It’s hard to believe that 2022 is already halfway over, but just because the first half of the year has already resulted in plenty of excellent games like Elden Ring, the best might be yet to come. With dozens of new games set to launch between now and the end of the year, we’ve decided to chronicle the biggest upcoming games that you should be aware of.
We’ve decided to focus on games with confirmed release dates of this year, but given the general uncertainty of release dates these days thanks to the effects of the pandemic, a lot of this article will be subject to change. With that out of the way, here’s the biggest new games of 2022 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X & S, and the Nintendo Switch that are still to come.
New Games Of 2022: Second Half
Two Point Campus | August 9th, 2022
Developer: Two Point Studios Publisher: SEGA Platform(s): PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X & S, Nintendo Switch
For those who remember the “Theme” series of games, Two Point Hospital felt like a welcome return to those absurd, ridiculous management games focused more on humour than endless micromanagement. With the incredible success of Hospital, it was only natural that Two Point Studios would turn their attention to a follow-up game, and Two Point Campus is the next natural step.
Moving the gameplay from a hospital to a thriving university campus, Two Point Campus sees players managing the various facets of education. Because Two Point thrives on the silliness, you’ll be teaching magic and espionage instead of the usual academia, making for what promises to be a varied and entertaining experience. More Two Point content is absolutely fine by us, and Campus looks brilliant.
Cult Of The Lamb | August 11th, 2022
Developer: Massive Monster Publisher: Devolver Digital Platform(s): PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X & S, Nintendo Switch
How can one game be so cute yet so disturbing at the same time? Cult Of The Lamb manages to walk this fine line, with an adorable aesthetic giving way to some cartoonish uber violence. You control a lamb who was rescued from certain death by a shadowy figure. Now possessed and in their debt, you must form a cult created to serve this shadowy, god-like entity.
Unfortunately for you, your cult isn’t the only game in town, meaning you’ll have to travel across four different randomly generated lands to take out the other cults, absorb their powers and establish your dominance as the one true cult. Meanwhile, you can command your followers to build structures back at home base in praise of your deity, or give sermons to reinforce their faith.
Of course the developers behind OlliOlli would be the people responsible for a game like Rollerdrome. Instead of just your standard third person shooter, Rollerdrome sees you darting across an arena on your roller skates, guns in hand ready to waste everything in sight. It looks like a cel-shaded version of Bizarre Creations’ The Club, but on wheels, and that premise sounds absolutely wonderful.
Rollerdrome takes place in the near future and sees the player character embroiled in a dark conspiracy regarding the game’s titular sport: a violent crucible of acrobatics and bloodshed. You’ll combine tricks and artillery to crush your enemies while setting the best scores on the online leaderboards, all on the path to becoming the Rollerdrome champion. As far as the biggest new games of 2022 go, Rollerdrome is possibly the most stylish.
Midnight Fight Express | August 23rd, 2022
Developer: Jacob Dzwinel Publisher: Humble Games Platform(s): PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X & S, Nintendo Switch
The beat ‘em up genre has been around for decades at this point, but Midnight Fight Express could genuinely take the cake as one of the most ambitious projects the genre has ever seen. To start with, most of the development has been done by one man, Jacob Dzwinel, while the game itself is an expansive brawler with hundreds of motion captured moves and animations.
Midnight Fight Express sees players taking on the role of Babyface, a legendary brawler brought back into the criminal underworld to stop a violent, citywide uprising. With an AI drone in tow, you’ll take on dozens of missions that focus on varied weapons, level designs and more, and once you’re done with the main levels, you’ll be able to return to complete challenges, customise enemy types and more.
Saints Row | August 23rd, 2022
Developer: Volition Publisher: Deep Silver Platform(s): PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X & S
If you were to judge the Saints Row reboot on the reveal trailer’s response alone, you’d think it was the most reviled series in gaming history. However, the more that Volition have pulled back the curtain on this new and improved Saints Row, the more it feels like they’ve taken the best bits of the series and dialled them up to 11. Yeah, the characters you like might not be here, but the personality and gameplay sure is, making for one of the biggest new games of 2022.
The Saints Row reboot moves the action to the fictional city of Santo Ileso, based on the American Southwest. You’re playing as a new version of “The Boss,” aiming to liberate the city from three gangs who’ve got the various districts in a chokehold, so of course you’re going to form your own gang, customise pretty much every aspect of both yourself and the gang, and ultimately stake your claim as the king/queen/lord of Santo Ileso.
Destroy All Humans! 2: Reprobed | August 30th, 2022
Developer: Black Forest Games Publisher: THQ Nordic Platform(s): PC, PS5, Xbox Series X & S
Sometimes, it’s just nice to play as the villain, causing wanton destruction and carnage whether you go. The Destroy All Humans! series is one of the best examples of that, which is why Destroy All Humans! 2: Reprobed looks like it could be a real winner. If it’s anywhere near as good as the remake of the first game, and it looks like it will be, this is certainly going to be one to watch.
Destroy All Humans! 2: Reprobed sees the Furon footsoldier Crypto trying to take over the world once again, only this time it’s the 1960s and we actually get to visit more areas than just America. Crypto’s world-spanning destruction tour will see him unlocking new weapons and abilities, all the while dealing with KGB agents looking to put you down for good. Time to get probing.
The Last Of Us Part 1 | September 2nd, 2022
Developer: Naughty Dog Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment Platform(s): PS5
The decision to create a “ground up” remake of The Last Of Us 1 so soon after the release of the original game, especially when the remastered version on PS4 works great and is readily available, is always going to be a divisive one, especially when you see the price. However, few can deny that experiencing the story of Joel and Ellie once again is a journey that’s really tempting to take.
At this point, you probably already know the plot of The Last Of Us like the back of your hand. Instead, it’s worth mentioning how this remade version will include a bevy of gameplay improvements that were featured in the second instalment, allowing for a more seamless experience when playing both games back-to-back. Whether that’s worth the price of admission is up to you, but The Last Of Us Part 1 is probably going to be excellent.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R | September 2nd, 2022
Developer: Cyberconnect2 Publisher: Bandai Namco Platform(s): PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X & S, Nintendo Switch
Another PS3 era re-release, albeit one that didn’t get a remastered version on PS4, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R is designed to be the ultimate gaming experience for fans of the iconic manga/anime franchise. With over fifty characters from across multiple different storyline arcs, it’s likely that at least a dozen of your favourite characters have been represented here.
As an updated version of an already released game, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R features new characters and voice acting, new gameplay mechanics to ensure you get the most out of your fights, and new additions to the game’s single player modes. Will it be the best fighting game ever made? Probably not, but with Hirohiko Araki’s legendary designs behind it, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R is definitely going to be the most stylish.
Steelrising | September 8th, 2022
Developer: Spiders Publisher: Nacon, Bigben Interactive Platform(s): PC, PS5, Xbox Series X & S
Who knew that it would be much harder to revolt against the rich and powerful when they have an army of robots at their command? Steelrising’s depiction of the French Revolution is about as historically accurate as Indiana Jones finding a UFO inside a temple, but the premise of a mad King Louis XIV using a robot army to subjugate the populace is definitely something new and exciting.
Steelrising puts you in the robot shoes of Aegis, a mechanical masterpiece designed to be a personal bodyguard to the Queen herself. Unfortunately, Paris is now in flames as King Louis attempts to quell the French Revolution with a massive army of robots. Naturally, you’ll have to wage a one-robot war against him, using a variety of weapons and skills in order to ensure revolution can commence.
Splatoon 3 | September 9th, 2022
Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
Perhaps Nintendo’s most successful IP that’s been created in the past decade (sorry, 1-2 Switch fans), Splatoon has become a simply must-play series on the Nintendo Switch, so it’s no surprise that a third game was commissioned. Functionally, Splatoon 3 promises to be much of the same game as prior instalments, but with some key improvements here and there to make the experience as great as it can be.
Splatoon 3 takes place in a desert region known as the Splatlands, with the capital city of Splatsville playing host to various battle-hardened Inklings and Octolings. Like previous games, you’ll compete in multiplayer matches where the objective is to coat as much of the level in your team’s coloured paint as possible, but there’s also story and co-op modes on offer to round out the overall package, making for one of the biggest new games of 2022.
Metal: Hellsinger | September 15th, 2022
Developer: The Outsiders Publisher: Funcom Platform(s): PC, PS5, Xbox Series X & S
Given how the success of games like DOOM recently can at least be partly attributed to how hard the metal soundtrack goes, it only makes sense that another movement shooter would put the music as its main focus. Metal: Hellsinger is that game, and while the gameplay looks to be every bit as satisfying as other movement shooters in the genre, it’s the music that’ll keep you coming back for more.
A rhythm FPS, you’ll slay demons in time to the music, dealing more damage if you fire shots on the beat, and with the hard metal blaring at full volume, you’ll probably have to resist the urge to fist pump and throw up the horns while playing. Best all of, Metal: Hellsinger includes a who’s who of metal vocalists, including Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Matt Heafy (Trivium), Randy Blythe (Lamb of God), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Tatiana Shmailyuk (Jinjer) and more.
Evil West | September 20th, 2022
Developer: Flying Wild Hog Publisher: Focus Entertainment Platform(s): PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X & S
Killing vampires in the Wild West seems like the kind of wacky, improvised game premise we can get behind, so it’s no surprise that we’re pretty excited about Flying Wild Hog’s upcoming shooter, Evil West. The game sees you travelling across the Frontier, killing vampiric hordes by the dozen as you go, but it’s how you go about it that makes Evil West so tantalising.
Evil West fuses both third person shooting and melee to create a combat system that feels equal parts like Red Dead Revolver and God of War. At one second, you’ll be dodging and shooting your way through old West towns, the next you’re hitting sick juggle combos with your fists. It might not be the most refined game of 2022, but it damn sure looks like it’s going to be one of the most fun.
Deliver Us Mars | September 27th, 2022
Developer: KeokeN Interactive Publisher: Frontier Developments Platform(s): PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X & S
Deliver Us The Moon is perhaps one of the more original and engaging sci-fi adventures gaming has seen in a long time, so it only made sense that we’d see a sequel sooner rather than later. Whether or not Deliver Us Mars can live up to the standards set by its predecessor remains to be seen, but if nothing else, the chance to explore the red planet with a gripping narrative is going to be hard to pass up.
Set 10 years after the events of the original game, Deliver Us Mars sees the human race edging even closer towards extinction. You play as Kathy Johannson, the world’s youngest astronaut, who’s just joined the Zephyr crew. Together, you’ll journey to Mars to investigate why ARK colony ships have been stolen, and ultimately try to ensure the survival of humanity. You know, no pressure or anything.
Marvel’s Midnight Suns | October 7th, 2022
Developer: Firaxis Games, Virtuos Publisher: 2K Games Platform(s): PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X & S, Nintendo Switch
While the science and tech side of the Marvel universe has been explored plenty in the world of video games, the magic and supernatural aspects have seen less overall play. Thanks to the success of Doctor Strange within the MCU, however, Marvel have decided to go all in on the spooky stuff, partnering with XCOM developers Firaxis Games to create Marvel’s Midnight Suns, which is certainly going to be one of the biggest new games of 2022.
Based on the paranormal superhero team Midnight Sons, Firaxis’ new title sees various superheroes from across the Marvel Universe teaming up to take on Lilith, a powerful demon overlord looking to take over the world. You’ll control Lilith’s own child, The Hunter, who was resurrected as they’re the only known person to have ever defeated the demon lord. You can then customise The Hunter’s powers and appearance as you see fit to create your own Marvel hero.
A Plague Tale: Requiem | October 18th, 2022
Developer: Asobo Studio Publisher: Focus Entertainment Platform(s): PC, PS5, Xbox Series X & S, Nintendo Switch
A Plague Tale: Innocence is up there as one of the best games of 2019, hands down, and while not everyone has experienced its epic story or gameplay, there was enough interest here to allow Asobo Studio to create a sequel. Now, A Plague Tale: Requiem looks to enhance the Plague Tale world and gameplay with new mechanics, shinier graphics and an even more emotional story. Keep the tissues ready, you’ll probably need them.
A Plague Tale: Requiem sees Amicia and Hugo, the protagonists from the last game, retreating south to try and start a new life for themselves after the destruction of their homeland. Unfortunately, Hugo’s rat curse has returned, bringing hordes of demonic plague rats with it. Now though, Hugo has some control over them, and you’ll have to choose between stealth or carnage in order to survive.
Mario + Rabbids: Sparks Of Hope | October 20th, 2022
Developer: Ubisoft Publisher: Ubisoft Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
The decision to combine Mario and Ubisoft’s Rabbids was already pretty out there, but to make it a tactical strategy game in the same vein as XCOM is perhaps one of the most out there ideas ever made, and yet, it worked. Kingdom Battle is arguably an underrated Switch title that’ll be more fondly remembered in the future, but there was enough success to warrant a sequel, Sparks of Hope.
Sparks of Hope sees the two franchises working together once again to take on a menace that’s threatening the entire galaxy. You’ll build a team of three that can include Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser, Rabbid Peach, Rabbid Luigi and more, working together to take down all new bosses, rescue Sparks that provide new powers and try to use each character’s skills together to win. It’s still a strange premise, but it’s going to be great fun all the same.
Scorn | October 21st, 2022
Developer: Ebb Software Publisher: Ebb Software, Kepler Interactive Platform(s): PC, Xbox Series X & S
For fans of creepy, H.R. Giger-esque monstrosities, Scorn is probably everything you’ve ever wanted from a video game, though don’t be surprised if you won’t be able to stomach your dinner while playing this one. As an unknown humanoid, you’ll awaken in a techno-organic city that’s filled with monsters waiting in the shadows to kill you as you look for answers to where you are.
Players will be able to explore Scorn’s world in a non-linear fashion, using what they discover to put together the mystery of where the hell they are. Fortunately for the player, you’ll have access to various biomechanical weapons that you can use to take out the monsters, though the act of firing and reloading them might be even worse than the actual monsters themselves. Definitely not one for the squeamish, this.
Gotham Knights | October 25th, 2022
Developer: WB Games Montreal Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Platform(s): PC, PS5, Xbox Series X & S
The idea of the extended Bat Family getting a chance to shine on the larger gaming stage has been a long time coming, so it’s no surprise that Gotham Knights is one of the biggest new games of 2022. Players will be able to control either Nightwing, Robin, Batgirl or Red Hood as they seek to protect Gotham from a new criminal organisation that’s moved in after the death of Batman (but is he really dead, though?).
Gotham Knights is an action RPG that offers a fully explorable open world city of Gotham, along with 4-player co-op across the entire game. You’ll level up and upgrade one of the four characters, working with other players to restore peace to the troubled city via solving mysteries and cracking the skulls of hired goons on the city pavement. Batman’s methods still live on, after all.
High On Life | October 25th, 2022
Developer: Squanch Games Publisher: Squanch Games Platform(s): PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X & S
For fans of Justin Roiland doing the only two voices he knows how to do, High On Life looks set to be the biggest release of the year. From aesthetic alone, the game is about as Rick & Morty as it gets without featuring an alcoholic, narcissistic scientist and his doofus grandchild, but High On Life promises to be an enjoyable and compelling FPS too, with plenty of weird and wonderful weapons to use.
High On Life sees the Earth invaded by an alien cartel who plans to turn the human race into narcotics (get it? High On Life?), and so you must become the world’s most fearsome bounty hunter in a bid to rescue humanity. To accomplish this, you’ll utilise a variety of talking weapons, each with their own personality and abilities. High On Life also promises voicework from J.B. Smoove, Tim Robinson and more, so if you ever wanted to use a gun that worries whether people can’t change, High On Life is the game for you.
Star Ocean: The Divine Force | October 27th, 2022
Developer: tri-Ace Publisher: Square Enix Platform(s): PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X & S
The Star Ocean series has been one of the longest running JRPGs out there, but it never seemed to garner the mainstream attention and appeal of other JRPGs like Final Fantasy, Persona and others. Star Ocean: The Divine Force is the franchise’s biggest opportunity yet to shine with the biggest spotlight possible, though whether it’ll have a twist as big as an alternative Earth being blown up like in Star Ocean: The Last Hope remains to be seen.
The Divine Force sees players taking on the role of Raymond Lawrence, a soldier undergoing a routine transport mission only to be attacked by the Pangalactic Federation. Crash landing on an underdeveloped planet, Raymond crosses paths with Princess Laeticia, who’s attempting to protect their homeland from the invading forces. Together, they’ll embark on an adventure that could decide the very fate of the universe.
Bayonetta 3 | October 28th, 2022
Developer: PlatinumGames Publisher: Nintendo Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
Fans of the Bayonetta series have been waiting for years for the release of Bayonetta 3, the next instalment in the exciting character action series. The larger than life action and demon slaying that the series has become synonymous with is going to reach a fever pitch with Bayonetta’s third outing, as she must team up with multiple versions of herself to banish a man-made threat of Homunculi. A change is as good as a break when it comes to killing angels, apparently.
While multiple versions of Bayonetta will be playable, along with a new ability called Demon Masquerade that allows Bayo to fully unleash some demonic powers, Bayonetta 3 will also feature a brand new playable character in the form of Viola. A sword-wielding badass and a witch in training, Viola will carve her way through the Homunculi, all the while accompanied by her feline demon friend, Cheshire. If you can pet the cat, Bayonetta 3 deserves game of the year over Elden Ring.
Skull & Bones | November 8th, 2022
Developer: Ubisoft Publisher: Ubisoft Platform(s): PC, PS5, Xbox Series X & S
It feels like Ubisoft’s Skull & Bones has been anchored on the horizon for a long time at this point, but it seems like it’ll finally set sail this November on PC and next-gen platforms. If the pirates life is for you, and Sea of Thieves just doesn’t scratch that itch, perhaps Skull & Bones will suffice. If nothing else, Skull & Bones promises the option for both PvE and PvPvE, meaning you can avoid other players if you want.
Skull & Bones is set in the Indian Ocean at the end of the 17th century, with piracy being rife across the seas. As a fledgling pirate looking to make a name for themselves, you’ll set sail, gather treasure and raid various locations with the goal of becoming the most infamous pirate in the land. Whether you choose to do it alone or with friends, or if you choose to make enemies along the way, there’s more than one way to become a legend.
God Of War Ragnarok | November 9th, 2022
Developer: Sony Santa Monica Studios Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment Platform(s): PS4, PS5
If it wasn’t for Elden Ring earlier in the year, God of War Ragnarok would be the easy shoo-in for game of the year, but it remains to be seen whether Sony Santa Monica can live up to the incredible hype that’s been generated since the release of God of War (2018). With everything we’ve seen so far, there’s every indication that God of War Ragnarok will be nothing short of an instant classic, even if the collector’s editions launching without discs is a bit odd.
As the name implies, the Norse apocalypse Ragnarok is upon the world, with Kratos and his son Atreus left right in the middle of it all. Scouring the nine realms for a way to try and stop the world from ending, the duo will come into contact with Tyr, the long-thought dead Norse god of war, while contending with threats from both Thor and Freya, the mother of Baldur who was killed in the last game.
Goat Simulator 3 | November 17th, 2022
Developer: Coffee Stain Publisher: Coffee Stain Platform(s): PC, PS5, Xbox Series X & S
Goat Simulator rightfully earned the title as the game that broke the internet, so it was only natural that a follow-up would eventually launch. What’s most surprising is that it took Coffee Stain until 2022 to pull the trigger, but this is the year we’ll be able to play as a goat once again, causing untold carnage to people who definitely don’t deserve it. However, this time we can bring our friends along too.
Like the previous Goat Simulator release, and its subsequent DLC, Goat Simulator 3 lets players loose on a large sandbox filled with mysteries, mini-games and plenty of opportunities to cause mischief. The world of San Angora is bigger than previous Goat Simulator maps, meaning there’s no shortage of things to do, and with four player multiplayer across local and online play, Goat Simulator 3 is one of the biggest releases of 2022.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet | November 18th, 2022
Developer: Game Freak Publisher: Nintendo, The Pokémon Company Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
A new generation of Pokémon games is always cause for excitement, so it’s no surprise that Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are two of the most anticipated games of the whole year. We were already blessed with an excellent Pokémon game earlier this year with Pokémon Legends Arceus, but Scarlet and Violet look to advance the formula of mainline Pokémon games to new levels.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet builds off the foundations introduced in Pokémon Sword and Shield, with multiple players able to explore the game’s open world. However, Scarlet and Violet allows players to explore the entire map together, instead of just one large “Wild Area”. Players can form groups and progress through the game’s world however they like, though we’re still expecting a few Snorlaxes to block your path along the way.
Warhammer 40K: Darktide | November 30th, 2022
Developer: Fatshark Publisher: Fatshark Platform(s): PC (Xbox Series X & S release date delayed)
Fans of co-op horde shooters/slashers will no doubt be familiar with the Warhammer: Vermintide series, but there were likely many sci-fi fans who were hoping for the formula to be translated to Warhammer 40K. Fortunately, Fatshark has provided just that with Warhammer 40K: Darktide, which promises to be every bit as hectic, gory and ultimately enjoyable as the original Vermintide series.
Set in the hive city of Tertium, you’ll create your own character and pick from a series of classes and backgrounds, before engaging in various missions that’ll put you in the crosshairs with the forces of Chaos. With a mix of melee and ranged weapons at your disposal, you’ll be able to dish out death and destruction to your heart’s content, or until you get swarmed and overwhelmed. Either or, really.
The Callisto Protocol | December 2nd, 2022
Developer: Striking Distance Studios Publisher: Krafton Platform(s): PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X & S
Having “from the co-director of Dead Space” on the cover of your latest horror game is bound to attract more eyes to your product, and The Callisto Protocol certainly looks like the next Dead Space game we never got. Yeah, there’s the remake on the way, but this is genuinely new and exciting. The prospect of stomping aliens all over again is incredibly thrilling, and The Callisto Protocol promises more guts, gore and gratuitous violence than you can handle.
Set in 2320, which is bold to assume humanity will even make it that far, The Callisto Protocol takes place on Jupiter’s moon of Callisto. The United Jupiter Company have opened the Black Iron prison colony on the moon, and you control prisoner Jacob Lee who’s held there, who happens to find himself in the midst of an alien invasion that appears to have been orchestrated by the prison’s own warden. If you’re a horror, this could be the top contender among the biggest new games of 2022.
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