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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.