There are a lot of games to look forwardto in 2022, but the last two chaotic years led to a lot of delays and not many confirmed release dates.
Here are the 10 biggest (and confirmed) game releases of 2022.
10. Pokémon Legends: Arceus
Pokémon Legends: Arceuschanges up the classic RPG series with a 3D overworld on Nintendo Switch full of wild Pokémon. This time around, you can even sneak up on and capture Pokémon without beating them up first.
9. Dying Light 2: Stay Human
Dying Light 2 is the long-awaited multiplatform follow-up to 2015’s open-world zombie survival RPG. There’s no doubt it looks great, but how it evolves the original’s formula is still yet to be seen.
In Sifu, you play as a martial arts master who ages — getting more powerful but also more fragile — with each defeat. It’s a new twist on the beat ‘em up genre, and early impressions are extremely promising for this PlayStation and PC game.
7. Horizon Forbidden West
The sequel to one of PS4’s biggest exclusives, Horizon Forbidden West continues Aloy’s journey on the PS4 and PS5 with new robot dinos and even more tools to take them down.
6. Destiny 2: The Witch Queen
Destiny 2 leans into dense lore with the new Witch Queen expansion on all platforms. Take on the Lucent Brood empowered with stolen Light and led by Savathûn ... which is a sentence that somehow makes sense to Destiny 2 players.
5. Elden Ring
Elden Ring looks like FromSoftware’s most ambitious multiplatform game yet, with a massive open world and some flashy new combat options. It’s the kind of game you’ll want to clear your schedule for.
4. Gran Turismo 7
Gran Turismo 7revives the PlayStation-exclusive sim racer after a long absence. With more than 400 cars and 90 tracks, it should keep racing fans busy for quite a while.
3. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl
As a sequel to a notoriously punishing cult classic, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 has a lot to live up to. Early trailers and canceled plans to include NFTs have some fans worried, but the hype is strong all the same for this Xbox and PC game.
First announced as Project Athia, Forspoken is an open-world RPG with spectacular combat. It all looks impressive, but there’s some concern about how its white writers will handle the game’s portrayal of its Black protagonist.
Starfield is one of the most anticipated games on the calendar, despite how little has been revealed so far. Expect a sprawling, spacefaring RPG on Xbox and PC — everything else is being kept under wraps.