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Best upcoming video games 2022: Elden Ring, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, God of War: Ragnarok, and more

Now that we are in 2022, the gaming industry is moving into its next phase. Last year, the global gaming market was valued at USD 173.70 billion. This is quite impressive considering the COVID-19 pandemic halted several launches last year. In 2022, several developers and publishers are all set to launch some of the most anticipated and hyped games.

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These games include editions to previous titles and all-new games that will keep you hooked throughout 2022. Instead of listing down every video game coming out in 2022, we have selected these based on their popularity, gameplay and the overall hype around the respective gaming communities. With that being said, here are the most anticipated video games in 2022.

Horizon Forbidden West

Horizon Forbidden West

Horizon Forbidden West is the first AAA title from Guerrilla Games in 2022. It is a role-playing action game continuing the story of Aloy, a young huntress of the Nora tribe. The game has all the wilderness with deep narratives which will keep you hooked at the end. As the protagonist of the story, your mission is to travel to the arcane frontier known as the Forbidden West to find the cause of the mysterious plague.

  • Release Date: February 18th, 2022
  • Platform: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5
  • Genre: Action role-playing, open-world

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2

The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild 2

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 of the wild 2 is probably the biggest and the most anticipated game for Zelda fandoms. After the success of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Nintendo is on its way to releasing its next version in 2022. The gameplay follows the adventures of Knight Link, who is given a task to rescue Princess Zelda and the kingdom from the antagonist Ganon.

  • Release Date: TBA
  • Platform: Nintendo Switch
  • Genre: Action role-playing, action-adventure, and open-world

God of War Ragnarök

God of War Ragnarök

The god-slaying protagonist of the God of War is finally meeting the god of thunder, Thor, in the upcoming God of War Ragnarök game. After teasing the game trailer in the second half of 2021, the developers finally moved into the game operations. The stories, journey, graphics and the constant zeal to survive in the world of gods make God of War Ragnarök, a true AAA title for 2022. As for the gameplay, Kratos and his son Atreus will fight for their lives against the top gods from Norse mythology.

  • Release Date: TBH
  • Platform: PlayStation 4 and 5
  • Genre: Action role-playing, action-adventure, and open-world

Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Pokémon Legends Arceus

Pokémon Legends: Arceus is the first full open-world action-adventure game developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo in collaboration with The Pokémon Company. The game features a new concept, given that players have been playing the usual for a very long time. Inside the game, you’ll play as one of the members of the Galaxy Team, and your main goal is to meet new Pokémon in the Sinnoh region and explore opportunities throughout the map.

  • Release Date: January 28th, 2022
  • Platform: Nintendo Switch
  • Genre: Action role-playing, action-adventure, and open-world

Sonic Frontiers

Sonic Frontiers

Sonic Frontiers is another open-world adaptation to the classic Sonic games coming out later this year. The game was developed by Sonic Team and will be published under Sega. The gameplay revolves around the titular character of the Sonic the Hedgehog series. Inside the game, you can explore a new world called Starfall Islands, consisting of unpredictable biomes under the ruins of mysterious technologies..

  • Release Date: TBH
  • Platform: Xbox Series X and Series S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 5
  • Genre: Action role-playing, action-adventure, and open-world

Elden Ring

Elden Ring

Elden Ring is a dark themed medieval fantasy game developed by FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The game follows the writings of fantasy novelist George R. R. Martin, who provided the narrative and stories for the game. Elden Ring is somewhat a mix of Game of Thrones meets Dark Souls and features an eerie environment throughout the chapters.

  • Release Date: February 25th, 2022
  • Platform: PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Series X/S, PC
  • Genre: Action role-playing, action-adventure, open-world, and non-linear

Hogwarts Legacy

Hogwarts Legacy

Hogwarts Legacy is probably the most ambitious project from the house of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The game is set in the late 1800s and follows the stories in the Wizarding World. It is an open-world game with a vast area to explore. As the protagonist of the story, your job is to study at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and uncover the truths of the wizarding world. As per the sources, Harry Potter is not available in the game as a playable character nor as an NPC.

  • Release Date: TBA
  • Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and Series S, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
  • Genre: Action role-playing game, Adventure game

Gran Turismo 7

Gran Turismo 7

Gran Turismo 7 is Sony’s answer to Microsoft’s Forza Horizon 4. The game is scheduled to be released on March 4th, 2022, and it’ll be available for PS4/PS5 gaming consoles only. As a next-gen racing game, players can expect hyperelastic graphics and practical control over the vehicles. If you’re looking for a realistic driving sim this summer, then Gran Turismo 7 is the perfect game for you.

  • Release Date: March 4th, 2022
  • Platform: PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5
  • Genre: Sim racing, sports, simulation, and vehicle simulation

 Dying Light 2

Dying Light 2

After the success of Dying Light 1, the Polish game development firm Techland is finally releasing the next game in the series. The first Dying Light was released back in 2016, and after a long break, the company is finally moving into the AAA world with Dying Light 2. The game will be available on multiple gaming platforms from February 4th, 2022. As for the gameplay, Dying Light 2 is all about the zombies, and your main goal is to scavenge for supplies and survive in the city of the dead.

  • Release Date: February 4th, 2022
  • Platform: Xbox Series X and Series S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Microsoft Windows
  • Genre: Survival horror, open world, zombie shooter

Midnight Suns

Midnight Suns

Midnight Suns is a new tactical role-playing game by the American video game publisher 2K Games. It features characters from the Marvel Universe. Especially the comic book characters from Avengers, X-Men and other affiliated characters in Marvel. The game has multiple characters to choose from, and you can play as your favourite character from the Avengers franchise as well. The game will roll out for various gaming platforms from March 2022.

  • Release Date: March 2022
  • Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and Series S, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 5
  • Genre: Tactical role-playing game, turn-based strategy, and adventure game

Gotham Knights

Gotham Knights

Gotham Knights is based on Batman and his support cast from the original comics. The gameplay is highly inspired by the previous Batman titles, except for more playable characters this time. The game story revolves around the fall of Gotham City after the apparent death of its saviour. As the player, you can use Nightwing, Batgirl, Robin, and Red Hood to fight against the city’s enemy while uncovering the truth about Batman’s death. The game has all the elements from the previous titles and features new skills for each playable character.

  • Release Date: TBA
  • Platform: PlayStation 4/5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, and Microsoft Windows
  • Genre: Action role-playing game, fighting game, and adventure game

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands

Tiny Tina's Wonderlands

The Borderlands inspired Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is a piece of art. It follows the comic-style artwork throughout the game with cyberpunk elements for firearms. The game is actually a spin-off from the original Gearbox title – Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep. It mixes several genres like fantasy, RPG, FPS, and many others into aesthetically pleasing gameplay. Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is developed by Gearbox Software and published by 2K Games.

  • Release Date: March 25th, 2022
  • Platform: PlayStation 4/5, Xbox Series X and Series S, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows
  • Genre: Adventure game, FPS, action role-playing, and adventure

Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Kirby and the Forgotten Land is an open-world action-adventure game from HAL Laboratory, the same developer which developed the classic 1993 Kirby’s Adventure. Inside the game, players get to see a vast open-world, similar to the style of Legend of Zelda and Genshin Impact. The game will be available for Nintendo Switch only and will roll out in Spring 2022.

  • Release Date: TBA
  • Platform: Nintendo Switch
  • Genre: Multiplayer, Platform game, adventure game, and fighting game

Redfall

Redfall

Redfall is an upcoming action-adventure by Arkane Studios, which bought other AAA titles such as Deathloop, Dishonored, and Wolfenstein. It is a story-based first-person shooter game set during a zombie invasion in Redfall, Massachusetts. As the story’s protagonist, you have to survive the terrors of vampires who have blocked out the sun and created a blackout through the town. The game, once released, will be available for Xbox gaming consoles and Windows PCs.

  • Release Date: September 2022
  • Platform: Xbox Series X and Series S, and Microsoft Windows
  • Genre: First-person shooter, action-adventure game, and nonlinear

Ghostwire: Tokyo

Ghostwire Tokyo

If you like high-paced action, then you will love Ghostwire: Tokyo. The game features a futuristic city of Tokyo where a massive paranormal event vanishes 99 percent of the population. All that is left are the ghosts and monsters from Japanese folklore. As one of the surviving humans of the new world, you must solve the mystery of the disappearances of the people while fighting with ghosts using your newly found powers. Once released, the game will be available on Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 5 only.

  • Release Date: TBA
  • Platform: Microsoft Windows, and PlayStation 5
  • Genre: Action-adventure game, and role-playing

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League

Suicide Squad Kill the Justice League

As for the last game on this list, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League bridges the gap between movies and video game adaptations. The game features the antagonist of famous DC comics and movies. It has King Shark, Deadshot, and many other famous villains in the DC universe where ‘you’ as the player have to defeat Justice League for your own good. The game has all the elements of a AAA title, and it offers an addictive storyline that will keep you hooked for hours.

  • Release Date: TBA
  • Platform: Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft Windows, and PlayStation 5
  • Genre: Shooter video game, action-adventure game, and fighting
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Ashish Khaitan is a Delhi University graduate with 2+ years of experience in tech writing. He has written troubleshooting guides for hardware and software products, and has previously worked for publications like AnimeIndia and OTAKUSMART. Ashish covers deals, gaming and features on Pricebaba. He enjoys reading comics and is a big fan of Japanese anime.