Niche Gamer’s best upcoming games of 2023

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2023 has been an amazing year for gaming, with titles like Diablo IV, Resident Evil 4, Hi-Fi Rush and more. Even though we’ve had some knockout titles the year is not over yet, and there are still many more games set to come out.

Below you can check out our top 10 best upcoming games of 2023:

10 – Sea of Stars

Sea of Stars is a gorgeous retro-inspired turn-based RPG. It features a fun set of characters, a bright and colorful world, and a really tough battle system.

The game’s demo is already winning gamers over with its charming aesthetic and rich exploration, as well as its fantastic soundtrack.

Sea of Stars is set to come out on August 29, 2023 for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Microsoft Windows (through Steam).

9 – Lies of P

Lies of P is an upcoming souls-like featuring Pinocchio, the famous children’s character.

The game takes place in a moody and dark version of France’s belle époque, and pits the player against massive horde of puppets that have gone mad.

Lies of P‘s combat is incredibly tight and polished, from what we’ve seen in the demo, and like any souls-like, it is also extremely difficult.

If you are curious about Lies of P, you can read our preview for it here.

Lies of P is set to release in September 19, 2023, for the PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Microsoft Windows (through Steam).

8 – Alan Wake 2

Remedy Entertainment’s Alan Wake was a really unique and charming title, starring a writer that finds himself battling his worst nightmares.

Fans did get a spin-off for the game in the form of Alan Wake’s: American Nightmare, but that title had a much different tone than the original.

The franchise has laid dormant for a while, with the game’s even being delisted from Steam at some point, but the sequel promises to bring back the original game’s dark and somber atmosphere, alongside Remedy’s fantastic writing.

Alan Wake II is set to launch on October 17th across Windows PC (via the Epic Games Store), Xbox Series X|S, and PlayStation 5.

7 – Payday 3

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The Payday series has already become a classic when it comes to online multiplayer, it’s excessively fun to pull off elaborate heists with your friends, be it by entering guns-blazing or through stealth.

Payday 3 promises to expand upon its formula, by featuring some of the nicest graphics the series has ever seen, as well as some really unique gameplay additions.

The crew from the original games is set to return in this newest entry, as the game seeks to improve on what the originals have created, while adding so much more.

Payday 3 is expected to launch in September 21, 2023 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC (via Steam and Epic Games Store).

6 – Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon

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FromSoftware’s Armored Core is back, now looking more souls-like than ever.

The company has found a lot of success in their recent releases, like Elden Ring, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, so now they are bringing one of their older franchises back, with a new coat of paint as well as some fantastic gameplay additions.

Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon is looking fast, slick, and absolutely brutal, which is expected from the franchise.

The long-awaited mecha sequel is launching on August 25th worldwide across Windows PC (via Steam), Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5.

5 – Immortals of Aveum

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Immortals of Aveum is an upcoming first-person shooter, featuring a completely new IP.

The game seeks to defy regular FPS conventions, by delivering a unique combat system focused around magic.

Immortals of Aveum is looking like a gorgeous new entry for the first-person shooter genre, looking very reminiscent of spectacle fighters with its flashy combat.

Immortals of Aveum launches on July 20, 2023 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC (via the EA AppSteam and Epic Games Store).

4 – S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl

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The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series always features some extremely niche titles, which slowly gained more popularity as time passed.

The series is set in an alternate version of Chernobyl, where the stalkers have been battling against radiated creatures, temporal anomalies and more.

S.T.A.L.K.ER. 2: Heart of Chernobyl promises to bring a much-needed next-gen polish to the franchise, delivering a cinematic experience as you fight for your life against the worst that Chernobyl has to offer.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl is scheduled for December, 2023, and will be available for Xbox Series X|S, and later on Windows PC. The game will also be available on Xbox Game Pass on launch.

3 – Mortal Kombat 1

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Mortal Kombat 1 is the newest entry to the Mortal Kombat franchise, bringing a soft-reboot to the game’s story.

This newest entry to the franchise will show all of the famous character’s origin stories, as well as bring back some familiar faces that haven’t been seen in a while.

Mortal Kombat 1 is also set to receive some unexpected DLC, featuring Homelander, from The Boys, and Omni-Man, from Invincible, both ultra-violent comic characters that subvert the super-hero trope by being terrible people.

Mortal Kombat 1 is set to launch on September 19th across PC (via Steam and the Epic Games Store), Xbox Series X|S, Switch, and PlayStation 5.

2 – Marvel’s Spider-Man 2

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Insomniac’s Spider-Man was fantastic, spawning a three-part DLC as well as a spin-off featuring Miles Morales.

The game’s sequel will now deal with Spider-Man’s biggest villain, Venom, as Peter Parker wears his iconic symbiote outfit.

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 has serious potential to become game of the year, as Insomniac has been knocking it out of the park as of late.

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is set to launch on October 20th for PlayStation 5.

1 – Starfield


Starfield is set to be Bethesda’s first original IP in 25 years, and is set to be a massive space adventure with a unique story.

If Bethesda truly delivers on their promises, Starfield may be the biggest RPG ever conceived, maybe even filling in the niche that No Man’s Sky was expected to fill.

The trailers and shots we have seen so far paint a gorgeous and immersive world, but only time will tell if the game really will live up to our hype.

Starfield is set to release on September 6, 2023, for the Xbox Series X/S, and Microsoft Windows (through Steam).


So there you go, this is our top 10 best upcoming games of 2023. We will have coverage for all of them as they near their release dates, be it through news, reviews or previews, so continue to check out Niche Gamer for more.

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