi and realistic at the same time. Boundary is a multiplayer shooter game super reminiscent of that setting. Low earth orbit combat with astronaut suits and zero-g combat. Ever since coming across this title I have been super excited to play it.

33. Eternights

I only heard of this one recently, as it was a bit under the radar, but this anime inspired action game looks really intriguing to me. I love the art style and the over all feel interests me.

32. Atomic Heart

Bioshock Russia with mechs. That's kind of how Atomic Heart feels as we get a very Bioshock inspired world in a pseudo Moscow Soviet alt-history future setting. It looks incredible, and I think could be a sleeper hit for 2023. However, I'm trying to keep my expectations in check as this game is going to be often compared to some heavy hitters.

31. Star Trek Resurgence

This game gets on this list solely for being a Star Trek game. We haven't gotten a new console level Star Trek game in many many years since all the way back to the 2009 movie reboot license tie-in "Star Trek" from 2013 TEN YEARS AGO. And to be honest that one was TERRIBLE. I would be more excited...however, I felt like this one's first trailer also looked pretty rough. It looks like a low budget AA game so far; I have little hope but I desperately want a new Star Trek game. Maybe it will surprise us.

30. Exoprimal (2023)

It turns out that all Anthem ever needed was a massive onslaught of hundreds of dinosaurs. That's what I thought of when I saw this game was that it reminded me instantly of Anthem with it's Javelin style eco-suits. I've said before that not enough games have dinosaurs anymore and this game tries to make up for the rest with a whole hell of a lot of them. It actually reminded me in part of World War Z (game) with the swarm mechanic of the dinosaurs. If anything this game proves that "Ironman vs Dinosaurs" is always a game we have needed that we didn't know we needed; hopefully they can pull it off.

29. Street Fighter 6

I have never been a huge fighting game fan, nor have I played much of the Street Fighter franchise before. As a complete outsider, I don't know really much to expect from this game. I know that it has quite the following, but personally it looks stylized and fun. I would need to see more to get more excited for it.

28. Diablo IV

(Update 2023: Diablo fans might be angry this is so far up this list, but I am just so hesitant with Activision Blizzard to deliver on this game. They have had so many controversies in the past few years, the idea they can pull off a successful and well received AAA launch is just hard to believe. I also have no ties to the Diablo franchise as this will be my entry point.)

I think it was actually pretty bold (maybe foolish is a better word) of Xbox and Blizzard to still bring Diablo IV to Summer Game Fest. With all the controversy surrounding its spinoff cousin right now, Diablo Immortal is all in the gaming news for all the wrong reasons. With some of the worst most blatant pay to win microtransactions, that put Battlefront 2's controversy and all other games to shame, Diablo Immortal is slated to be the WORST REVIEWED game EVER. At a .3 on metacritic, Blizzard has put the Diablo name through the ringer, into a record book you don't ever want to be in. Now is maybe not the best time to showcase the full sequel of Diablo. That being said, they did anyways. Diablo IV is coming in 2023, and we got a nice extended look at the game. Fans of the franchise can only hope that IV won't require 100,000 real US dollars to level up your gear. That's right you read that right. That ALL BEING SAID, I was impressed in the visuals and gameplay of this new game, just enough to have it squeak onto this list. I realize many have this way higher on their anticipation lists; however, as a non-diablo player with 1% faith in Blizzard's abilities right now, I couldn't place this game very high. I wish it success however.

27. Lies of P

(Update Early 2023: This game still looks intriguing, and I think could be a sleeper hit in 2023. Every early look and featurette by major outlets seem to predict this game to be favorable among soulsbourne fans.)

Lies of P is a Pinocchio meets Souls-like game with an interesting premise, and intriguing world. It looks fascinating and gives us Bloodborne vibes. We got a alpha gameplay look in 2021, and we hope to see more of it in 2022.

26. Lost Soul Aside (2023+ Likely Release)

(Update Early 2023: Still not much word on this game in a long time, but my hopes for an update soon remain.)

(Update 2022: Initially put on my radar in 2020, now into 2022, I haven't seen much of anything about this interesting looking Fantasy game. That being said, hopefully we get some word this year. )

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Apparently this game has been announced for like 3 years, and it completely skipped my radar. I want to thank my friend, former #GiFriends streamer, and fellow gaming news blogger REDXMAUDE for introducing me to this awesome game. It gives me some Final Fantasy, Code Vien vibes. It is a really cool looking open world jrpg, and it is now on my list. What is interesting is this started out as a one man developer, but interest picked up turning it into a larger team making the game.

25. Crimson Desert (2023+ Likely Release)

(Update 2021 - Post E3 2021. With no news at E3 2021, I have little expectation of this game coming out in 2021)

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I was really disappointed by Black Desert. From the beautifully obscured graphics hidden from an insanely messy and overcrowded HUD, to boring gameplay and combat, I just couldn't get into it. Which is such a shame because I anticipated it so much, and to this day has one of the best character creators and character models I have seen. Crimson Desert is their next game, and looks even more amazing than Black Desert. Hopefully the beautiful gameplay we have seen so far won't be hidden by a screen full of HUD garbage, and will feature more natural feeling and active combat.

24. HoYoverse Honkai: Star Rail

We got a double helping of anime overlord during Summer Game Fest with the announcement of Star Rail and ZZZ. These two games from HoYoverse both proved exciting and something that I got on my radar. Star Rail looks like Genshin Impact in space, and that's a combo I am more than down for.

23. HoYoverse Zenless Zone Zero

Another Scifi-Genshin game, ZZZ came out right after Star Rail with even more anime scifi action. This one more grounded, but still featuring giant mechs and other sci-fi elements. I love this art style, anime, and sci-fi settings, so two is better than one? The real question will just be which of these two will be better?

22. Perfect Dark (2023+ Likely Release)

(Update Mid 2022: Xbox brought in a second team, Crystal Dynamics, to help The Initiative in working on the game. Usually when a second team is brought in it is because there is some kind of development trouble. Perhaps the scope of the game was proving too big, or some other delay was dragging the project. There is even rumors of a soft reboot of development behind the scenes which could spell longer delays. Since then we have seen many important and higher up developers from Initiative quit the project, further adding to this appearance of trouble behind the scenes. Right now it looks more like Crystal Dynamics is mostly developing with Initiative simply aiding, instead of the other way around. We still having heard of much of anything since pre-Summer events 2022. Hopefully we will get an update soon, and the project can back on track.)

(Update 2021 - Post E3 2021. With no news at E3 2021, I have little expectation of this game coming out in 2021)

When Xbox revealed a Perfect Dark remake/reboot was coming, I was really excited. This was one of those franchises that I always regretted missing back in the day but has since aged out of my ability to appreciate it the way I would have back then. It's too old to play and appreciate, so a remake return is just what I wanted. We don't know much about the game with just a cinematic trailer at the time of writing, but I really look forward to playing this series with modern visuals.

21. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

HEAR ME OUT. Why only top 20?

We have seen very little of it. There is a part of me that feels we have seen too little, with too little marketing to believe Nintendo that this has a 2023 release date. I also think Nintendo wants to replicate the sales numbers of the insane Breath of the Wild performance, and 2023 is not the year to do that. This year is too crowded. I also think Nintendo is insane to not launch this with some revamped Switch. The Switch is so old that it is holding games back. Launching this title on the current switch only and not a Switch Pro or 2 or whatever they end up doing is a mistake. So many Nintendo Switch games came out this year like Pokemon or others that ran so poorly even dire hard fans hated them. I'm just worried if the Switch can handle it. Even if it does, I'd rather wait for better hardware to enjoy this.

20. Code Syn (2023+ Likely Release)

(Update 2022: I've heard nothing about this game since putting it on the list, and it's been a while. 2021 came and went without any news that I saw, so my hopes for 2022 release window announcement is small. However, with the absolute failure that was Cyberpunk 2077, many indie games capitilized on the unexpected genre vacuum that was left in its failure. However, those were all 2D or isometric, so I would love a full 3D cyberpunk game.)

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Tencent is trying to become the Disney of games as they slowly buy ownership of many major studios and most recently announced new AAA studios in the US. They got a little bit of flack by some for this trailer as some believed it to be a Cyberpunk 2077 ripoff, but honestly, I think that the artistic style of Cyberpunk has room for more games. I thought this game looked more fun than some other outlets initial impressions. I am always down for another good sci-fi RPG. This one let's you have a giant cybernetic pet bear. If that doesn't peak your interest, watch the trailer for yourself and see what you think.

19. Star Wars: Hunters

This game is either going to be a major success, a blast to play, and a total win; or it is going to be a complete disaster. I feel this in the Force itself. I would rank it higher but being a mobile and switch only title is a red flag to me, on top of Zynga's reputation that this game could be a micro transaction filled nightmare that makes Battlefront II look tame in comparison. I think that is why Zynga is sticking to the mobile and switch space because why else would they avoid the PC, Xbox, Playstation markets with such a profitable license such as Star Wars? Star Wars is too valuable to skip platforms, so there must be a reason for it. However, it is still Star Wars, and it looks fun what little we have seen so far. It certainly looks unique with new never really touched on character types such as playable Jawas and a Robot Jedi?

18. Atlas Fallen

I am cautiously optimistic about Atlas Fallen. We have gotten some truly great fantasy, third person, looter/shooter/brawlers in recent years and some truly terrible ones. For every winner, we have a Godfall, Babylon's Fall. In fact, I am starting to think putting "fall" in the title might be cursed. Atlas looks visually beautiful and a great tech demo for the abilities of Unreal Engine 5. But as we enter the era of Unreal 5, I'm starting to see some "sameness" feeling from early games. If this game delivers on unique and intriguing characters, with a powerful narrative, this game could be a sleeper hit. However, if the devs rely solely on "Unreal 5 is pretty" then this game could be generic. 2023 has some absolutely massive titles releasing this year. I really hope Atlas Fallen delivers something unique to stand against the massive IP's arriving in 2023.

17. Marvel's Spider-Man 2

(Update Early 2023: The only reason this game is so far up this list is we still have seen so little of this game. I doubt if it is even coming in 2023. We know so little about it. Almost all of it's hype comes from how great the predecessor is. Once we see more, I feel like this game could rocket down the bottom of the list.)

We at Game Infinite gave the first Spider-man a 10/10 as it was truly a phenomenal game, and more than just a fantastic super hero game, but a top tier game in general. Everything from the incredible world, to ultra polished action, and a great story, the first one was just next-level. This sequel promises to be bigger and better than that, with Miles Morales and Venom joining the fray. We are fresh off a rebirth of Spider-man fandom with the current success of Spider-man No Way Home on the MCU side, and with the Spider-man Into the Spiderverse sequel coming, perhaps would it be too much to ask for even more Spidey crossovers? This game is going to be big, and we are extra excited for it.

16. Resident Evil 4 (Remake)

I have a confession to make. I have played very little of the Resident Evil universe. I never touched them throughout the years. The classics were too old, and the games releasing during the 5-6 era were just really poorly received. I tried to get into Village, it was just too dark and grey and I struggled to connect. It is not a bad game just not for me. During the remakes, I really didn't like 2R either. I called it "blind wandering back tracking simulator" as half the game feels like back tracking to find some random little thing the game doesn't tell you need or where it is. The only game I liked was 3's remake. It just felt like a faster paced zombie shooter, with an actual gun. I liked Jill and the game, despite its short length and lack of impact with RE fandom. RE4 is often told to me to be one of the best, so I hope that its remake proves to quality experience. I had similar barrier to entry into Final Fantasy until 7's remake changed my experience. Hopefully RE4 will be another game I enjoy from this universe.

15. Viewfinder

When I first saw Viewfinder, I thought it was a sequel in some way to our INDIE GOTY 2020, Superliminal. It has a similar art style and perspective bending gameplay. This game however focuses more on a camera's "viewfinder" per the name sake, altering perspective and the game world. It looks fantastic to me, and it proves different enough from Superliminal, it could be a surprise success.

14. Fatal Frame: Mask of the Luna Eclipse

I have never played the Fatal Frame series, but this next installment of this horror franchise made it onto my radar and I found it quite intriguing!

13. Hades II

A game on many top 10 lists including ours, many GOTY nominees, made by a studio that never does sequels, is GETTING A SEQUEL. Hades II looks to deliver on all the amazing art style and gameplay of the original, but with a fresh take and new protagonist. I was shocked and excited thoroughly by this news.

12. Destiny 2 Lightfall

Destiny 2 Lightfall may have stolen the Lightyear logo and Green Lantern's powers, but this expansion looks fantastic! I can't wait. It always impresses me just how different each expansion of Destiny 2 looks, feels, and plays. Gone are the gloomy gothic aesthetics of Witchqueen, and now are bright neon Blade Runner, Cyberpunk world of Lightfall.

11. Armored Core Vi Fires of Rubicon

Giant Freaking Mechs. From Software. That is all. This trailer looks just fantastic. We might have a sleeper GOTY nominee here. I will say that this trailer, with it's just beautiful, immense, and cinematic moments; it just excites me.

10. Wonder Woman (2023+ Likely Release)

I can't believe that Wonder Woman is finally getting her own video game! All we have to go off of so far is a cinematic teaser that only shows the art style and character model. I think we are entering a golden age of mainstream high quality super hero games, and it is time for Wonder Woman to have her shot.

9. Final Fantasy XVI

(Update Mid 2022: During Sony's Summer Game Fest State of Play event, we got a new trailer and a shockingly soon Summer 2023 release window! I am extremely impressed by early gameplay as the scenery looks beautiful, and the characters look interesting.)

(Update 2022: Still no word on a possible release date or window. Low likelihood of 2022 release. With the Game Awards behind us, a 2022 release date seems highly unlikely, as that would have been the time to show case it.)

(Update 2021 - Post E3 2021. With no news at E3 2021, I have little expectation of this game coming out in 2021)

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I have long been outside the Final Fantasy franchise, only ever playing bits and pieces of games I wasn't interested at the time. That all changed when I played Final Fantasy 7 Remake. A phenomenal 10/10 game that forever made me a fan of the franchise. Since then I have gone on to play some of 15, 14, and 13. While I have a long way to go to catch up on the franchise, I am excited for the future with Final Fantasy XVI. I am excited for a more fantasy setting than the modern era games I have played so far. Final Fantasy 7 remake and the excitement for 16 were two very big reasons why we launched the Gi Channel Final Fantasy Infinite! Check it out for regular Final Fantasy news and entertainment content!

8. Final Fantasy VII Rebirth (Remake Part 2)

The reason we all tuned in to the Final Fantasy 7 Anniversary event. Final Fantasy VII Remake Part 2 has an official name, REBIRTH. Personally I would have rather "Remake Part 2" been the official name, as I don't want a confusing name to hurt this game. Learn from the Wii U dear developers! There are already google search suggestions for "is Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth a sequel to remake?" This already shows fans are confused by the name. I have seen articles from outlets confirming that "yes this is the sequel". I realize some might think VII Remake Part II is clunky...and it is; but it makes sense and it's what we have been calling it for the past two years. Hopefully the naming choice won't hurt sales. Especially with "Intergrade" and "Crisis Core" other 7 subtitles getting in the mix.

That all being said, I am ecstatic to finally get news on the next installment as FF7R was one of my favorite games in recent memory and a GOTY contender. We also know now how many games are planned in the 7 Remake series. Rebirth will be Part 2 of 3 with a third and final game being announced in the future.

7. Stellar Blade (Formerly Project Eve) (2023+ Likely Release) MOST ANTICIPATED NEW IP

(Update Early 2023: We have an official name! Project Eve is now Stellar Blade!)

(Update 2022: With an updated trailer in 2021, I still hold out hope for a release window announcement in 2022. While, the rest of the games on this list are sequels or standing on existing IP's / existing universes, Project EVE has special note of being my most anticipated new IP as of 2022.)

You probably haven't even heard of this game, which is why I understand if this unknown title surprises you for ranking so high on my list. However, If you haven't heard of this game you must watch the trailer. It promises some of the best graphics and photo realistic character models. The detail on the character's face is just so impressive. This looks like next generation more than anything I have seen so far. Plus the gameplay looks much like Nier Automata meets Bayonetta. With amazing graphics, fluid gameplay, and more, it ranks ultra high for me.

6. Star Wars Eclipse (2023+ Likely Release)

Quantic Dream is responsible for two games that I hold in high regard with Beyond Two Souls and Detroit Become Human being two just phenomenal games. When rumors started circulating that they were working on a Star Wars title, I was ecstatic, and I must have watched this trailer a dozen times scanning every frame for details. Eclipse is the first video game or non book media that we've seen so far to take place during the High Republic era. Also, while this is a cinematic trailer, the visual detail is within capability of Quantic to be actual representation of what this game could look like. The sad part is this is in early development, and reports show they are still hiring people for the development. Industry estimates puts this game far out in the 2026+ territory, so sadly this game could be years away.

5. Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic Remake (2023+ Likely Release) Possibly Cancelled? - Developers Fired...

(Update Early 2023: The developers were fired and the project was indefinitely suspended, but rumors are unconfirmed who and if this was for sure handed to another studio. Apparently progress was insufficient or unsatisfactory, but industry reports claim this was handed to another studio. It will probably be a long time if ever we see this game.)

Knights of the Old Republic is widely regarded by many Star Wars fans as one of the best Star Wars games ever made, but it is also quite old at this point. The Old Republic is an era of Star Wars that needs a modern game, and this full remake promises to deliver. We know little about it other than it's PS5 timed exclusivity, and changes to the combat. I am hoping that we will see a more hybrid real time combat system similar to Final Fantasy 7 Remake or Mass Effect, as the turn based combat should be a relic of the past in my opinion. I am always excited for anything Star Wars, so a chance to experience a new era and setting is going to be exciting. What makes me even more exciting is the developer hand chose this era and remake, lobbying for the right to do it, which tells us they are passionate about the source material.

4. Star Wars Jedi: Survivor

Officially revealed during Star Wars Celebration 2022, the much anticipated sequel to the phenomenal Jedi Fallen Order. Jedi Fallen Order was our pick for GOTY 2019. It proved not only to be the best Star Wars game of the modern gaming era, it was one of the best Star Wars games ever made, and achieved a greatness even more than just a "Jedi Dark Souls". Its tactical gameplay, engaging characters, and its intense "you-must-experience-it-if-you-haven't" ending all made us wanting more. Survivor is easily our most anticipated Star Wars game as of now.

3. Mass Effect "4?" "Will Continue?" (2023+ Likely Release)

(Update Mid 2022: I have said before that in my opinion the only game that could pull of the impossible task of dethroning Mass Effect 2 as the greatest video game of all time...could be a different Mass Effect sequel... if it is pulled off. That is the bar that I have set for Bioware. I don't want another Andromeda or Anthem. I want them to one up themselves, and create once again the greatest video game ever made. They've done it before, and if they take on this challenge of making a true Mass Effect sequel; then it is fair to ask them to do it again. Mass Effect must be equal or better than Mass Effect 2. That is no easy task, so frankly I really don't care how long it takes or if it is 100$ on the PS6 when it launches. If they take on the task of making Mass Effect "4" and they fail to deliver, they risk devaluing the original trilogy, and that is something no fan wants.)

(Update 2022: During N7 Day 2021, we got a poster update as a fun reminder that the game is still in development. With little to any chance that this game is coming any time soon, I leave it as #2 only for that reason. If I had a release window or even more information, it could be #1.)

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I stipulate that with a teaser announcement, that doesn't even come with a project name, let alone an actual name, the untitled Mass Effect sequel has 0.000000001% chance of releasing in 2021. In fact, EA has called this "early development" which means even in ridiculous Anthem hellish development of 16 months wouldn't drop it in 2021. As well, I wouldn't want them to. I don't want them to rush this. I want this to be a well crafted, phenomenal, GOTY shoe-in. I don't want this in 2021, or even 2022. I want this to be perfect. I just couldn't think of a game I am more anticipating for. I absolutely love the Mass Effect series; it is my all time favorite series. I remember sitting there with my friend, watching the 2020 Game Awards, and when Liara wipes off the N7 Logo, standing up and cheering. It was the best moment of the night, and one of the most exciting pieces of news of the year. Knowing that a Mass Effect sequel is happening to continue the story is my dream. Words can't truly explain how excited I am for more Mass Effect.

All we know so far about Mass Effect 4? 5? Something else?, is that Liara is in it, and it takes place in the Milkyway Galaxy some unknown possible 900 year period after ME3.

Special Highlights: GiFriends YT Project Games + IGRU Articles

Before we get to our Top picks, we wanted to highlight stand out special games from our ever growing list of GiFriends Indie Developers who are hard at work at some truly remarkable games. We didn't put them in the same ranking due to our ongoing collaboration with them. We have collaborated with these developers to get their trailers in our Indie Dev YT project, to regularly help share and talk about their games. While picking just three was incredibly difficult, we think you'll agree these need to be on your radar! See some of the amazing GiFriends creator games on our Youtube channel. Also Check out our most popular regular series, Indie Game Round Up with regular anticipated indie games. It drops at the end of each month with amazing indie titles, many of which are unreleased.

Special Mention: Starship Simulator

I personally cannot wait to get my hands of Starship Simulator because the promise of realistic space sim and explorer, a Microsoft Flight Simulator but for space is just a dream come true. We know the developer has been hard at work crafting a impeccably detailed ship for us to command and cruise around an unknown undiscovered universe.

Special Mention: AIKODE

Another indie studio that impressed us with their AAA visuals is ACE with their game AIKODE. This action cyberpunk game is our most popular trailer to date in the GiFriends Indie Dev YT project. The game looks incredible, and the little we have seen of gameplay excites us!

Special Mention: Sol Diver

I personally cannot wait for this solar-punk cyber sci-fi action game. I think the developer has an ambitious and amazing vision for their game, and can't wait to see more for it. It just has a fantastic visual style and action combat.

2. Hogwarts Legacy - Most Anticipated Game of 2023 as voted by the community

Update Early 2023: We ran a Best of 2022 Event community poll asking the community what their most anticipated game of 2023 was and Hogwarts Legacy won in an absolute landslide.

(Update Mid 2022: After many months of silence, and delayed trailers, we finally got an in-depth look at Hogwarts Legacy with 14 minutes roughly of gameplay. We now know much more about the game. Such a detailed look at this game, the quality of that look, and a ramp up in marketing and reassurance in the press has cooled rumors of its 2023 delay. This is a good thing as 2022 is desperate for a Holiday anchor with more and more games getting delayed to 2023, this looks to be a more quiet Holiday 2022. I hope its tale end of the year release window doesn't eventually slip, as I can not wait to get my hands on this game. I have high hopes for this game, as I want it to be a GOTY contender, and the detail looks to possibly set up a quality experience. Hogwarts Legacy is my most anticipated game still slated for 2022, and would have been umber one had it not been for the reveal of our number one pick.)

(Update 2022: Hogwarts Legacy has slowly slipped the the top of my most anticipated list as games in front of it have released. While we have not gotten much info on it's since it's original reveal, I hope that we will get word soon. Rumor was it was supposed to have a trailer at the 2021 Game Awards before a last minute delay. All I can say is I am past ready to play a quality RPG set in the Harry Potter universe.

A new rumor dropping during the course of writing, says that Hogwarts will receive an official delay to 2023 due to development troubles. This is just a rumor as of right now, as the still official window says 2022.)

(Update 2021: Officially Delayed to 2022)

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There are so many amazing tv/film franchises that are just begging to be turned into a quality video game. Harry Potter is one of those games, long over due for a quality AAA attempt at a game.

1. Starfield - Most Anticipated 2023+

(Update Early 2023: As we draw closer to this massive open universe simulator I am only more excited for this one. While I agree with the community voting that Hogwarts Legacy is one of my most anticipated games, I am just even more excited for this one. I think it could be fantastic.)

(Update Mid 2022: THIS RIGHT HERE. This shows the power of gameplay. Logo teasers, grand press conference speeches, cinematic trailers, none of them can compare to finally actually seeing a game. I was not really too excited for this game, I've never been a huge Bethesda fan. And while space as a setting is always enough to peak my interest, we simply just hadn't seen anything from this game. I think this is the biggest jump I have ever had on my anticipation list. This went from the high double digits, a game I didn't really expect much from, all the way to the NUMBER ONE SPOT. This game could be a GOTY contender if Bethesda takes its times, and launches it in a good state. Admittedly, they are hot off of Fallout 76 and don't have the best current reputation, but I hope they learned their lesson. This could very well be a disaster; however, I just want to fall on the side of optimism here.

We see fully customizable characters, fully customizable and flyable space ships, and the single fact that rocketed this game to the top of this list: 1000 fully explorable planets. You read that right. This game appeals to the absolute space nerd in me. Some are reasonably concerned about the scope and the vastness. Will the game feel "too" empty? Is the scope too much for the quality of the game? Possibly. I don't expect more than a handful of "crafted planets" with cities and stories and detailed crafting. I would be willing to bet that most of those 1000 planets will be mostly empty, procedural worlds. However, I think I am ok with that. Space is HUGE. I want to feel the vastness of space. I am ok with entire planets just existing for the sole aspect of making this universe feel vast. I want to explore. I want to land on a planet and feel like I am the only thing on the whole planet. Space Travel feels authentic when it is vast and empty. As long as there is still a good story and good few planets, the rest will just appeal to the explorers in us. Vast and empty "can" work if the smaller more quality parts are still there. I want to use Flight Simulator as an example of vast empty nothingness translating into a phenomenal experience.

It really came as little surprise to me that Starfield has been delayed to 2023. It was supposed to release this Holiday and in May having seen virtually nothing of it. Before Xbox's June event, we only had a single teaser with no gameplay. It was simply too close with too little to release. Industry insights revealed developers working on the game were worried its 11/11 release date was going to result in a Cyberpunk / Fallout 76 level failure. The decision to delay is a disappointing one for many, but a smart one. Now that we know the vast scope of this game, it needs the time in the oven this deserves. I want a masterpiece, not Spaceout 76. If they take their time, and deliver, this could be a system selling GOTY contender for 2023.)

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I really am not a fan of Bethesda, and have always struggled to get into their games. That being said, the promise of a Skyrim in space proves to have the potential to change Bethesda's reputation and losing streak. I am down for anything Space, and Starfield will prove to be a test for the worthiness of Microsoft's Bethesda acquisition. With 2022 here, we still don't know much or have seen much about this game, but hopefully it will live up to the hype.


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