2023 is shaping up to be another exciting year for RPGs, and if you’re a fan of the genre, there are plenty of new releases to look forward to over the next 12 months. To get you going, here is a list of all RPGs coming out in 2023.
Note that this list includes every RPG with a confirmed release date, as well as titles slated for a 2023 release window.
One Piece Odyssey (January 13)
You can’t go wrong with a One Piece RPG. While One Piece Odyssey doesn’t necessarily break new ground, it gives you the chance to play as various iconic characters from the anime as you sail the New World in search of new adventures.
Odyssey promises to deliver new enemies and new stories set in the One Piece world, which in and of itself is an exciting prospect.
Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Golden (January 19)
Persona 3 put the Persona series on the map, and Persona 4 refined that dungeon crawling/dating sim formula to a beautiful shine. Both games will finally be released on modern consoles in 2023, and if you’re at all interested in RPGs, you absolutely owe it to yourself to check out at least one, if not both of these games.
P3P will likely feel a bit dated by today’s standards, especially if Atlus doesn’t update the controls, but Persona 4 Golden is timeless. The turn-based combat might be slower than what you’re used to in Persona 5, but it still holds up well, and we still maintain that it has the series’ best cast and story yet.
Fire Emblem Engage (January 20)
There is no such thing as too much Fire Emblem, and Intelligent Systems knows it. Nintendo and InSys kick off the new year with Fire Emblem Engage, a spin-off game set on the continent of Elyos. Players follow in the footsteps of Alear, who is tasked with taking down the Fell Dragon.
Along the way you can use Emblem Rings, which you can use to summon famous heroes from previous games including Chrom, Marth, Ike and of course our Three Houses favourites.
Abandoned (January 24)
We can’t believe Forspoken hasn’t come out yet, but it looks like we’ll finally see what it’s about in January 2023. The game follows Frey Holland as he is transported from modern NYC to a mythical world called Athia.
It’s not entirely clear how Athia is connected to the real world, but there will be many spells and mystical creatures to discover in Forspoken as Frey learns more about the plight of its citizens.
Disgaea 7 (January 26)
It’s crazy to think that Disgaea is still going strong after all these years, but here we are. The tactical RPG series is back with its seventh main game, and this time it’s set in a Japanese-style underworld known as the Hinomoto Netherworld Cluster.
The traditional and modern Japanese aesthetic definitely helps set it apart from other games in the series, and while the fun of tactical combat is still there for all, there’s also a greater focus on overworld exploration this time around.
The Hogwarts Legacy (February 10)
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been dying for a proper Harry Potter game for years, and Hogwarts Legacy really looks like it could finally fill that void. With a proper character creator, a chance to explore Hogwarts itself and the surrounding grounds, and a suitably mysterious narrative to follow, Hogwarts Legacy is shaping up to be one of the most exciting RPG releases of 2023.
Finally being able to live out our wizarding dreams at Hogwarts will be huge, and we’re excited to see what Hogwarts Legacy has in store for us.
Wild Hearts (February 17)
With the Monster Hunter series finally making its way into the mainstream, it’s no surprise to see other studios looking to get in on the action as well. Enter Wild Hearts, a new monster hunting game from EA and Koei Tecmo in which players are tasked with killing and hunting fantastic beasts using technology and other types of interesting equipment.
Wild Hearts is set in medieval Japan, and yes, you can hunt alone or in a pack with two other friends.
Octopath Traveler II (February 24)
Octopath Traveler was a refreshing breath of fresh air when it first released, featuring eight distinct characters and story paths, and an incredibly fun turn-based combat system that borrowed elements from Bravely Default. The only major complaint, however, was the lack of a proper overarching or interconnected narrative arc.
Octopath Traveler II is in a prime position to correct this error. From what we’ve seen so far, it looks like the sequel aims to address any complaints fans had with the first game.
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty (March 3)
Team Ninja and Koei Tecmo have struck gold with Nioh and, following their success with the feudal Japan setting, are looking to make even faster and more challenging action games. Enter Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty, a Soul-like combat action game set in the Three Kingdoms era.
Of course, it would be a disservice to call Wo Long simply Souls-like, as it will no doubt be steeped in Team Ninja’s arcade-style action and extensive skill trees, which really help make each build feel unique.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails to Azure (March 14)
The Legend of Heroes: Trails to Azure is a direct sequel to Trails from Zero as the Crossbell storyline evolves. We definitely don’t recommend getting into this before playing Trails from Zero, as the story only really works if you’ve already invested time in the first game and got to know the cast.
Final Fantasy XVI (June 22)
Without a doubt, Final Fantasy XVI will be the biggest RPG release of 2023. This is exciting for several reasons; The last mainline game we got was XV, which ended up being a little lackluster, so it’ll be interesting to see how Square Enix follows up on that. Second, it’s directed by Naoki Yoshida, known for his work on FFXIV. He was credited with reviving an MMO that should have been a dead MMO and making it one of the most popular MMOs on the market today.
Final Fantasy XVI also seems to have a much darker tone than recent mainline games, and we can’t wait to see what Yoshi-P can do with the main series.
Baldur’s Gate III (TBD)
Baldur’s Gate III has been in Early Access for a while, and while there’s no firm release date yet, the game continues to look pretty solid. It’s led by Larian Studios, best known for Divinity: Original Sin, who have proven they absolutely know what they’re doing when it comes to creating a truly immersive RPG experience.
We won’t deny that Baldur’s Gate III still has some rough edges, but hey, that’s what the Early Access program is for. Fingers crossed that we’ll finally see the full release in 2023.
Blue Log (TBD)
The MMO market isn’t exactly saturated, but it’s certainly hard to break into, especially when games like WoW and FFXIV are still the market’s top dogs. We’ve seen some success with newer MMOs like Lost Ark and New World, but still nothing that can really compete with those games.
We’re not exactly expecting Blue Protocol to disrupt the MMO market in any way, but it’s hard to look away from its stunning visuals and lovely anime aesthetic. From what we’ve seen so far, Blue Protocol has a lot of potential. The action-combat system alone is enough to pique my interest, and it will definitely be one to watch to see if it ends up appealing to a Western audience.
Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes (TBD)
Essentially, Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes is a spiritual revival of the Suikoden series, and that’s definitely something to look forward to in 2023. The game features over 100 playable characters – a claim that would make me nervous if not for the fact that it’s being overseen by Suikoden developers Yoshitaka Murayama and Junko Kawano, who have proven they have what it takes to be a to integrate a large number of characters into one game and still tell a coherent story.
Classic JRPGs are rare these days and Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes is definitely one to look out for if you’ve been looking for a trip back in time.
Final Fantasy VII Rebirth (TBD)
While it doesn’t have a firm release date yet, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is easily one of the most anticipated RPG releases of 2023. After Remake’s explosive ending and all the fallout that came with it, we’re excited to see what Square Enix does as it unfolds next with this beloved IP makes.
We already got a glimpse of Yuffie in Episode Intermission and we have a rough idea of where the story will go next. Still, we can’t wait to see Square Enix recreate FFVII’s other legendary locations in glorious 4K.
Star Sea (TBD)
After the success of The Messenger, it’s hard not to be incredibly excited for Sabotage’s next project, Sea of Stars. This is a turn-based retro RPG with beautiful pixel art and a combo-style combat system that’s very reminiscent of Chrono Trigger’s cross attacks.
The only thing The Messenger did right was nailing the 2D platformer’s retro aesthetic while making sure it appealed to a modern audience, and we’re really looking forward to seeing Sabotage embrace the same philosophy applies to the 2D JRPG genre.
Starfield is supposed to be out in 2023 but I’ll believe it when I see it. However, what we’ve seen of the game looks pretty promising. Big Bethesda RPG releases are always exciting, and of course this is already shaping up to be the studio’s biggest game yet.
If Bethesda’s early claims are to be believed, there are tons of planets to explore, all filled with side quests and various intricate storylines. Only time will tell if this new IP lives up to the hype that comes with a new Bethesda game, but for now we like what we’re seeing.
And these are All RPGs are scheduled for release in 2023. Which one are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments below.
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