Heat Check: January Looks To Keep The Embers Burning

A Slow Burn

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January is a month when developers tend to do little more than keep the embers lit, but this January, we have major releases on multiple platforms set to get players excited and a number of smaller yet still interesting releases as well. Let’s check out what players can get excited about to start 2023.

 

 A Space For The Unbound

 

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Planned Release: January 19th, 2023

Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch, PC

I love games that explore a time and place I’m unfamiliar with. New perspectives are one of the best parts of storytelling. I may not know anything about rural India in the late 90s, but I’m confident I will after playing A Space for the Unbound. This adventure game explores the relationship between a boy and a girl who have superpowers. Adventure games have been having a bit of a renaissance as of late, and this looks like it could absolutely keep it going.

 

Dead Space

 

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Planned Release: January 27th, 2023

Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC

Some may have preferred a new entry in the series, but the first Dead Space title in nearly a decade is still cause for celebrate for horror fans, and it being a next-generation exclusive which can truly show off the power of current hardware will make some players quite happy. The disappointing reaction to spiritual successor The Callisto Protocol earlier this month will just give players more reason to look forward to this one.

 

Fire Emblem Engage

 

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Planned Release: January 20th, 2023

Platforms: Switch

It’s kind of wild that the series which I grew up always wishing to see localized has become one of Nintendo’s biggest franchises, but everyone seems gaga about Fire Emblem at this point. It’s less surprising that Fire Emblem Engage is bringing the series back than it is that it’s now been over three years since the last installment in the series. There are questions about some aspects of the art direction, but we can’t wait to dive back into Nintendo’s tactical RPG series.,

 

Forspoken

 

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Planned Release: January 24th, 2023

Platforms: PS5, PC

Delays have become an expectation in recent years as COVID has caused havoc in the industry. Forspoken was originally supposed to release in early 2022, but multiple delays now have it as one of the first major releases of 2023. While we have questions about what issues the game had during development, it’s hard to get your hands on this one and not feel excited. The freedom of movement is incredibly exciting, and the story about a stranger in a strange land intrigues. We’ll be ready to check this one out next month.

 

Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider

 

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Planned Release: January 12th, 2023

Platforms: PS5, PS4, Switch, PC, Luna

Looking like the coolest 16 bit game we never got to play, Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider is the latest from the developers of Blazing Chrome. That alone would have us excited, but the story, about a quest for vengeance against people destroying the world, has us intrigued as well. This is one to keep an eye on for sure.

 

A Few More Sparks

 

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While those are some of the biggest games of January, they’re far from the only titles we’re excited about. Persona fans who only jumped into the series with the adventures of the Phantom Thieves will finally get a chance to play Persona 4 Golden and Persona 3 Portable when they come to modern platforms on January 19th. If that’s not enough RPG goodness for you, One Piece Odyssey will try to give One Piece fans with the epic RPG they’ve always wanted a week earlier on January 12th. Inkulinati, which I got to check out a few months ago, looks to bring strategic battles with a graphic style reminiscent of Pentiment to players on January 31st. Finally, NeverAwake, the fascinating shooter which our own Josh Speer loved on PC in September, will hit consoles on January 19th.

 

Andrew Thornton
Andrew has been writing about video games for nearly twenty years, contributing to publications such as DarkStation, Games Are Fun, and the E-mpire Ltd. network. He enjoys most genres but is always pulled back to classic RPG's, with his favorite games ever including Suikoden II, Panzer Dragoon Saga, and Phantasy Star IV. Don't worry though, he thinks new games are cool too, with more recent favorites like Hades, Rocket League, and Splatoon 2 stealing hundreds of hours of his life. When he isn't playing games he's often watching classic movies, catching a basketball game, or reading the first twenty pages of a book before getting busy and forgetting about it.

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