2022 is still a massive year for video games. Between franchises like God of War, Pokemon, and Call of Duty, PS5, Xbox Series X, Switch, PC, and Stadia have some gargantuan titles to house. Here’s a look at the biggest games and release dates.
The beginning of 2022 marked more than a year since PS5 and Xbox Series X brought video games to the ninth generation of consoles. Developers have had plenty of time to chew through the fat and harness the power of consoles to create massive AAA experiences.
There’s also plenty of mileage left for the Nintendo Switch, and of course PC, Stadia, and Steam are always pushing the limits.
With 2022 already offering Horizon Forbidden West, Elden Ring, Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Rainbow Six Extraction, and Gran Turismo 7, the rest of the year looks to bring the heat as well. Here’s a look at the best AAA video games coming in 2022.
PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC, Steam and Stadia video games in 2022
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 release date: October 28
For the first time in nearly 20 years, the Call of Duty franchise will break its annual release schedule in 2023. This means players will be stuck with the 2022 CoD title, Modern Warfare 2, for two years.
The 2022 iteration of the iconic franchise will be a direct sequel to 2019’s Modern Warfare. The game will be based on an entirely new engine, and the game’s development is being led by Infinity Ward. The Call of Duty team announced that Modern Warfare 2 will launch on October 28, 2022.
Gotham Knights Release Date: October 21, 2022
A Gotham City without the caped crusader is an odd thought, but that’s the threat it faces when Bruce Wayne is dead. In Batman’s stead, his former protégés must step up and protect Gotham City, fending off any threat of crime perpetrated by some of its most evil supervillains.
With co-op, players can take control of these brave heroes and hopefully make Batman proud when the game launches. October 21, 2022.
Skull and Bones: November 8
Skull and Bones is Ubisoft’s new third-person action-adventure video game in which players take to the sea, controlling a pirate captain and his crew. The game offers single player story experience and PVP multiplayer experience with naval warfare.
The game seeks to provide a great deal of customization, from your pirate’s clothing and appearance to the ship you sail. Of course, since it’s a game about pirates, there’s a heavy focus on looting. Pirate lovers can get their hands on Skull and Bones November 8th.
God of War: Ragnarok Release Date: November 9, 2022
Players got a juicy sneak peek at the next epic adventure from Santa Monica’s God of War franchise during PlayStation Experience 2021. Kratos and Atreus are ready to do battle with Freya, Fenrir, possibly Thor, and their own demons.
It seems that God of War Ragnarok was expanded with the reboot to incorporate more NPCs, more spectacular gameplay, and a gripping narrative that will test the bond between father and son when the game launches. November 9, 2022.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet release date: November 18
2022 is a great year to be a Pokémon fan. Shortly after the release of Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Nintendo wasted no time announcing its newest mainline titles. Pokémon Scarlet and Violet will introduce players to the ninth generation of Pokémon games.
Nintendo has already shared details about the game, including the implementation of open world areas, as well as the three starter Pokémon: Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly. On June 1, a trailer confirmed November 18th as the official release date for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.
The Protocol of Callisto: December 2
Directed by Glen Schofield, the man behind Dead Space, The Callisto Protocol is poised to revive the survival horror genre, giving horror game fans exactly what they’ve been asking for.
The game takes place 300 years in the future, as the player follows the story of Jacob Lee, a prisoner in a maximum security prison based on Jupiter’s moon Callisto. The prison is thrown into chaos as the humans begin to turn into monstrous creatures, leaving Jacob struggling to survive.
Survival horror fans can get their hands on The Callisto Protocol starting at December 2, 2022.
That completes our guide to the biggest and most anticipated video games coming in 2022. Be sure to check out our article on the most anticipated AAA games coming in 2023 for more information.
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