If you thought 2021 had a fantastic catalogue of game releases, you are going to be blown away by what is coming in 2022. Next year is going to be packed with so many amazing games you won’t know where to begin.
Action, adventure, table games of the future, next year is going to have it all. Here are the best games to look forward to in 2022. Elden Ring
Elden Ring is a role-playing action game that is set for release on the 25th of February next year. The game takes place in the realm of the Lands Between, sometime after the destruction of the Elden Ring. The scattering of the shards, The Great Runes, are also explored.
Players must travel through the realms to find all of the Great Runes, restore the Elden Ring, and use its power to defeat enemies that walk the land and become the Elden Lord. Horizon Forbidden West
A sequel to the 2017 release Horizon Zero Dawn, Forbidden Wes, sees players take on the role of Aloy, a huntress in a world that is filled with dangers and monsters. You will explore the mysterious frontier known as the Forbidden West.
Forbidden West will feature a map much larger than Zero Dawn and will have new, recognizable locations, such as San Francisco and Yosemite Valley. The game will also feature a multitude of new mechanics and items. God of War: Ragnarok
The much-anticipated sequel to 2018’s God of War, Ragnarok, follows Kratos and his son as they deal with the secrets they uncovered at the end of the last game, as well as the war that will lead to the destruction of the earth.
Kratos will also need to deal with Freya after killing her son, Baldur, as well as Thor after Kratos killed his brother. There hasn’t been a game with as much hype surrounding it as Ragnarok has, and it is set to be a blockbuster. Pokemon Legends: Arceus
The next title in the Pokemon series is Legends: Arceus. Even though it is being released next year, it is a prequel to the 2006 Pokemon games, Diamond and Pearl. It will be part of the 25th-anniversary celebration and released alongside Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.
The game will take place long before the events of Diamond and Pearl, in an area that will come to be known as Sinnoh but is referred to as Hisui. Your job is to explore this region and build the first Hisui Pokedex.
Extraction is the next instalment in the Rainbow 6 franchise and is a spin-off to the highly successful R6 Siege. It is a cooperative multiplayer game that will see players fight and defeat alien creatures known as Archaeans in teams of three.
Players will be dropped into maps where they will need to collect samples, defeat enemies, uncover secrets, and find out where this alien race comes from and what they want. It is going to be a brilliant twist on the already outstanding team mechanics R6 provides. Hogwarts: Legacy
Legacy is a Harry Potter-style game like no other we have seen before. You can think of it as Harry Potter meets World of Warcraft. You can choose and customize your character and then gain skill, gear, and items by completing quests in the large, open world.
You will join a schoolhouse, go to group and learn different magic spells and potions, and be able to explore famous locations such as the Forbidden Forest and Hogsmeade Village. Set in the late 1800s, it will take you on a magical journey you haven’t experienced before. Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2
Breath of the Wild 2 is the assumed title of an upcoming Zelda game that is currently in development. Not much is known about it other than the fact that it will be released next year and will follow on from the events of Breath of the Wild.
We also know that the game will most likely take place in the same world as the previous game, but with many new elements and quests for players to complete. Gran Turismo 7
Gran Turismo 7 is set for release in March next year, and fans can expect the return of GT Simulation Mode. The game will also feature the all-encompassing career mode that fans of the game have come to know and love.
Other features include Special Events, Championships, Driving School, Tuning Parts Shop, the Used Parts dealership, and GT Auto. The game will also keep other fan-favorite features such as GT Sport Mode, Brand Central, and Discover.
Kerbal Space Program was regarded as one of the best simulation games ever made, allowing players to construct their own spaceships, satellites, and space programs. The second game is stepping it up a notch.
It builds on the sandbox aspect of the first game and adds new features such as new propulsion methods, the Orion Drive, new habitation modules for building on the surface of planets, etc. Orbital and planetary colonies have been added, there is a multiplayer mode and an interstellar travel system. Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora
We are finally going to be getting an Avatar game, and Frontiers of Pandora could be a smash-hit like the movie it is based on. Players will take control of Na’vi, who must travel across the Western Frontier of Pandora, and push back the forces of the RDA who are threatening to claim it.
The game will be a stand-alone story in the world of Avatar and is set to be released in 2022, but could also be pushed to 2023. Final thoughts
As you can see, 2022 is set to be a bumper year for gaming. New releases, much-anticipated sequels, and the release of games we should have been playing already. While you shouldn’t count the days, 2022 can’t come soon enough for gamers.