Best Upcoming Games 2022 (And Beyond)

Looking forward to playing the latest and greatest video game releases? Check out our list of the best upcoming games for 2022 and beyond!

With both long-running franchises and breakout indie titles taking the world by storm, there’s no denying that 2021 was a great year for gaming.

So while many of us may still be clamoring to clear out a backlog of games, the best new games of 2022 are rapidly approaching.

To make sense of this year’s game release calendar, we’re highlighting the best upcoming games to play in 2022 and beyond in order of release date.

We’ll be updating this list with new titles in the future, so make sure to check back and let us know if we missed any of your most-anticipated upcoming games!

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The next game Switch owners can look forward to playing later this year is Xenoblade Chronicles 3, the third installment in the long-running JRPG.

Serving as a sequel to the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 for the Wii U, the game sees players stepping into the roles of protagonists Noah and Mio.

The pair find themselves thrust into battle as turmoil between two hostile nations—Keves and Agnus—rages on.

Joined by six characters hailing from different nations, players will explore a new world that looks to bridge the gap between XC and XC2.

Splatoon 3 will see Inklings and Octolings alike venturing to the Splatlands for the third entry in the quirky third-person shooter.

The new sun-scorched setting will be accompanied by new maps, modes, weapons, and abilities while expanding the series’ lore.

The reveal trailer highlights a new bow-shaped weapon that shoots ink in addition to dynamic new dodge maneuvers that allow the user to cover more ground.

While its “2022” release window is still a ways off, we’re eager to see the improvements over Splatoon 2.

In Potion Permit, players find themselves transported to the small town of Moonbury, an idyllic villager that has always been wary of the outside world.

Taking on the role of a chemist, you’ll help cure the mayor’s daughter and convince the residents of Moonbury of the wonders of modern alchemy.

To be successful, you’ll have to first gain their trust by tending to villagers’ needs ranging from brewing remedies to battling monsters to upgrading the town.

All the while, you’ll find yourself taking breaks to soak up the countryside and spend time exploring, fishing, and playing with your loyal dog companion.

Forspoken is an upcoming open-world action-adventure game currently in development at Luminous Productions, a new Square Enix game studio formed by members of the Final Fantasy 15 development team.

The game sees you controlling a fleet-footed young woman, likely named Athia, as she explores a “world not her own,” comprised of snowy mountains, lush forests, and ancient ruins.

In the teaser trailer, we can see Athia possesses the power to make roots grow out of the ground and fire-breathing wolves are among the game’s enemy types.

Considering the developer’s affinity for JRPGs, it’ll be interesting to see them apply their talent to a new genre; If you’re a Final Fantasy fan, definitely keep your eye on this one.

Best known for Batman: Arkham Origins, developer WB Games Montréal is back with another game set in the DC Universe.

With the Caped Crusader supposedly dead, Gotham Knights shifts its focus to his super-powered protégés as they’re called to defend Gotham City.

Presented as a co-op-based action-RPG for up to four players, the game sees you donning the mantle of Batgirl, Robin, Red Hood, and Nightwing with help from friends.

A single-player mode will also be available, allowing one player to swap between the four characters throughout the campaign.

The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games are known for getting nitty-gritty with their approach to post-apocalyptic open-worlds.

While they’ve always been reminiscent of games like Metro and even Fallout RPGs to some extent, the series suddenly disappeared after just three releases.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 will see players venturing into “The Zone,” an irradiated wasteland surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site.

The area stands out for its high radiation levels, which causes scavengers to develop supernatural abilities that affect traversal and combat.

God of War was a tremendous victory for Sony, receiving 10/10 reviews from fans and critics as well as taking home the trophy for GOTY at The Game Awards 2018.

It seems only logical at this point for Sony Santa Monica to start brainstorming a sequel to add to the PS5’s already lengthy list of exclusives.

The studio appears to agree as they’ve started posting job listings for positions across numerous teams, with one listing going as far as to directly mention 2018’s God of War.

If you were one of many players who returned to Krato’s cabin after completing the main story, then you remember the colossal cliffhanger that was included to leave players craving more God of War.

Outside of movie tie-ins and the occasional mobile release, we haven’t really seen many games explore the magical world of Harry Potter.

That’s set to change when Avalanche and Warner Bros.’ upcoming open-world action RPG Hogwarts Legacy releases next year.

Set during the late 1800s, it casts players as a new student at Hogwarts tasked with choosing their House and attending classes while exploring the school’s mysterious grounds.

Over time, they’ll learn to cast different spells, brew potions, tame magical beasts, and battle enemies while navigating a morality system based on their actions.

Marvel’s Midnight Suns is the next tactical turn-based game from Firaxis Games and looks to differentiate itself from the studio’s previous titles, namely XCOM.

The most notable difference in Midnight Suns is the addition of a card-based combat system that restricts heroes’ abilities to those included within randomized decks.

You take on the role of a customizable hero called The Hunter as they team up with various Marvel characters to stop the demonic queen Lillith from awakening a Cthulhu-like dark lord.

The game features a hub area where you can interact with party members to develop relationships that affect combat, such as unlocking unique team combo attacks to use during battle.

The announcement of Metal Slug Tactics caught many by surprise, considering the franchise is exclusively known for its retro run-n-gun games.

However, if the trailer’s any indication, developer Leikir Studio has a bonafide hit on their hands that draws heavy inspiration from games like Final Fantasy Tactics and Fire Emblem.

Additionally, the game will reportedly include some roguelike elements that are sure to keep gameplay and progression feeling fresh and exciting.

While we’ve yet to see just how well Metal Slug meshes with tactical RPG gameplay, we’re willing to take the risk and find out when it releases later this year.

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.

Positioned as a soft reboot for the franchise, Sonic Frontiers is a new upcoming entry from Sonic Team and Sega that plans on breathing new life into the iconic platformer.

It’s reportedly the first Sonic game to feature open-world gameplay and will see players exploring the Starfall Islands.

This setting is home to a host of different biomes, including flowery fields, lush forests, ancient ruins, and desolate deserts.

Considering development on Frontiers started in 2017 after Sonic Forces, it’ll be interesting to see what new ideas it explores and how far they’ll go towards revitalizing the series.

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.

Ubisoft is set to release their upcoming free-to-play multiplayer sports game Roller Champions later this year.

The game is best described as roller derby with a splash of Rocket League and cartoony visuals reminiscent of games like Fortnite.

Matches see teams competing to maintain control over a ball and land shots in a wall-mounted hoop while passing, tackling, and performing stylish tricks.

As players win matches, they’ll boost their reputation and earn fans as well as unlock new stylish gear for their character.

Skull & Bones‘ development has been plagued by numerous delays, reboots, and internal turmoil stemming from the departure of the game’s creative director mid-production.

At the moment, the initial release date points towards sometime after March 2021.

We bet so many of you are looking forward to getting your hands on this one, and with good reason.

Some of its systems are genuinely interesting, such as the ability to use landmasses for cover and territory control as well as being able to camouflage your ship by raising the enemy’s flag. 

Originally planned to release in 2018 and then later 2019, Atomic Heart has had one of the more interesting development stories, with rumors suggesting it may not even be the same game anymore.

Categorized as a “first-person shooter with RPG elements,” the game is well into the process of development at studio Mundfish, a Russian-based indie game studio.  

Evoking memories of sci-fi staples like BioShock and Fallout, Atomic Heart takes place in an alternate reality where the Soviet Union’s research has led to a technical revolution.

Players assume control of a Soviet KGB officer tasked with infiltrating a secret facility that’s gone radio silent.

Inspired by classics like System Shock and Dead Space, The Callisto Protocol is an upcoming survival horror game from Striking Distance Studios.

In it, players are tasked with escaping the maximum-security Black Iron Prison while uncovering a host of terrifying secrets.

The game looks to blend horror, action, and immersive storytelling while also setting a new bar for interactive horror as a whole.

We’ve also learned that it takes place in the same universe as PUBG, for reasons that are currently unclear.

Reminiscent of stylish action games like Bayonetta and Devil May Cry, Project Eve is an upcoming game about a survivor who must fight unknown creatures on a post-apocalyptic Earth.

Combat is modeled after combo-heavy action games and sees Eve taking down enemies using a combination of spectacular attacks, parries, and dodge maneuvers with her blade in tow.

The game will also focus on platforming sections that force Eve to master the terrain by scaling walls, sliding tactically around enemies, swinging from ropes, and much more.

On PS5, Project Eve will take advantage of the DualSense controller’s built-in haptic feedback but is also expected to release on Xbox consoles and PC.

Probably the biggest surprise to come out of E3 2019 was Nintendo’s announcement that work on a sequel to 2017’s Breath of the Wild is currently underway.

Judging by the reveal trailer, the next entry will maintain BOTW’s art style while exploring darker themes.

At one point, we see Ganondorf’s reanimated corpse come to life before the camera switches to an exterior shot where Hyrule Castle is shown rising into the air.

Fans have already begun comparing the sequel to Majora’s Mask, another heavy hitter in the Zelda series known for its darker themes and more mature undertones.

Bethesda announced Starfield back in 2018 with a teaser trailer and we haven’t heard much aside from some small leaks of info leading up to an update during E3 2021.

We now know the game will be releasing exclusively for Xbox and PC and coming to Game Pass on launch day.

Similar to previous Bethesda RPGs like Skyrim, Starfield will see players embarking on an epic open-world adventure, only this time in space.

There’s still some mystery surrounding what mankind is turning to the stars in search of, though if we had to wager, it probably has something to do with aliens.

It’s been exciting to see developer Arkane branch out from the Dishonored series and explore new ideas and themes with games like Prey, Deathloop, and now Redfall.

The company’s Austin-based studio is currently working on an open-world co-op shooter centered on a team of survivors battling supernatural forces.

Players will be able to choose their character from a diverse cast with unique abilities before setting off to liberate the small town of Redfall, Massachusetts from vampires.

Considering Arkane Austin has primarily focused on single-player affairs, it’ll be interesting to see how the team approaches a co-op shooter in a post Left 4 Dead world.

Even though Bethesda is more occupied with Elder Scrolls: Online, they still like to occasionally remind us Elder Scrolls VI is coming.

That being said, we haven’t received an update since 2018, so it’s likely Bethesda will have something to show before the year is through.

Current speculation suggests ES6 might be set in the Skyrim-adjacent region of High Rock based on the announcement trailer depicting a mountainous northern province.

It’s also rumored that the ongoing conflict with the Thalmor may be a key element in the game’s plot.

While it may not be the long-rumored Fable 4 sequel we had in mind, a new Fable game is confirmed to be in development at Playground Games, best known for the Forza Horizon.

Intended to be a reboot for the series, Fable will retain the spirit of the original trilogy, which saw players engaging with magical creatures throughout fantasy-inspired locales. 

Other than a cinematic reveal trailer, we don’t have much to go off of in terms of gameplay or even story.

The game is still a long way off but is expected to launch on Xbox Series X, PC, and Xbox Game Pass.

Avowed is a brand-new IP from developer Obsidian that’s currently in development. It’s described as a first-person RPG set in a fantasy-inspired world called Eora.

In it, you play as an unknown hero who wields a sword and casts magical spells using some really cool-looking hand gestures.

It’s not surprising to see Obsidian racing to make another RPG when you consider it’s their bread and butter. Fallout: New Vegas, KOTR2, Pillars of Eternity, the list goes on and on.

Thematically, Avowed gives off a much darker tone than we’ve seen Obsidian explore in the past, so it’ll be interesting to see what they come up with. 

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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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