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- #20 Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince
- #19 Lies of P
- #18 Jusant
- #17 Wild Hearts
- #16 Blood Bowl III
- #15 Octopath Traveller II
- #14 Spellforce: Conquest of Eo
- #13 Phantom Hellcat
- #12 The Lords of the Fallen
- #11 For The King II
- #10 Baldur’s Gate III
- #9 Valheim
- #8 Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty
- #7 Minecraft Legends
- #6 Sea of Stars
- #5 Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora
- #4 Hogwarts Legacy
- #3 Diablo IV
- #2 Final Fantasy XVI
- #1 The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
There’s no denying that games open up a range of fantastical worlds to explore. From far-flung adventures in mythical lands to epic storytelling against a backdrop of magical beings, fantasy games are big hitters. In this list, we’re looking ahead to check out some new and upcoming fantasy games of 2023. Start planning your next fantasy adventure ahead of the curve with one of these intriguing-looking titles that are currently in the works. Maybe you’ll find a whole new world to escape into.
#20 Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince
Release Date: December 1, 2023
In Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince, you will be given a unique twist on the classic RPG. Instead of being the hero who is “destined to save the world with his two hands,” those hands will be bound in a curse that makes him incapable of harming monsters! So what’s he to do? Simply put, he will get his own monsters to fight off the monsters! It’s time to raise an army! You’ll travel the land and find as many powerful creatures as possible; then you’ll fuse them together to make them even more powerful! If you play it right, you’ll have the best monsters around and be able to get revenge against those who wronged you!
#19 Lies of P
Platform: PC September 18, 2023
Release Date: PS4 PS5 Xbox One XSX|S September 19, 2023
We all know the story of Pinocchio, but as with all tales, they sometimes can be changed drastically depending on who’s telling them. In Lies of P, you are a very different version of the legendary puppet, and Pinocchio’s journey will be much more intense this go around.
In the game, you are on a quest to find your maker in the city of Krat. The city is corrupt to the core, and monsters are everywhere. You’ll have to build up Pinocchio so he can stand up to the threats that await. But that’s not all. How the puppet handles truths and lies will affect both him and the world around him. So be careful what you choose to do and say.
Platform: PC PS5 XSX|S
Release Date: October 31, 2023
Many titles have tried to defy what it means to be a “fantasy title” or to give players a “true sense of exploration.” But in Jusant, you’ll get a fresh twist on the game.
That’s because your goal in the title will be to climb up a massive tower and experience everything it offers on the way up.
But it’s not as simple as it sounds. You’ll need to learn how to climb with precision while also using the tools you have on you to help preserve your stamina. Additionally, you’ll need to use the various plants and other things of interest in the biomes you enter to ascend further.
#17 Wild Hearts
Developer: Omega Force / Koei Tecmo
Publisher: Electronic Arts Inc.
Platforms: PC PS5 XSX|S
Release: February 27, 2023
If you enjoy Monster Hunter, a competitor had released this year. A fantasy title called Wild Hearts will offer another game centered around tracking massive beasts and taking them down. Similar to Monster Hunter, players must ensure they have been well-equipped with gear and acquire resources from successful takedowns. This should allow you to craft even better gear for your next bout. But what the developers here are trying to do a bit differently is focusing on traps and crafting builds to take monsters down. Fortunately, you will have three-player cooperative support, so you and a couple of friends can join in and go through some monster hunts together.
#16 Blood Bowl III
Developer: Cyanide Studio
Publisher: Nacon / Bigben Interactive
Platforms: PC PS4 XBOX ONE PS5 XSX|S
Release: February 23, 2023
What started as a board game turned into an interactive fantasy video game. The Blood Bowl franchise is still pressing on after its initial video game adaptation in 2009. With this third installment, players will be going through the second edition ruleset. If you haven’t followed this game, it’s a turn-based strategy sports title that acts as a parody of American football. Although, this football game is far more brutal as players can injure or even kill a player as they attempt to run the ball into the opposing team’s end zone.
#15 Octopath Traveller II
Developer: Square Enix, ACQUIRE Corp.
Publisher: Square Enix
Release: February 24, 2023
Octopath Traveller II, will put you in the shoes of eight brand-new protagonists as they set off on individual journeys that will affect their world.
Each character is unique in their history, their abilities, and the paths they’ll walk. Some are simply good people trying to make a difference in the world. Others are ones hurt by their past and trying to atone or seek revenge on those who have wronged them.
Pick your favorite four and head into battle against monstrous foes. Use their abilities to the fullest to unleash devastating attacks and secure your victory.
#14 Spellforce: Conquest of Eo
Publisher: THQ Nordic
Release date: February 3, 2023
Developers: Owned by Gravity, Owned by Gravity GmbH
Platform: Microsoft Windows
Spellforce: Conquest of Eo is indeed set in the realm of the original Spellforce game, but this time around, you’re going to have a much different goal in mind.
Here, you’ll be a small-time mage with grand aspirations. With nothing but a tower and some minions to your name, you’ll have to send them out across the land of Eo in order to grow your power, and find rare magical artifacts that’ll increase your strength.
The more power you get, the larger your wizard tower grows! Use strategy and power to conquer all in your new lands, and defeat all the magical rivals that try and stop you!
#13 Phantom Hellcat
Developer: Ironbird Creations
Publisher: All in! Games
Release date: TBA
Ready for something unique? Truly unique? Phantom Hellcat is that in spades, and it’s ready to put on a show for you, literally!
In the game you’ll play as Jolene, a rebellious daughter whose mother was the guardian of a theater where demons were imprisoned. When one of the seals to that prison breaks, the demons take her mother. Now, Jolene must learn the stagecraft her mother once did and put the demons back in their place.
With each “world”, you’ll go to, the stage will transform and depict various things. But be careful, stagecraft is very much on display here. Work with Jolene to proceed to the grand finale and ensure the safety of her mother and the world!
#12 The Lords of the Fallen
Developer: Defiant Studios, Hexworks Studios
Publisher: CI Games
Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC
Release date: October 13, 2023
You might recall that this was almost Lords of the Fallen 2, but instead they just put “the” in front of the title.
In this RPG title, you’ll be in a world that is five times larger than the original game. Meaning a truly vast experience awaits you no matter how you look at it.
The demon god Adyr was defeated long ago, but in the new game, his resurrection might be imminent. As such, you must journey across a set of worlds in order to ensure that the demon god doesn’t awaken once more.
A deep story awaits, and it’ll determine what kind of warrior you choose to be.
#11 For The King II
Developer: IronOak Games
Publisher: Curve Games
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Release date: November 2, 2023
For The King II continues the previous games desire to mix together various kinds of unique gameplay in order to make a very special experience.
In this case, you’ll take on the role of a group of citizens who must rally together to put an end to the wicked queen’s evil reign. But doing so will not be easy. You’ll need to arm your citizens with the right classes, go on quests to grow, gain better weapons and armor, and more.
Plus, with the JRPG and roguelike elements of the game, including dice being able to decide your fate more times than not, you’ll want to make sure you don’t get into battles you can’t win.
No two campaigns will be the same, so enjoy!
#10 Baldur’s Gate III
Developer: Larian Studios
Publisher: Larian Studios
Release: August 3, 2023
Who’s ready for a classic RPG-style adventure in the realm of D&D? If so, then create your character and start your quest in Baldur’s Gate 3!
The game, which continues the grand legacy that came before it, will put you in the Forgotten Realms as a character of your own design! But just as important, you can embrace a dark power within you or fight it and do what you feel is best for those around you.
Once you make your early choices, you’ll gather up a party of characters and travel the land! You’ll fight evil, make choices that’ll affect the realm, travel to your heart’s content, and possibly romance some characters along the way.
Developer: Iron Gate Studio
Publisher: Coffee Stain Publishing
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
Release: March 14, 2023 (Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)
Inspired by Norse mythology, Valheim puts you in a procedurally generated world and tells you to do one very not-so-simple thing…survive.
The twist is that you can have up to 9 other people in each playthrough to go and try to survive with and alongside. You’ll need to explore this very mysterious land you’ve ended up in, gather supplies, and then build a new home for your people, and expand it when necessary.
But be warned, there are dangers in this land, and that means you’ll need to craft weapons and armor in order to take them down and enjoy the peace you desire.
#8 Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty
Developer: Team Ninja
Publisher: Koei Tecmo
Platforms: Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, PC
Release: March 3, 2023
Many games take part in the time of the Three Kingdoms of China. But how many of them can you say truly embrace the fantasy side of things?
If that piques your interest, you’ll want to check out Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty! In the game, a great darkness has fallen over the Han Dynasty, and it’s up to you to free the people!
But to do so, you must awaken your dormant powers! Mix sword and sorcery together to stop the demon threat and raise people’s hope across China!
The power of a great warrior lies within you! So don’t be afraid to use it!
#7 Minecraft Legends
Developer: Mojang Studios, Blackbird Interactive
Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
Platforms: Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC
Release: August 18, 2023
As a spinoff from the original Minecraft game, Minecraft Legends will combine action with strategy to bring a new kind of adventure to the franchise. Taking place in a richly-detailed fantasy world that’s on the brink of destruction, the action in Minecraft Legends will feature the cute but clearly evil piglins as the antagonistic oppressors, hellbent on corrupting the game’s Overworld. Players will recognize the design of the landscape in Minecraft Legends from the original game, but this fantasy world will feature lush biomes, plenty of resources and a diversity of life that it’ll be down to them to protect.
#6 Sea of Stars
Developer: Sabotage Studio
Publisher: Sabotage Studio
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PC, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch
Release: August 29, 2023
Sea of Stars in many ways is a love letter to all the RPGs that helped pave the way for where we are now. You can see it in the visuals, the way the story is done, the combat system, and so on. In the game, you play as two characters who are trying to save the world by combining their sun and moon magics in order to fight off the monsters that have overrun the world.
This game was meant for those who enjoy that old-school RPG experience while also enjoying some new things along the way.
#5 Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora
Developer: Massive Entertainment
Platforms: Xbox Series X/S, PS5, PC, Amazon Luna, Google Stadia
Release: December 7, 2023
Based on the Avatar IP from James Cameron’s movie franchise, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora will be a first-person action-adventure game that will take players back to the majestic alien world of Pandora. As an open-world adventure, players will become one of Pandora’s native inhabitants, the Na’vi, and must embark upon a journey across their strange and beautiful world. Whilst set in the fantasy universe of Avatar, the game will tell its own standalone story and should prove a big hit with gamers who love an immersive world, regardless of whether they’re big fans of the Avatar franchise or not. We can expect to see Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora at some point in the 2023-24 release window, although a specific date is yet to be announced.
#4 Hogwarts Legacy
Release date: February 10, 2023
Developer: Avalanche Software
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and Series S, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
When you read the books or watched the movies featuring Harry Potter and his friends, your greatest desire was likely wanting to be in that world and see all it has to offer. The good news is that Hogwarts Legacy gives you that desire in spades. You’ll transfer to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and be able to explore the grounds therein. You can wander the castle and seek out its many hidden rooms. Then you can head to the grounds, fly on hippogriffs, or delve into the Forbidden Forest! You can even go to Hogsmeade and have unique adventures there! So jump in and wander to your hearts’ content!
#3 Diablo IV
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, X/S
Release: June 5, 2023
There are many reasons that fans have loved Blizzard’s hack-n-slash series over the years. But one of the biggest ones is the customization options you have.
In Diablo IV, you won’t just pick the class you want to play. You’ll slowly be outfitting them with weapons, armor, and abilities that will help you conquer the forces of light and dark.
Just when you think you have everything you need, something else might pop up and change how you look at the game and your enemies.
Plus, you won’t have to destroy enemies alone! You can make a party with friends and use your unique builds in a united way to take out everything in your path.
#2 Final Fantasy XVI
Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
When it comes to a certain Square Enix franchise, you can always count on the team to deliver you into a vast fantasy world with beautiful realms, unique people, and plenty of monsters to fight.
Final Fantasy XVI keeps up that trend and delivers a new story for you to partake in.
You’ll play Clive Rosfield, the “First Shield” of his homeland and the older brother to a Dominant, who wields a powerful beast known as an Eikon within him. But when dark events start to unfold, Clive goes on a mission of revenge to bring justice and vengeance to his home and family.
#1 The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
Release: May 12, 2023
When it comes to big titles, few can match up to The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom, and for numerous reasons. But if you’re going into this game to enjoy the action, you’ll have plenty to satisfy you. Once again, Link will have numerous weapons he can pick up on the go to fight off hordes of monsters. But in a twist, he can make them stronger via the “Fuse” ability! You can turn arrows into bombs or use certain jellies to freeze enemies solid, and that’s just the beginning of the possibilities! You can also merge things with your shield so that your defensive weapon can be offensive too! For example, you can attach a flamethrower to it and burn enemies as you defend against their attacks!
Disclaimer: This article was updated on 10/18/23 as we continue to adjust this list with new entries or remove games due to delays or failure to captivate audiences.