8 games we’ll hopefully see in 2023 that have gone AWOL

While it may be difficult to hear, sometimes delays are essential to meet the ever-growing expectations of gamers, achieve the quality the studio is aiming for, and achieve the overall game landing. The thing is, these delays can occasionally shake the excitement factor on the road to release. Worse, due to the intricate nature of video game development, some projects get stuck in development hell – much like the movie business – and never see the light of day. With that in mind, here are our 8 video game picks that we really hope will come out in 2023. Here we go!


Image Credit: Eneme Entertainment

While the Souls-like subgenre is arguably reaching saturation point, it’s fair to say that it’s still a viable canvas that can be used to create tactically rich, dark, and brooding action RPG experiences. Enter Eitr, a promising indie action-adventure title that has all the hallmarks of FromSoftware’s epic series, albeit on a 2D isometric level.

Announced at E3 in 2015, Eitr was set to launch on PC, PS4, and even Sony’s ailing PS Vita handheld console. What’s more, it was also snapped up by popular cult publisher Devolver Digital, although it now looks like the title is in the middle of development hell due to a lack of a discernible release date. Whether or not Eitr is dead remains to be seen, but we still have a glimmer of hope that one day it will see the light of day. fingers crossed, right?

sea ​​of ​​stars

sea ​​of ​​stars
Image Credit: Sabotage Studio

For those who were a big fan of 2018’s ninja action-platformer The Messenger, we might have good news for you. Yes, Sabotage Studio is currently in the process of developing a prequel to the under-the-radar hit in the form of Sea of ​​Stars.

Interestingly, this prelude may be thematically consistent with its ancestor – it’s a love letter to the retro classics of yesteryear, much like The Messenger – but this upcoming adventure will be a bit of a departure, like Sea of ​​Stars, in gameplay rather than turn-based RPG because it is advertised as a 2D action game.

The thing is, while Sea of ​​Stars was supposed to launch in 2022, the game has been pushed back to 2023, which makes us wonder if things are going to be planned behind the scenes. Hopefully it’s just a case where a studio needs a little more polishing time, as we’re pretty excited to finally get our hands on this one.

Oxenfree 2: Lost Signals

Ox free 2
Image Credit: Night School Studio

2016’s Oxenfree was a critical hit and has earned numerous accolades. When Night School Studio announced a 2021 sequel, fans of the narrative-driven mystery experience were pretty excited to find out what could potentially happen in a follow-up.

Unfortunately, although Oxenfree 2: Lost Signals was slated for a 2022 release, the game’s launch date has been pushed back to next year. According to the developer’s official statement: “To make Oxenfree II truly special and to add more localizations, we’re moving our release window to 2023.”

The extra time from the delay will clearly give Netflix’s in-house studio a little more time to iron out unwanted issues and ensure the highly-anticipated sequel delivers the goods when it finally anchors in the new year.

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora
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With the success of James Cameron’s second feature film currently making waves in theaters, you’d think an Avatar title announced in 2017 would want to release at the same time, right? I mean are you talking about free advertising.

Although the standalone story set on the otherworldly planet Pandora was billed for release sometime in 2022/2023, we can now say with certainty that it definitely won’t come out this year. Instead, it’s likely that Ubisoft’s sci-fi fantasy open-world experience will land in that latter time frame.

In Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, players take on the role of a mysterious Na’vi and are given the opportunity to explore a completely unique area of ​​Pandora that the public has never seen, known as the Western Frontier. Of course, the greedy Resources Development Administration is on the hunt for valuable resources, so it’s up to you to eradicate them with the help of a myriad of friendly flora and fauna.

skull and bones

skull and bones
Image source: Ubisoft

If you’re more of a hornswagglin sea dog and in the mood for a bit of looting, then Ubisoft’s other long-awaited open-world (open sea?) adventure, Skull and Bones, might be just the thing for the scurvy old man,” the doctor ordered.

After a series of delays since its original inception in 2013, the project has progressed from an Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag expansion to an MMO spin-off title to a full-fledged AAA release. Despite such a bumpy road to release, Skull and Bones is slated for March 9th, 2023 as its launch date, but a small fraction of us wouldn’t be too surprised if there were yet another delay. Cross those digits, you filthy landlubbers!

Atlas fallen

Atlas fallen
Image source: Deck13

Launched at Gamescom earlier this year, Atlas Fallen is shaping up to be an exciting project from Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13. Combining epic fantasy and fluid action with massive gods that you must submerge two meters, Atlas Fallen offers not only a large open world but also a two-player co-op mode.

While this action-RPG is slated for a 2023 launch date, the game’s recent announcement coupled with the reveal of the studio’s other The Lords of the Fallen reboot earlier this year gives us reason to question that particular release window. However, we could be completely wrong with that and maybe it will start smoothly and without delays. We’ll find out soon enough!


Build A Rocket Boy's Everywhere is a game where players create their own fun
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Another rather enigmatic and mysterious title revealed at Gamescom earlier this year is Everywhere, a multi-narrative adventure that gives players the ability to create their own fun in a “multi-world gaming experience”. .

Details on specific game mechanics are fairly limited at the moment, but the game’s official website states that it “redefines how players connect to each other and to the digital world around them”. In short, it all sounds like very awesome and exciting stuff.

Right now, Everywhere has a 2023 release window, but given its uniquely ambitious ambitions, we wouldn’t be too surprised to see this one getting a delay to 2024 and beyond. However, we hope we’re wrong on this one, as Everywhere certainly looks incredibly intriguing.

Metroid Prime 4

Image Credit: Retro Studios

A list of games we hope will come to fruition in 2023 wouldn’t be complete without Metroid Prime 4 right now, right? yes during technically In fact, the game has never received an official delay per se, it still feels like the game’s E3 announcement back in 2017 was just a fever dream. Did we imagine that? Can someone just pinch and wake us up? Because to be honest, we want to play Metroid Prime 4, folks!

What might prove to be a downer is that development on the highly anticipated sequel to Samus’ sci-fi action-adventure has restarted in 2019. That’s right, Nintendo hit the reset button in the first phase of development, which was reportedly spearheaded by Bandai Namco Studios.

As a result, Retro Studios – a US-based team with some experience with IP – was hired to take on the project. Of course, with such a bumpy road to release, there’s still a small possibility that Metroid Prime 4 will be pushed back to 2024. If we were the gambling type, we would probably bet on it, if we’re being honest. But hey, maybe we’re wrong. I guess a pessimist is never disappointed, right?

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Isaiah Colbert

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