Update (Wed 1st Feb, 2023): Well, that was 2022 and it's been another cracking year in the world of video computer games. Yes, we may not have got all of the big exclusives we were hoping for over the past twelve months, with the likes of Redfall and Starfield still MIA, but on the flipside we've been spoiled with gems such as Pentiment, Immortality and the absolutely phenomenal Vampire Survivors. It's hard to feel too sorry for ourselves really, innit.

Of course, it's not all about exclusives, and 2022 was a pretty stonking year for video games in general, even when factoring in the understandable slowdown we've continued to observe in terms of AAA releases due to the ongoing ripple effects of the global pandemic. We also saw indies step up to the plate in a big way over the past 12 months too, with an avalanche of amazing titles like Tunic, Cult Of The Lamb, A Plague Tale Requiem, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredders Revenge and so many more to keep us busy while some of those missing big hitters get prepped for release in the months ahead.

Looking forward to 2023, then, what's next for us Xbox gamers? Well, with that question in mind, we've put together a list of 50 of our most-anticipated releases that are due to rock onto our consoles and Xbox Game Pass in 2023 and, we're not gonna lie, it seems as though this may very well be an absolutely phenomenal year if everything goes according to plan with regards to release dates. Fingers crossed.

So, without further ado, here's a look at what we've got to look forward to over the coming twelve months. Let's jump in!

Deliver Us Mars (Xbox Series X|S)

Deliver Us Mars (Xbox Series X|S)
Deliver Us Mars (Xbox Series X|S)
Publisher: Frontier Developments / Developer: KeokeN Interactive
Release Date: 2nd Feb 2023 (USA)

The sequel to 2018's excellent Deliver us the Moon, Deliver us Mars looks set to be another top-notch slice of adventure/puzzle action. Set a decade after the events of the original game, this time around players assume the role of earth's youngest astronaut, Kathy Johanson, as she journeys to Mars on a high-stakes mission to retrieve lost colony ships. Expect lots of clever puzzling and exciting physical challenges based around the harsh environs of the Martian surface, all wrapped up in what's sure to be a highly absorbing sci-fi narrative.

  • Release Date: 2nd February 2023
  • Xbox Game Pass? No

Hogwarts Legacy (Xbox Series X|S)

Hogwarts Legacy (Xbox Series X|S)
Hogwarts Legacy (Xbox Series X|S)
Publisher: Warner Bros / Developer: Avalanche Studios
Release Date: 10th Feb 2023 (USA)

Harry Potter fans. The time has come. Hogwarts Legacy is almost here and, as much as we know this game is, quite rightfully, controversial given the current circumstances regarding the views of Harry Potter's creator, there's no doubt that many will be counting down the days to this one releasing. What we've seen of Warner Bros action adventure so far is certainly impressive graphically, and the opportunity for long-time Potter nuts to create their very own wizard and attend classes at Hogwarts whilst levelling up their magical abilities, taming beasts and taking on adventure quests, is sure to see this title fly off the shelves when it finally arrives.

  • Release Date: 10th February 2023
  • Xbox Game Pass? No

Wanted: Dead (Xbox Series X|S)

Wanted: Dead (Xbox Series X|S)
Wanted: Dead (Xbox Series X|S)
Publisher: 110 Industries / Developer: Soleil
Release Date: 14th Feb 2023 (USA)

We don't know about you, but we really like the sound of a new hybrid slasher/shooter from the makers of Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive! Wanted: Dead is being created by various people who worked on those games, and based on the footage we've seen so far, it looks a really fun time. In the game, you'll play as Lt. Hannah Stone as she "plows through mercenaries, gang members and private military contractors in a spectacular cyberpunk adventure."

  • Release Date: 14th February 2023
  • Xbox Game Pass? No

Wild Hearts (Xbox Series X|S)

Wild Hearts (Xbox Series X|S)
Wild Hearts (Xbox Series X|S)
Publisher: EA / Developer: Koei Tecmo
Release Date: 16th Feb 2023 (USA)

So, if you find that Monster Hunter Rise isn't your jam but you're still keen to scratch that Monster Hunter itch, perhaps Wild Hearts will be more up your street? This is a brand-new game from the team behind the Dynasty Warriors franchise, and it's being published under the EA Originals label, so the publisher clearly has confidence in it! Releasing this February, you'll be able to go it alone or team up with friends to conquer fearsome beasts as you explore a fantasy medieval Japan. This game's gone under the radar a bit so far (it was revealed quite late actually), but it's shaping up to be a great addition to Xbox in the very near future.

  • Release Date: 17th February 2023
  • Xbox Game Pass? No

Atomic Heart (Xbox Series X|S)

Atomic Heart (Xbox Series X|S)
Atomic Heart (Xbox Series X|S)
Publisher: Mundfish / Developer: Mundfish
Release Date: 21st Feb 2023 (UK/EU)

Mundfish's Atomic Heart got a brand-new gameplay trailer at The Game Awards 2022 and it's got us super-hyped to finally get our hands on this alternate reality FPS. Set in a future where the USSR has thrived, Atomic Heart tells the tale of a ruined dystopia where advanced AI once served mankind, before they turned on their masters and went on a killspree. It's now up to you to determine what went wrong, and in order to do so you're gonna have to get to grips with Bioshock-esque elemental/telekinetic abilities and a deep melee system that reminds us of Techland's brand of heavy-hitting violence. All of these powers then sit alongside straight-up FPS action that looks flashy and ferocious from what we've been shown so far. With a huge world to explore and a story that should be packed full of surprises, we're ready and waiting to dive in.

  • Release Date: 21st February 2023
  • Xbox Game Pass? Yes

Like A Dragon: Ishin! (Xbox Series X|S)

Like A Dragon: Ishin! (Xbox Series X|S)
Like A Dragon: Ishin! (Xbox Series X|S)
Publisher: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio / Developer: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
Release Date: 21st Feb 2023 (USA)

A very flashy remake of the 2014 Japan-only PlayStation game, Like A Dragon: Ishin! sees the Like A Dragon series paired with Unreal Engine 4, making for a historical epic that looks absolutely incredible. Seriously, check out the trailer, it looks nuts. Telling the story of the end of the Samurai era, players assume the role of Sakamoto Ryomo, an actual real-life figure, as he...well...as he uses fancy sword techniques and a ruddy great big pistol to do what we expect him to do in a Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio joint, kick the living flip out thousands of thugs and bosses and henchmen and oh look there's tiger! Quick punch that man in the face with some dog food and steal his underwear! We're expecting lots of chaos here, madcap violence mixed with a surprisingly emotional and thoroughly epic storyline. This studio never lets us down.

  • Release Date: 21st February 2023
  • Xbox Game Pass? No

Destiny 2: Lightfall (Xbox Series X|S)

Destiny 2: Lightfall (Xbox Series X|S)
Destiny 2: Lightfall (Xbox Series X|S)
Publisher: Bungie / Developer: Bungie
Release Date: 28th Feb 2023 (USA)

Yep. More Destiny 2. This time, guardians, we're off to Neptune where a metropolis "unlike any you've explored in Destiny 2" awaits. In this huge new slice of DLC, you'll join the Cloud Striders in a life or death battle against the Shadow Legion, as you work to prevent devastation in the technologically advanced secret city of Neomuna - which all sounds absolutely exhausting tbh. With a brand-new helping of narrative campaign goodness, a new raid and, we're sure, a ton of new weapons, cosmetics and so on, Lightfall looks and sounds every bit as great as the six helpings of D2 DLC that have preceded it. We can't wait to get back to the action.

  • Release Date: 28th February 2023
  • Xbox Game Pass? No

Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty (Xbox Series X|S)

Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty (Xbox Series X|S)
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty (Xbox Series X|S)
Publisher: Koei Tecmo / Developer: Koei Tecmo
Release Date: 3rd Mar 2023 (USA)

Team Ninja returns to the hack and slash fray in March of 2023 with the phenomenal looking Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty. Seriously, have you seen the trailer yet? You gotta go watch it. This is looking set to be a supreme slice of action gaming from the makers of the superb Nioh series, a dark fantasy tale that sees players step into the role of a nameless warrior as he cuts a bloody swathe through the demons who plague this alternate version of the late Han Dynasty. Expect tons of weapons and upgrades, powerful magical spells and the ability to summon divine beasts to aid you as you batter your enemies to a pulp across some absolutely glorious looking locations. There's shades of Nioh here, of course, but we're also getting heavy Sekiro vibes, all very good news for fans of fast-paced action experiences backed up by epic narratives, sweeping scores and all that good stuff. Oh yeah.

  • Release Date: 3rd March 2023
  • Xbox Game Pass? Yes

WWE 2K23 (Xbox Series X|S)

WWE 2K23 (Xbox Series X|S)
WWE 2K23 (Xbox Series X|S)
Publisher: 2K / Developer: 2K
Release Date: 17th Mar 2023 (USA) / 17th Mar 2023 (UK/EU)

The first of two upcoming wrestling games on this list, WWE 2K23 returns with an impressive suite of modes and features to build upon last year's great effort. The Showcase this year is centred around none other than John Cena himself, while the MyRise career mode returns with new storylines, MyFaction goes online for the very first time, MyGM adds more strategic elements than before, and the WarGames match type makes its debut! Look out for WWE 2K23 when it hits the squared circle on Xbox this March.

  • Release Date: 17th March 2023
  • Xbox Game Pass? No

Resident Evil 4 Remake (Xbox Series X|S)

Resident Evil 4 Remake (Xbox Series X|S)
Resident Evil 4 Remake (Xbox Series X|S)
Publisher: Capcom / Developer: Capcom
Release Date: 24th Mar 2023 (USA)

It's not too long to go now until we get our hands on the ultra-slick looking remake of what many consider (rightly) to be one of the greatest games of all time. Yes, Resident Evil 4 Remake is mere months away and, judging by the amazing gameplay trailer that dropped back in October, survival horror fans are in for one hell of a treat. What we've seen so far suggests a game that leans into the darker aspects of the original, adds plenty of new sequences and scares, and imbues enemies that we know and love with new skills with which to torment and chase us across the game's iconic locations. We're hoping we don't get too much more info about this one before it drops to be honest, we want to go in as blind as possible and savour every second of our return to one of the true greats.

  • Release Date: 24th March 2023
  • Xbox Game Pass? No