If you like tackling missions silently at your own pace and approach each challenge cautiously, then trying out stealth games this year could be a great idea. Stealth-based combat mechanics have always been an important feature in all genres, whether it’s action RPGs, open-world action-adventure titles or tactical shooters.
While stealth-based game mechanics have appeared in many popular titles like the Hitman trilogy or the Assassin’s Creed games, very few are pure stealth games. So if you like taking a calculated approach to killing enemies, these upcoming stealth games need serious consideration.
Note: This article reflects the author’s views and decisions, and some publication dates are speculative.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage and 4 Other Stealth Games Worth Adding to Your Bucket List
1) Assassin’s Creed Mirage
- Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, PC, Amazon Luna
- Release on: early 2023
One of the standout features of the original Assassin’s Creed titles was the clever use of stealth-based combat. The focus was more on trying to covertly avoid targets and get the job done on the fly.
The upcoming title in the AC series, Assassin’s Creed Mirage will return to the ancient roots of the stealth-based combat that made the franchise so famous a few decades ago.
This time, in the majestic city of Baghdad, players play the role of an assassin named Basim. The title promises plenty of stealth-based combat and missions as players will try to weave their way through the city’s top tiers by performing silent assassinations.
2) Splinter Cell Remake by Tom Clancy
- Platforms: PlayStation 5, PC, Xbox Series X and Series S
- Release on: Late 2023 or early 2024
Inspired by the popular stealth game series Metal Gear Solid, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell, released in 2003, had awesome stealth-based mechanics. Sneaking around the game world with different weapons and different ways of performing the assassination had an air of uniqueness about it.
Ubisoft has been working on a full blown remake of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell since 2021. Gamers will probably have to wait until late 2023 or 2024 at best to get their hands on this unique stealth game.
3) IGI 3 origins
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC
- Release on: 2023 (TBA)
Released in 2000, IGI 3 Origins is a sequel to the popular tactical first-person shooter Project IGI. After decades of waiting, publisher Toadman Interactive announced in 2019 that IGI Origins will be the third installment in the series.
Unlike Project IGI, IGI Origins is known for its stealth-based tactical shooting that offers many adrenaline-pumping moments. Origins stand out in the stealth game genre because there are multiple ways to approach a target. Players can take an all-out Preying Mentis approach or attack their enemies directly. The options available are endless. IGI 3 Origins is one of the stealth games to keep an eye on this year.
4) Death Square
- Platform: personal computer
- Release on: 2023 (TBA)
Deathground has been a game in the development department for a long time. According to the latest rumors, this particular stealth game about survival is finally in the final stages of development. It’s a stealth game about escaping from an alien laboratory inhabited by dinosaurs.
At its core, Deathground is a cooperative survivor horror thriller with a lot of stealth elements about how players react to AI-controlled dinosaurs. Up to 3 players can team up to fight together and survive in the dinosaur laden arenas. Since the game is in the final stages of development, it’s safe to assume that the game itself will launch in 2023.
- Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and PC
- Release on: June 2023
Evotiction is an upcoming stealth action title that took heavy inspiration from the Metal Gear series in its stealth combat. The combat mechanics also feature some elements of the Watchdog series. So it will be interesting to see how this hack and stealth title develops.
Evotinction promises a compelling post-apocalyptic narrative set in the not-too-distant future. At its core, it’s a story about viruses, evolution and extinction that makes a lot of sense in today’s post-Covid era.
So, which of these stealth games are you looking forward to?