Wccftech’s most anticipated RPG of 2023
While 2022 proved to be an amazing year for JRPG fans, gamers who prefer the western variety will have a big smile on their faces when they look at this most anticipated RPG list for 2023, which is dominated by western RPGs. That’s not to say there aren’t plenty of interesting titles to be developed in Asia this year, but 2023 will see the return of many major developers like Bethesda and Blizzard and franchises like Baldur’s Gate, not to mention the first true open world triple – An RPG set in the Wizarding World.
If BioWare managed to release Dragon Age: Dreadwolf and Square Enix released Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth this year as well, then 2023 could really be one to remember in the genre’s history books.
Also in Wccftech’s most anticipated games in 2023 lists: Fighting
Starfield (1H 2023 – PC/XSS/XSX)
Bethesda Game Studios is making its big comeback to single-player games eight years after Fallout 4. In addition, Starfield will be the studio’s first new IP in twenty-five years. Those two factors alone would be enough to drive the hype to the stars, but fans also saw a juicy gameplay demo at not-E3 2022, where Todd Howard demonstrated a very ambitious game that spans a thousand fully explorable planets. Starfield also marks Bethesda’s return to its old-school RPG design roots, giving players many ways to express themselves both visually and functionally.
The dialogue-based persuasion system is designed to be more natural, romantic relationships will be more complex, and the voice lines go through the roof. But the game also includes space escape, space combat, spaceship building, smuggling, as well as disabling, boarding and even stealing enemy spaceships. All player characters will initially belong to the exploration faction called Constellation, although it is possible to join other major factions, including the Crimson Fleet pirates. After a delay into the first half of this year, fans are counting down the days until the next showcase, which could include the final release date.
Baldur’s Gate III (August – PC/Mac)
The third installment in the most beloved cRPG series ever made is finally going live this August after nearly three years of early access development. Building on the incredibly successful release of Divinity: Original Sin 2, Larian Studios has greatly expanded its workforce to create the most complete video game rendition based on D&D’s 5th Edition. The developers are also trying to marry a strong cinematic approach with the full-fledged player agency that Dungeons and Dragons is known for. The combat system and RPG options have been further improved since the already lofty heights of Divinity: Original Sin 2.
Players can choose one of the available Origin characters or simply create their own. Anyway, the narrative takes place about a hundred years after the end of Baldur’s Gate II, shortly after the Descent into Avernus tabletop adventure. The dreaded Mind Flayers have launched an invasion of Faerûn, abducting several humans and implanting them with Illithid tadpoles, parasites that can be a source of power but can also eventually turn the host into a Mind Flayer. After a chaotic escape made possible by a Githyanki attack, the player character joins other survivors of the wreck who share the same life-or-death situation: how to remove the tadpole without dying.
Hogwarts Legacy (February 10 PC/PS5/XSS/XSX; April 4 PS4/XB1; July 25 Nintendo Switch)
Regardless of your views on the legacy left by its author, Avalanche Software’s take on the tumultuous teaching at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is already shaping up to be one of the best AAA blockbuster RPGs to come in 2023. See the end of the 1800s, well before any of the books or films released to date, Hogwarts Legacy features a fifth-year student protagonist who arrives late for magic school for unknown reasons and has to catch up with the other students. More importantly, the main character carries a secret, and is able to manipulate an ancient but dangerous type of magic that other parties try to exploit for their own means.
Players will get to create their witch or wizard (including transgender options), choose their house, and participate in various classes such as Charms, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Herbology, and Potions. During the Hogwarts legacy, they will increase their abilities and learn powerful spells.
The beloved castle is completely recreated in the game, although the developers confirmed that other locations will be available for exploration, such as the Forbidden Forest, Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade. Modes of travel include broom flying (with optional broom running challenges) and the ability to tame, mount and ride a series of magical beasts.
Diablo IV (June 6 – PC/PS4/PS5/XB1/XSS/XSX)
The king of hack-and-slash RPGs returns to heat up this year’s summer to hellish standards. While Diablo III was successful in its own right, Blizzard is taking feedback from the franchise’s most hardcore lovers by returning to the signature darkness of Diablo II and greatly improving the core mechanics of the game such as the skill system, character progression, and specs.
Blizzard said there are over 150 dungeons in the game, and more will be added after launch. Diablo IV also features seamless open world design and some MMO-like elements, such as PvP and PvE events (such as teaming up with nearby players to take down a roaming boss). For the first time in a Diablo game, there will be full cross-play and cross-progression between all supported platforms, PC and consoles.
Plot-wise, the player characters must confront their creator, the demon Lilith, who created the Nephalem race by uniting with the rogue angel Inarius. The feud between the two will be at the center of the narrative.
Final Fantasy XVI (June 22 – PlayStation 5)
The only Japanese RPG example on this year’s list, this is the first numbered Final Fantasy game to launch since Final Fantasy XV. Although the game was somewhat divisive due to the transition from turn-based ATB to proper real-time combat, Square-Enix’s Creative Business Unit III has already had a positive showing with the next evolution of action combat under the production guidance of Final Fantasy XIV’s. Naoki Yoshida. During certain segments, protagonist Clive Rosfield can become host to an Eikon, a summoned monster from Final Fantasy lore like the Phoenix. Eikon vs. The Eikon battles have dedicated mechanics.
FFXVI is set in the world of Valisthea, and is not an open world game. Yoshida-san famously said that it would take Square Enix about fifteen years to make it an open world title. Final Fantasy XVI received a mature rating, although it’s too early to tell if the darker narrative will hurt or help the experience. This year, the game will only be available on PlayStation 5, but PC gamers can hope to get their hands on the title in early 2024 if the six-month exclusivity window is any indication.
As mentioned above, there are so many interesting RPGs currently scheduled for release in 2023. Below, we’ve listed ten more that you should keep track of.