Craft an axe. Now sharpen it. We're hacking into the best survival games 2023 has to offer.

Survival games to look forward to in 2023

Frostpunk 2

11 bit studios hasn't confirmed Frostpunk 2 will be out in 2023, though it did say that a leaked date of 2024 was "false." In other words, we're keeping our fingers crossed that "coming soon" means this year.

Stalker 2: Heart of Chornobyl

Stalker 2's most recent delay was completely understandable: the devs were located in Kyiv and had to relocate to Prague due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Ark 2

The sequel to Early Access survival game hit Ark: Survival Evolved is due this year, alongside an animated series, both of which will feature Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel. 

The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria

The first survival game set in Tolkien's world will take you deep into the ruins of Khazad-dûm, the former dwarven kingdom, in the Fourth Age of Middle-earth.


A bright fantasy world with cute and cuddly creatures to collect, but also heavy machine guns and forced labor camps. Yes, it's basically "Pokémon with guns".

The Day Before

This one's a bit of a wildcard. On the strength of a couple of long trailers with some heavy DayZ and The Division vibes, The Day Before rocketed to the top of Steam's most-wishlisted games.

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