Our most anticipated PlayStation 5 games of 2023

After a landmark year of games that Horizon Forbidden West and God of War: Ragnarok, the PlayStation 5’s 2023 has a lot to live up to. The earliest part of the year will be driven by third-party exclusives and the launch of the PlayStation VR2, while the back half of the year will rely on yet another sequel to a critically acclaimed PS4 game. It looks like Xbox and Nintendo will only increase the competition next year, so Sony will have to deliver a lot of great PS5 exclusives to be relevant.

Ahead of the new year, we’re rounding up the 2023 PS5 exclusives that should be on your radar. We only include games with fixed release windows, so don’t expect to see Marvel’s Wolverine, Death Stranding 2or Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake on this list. Nevertheless from Abandoned to Stellar Bladethese seven titles should provide a lot of varied fun on PS5 next year.

Forsaken — January 24

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Abandoned was one of the first PS5-exclusive titles we learned about, and we won’t have to wait much longer to finally get our hands on it. This magic-based action role-playing game follows a girl from New York named Frey (played by Ella Bulinska) after she is whisked away to the magical world of Athia. While there are some concerns about the game’s narrative, its colorful magic-based combat and fast-paced exploration look like a lot of fun. Although we have to wait until January 24th to play the full game, there is actually a demo for Abandoned available now on the PlayStation Store.

Season: A Letter to the Future – January 31

Season: A letter to the future looks like the most relaxing upcoming PlayStation console exclusive. It looks like a cozy game about riding around, recording sounds and taking pictures of a beautiful world that’s about to end, so it seems like it could be one of the first indie darlings of 2023. Unfortunately developments have been rocky, with reports of workplace abuse surfacing in the midst Season: a letter to the future development. If that doesn’t bother you and the concept intrigues you enough, consider checking out the demo on the PlayStation Store ahead of its launch on January 31st.

Horizon Call of the Mountain – February 22nd

While next spring may seem a bit quieter for PS5 owners, that’s when Sony launches the PlayStation VR2 on February 22nd. The crown jewel of the launch series is Horizon Call of the Mountain, a first-person VR game that allows players to explore and fight the cybernetic-infused enemies of Horizon’s dystopian sci-fi world. There are plenty of other PlayStation VR2 launch titles to look forward to as well, including Fantavision 202Xa sequel to a cool classic PS2 puzzle game, as well Until Dawn: Rush of Blood’s on-rails horror spiritual successor The Dark Pictures: Switchback VR. Still, due to its impressive graphical fidelity and first-party developer status, Horizon Call of the Mountain is the PlayStation VR2 title we have to play on PS5 that we currently know about.

Final Fantasy XVI — June 22

The next mainline Final Fantasy game will be a PlayStation console exclusive upon release, and it’s looking good. Final Fantasy XVI follows a man named Clive who is on a quest for revenge amidst the war-torn world of Valisthea and can summon Eikons based on the Final Fantasy series’ summons to aid him in battle. Looking darker than previous mainline Final Fantasy games, this entry plays up the dark fantasy and political turmoil hooks popularized by Game of Thrones. The real-time action RPG game also looks pretty exciting, so we can’t wait to get our hands on it Final Fantasy XVI when it finally comes out on June 22.

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 — Fall 2023

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Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is the biggest upcoming first-party PS5 game heading into 2023. Its 2018 predecessor is one of the funnest superhero games ever made, thanks to how satisfying it is to swing around New York as Spider-Man, and its 2020 follow-up focused on Miles Morales is just as fun while telling a more substantial and emotional story. We can’t wait to see what Insomniac Games does with a new Spider-Man game where both Peter and Miles are playable, as well as what they do with new characters like Kraven the Hunter and Venom. Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 will likely be the standout PS5 game of the year when it launches in fall 2023.

Pacific Drive – TBA

Pacific Drive, self-described by developer Ironwood Studios as “road-like”, is a supernatural rogue-like survival game in which players try to survive harsh storms and supernatural threats while continuously upgrading their car as they drive through the Pacific Northwest. While Forza Motorsport will deliver high-fidelity racing games on Xbox, Pacific Drive have a lot more fun playing with what the premise of a driving game might be. Due to its oddly charming premise, Pacific Drive is on our radars heading into 2023, though it doesn’t have a specific release date or window by next year yet.

Stellar Blade — TBA

Stellar Blade is a fast-paced action game that has made a strong impression on the PlayStation game announcement livestreams it’s been featured in. It’s a post-apocalyptic sci-fi game that follows a girl named Eve as she tries to save Earth from alien invaders. For fans of action titles from developers like PlatinumGames, Stellar Blade looks like it will scratch that same intense battle itch. It also features exaggerated characters and world design that will appeal to fans of manga and anime. It doesn’t have a specific release date, but we do know Stellar Blade coming out to PS5 sometime in 2023.

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