2022 video games: The most anticipated releases still to come

The upcoming video games we can't wait to play in the rest of 2022.

At this point, some of us have actually managed to wrap up Elden Ring, prowl through Stray's streets, and raise our Cult of the Lamb flock to fervorous exaltation. The result is our store cupboard of games looking, well, rather bare. But there's good news! 2022 may seem like another year of endless delays, but your gaming gullet needn't go hungry. We've rummaged around in the larder to rustle up a glut of gaming courses to guzzle down.

Here are the biggest games of 2022 that are still to come, along with plenty of other highlights that we’re looking forward to. Unfortunately, we can’t promise that the games below won’t also get delayed. But hey, at least these ones are still letting us hope!

Splatoon 3

When is it coming?

September 9

What is it?

The Squid-kids return for another fashion-filled shoot out. Competitive multiplayer ink-spraying matches may be at the heart of the game, but Splatoon 3 also promises plenty of other modes like the co-op survival of Salmon Run and a single-player story called Return of the Mammalians.

What is it on?

Nintendo Switch

Metal: Hellsinger

When is it coming?

September 15

What is it?

A rhythm-based heavy metal FPS. It's basically DOOM but where you're rewarded for slaying to the beat. You're a demon, and your job is to kill other demons with whatever guns you have at hand. Pulsating lines constantly shift toward your crosshair, rewarding you for landing hits to the tempo of the level's tune. The soundtrack promises plenty of stars, including System of a Down's Serj Tankian. A must for metal-loving gamers.

What is it on?

PlayStation, Xbox, PC

Return to Monkey Island

When is it coming?

September 19

What is it?

Series creator Ron Gilbert returns to the comedic franchise of pirates and puzzles to deliver a new point-and-click adventure following Guybrush Threepwood and friends.

What is it on?

Nintendo Switch, PC

Moonbreaker

When is it coming?

September 29 (Early Access)

What is it?

A digital miniatures game in which chatty models with lots of quips do battle in a tactical, top-down arena. There's a full painting system within the game, allowing you to coat your own squad in custom colors. It also has a world and story written by Mistborn and Stromlight Archives author Brandon Sanderson for reasons we still can't quite fathom.

What is it on?

PC

A Plague Tale: Requiem

When is it coming?

October 18

What is it?

Sequel to A Plague Tale: Innocence, Requiem continues the story of medieval French orphans Amicia and Hugo. Requiem will see the pair travel to new lands as they attempt to escape their harrowing past. They’ll also need to content with Hugo’s rodent-wrangling curse as the rat plague springs forth once more. Here’s hoping Requiem retains Innocence’s excellent character writing and puzzles while touching up the lackluster stealth elements.

What is it on?

Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, PC

Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope

When is it coming?

October 20

What is it?

Turn-based tactical combat pairing Mushroom Kingdom’s finest with Ubisoft’s rabbids. It’s basically X-Com, but much, much sillier. Sparks of Hope is the sequel to the immensely successful Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, and it promises to drop the grid movement system for a more free-form range. There’s also a rabbid Rosalina.

What is it on?

Nintendo Switch

Gotham Knights

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© Warner Bros.

When is it coming?

October 21

What is it?

A co-op focussed beat-em-up in the style of the Arkham games. After the supposed death of Bruce Wayne, Batgirl, Robin, Nightwing, and Red Hood must team up to keep the streets of Gotham safe from your usual band of dastardly villains. Right now only two-player co-op has been confirmed, but there have been some teases that four-player co-op is due to be unveiled.

What is it on?

PlayStation, Xbox, PC

New Tales from the Borderlands

When is it coming?

October 21

What is it?

A new interactive narrative adventure set within the Borderlands universe. Leads this time are a new and unlikely band of misfits including scientist Anu, her brother Octavio, and the "fierce, frogurt-slinging" Fran.

What is it on?

PlayStation, Xbox, PC

Bayonetta 3

When is it coming?

October 28

What is it?

The next adventure of our favorite gun-toting witch. Bayonetta 3 has been in development an awfully long time, but it seems to be shaping up for a 2022 Nintendo Switch release. The first gameplay trailer teased a new look for Bayonetta, but she’s still more than capable of laying the smack down on hordes of enemies as she summons monster from her hair.

What is it on?

Nintendo Switch

Sonic Frontiers

When is it coming?

November 8

What is it?

An open-world Sonic game in which the Blue Blur solved puzzles and navigates platforming challenges around a mysterious island. Early showcases have offered up just as much confusion as excitement, with seemingly re-used level designs popping up more than once.

What is it on?

Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, PC

A Little to the Left

When is it coming?

November 8

What is it?

A cozy puzzle game about organizing household objects. There are multiple ways to solve each puzzle, just watch out for the pesky cat that keeps making a mess of things.

What is it on?

Nintendo Switch, PC

God of War Ragnarok

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© Santa Monica

When is it coming?

November 9

What is it?

The much-anticipated followup to 2018’s axe-tion-adventure, God of War. Ragnarok directly continues the story of Kratos and Atreus after their god-murdering antics in the first game drew the ire of norse god Thor. Probably something to do with killing his sons. If it actually lands on PS4 and PS5 this year, expect it to be one of the biggest releases of the new generation.

What is it on?

PlayStation

Goat Simulator 3

When is it coming?

November 17

What is it?

Even more goat-based carnage in an all-new sandbox. Take part in yoga sessions, blast down dams and soar around with jetpacks as you cause as much havoc as possible. Better yet, invite some friends and you can terrorize the town together.

What is it on?

Xbox, PlayStation, and PC.

The Dark Pictures: The Devil In Me

When is it coming?

November 18

What is it?

The next entry in Until Dawn developer Supermassive Games' horror anthology. The story follows a group of film makers invited to a recreation of H. H. Holme's Murder House. They soon find themselves trapped within and forced to play sadistic games and solve puzzles that will determine who among them will live and who will die. 

What is it on?

Xbox, PlayStation, and PC.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

When is it coming?

November 18

What is it?

The next mainline Pokémon game pairing. Scarlet and Violet will take players to a new region themed around Spain. The new generation has taken open-world lessons from Pokémon Legends Arceus, and will offer a full world for you to explore with Gyms to take on in any order you like. The three new starters and a host of brand-new Pokémon have already been shown off, so it's time to pick your favorite from Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxily and get planning your team compositions.

What is it on?

Nintendo Switch

The Callisto Protocol

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© Striking Distance Studios

When is it coming?

December 2

What is it?

Dead Space creator Glen Schofield returns with another unsettling sci-fi horror title that is very much rated 18+. A dystopian prison colony on the second largest moon of Jupiter plays host to unearthly events as monsters begin to ravage the inmates. There's plenty of dismemberment involved in taking down enemies and also in the ways the lead protagonist Jacob Lee can unfortunately perish.

What is it on?

PlayStation

High on Life

When is it coming?

December 13

What is it?

A new game from Rick & Morty creator Justin Roiland's development studio Squanch Games. It's a first-person shooter in which you weild talking guns, knives and more. Some of them are friendly, some of them are rude, and some are downright crass. Fortunately, they're all pretty effective at tackling the various alien bounties you're hunting.

What is it on?

Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC

Oxenfree 2: Lost Signals

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© Night School Studio

When is it coming?

2022

What is it?

The sequal to critically acclaimed indie narrative game Oxenfree. The story takes place five years after the events of the first game, with protagonist Riley investigating mysterious radio signals in her home down. Oxenfree's impressive conversation system returns, allowing you to shape the events of the game and your relationships through dialogue.

What is it on?

Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, PC

Terra Nil

When is it coming?

2022

What is it?

An environmental ecosystem reconstruction city builder. By placing down environmentally friendly structures that encourage the growth of flora, you’ll revitalize barren wastelands and return wildlife to its rightful place.

What is it on?

PC

Have we missed any games of 2022 that you’re looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below!

Associate Editor

Henry Stenhouse serves an eternal punishment as the Associate Editor of AllGamers. He spent his younger life studying the laws of physics, even going so far as to complete a PhD in the subject before video games stole his soul. Confess your love of Super Smash Bros. via email at henry@moonrock.biz, or catch him on Twitter.

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