Computer games are becoming more expensive every year. Their quality of performance is growing, the demand for good projects is increasing. If 30 years ago the cost per game was about $3 million, then modern variations require about $10 million to create, sometimes even more. For example, Valve spent $40 million on Half Life 2, and that was in 2004. Now the price tag would be several times higher.
The most expensive project in history was the game GTA IV, the developers have invested more than 120 million dollars. However, on the first day of sales, they made a profit that exceeded this value several times. The fifth part of the races only slightly lowered the bar for costs, but brought the creators more than $ 4 billion. If we recall the projects of our years, then in 2020 Cyberpunk 2077, the development of which took a little less than $ 400 million. What prices to expect in 2023? Scary to imagine! But bright stories will definitely come out and very soon. Today we will talk about the most anticipated games that should be released this year.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2: Heart of Chornobyl
Players who try to follow the news events in the gaming world know about the release of S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2. They wanted to introduce it back in 2022, but plans went astray, so the premiere is scheduled for this year. However, the exact date has not been announced by the creators. Perhaps the developers have problems, and the game will be transferred again for passing. We will not deny this fact, but it is better, of course, to hope for the best. Millions of fans strive to visit the Exclusion Zone.
Frey acts as the main character, but the details of the storyline are not very disclosed for general viewing. It is known that the girl lives in New York. Something strange must happen to her, after which she will move into an unknown fantasy world. They call him Atiya. At first glance, it is beautiful here, but if you look closely, danger and cruel monsters lurk around every corner.
In the story, it is noted that Frey’s beloved cat is waiting for her at home, which she loves and misses very much. Living in the ordinary world, the girl suffered from anxiety and depression, but in this fabulous place, everything changes. With the help of magic, she will defeat the enemies and return home.
This is a first person action RPG. Pre-orders are already open for the game, so with a strong desire, you can become the first to help the heroine complete all the quests. The release is scheduled for January, there is very little left.
Hollow Knight: Silksong
Hollow Knight was the usual next indie project in 2017. But after his release, everything turned upside down. The popularity began to grow rapidly. The game has added millions of new players to the army of 2D platformer metroidvania fans. It is already known about the second part that the Hornet will be in the spotlight in Silksong. This is the boss from the first part, which later turned out to be a relative of the protagonist.
The gameplay and mechanics are similar to the previous version of the project. The passage will be accompanied by speed, the need for skill and the ability to analyze the situation.
The game will be available on Windows. Linux, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, macOS. Its release will take place in June 2023.
The game was created by Bethesda Game Studios, which owns both The Elder Scrolls and Fallout. The main differences between the projects are an open world and a wide variety of quests and additional missions. The plot has a confusing chain of events, but it is solvable and very interesting for the players. Starfield is billed as a difficult RPG.
For the first time they started talking about the project in 2016, but the release is planned only this year. About the plot, the developers do not apply. However, if it took 10 years to develop, then it is worth waiting for a high-quality masterpiece.
Alan Wake 2
The whole world appreciated this game very much. The creators say that the plot for the sequel was born to them immediately after the release of the first part. But no one knows the details. The fate of Alan’s friend Barry Wheeler and Sheriff Sarah Breaker will be revealed. As Alan Wake themselves say, their developments for the continuation of the series were used by them twice — in Quantum Break (2016) and in the spin-off Alan Wake’s American Nightmare. That is, the new part will combine the mechanics of these two projects.
We recommend this game to all fans of the Harry Potter universe. The Avalanche Software studio project describes the history of Hogwarts students, where everyone has the right to choose the faculty they like and attend classes at the school of magic. In addition to acquiring spells, the hero will have to explore a huge open world and use new skills in life.
The main advantage was the ability to accurately customize the appearance, character and even the voice of the hero to the individual wishes of the user. The ending may be different, it depends on the events and actions that the player will choose during the passage of missions. The release will take place in February this year. The project is available on Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
The DC Comics Suicide Squad is sure to remain in the hearts of many players. Fans of this genre will appreciate the character of Harley Quinn and her partners. During the passage, they will meet Superman, whose mind is captured by cruel enemies. What the game will be, namely, what kind of genre it has, is not clear. The developers changed it several times during the presentations. But elements of a shooter should appear. Also, the creators note the possibility of cooperative passage with friends. In total, up to 4 people can gather at the same time.
The shooter strives to take a good position in its segment by its release to the masses. The main events of the game take place on the territory of the Soviet Union in 1955. This is an alternate reality, nothing to do with previous years. In the center of the plot is the war of robots and people. Initially, mechanical assistants were on the side of the people, Soviet scientists used them to win the war. But then the robots became independent and went against their own creators.
The main character will have to understand what happened and how to stop it. Now all of humanity is under threat. The leveling of the character will comply with all the canons of the RPG genre. The gameplay itself is implemented as a first-person shooter. During the passage, the player needs to create weapons, accumulate resources. Opponents will meet at every turn, and you can fight them in February this year.
Dead Space (remake)
Usually remakes are not very welcome among project fans. But this time the developers managed to impress. Based on the first part, the gameplay and story were amazing. Now you don’t have to come up with something new. Developers will only have to embellish the product externally — to tighten it graphically.
There are not many details yet, there are not even frames from the game. All information is known due to a leak, so it is difficult to check its quality. Everything is kept secret. The project is a third-person shooter, it will be available in January 2023. The game can be installed on Windows, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S.
Dead Island 2
The game has echoes of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, since they almost stopped believing in its release. But the rumors about its freezing are in vain, the project has an exact release date — April 28, 2023. The main action of the game will cover Los Angeles, where a new epidemic of the zombie virus broke out.
The main character one day realizes that he is no longer the same as before. His eyes turned red, the whites disappeared, his skin became dry and sinewy. He has contracted an unknown virus that is decimating the population. Will he be able to overcome the enemy with dignity or will he die? We’ll find out in April this year.