15 New Shooters of 2023
The year has only just begun, but the roster of upcoming shooters looks very promising. Whether you’re a fan of third-person Souls-like shooters, first-person shooters with action RPG mechanics and loot, or remakes of beloved titles, there’s plenty to look forward to.
Mundfish’s action RPG/FPS combines an alternate history setting with its trippy retro futuristic art style, killer robots and pseudo-immersive-sim gameplay. As agent P3, it’s your job to investigate facility 3826, a scientific hub whose robots have gone out of control. Armed with firearms, melee weapons and a polymer glove, you’ll encounter all kinds of horrors while utilizing the environment and abilities to take them down. Atomic Heart launches on February 21st for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5 and PC.
Destiny 2: Lightfall
Releasing on February 28th, Lightfall features a new campaign (with Legendary option for higher rewards), loot (including new Exotics), six-player activity and more await players while Season 20 delivers tons of new features like loadouts and gameplay changes. Lightfall will be available for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5 and PC.
The follow-up to Gunfire Games’ surprise hit, Remnant 2 sees players venturing across multiple worlds, battling terrifying creatures once more. The gameplay adheres to the addictive mix of range shooting and melee combat, complete with Souls-like dodge rolling, dynamically generated areas. The Archetype system, along with weapons and items, has also been expanded, allowing for an even more interesting experience, be it solo or co-op with up to two friends. Remnant 2 is out later this year for PS5, PC and Xbox Series X/S.
Resident Evil 4
A ground-up remake of Capcom’s 2005 survival horror classic, Resident Evil 4 sees Leon S. Kennedy on a mission to rescue the President’s daughter, Ashley. Aside from improved visuals, the remake delivers several improvements, like the removal of QTEs, deflecting chainsaw strikes with the knife, providing commands to Ashley, perks for different attache cases, and so on. It looks incredibly good if you can ignore the somewhat iffy rain effects. Resident Evil 4 releases on March 24th for Xbox Series X/S, PS5 and PC.
From high-octane co-op action to emotional story-telling and massive open worlds, 2023’s shooters have much to offer fans.
After multiple delays and going from remake to reboot, Nightdive Studios’ System Shock releases in March for PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4 and PS5. Based on the 1994 classic, it features massively improved visuals, an overhauled UI, new music and sounds, and more to accompany the complex story. Even SHODAN’s original voice actor returns to complete the digital nightmare.
Horizon Call of the Mountain
Dead Island 2
What happens when vampires (read: overly insane scientists and experiments gone wrong) take over Redfall, Massachusetts and seal it off from the rest of the world? Bite back, as per Arkane’s marketing tagline, except with guns, stakes, fire and special abilities. Redfall is a mix of several genres – looter shooter, immersive-sim, stealth, co-op, open-world – with four playable characters, each having unique kits. Venture alone or with friends to take down the vampires, when it launches on May 2nd for Xbox Series X/S and PC.
Soleil and 110 Industries team up for a retro-futuristic combination of third-person shooting and hack-and-slash action. In Wanted: Dead, players control Hannah Stone, as she and her squad battle mercenaries, PMCs and gangs over a week in Hong Kong. Combining stylish executions with various customizable weapons, it’s grungy and hardcore, but also appealing in an old-school way. Wanted: Dead is now available for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5 and PC.
Developed by Embark Studios, which consists of former Battlefield developers, ARC Raiders is a post-apocalyptic free-to-play third-person shooter. It sees a group of resistance fighters, the Raiders, battling the ARC and its terrifying machines. Teamwork is necessary as you utilize various weapons and gadgets, scavenge resources, and adapt to changing combat scenarios. Though we’ve yet to see new gameplay, ARC Raiders plans to release in 2023 for Xbox Series X/S, PS5 and PC.
Horizon Call of the Mountain
Dead Island 2
Crime Boss: Rockay City
First-person shooter meets heist simulator meets star-studded Hollywood cast in the upcoming 505 Games-published title. As you choose a crew and embark on different missions, you’ll get to know all of Rockay City’s quirky characters, either solo or with up to four characters. Multiple jobs, extensive stories, and various threats await in a rogue-like campaign when Crime Boss: Rockay City launches on March 28th for PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC.
Meanwhile, Starbreeze Studios’ long-awaited Payday 3 promises to release this year for PlayStation, Xbox and PC, taking place in New York and featuring the old gang. Developed in Unreal Engine, it’s yet to receive gameplay, but the developer has confirmed it to be the same title across consoles and PC. Cryptocurrencies, the dark web, mass surveillance and other themes play a role in the story, but you’ll still be pulling heists solo or with friends.
Capcom’s Exoprimal continues the publisher’s quest to not release a Dino Crisis sequel. It sees two teams of five players fighting through scenarios created by Leviathan, an evil AI, which often involves hordes of dinosaurs. Various exosuits, which players can switch between in battle, help in this task and serve different roles. Various objectives and combat challenges, along with PvP invasions and bosses await, when Exoprimal launches in 2023 for PS4, PS5, PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl
Updates on GSC Game World’s long-awaited sequel are slow, and understandably so, given the situation in Ukraine. Nevertheless, even based on some new screenshots, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 looks sublime. Its vision of a massive, detailed 64-km² Exclusion Zone, complete with different factions, enemies, extensive weapon customization and a branching story is still appealing. However, time will tell if it arrives by late June on Xbox Series X/S and PC.
Starfield is one of Bethesda’s most ambitious games in a long while, whether it’s the more in-depth character creation, 1000 planets to explore, or the sheer range of features, from spaceship customization to factions. The gunplay looks better than Fallout 4, which isn’t saying a lot, but expanded movement options like jetpacks and sliding look promising. It’s out in the first half of 2023 for Xbox Series X/S and PC, with a standalone showcase premiering soon.
Tom Clancy’s The Division Heartland
Between extraordinary losses and cancelling several of its projects, Massive Entertainment’s The Division is probably the best thing Ubisoft has going. The Division Heartland is also intriguing with its roster of playable characters, the PvEvP mode Storm Operations which supports up to 45 players, and Excursion Operations, which seems like an extraction-based PvE mode. While no release date is available, it’s coming this year to Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PS4, PS5 and PC, with an open beta planned for before launch.