From Cyberpunk 2077 to Xenoblade 3: essentially the most thrilling DLC of 2023

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Cyberpunk 2077 – you didn’t assume you have been achieved with Cyberpunk 2077, did you? (pic: CD Projekt)

A few of 2022’s greatest and greatest video games are getting extra content material all through 2023, together with Horizon Forbidden West and perhaps even Elden Ring.

We’ve already covered our most anticipated video games of the coming year, from The Legend Of Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom to Street Fighter 6. However, 2023 doesn’t just have brand new titles to look forward to.

Several games from 2022 will see a new lease of life throughout the next 12 months through DLC, paid or otherwise.

So, we’ve run through as many games as possible to find the most intriguing pieces of new content coming to some of 2022’s best games.

Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077 may not have launched last year, but 2022 was when the game finally broke free of its poor reputation, winning back disheartened fans and even attracting new ones thanks to its many updates and the tie-in Netflix show.

With all the worst bugs and glitches addressed, CD Projekt could finally focus on the game’s one and only paid expansion, Phantom Liberty. Details are slim but Keanu Reeves is back as Johnny Silverhand and now Idris Elba has joined the cast too.

The one downside is that the DLC is skipping the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but then those versions of the game were the key source of CD Projekt’s woes at launch. Hopefully, Phantom Liberty will be a top quality experience from the get-go and not require another 12 months of fixes.

The King Of Fighters 15

Although a second season of content for The King Of Fighters 15 had already been confirmed, SNK shared some more concrete details earlier this month, with the first new character, Shingo Yabuki, now available for purchase.

While there won’t be nearly as many compared to the first season, fans can look forward to an additional five characters up until the end of the year, with three of them – Kim Kaphwan, Sylvie Paula Paula, and Nadj – already revealed.

The roadmap also mentions cross-play support for later in the year, something which is now a must for any modern fighting game. Whether SNK intends to keep adding content in 2024 is another question entirely.

Horizon Forbidden West

After being widely anticipated for so long, Sony finally admitted to making DLC for Horizon Forbidden West at December’s The Game Awards. Like the Cyberpunk 2077 DLC, Sony had little to show beyond a cinematic trailer, but what it did show is enough to be excited about.

Titled Burning Shores, it will take Aloy to the ruins of Los Angeles, which is now home to a volcano and a giant tentacled robot that wasn’t a part of the main game.

The DLC promises to continue Forbidden West’s story and will introduce brand new characters, so we wouldn’t be surprised if this also serves as a prologue of sorts to the inevitable third game. You also don’t need to wait too long for it, as it’s scheduled for April 19.

Destiny 2

Again, not a 2022 game, but Destiny 2’s The Witch Queen expansion will be wrapping up very soon and segue into Lightfall, the penultimate chapter of the game’s Light And Darkness saga.

Lightfall launches on February 18 and has a lot going for it, introducing a new cyberpunk looking city you can freely roam about and the Strand subclass that lets you channel Spider-Man and web-swing wherever you want.

Aside from the expected new story, weapon, and cosmetic content, it will bring general improvements to the user experience, like an in-game loadout feature that players usually needed to rely on third party apps for.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 kicked off its own expansion pass last year, adding new cosmetics, a new party member, and the series’ traditional challenge mode. Although Nintendo hasn’t shared much, fans are waiting with bated breath to learn what the rest of the DLC entails.

We do know that the next update will add more challenge battles, character outfits, and another party member that seems to be brand new; it’s aiming to be out by the end of April.

After that, though, is the far more intriguing story DLC, which will be out by the end of the year. Considering how the main story wrapped up, fans continue to debate whether the DLC will act as an epilogue, a prequel, or something else entirely.

Splatoon 3

Admittedly, Splatoon 3’s own DLC expansion was never given a set date, but it seems reasonable to assume it’ll release in 2023. After all, Splatoon 2’s Octo Expansion came out less than 12 months after the main game.

We didn’t find Splatoon 3’s main campaign especially engaging and with even the core multiplayer lacking any significantly new ideas, we’re hopeful the DLC will surprise us, without being just a re-tread of the Octo Expansion.

Nintendo has typically kept quiet about the expansion, though the teaser image may suggest that Splatoon 2’s Pearl and Marina will make an appearance with new designs.

Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope

Even with the Rabbids, the Mario + Rabbids sequel is one of the best strategy games we’ve ever seen. So, we’re hardly going to say no to more of it in 2023.

Sparks Of Hope’s season pass consists of three expansions, though none of them have exact release windows. The first sounds like a gauntlet mode as you ascend a tower made up of ‘highly strategic battles.

The second will take you to a complete new planet to discover, however the third is what most followers have their eyes on since it’s going to star Rayman, who’s been notably absent ever for the reason that Rabbids stole his highlight.

Sonic Frontiers

The one factor extra stunning than Sonic Frontiers being a legitimately good sport is that Sega has a 12 months’s value of post-launch content material scheduled for it. Even higher is that it’s all free.

The sport’s already obtained a pair further costumes, however Sega’s roadmap guarantees new problem modes, a photograph mode, and even one thing deliberate for Sonic’s thirty second birthday.

There shall be three main updates all through 2023, with the third and ultimate one being essentially the most thrilling for followers since it’s going to add new playable characters – presumably Tails, Knuckles, and Amy.

Marvel’s Midnight Suns

Midnight Suns doesn’t appear to have carried out that nicely, contemplating it went on sale barely a month after it launched. That’s a disgrace because it’s each a implausible superhero and an awesome technique sport.

Firaxis introduced a season go final 12 months, which can convey 4 new characters to the sport. The primary, Deadpool, is scheduled for this Thursday, January 26, and it appears like every character will include Abbey upgrades and new story stuff as nicely.

Deadpool’s plot appears to contain searching vampires and he’ll convey a meals truck to the Abbey, in addition to his trademark sense of humour. He’ll be adopted by Venom, Storm, and Morbius.

Hearth Emblem Have interaction

Hearth Emblem Have interaction solely simply got here out however, identical to Xenoblade Chronicles 3, Nintendo already had an growth go able to promote at launch. One which added two new emblem rings (i.e., traditional characters from older video games) and different gadgets.

Three extra waves of DLC will arrive all through the approaching months, however sadly there aren’t any onerous dates for when any of them will launch. All we all know is that they’ll be out by the tip of the 12 months.

What’s confirmed is that every wave will add extra of the identical, with the fourth and ultimate wave bringing new story content material and character lessons.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

One other cheat choose right here, however did anybody assume Mario Kart 8 Deluxe would nonetheless be getting DLC in 2022? There should still be no signal of a brand new sequel however contemplating how a lot content material is within the Booster Course Cross, it could as nicely be a complete new sport.

2022 already noticed the discharge of the primary three waves of DLC, leaving the remaining three for 2023. When precisely they’ll launch isn’t recognized, however followers shall be getting one other 24 racetracks from earlier video games.

We’ve been impressed with each wave of content material thus far, with not a single dangerous monitor to be discovered, so hopefully it will proceed with the long run waves. Though not one of the further tracks have been confirmed, followers have some theories of their very own due to datamining and the Mario Kart Tour cellular sport.

Elden Ring

Okay, we’re undoubtedly dishonest with this one, since no such Elden Ring DLC has been formally confirmed. Nonetheless, we really feel there’s a powerful likelihood one thing will a minimum of be introduced this 12 months.

In direction of the tip of 2022, Elden Ring did see a free replace that added a colosseum for PvP gameplay, and datamines instructed that extra further content material is on the best way.

Then, at The Recreation Awards, director Hidetaka Miyazaki stated there have been ‘a number of extra issues we need to do’ for Elden Ring. Even when the sport by no means sees a correct paid growth, it looks like followers may see smaller, free updates just like the colosseum later within the 12 months.

Elden Ring artwork

Elden Ring – there’s extra in retailer for Elden Ring, proper? … Proper? (pic: Bandai Namco)

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