The pandemic has significantly disrupted game development and, of course, the lives of everyone across the globe. Several titles have been delayed since last year and waited again this year. With the Summer Game Fest happening and many announcements during the period, this list has grown even more.
Now, 2023 has the arduous task of holding dozens of these games promised to be released. And it’s not just fans who are looking forward to the release of fun, but also the market as a whole (companies and game streaming platforms) is directly affected by title delays and massive games.
The games market is currently quite profitable and moves several other large companies from various sectors. An excellent example of this is the case of sports betting, which offers fans the possibility to bet on the leading competitive gaming events, or series based on games such as Arcane and Cuphead on Netflix, which shows that the gaming market is quite diversified and has a great potential to reach the most varied types of audience.
1. Street Fighter 6
Street Fighter 6, the sequel to Capcom’s popular fighting game franchise, had its closed beta held this past weekend. Scheduled for 2023 with versions for PC (Steam), PlayStation 4 (PS4), PlayStation 5 (PS5), and Xbox Series X/S, the game spares no effort to avoid all the problems of its predecessor, and this is very clear in the first few hours of gameplay.
The version featured eight playable characters: Luke, Jamie, Ryu, Chun-Li, Guile, Kimberly, Juri, and Ken. The fighters E. Honda, Blanka, and Dhalsim, confirmed recently, ended up being left out.
In addition, this was the first time that the general public was able to experience the Battle Hub, which concentrates on online functionality. This game is expected to blow up betting sites, as many enthusiasts are waiting in the esports scene. You can find the markets on sites like Thunderpick: follow this link to prepare: https://thunderpick.io/en/esports.
It is considered one of the pillars of the game experience. It is unprecedented in the franchise, allowing up to one hundred players from different platforms to meet, interact and participate in activities, bringing cross-play support.
2. Super People
Super People is a battle royale that promises to bring innovations to the genre. With 12 different character classes, each of them will have access to a unique skill capable of changing the course of a confrontation.
In addition, the game adds farming and crafting elements to the fun. This means that you can collect resources to upgrade your weapons and gear, which are permanent.
3. Resident Evil 4 (Remake)
The Resident Evil franchise has already received remakes of games from the classic trilogy: Resident Evil: Remake (2002), Resident Evil 2 Remake (2019), and Resident Evil 3 Remake (2020). Now, Capcom is developing Resident Evil 4 Remake. It is one of the most beloved games in the franchise, especially for those who played it on the Playstation 2.
Changing the fixed camera to a third person, adding a little more action to the game, and the return of Leon Kennedy and Ada Wong are some of the features included in the revamped version of the game, which promises to be one of the best releases of 2023. As usual, the title will also have a deluxe version and will be available for PC (Steam), PS4, PS5, and Xbox Series X and S from March 23 next year.
4. Silent Hill 2 Remake
Like Resident Evil 4, Silent Hill 2 is one game that stands out in the vast Playstation 2 library. Konami created a game with a frightening environment, even more bizarre enemies, and a story with excellent development and twists — as expected from the sequel to survivor horror. The dark adventure starring James Sunderland has been limited to Playstation 2, classic Xbox, and PC, the last port released in 2003.
Only in October 2022 did Konami remember Silent Hill 2, announcing the remake initially as an exclusive for the Playstation 5 (PS5). In addition to the graphics powered by Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 5, the remake will feature an over-the-shoulder camera change, like the Resident Evil remakes. The game is expected to launch in 2023, but there is still yet to be an exact date.
5. Final Fantasy XVI
The Final Fantasy RPG franchise also needs no introduction. Since the 80s, the Square Enix series has collected several titles, from those in the main line to those considered spin-offs. A new Final Fantasy always grabs attention, even for those who don’t consider themselves fans, and that’s likely to stay the same for a while. Final Fantasy XVI was revealed with a trailer in 2020, and since then, game news is always awaited at the world’s most significant gaming events.
It is worth mentioning that Final Fantasy XVI does not attract attention only by its name. The group working on the game is the same one responsible for Final Fantasy XIV, an MMO that has become one of the best in history thanks to successes in expansions. With the leadership of Naoki Yoshida, the game is expected to hit the formula and take an RPG to the height of such a consecrated franchise. The prediction is that the game will be released sometime between April and September 2023 as an exclusive for PS5.
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