Upcoming PlayStation Exclusives for 2023 - Forspoken, Final Fantasy XVI, Marvel's Spider-Man 2 and more.

Upcoming PlayStation Exclusives for 2023 - Forspoken, Final Fantasy XVI, Marvel's Spider-Man 2 and more.

PlayStation ended 2022 in spectacular fashion with the release of God of War Ragnarok which was hailed as the game of the year for many and a more than worthy successor to God of War (2018). As we move into 2023 we're looking at another great year for PlayStation with some top exclusives releasing such as Forspoken, Marvel's Spider-Man 2 and much more; there is many titles to look forward to as well as new hardware with the release of PSVR2 in February.

The PS5 has been the most in-demand console since its release in November 2020 and has been plagued with stock issues post-COVID with supply not being able to match demand but it seems that now we're finally seeing the equilibrium being reached and stock becoming readily available. If you're interested in buying a PS5 console our dedicated PS5 comparison page will show you all the best PS5 deals and bundles you can grab right now. 

The PS5's high demand is easily understood when you look at the fantastic performance combined with the calibre of exclusive titles that release on the platform especially considering it feels like Xbox has really been lacking in the exclusive department as of late (though that does look to be changing big time in 2023). In this article, we're going to be looking forward to the biggest PlayStation exclusives of 2023 listed in chronological order including timed exclusives, pure exclusives, those that sometimes will be available on PC platforms and also some PSVR2. 

Best PlayStation Exclusives coming in 2023 in release order (click to jump to a specific title):

Forspoken

Forspoken Combat Screenshot PlayStation Exclusive

Release Date: January 24th 2023
Developer: Luminous Productions
Publisher: Square Enix
Genre: Action, RPG
Trailer: Forspoken Launch Trailer - YouTube

The first big PlayStation exclusive of 2023 is Forspoken, an open-world game from publisher Square Enix. Play as Frey Holland a young New Yorker who is transported to the mysterious fantasy lands of Athia. Upon getting to Athia Frey is granted supernatural powers, and must use her new magical abilities in order to take on the dark mythical creatures that inhabit these mystical lands as she seeks her way back home.

One of the other major key features of Forspoken is the world traversal, magic-infused parkour sees you move at incredible speeds as move through the open world. Forspoken is also releasing on both PS5 and PC and we're definitely keeping our eye on this early 2023 release.

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Season A Letter To The Future

Season A Letter To The Future PlayStation Exclusive

Release Date: 31st January 2023
Developer: Scavengers Studio
Publisher: Scavengers Studio
Genre: Adventure, Indie
Trailer: Season: A Letter To The Future Trailer - YouTube

Season A Letter To The Future is an indie title that sets you on a journey to discover and collect memories from an era before an enigmatic cataclysmic event. You'll play as a young woman cycling around a world shrouded by mystery trying to understand the history, and ecology of the world in order to answer questions about the season you're travelling through. 

Jump on your bike as you explore and document these picturesque environments to see what the seasons will bring in Season: A Letter To the Future on PS4, PS5 and PC January 31st.


Horizon Call of the Mountain (PSVR2)

Horizon Call Of The Mountain Bow PSVR2 Screenshot, PlayStation Exclusive

Release Date: 22nd of February 2023
Developer: Guerrilla Games 
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Genre: Action, Adventure
Trailer: Horizon Call of the Mountain Announcement Trailer - YouTube

Another major selling point of the PS5 in 2023 is the release of PSVR2 coming on the 22nd of February. Of course, this means Sony needs to release some big first-party VR games alongside it to intrigue people into buying the very impressive albeit an expensive piece of kit. The first port of call they're making is to Guerrilla Games and their flagship series Horizon which seems a very fitting world to immerse yourself in via VR.

In Horizon Call of the Mountain you'll experience the world of Horizon like never before; playing as Ryas you'll ascend the heights of Carja Sundom as you redeem his disgraced past in this mystery-filled adventure, we're sure this is going to wow fans of the Horizon series, as picking up your bow and taking on huge mechs is going to be truly awe-inspiring. We're definitely curious to see how this game reviews as it's definitely going to be a major decider on whether people do or do not bite the bullet and invest in the PSVR2 at release.


The Dark Pictures: Switchback (PSVR2)

The Dark Pictures: Switchback PSVR2 PlayStation Exclusive

Release Date: 22nd of February 2023
Developer: Supermassive Games
Publisher: Supermassive Games
Genre: Action, Horror, Shooter
Trailer: The Dark Pictures: Switchback VR Announcement Trailer - YouTube

Another day one PSVR2 exclusive here this time taking you into the horror genre which is probably the genre VR does best; because that level of immersion only tends to elevate the terror you experience, which as long as you're braver than me sounds great.

The Dark Pictures: Switchback VR is the latest entry in the Dark Pictures series of games from SuperMassive. This universe is well known for its combination of horror and intrigue but this latest VR title is definitely a new spin compared to their usual titles. In Switchback players are on a rollercoaster being thrown through hordes of unholy foes but don't worry you're armed to the teeth just don't blink because they'll know! You're definitely in for a bumpy ride with this one, so climb aboard, at your own risk.


Horizon Forbidden West Burning Shores (DLC)

Horizon Forbidden West Burning Shores DLC Screenshot, PlayStation Exclusive

Release Date: 19th of April 2023
Developer: Guerrilla Games
Publisher
: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Genre: Action, Adventure, RPG
Trailer: Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores Announcement Trailer - YouTube

We're back to the world of Horizon for the 2nd time in 2023 with the expansion to one of the best PlayStation exclusives of 2022 with Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores. This expansion sees us exploring a brand new region set in Los Angeles, which was given away in the trailer where we see the Hollywood sign get absolutely torn apart.

Back with our much-loved Aloy we explore a new take on California which has become a volcanic island, meet new characters, and foes whilst enjoying a whole new story in this grandiose DLC. One major point here is that this DLC is exclusive to PS5, although Horizon Forbidden West is available on PS4 this DLC will not be so.


Final Fantasy XVI

Final Fantasy XVI Promotional Image, PlayStation Exclusive

Release Date: 22nd of June 2023
Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Genre: Action, RPG
Trailer: Final Fantasy XVI Trailer - YouTube

One of the behemoths of this year when it comes to story-based RPGs is the 16th entry in the Final Fantasy series which we are being treated to in the Summer of 2023. Final Fantasy is Square Enix's magnum opus, many of us fans have our favourites and we always eagerly anticipate what will come next and after a 7-year hiatus since the initial release of Final Fantasy XV as expected we are indeed excited.

The setting for Final Fantasy XVI is Valisthea whose inhabitants are blessed with magical prowess and supernatural abilities as a result of a natural resource called Mothercrystals. The kingdom of Valisthea however has an affliction known as the mysterious blight which is spreading across it, and your role in this story is to combat and prevent this spread from destroying the realms of Valisthea. Combat in Final Fantasy XVI has moved away from the turn-based action of old and will instead feature real-time action oozing with style. There's a tonne to like here and the trailers have only enhanced the hype for this game.

Final Fantasy XVI is going to be PlayStation exclusive at launch however it's likely we will see a PC release later down the line, but when it comes to Xbox we're currently unsure if that is going to happen.

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Marvel's Spider-Man 2 

Marvel's Spider-Man 2 Peter Parker and Miles Morales Screenshot, PlayStation Exclusive

Release Date: Fall 2023 (exact date TBC)
Developer: Insomniac Games
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Genre: Action, Adventure
Trailer: Marvel's Spider-Man 2 Reveal Trailer - YouTube

Both of Insomniac's Spider-Man games have been fantastic PlayStation exclusives, the first headed up by Peter Parker and Miles Morales in the spin-off. The next mainline entry in the series sees our two protagonists join forces as they take on by popular villain Venom and the rather underappreciated hunter Kraven. 

We'd expect the gameplay to be similar to the previous 2 games which leaves the question: where does Insomniac take the series next? The cliche with these games is they just really make you feel like Spider-Man and that's what makes them so great, it may be cliche but it's just so true. Knowing Insomniac this sequel is going to be bigger and better than it's predecessors, so we're extremely excited to see this title later in the year exclusively on PS5.


Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Cloud and Zack screenshot, PlayStation Exclusive

Release Date: Winter 2023 (exact date TBC)
Developer:  Square Enix
Publisher:  Square Enix
Genre:  Action, RPG
Trailer: Final Fantasy VII Rebirth First Look Trailer - YouTube

The FFVII remake's second part is supposedly coming this year, I say supposedly as this is a game I could definitely see being delayed. Which if necessary it should be! Good things come to those who wait, but with a bit of luck, we're gonna see two giant entries in the Final Fantasy franchise this year to keep fans satiated.

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth will directly follow the events of the first game continuing the well-revered story of the classic Final Fantasy VII. We'd expect a lot of similarities with the first chapter in Square Enix's ground-up remake of Final Fantasy VII which is a truly beautiful adaptation with a combat system much more fitting to the games of today. There are still not a lot of details about this one but we're sure to see more in the coming months, but so far it looks like the game is exclusively launching on PS5.

 


Stellar Blade

Stellar Blade Eve with giant rifle screenshot, PlayStation Exclusive

Release date: 2023 (exact date TBC)
Developer: SHIFT UP Corporation
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Genre: Action, Adventure
Trailer: Stellar Blade Trailer - YouTube

Stellar Blade is a fast-paced third-person RPG which is dripping with style. We're definitely getting some souls-like vibes here regarding the combat and boss design but with a more sci-fi and mechanical feel. The protagonist of this new IP is Eve an incredibly capable fighter who must help rebuild one of the last bastions of Planet Earth a city named Xion as it is ravaged by creatures known as the NA:tives.

This is definitely an incredibly flashy title with its graphics and combat being its major selling points, we're very interested to see more of this game and how it turns out, right now from the trailers there's most certainly some intrigue.


Tchia

Tchia Gliding Screenshot, PlayStation Exclusive

Release Date: 2023 (exact date TBC)
Developer: Awaceb
Publisher: Awaceb
Genre: Action, Adventure, Indie
Trailer: Tchia Gameplay Trailer - YouTube

Tchia is an upcoming open-world adventure set in a beautiful tropical paradise inspired by New Caledonia. The protagonist Tchia sets off on her adventure in order to rescue her father from the cruel tyrant Meavora who rules the archipelago. 

Tchia has a special ability which allows her to take control of any animal or object she comes across. From climbing and gliding through the sky to swimming through the waters and sailing around the island there is plenty of puzzles to solve as you advance through Tchia's adventure. The game is heavily inspired by the New Caledonian culture and is looking like a truly gorgeous experience. Oh and not to forget the game has a fully playable Ukulele! Tchia is releasing some time in 2023 on PS4, PS5 and PC and is looking to be a true indie darling.


So there you have our list of some of the much-anticipated games releasing exclusively on PlayStation in 2023. We're sure more games will be released this year and more concrete release date information is available. There's still some massive exclusives where no dates have been solidified like Marvel's Wolverine (we think Insomniac might be too busy for that as well this year) but we will definitely let you know if that changes. It's interesting to see that a lot of the titles on this list now are just PS5 exclusives and the PS4 is beginning to be left behind a bit, have you upgraded to the PS5 yet? If so did you think it was worth it? Let us know below what you're looking forward to playing this year on PlayStation and if there is any titles you think we should add to this list.

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