2022 video game release date calendar: the biggest titles to come
Last month, a trickle of notable games hit stores: Saint’s Row, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 and, on Friday, The Last of Us Part 1 Remake. This trickle will soon become more of a flood, as the last three months of the year are the busiest of the year. There’s God of War: Ragnarok, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, new Pokemon games, and more.
This is great news for gamers, who have faced a gaming drought in 2022. The year has started off with a bang with Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Forbidden Horizon West and finally Elden Ring, which sucked oxygen from the industry for at least a quarter. The choices have been slim for the past four or five months, but that’s thankfully about to change.
Here are all the 2022 game release dates you need to know about, including the games that have unfortunately been pushed back to 2023.
Release date: September 9
Splatoon’s lofty concept is awesome – and extremely Nintendo. It takes the traditionally violent first-person shooter and turns it on its head. You shoot paint, not bullets. You don’t score points by shooting enemies, you score points by shooting the environment itself. Splatoon 2 is one of the Nintendo Switch’s essential family entertainment games, though it may soon be usurped by Splatoon 3, which hits the Switch on September 9th.
Release date: October 4
Overwatch rules, we all know that. Overwatch 2 changes up the format, making the team-based shooter a 5v5 affair instead of the original’s 6v6. It also adds cooperative gameplay, in case you want to shoot with your buds rather than against them. The biggest change is that you won’t have to pay to play Overwatch 2. Blizzard is moving to a free-to-play model with battle passes and new content every season. Players will receive a new hero or map every nine weeks, with the developers committing to updates in perpetuity. The hope is that the new model will combat the dryness of content that plagued the original.
Overwatch 2 is launching on PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S, Nintendo Switch and PC.
Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope
Release date: October 20
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle was a brilliant game, merging the two beloved franchises with surprisingly deep strategy gameplay. Sparks of Hope takes the cast of characters out of the Mushroom Kingdom and into space, though the scenery isn’t the only change. The game will add a heavier dose of combat to its strategy gameplay, as seen in a recent trailer, but hopefully retain the charm that made the first one so adorable.
Raised on life
Release date: October 25
In a year filled with Gods of War and Calls of Duty, it’s nice to mix up new IPs. High on Life is a first-person shooter designed by Justin Roiland, the co-creator of Rick and Morty. The trailer gives the game exactly what you might think: an original and colorful sci-fi adventure. High on Life is exclusive to Xbox, although it’s available on both Xbox One and Xbox Series X and S.
Release date: October 25.
The Suicide Squad game has been delayed until 2023, but DC fans aren’t completely out of luck. Batman is apparently dead in Gotham Knights, which means others have to fill the Caped Crusader’s shoes. Without Batman, you play Robin, Nightwing, Red Hood and Batgirl responsible for protecting Gotham. This open-world RPG lets you play as all four characters, each with different strengths and weaknesses, and encourages cooperative play. It will be released on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC on October 25.
Release date: October 28.
Bayonetta 2 was a classic example of a must-have game that didn’t get its due as it launched on the Wii-U. Bayonetta 3, its sequel, has a better chance of getting a real moment in the sun when it hits the switch on October 28. incomprehensible to newcomers. There are several timelines converging here, which means that if you’re new to the franchise, you might need to do a bit of YouTube to make sense of some things. If it’s as good as Bayonetta 2, however, that work will be worth it.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
Release date: October 28
It seems silly, at this point, to write a little blurb about what to expect from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. It’s the 19th game in the illustrious franchise, and kicks the series out of the box. Vanguard’s WWII era and place it in…modern warfare.
If you like Call of Duty games, the next one will be released on October 28th.
Release date: November 8.
Sega is once again trying to revive Sonic. Bless them for it – because nothing would please us more than Sonic Frontiers being a must-play game. It’s ironic that the game is called Frontiers, because its big hook is that it breaks down barriers and lets Sonic roam an open world. Could this be the Blue Hedgehog’s Breath of the Wild? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun.
God of War: Ragnarok
Release date: November 9
Ragnarok is the sequel to God of War, one of the best PlayStation 4 games. There’s a lot going on in Ragnarok: the world is potentially coming to an end, Kratos is searching for the Norse god of war, and a very angry Thor is hot on his trail. It’s the second and final God of War in Norse mythology and was originally slated to release on PS4 and PS5 last year. It will be one of the highlights of the year if he can recapture the greatness of his predecessor.
Pokemon scarlet and violet
Release date: November 18
Pokemon Legends: Arceus was clearly a Nintendo kingpin. It’s no surprise that the upcoming Pokemon games, Scarlet and Violet, are adopting the real-time action model of Legends: Arceus – but it’s a big surprise that we’re getting the new Pokemon games so soon. Pokemon Scarlet and Violet arrived on Nintendo Switch on November 18, about 10 months after Legends: Arceus. We I don’t really know the games yet.aside from a few glimpses of its starter and legendary Pokemon, but that’s nothing a surprise Nintendo Direct presentation can’t solve.
Final Fantasy 7: Crisis Core Reunion
Release date: to be confirmed (2022)
Final Fantasy 7: Rebirth is the long-awaited sequel to the 2020 remake, and will be released on PlayStation 5 next winter. To give fans a little something in the meantime, Square Enix is releasing a remake of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7. Crisis Core, originally released for the PSP in 2007, is a prequel to Final Fantasy 7, and focuses on Zack Faire, a mentor for Cloud Strife. The remake is a big deal because Square Enix has been uncharacteristically shy about remastering the game or porting it to any other platform. If you’ve wanted to play Crisis Core for the past 15 years, you had to own a PSP. That will change with Crisis Core Reunion, which will be released on PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S, Nintendo Switch, and Windows later this year.
Postponed to 2023
Many games promised for 2022 have been postponed to the next calendar year.
Release date: February 2023.
Hogwarts Legacy is an ambitious game. It’s open-world and takes place at Hogwarts in the 19th century, many years before the emergence of He Who Must Not Be Named and The Boy Who Lived. Harry Potter fans are understandably excited to explore a living, breathing Hogwarts, learn spells and tame magical beasts. Partly because of those high expectations, the game has been delayed from its original 2021 release window – twice. This is now slated for a February 2023 launch on Xbox console and PlayStations. A later version on Switch is also planned.
Release date: first half of 2023
Starfield was one of the most hyped games of the year. A new IP from Bethesda, creator of Fallout and The Elder Scrolls, it has been described as “Skyrim in Space”. But ambitious games take time. Originally slated for a November release, Starfield is now expected to come to Xbox One, X and S, and PC in the first half of 2023.
Release date: first half of 2023
Redfall is a team shooter from the company that brought you Dishonored and Deathloop. It centers on a zombie invasion in the town of Redfall, Massachusetts, and will be first-person, open-world, and best played with friends. The trailer hints at a game brimming with charm and character – but we’ll have to wait until 2023 to experience it properly.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
Release date: first half of 2023
In 2021, the Guardians of the Galaxy were able to shine. This year was supposed to be the Suicide Squad’s turn, but Kill the Justice League is now delayed to 2023.
With villains from recent movies, including Harley Quinn, King Shark and Deadshot, you’ll work as a team to defeat the Justice League. The most recent trailer saw Suicide Squad’s attempt to incapacitate The Flash. The dynamic combat looks extremely dope.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2
Release date: 2023
This is the sequel to one of the best games of all time, and Nintendo said it would come out in 2022. We all knew, deep in our hearts, that might not happen. In March, it is official: Breath of the Wild 2 is a 2023 game.