Gaming in 2023: What Surprises and New Games Can We Expect?

As anyone who loves gaming or loves a gamer will know, the gaming industry is one in which stagnation is not a common occurrence. The gaming industry and its many moving parts evolve rapidly and never stop shifting and clicking gears, night or day. While all areas of the sector show steady growth, mobile gaming will be the winner in 2022 and will be the fastest-growing sector going into 2023. 

A number of the top game releases fans have been waiting for with bated breath will now only be taking place next year, but such is life! For seasoned gamers and newbies, here are some ideas of what to expect as we move toward the start of the new year. Let’s take a look at what the experts have to say about the trends and which game releases we can expect to sink our teeth into in the new year.

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Gaming Industry Insights

Trends for 2023

  1. New gaming platforms are on the horizon, and it looks like they’re set to cause some disruption in an industry currently dominated by a few key players. The Epic Game Store is coming on in leaps and bounds, as is GOG with its selection of old-school games and Roblox with its indie games.
  2. Cloud gaming services, while still largely impractical, are still crawling before they can learn to walk and run. Cloud gaming is only going to become a bigger player as we step into 2023.
  3. Reboots are going to be the flavor of the year as we reach 2023, as well as new games from old names. The Dead Space remake and Street Fighter 6 are just two of a number that we can’t wait to play.
  4. Fitness gaming is stepping into the spotlight to claim its rightful place in the industry. Active video games aren’t a new concept (think Wii), but they’re coming back with a vengeance in the new year.
  5. Esports is on the rise as well! The number of fans tuning in or buying tickets and turning up to watch esports events in person has swelled to previously unimaginable proportions, and the signs all point to a bumper year for esports fanatics.
  6. Female-centric games and more women in gaming are both going to be facts in 2023. Though gaming started out as a male-dominated industry and more games featured male heroes than female, those statistics are changing, and fairly rapidly too. Women have solidified their place in the industry, and that place will be reinforced in the coming year.
  7. Mobile gaming and the Metaverse: two terms we’ve heard a lot of this year. Though the Metaverse is lagging far behind mobile gaming (which, as we said earlier, is the fastest-growing gaming sector), it is a concept many game fanatics still hope to see come to fruition sooner rather than later.

ESA and E3 will both be back next year as IN-PERSON events! The pandemic hit the gaming community hard, though it is chiefly a home-based activity, and we can’t wait to have our conferences back. Gamescom and Game Show in Germany and Japan respectively, are also back, live and in person. Marketers have a lot to learn from the last few years in the lead-up to 2023- dos and don’ts are evident, and we’re hopeful that the gaming industry will find ways to reach new and existing gamers.

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The Biggest Releases Slated for 2023

Dead Space 2023

Any experienced gamer will remember the sci-fi jump scare thriller that was Dead Space. Now, rebuilt from the ground up, the rebooted version of Dead Space coming out in 2023 will offer deeper immersion into the creep-tastic experience. Visuals like you’ve never seen before, and sound effects of the highest audio quality are going to bring Dead Space into the year 2023.

Hogwarts Legacy

Discover Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as it was hundreds of years before Harry Potter was even a twinkle in his parent’s eyes. This richly detailed and incredibly immersive open-world RPG is set in the 1800s. You play as a muggle-born student who holds the key to keeping the wizarding world safe as a crisis looms.

Resident Evil 4

Another remake that fans are hoping will stay true to the original franchise’s thoroughly gory and eerie storyline. Early signs are promising, and the developers seem to have embraced an “if it ain’t broke, dont fix it” mindset in their remaking of this classic horror game. The level of detail in this title is going to blow the minds of fans everywhere with cinematics that are almost indistinguishable from real life.

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Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

This game has been teased since 2019, so suffice it to say we are READY for the release! In this new game, we will return to Hyrule, but in a far more expansive version of the open-world setting than before. Link will have a whole array of new powers to test out when he and Zelda explore creepy ruins and lots of other locations.

Company of Heroes 3

Step back onto the battlefield in this well-loved franchise’s new installment. Four factions offer players twice as many armies as any other COH game has ever offered. The single-player experience is the best to date, and replayability is also at an all-time high in the North African Operation or the Italian Dynamic Campaign.

Wrap Up

Overall, the gaming industry seems set up for some serious highs as we move toward 2023. With all the exciting titles due to be released and the new trends being forecast for the year, we can’t help thinking it’s going to have the best year yet.

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