Top 10 Most Anticipated Video Games of 2022



Top 10 Most Anticipated Video Games of 2022

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Welcome to WatchMojo and today we'll be counting down our picks for the top 10 most anticipated games of 2022. For this list, we're looking at all the games we can't wait to see next year. Our countdown includes "Elden Ring" (2022), "Starfield" (2022), "Baldur's Gate III" (2022), "God of War: Ragnarok" (2022), and more!

#10: “Baldur’s Gate III” (2022)

Though it landed in early access back in 2020, this RPG is finally slated to have its full release in 2022. It’s coming from Larian Studios, which any RPG buff will immediately recognize as the decorated studio behind the “Divinity” series – itself one of the most popular RPG franchises out there. Larian has taken the torch from BioWare to return “Baldur’s Gate” to its former glory. Maybe you’ve already jumped into the game in early access to give your feedback, or maybe you’ve been waiting until its full release to have as fresh an experience as possible. Whatever the case, 2022 is set to be a great year for fans of vast, complicated role-playing games.

#9: “Pokémon Legends: Arceus” (2022)

Finally, a truly open-world “Pokémon” game is on the horizon, slated for release next year. It’s going to be an action RPG rather than a traditional turn-based game, in what could be one of the biggest evolutions of the franchise since “Pokémon Go!”. It’s set in the Hisui region before it had that name and will chart the history of Pokémon training. If you’re still a little skeptical after “Sword” and “Sheild’s” less-than-glowing reception, then remember this: you’re going to be able to ride your Pokémon as mounts throughout the open world. That alone should sell millions of people on Game Freak’s next big outing from one of the world’s most beloved IPs.

#8: “Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong” (2022)

This franchise has been through a lot in recent years. Since the bombshell that “Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2” was looking for a new development studio, it’s not been clear where the series is going. But 2022 should hopefully see the release of a totally different game in the series, “Swansong”, which will take us to Boston rather than Seattle or LA. You won’t be creating your own character, instead taking on the mantles of three existing vampires and choosing how to develop their builds and playstyles. But importantly, it is still a single-player RPG, and it’s going to be coming to all major platforms – including last-gen – in February.

#7: “Gotham Knights” (2022)

The next outing from WB Games Montreal, “Gotham Knights” is set in a separate continuity to the previous “Arkham” games. Bruce Wayne is dead, and he’s left the protection of Gotham City in the hands of his most trusted allies: Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl, and the Red Hood. It’s a single-player game that will let you play as any of the four leads with optional co-op as you hunt down the Court of Owls. We also supposedly have Rocksteady’s “Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League” releasing next year, but as we’ve seen no gameplay and we’re not sure Warner Bros. will release both of them in the same year, we’re not confident we’ll see it in 2022.

#6: “Dying Light 2 Stay Human” (2022)

Will “Dying Light 2” finally release next year? It’s supposed to, though the game has been delayed so many times even Techland has made jokes about it. It’s going to be a major evolution of the platforming, zombie-killing gameplay we got to know and love in the first game, in a new setting simply called “the City”. Everything is working in this game’s favor to make it one of the biggest titles of the year, and if Techland delivers on finessing the “Dying Light” formula just like it promises, it really can’t fail. It’ll be four years on from the original announcement, but hopefully, it will finally reach players in February.

#5: “Starfield” (2022)

Admittedly, we’re skeptical about whether Bethesda is going to make this release date. We’ve seen no real gameplay from “Starfield” and only one brief cinematic trailer; this could mean there’s no gameplay to show, or perhaps that Todd Howard is just keeping his cards close to his chest. Regardless, a new Bethesda game is always going to be unmatched in the release schedule, and we absolutely can’t wait to play it. However, it’s going to be on Game Pass day one and still looks like it’s going to be an Xbox and PC exclusive. But with a tentative release date of November 11th, 2022, you’ve got plenty of time to get a device capable of running this game.

#4: “Horizon: Forbidden West” (2022)

The much-awaited follow-up to Guerrilla Games’ dynamite 2017 title, we can’t wait to play “Forbidden West”. We’ll see Aloy go to the San Francisco Bay Area, having already seen the Golden Gate Bridge on the cover art, to pursue Sylens – who’s likely planning to resurrect Hades again for his own currently unknown ends. But the one thing everybody is talking about where “Forbidden West” is concerned are the graphics: it looks stunning, and that’s even more impressive considering the game is meant to come to PS4 as well as PS5. This also means that if you still don’t have a PS5, don’t worry, you will be able to play this game.

#3: “Elden Ring” (2022)

Yes, we know, for a lot of people “Elden Ring” is hands-down their most anticipated game of the next year, but it’s not our #1 because as great as FromSoftware’s games are, they’re just not for everyone. But we still believe “Elden Ring” has the potential to be the studio’s best game yet, as every new game of theirs seems to become. The team-up of Hidetaka Miyazaki and George R. R. Martin is unprecedented in gaming, and we know it’s going to have some outstanding lore to go with its moment-to-moment gameplay. February and March are going to be completely absorbed by people playing “Elden Ring” and there’s no doubt that it will be one of the best games of the year.

#2: “God of War Ragnarök” (2022)

Originally it was believed the Norse “God of War'' games would be a trilogy, but that’s not the case; “Ragnarök” will conclude the story, making it even more anticipated than it was already. We know the game will be set during Fimbulwinter, which in Norse mythology leads up to Ragnarök, where the Norse pantheon will ultimately perish as prophesized. But whether Kratos and Atreus are successful at averting Ragnarök, if that’s even possible, all remains to be seen. We’re also going to see Freja return in some capacity and, of course, we’ll finally get to go toe-to-toe with Thor himself. It’s not clear when in 2022 it will drop, but like “Horizon”, it’s also slated to hit the PS4 as well.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few Honorable Mentions:

“LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga” (2022)

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“Splatoon 3” (2022)

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“Stray” (2022)

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#1: “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2” (2022)

We still don’t have a title set in stone for this game, let alone a concrete release date, but it will have been an entire five years since the release of “Breath of the Wild”, and we’re desperate to see the series continue in this direction. Details are still pretty thin on the ground, but we know it is a direct sequel to the previous game, and it’s going to be set in Hyrule once more. Thankfully, we’ve had plenty of recent “Zelda” releases to tide us over, from the remake of “A Link to the Past” to “Skyward Sword HD”. But nothing will scratch that itch like a full sequel to one of the greatest video games ever made.