Top 10 world’s most anticipated video games of 2023

Find out what the world’s game players are excited to see in 2023 - we’ve listed the top 10 video games that achieved the most global Google search hits

A new study, conducted and published by Solitaired.com, has revealed the 2023 launch games that are garnering the most online interest. 

These rankings are based on Google data from across the world, and an analysis of the search hits for the 41 big-budget video games due to be released next year. 

According to the results, the world’s 10 most anticipated video games are as follows…

10. Kerbal Space Program 2

The original Kerbal Space Program game was originally released way back in 2011. So, for the long-awaited sequel, the global gaming community is clearly expecting big things. 

For the next installment of the Kerbal Space Program game series, the game has undergone a complete redesign. 

While still retaining the beloved Kerbonaut characters and interactive building challenges, “Kerbal Space Program 2 has been fully redesigned from the ground up to meet the demands of modern and next-generation space exploration”. 

Alongside the modding capabilities that players loved from the original, Kerbal Space Program 2 will also introduce an eagerly requested multiplayer option. 

Global Google search volume, per month: 54,000

Game developer: Intercept Games

9. Dead Space Remake

Dead Space - a remake of the original 2008 Dead Space game - is scheduled for release in January 2023. 

The hybrid space-exploration-and-gory-horror game has undergone a complete redesign, in order to utilise modern gaming technologies. Insider reports tell us that the updated game will be highly immersive, contain a more developed story, and feature advanced gameplay mechanics.  

Global Google search volume, per month: 57,000

Game developer: Motive Studio

8. Final Fantasy xvi

Part 16 of the immensely popular gaming series, Final Fantasy XVI promises even more advanced medieval fantasy artwork, captivating storytelling and (possibly most surprisingly) British voice actors. 

“Currently, there is no game that depicts a medieval fantasy world of this scale with PS5 class graphics. So we decided to focus on the scenery of medieval Europe and fused it with the fantasy we came up with,” said Naoki Yoshida, the Final Fantasy XVI producer, in a recent interview. 

Global Google search volume, per month: 58,000

Game developer: Square Enix

7. PAYDAY 3

Two years after the word got out, PAYDAY 3 will be released in 2023. 

The first-person action video game has a big act to follow, after the consistent popularity of its predecessor PAYDAY 2.  

The third installment of the game series will make its mark by being set in New York. It will also be set a few years after PAYDAY 2. The original gang of Fallas, Hoxton, Chains and Wolf will feature once again, coming out of retirement for a big NY job. And, as of yet, that’s all we know. 

Global Google search volume, per month: 59,000

Game developer: Overkill Software

6. Off The Grid

Off The Grid is a cyberpunk shooter game, located on a futuristic, dystopian tropical island. The multiplayer game sets players into factions, before sending them on Battle Royale 2.0 missions “outside the system, deep in the chaos”. 

Global Google search volume, per month: 65,000

Game developer: Gunzilla Games 

5. Street Fighter 6

Street Fighter is back, with an intricately designed, highly immersive and state-of-the-art addition to the series. 

Street Fighter 6 will feature three game modes - the traditional Fighting Ground, plus the new additions of World Tour and Battle Hub. Upon release, the game will be available for players using PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox Series X/S and Microsoft Windows. 

Global Google search volume, per month: 65,000

Game developer: Capcom

4. Resident Evil 4

Resident Evil 4 - as its name suggests, a remake of the original 2005 Resident Evil 4 - will use all the latest in modern gaming advancements to really amp up the horror of the original. 

The game has been “reimagined for 2023 to bring state-of-the-art survival horror.”

“Resident Evil 4 preserves the essence of the original game, while introducing modernized gameplay, a reimagined storyline, and vividly detailed graphics to make this the latest survival horror game where life and death, terror and catharsis intersect.”

Plus, this is another big win for Capcom, who have secured two of the top 5 spots. 

Global Google search volume, per month: 92,000

Game developer: Capcom

3. Ark II

Originally announced by Studio Wildcard back in 2020, Ark II is a prehistoric-come-futuristic survival game. 

Although it comes as the next installment of the immensely popular 2017 ARK: Survival Evolved game, this is just one of the reasons why it’s had so many search hits. 

The other? Vin Diesel is not only featured in the game, but he is also the executive producer of Ark II. 

Global Google search volume, per month: 120,000 

Game developer: Studio Wildcard 

2. Hytale

Hytale is a sandbox and roleplaying video game, which will be available on Microsoft Windows and Mac.  

The fantasy game land contains its own history, and a wealth of on-theme adventures. “Designed with creative players in mind, Hytale’s engine supports everything from block-by-block castle construction to scripting and customization delivered using easy to use and powerful tools.”

Global Google search volume, per month: 182,000 

Game developer: Hypixel Studios

1. Starfield

With a search volume higher than entries two and three combined, Starfield has undisputably secured itself the top spot. 

The game will be situated in a highly-immersive galactic world, with exceptional graphics and highly realistic landscapes, equipment and character design. 

With Starfield, players can “create any character you want and explore with unparalleled freedom as you embark on an epic journey to answer humanity’s greatest mystery.”

One of the reasons why it’s generating so much hype is the fact that this is Bethesda Game Studios’ first new universe in 25 years. If you haven’t heard of them already, these are the award-winning studios between The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Fallout 4.

Global Google search volume, per month: 412,000 

Game developer: Bethesda Game Studios

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