Upcoming Open-World Video Game Releases of 2023

Just like the previous year, which saw the release of games like Elden Ring and God of War Ragnarök, 2023 promises several new games, with some that have been under development for almost a decade!

In this list, we have made a note of major open-world game releases that are to come in the year ahead, while also shedding light on the games’ stories, gameplay, and release dates.

Below, you will find a list of upcoming open-world games that need to be added to your shopping list!

Sons of the Forest 

Developed by Endnight Games, Sons of the Forest is an upcoming open-world first-person video game set to release on February 23, 2023. It acts as a sequel to 2014’s The Forest, in which players are meant to survive on a mysterious island inhabited by cannibals who’ve also kidnapped your son Timmy.

Sons of the Forest is said to have improved graphics, emphasizing survival mechanics such as building, crafting, and fighting the inhabitants of the island. You’re free to explore the island alone or with eight friends, but the primary objective is to rescue a billionaire who has reportedly crashed on the island.

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Release Date: February 23, 2023 
Platform: Microsoft Windows
Developers: Endnight Games
Publishers: Newnight 

Hogwarts Legacy 

Taking place about one hundred years before the events that transpire in the Harry Potter books and movies, Hogwarts Legacy is a brand new action-adventure game that was released on February 10, 2023. It has been one of the most highly anticipated games since the trailer dropped, garnering attention and a lot of praise from both seasoned and new gamers and fans of the J.K. Rowling franchise.

Players take control of a gifted child who joins Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as a fifth-year student, attending classes, learning potions, and visiting places never seen before in the books and movies. Your character has the ability to see and use ancient magic, which over the course of the game reveals secrets hidden from the Wizarding World.

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Release Date: February 10, 2023 
Platform: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S/X, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Microsoft Windows 
Developers: Avalanche Software 
Publishers: Warner Bros. Games 

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2

Following the success of Marvel’s Spider-Man (2018), which laid the groundwork for future Spider-Man games, Insomniac Games developed Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (2020). Both of these action-adventure games consisted of an engaging story that only made fans of the franchise want more.

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 was announced in September 2021, along with Marvel’s Wolverine. We haven’t heard much about the development of Marvel’s Wolverine, but Spider-Man 2 is planned for release this year. Not much is known about the game, and nothing has been revealed other than its announcement and trailer. However, developers have commented on the production process, and a few leaks and rumors have circulated. 

Release Date: 2023/2024 
Platform: PlayStation 5 
Developers: Insomniac Games 
Publishers: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor  

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is an upcoming action-adventure game developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts. It will serve as a sequel to 2019’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, in which players were introduced to a Jedi, Cal Kestis, who is hunted down throughout the galaxy by the Imperial Inquisitors. 

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor takes place five years after the events that transpire in the 2019’s prequel, and continues with his journey as he learns to master the Force; while we get to delve deeper into Star Wars lore, and assist in the reconstruction of the fallen Jedi Order.

Release Date: April 28, 2023
Platform: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S/X, and Microsoft Windows 
Developers: Respawn Entertainment
Publishers: Electronic Arts 

Suicide Squad – Kill The Justice League 

Under development by Rocksteady Studios, Suicide Squad – Kill The Justice League by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is an upcoming action-adventure game. Players can only choose to control one character from the Suicide Squad: Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, or King Shark. Your only objective is to eliminate members of the Justice League, who’ve been mind controlled by an evil supervillain, Brainiac.

The game will take place in Metropolis, the home of Superman, who has started rampaging throughout the city. The player can roam freely, and complete a multiplayer campaign mode with friends.

Release Date: 2023 
Platform/Console: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and Microsoft Windows 
Developers: Rocksteady Studios 
Publishers: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment 

ARK 2 

Following the success of ARK: Survival Evolved (2017), game developers Studio Wild Card announced that a sequel was in the works back in 2020, with an initial release date set for 2022, which was later pushed to 2023. There has been no official word from the developers, but we’re hoping for the best!

The game puts you on a mysterious island, forcing you to scavenge for resources and survive in the midst of hostile dinosaurs. As you progress, you will also learn how to tame dinosaurs, and craft advanced technology. The open-world game aspect gathered a lot of attention, resulting in the developing studio releasing a sequel. They’ve promised a bigger map and better graphics; and on a side note, the game also features Hollywood star Vin Diesel.

Release Date: 2023
Platform/Console: Xbox Series S/X, and Microsoft Windows 
Developers: Studio Wildcard
Publishers: Studio Wildcard 

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora

Avatar: Fronters of Pandora has been a highly anticipated game since its announcement at E3 in 2021. There have been several delays in development, with Ubisoft aiming for a release in 2023 or 2024.

It’s been confirmed that players will be exploring the western regions of Pandora, which the movies have yet to cover. The story will expand on the game’s lore while giving you the ability to roam freely and explore places you never got to see in the movies.

Release Date: 2023
Platform/Console: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S/X, and Microsoft Windows
Developers: Massive Entertainment
Publishers: Ubisoft

We hope you found this list of open-world video games releasing in 2023 useful. If you’d like to keep up with all the trending topics, new video game releases, and news, don’t forget to keep tuning in!

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