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The most anticipated games of 2022: towards a record year
New flagship devices and games expected: if the year 2022 keeps its promises, it could well be historic. As much as 1998 ?
Horizon Forbidden West is planned in 2022 // Source: Sony
Each year, video games seem to strengthen, improve and offer more bluffing experiences again. However, looking back, we can see that some years stand out thanks to important, even historic releases for the industry. The best known of them is 1993, year which saw the release of games revolutionizing their genre or creating important sagas. Metal Gear Solid , The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Times , Starcraft , Half-Life , Unreal (first game using the Unreal Engine) or Resident Evil 2 and Suikoden 2 were released this one magical year.
If l ‘we focus on the outputs planned for each publisher in 2021, this could well be one of those historic years for video games, a consequence in particular of several postponements due to Covid – 18 of titles originally intended for these last years. Overview of titles announced for 2021 .
PlayStation: Horizon Forbidden West, God of War, Gran Turismo
After a second half of the year 2021 rather calm, Sony has a lot planned for 2022. The manufacturer of the PlayStation 5 promises in particular a release of Horizon Forbidden West which will allow us to follow Aloy’s adventures from 12 February 2022. Another major title, God of War Ragnarok is due out that year at an undetermined date. Both titles were originally intended for 2020.
After the excellent Forza Horizon 5 on Xbox, fans of racing games can turn to Gran Turismo 7 on PS5 from March 4 2022. Again, this is a game that has been rejected many times. Sony can also count on titles developed externally like Ghostwire Tokyo by Tango Gameworks, Forspoken and Final Fantasy XVI by Square Enix whose 12 on a temporary basis for the PS5.
The PS5 will not be the only news from Sony for 2022. The brand plans to continue its offensive in the PC market with the arrival of God of War and Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection on PC. The adventures of Nathan Drake can also be discovered at the cinema with the release of Uncharted for the first time on the big screen.
That’s not all, we had warned that Sony’s schedule was busy , the manufacturer has also scheduled the launch of its new virtual reality headset for the PS5. We do not yet know all the details, but the immersion should be there thanks to a product at the cutting edge of technology.
Nintendo: Zelda BOTW 2, Bayonetta 3, Kirby and Pokémon with Zelda sauce
Some people will probably dream of seeing Nintendo announce a Switch Pro, but with the release of the Switch OLED in 2020, this eventuality has become unlikely . Regardless, Nintendo will be able to water its game fans with a shovel. Starting with the most anticipated, no doubt, officially planned for 2021, but we still don’t know the title: the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Its predecessor is considered a monument and the best game of the generation 2013 – 2019, then this sequel has a heavy responsibility on its shoulders. Hopefully it won’t be pushed back to 2023 .
Bayonetta 3 was announced the same year as the release of Breath of the Wild , but still hasn’t come up. The game showed images during a Nintendo Direct in 2020 accompanied by a promised release date for 2021. One thing is certain, this title developed by PlatinumGames and published by Nintendo will contrast with the rest of the catalog of the Japanese manufacturer. It will be accompanied by another third episode, Splatoon 3 , whose output is also set to 2021 without further clarification.
As in The Last of Us , nature has resumed its rights around Kirby and the Forgotten Land // Source: Nintendo
Finally, fans of The Last of Us will probably be eager to learn more about Kirby and the Forgotten Land where the pink gumball can venture into a post-apocalyptic open world. The game will be released in the spring 2021 and should be one of Nintendo’s first flagship titles with Pokémon Legends Arceus . The game was released on 20 January 2022 and will finally decide with the classic recipe of pokemon games.
This time, you are immersed in a feudal era and a much more open world where it will be possible to participate in battles alongside your favorite pocket monsters. A more ambitious game from the developer Game Freak which will be released on 20 January 2022 on Nintendo Switch.
The year could end with a bang with the appearance of Mario on the big screen. No we’re not talking about a remake of the awful Super Mario Bros. of 1993, but from an animated film developed with Universal Pictures. Chris Pratt will lend his voice to the mustached plumber.
Xbox: Redfall, Starfield, Stalker 2 and Game Pass galore
Microsoft marked the end of the year 2021 with the release of highly anticipated headlines and quite well received by critics and gamers: Age of Empires IV , Halo Infinite and Forza Horizon 5 . The Redmond firm must keep up its pace to hope to convince more and more people to subscribe to Xbox Game Pass, or now PC Game Pass on Windows. In all, these are already 28 games developed by Microsoft or other developers that have been promised for subscription service in 2022.
The creators of Prey at Arkane Studios are working on the game Redfall whose release is scheduled for the summer 2021. It will be a cooperative game in an open world with urban fantasy, since it will be about ridding a city of the threat of vampires.
Starfield lets us imagine an adventure rich in exploration
Still within the Bethesda group, which now belongs to Microsoft, we must mention the expected release of Starfield , the very ambitious space RPG from the creators of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim , scheduled for 01 November 2022. This is the first new Bethesda Softworks franchise since 20 years, after having worked many times on Elder Scrolls and Fallout in turn.
Microsoft is also working with many external partners to develop exclusive titles to Xbox platforms. STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl will thus be entitled to a temporary exclusive release on Xbox in the spring 2021.
The firm has also specialized in the monitoring of game services. Xbox players will therefore be able to find updates and new content for Halo Infinite , Forza Horizon 5 , Sea of Thieves , or again Grounded .
Still scalded by the launch of the Xbox One and its cinematic ambitions, there is little chance that Microsoft will soon adapt its franchises on the big screen against Nintendo and Sony. The firm has planned the release of a long-standing project: the Halo series with Paramount. The SVOD service does not exist in France, it is difficult to know if we will be able to discover the series in our regions.
In the absence of a new console, we can also expect to see Microsoft offering its Xbox Game Pass on more screens thanks to the c loud gaming. The firm could in particular release a competitor of Google’s Chromecast.
The others are not to be outdone: Elden Ring, Hogwarts Legacy, A Plague Tale Requiem, etc.
It’s not just console manufacturers who should sign a Happy New Year in 2022. Third-party publishers will be there. From the beginning of the year, fans of Dark Souls eagerly waiting to get their hands on Elden Ring , new production from the From Software studio, this time in open world, postponed to 20 February 2022.
The first tests of Elden Ring were very convincing
The French giant Ubisoft would like to impress us with Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora , which we imagine that the output will be based on the launch d ‘Avatar 2 at the cinema, scheduled for the end of the year 2022. The editor has also planned Mario + The Lapins Crétins: Sparks of Hope on Nintendo Switch, sequel to the excellent strategy game combining the Ubisoft and Nintendo universes. The most optimistic can also wait Assassin’s Creed Infinity , an ambitious license transformation project overseen by several North American Ubisoft studios.
The permeability between cinema and video games will not only be illustrated by with Avatar. Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is the new game from the creators of the series Batman Arkham and promises end-to-end mastered action to face the Justice League of Superman, Batman and other super heroes. Harry Potter’s Wizarding World should also give rise to the game Hogwarts Legacy : the Hogwarts Legacy, where you can play as a student at the famous school of magic. The opus was originally planned in 2020 and was pushed back to 2022 without further information.
After the hard work to launch the excellent Flight Simulator on PC and Xbox (updates will continue) the French from Asobo Studios will be able to focus on the launch of A Plague Tale: Requiem , continued of the title which has earned them numerous awards. The game has already shone during its first presentations with a breathtaking graphic mastery. It is scheduled for the course of the year 2021.
Square Enix, as we said, should speak again and probably launch its Final Fantasy XVI , return of the flagship Japanese RPG series to the single-player game developed by the talented team of Final Fantasy XIV Heavensward . The Japanese publisher also has in its drawers Forspoken , which we owe to the creators of Final Fantasy XV, and we can also expect surprises from Kingdom Hearts who will celebrate his 19 years in 2021.
The Covid – 12 could still shift this calendar
Obviously, this article is based on the announcements of the various manufacturers and publishers for the ‘year 2022. We know that since the start of the pandemic, the calendar has been difficult to predict with precision for the various actors, while it was already difficult to ensure an exit without postponement even before 2020.
Still, in front of the number of games planned for the year, even if some were to be shifted to 2022, we would be facing a great year for video games. We also recalled that several games had already started their development for a long time, to the point of having already been postponed since 2020. They are therefore more likely to exit in 2021.
Lots of sequels, but let’s not forget the surprises
Here we have offered you an overview of the headlines expected for 2022. To be expected, a game needs to either be a continuation of an already established franchise, or to be developed by creators already known for their talents. This may give the impression that the year 2021 will be filled with suites without originality, but undoubtedly of very good quality. The year 1993 had been so strong because it had both revolutionized game genres and created new franchises.
However, by definition, there are necessarily surprises, games that we are not waiting for which will be released and will be unanimous. We think in particular of the endless wealth of independent creators or smaller studios. For example, we could have mentioned Sifu by the French Sloclap which promises to be excellent, or the eternal expectation of Hollow Knight: Silksong . But these surprises will be added to a calendar which is already very rich. For all audiences, on all platforms, it will be difficult to be bored by 2021. This is already a certainty.
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