Games Coming in 2022 Anticipate-All

Looking back at my own list from a year ago, most of my anticipated games did come out, but only one of them cracked my top 10. Maybe that's because it was a very RPG-heavy list, and I ran out of steam on some of them. I'll be taking another swing in 2022, while somehow making time for:

Horizon Forbidden West - The expected delay happened, but it's on for February. I loved the first one, now how is it keeping up with changing expectations, especially of open-world traversal?

God of War Ragnarok - Sony's other big delay. We know less about if/how the gameplay has changed. And it doesn't have a date, but it's still pretty likely for 2022.

Triangle Strategy - Hah, remember when they said this was just a working title? I had some complaints after the demo, but nothing that can't be fixed. That's what the survey is for, right?

Sifu - Absolver always looked interesting but I never got around to it. Maybe this is what I was waiting for.

Splatoon 3 - More single player content? More worldbuilding? More ink splattered all over the place, that's for sure.

Kerbal Space Program 2 - Hard to believe they were originally talking about an early 2020 release. I dearly love the first one and the dev wish list for the new one has always sounded great. Crossing my fingers that the team has moved past their turbulent kickoff.

Elden Ring - Sekiro pulled me in, hard. Was that a fluke, or am I a From fan now? I have to keep an eye on this, at least.

And it would be nice to see some graduations from early access: Hardspace Shipbreaker, Death Trash, and BattleGroupVR. (Sounds like Everspace 2 is already off the table.)

February in particular is looking like a bruiser: Forbidden West, Sifu, the Royal Court expansion for Crusader Kings III, Elden Ring, and others I haven't named. Feels like some studios are in a hurry to show that if they missed 2021, at least they didn't miss by much...

What's everyone else watching out for?

I really need to prioritize finishing Horizon Zero Dawn. The lack of attention I've given to that title is just criminal.

Personally looking forward to some of the Trails of series releasing on the Switch.

I'm ready for Triangle Strategy.

Dumb name, but if it's a high-rezzed Final Fantasy Tactics, they can call it "Sword and Magic Grid Game" for all I care.

Horizon Forbidden West, Elden Ring for sure. Maybe Forspoken. Curious to see what Final Fantasy Origin reviews are like.

Games without confirmed dates: Ghostwire Tokyo, God of War Ragnarok, Gotham Knights, Suicide Squad: KTJL.

I think Breath of the Wild 2 will go to 2023.

I enjoy these lists but I laugh because almost every year my favorite game is something I didn't even know was coming. Last year at this time I had no idea that Guardians of the Galaxy would be one of my top games in 2021. Heck I didn't know they were making it.

Of what we do know about

God of War Ragnarok I loved the first one and I have unrealistically high expectations of the sequel.

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Horizon Forbidden West
looks great and I expect it to be more of the same which is fine by me.

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Legend of Zelda: Breathier and Wilder Since next to nothing has been shown really I don't know what to expect but I know it will be great.

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My four big ones are Skald: Against the Black Priory, Death Trash, Triangle Strategy, and (of course) Elden Ring.

Mostly though I'm excited for the stuff I don't know about that I'm sure is going to surprise the heck out of me.

Also interested in Horizon Forbidden West and Forspoken. Pretty obviously up my alley. I should consider whether I want to replay Horizon Zero Dawn or not...

Hoping/anticipating for Stray too-- a gorgeous sci-fi game where I'm a cat? Color me intrigued.

My partner is a super Harry Potter fan and despite some reservations about its author, we can't help but look forward to Hogwarts Legacy.

In this thread: A bunch of games that will slip to 2023 or later.

Looking forward Tunic in March! The longest awaited game in my household (that actually has a release date).

It looks like 2022 will be the year I buy the most games close to launch that I have in a long, long time.

Pokemon Legends: Arceus
Elden Ring
Triangle Strategy
Rune Factory 5
Splatoon 3
Starfield
Breath of the Wild 2

And I'll probably get one of two really big strategy games coming, Victoria 3 and Distant Worlds 2. I might be leaning towards DW2, since I can let the automation take care of a lot of details and I can learn things at my own pace. But TBD.

And for the Switch, I think we see either a Fire Emblem or Xenoblade 3 announcement this year, but no release until 2023.

Besides Horizon Forbidden West which has been mentioned a few others I'm looking forward to or are curious about.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl I spent a lot of time with the previous STALKERS and I hope they can keep the vibe and sense of exploration with some modernization.

Marvel's Midnight Suns I like xcom type combat and I like Marvel. It seems like a good fit.

Saints Row This is more hope than hype. It's a great series and I hope they can refresh it. I could see it turning out poorly though.

Dying Light 2 I feel like this game has been hyped for years. The pieces are all there for a great game

Starfield I don't have too much hope that it will come out in 2022. But if it does...

GAMES I AM EXCITED FOR IN 2022! - Happy Console Gamer

  1. Triangle Strategy (NS) [3/4/22] - The demo was right up my tactics-loving alley.
  2. Tunic (XBX) [3/16/22] [game pass] - I really enjoyed the demo.
  3. Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong (XSX) [5/19/22]
  4. Steelrising (XSX) [6/12/22]
  5. Saints Row (XSX) [8/23/22]
  6. Starfield (XBX) [11/11/22] [game pass]
  7. Bear & Breakfast (NS)
  8. Severed Steel (XSX)
  9. Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League (XSX)
  10. Wildermyth (XBX) - Console version confirmed to be in the works.

1. Total Warhammer 3
2. Starfield
3. Saints Row
4. Baldur's Gate 3 final release
5. Dragon Age 4? (a fan can hope)
6. Victoria 3

Distant Worlds 2
Victoria 3
Dwarf Fortress UI++ on Steam

My father used to say that anticipation is half the pleasure of a holiday and I think the same is often true of games. I’m certainly enjoying having so many games to look forward to. These are just the games at the very top of my list in terms of the excitement they generate.

Sifu - This is coming nice and soon great to hear others are equally excited.
God of War: Ragnarok - I dare to hope that this game might be as incredible as the first one. The first trailer suggests it could, possibly, be the case *fingers tightly crossed emoji*
Last of Us Part 2 Multiplayer - Originally the multiplayer was going to be bundled in with the single player but it was broken off to be it’s own thing. My feeling now is they had a very smart, very ambitious idea and the multiplayer is going to be a clever evolution of what went before or something entirely new. Whatever form it takes, there is a high chance I’ll be playing it for a long time.
Trek to Yomi - This looks like a classic samurai movie. Hope it’s good.
Somerville - With a similar look to INSIDE I have high hopes for this game.
Katana Zero Yes, this has been out on PC for ages. I’m anticipating it’s arrival on PS4.
Season This game looks like a beautifully animated movie.
Stray A stray cat in a world of robots. I liked the idea of this game a little more after the first, more ambiguous, trailer when I’d decided that the cat in question was a courier cat going around the city delivering packages but it still looks like fun. Lovely art style.

IUMogg wrote:

Marvel's Midnight Suns I like xcom type combat and I like Marvel. It seems like a good fit.

Definitely with you on that. I really hope it turns out to be something that really grips me with the different approach it is aid to be taking.

Higgledy wrote:

Stray A stray cat in a world of robots. I liked the idea of this game a little more after the first, more ambiguous, trailer when I’d decided that the cat in question was a courier cat going around the city delivering packages but it still looks like fun. Lovely art style.

This game looks great and I hope it as fun to play as it is fascinating to look at.

Outside of those, there is Hyperdimension Neptunia: Sisters vs Sisters releasing in Japan in 2022. It's releasing early enough in the year we might see an English release by the end of the year.

I can't help but be interested in Hogwarts Legacy as well, despite the views of the franchise's creator.

Last year I put down Mass Effect Remasters, Humankind, and XCOM3.

I enjoyed replaying ME1, but never bothered with the sequels. Humankind was a pretty big disappointment for me, and XCOM3 continues to not exists.

So this year I'll go ahead and say Midnight Suns. I couldn't care less about Marvel stuff -- I've never seen any of the movies or read any of the comics, but I am interested in what the XCOM team has been working on.

GreyWolf wrote:

I really need to prioritize finishing Horizon Zero Dawn. The lack of attention I've given to that title is just criminal.

Same and I need to start God of War 2018. My PS5 is calling me to play PS4 games

IUMogg wrote:

Marvel's Midnight Suns I like xcom type combat and I like Marvel. It seems like a good fit.

Yes and yes.

Any news about BotW 2 or Metroid Prime 4 will be great. And yes Splatoon 3 sounds interesting. I never got the story DLC for the last one but I really loved the main bit. Can't really play much multiplayer now with young kids in the house but I'd have fun with more solo content.

Some great games coming in 2022!

My picks are:

Total War Warhammer 3 - Played the crap out of Total War games, especially the Warhammer ones so this is a no brainer for me. The new factions, improved forts etc will be huge!

Weird West - Love me some tactics game and this one has a great otherworldly twist to it! Co-creators of Dishonored and Prey add to the excitement.

Tom Clancy's Extraction - Tactical game vs aliens is up my alley!

Arc Raiders

Some others already mentioned but really looking forward to are:

Elden Ring
Sifu
Marvel's Midnight Suns
Hogwarts Legacy
Dying Light 2
Gotham Knights

Some indie ones that could be a lot of fun are:

definitely not fried chicken

Night is Coming

Possibly 2022 but must buy:

Company of Heroes 3

The yet to be released titles (if they do not slip to 2023 or beyond):

- Avowed (Series X|S)
- Breath of the Wild 2 (Switch)
- STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl (Series X|S)
- Starfield (Series X|S)

That which I was excited for in 2022 that then slipped from my radar (because underwhelming reveals):

- Elden Ring (Multiplatform)

Spoiler:

The yet to be chalked off titles from 2021 (because life or no PS5):

- Forza Horizon 5 (Series X|S)
- Halo Infinite (Series X|S)
- Metroid Dread (Switch)
- Returnal (PS5)

My anticipation list last year was strangely optimistic for a number of titles without release dates. Similarly, some of my favorite games were those I had no clue were getting released. So, this year ought to be an interesting one. Coincidentally enough, my friend and I just did a podcast last night on this very topic, so I've already got a whittled down list in release date order.

Pokemon Legends Arceus: I don't get very excited for Pokemon games these days and could use a real refresh on the formula. Arceus looks like a safe method to try and reinterpret the game's core themes with different mechanics, and so I hope it reignites some of the love I felt back in the days of Red and Blue in middle school.

Elden Ring: I do have some reservations since I never got far into Dark Souls or Sekiro. However, one of the reasons I bounced off of Dark Souls were the focus on tight corridors in the early portions of the game, and for Sekiro it was mostly the timing of the parry mechanics and windows. Yet with the latter, I actually really enjoyed the stealth gameplay, which seems to be making somewhat of a return. I think the open world and series of lessons learned (as well as beefy magic) will make the difference in Elden Ring, providing a sort of combat-focused Breath of the Wild with a far greater emphasis on challenge. Currently what I'm most looking forward to this year.

Babylon's Fall: The E3 gameplay reveal was, perhaps, one of the most disappointing trailers I could have seen. However, I've been following along with the Beta changes and got to see some streams of the final Closed Beta phase, and while it isn't the game I had hoped for, it looks like it could be fun. The question is: will I have anyone to play it with? Hrm...

AI: The Somnium Files: NirvanA Initiative: I love a really well done visual novel, and the original was one of the best I'd ever played. In fact, I'd put it right up there with the Phoenix Wright franchise, though certainly lacking the same broad appeal as our objecting lawyer friend. It's definitely an acquired weeb taste, but given that I am a weebetarian, I am ready to feast upon this sequel.

Bayonetta 3: I actually am not as great a fan of this franchise as I used to be, having explored more character action games and mechanics. Nonetheless, though Bayonetta's more complex than I'm capable of handling, it's still a good time, and there are so few protagonists that give as little fracks as Bayonetta does. Cool, confident, and able to crush you onto gun heels, I'm eager to see this new entry see release.

Untitled Breath of the Wild Sequel: Part of me wishes they'd make a Zelda game that's more different from what Breath of the Wild is doing. Perhaps trying to better fuse the open-world and traditional Zelda dungeons together instead. But, Breath of the Wild is one of the few games I spent 70+ hours on without feeling like it was taking too long to get to the end, and part of that is because I was in control of that pace the entire time. I'm curious to see what they do with the sequel, and have no doubt I'll spend hours and hours in Hyrule all over again.

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League: As a friend of mine put it: "It looks more like Saint's Row than the new Saint's Row". He's right, it does, and that's enough to sell me on it.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge: An old-fashioned arcade style Ninja Turtles beat-em up by the folks at Tribute Games, masters of polished retro-style pixel games. As a child of the 90's that spent hours playing TMNT 2: The Arcade Game on the NES and Turtles in Time on the SNES with his older brother, there's no way I'm not hyped.

Hollow Knight: Silksong: There's no way this would get another delay, right?

Those are the games with release dates I'm definitely looking forward to. Games I'm interested in but not necessarily a guaranteed purchase (or even able to purchase):

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin: To quote my compatriot, this game looks like "the right kind of dumb". I'm still somewhat simmering as the leaked rumor had me visualizing something more akin to Dark Souls itself, with the dark fantasy aesthetic being a perfect match for a reimagining of the very first Final Fantasy, I also enjoyed (but never finished) Nioh enough to be curious how Team Ninja will modify its mechanics. I'm hoping they'll be releasing a multi-platform demo for me to test it on before buying.

Forspoken: I finally realized what hits me wrong with the presentation of the story: it's that post-Battlestar Galactica "we don't want to be known as just the outer space channel" era of Sci-Fi (sorry, SyFy) channel writing. Yeah I liked Eureka, but Warehouse 13 and... uh... the um... Amanda Tapping with brown hair show...? Those I was not into, and the writing of Forspoken feels so very of that style. I considered all those shows a downgrade from the best seasons of Stargate SG-1, Farscape, and the Children of Dune mini-series. What's odd about that is that Gary Whitta and Amy Hennig have writing credits on Forspoken, and I see them both as being far better than the material I'm seeing. But! The gameplay at least looks good, so... who knows. Who knows! Another one that's gonna be a maybe. Then again, with Square Enix's B.S. love of platform exclusivity even on PC, who knows if I'll even be able to play it?

God of War: Ragnarok: Speaking of games I won't be able to play, I have no plans to purchase a PlayStation 5 even if they become widely available. However, I do like the look of God of War: Ragnarok. It mostly looks like "God of War, but more", but given that God of War is a pretty good game, if mechanically flawed, that's not the worst thing you could ask for.

Scorn: Coming to Game Pass on Day One, this game feels like an immersive sim with some Prey-ish trappings but in a world entirely modeled after H.R. Giger's art style. I really don't know how else to describe it than that, but what I've seen looks like it could be really cool. Or it could be real jank.

Finally, some games that I have no clue if they'll even be releasing this year:

Palworld: It's like a weird Pokemon meets Harvest Moon meets Third-Person Shooter where you can use your Sheep Pokemon as a bullet shield. The "gap moe" going on is phenomenal and I'm all in, even if it ends up being super jank.

Lies of P: The video trailer looks very Bloodborne, despite the odd grim-dark reinterpretation of Pinocchio. However, the Steam store page discusses the nature in which lying can modify the story and even change which ending you'll get, indicating some thematic inspiration from the fairy tale. In addition, you'll be able to swap parts of your not-a-real-boy body out for combat and other potential purposes. So it's not just a potential Bloodborne imitation. We'll see if it ends up being as good as it looks, because these days especially, it's surprisingly to have far more impressive art and animation than it is polished gameplay mechanics.

Crimson Desert and Dokev: Pearl Abyss already announced this past July that Crimson Desert was "being delayed", but what does that even mean when it never had a solid release date? The game wowed my friends and I at the Game Awards 2020 and I've been looking out for it with great interest. Pearl Abyss have also been showcasing their open-world Pokemon with Splatoon aesthetic Dokev quite a bit this past year, and just like Crimson Desert, my friends and I all responded with excitement. If these games are aiming for 2022, then they are easily the most exciting games I'm waiting for. The problem is... I have no idea if they'll actually be releasing this year.

Ragnarok will be PS4 also.

My top 10 games I am looking forward to in (hopefully) 2022, ranked in order of whether or not I think I will be playing it in 2022.

1. Horizon: Forbidden West
2. Sifu
3. God of War: Ragnarok
4. Marvel's Midnight Suns
5. Tunic
6. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2
7. Fallen Order 2
8. Knights of the Old Republic Remake
9. Beyond Good and Evil 2
10. Dragon Age 4

But as always, the thing I am most excited about is the thing that is awesome that I don't yet know about.

  • Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin - This looks so silly in all the right ways. Really looking forward to this
  • Final Fantasy XVI - Proooobably not coming out this year, but I choose to be optimistic
  • Forspoken - I'm not sure if I'll buy this day one, but I love the aesthetic, as well as what looks like potentially a more polished version of FF15's combat.
  • Starfield - No idea what this'll end up being like, but I'm looking forward to a new setting and story from Bethesda
  • Elden Ring - Also not one I'll be getting on day one, but i'm looking forward to seeing everyone experience this. (I'm NOT looking forward to another Souls-like Discourse rehash on difficulty and accessibility, but some things can't be avoided I guess)

25 posts and no mention of Tiny Tina Wonderlands?

For shame!

Distant Worlds 2
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1...

- Please be as deep as DW1. Please be as deep as DW1.

Lorn's Lure
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1...

- Dystopian parkour by way of PS1 aesthetics.

American Theft 80s
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1...

- Follow-up to the surprisingly well-crafted Thief Simulator.

Terra Invicta
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1...

- From the makers of one of the best mods of all time, XCOM: The Long War.

POSTAL: Brain Damaged
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1...

- Spin-off shooter that played incredibly well in demo form.

Rebots
https://store.steampowered.com/app/9...

- Cutesy space logistics/terraforming.

Weird West
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1...

- Immersive Sim from all-star team that worked on Prey.

Starfield
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1...

- BGS is my favorite AAA developer, bar none. Can't wait.

News Tower
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1...

-Newspaper tycoon management sim.

Peripeteia
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1...

- Looks like a retro Deus Ex/System Shock-era hybrid.

Citizen Sleeper
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1...

- Cyberpunk RPG.

Bomb Rush Cyberfunk
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1...

- Basically Jet Set Radio 3.

Cyber Knights: Flashpoint
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1...

- XCOM from Star Traders dev.

Space Trash Scavenger
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1...

- Next project from devs of my 2020 GOTY, Overcrowd.

Cloud Jumper
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1...

- Cute exploration title.

Steam Deck
https://store.steampowered.com/steam...

- All my stupid indie games in bed and on the plane? Oh hell yeah.

Aaron D. wrote:

Cyber Knights: Flashpoint
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1...

- XCOM from Star Traders dev.

I forget because I already bought it at Kickstarter. They've proven they can make fun stuff so just waiting to play it as soon as it releases.

^^^ Same.

ccesarano wrote:

Hollow Knight: Silksong:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge:

Awesome. I totally forgot that these two should be inbound this calendar year, hopefully.