2022 Seems Promising
Already, 2022 seems to be an excellent year for video games. With so many titles being pushed out of 2021 owing to a slew of problems, you’re now looking at a blockbuster-filled 2022 that is almost as thrilling as an exciting poker tournament. The first quarter seems especially strong, with Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Horizon Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7, and Elden Ring all scheduled for release within the next several weekends. There is a lot to look forward to in the next year, so let’s get started. This list includes only games with officially stated 2022 release dates.
Before We Start, Here’s Some New Tech To Look Forward To
We can expect to be inundated with games that provide enormous, massively multiplayer worlds with a strong emphasis on social interaction and shared events now that Facebook has determined that the metaverse is the future. The anticipated releases of new AR/XR headsets from Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Meta, as well as the PlayStation VR 2, are expected to add a whole new dimension to the concept of augmented reality gaming and entertainment.
Elden Ring, a third-person action-adventure game created in collaboration with George R.R. Martin, author of A Song of Ice and Fire, was revealed at E3 2019 and quickly triggered an unstoppable wave of enthusiasm among gaming enthusiasts. If the hands-on preview of Elden Ring is any indication, the game may very well live up to the lofty expectations put on it. You won’t have to wait long to find out what transpired in the final development since Elden Ring will be launched on February 25.
Stranger Of Paradise
Stranger of Paradise is a new style of Final Fantasy game from the company that brought you Ninja Gaiden and Nioh. It takes the approach of an action-heavy Soulslike (games like Dark Souls) with a Final Fantasy feel. Despite the fact that Stranger of Paradise is drastically different from previous Final Fantasy games in terms of gameplay, creative director Tetsuya Nomura assures fans that the blood of Final Fantasy runs through the veins of Stranger of Paradise.
Marvel’s Midnight Sun
Marvel‘s Midnight Sun is the follow-up title from the critically renowned strategic company Firaxis. As The Hunter, a totally customizable character, you’ll join Iron Man, Captain America, Doctor Strange, and Wolverine in their quest to vanquish Lilith, as well as other well-known Marvel characters. When compared to the studio’s previous work, Midnight Sun stands out for its incorporation of a card combat system into its more classic strategy gameplay. The concept works in a similar way to games such as Slay the Spire in that it correlates talents with cards in a deck.
Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is a first-person open-world action-adventure game set in an area of Pandora that has never been explored before. The game was revealed in 2017 and will be formally released in 2021. In Frontiers of Pandora, the Na’vi are pitted against humans and their mechs in much the same way as they are in the movies. Massive Entertainment, the Ubisoft studio that created The Division, is in charge of its development.
Ragnarok, God of War
It goes without saying that God of War: Ragnarok, Santa Monica Studio’s follow-up to IGN’s 2018 Game of the Year, will be Sony’s most significant first-party release in 2022. Kratos and Atreus’ father-son narrative is continued in Ragnarok, which also includes the introduction of new figures from Norse mythology like Thor and Odin.
2022 will mark the year in which Harry Potter fans will be able to embark on their own journey through the Wizarding World for the first time. In accordance with the teaser film, Hogwarts Legacy offers many of the activities you’d expect from a true Harry Potter RPG, like character creation, the Sorting Ceremony, magic training, potion-making, and Quidditch, among others. According to sources, it is expected to be launched sometime after April 15, 2019.
Gaming in the Future
While the first generation of big console games hints at the promise of the new technology, the second generation of key console games starts to hammer out the details of the new hardware. Horizon Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7, God of War Ragnarok, and Starfield are all expected to push the boundaries of physics, frame rates, and 4K visuals this year – but we’ll also see developers leverage their increased experience to experiment with popular effects like ray-tracing and AI-assisted animation in novel ways across the board.