Best Upcoming RPGs 2022

Do you love role-playing games as much as we do? If so, check out our list of the best upcoming RPGs of 2021.

Many of the best role-playing games are massive timesinks that require upwards of hundreds of hours to complete.

That’s a big commitment for a lot of gamers, which is probably why so many RPGs end up in the growing pile of games we swear we’ll get around to “someday.”

Will things ever change? Probably not, seeing as 2022 is packed with some of the best-looking RPGs we’ve ever seen. 

In this list, we’ll highlight the best upcoming RPGs releasing 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 favorite new RPGs!

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Previously unreleased outside of Japan, Live A Live is an RPG developed by Square that’s set to release for the Switch with an HD-2D graphical upgrade.

The game tells seven different stories centered on different protagonists, time periods, and gameplay styles.

Players will get to experience these tales in any order they choose and unlock more as they progress.

While the original 1994 game received positive reviews regarding its unique gameplay and narrative, it failed to sell enough units to be considered a success at the time.

The next game RPG fans can look forward to playing later this year is Xenoblade Chronicles 3, the third installment in the long-running Nintendo-exclusive 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.

Inspired by Dark Souls, Thymesia is a demanding action RPG that centers on fast-paced combat and an intricate plague weapon system.

Set in a kingdom where death is constantly spreading, it casts you as a mysterious plague doctor named Corvus who preys upon enemies and wields the power of disease.

Corvus is on a mission to regain his memory and uncover the truth behind curing the world of its alchemic curse by defeating gruesome bosses and harnessing their power.

The game touts the ability to discover your own unique playstyle by upgrading Corvus’ weapons and abilities as well as multiple endings depending on choices made throughout the story.

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 with Project Athia. 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.

Combining action RPG and farming sim gameplay, Harvestella is a standout game from Square Enix that’s due out this November.

Set in a vibrant and colorful world, the game sees you tend to crops, befriending villagers, battling enemies, and discovering the origins of the world.

However, your biggest obstacle is preparing for the “Quietus,” a great calamity that comes with each change of season and threatens all life.

Throughout the story, players will get to take up different jobs, explore various dungeons and towns, and add new vegetables, grains, and fruits to their gardens.

Dragon Quest Treasures is yet another Square Enix action RPG that Switch owners can look forward to getting their hands on later this year.

In it, players follow adventurers Erik and Mia as they’re whisked away to a magical world known as Draconia.

Here, they’ll encounter a land full of treasures ripe for the taking so long as they can navigate its vast environments with help from cute companions.

During the journey, players will recruit various monsters, explore and conquer all sorts of mountains, chasms, and castles while searching for hidden treasure.

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.

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.

From the same studio that brought us GreedFall comes the character action game SteelRising, where players take on the role of an automaton masterpiece called Aegis.

Set during the Parisian revolution os 1789, the game sees you harnessing Aegis’ mechanical prowess to engage in ruthless and intense fights against other technological marvels.

To survive, players will have to push their nerves and skills to their limits while honing in on a unique playstyle ranging from fearsome warrior to deadly dancer to elemental master.

It’s an interesting premise that seems to be combining the best parts of Dark Souls’ combat with historically-based fiction in order to deliver an unforgettable experience.

Toeing the line between weird and genuinely exciting, Palworld is an upcoming open-world RPG from Pocketpair Games, best known for Craftopia.

It puts its own spin on the survival crafting genre by throwing in Pokemon-inspired creature collecting, with various “Pals” for you to tame.

Monsters you collect have special powers that can come in hand during battles, farming, building, fishing, and more.

While it’s a bit jarring to see such adorable creatures appear alongside shotguns, assault rifles, and rocket launchers, there’s something so interesting about Palworld’s concept.

Sporting a similar retro-inspired art style to that of Undertale, She Dreams Elsewhere is a surreal RPG about dreams and their connection to reality.

In it, you play as Thalia, a comatose woman suffering from anxiety as she sets out to confront her demons and awaken once and for all.

Despite being a narrative-driven experience, the game also features a turn-based battling system that pits you against a host of nightmarish monsters.

Thalia can recruit characters to join her party and strengthen her bond with each using a “Connection” system.

Mega Man fans are in for a retro treat as Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection Vol. 1 & 2 have been announced for a 2023 release.

Bundling together every installment of the beloved tactical RPG, the collection sees players jacking in to the net once again to face off against Mega Man’s biggest foes.

As you defeat deadly enemy programs in electrifying grid-based battles, you’ll scour the web for rare and powerful BattleChips to enhance and build your deck.

Legacy Collection also includes optional high-resolution filters to update each game’s graphics along with a robust art gallery and music player.

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.

Next up, The DioField Chronicle is an upcoming strategy RPG co-developed by Square Enix and Lancarse that’s scheduled to release sometime in 2022 for the Switch.

Gameplay is reminiscent of series like X-COM where the player has free directional movement over each character.

The story centers on a group of mercenaries as they make their way around a war-torn continent and find themselves in battle.

Players will guide the team through 3D environments and issue commands to four leaders specializing in either magic, archery, or hand-to-hand combat.

Jack Move is a pixel art JRPG that draws inspiration from the classic Mega Man Battle Network games while telling an original cyberpunk story.

In it, you take on the role of Noa, a rogue hacker who finds herself thrust into a world of murder, kidnapping, and twisted research after her father mysteriously disappears.

Combat is turn-based and provides countless opportunities to devise unique strategies by customizing Noa’s Cyber Deck mid-battle.

This allows her to switch roles and adjust her mix of offense, defense, and buffs in combination with hardware upgrades that increase stats and unlock new abilities.

Following THQ Nordic’s acquisition of Piranha Bytes back in May 2019, the company has begun working on a remake of the classic 2001 action RPG Gothic.

For the remake, THQ Nordic appears to be leaving the story alone, instead opting to focus on updating the game’s visuals and combat.

In it, you play as a prisoner of a mining colony who receives a letter requesting him to seek out a group of wizards knowns as the Order of the Magicians of Fire.

If you would like to check out the game for yourself, THQ has released a free playable teaser you can download through Steam.

Arguably one of the biggest surprises to come out of E3 2019 is Nintendo’s announcement that work on a sequel to 2017’s Breath of the Wild has already begun.

Judging by the reveal trailer, the next entry will maintain BOTW‘s art style while sporting a much darker tone.

At one point, we’re able to see Ganondorf’s reanimated corpse before the camera switches to an exterior shot where Hyrule Castle is seen 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 mature undertones.

Crimson Desert is an upcoming open-world game that comes from developer/publisher Pearly Abyss, the same studio behind hit MMORPG Black Desert.

Originally, the game was meant to be a prequel to Black Desert but was ultimately scrapped and rebooted as a standalone experience set in a medieval fantasy world.

In it, players take on the role of a mercenary traversing a war-ravaged world where they’ll have to complete quests and recruit other mercenaries to join them in battle.

The extra help will definitely come in hand seeing as the game will reportedly feature harsh weather conditions across its open-world regions.

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 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.

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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