The Xbox Series X and Series S have been out for two years now, bringing higher resolutions and frame rates to players, as well as new features like ray tracing. This year is set to be even bigger, with some of the biggest games of 2023 releasing for the consoles. We’re talking huge franchises like Assassin’s Creed and Bethesda, as well as smaller indie titles that promise to show off the best of the system’s capabilities.
While some of the upcoming games on this list have been revealed in their entirety, others have only teased what’s to come. For example, Ninja Theory’s Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II is a sequel to 2017’s Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, and this time around, the narrators voice in her head is back to help her battle mental illness and her connection to the voices in her head. There’s no release date yet, but the game looks impressive in its trailer.
Other games on this list have been teased but not yet released, including the fourth S.T.A.L.K.E.R game, Stalker 2: Heart of Chernobyl. This game will take you into a post-nuclear open world, and developer GSC Game World has already shared an emotional video diary about the project’s development. Other first-person RPGs on this list include Avowed, a fantasy adventure with an early 2024 release window, and 33 Immortals from Spiritfarer dev Thunder Lotus Games, a co-op action-roguelike where you fight 33 damned souls before God’s final judgement.
There’s also a few space and survival games on this list that look set to be huge. Little Witch in the Woods is a charming pixel-style adventure, and it’ll arrive some time in 2023 as part of Xbox Game Pass. Meanwhile, Kerbal Space Program 2, the sequel to 2015’s space sandbox, is coming to the console in 2023. This one is promising to bring more planetary exploration as well as a more robust crew management system.
Other upcoming titles on this list include the first entry in the Life is Strange series since 2016’s Life is Strange 2, which has an early 2024 release date. This is a story about a troubled teenager in the ’80s who finds a magical book that opens a portal to another dimension. The story will take place in this alternative universe and feature a mix of live-action and animated scenes.
A new Alan Wake is also on this list, which comes 13 years after the original game. This sequel is different from the original, and it will be a survival horror game instead of an action-adventure with horror elements. Other upcoming games on this list include the aforementioned Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, a game that will see you play as a Na’vi from the planet Pandora as you defend it against the human forces of the RDA. There’s also a new Forza Motorsport, which will mark the eighth installment in the racing franchise for the Xbox series of consoles.