2022 continues to be a massive year for video games. Between franchises like God of War, Pokemon, and Harry Potter, the PS5, Xbox Series X, Switch, PC, and Stadia have some mammoth titles to host. Here’s a look at the biggest games and possible release dates.
The start of 2022 signaled more than a year since the PS5 and Xbox Series X brought video games to the ninth generation of consoles. The developers have had plenty of time to chew the fat and harness the power of the consoles to create immense AAA experiences.
There are still plenty of miles left for the Nintendo Switch too, and of course PC, Stadia and Steam are always pushing the limits.
With 2022 already delivering Horizon Forbidden West, Elden Ring, Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Rainbow Six Extraction, and Gran Turismo 7, the rest of the year will bring the heat too. Here’s a look at the top 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 28th
For the first time in almost 20 years, the Call of Duty franchise will break its annual release schedule in 2023. This means players will be sticking with CoD’s 2022 title, Modern Warfare 2, for two years.
The 2022 iteration of the iconic franchise is set to be a direct sequel to 2019’s Modern Warfare. The game will be built on a brand new engine and development of the game will be led by Infinity Ward. The Call of Duty team announced that Modern Warfare 2 will be released on October 28, 2022.
Gotham Knights release date: October 25, 2022
A Gotham City without the caped Crusader is an odd thought, but that’s the threat it faces now that Bruce Wayne is dead. In Batman’s place, his former charges must step up and protect Gotham by fending off all threats of crimes being committed by some of his most evil super villains.
With cooperative mode, players can take control of these brave heroes and hopefully make Batman proud when the game releases October 25, 2022.
Hogwarts Legacy Release Date: Public Holiday 2022
There have been plenty of games to tie into Harry Potter movies, but there still hasn’t been an authentic RPG experience that lets you become your own wizard – until now.
Hogwarts Legacy will allow fans worldwide to finally live their dream of attending Hogwarts, and the game will allow players to choose their house and the classes they take and customize their character while also fighting monsters and completing quests to lock.
God of War: Ragnarok release date: 2022
Gamers got an exciting look at the next epic adventure in Santa Monica’s God of War franchise during PlayStation Experience 2021. Kratos and Atreus will fight Freya, possibly Thor, and their own demons.
God of War Ragnarok seems to have expanded after the reboot to include more NPCs, more spectacular gameplay and an immersive narrative that will test the bond between father and son.
Final Fantasy XVI Release Date: Late 2022
The hype surrounding Final Fantasy XVI is starting to build as we head deeper into 2022. It’s the collaboration between Square Enix and Devil May Cry 5’s battle designer Ryota Suzuki that’s got fans of the franchise excited.
The developers have confirmed that they will be releasing additional information about the sixteenth game in the Final Fantasy mainline franchise around the summer of 2022. Hopefully this will include a release date that RPG fanatics can look forward to.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Release Date: November 18th
2022 is a great year to be a Pokémon fan. Shortly after the release of Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Nintendo wasted no time in announcing their latest mainline titles. Pokemon Violet and Pokemon Scarlet will introduce players to the ninth generation of Pokemon games.
Nintendo has already revealed details about the game, including the implementation of open-world areas and the three starter Pokémon: Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly. On June 1st, a trailer confirmed it 18.11 as the official release date for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.
Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 release date pushed back to 2023
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 could easily be one of them most anticipated games of all time.
Breath of the Wild took the world by storm in 2017 with its rich, expressive world that broke with the conventions of traditional Zelda games. It went on to sell tens of millions of copies, and fans around the world are desperately awaiting the next chapter for Link in this beautiful, sprawling version of Hyrule.
Unfortunately, Nintendo announced that on March 29, 2022 Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 would be pushed back to a 2023 release date.
That concludes our guide to the biggest and most anticipated video games coming in 2022. Stay tuned to Charlie INTEL for the latest news and guides on these games and more!
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