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Here are our picks for the most anticipated upcoming Xbox Series X/S games for 2023 [Update]

2022 was, admittedly, a bit of a slow year for fans of Microsoft's Xbox Series X and S consoles at least in terms of first-party games from the Xbox Games Studios division. A number of major games were pushed from 2022 to 2023, including Starfield and Redfall.

However, in both first and third-party game releases, the slate of upcoming games for 2023 is looking much better. Indeed, Xbox Games Studios has already released its first 2023 game with the surprise launch of Hi-Fi Rush. Third-party games for the console, like the Dead Space and Resident Evil 4 remakes, along with Hogwarts Legacy, and more have also been launched in the first part of 2023

However, it looks like the best is yet to come. in addition to more Xbox Games Studios titles, there are a number of games coming from third-party publishers that we cannot wait to play that are due out before the end of 2023. We have our own list of our most anticipated Xbox Series X/S games, which you can read below in the order of their expected release dates.

Keep in mind that game launch dates are very fluid so they could change. Also, it's possible there are games in development that we know nothing about that are due in 2023. We will update this list as release dates, and games, change.

Update - October 21: We have added Ghostrunner 2 to the list of upcoming most anticipated Xbox games and removed a number of games from the list that have been released or delayed until 2024

Ghostrunner 2 - October 26

ghostrunner 2
  • Developer: One More Level
  • Publisher: 505 Games
  • What's it about: In a cyberpunk future, one year after the first game you once again have to move fast and use your weapons and fighting abilities to take down another evil group
  • Why we want to play it: The first Ghostrunner was a surprise hit, and this sequel will add new skills for players to learn as they keep moving to defeat enemies.

Pre-order Ghostunner 2 at Amazon.com

Alan Wake II - October 27

Alan Wake 2 live action shot

  • Developer: Remedy
  • Publisher: Epic Games
  • What's it about: Alan Wake is back but he's also trapped in a strange reality called the Dark Place. Meantime, an FBI agent is investigating some strange occurrences in the town of Bright Falls.
  • Why we want to play it: The recent teaser trailer confirmed that the game will feature another playable character, FBI agent Saga Anderson. Remedy has described this sequel as more of a survival horror game, so it sounds like we will need our flashlight, and some other items, so we can be ready to fight what's going on in the darkness.

Pre-order Alan Wake II at Xbox.com

Robcop: Rogue City - November 2

Robocop rogue city
  • Developer: Teyon
  • Publisher: Nacon
  • What's it about: Detroit police officer Alex Murphy, better known as Robocop, is once again going after the bad guys in this first-person shooter, set after the events of the film RoboCop 2.
  • Why we want to play it: The visuals look impressive based on the screenshots and trailers we have seen, and RoboCop himself moves like a tank, much like he does in the films. We will have to see if we will buy that for $59.99.

Pre-Order Robocop: Rogue City at Amazon

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III - November 10. 2023

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3
  • Developer: Sledgehammer Games
  • Publisher: Activision
  • What's it about: The game takes place immediately after the events of Modern Warfare II, as Task Force 141 has to defeat the ultra-villain terrorist Vladimir Makarov in a globe-spanning quest to stop his evil efforts.
  • Why we want to play it: Call of Duty fans have to get this game, but it looks like Sledgehammer Games will make things interesting for both current and new players with missions that can be completed in different ways. Plus, zombies will make their Modern Warfare reboot debut.

Pre-Order Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III at Amazon

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora - December 7, 2023

  • Developer: Massive Entertainment
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • What's it about: The game's storyline is a stand-alone tale set on Pandora in the Avatar movie universe, where you play a Na'vi exploring the previously unseen western frontier of the planet.
  • Why we want to play it: Movie-based games are tricky to pull off, but developer Massive Entertainment can certainly make this game worth checking out. It helps that it's also not trying to adapt either of the Avatar films but is doing its own storyline.

Pre-Order Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora at Amazon

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2 - TBD 2023

warhammer 40000 space marine 2
  • Developer: Saber Interactive
  • Publisher: Focus Entertainment
  • What's it about: Lieutenant Titus, the Imperium needs you. It's time to go out and destroy the Tyranid hordes, no matter how many there may be to kill.
  • Why we want to play it: This long-awaited sequel to this third-person shooter is being made by some of the same team that made the World War Z game at Saber. So you can expect to see tons of aliens on screen that are trying to kill you, so you need to kill them first.

Baldur's Gate III - TBD 2023

Baldurs Gate 3
  • Developer: Larian
  • Publisher: Larian
  • What's it about: The third game in the D&D fantasy RPG series finds the player character trying to fight off a mind flayer invasion while also trying to not turn into a mind flayer as well.
  • Why we want to play it: It's already one of the most acclaimed PC games of 2023 and developer Larian wants to bring it to the Xbox before the end of the year. Unfortunately, Xbox Series S owners won't get support for split-screen co-op, at least at launch.

That's the list of our most anticipated Xbox Series X/S games of 2023. Again we will be updating this list every so often as more games are announced, and other games get release dates.

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