Best Upcoming Fighting Games 2022 (And Beyond)

Looking for new fighters to get into? Check out this list of best upcoming fighting games releasing in 2022 and beyond!

As the next era of gaming draws nearer, new upcoming games with better graphics and more robust gameplay mechanics are on the horizon.

Fighting games, in particular, stand to benefit from technological advancements that help minimize latency and reduce game load times.

Here we’ll highlight the best upcoming fighting games to play in 2022, including the new fighting games for PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch.

To see more upcoming games, check out our growing library of curated lists, and comment below with your most anticipated fighters of 2022!

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Fraymakers is an upcoming crossover game that joins the ranks of 2D platform fighters inspired by Super Smash Bros.

In it, players battle each other using a slew of fighters pulled from hit indie games like Octodad, Downwell, Rivals of Aether, and Slay the Spire.

Each fighter has a dedicated move set comprised of unique attacks and abilities for a total of 80+ different animations.

Additionally, Fraymakers is set to include some sort of content creation tool that lets players craft and incorporate their own original content into the game.

Some could make the argument we simply don’t have enough fighting games with hats; sure, some game characters happen to wear hats, but what if losing your hat resulted in your character dying?

Enter King of the Hat, a 2D arena fighter that’s expected to release for PC and Nintendo Switch in 2022.

Described as a “fast-paced, hat-based fighting game,” King of the Hat sees up to four players duking it out in frantic battles where the goal is to destroy your foe’s hat using your own.

Seeing the game in action is a sight to behold as attacks have no startup animations, and characters can easily die in a split-second.

Next up is Bravery and Greed, a beat ’em up roguelite dungeon brawler designed for co-op and competitive PvP with 1-4 players.

In it, you and your cohorts take on the role of four classic fantasy classes and embark on a quest to “get rich or die trying” in a fantasy pixel art world.

Each run has you exploring thrilling environments across many unique biomes with tough bosses and powerful rewards to upgrade your characters.

The game gives you the option to play greedy and try and nab every coin and chest before your friends can as well as outright steal from them while reviving.

Often regarded as two of the most underrated games from the 90s golden age of fighters, Breakers and Breakers Revenge are due for a rerelease.

Titled Breakers Collection, this compilation will include both games courtesy of developer/publisher QUByte Interactive.

Gameplay is reminiscent of 2D fighters like Street Fighter II with an emphasis on fast-paced combat and traditional special move inputs.

The collection will also include rollback netcode to ensure steady performance during online matches.

Dextrissimi is a 2D martial arts fighter that uses a simplified attack system designed to let players of any experience level feel like expert swordsmen.

Instead of trying to remember fancy combos, most of your time is spent trying to read your opponent’s body language to anticipate their next attack.

The roster includes seven fighters from different nationalities and playstyles that add variety and excitement to mastering them all.

However, our favorite aspect of Dextrissimi is its manuscript aesthetic, complete with hand-drawn characters and attractive background scenery.

If you’re a fan of fast-paced action games like we are, then you should definitely consider wishlisting Shady Knight ahead of its release.

The hack n’ slash first-person platformer sees you climbing massive, enemy-filled towers as you clear out each floor using an arsenal of medieval weapons.

Your character can build momentum by sliding and wallrunning as well as tear apart enemies with slam attacks, powerful kicks, and a good old sword throw to the enemy’s head.

Shady Knight’s emphasis on verticality and open-ended combat looks like the perfect recipe for engaging and varied gameplay.

Although spiders are already pretty freaky as is, SpiderHeck ups the ante by giving them laser swords and locking them in deathtrap platforming levels together.

The end result is an action-packed physics-based brawler where four players battle to be the last arachnid standing while dodging attacks and environmental hazards.

Of course, since this is spiders we’re talking about, players can also web-swing around each level in order to gain the upper hand or avoid falling to their death.

It’s an exciting blend of sword combat and parkour movement that’s sure to produce plenty of laughter and ridiculous moments among friends.

Drawing inspiration from Bushido Blade, Way of the Samurai, and Dark Souls, Die by the Blade is a demanding 1v1 sword-fighting game currently in production.

It uses a one-hit kill system that emphasizes parries, blocks and counters and punishes players for making mistakes.

Unlike many other fighting games, Die by the Blade separates its fighting styles from characters, instead associating each one with a specific weapon.

No word on a release date but its confirmed the game will include a single-player mode as well as local and online multiplayer.

Metal Revolution is a new project from indie developer NEXT Studios that’s catering to fighting game newcomers by streamlining the tedious process of memorizing button inputs to perform flashy combos.

The game features a simple control layout tailored to each fighter’s playstyle and allows you to chain together powerful attacks with singular button presses.

The “Metal” part of its title stems from a diverse roster of interesting-looking android combatants who each have a preferred fighting style and ultimate ability.

Ultimates in Metal Revolution function similarly to Fatalities in Mortal Kombat and see fighters performing highly-cinematic death-dealing finishers on their opponents.

During the Capcom Pro Tour 2021 Season Final, the company gave fans a sneak peek at the next Street Fighter installment.

There’s not much to glean from the brief 30-second teaser trailer but what we do know is both Ryu and newcomer Luke are part of Street Fighter 6‘s roster.

Luke was originally teased as playing an important role in the franchise’s future, so it’ll be interesting to see how he factors into the story as well as how he plays.

Other than that, we don’t have much to go on, so make sure to check back for updates and get ready to face off in a new iteration of one of the longest-running franchises.

League of Legends developer/publisher Riot Games is working on a variety of new projects which for the most part have remained shrouded in mystery.

Aside from the upcoming tactical shooter currently known as Project A, the company also has a fighting game in the works under the moniker Project L.

While Riot has shared some clips of gameplay footage, it’s still too early to tell what the final product will be like considering this is the developer’s first foray into the genre.

So far, we know it features a roster of fighters from League of Legends and highly stylized 2D graphics that help it stand out from other fighting games.

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