Historically speaking, March can be a pretty big time for game releases. In 2022, big hitters like Gran Turismo 7 launched in March, as well as smaller, more niche hits like Triangle Strategy. February tends to be the month when the real tentpole blockbusters land, but March always has its fair share of big games to check out, and it’s looking like 2023 is going to be no exception in that regard. Big games are landing on Xbox, Switch PS5 and more this March. Here are the biggest game releases you can look forward to in March 2023.
The Last of Us: Part I (PC, March 3rd)
Having already wowed PlayStation audiences with its revamped visuals and gameplay, The Last of Us: Part I is making its way to PC on March 3rd. You can expect the same riveting, heart-wrenching tale told in the original remake (and, indeed, the original game), complete with more visual enhancements and other improvements. When a game like this gets released on PC, the modding scene almost always kicks into gear, so we’re looking forward to seeing what kind of mods players create.
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty (PC, PlayStation, Xbox, March 3rd)
Also launching on March 3rd is this Souslike hack-and-slasher from Nioh developer Team Ninja. The developers have promised that Wo Long will have much less of a focus on gathering loot; you won’t need to swap out your armour and weapons every few drops. Instead, the game will focus on high-octane combat against a variety of different foes and bosses, all taking place against a backdrop of Three Kingdoms-era China. You can also play this one on Xbox Game Pass when it comes out.
Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse (PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, March 9th)
If you’ve never played a Fatal Frame game, this one seems like it’ll be a pretty solid place to start. Fatal Frame is a survival horror series in which you must battle ghosts using a camera; you’ll take photos of them in order to wear down their endurance and finally defeat them after enough photos have been taken. Paired with a spooky story inspired by classical Japanese mythology, Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse promises to be a solid remaster of a cult Japan-only Wii game.
Oni: Road to be the Mightiest Oni (PC, PlayStation, Switch, March 9th)
It’s a very mythology-focused March this year, and Oni: Road to be the Mightiest Oni is another game reinforcing that focus. You play as Kuuta, a young oni who is on the titular road to become the mightiest of his kind. Together with your spirit friend Kazemaru, you must explore the island of Kisejima, where you’ll challenge demons to a series of trials in order to prove your might and become – you guessed it – the mightiest oni. This one looks adorable, so if you’re in the market for something a little cuter, you should find it here.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails to Azure (PC, PS4, Switch, March 14th)
The venerated Legend of Heroes series is back, and so is the equally venerated Trails sub-series. Trails to Azure promises another gargantuan JRPG, following protagonist Lloyd and his friends as they deal with rising political tensions in the land of Crossbell. If you’ve played Trails from Zero, you’ll be right at home with this continuation of Lloyd Bannings’ story, but if not, you might want to go and check that one out before you start up with this sequel.
Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon (Switch, March 17th)
Now here’s a rather curious little game. Platinum’s Bayonetta series has become well-known for its camp, high-octane action and combat, so a storybook puzzler seems like the last thing a franchise like that would spawn. Still, here’s Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon, a prequel in which you play as the titular Cereza and her demon Cheshire. With the left Joy-Con, you can use Cereza’s magic to bind foes, and with the right, you control the more combat-oriented Cheshire.
WWE 2K23 (PC, PlayStation, Xbox, March 17th)
After WWE 2K22 put in the work to restore the franchise’s reputation and start the long road to a heel-face turn, WWE 2K23 continues down that path. It’s another game created by developer Visual Concepts, one that this time revolves around the Superstar John Cena. In the career mode, you’ll live through some of Cena’s biggest losses, playing as his opponents to make sure that he doesn’t gain the upper hand. Expect plenty of match variations, playable wrestlers, and customisation options.
EA Sports PGA Tour (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, March 24th)
The first major golf game in EA’s PGA Tour franchise since 2015, EA Sports PGA Tour is set to revive the series on March 24th. Bearing the secondary title Road to the Masters, the game will let you play as various different tour players, including Xander Schauffele, Cameron Champ, and Hideki Matsuyama. You’ll also have access to 30 different courses. If you’re a fan of golf, you likely won’t find a better or more accurate simulation than this!
Resident Evil 4 Remake (PC, PlayStation, Xbox Series X/S, March 24th)
The all-time classic survival horror gets remade for modern machines. Resident Evil 4 has been re-released more times than you can count, and the original version is available on pretty much every platform right now, but this remake is a full reimagining from the ground up. Capcom says it’ll have better visuals, a “tenser atmosphere”, and a stronger focus on horror, as distinct from the original’s ramping action. There’s a lot riding on whether this one turns out well.