December 31 (UPI) – The video game landscape for 2022 looks promising after 2021, which has seen multiple delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The coming year will bring the arrival of highly anticipated sequels, classic franchise reinventions, and jaw-dropping graphics as developers begin to really take advantage of new consoles like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.
Here are the Top 5 most anticipated video games that will arrive in 2022.
5. “Pokémon Legends: Arceus” – Nintendo Switch
Developer GameFreak is making some of the biggest changes to what has been proven to work Pokemon formula with Pokémon Legends: Arceus, coming to Nintendo Switch on January 28. Players will be able to explore a vast open world, stepping back in time to a time when humans and Pokémon lived apart. Pokémon Rowlet, Cyndaquil, or Oshawott can be selected at the start of the journey, and players will need to navigate challenging terrain, including mountains and oceans, using Pokémon.
4. ‘Elden Ring’ – PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, PC
Famous video game developer Hidetaka Miyazaki and Game of thrones author George RR Martin joined forces to create the dark fantasy world of Ancient ring, which will be released for all current PlayStation and Xbox consoles as well as PC on February 25. Ancient ring represents the latest action-RPG from Miyazaki’s team at From Software, which has already developed the famous Dark souls trilogy and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Ancient ring promises to be a challenging epic as players take on a variety of relentless monsters and mythical creatures across a dark, fantasy world that can be explored alone or with others online.
3. “Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League” – PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, PC
Harley Quinn, Deadshot, King Shark and Captain Boomerang are tasked with taking down the world’s greatest heroes controlled by global collector Brainiac in Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. The title marks the return of developer Rocksteady Studios, who passed away following the beloved Batman: arkham series. The game, which mixes up shooter and melee combat, appears to be another action-packed DC Comics on the streets of Metropolis and other famous comic book locations. Players will need to take advantage of the team’s unique skills as they collide with characters like Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and more.
2. “God of War: Ragnarök” – PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
The long-awaited sequel to 2018 God of the war from developer Santa Monica Studio is finally coming to PlayStation 4 and 5. Kratos and his now eldest son Atreus will travel to each of the Nine Realms in search of answers as they prepare for the devastation that accompanies Ragnarök. The father-son duo will also have to grapple with Atreus’ true identity, Loki, and his role in the conflict to come. God of War: Ragnarök Players will once again take control of Kratos as they wield the Leviathan Ax and Chaos Blades to battle other gods and bestial creatures.
1. ‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2’ – Nintendo Switch
THE Legend of Zelda the series changes things by presenting a full-fledged sequel to 2017 Breath of the wild for the Nintendo Switch. The game is mostly shrouded in mystery as it doesn’t have an official title or release date outside of 2022, but remains the most exciting game prospect of the year due to what came before it. Breath of the wild offered a revolutionary take on open-world gameplay, and from the brief footage shown for the sequel, history looks set to repeat itself. The sequel will give the hero Link a new arm attachment and the ability to move through solid objects. What is most intriguing, however, are the game’s new locations floating in the sky.
Other notable games slated for release in 2022 include Horizon: West prohibited, Starfield, Dying Light 2, Hogwarts Legacy, Knights of Gotham and sorry.