6 Cozy Games I can’t wait to get my hands on in 2023

This year seems to be the year of cozy games, with many due for release. 

Here’re 6 cozy games that I can’t wait to get my hands on in 2023~

1) Fantasy Life i: The Girl Who Steals Time

I got introduced to Fantasy Life quite recently; when the Nintendo 3Ds eshop was due to close and many youtubers were recommending it. 

I tried to get my hands on the physical copy but prices were steep and every seller was asking for at least $100+ for it. 

Thankfully I discovered that a “sequel” to the game is in the works by Level-5 studios (the same developer that is also working on the INAZUMA ELEVEN series and Professor Layton and the New World of Steam!)  and will be released for the Nintendo Switch: 

Fantasy Life i: The Girl Who Steals Time looks promising with elements like combat and character classes on top of island building and a curious time travel feature. 

The art style, island building and resource gathering aspects remind me of Animal Crossing: New Horizon, which makes it a game worth my attention, ha.

The original Fantasy Life received good reviews and the fans of the original game seem to be hyped up about the sequel, which is a good sign. 

According to the Feb 2023 Nintendo Direct, Fantasy Life i: The Girl Who Steals Time will be released sometime in 2023:

So far, Fantasy Life i would only available on Nintendo Switch. You can wishlist the game on the Nintendo Switch eshop.

2) Rune Factory 3 Special

I was so excited when I discovered that XSEED Games is working on the remaster of Rune Factory 3. We can expect HD graphics and would come with redesigned 3D character models and game features! 

Rune Factory 3 was my very first experience of the Rune Factory series and it has a special place in my heart. 

Unfortunately I had sold off my original Nintendo DS cartridge for Rune Factory 3, but I will be looking forward to getting the physical copy of this remastered version when it hits the shelves!

Rune Factory 3 Special is due for release on 5 September 2023 on Steam and Nintendo Switch.

3) Sea of Stars

Sea of Stars is a retro-inspired turn-based RPG, presented in 2D pixel art. It is being developed by Sabotage Studio. It was previously supposed to be launched in 2022 but the release date is now updated to Aug 2023. 

It looks beautiful, so I’m sorta glad that the developers are taking the time to refine the game:

And, listen to the trailer with your sound on, the soundtrack is amazing. And those who had played the demo seem to be some hype over its combat system. Although the combat is turn-based, there are several layers of strategy and combo hits with your party. There are also timed hits that add another layer of fun to the combat.

Words can only do so much for the game, you can play the Sea of Stars demo on Nintendo Switch now!

Sea of Stars is due for release on 29 August 2023 on most platforms; Steam, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X & S.

4) After Us 

Now imagine Harvestella, minus the farming, in the style that seems to be inspired by Journey.

In After Us, you play as Gaia who navigates a post-human world, rescuing souls of animals. It is an adventure RPG with a story that reminds me of Harvestella. 

The soundtrack on the trailer got me wondering if this game still fits as a cozy game:

That said, the gameplay looks interesting, and there is much exploration to be done:

After Us is due for release on 23 May 2023 on PC (Steam), Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X & S.

5) Garden Path

A hand illustrated simulation game where you’ll restore an old farm. There’ll be interaction with a cast of characters, fishing and crafting in this game:

Garden Path aims to bring the joy of gardening to you, and you’ll experience the growth of your garden in real time.

I love hand-illustrated games because these tend to come with stunning art style that really showcases the developer’s vision for the game. Garden Path is being developed and published by a one-man team, which makes it all the more impressive.

Garden Path is likely to be released in 2023 on Steam and Nintendo Switch.

6) NAIAD

NAIAD is another cozy game with a unique art style, by a solo indie developer.

You’ll explore a mysterious river and interact with nature in this short cozy game. I can’t wait to enjoy that beautiful art style and relaxing game play: 

NAIAD is likely to be released in 2023 on Steam, Playstation, and other consoles (to be announced)

7) Roots of Pacha

This was one my list originally since it got taken off Steam. But now that its back, I’ve decided to leave it on this list…as a bonus 🤷‍♀️

Imagine Stardew Valley, but in the stone age and packed with so much more mini games, and you get Roots of Pacha:

Roots of Pacha was released in April 2023 on Steam. 

After a dispute between its developer and publisher, the game is finally back on Steam, with its original publisher, Crytivo no longer involved in the game.

Soda Den will now take on both the role of the developer and the publisher. They have promised to continue working on the game and would be releasing a roadmap soon.

The original plan for the game was to have it released on Nintendo Switch and Playstation after their Kickstarter launch. Soda Den would be releasing their public roadmap announcement on the progress soon.

Time to get my hands on this!

[New] Palia

At the point of update, Palia, a cozy MMO farming sim will be moving into its beta phase. Here’s a quick look at Palia gameplay and why i think you shouldn’t sleep on it!

2023 is the year of cozy games

With so many cozy games in the works, 2023 looks to be evolving into the year of cozy games (at least for me). 

I can’t wait to get my hands on these 6 cozy games in the coming months. 

What are some of the cozy games in your watchlist? Share them below!


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