The 22 most anticipated video games coming out this year


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Elden Ring is one of 2022’s most anticipated games, made by the creators of Dark Souls and co-created with George R.R.Martin, author of the A Song of Ice and Fire series.Elden Ring / FromSoftware

We’ve collected a list of the most anticipated new video games of 2022.That includes Elden Ring, Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Gran Turismo 7, Starfield, and more.

Games are ordered by release date, and we’ll keep updating this list as new dates are confirmed.The year 2022 is looking to be an exciting one for new video game releases, with millions of gamers adopting the PS5 and Xbox Series X and some highly anticipated Nintendo Switch games arriving too.

Paying close attention to the scene year-round as a reporter, I’ve rounded up 22 of the most interesting games releasing in 2022, from Nintendo’s freshly-launched Pokémon Legends: Arceus to Sony’s Horizon Forbidden West, and the next project from the creators of Dark Souls, Elden Ring.

My list doesn’t include some titles that have been announced but aren’t expected to arrive in 2022, like the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Nintendo Switch, Spider-Man 2 on PlayStation, and the Xbox-exclusive Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II.

Below you’ll find the full list of upcoming games, with their expected release dates and the consoles they’ll be available on.

I will keep updating this list through the year as new games are announced and release dates are confirmed.

Pokemon Legends: Arceus – Available now (Nintendo Switch) Pokémon Legends: Arceus / Nintendo

$54.99, available on Gamestop

Nintendo’s blockbuster Pokémon franchise has typically belonged to handheld consoles like the Game Boy and Nintendo DS, but Pokémon Legends: Arceus uses the extra power of the Nintendo Switch to create the most immersive Pokémon game we’ve seen to date.

Pokémon Legends Arceus takes cues from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and the Monster Hunter series, leading players to explore and survive wild environments filled with Pokémon as they try to catch them all once more in a completely original way.

Dying Light 2: Stay Human – Available now (Xbox Series S/X, PlayStation 5, PC, Nintendo Switch cloud version) Dying Light 2 Stay Human / Techland

$59.99, available on GameStop

The first Dying Light was a celebrated adventure game set in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse.

The sequel continues the story 20 years later, following the downfall of modern civilization.

Dying Light 2 mixes first person exploration with gunplay and melee weapons and lets up to four players team up to complete the campaign.Developer Techland has already released a post-release roadmap for the game and plans to continue updating Dying Light 2: Stay Human for the next five years.

Sifu – Available now (PlayStation 5, PC) Sifu / Sloclap

$49.99, available on Amazon

Sifu is a rogue-like (repeated losses become part of the game loop) beat ’em up game from the creators of Absolver, an online game focused on hand-to-hand combat.Players will take on a series of stages inspired by classic martial arts films as the main character seeks revenge for the death of their family.

Along with learning an expansive list of kung-fu techniques, players can make special use of their environment to dispatch their enemies and choreograph their own unique fight scenes.Each time the main character dies they will age rapidly, so players will have to complete the game before the protagonist grows too old to fight, and the quest starts over from the beginning.

Horizon: Forbidden West – Available now (PlayStation 5) Horizon Forbidden West / Sony

$69.99, available on GameStop

Horizon Zero Dawn marked the debut of a new PlayStation franchise on PS4, pushing the boundaries of the console with its impressive visuals.Its sequel, Horizon Forbidden West, continues the open world adventure series on a new continent, with players once again assuming control over the huntress Aloy in a post-apocalyptic version of the western United States, including regions of San Francisco, Utah, and the Yosemite Valley.

The creators of Horizon Forbidden West, Guerilla Games, say the haptic feedback of the PS5 controller will let players feel the resistance of Aloy’s bow while aiming, and it will have special interactions when fighting against machines and humans.

Elden Ring – February 25 (Xbox Series S/X, PlayStation 5, PC) Elden Ring / FromSoftware

$59.99, available on GameStop

Elden Ring is the latest game from the creators of Dark Souls, FromSoftware.While Dark Souls is traditionally a difficult dungeon-crawling adventure game, Elden Ring adopts an open world format that let’s players explore a new, seamless land with a story designed by Game of Thrones creator George R.R.Martin.

FromSoftware’s last release, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice was named the 2019 Game of the Year by The Game Awards, making Elden Ring one of the most anticipated single-player games of 2022.

Grid Legends – February 25 (PlayStation 5, Xbox S/X, PC) GRID Legends / Codemasters

$59.99, available on GameStop

Grid Legends is a motorsport racing game from Codemasters, and the first game in the series to be released since the developer was purchased by Electronic Arts in 2021.

Unlike EA’s Need for Speed, which can be described as an arcade racer, Grid Legends is closer to a racing simulation.

Players will be able to play with friends between Xbox, PlayStation and PC, and Grid Legends will also include a story mode with live actors.

Babylon’s Fall – March 3 (PlayStation 5, PC) Babylon’s Fall / Platinum Games

$59.99, available on GameStop

Babylon’s Fall is a dungeon-crawling action game from Platnium Games, creators of Bayonetta and Nier: Automata.

Up to four players can team up to try and climb the Tower of Babel, encountering increasingly strong enemies as they improve their own character.

Players can swap between four weapons during combat, allowing you to customize your own fighting style.

Gran Turismo 7 – March 4 (PlayStation 5) Gran Turismo 7 / Sony

$69.99, available on GameStop

Gran Turismo is Sony’s seminal racing franchise, with each new entry in the series pushing the limits of the PlayStation hardware.

Sony has confirmed that Gran Turismo 7 will incorporate ray-tracing visual effects, 3D audio, and haptic feedback using the PS5’s Dual Sense controller.

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin – March 18 (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S/X, PC) Strangers in Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin / Square Enix

$59.99, available on GameStop

Stranger of Paradise revisits the story of the original Final Fantasy released in 1987 with a new action-oriented combat system.Players control a warrior named Jack Garland who is on a quest to defeat an evil entity named Chaos, the final boss from the first Final Fantasy.Chaos was revealed to be a fallen knight named Garland in the original game, so Strangers in Paradise will likely track how Garland fell from grace.

While the game will still use some of the role-playing mechanics Final Fantasy is famous for, the live combat is more similar to games like Dark Souls and Nioh.Players will be able to command other party members in battle while controlling Jack, or friends can control the other party members while playing online.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land – March 25 (Nintendo Switch) Kirby and the Forgotten Land / Nintendo

$59.99, available on GameStop

Kirby is Nintendo’s pink puffball hero, and his latest adventure is a 3D platformer for the Switch.As always, Kirby can copy the abilities of his enemies after swallowing them, and in the Forgotten Land, he’ll be able to swallow and control cars and other machines too.

Kirby will explore different stages in the Forgotten Land to free his friends, the Waddle Dees, and take on a variety of boss characters.

GhostWire Tokyo – March 25 (PlayStation 5, PC) Tokyo GhostWire / Bethesda

$79.99, available on GameStop

GhostWire Tokyo is a first-person survival horror game from Tango GameWorks and Shinji Mikami, director of Resident Evil and The Evil Within.Players must uncover the source of a supernatural phenomenon that has taken over the city of Tokyo and left its inhabitants possessed by demons.

Players will use a mix of magic spells and conventional weapons to defend themselves as they explore the abandoned citystape and dig further into the mystery surrounding Tokyo.

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands – March 25 (Xbox Series S/X, PlayStation 5, PC) Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands / Gearbox Software

$59.99, available on GameStop

This spin-off of the Borderlands franchise expands on a Dungeons & Dragons-inspired adventure first featured as a small episode in Borderlands 2.

Players will build their own character and embark on a fantasy campaign with up to three friends.

The game will incorporate the loot system made famous by Borderlands but focuses on dungeon-crawling rather than space travel.

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga – April 5 (Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series S/X, PlayStation 5, PC) LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

$59.99, available on GameStop

The first Lego Star Wars games helped inspire a long-running series of games that includes partnerships with Marvel and DC Comics.Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will apply the same family-friendly approach to a game that spans all nine episodes of the Star Wars movie franchise.

The game will feature hundreds of playable characters as you progress through the story and features cooperative gameplay throughout.

Forspoken – May 24 (PlayStation 5, PC) Forspoken / Square Enix

$69.99, available on GameStop

Forspoken places a young woman from New York City into a fantasy realm called Athia, where she discovers a magic artifact that gives her special abilities.As she searches for a way home, she battles monsters and protects the people of Athia from an evil magic source called the Break.

From the publisher of games like Tomb Raider, Marvel’s Avengers, and Final Fantasy XV, Forspoken is an open world adventure game with an emphasis on combat and platforming.

Saints Row – August 23 (Xbox Series S/X, PlayStation 5, PC) Saint’s Row / Ubisoft

$59.99, available on GameStop

Saints Row is a reboot of the open-world action franchise that debuted on the Xbox 360 in 2006.

Three rival gangs control the fictional American city of Santo Ileso, and players will lead a new group determined to take control of the city.

Players will be able to create their own character and team up with a friend to progress through the campaign with shared progression.Like past Saints Row games, this one will feature a wide variety of cars and weapons for players to use as they clear through nine distinct city districts.

Redfall – September 2022 (Xbox Series S/X, PC) Redfall / Bethesda

Not available for pre-order

Redfall is a cooperative shooting game from Arkane Austin, the creators of Dishonored and Prey.Players will choose one of four characters as they explore a Massachusetts town that has been beset by vampires.

In addition to character-specific weapons, each player will have access to unique abilities to help explore the island and deal with potential threats.

Starfield – November 11 (Xbox Series S/X, PC) Starfield / Bethesda

Not available for pre-order

Starfield is a new sci-fi role playing game from Bethesda, the company behind hits like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Fallout 4.It’s the company’s first new franchise in 25 years, though not many details about the gameplay have been released.

Director Todd Howard has described Starfield as “Skyrim in space,” which suggests that it will be an immersive experience with an emphasis on exploration.


2: Heart of Chernobyl – December 8, 2022 (PC, Xbox Series S/X) S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2: Heart of Chernobyl / GSC Game World

Not available for pre-order a celebrated series of PC shooting games set in an alternate version of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, an area of Ukraine and Belarus left uninhabitable after a nuclear accident.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.2 was announced more than a decade ago but internal problems at Ukrainian developer GSC Game World led to long term delays.The new game is expected to launch on Xbox Game Pass and will incorporate the series’s core themes of survival and isolation.

God of War: Ragnarok – Late 2022 (PlayStation 5) God of War Ragnarok / Sony

Not available for pre-order

The God of War reboot released in 2018 was one of the best games on PlayStation 4 and brought new life to the franchise.

God of War: Ragnarok picks up where that game left off, with the former Greek god Kratos and his son Atreus preparing for a war between the Norse gods of Asgard.

Players will explore the Nine Realms to uncover the mystery behind Ragnarok, which is said to bring about the end of the world.You can expect the game to deliver more of the third person action and intense boss fights the God of War franchise is famous for.

A Plague Tale: Requiem – Late 2022 A Plague’s Tale: Requiem / Focus Home Interactive

Not available for pre-order

A Plague Tale: Requiem is the sequel to an incredibly successful stealth adventure game set in 14th century France.Controlling a woman named Amicia, players must navigate a series of puzzles, escape from enemy soldiers, and avoid a plague of rat hordes.

The story focuses on Amicia’s attempts to protect her sickly brother from the harsh environment and the black plague spread by the rats.Amicia can craft weapons and tools to help them on their journey as they navigate visually stunning landscapes.

Lord of the Rings: Gollum – Late 2022 (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S/X, PC) The Lord of the Rings Gollum / Daedalic Entertainment

Not available for pre-order

This game follows one of the lesser stars of The Lord of the Rings franchise on a stealth adventure set before the events of the book and film trilogy.Players will navigate familiar areas of Middle-Earth like Mordor and the forest of Mirkwood.

Gollum’s primary goal is to survive but occasionally the environment will give him ways to assassinate enemies and players will choose whether he listens to his kinder Smeagol persona or embraces his darker side.

Marvel’s Midnight Suns – Late 2022 (Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S/X, PC) Marvel’s Midnight Suns / 2K

Not available for pre-order

Marvel’s Midnight Suns pits iconic superheroes against a demonic force that plans to take over the world.The game will be a tactical role playing from the publisher of X-COM, meaning players will control a team of heroes in turn-based combat.

While we haven’t seen gameplay just yet, the look of the redesigned Marvel heroes and the innovative gameplay approach make it worth looking forward to.

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