The Most Anticipated Games of 2022

The Most Anticipated Games of 2022

2021 was an absolutely mammoth year for games, but 2022 is no slouch either, with big returning franchises and huge new properties through the year.

It’s been a rough year for many, but video games have helped us get through some pretty challenging times. Some genuinely huge releases ruled 2021, with titles like Shin Megami Tensei VGuardians of the Galaxy and Halo Infinite shouldering a lot of the burden. It’s a good thing, too, because a lot of 2021’s most anticipated releases just never made an appearance.

The nature of making video games is that they’re only getting bigger, and current circumstances have made making them harder than ever. Case in point: a large chunk of our most anticipated games of 2022 were our most anticipated games of 2021, as delays and setbacks pushed releases further and further down the timeline. The result, though, is an absolutely stacked 2022 release schedule, with new games from huge devs and sequels to some of the biggest franchises of all time. Now to see if these make release or if they’ll wind up being our most anticipated 2023 games, too.

Gotham Knights

Spinning out of the inaugural DC FanDome event, Gotham Knights has been on fans’ radar for some time now. Set in a new universe where Batman has died and crime still runs rampant, Gotham Knights gives players control of the legendary Bat-Family for four-player co-op action. It’s up to you to keep Gotham safe and live up to the legacy of your father figure in the shadow of the bat.

Gotham Knights puts players up against some of Batman’s most notorious foes, taking control of Nightwing, Red Hood, Batgirl and Robin. Mr. Freeze and The Penguin have already been confirmed, but the big bad is poised to be the Court of Owls, making their long-awaited video game debut. It’s not a sequel to the beloved Batman: Arkham series, but Gotham Knights has all the elements to be an exciting co-op adventure.

Gotham Knights releases Q3 2022 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC.

Starfield

It’s wild to think about how long Starfield has been gestating. When Starfield was first announced, it was alongside the reveal of Fallout 76 and the first whispers of The Elder Scrolls VI. Now, after four long years and one significant change of ownership for Bethesda Softworks, Starfield is finally stepping out into the world, walking over Fallout 76‘s battered remains and followed by even fainter whispers of Elder Scrolls VI.

Stepping out is the keyword for the marketing so far, too. While gameplay has yet to be shown, Bethesda has revealed that the game features two “exiting the vault” moments popularized by the Fallout series. Expectations are high for Bethesda’s first real RPG adventure to the stars, especially as many fans wait impatiently for any news about the company’s other flagship games and titles.

Starfield releases Nov. 11, 2022, for Xbox Series X|S and PC.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Key art for Pokémon Legends: Arceus depicting the protagonists and their Pokémon looking at Mt. Coronet.

It’s been a pretty good couple of years for Pokémon. With the success of Pokémon GO and the high adoption rate of the Switch, Pokémon games have been coming fast and furious, from Let’s Go! Pikachu to New Pokémon Snap and even the long-awaited Sinnoh remakes.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus is the latest attempt to take the franchise in a new direction, and it’s definitely caught the eye of fans. Set in the past of Pokémon’s lore, Arceus sees players join the Galaxy Team on a quest to create the first-ever Pokédex. While the game has already had some mild controversy regarding the graphical quality in early trailers, fans are still lining up to sink their teeth into the latest Pokémon adventure.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus releases Jan. 28, 2022, for Nintendo Switch.

Forspoken

Key art for Square Enix's Forspoken, a game formerly known as Project Athia.

The former Project Athia turned heads when it was unveiled as part of Sony’s PlayStation 5 announcement event. Now, Forspoken is finally making its way to the hands of those lucky enough to score a PS5 (and to PC for those who weren’t). It felt like a game destined to become vaporware, but the September PlayStation showcase finally highlighted gameplay and assured eager fans that the game was on the way.

There’s still not too much known about Forspoken, other than its fish-out-of-water story about Frey, a woman from modern New York City who is transported to the fantasy world of Athia. Aided by a talking bracelet and wielding a bevy of magical powers, Frey must find a way home through a world that wants to see her dead. Forspoken could be the kind of game-changing new IP that PlayStation has been known for finding every so often and may be one of the year’s surprise hits.

Forspoken releases May 24, 2022, for PlayStation 5 and PC.

 

Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League

Announced alongside Gotham Knights at FanDome, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League has been steadily making its way to release. The true successor to Batman: Arkham KnightKill the Justice League puts players in the shoes of Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang and King Shark against a Brainiac-possessed Justice League.Up until recently, info was relatively sparse about the game. However, The Game Awards finally featured a gameplay reveal trailer, debuting a frenetic action brawler with unique character abilities.

The larger plot of the game – wherein the Squad is pitted against the League by Amanda Waller – and how (or even if) it ties into the narrative established by the Arkham games remains a mystery, but fans should hopefully get an answer or two as 2022 winds on.

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League releases 2022 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC.

Elden Ring

Elden Ring Erdtree

Dark Souls III feels so long ago, and while Bluepoint’s Demon’s Souls remake may have scratched that itch for many, fans are still dying for the next true Soulslike experience. FromSoftware is finally back to appease those fans with what promises to be the first truly massive, next-gen adventure and a return to form for the genre.

All signs point to Elden Ring being an incredible experience. Though much of the game’s story is shrouded in mystery, the recent closed beta tests highlighted something more than a simple return to form for the Dark Souls and Bloodborne developers. Elden Ring is properly massive, with an open world teeming with enemies and a wider, weirder world to lose yourself in. Sure, it’s all still very reminiscent of Dark Souls, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, right?

Elden Ring releases Feb. 25, 2022, for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC.

Marvel’s Midnight Suns

Comic book games have pretty well fallen into a formula at this point, thanks to the successes of the Arkham series, Marvel’s Spider-Man and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Thankfully, Marvel is breaking that tradition with Midnight Suns, a tactical RPG From Firaxis Games, the studio behind the popular XCOM series.

Midnight Suns‘ delay from early 2022 was a blow, but it’s still got plenty of potential to be an exciting release. It’s not often that the darker side of the Marvel Universe gets featured outside of comics, but the prospect of fighting alongside the greatest characters in Marvel history to push back the rising forces of Lilith and her demon army could make for an exciting RPG alternative to XCOM or even Fire Emblem.

Marvel’s Midnight Suns releases second half 2022 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch and PC.

Untitled Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Sequel

Zelda, holding up a torch, alongside Link in Breath of the Wild

It seems early to be worrying about a Zelda sequel, honestly. Breath of the Wild is only about five years old at this point, while Zelda fans have had a packed couple of years thanks to the Link’s Awakening remake and Skyward Sword HD. But no game has been quite as mysterious or anticipated as the as-yet-untitled sequel to Breath of the Wild.

The mere fact that it’s untitled is driving fans mad, with Nintendo having stated that just revealing the title may be a massive spoiler. Speculation has been rampant, with fans picking apart every scrap of new footage that surfaces. There’s a lot of guessing, but Nintendo is holding all the cards on this one, and they’re playing very close to the chest right now.

Untitled Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel releases in 2022 for Nintendo Switch.

Horizon Forbidden West

horizon forbidden west screenshot ps4

Horizon Zero Dawn was a pleasant surprise when it was released in 2017, hitting consoles just a month before Breath of the Wild and holding its own against Zelda’s open-world juggernaut. While many fans complained that the combat was too simplistic in places, the stunning world design and an emotional story gave it a well-earned spot in many fans’ libraries and glowing reviews all around.

Guerilla Games has been hard at work on the sequel, Horizon Forbidden West. While Aloy’s next adventure has suffered a delay from its original 2021 release date, it’s never stopped being one of the games fans are looking forward to the most. The game looks gorgeous, as Aloy journeys to the dangerous western US to stop a terrifying plague. Gameplay is enhanced, with a slew of new moves to allow Aloy to traverse and, of course, more metal demons for Aloy to battle and control. Horizon and Aloy have the potential to be hallmarks of gaming; it’s just a matter of seeing if Forbidden West can stick the landing.

Horizon Forbidden West releases Feb. 18, 2022, for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

God Of War Ragnarök

On the flip side of Horizon‘s coin, you have God of War. Once upon a time, this classic PlayStation 2-era series was hailed as genre-defining before it slipped into being dated. Over the past 15 years, the phrase “God of War-clone” went from a term of endearment to almost an insult. It seemed like Kratos had swung his Blades of Chaos for the last time following the middling reception of 2013’s God of War: Ascension.

But nothing really ends; it’s just waiting for the right team to reboot it. 2018’s God of War was lucky to have such a team, with Cory Barlog returning to the franchise alongside devs who were diehard fans in making something special. God of War succeeded by telling a heartfelt story about fatherhood and accepting the past. Now, that story is coming to a close with God of War Ragnarök, setting up the fate of Kratos’ son, Atreus, and teasing a massive brawl with the God of Thunder, Thor. Sony is keeping the lid tight on God of War Ragnarök, with only the barest of story details and a rumored release date available, but Kratos could rule 2022 with a fervor not seen since his 2005 debut.

God of War Ragnarök releases 2022 for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

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