Reality Check

The 9 most anticipated games that definitely won't come out in 2023

Don’t hold your breath.

BioWare

Square Enix

2023 will see the release of many highly anticipated games, like Final Fantasy XVI. But many of the most hotly anticipated games have no chance of being released next year, no matter how hard we wish it weren’t so.

Here are the 9 most anticipated games that have no chance of seeing the light of day in 2023

Sony

9. Mass Effect

BioWare

BioWare

The next entry in BioWare’s sci-fi RPG series is currently in the works and has seen plenty of small teases. However, the studio plans on releasing Dragon Age: Dread Wolf sometime in 2023 before turning their focus on the future of Mass Effect.

8. Project 007

IO Interactive

IO Interactive

Hitman developer IO Interactive is bringing its talent for inventive spy playgrounds to a James Bond game, but it is years away, according to the studio. Hopefully, this will be the next great Bond game, following in the footsteps of GoldenEye 007.

7. Marvel’s Wolverine

Sony

Marvel

Insomniac Games has its hands full with Marvel properties. Currently hard at work on Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, the studio also announced it is working on a Wolverine game during a 2021 PlayStation Showcase.

6. The Witcher 4

CD Projekt

CD Projekt

After bringing Geralt’s story to a close in one of the best RPGs in recent years, CD Projekt Red moved on to the much less well-received Cyberpunk 2077. The studio announced a myriad of new projects in the works, including a return to Geralt’s story that will kick off a new trilogy. However, in an earnings call for the company the studio revealed fans may not get their hands on it until 2025.

5. Death Stranding 2

505 Games

505 Games

Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding was an equally marvelous and unintelligible experience in the guise of a AAA walking simulator. After many rumors of Kojima’s next project being something entirely different, the developer officially announced Death Stranding 2 during the 2022 Game Awards in a trailer best described as “vibes-only”.

4. Fable

Microsoft

Microsoft

The Fable series has been dormant since 2012 but a reboot has been in the works since 2017. Beyond the game’s official announcement trailer in July 2020, the game has not been publicly shown since. Xbox has continuously hired new talent for the project, most recently bringing the head writer of Horizon Forbidden West on. Despite all this, there has been no news of a release date.

3. Metroid Prime 4

Nintendo

Nintendo

2021 saw the return of Samus Aran in Metroid Dread. Yet many fans are waiting for the return of the first-person Metroid Prime series even more. First announced in 2017, Metroid Prime 4 has remained in development with no signs of release. However, if we are lucky Nintendo may pull a Fire Emblem Engage and announce Metroid Prime 4’s release with only a few months' warning.

2. The Elder Scrolls VI

Bethesda

Bethesda

Todd Howard is hard at work on Starfield, the Skyrim of sci-fi RPGs. But after that, he will turn his attention to the development of the follow-up to Skyrim, the Elder Scrolls VI. Only time will tell how Bethesda will follow up the decade-defining game that was Skyrim.

1. Grand Theft Auto VI

Rockstar

Rockstar

It’s been nearly a decade since GTA V was released and soon after became the most profitable entertainment product of all time. Rockstar is hard at work on the sequel, and the game is set to bring some big changes to the series. While fans wait, let’s hope 2023 doesn’t see more leaks before Rockstar is ready to show off the game.

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