2021 hasn’t offered a lot of big video game releases, but 2022 already promises to do a lot better. The PS4 and Xbox One will spend their final months as relevant consoles, while the PS5 and Xbox Series X | S will have to show what the so-called “next generation” is really capable of. The days of teraflops chatter are over – now let the real games do the talking. No matter what platform you’re playing on: PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and PC will bring quantity and quality across the board – finally.
There are a lot of highly anticipated games coming out next year, to the point where we had to remove some of our picks from this list to keep it from turning into a book. Some titles already have a release date set in stone, though a last minute delay could always see plans change. Others have publishers and developers who haven’t committed to a specific date yet because they don’t want to disappoint fans and investors with promises they can’t keep.
However, the big triple A games will continue to come out and you will have something new to play pretty much every month. So here are the biggest games released in 2022 (and a bunch of honorable mentions, so you can keep up with more and more titles coming out soon).
Pokémon Legends: Arceus is a new start for The Pokémon Company and Game Freak. Inspired by Sword & Shield’s Wilderness area, Pokémon Legends: Arceus will offer a true open world for the first time in the franchise, and it will instantly remind you of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Monster hunter. The game returns to the Sinnoh region, which you’ll get to see in a whole new light thanks to vastly redesigned combat and capture systems.
The latest game in the post-apocalyptic zombie-based series raises the bar when it comes to storytelling. Dying Light 2: stay human will allow players to make decisions and have an impact on both the history and the evolution of their world. You will always be able to explore, earn better gear and weapons, and meet new characters and factions who might just be friends or foes. Parkour and melee combat are also making a comeback, and they should be a good reason for people who liked the original. Dying light to return to the series next year.
A suite to the famous Zero dawn, the first action RPG ever made by Guerrilla Games (previously known for FPS Killzone Games), Horizon: West prohibited takes protagonist Aloy on a new journey to places never before seen, like post-apocalyptic San Francisco. The latest entry releases on PS4 and PS5 and takes place on a dying Earth. Aloy will get new tools and weapons, and set off to meet new tribes that will feel more alive than ever, thanks to next-generation AI systems.
FromSoftware’s first true open world game, Ancient ring exponentially elevates the ambitions of the Japanese studio while keeping Dark souls’ and Transmitted by blood‘s iconic combat system unchanged. The recent closed network test showed that the upcoming game – witnessing an unprecedented collaboration between Hidetaka Miyazaki and George RR Martin – is still punitive. However, it does offer some of the tweaks you’d expect from an open world title, including a horse, so you can travel the world faster, and a map that lets you not get lost in such a vast environment.
After experimenting with online contests on GT Sport, Gran Turismo 7 goes back to its roots with an offline Career mode, where you can play on your own and at your own pace, a few tracks from the most popular chapters, and a GT mode. GT7 is coming to PS4 and PS5, but you’ll get higher resolution and ray tracing only on next-gen consoles.
Bethesda Game Studios’ Next Big Thing is coming to PC, Xbox Series X | S, and cloud via Xbox Game Pass (where it releases on day one). Starfield is an action RPG set among the stars, at the very beginning of space travel, where exploration and role-playing will be essential. Users will be able to create their own character and visit strange environments, including alien metropolises and more exotic locations. It’s a great adventure by Ancient scrolls developer – a big gap of Skyrim reissues.
Now, it’s time for the 2022 titles which have yet to receive a firm release date. Many of these may well be delayed and, while officially confirmed for launch next year, God of War: Ragnarok feels great like one of those who could spend more time in the oven. The second and apparently final chapter in the Nordic saga of Kratos and Atreus, Ragnarok will bring fans right into Fimbulwinter, the coldest winter ever and heralding the end of time. This will come with new play possibilities, such as crossing icy lakes on a snow sled, and more.
It’s been gone for a long time, but the latest title in Platinum Games ‘hack’ n slash series will finally release next year, exclusively on Nintendo Switch. Bayonet 3 was announced in 2017 and returned from the dead just a few months ago. A lengthy trailer showcased familiar yet compelling gameplay (along with a new feature that lets you control demons) and sparked debate over the true identity of its protagonist. Now all we need is an actual, and possibly firm, release date.
Speaking of the people who made us wait, Rocksteady is back with a new game seven years later. Batman: The Knight of Arkham. Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League should be quite different, however, offering four-player co-op gameplay and the ability to beat the hell out of Superman, Wonder Woman, and more as the Suicide Squad. Oddly enough, unlike Knights of Gotham (also released in 2022), Kill the Justice League takes place in the Arkhamverse, so expect some story surprises and Easter eggs. You never know, Batman himself might even emerge from the darkness.
One of the best last-gen games (if not the best) returns with a sequel. And, for now, that’s what it’s called – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel – because Nintendo fears the final title may reveal too much about the story, too soon. We only saw a preview of the gameplay, but we do know that the sequel introduces the ability to cross the sky the same way as Sword to the sky, which means players will have an even bigger open world to explore.
2022 is full of new video game releases, some of which are eagerly awaited as above, while others are tasked with surprising fans from their underdog position. These included Rainbow Six: Extraction (January 20), Triangular strategy (March 4), Stranger From Heaven: Final Fantasy Origin (March 18), Little Tina’s Wonderland (March 25), STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl (April 28) and Saints Street (August 23). Still without a release date, but expected in 2022: Red drop (in summer), GhostWire Tokyo, Gotham Knights, A Plague Tale: Requiem, Mario + Raving Rabbids: Sparks of Hope, Splatoon 3, Hogwarts Legacy, Forspoken, and Avatar: Pandora’s Borders.
Written by Paolo Sirio on behalf of GL HF.