2023 could well be one of the best years in PlayStation history for RPG fans. That may seem like bold statement at first, but we’ve compiled a list of 30 promising titles set to release over the course of the next 12 months — and it’s safe to say that 2023 is absolutely packed with role-playing games.
We’ve already highlighted a whopping 60 Most Anticipated PS5, PS4 Games of 2023, and although this list shares a fair few of the same titles, we’re specifically looking at RPGs this time around.
We might be sticking to just one genre, but the amount of variety on offer this year is staggering. From your open world epics to your nostalgia-driven JRPGs, there’s so much to look forward to in the months ahead.
This list is ordered chronologically, based on confirmed release dates. Now then, let’s dive right in…
Publisher: Bandai Namco / Developer: CyberConnect2
A full year of role-playing goodness kicks off with the PS5 version of Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot. Probably the best video game retelling of the Dragon Ball Z saga, this action RPG lets players explore a colourful world, powering up their heroes’ abilities through quests and optional battles before taking on key fights from the source material. An well crafted love letter to the franchise — and the expansions are pretty good too.
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Publisher: Bandai Namco / Developer: ILCA
One Piece meets Dragon Quest in this turn-based RPG, in which Luffy and his crew are transported to a strange island. Chunks of the game will see the Straw Hats relive past adventures, rediscovering their powers in the process. It’s clear that Bandai Namco has had a big budget for this one, and even if you’re not familiar with the juggernaut manga and anime property, we dare say that it’ll still be worth keeping an eye on.
Publisher: Atlus / Developer: Atlus
It’ll be great having Persona 3 on a modern console — even if Persona 3 Portable is a streamlined version of the experience. The PS2 original put Atlus’ now smash hit series on the map, boasting a fantastic sense of style, a great cast of characters, and some memorable, eery storytelling. Large parts of the Persona formula were better fleshed out in its sequels, but there’s something truly special about Persona 3’s foreboding atmosphere.
Publisher: Atlus / Developer: Atlus
Many would say that Persona 4 Golden is the Vita’s greatest game, and after you spend around 100 hours with its delightful cast, solving crazy mysteries in the shadow world, it’s hard to argue. The sleepy town of Inaba makes for a superb setting, where inexplicable murders are taking place on a regular basis. Naturally, it’s up to a bunch of high schoolers to get to the bottom of things. A role-playing masterpiece that we can’t wait to experience all over again.
Publisher: Capcom / Developer: Capcom
A surprise announcement from Capcom late last year, Monster Hunter Rise is making the jump to PS5 and PS4 this January. Switch and PC players have been banging on about this one since its initial release, and although it might not have the budget and shine of the excellent Monster Hunter World, this is clearly going to be another utterly engrossing action RPG.
Publisher: Square Enix / Developer: Luminous Productions
Forspoken’s had its marketing ups and downs since its reveal — and the currently available demo seems to have divided opinion even further — but we can get behind Square Enix trying something new. An open world action RPG with an emphasis on spell-slinging combat and traversal, we’re hoping that Forspoken will strike a chord ahead of the year’s heaviest hitters.
Publisher: Bandai Namco / Developer: Bandai Namco
Tales of Symphonia is definitely old enough to be considered a classic at this point, and this remaster’s set to deliver a hefty dose of nostalgia. Yes, it’s a real shame that it’s capped at 30 frames-per-second, but Tales fans will find it hard to resist the allure of Lloyd Irving’s epic adventure to regenerate the world.
Publisher: Electronic Arts / Developer: Omega Force
If Monster Hunter Rise doesn’t satisfy your creature-culling needs, then Wild Hearts should scratch the itch. A surprising joint effort from Koei Temco’s Omega Force and EA, this is set to be something of a spiritual successor to the solid Toukiden games. Everything we’ve seen so far suggests a moreish action RPG, boasting big environments and even bigger beasts. The flashy combat system relies on the crafting of magical siege weapons, which could give Wild Hearts a real edge.
Publisher: SEGA / Developer: RGG Studio
Western fans have been begging for an Ishin! localisation for years, and fortunately, SEGA listened to our pleas. Not just a port, Like a Dragon: Ishin! is a full-on remake of the samurai-styled Yakuza spinoff. Familiar faces from throughout the franchise have been added to the already dramatic story, and the combat system’s been given an overhaul with some crazy special attacks. Truth be told we’re not totally sold on these super moves just yet, but we’re still expecting a fantastic Like a Dragon title.
Publisher: Square Enix / Developer: Square Enix
While it is a bit weird to have Octopath Traveller II, er, travel straight to PS5 and PS4, there’s no denying the quality of this traditional JRPG property. This sequel looks to improve on its predecessor with a tweaked combat system and more intricate storytelling. With the first game still missing on PlayStation, it’ll be interesting to see how Octopath Traveller II fares — but at the end of the day, a great RPG is a great RPG, and we’re ready to get stuck into this character-packed epic.
Publisher: Koei Tecmo / Developer: Team Ninja
Team Ninja’s upcoming action RPG has a lot of Nioh DNA running through its veins, but Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty is looking to branch out in some very intriguing directions. For starters, combat is designed to be even more flashy and fluid, with a heavier emphasis on agility, parries, and counters. It’s shaping up to be a spectacle, complete with more than enough depth to keep hardcore players engaged.
Publisher: NIS America / Developer: Nihon Falcom
The direct sequel to last year’s Trails from Zero, Trails to Azure continues to story of Crossbell’s Special Support Section as the sh*t really hits the fan. Indeed, where Zero sets the stage, Azure is supposed to be an absolute barnstormer — as dramatic as Falcom’s Trails franchise gets. We can’t wait to see how things unfold in what should be a gripping follow-up to an already fantastic JRPG.
Publisher: Capcom / Developer: Capcom
When it comes to bang for your buck, Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection looks difficult to beat. A compilation of ten titles, it’s addictive and tactical turn-based battles from top to bottom. Throw in plenty of charming characters and entertaining storylines, and you’ve got a delightful time sink on your hands. Capcom’s got bigger games coming out in 2023, but this collection simply can’t be overlooked.
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment / Developer: Guerrilla Games
Who’s up for more Horizon Forbidden West, then? We’re expecting Burning Shores to basically be the equivalent of Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds — a meaty expansion that builds upon an already fantastic foundation. We anticipate some interesting little twists on the existing formula, and we can see Guerrilla Games crafting an absolutely gorgeous setting, since this DLC won’t be held back by the PS4.
Publisher: Blizzard / Developer: Blizzard
Billed as a darker Diablo that echoes the grittier tones of Diablo 2, this long-awaited sequel places the property’s timeless dungeon-looting blueprint in an expansive open world. We’ve actually played a chunk of Diablo 4 for preview purposes, and we think it’s shaping up especially well. A satisfyingly weighty evolution of Blizzard’s supremely addictive franchise.