As we get ready to put our feet up for the Christmas holidays, we’ve plenty of gaming on our minds. We’re naturally looking forward to getting some good long gaming sessions in, whether that’s local multiplayer, trying to shrink the Pile of Shame, or checking out some gifts, but at TSA we’re also thinking about the last 12 months of games and the 12 months to come.
As is tradition, we’ve compiled a list of our most anticipated games of the coming year. Featuring a wide range of genres, themes, and styles, there’s a bit of everything here as we run through 50 titles slated for release next year.
With such a diverse span of personal tastes among the team, expect there to be plenty of different genres and styles of game, and we’re sure that some more unusual games have managed to sneak into the top 50 ahead of more mainstream options. So, let’s kick off our most wanted games of 2023!
50. Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora
PS5, XSX|S, PC | 2023 – 24
In this new, standalone story, play as a Na’vi and embark on a journey across the Western Frontier, a never-before-seen part of Pandora. Explore a living and reactive world inhabited by unique creatures and new characters, and push back the formidable RDA forces that threaten it.
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is set up as a standalone story in the cinematic universe that James Cameron has willed into existence. You play as a Na’vi and embark on a journey across the Western Frontier, exploring the reactive world and battling with the nefarious RDA forces that are imposing human will upon this planet.
We’re still waiting on the first gameplay reveal from this game, but what Ubisoft has released in the above first look trailer is a mightily impressive technical showcase of Massive’s Snowdrop engine on the current gen consoles.
With the second Avatar now in cinemas, Ubisoft’s plan was surely to try and launch Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora alongside the film. Despite the best laid plans, the game from Ubisoft Massive has slipped to the 2023-24 financial year. We’ll see if they make it for 2023…
49. Planet of Lana
XSX|S, XBO, PC | Q2 2023
Planet of Lana has been on our wishlist ever since we clapped eyes on its gorgeous art style. The game is a side-scrolling adventure with the titular Lana embarking on an adventure to try and rescue her sister from alien robots. Along the way, she’ll pair up with the adorable little creature called Mui and have to overcome platforming, puzzles and mortal peril.
We got to go hands on with the game at Gamescom 2022, playing the same section as is seen in the above video. I said in our preview, “Planet of Lana grabbed people’s attention when it was first announced thanks in no small part to its gorgeous art style, and it’s great to see that Wishfully is backing that up with solid gameplay, puzzles and thoroughly delivering on the cuteness of Mui.”
Planet of Lana is coming to Xbox, PC and Game Pass in Spring 2023.
48. Miasma Chronicles
PS5, XSX|S, PC | 2023
If you enjoyed Mutant Year Zero, then Miasma Chronicles should be right up there on your watchlist for 2023. Developer The Bearded Ladies are taking a step away from the wilder mutated animal setting of their previous game, and building a more conventional post-apocalyptic world for Miasma Chronicles around their blend of free movement through world environments, stealth and XCOM-like turn-based combat.
Let’s dig into that setting, then. The world has been torn asunder by the Miasma, a mysterious blight that has physically divided the lands and given rise to a new totalitarian government. Elvis and his robot brother Diggs are setting out to find out what happened to their mother, who left them behind when Elvis was a baby, and learning how to make use of the Miasma-manipulating glove that she left him with.
Also there’s a character that can join your party which is a head in a jar. Want to know about him? Read our Miasma Chronicles preview here.
47. Pikmin 4
NSW | 2023
If there’s one series that Nintendo has never quite figured out how to take into the mainstream, it’s Pikmin. Part of that might stem from the first two titles being no GameCube and the third on Wii U, neither of which were Nintendo’s best-selling consoles. Pikmin 4 is going to be on Switch, though…
Pikmin 4 will have the best chance of any game in the series, and Nintendo are working to make it more accessible and easy to understand. There will be a lower Pikmin-level perspective point and simpler controls, which will enable ‘Dandori’, which refers to the ability to more strategically plan and put Pikmin into the correct place.
PS5, PC | 24th January 2023
Square Enix’s first RPG of 2023 is flying a little under the radar, I feel. The game features a fantasy world imperilled by a spreading blight, is looking to make the most of the PS5’s ultra-speedy SSD for ultra-speedy magic-infused parkour in an open world, and brings an energetic acrobatic style to the combat.
So why aren’t people paying it more attention? Well, the story trailers haven’t necessarily captured people’s imaginations, the dialogue snippets used in these teasers have been a bit… cringey you might say, and the recently released demo didn’t do enough to really show off what this game is capable of.
From our own hands on in the last month, we were pleasantly surprised. Yes, there’s a few rough edges, but there’s something to Forspoken once you get into the open world and dig deeper into the magical combat that we’re looking forward to see more of. We won’t have to wait long!
That’s all for our first batch of games in Most Wanted. Come back tomorrow for another set of five as we work our way down to #1.