All the biggest video game releases in January 2023

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Welcome to another year, one filled with unlimited potential. Strings of game delays and ambitious plans in 2021 and 2022 have led us to this; a year packed with video games full of blockbuster adventures. Every month there’s a big new prospect on the horizon, with several undated game releases waiting just on the other side of the rainbow.

2023 is the year of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. is the year of red drop Y star field – Y Alan Wake 2, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, Dead Island 2 and Forspoken. There’s an all-star cast of games on the way, and they should be a really great year.

In January 2023, we have a range of these highly anticipated games coming out, with abandoned ruling the roost as AAA’s biggest flagship release of the month. Beyond that, there are also a number of exciting sequels and adaptations, including SpongeBob in the cosmic joltand the much less healthy Dead space Redo.

Here are all the major game releases for January 2023:

one piece odyssey

Image: Bandai Namco/ILCA

Release date: 12 January 2023
Platform(s): PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC

one piece odyssey is one of many major game releases to chart a course for January 2023. In this great RPG, you play as One piece The protagonist Luffy and his friends are swept away by a wild storm and transported to a strange island full of mysteries. With towering enemies and other deadly challenges now on his way, it’s up to the Straw Hat pirates to survive their journey, discovering new items and locations along the way.

Although there have been many One piece video game adaptations, this one is privileged to be developed in association with original series creator Eiichiro Oda, who assisted in the game’s character and monster designs, and contributed to the main plot. Hopefully it should feel like a bold and authentic One piece chapter with every twist and turn.

A space for the unleashed

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Image: Mojiken/Toge Productions

Release date: 20 January 2023
Platform(s): PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC, Nintendo Switch

A space for the unleashed, from Indonesian studios Mojiken and Toge Productions, is a “slice-of-life” pixel adventure about late-1990s Indonesia and a girl with supernatural powers. Along with a boy named Atma, Raya must learn to harness these abilities and control them, even as they threaten to end the world as they know it.

In this story, you’ll travel through gorgeous rural settings, brought to life in artistic style, and try to find answers about a looming supernatural apocalypse, all while dealing with the pressures of school life and growing up. Along the way, Raya and Atma will become closer and find out exactly why the world is falling apart.

colossal cave

Colossal Cave remake of the game will be released in January 2023
Image: Cygnus Entertainment

Release date: 19 January 2023
Platform(s): PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC, Nintendo Switch, Meta Quest 2 VR

colossal cavethe iconic text adventure first released as Colossal Cave Adventure in 1976 for the PDP-10 computer, it will get a 3D remake in 2023 for PC, consoles, and VR headsets. This is a graphically fresh interpretation of the original adventure, modernized and updated by game industry icons Ken and Roberta Williams (King’s Quest, Sierra Online)

Read: Roberta and Ken Williams preserve the history of adventure games

For anyone who played the original game, or who generally grew up in the era of text-based adventure games, this remake should be an experience worth nostalgia alone.

Persona 4 Golden + Persona 3 Portable

Persona 4 Golden Atlus
Image: Atlus

Release date: 19 January 2023
Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch

If you haven’t played the excellent one yet person 3 laptop Y persona 4 golden, there is good news on the horizon: both games are about to be released for modern consoles, including PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch. While you can already play the games on other platforms, January 2023 will introduce additional ports to allow more people to play these classics.

The success of person 5, which reinvigorated the franchise and helped spark renewed global interest in the franchise, likely contributed to these highly anticipated game releases. While the series has maintained a steady fan base for several years, it’s only recently that the broader gaming community has recognized the franchise for its intricate and heartfelt stories of friendship and love under strange and supernatural circumstances. anyone who loved person 5 they should certainly put these releases on their radar.

Fire Emblem Engage

Image: Intelligent Systems

Release date: 20 January 2023
Platform(s): nintendo switch

another year, another fire emblem play. This prolific franchise has grown in popularity in recent years, leading to several sequels and spin-offs for the Nintendo Switch. In 2019, we got the amazing Fire Emblem: Three Houses, which introduced a huge new audience to the long-running franchise. In 2022, we have Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes, an alternate reality musou game. In 2023, Fire Emblem Engage arrives to take the next big step for the main series.

In EngageYou will play as a bold new hero with the ability to summon and fight alongside fire emblem heroes from the past: icons like Marth, Roy, Ike, Corrin and Byleth. Each one will help you fight potentially deadly turn-based battles and lead your armies to victory. There are still many things we don’t know Fire Emblem Engage – but the mystery makes this sequel all the more enticing.


abandoned game
Image: Luminous Productions/Square Enix

Release date: 24 January 2023
Platform(s): PlayStation 5, PC

The biggest blockbuster of the January 2023 game releases is Forspoken, the open-world action-adventure from Luminous Productions and Square Enix. After several game delays and years of teasers, we’re finally ready to see more of protagonist Frey Holland’s journey into mysterious and magical lands. In this adventure, she is a “fish out of water”: an unwitting visitor to an ancient world ruled by strange forces and powerful magic that only she can fully master.

Read: The new Forspoken PS5 demo divides the public

On Holland’s journey, he will learn to master this magic, using it to traverse a vast world, bring down mighty beasts, and save the land of Athia from cruel rulers. By her side, she will have a talking smart bracelet, the concerned citizens of Athia, and a host of other strange beings to guide her journey. While early previews for this game have been split, its combat and world building are still impressive, and should make for an intriguing story.

Dead space

dead space trailer
Image: EA Reason

Release date: 27 January 2023
Platform(s): PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC

Dead space, the smash hit sci-fi horror that ruled the early 2000s, returns in January 2023 thanks to a remake from EA’s Motive Studio. This ground-up reinvention updates the first game with gruesome new graphics, new audio designed to replicate the intense atmosphere of the original, and art direction by Mike Yazijan, a veteran of the Dead space Serie.

While the game is being tweaked to appeal to modern audiences with design, music, and gameplay that is likely to shift in a new fashion, Dead space they will stay true to the original story and characters, retelling all the horrors they encountered in unexpected ways. If this launch is successful, expect the Dead space franchise to live into a new generation of remakes, and potentially sequels.

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake

spongebob cosmic toss game
Image: Purple Lamp Studios

Release date: 31 January 2023
Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch

If you’re looking for something more light-hearted in your January 2023 game releases, then SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake is probably the game for you. In this colorful game, you play the titular SpongeBob as he travels through alternate dimensions, each one wilder than the last. Along the way, he’s accompanied by an adorable Patrick Star variant, swinging into each new world.

Read: SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake preview

the cosmic jolt technically not a sequel, but can be considered a spiritual successor to Bikini Bottom Battleand the other classic sponge Bob platform games It retains the same gameplay and sense of adventure shared by its predecessors, and should make for a delightful new chapter in the sponge Bob video game myths. Whether you’re a nostalgic adult or thinking about releasing new games for a younger kid, this adventure sounds like a blast.

Season: A letter to the future

season a letter to future game releases
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Release date: 31 January 2023
Platform(s): PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC

For a more realistic story, consider giving Season: A letter to the future your energy in January 2023. This narrative game follows a young woman named Estelle who leaves her idyllic, cloistered town to explore a world at the mercy of the changing seasons. The new world around her is changing rapidly and it’s up to her to uncover the mystery of life outside her bubble and document everything she sees in her search for it.

This requires exploration, interviewing people, and investigating strange mysteries as Estelle discovers the very meaning of the seasons and why each season must eventually end. While the mystery at the heart of Season: A letter to the future is wonderfully confusing, the game is likely to explain its story with aplomb over many endearing, warmly lit, and gorgeously illustrated story beats.

Stay tuned for more updates on the latest January 2023 game releases and everything you can expect in the coming year.

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