Most Anticipated Video Game Releases of 2022

Gaming in 2022 is going to be STACKED. Thanks to COVID complications, a lot of big games that were supposed to release in 2021 delayed their releases. I don’t fault the developers at all, as I can’t imagine trying to make something as complicated as a AAA game when your employees have been working from home at various points of the year. But that means that a TON of big name games are coming out, as well as many indie games. Below are the highlights of what I’m looking forward to in the coming year!

To give more airtime to more games, I’ve left off games that were on my recently-made list of the Top Five Sci-Fi Games I’m looking forward to playing. If you want to hear me wax poetic about HORIZON FORBIDDEN WEST or my curiosity about STARFIELD (or my eagerness for STRAY, where you play as a cat exploring a city with a robot friend), pop on over to that page!

Tiny Tina's Wonderlands

TINY TINA’S WONDERLANDS
Release Date: March 25th, 2022

I’ve had an on-again off-again relationship with the BORDERLANDS series, mostly falling into it when I need a mindless shooting game. Recently, however, I did a co-op playthrough of the DLC TINY TINA’S ASSAULT ON DRAGON KEEP and had an absolute blast! It was a send up of fantasy game tropes from DARK SOULS to LORD OF THE RINGS, hampered by the fact that it wasn’t its own full game. Now the BORDERLANDS team is releasing a full game set around the premise of a slightly deranged thirteen-year-old DMing a D&D style campaign, where the players are slightly deranged fighters from the world of BORDERLANDS. Combat is being revamped to account for things like spells and more melee weapons, but there will also of course be plenty of guns. I loved ASSAULT ON DRAGON KEEP for its wit and heart all merged into one, and am really looking forward to this meta-adventure!

Elden Ring

ELDEN RING
Release Date: February 25th, 2022

The winner for “Game I’m Most Excited to Buy Three Months After Its Release”! When it comes to FromSoftware games, I’ve learned to accept that they are the kind of games guides were meant for. Which means I’m going to give everyone a few months to figure out what the heck is going on before diving in myself. After really enjoying SEKIRO: SHADOWS DIE TWICE and dabbling in DARK SOULS, I’m curious to see how the developers approach the open world genre. Open world isn’t my favorite (I prefer experiences with a little more direction to them), but it’s exciting to see the team try something new!

Have a Nice Death

HAVE A NICE DEATH
Release Date: March 2022 (Early Access)

This charming indie game caught my eye recently with a trailer at the Game Awards, so I’m keeping an eye out for more information next year. A 2D roguelite, you play as Death, who has discovered his employees have been slacking off and there’s a mound of souls to collect. Time to roll up your sleeves and do it yourself! The final version of the game likely won’t be out until 2023, but the art style and gameplay stood out to me enough to make note to keep an eye on it!

Tunic

TUNIC
Release Date: March 16th, 2022

I’ve been tracking this one since I saw a trailer at an E3 event a few years back, and it looks like it’s finally coming out! This indie game appears to be a Zelda-like with an adorable fox wielding a sword, with the twist that none of the dialogue or signs are in any readable language. Seems like it will be relying a bit on the player’s knowledge of how video games work to untangle what they’re supposed to do to proceed!

GOD OF WAR RAGNORAK
RELEASE DATE: 2022

And now we move into the games that don’t quite have a release date, but will hopefully come out next year. First we have the sequel to 2018’s GOD OF WAR, a story which will continue following Kratos and his son Atreus as they brace themselves for a coming war between the gods. I very much enjoyed the 2018 game, and the trailer for this next one looks GORGEOUS, so I’ve got my fingers crossed we will see a release date soon!

Gotham Knights

GOTHAM KNIGHTS
Release Date: 2022

I am a sucker for Batman games and devoured the ARKHAM trilogy over the last several years. This latest Batman installment, however, is a very different beast. For one, it doesn’t star Batman, but four of his allies: Batgirl, Red Hood, Robin, and Nightwing. You can play as one hero for the entire game, or switch between the four at any time as your whims dictate. For another, it’s being done by a different studio than the one that did the ARKHAM games. Either way, I’ve been watching this one with great interest, as I’m eager to get back to fighting crime in Gotham. I’m especially intrigued as this installment will take place in a Gotham that is currently inhabited, with people going about their every days lives (previous Batman games found excuses for there to be no citizens in the streets of Gotham). There’s a lot of question marks about where this goes, but I’m ready to be on board! (Plus, it will feature two-person co-op so you can be a true dynamic duo.)

MARVEL’S MIDNIGHT SUNS
Release Date: Late 2022

Lastly, we have a “cinematic card battler” set in the Marvel universe. Combat will be turned-base and take place on a tactical map, but what abilities and movement a hero has will be controlled by the cards in a player’s hand. It seems like an interesting spin on the card-battling game, especially since the environment will be dynamic, meaning players can cause objects to light on fire, or use an ability to shove an enemy off the roof. Players will be able to use a roster of Marvel heroes ranging from fan favorites Wolverine and Iron Man to lesser known heroes like my girl Magik (who is a bad-ass and I look forward to never taking her off my team). This originally was going to come out in March 2022 but got delayed until the end of the year. Ah well!

And those are my most anticipated! What other games should I be tracking?

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  1. I’m looking forward to Elden Ring, and also I love foxes so I’m going to have to check out Tunic as well. Hopefully the new God of War will be out next year, but I’m not going to get my hopes too high until we get a firm release date. On my list I also have Pokémon Legends: Arceus. I’m just really curious about this supposedly fresh take on the franchise.

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