Most Anticipated New Games Coming in 2022 for PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and PC

These are the most anticipated games scheduled for release in 2022!

Image Source: Square Enix, via YouTube
Image Source: Square Enix, via YouTube

2021 has nearly come to an end, and what a year in gaming! From sneaky hits like Kena: Bridge of Spirits to the highly-acclaimed Deathloop, 2021 had plenty of releases to satiate gaming fans. 2022 is shaping up to to be another great year in game releases.

Looking ahead to the most anticipated games of 2022, it is important to note a couple of things. First, this list will avoid any annual releases – like MLB the Show, FIFA, and Madden. Second, this list will avoid any next-gen remasters, remakes, and remastered collections like Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection.

Third, this list will only highlight games that have a a specific release date or at least a month of release (one game). There are many, many games with a 2022 release date, but without a month or day of release. These games include Dragon Ball: The Breakers, Dune: Spice Wars, Hogwarts Legacy, Marvel’s Midnight Suns, and Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League.

Games will also be listed in chronological order by release date.

1. Rainbow Six Extraction

  • Release Date: 20 January 2022
  • Platform: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC

The next installment of the long-running Rainbow Six series starts off 2022 with a literal bang. Developed by Ubisoft, this tactical shooter can be done solo or in groups of three.

The game has 12 Containment Zones that serve as the maps. Each Zone will have three objectives, though as explained in the video above, you are free to extract (finish the map) after the first objective is complete. There will be 13 total missions across the 12 Containment Zones.

You will seek to eradicate each Zone of aliens known collectively as the Parasite. There are 13 Parasite archetypes you will encounter, including big baddies the Proteans. Proteans are Parasite who basically have the intelligence and battle capabilities of humans, known as Operators in the game.

What’s even more enticing about the game is that it promises to have a challenging end-game and, best of all, post-launch content is free!

Rainbow Six Extraction comes in digital and physical forms with two editions, Standard and Deluxe. The latter includes in-game bonuses.

2. Pokémon Legends: Arceus

  • Release Date: 28 January 2022
  • Platform: Nintendo Switch

Unlike the remakes of Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, Pokemon Legends: Arceus is a prequel set in a region that became the Sinnoh region. The game takes place in Hisui, which sees its own regional variants and a new Pokédex and catching mechanic that is a break from the traditional methods.

With Arceus, gone are the days of transitioning to battle screens as you seamlessly enter battle by throwing your Pokémon’s Pokéball in the area of a wild Pokémon. You will immediately be presented with the battle menu – in a new presentation – which should lead to smoother and quicker gameplay. You may be able to avoid battles altogether if you throw an empty ball and catch the wild Pokémon!

You also have to catch Pokémon multiple times to unlock their full Pokédex entry through Research Tasks. These range from catching a Pokémon a certain number of times, catching its forms, and evolving it, among others. It gives more reason to keep playing and catching beyond the first time.

For more, here’s everything we know so far about Arceus.

3. Dying Light 2 Stay Human

  • Release Date: 4 February 2022
  • Platform: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC

Dying Light 2 Stay Human – the sequel to 2015’s Dying Light – builds upon the lore created in the prequel. Developed by Techland, the game takes place 20 years after the events of the 2015 game and pits you as Aiden Caldwell, proficient in parkour.

The post-apocalyptic zombie horror game combines elements of games like Fallout, Mirror’s Edge, and of course, the first Dying Light in a sprawling open-world environment. The day and night cycle determines which enemies you are more likely to see and the intensity of the zombies. Various weapons and tools will be at your disposal, including a paraglider and grappling hook, and combat incorporates both intense melee and firearm encounters.

The game encourages multiple playthroughs – or at least save files – based on the various factions you can ally or feud with, and other decisions you can make in the game. The game touts that decisions will “determine the balance of power.” Stay Human also includes a co-op mode for up to four players.

The game will release in both digital and physical (retail) copies. There are three versions with Standard, Deluxe, and Collector’s. The Collector’s includes all in-game bonuses and a physical Defender of the City statuette.

4. Sifu

  • Release Date: 8 February 2022
  • Platform: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC

Developed by Sloclap, the team behind Absolver, Sifu may prove to be an early year hit if it lives up to the teaser videos that have been uploaded. The gaming mechanics are sure to make it stand out from other games.

You take the role of the young protagonist (man or woman) seeking revenge for the murders of your family. The game takes place over one night as you fight hordes of enemies using kung fu. You will die, repeatedly, and you will continue aging in the rebirth process. You may even die the “final death,” so timing and evasion will be key to your survival.

The game pushes you to learn from each mistake and death, pushing you to rethink your strategies. You can also use your surroundings to your advantage – including weapons and furniture – as Sloclap wanted the game to resemble a kung fu movie as much as possible. They noted that Bruce Lee and The Raid movies provided inspiration.

The fully digital Sifu will release in a Standard and Deluxe Edition. The latter includes a digital soundtrack and digital artbook.

For more, here’s everything we know about Sifu.

5. Elden Ring

  • Release Date: 25 February 2022
  • Platform: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC

Sure to tick all of the fantasy boxes, Elden Ring is developed by FromSoftware and distributed by Bandai Namco Entertainment. Excitingly, the game was made in collaboration with Hidetaka Miyazaki (Dark Souls series) and novelist George R. R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire series and Game of Thrones).

Players seek to return the shattered Elden Ring to form. The fragments are in possession of a demigod’s offspring, though it has corrupted and tainted them with power. You will traverse the Lands Between, including floating islands, dungeons, and catacombs, seeking to rid the land of the taint and restore it to its former form.

With its influence from Dark Souls, gameplay and combat takes a similar third-person approach. Timing and mechanics rather than mashing buttons are your keys to success. You can also summon spirits to assist you in combat. Items can be crafted from resources gathered in the Lands Between – including weapons like arrows – and treasures dot the large map.

Elden Ring comes in a whopping five editions with Standard, Deluxe, Launch, Collector’s, and Premium editions. Each has progressively more bonuses, with the last two including collectibles – a figurine and a numbered helmet (only in Premium editions).

6. Horizon Forbidden West

  • Release Date: 18 February 2022
  • Platform: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4

The sequel to the award-winning Horizon Zero Dawn, Horizon Forbidden West continues the tale of Aloy, this time to the Forbidden West to seek the source of a deathly plague. The game maintains the third-person action RPG setup from its prequel.

Unlike the prequel, Forbidden West should prove to have even greater depth and immersion thanks to its release on the next-gen PlayStation 5. The game’s graphics in 4K might be some of the best graphics ever seen in video games. The Forbidden West is also a larger setting than in the prequel, giving you more places to explore and put those graphics to the test.

While set in a post-apocalyptic world, Forbidden West’s location in California, Utah, and Nevada means players will see many recognizable locations and be able to explore a lush open-world area. This includes deserts, underwater, and snowy mountains. As in Zero Dawn, enemies can be giant mechanical and biological creatures, as well as others along the way.

Horizon Forbidden West has four editions: Launch, Special (Digital Deluxe), Collector’s, and Regalia. Each is more expensive than the previous, and includes in-game bonuses as well as physical bonuses for the latter two.

7. Gran Turismo 7

  • Release Date: 4 March 2022
  • Platform: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4

The long-running Gran Turismo series returns with the seventh numbered installment, and the first since 2017’s Gran Turismo Sport. “The Real Driving Simulator” promises to return with its unparalleled graphics and presentation, powered even further with the PlayStation 5.

Campaign, Arcade, Sport, Driving School, and other modes from Sport return in 7. Importantly, Gran Turismo 7 sees the return of Simulation mode – essentially the A-Spec mode in Gran Turismo 5 and 6 – adding a more personal experience to what can be a monotonous Campaign mode. Customizing and sharing liveries will still be a big part of the game as well.

Gran Turismo 7 boasts a lineup of 420 cars at launch date, with more to be added as DLC if previous Gran Turismo games are any indication.

Gran Turismo 7 comes in a Launch (Standard for digital) and 25th Anniversary edition. Both include in-game credit (CR) and three cars, but the latter edition includes more in-game benefits.

8. Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands

  • Release Date: 25 March 2022
  • Platform: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC

Possibly the most anticipated game of 2022, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands picks up where Borderlands 2 left off – specifically the expansion Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep. The game maintains the visual presentation fans have come to know and love about the Borderlands series.

Tiny Tina is the dungeon master as you play a tabletop RPG. You will even see yourself as a piece on the board moving and interacting with things as the story’s told. Don’t worry, you’ll still get to enjoy all of the first-person shooter carnage that is the Borderlands series.

You will be able to choose from six classes, and unlike the previous games, you can combine abilities between classes. This should add an extra layer of depth to the game as gamers figure out the best class combinations and the best counters to each.

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands has three editions: Standard (PlayStation 4 and Xbox One), Next-Gen, and Chaotic Great. If you pre-order the game, regardless of the version, you will receive the bonus Golden Hero Armor Pack, though the latter editions include more in-game bonuses.

9. WWE 2K22

  • Release Date: March
  • Platform: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One (projected)

The one game on this list with only a month listed for the release date, WWE 2K22 also is the one game on this list most anticipated not because of the perception of greatness, but rather to see if the franchise recovered from the blunder that was WWE 2K20. It also did not qualify as a yearly release since it did not have a 2K21 edition (2K Battlegrounds released instead).

2K Games, for their part, has been upbeat and positive about the improvements and changes they’ve made to the forthcoming edition. The “Hit List” they provided did seem to show marked improvements to controls, fluidity of the action, and overall realism. Familiar modes like Universe, Showcase, and MyCareer – which is supposedly revamped – return.

What had fans most excited was the announced return of GM Mode, now called MyGM to stick with 2K’s branding. The much ballyhooed mode was a staple of the early WWE Smackdown! vs. Raw video games where you took control of one show and booked it over a year to see if you could draw more viewers than your counterpart.

While no editions have been announced, and even the platforms the game will release, 2K Games indicated more information on WWE 2K22 will drop in January 2022. Until then, here’s everything we know so far about 2K22.

10. Forspoken

  • Release Date: 24 May 2022
  • Platform: PlayStation 5, PC

Lit-RPG fans, your favorite books have come to life with Forspoken! The third-person action adventure RPG is set in a visually stunning open-world that pits you as Frey Holland, a young woman pulled from her version of New York City to the world of Athia. She then must battle her way not only to save the people of Athia, but to find her way back to New York City.

Forspoken lets you live vicariously through Holland as you unleash powerful spells and even ride a surfboard through the air like Silver Surfer! She can even dash across the air like Ricther in Chaos Seeds: The Land. Being an open-world setting, these abilities will not only make travel faster, but also more entertaining. Who needs Fast Travel when you can surf the skies!

Like with Horizon, Forspoken is also an accomplishment in representation as Holland is a young Black woman who is sought as the savior of Athia. The trailers also reveal many characters of color in a wide array of positions. The representation here isn’t just for show; the characters seem to have meaning and depth beyond Holland.

Forspoken does not have any extra editions, but there hasn’t been an indication of if the game will be a full release or if there will be DLC.

11. Saints Row

  • Release Date: 23 August 2022
  • Platform: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC

The latest edition in the Saints Row series debuts with the aptly-named Saints Row in August. It has a similar visual style to the most recent releases of the game, though there seem to have been some improvements to overall quality and refinement for Saints Row.

Like previous versions in the series, the game is set in a world full of violence and mayhem, specifically Santo Ileso, a fictional Southwestern city in the United States. You form The Saints to take back power and control of a corrupt city through your own means of mayhem and destruction.

The game promises to have “the most advanced suite of customization tools yet seen in an open-world game,” a lofty goal. The game also incorporates an untethered co-op mode so both you and your friends can play together while still playing your way, causing carnage in your wakes.

Saints Row comes in two editions: Criminal Customs (Standard) and Notorious. The big addition to Notorious is the inclusion of the Expansion Pack, but it also includes more in-game and physical bonuses.

12. Starfield

  • Release Date:
  • Platform: Xbox Series X|S, PC

Starlight releases near the end of the year, just in time for the holidays. Developed by renowned studio Bethesda Softworks – whose parent company was purchased by Xbox – Starfield is a space RPG that can be played in either the first or third-person. It is Bethesda first new universe in 25 years after the success of Elder Scrolls and Fallout.

You take the role of a a member of the Constellation, a group of explorers, set 20 years after the Colony War in 2319. Like its spiritual successors, gameplay will involve a mix of exploration, scavenging, crafting, and of course, combat.

Not too much has been released about the game, but anticipation is high for Bethesda’s next release. Being that it’s the first new series for the team in a quarter century, it will be interesting to see how they’ve progressed from the fantasy medieval Elder Scrolls and the post-apocalyptic Fallout to the spacefaring Starlight.

While a release date has been announced, like WWE 2K22, there has yet to be an announcement on the different editions of the game – if any – and the associated bonuses.

2022 should be a solid year in gaming with many games slated to release – even if some don’t have official release dates and may be further delayed. However, the games that are set to release should pique the interest of gamers. There are other games that could have made this list, and that shows the beauty of 2022 in gaming: there are just so many highly anticipated games!

Which games are you most looking forward to in 2022? Let us know in the comments below!

Note: This article was updated on 23 December 2021.

Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee is the Lead Editor for He has a PhD in Education, but has always been a gamer. His main gaming interests are RPGs and sports, with some action and adventure on the side. Bruce still hails Chrono Trigger as the best game ever.

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