Best Upcoming Fighting Games 2022 (And Beyond)

Looking for the best upcoming fighting games to play at tournaments and with friends? We've got you covered right here!

As the next era of gaming draws nearer, new 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.

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

We’ll be updating this list in the future with new titles, so make sure to check back and let us know if we missed your favorite upcoming fighters!

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To celebrate Street Fighter’s 35th anniversary, Capcom is putting out a collection of pivotal titles from throughout the company’s history.

Capcom Fighting Collection will include 10 different retro fighters that have been updated to support online multiplayer with rollback netcode.

The classic titles included are Darkstalkers, Night Warriors: Darkstalkers’ Revenge, Vampire Savior: The Lord of Vampire, Vampire Hunter 2, Vampire Savior 2, Red Earth, Hyper Street Fighter II, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix, and Cyberbots: Full Metal Madness.

This is a pretty extensive tribute to Capcom’s 2D roots and will be further complemented by an in-game art gallery, dedicated training modes, and more.

Next up is Dungeon & Fighter Duel, or DNF Duel, an upcoming fighting game developed in collaboration with Neople, Arc System Works, and Eighting Studio.

The game is a spin-off to the Dungeon Fighter Online franchise and harnesses the MMO’s wide selection of classes to create its roster.

Gameplay-wise, battles are presented as 2D 1v1 showdowns where characters compete using unique move sets.

There’s still no word on a release date but a recent beta was met with positive reception regarding the game’s combat, background designs, and animations.

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.

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.

Leaked earlier this year, MultiVersus is an upcoming free-to-play platform fighter that leverages Warner Bros.’s extensive catalog of licensed properties.

It’s one of the more ambitious crossovers we’ve seen in recent years, one that looks to pit characters like Batman, Shaggy Rogers, and Buggs Bunny among others against one another.

Much like Super Smash Bros., characters will have to jump, run, and punch their way to victory across 2D stages inspired by different WB properties.

It’s unclear just how many characters will be added to MultiVersus’ roster but based on WB’s deep catalog, the sky is the limit.

Currently playable through Apple arcade, LEGO Brawls is a LEGO-themed platform fighter in the same vein as games like Super Smash Bros.

In it, players can craft and battle using custom minifig characters as well as licensed characters based on various LEGO franchises.

During matches, players can utilize items by first constructing them out of LEGO blocks.

The game currently offers eight arenas that support 4v4 team battles and free-for-all battle royales.

It’s been a long journey for the fighting game Blazing Strike, one that’s been plagued by delay after delay.

However, it seems like fighting fans will finally get their hands on the 2D fighter when it releases sometime this year.

The game takes place in a futuristic dystopia and centers on a group of resistance fighters pushing back against a corrupt government regime.

So far, we know Blazing Strike will include 14 unique characters in its roster, each with a unique set of skills, abilities, and attributes.

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.

Solo indie developer Jacob Dzwinel and Humble Games have partnered to release Midnight Fight Express, a blend of old-school brawlers and fast-paced modern fighters.

The game boasts a challenging combat system inspired by Dark Souls that relies on using fists, feet, knives, guns, and more to mow through waves of enemies.

Players can mix light and heavy melee attacks in addition to blocking, countering, throwing, dodging, and triggering powerful finishing moves and environmental kills.

Most impressive is Midnight Fight’s sleek character animations, which use motion-captured data for an added sense of realism.

GigaBash is an upcoming arena fighter from Malaysian indie studio Passion Republic Games where up to four players duke it out as one of many different kaiju fighters.

The game features a zoomed-out, top-down camera reminiscent of games like Battlerite, though its premise is a lot closer to classic kaiju brawlers like Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters!

However, instead of slow lumbering monsters, GigaBash’s fighters are surprisingly nimble, making for fast and chaotic brawls complete with over-the-top attacks and transformations.

No word on a release date yet, but we’re already in love with the game’s cartoony yet detailed 3D visuals.

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.

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 “Mid 2021.”

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.

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.

Touhou Sky Arena developer Area Zero plans to continue exploring their fondness for aerial combat and anime witches in their next project, Valkyrie of Phantasm.

Also set in the Touhou universe, the game will see players flying through the sky, dodging a barrage of projectiles, and firing back at opponents.

The game looks nothing short of stylish and the latest trailer does an excellent job of highlighting a slew of improvements, including better-looking environments and more fluid movement and combat.

There’s still no set release date for Valkyrie of Phantasm as of yet, but the game seems to be coming along just fine.

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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As a fan of both indie and triple-A games, Justin finds joy in discovering and sharing hidden gems with other passionate gamers. In addition to reporting on the latest and greatest titles, he manages GamingScan’s social media channels.

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