All the Video Game Release Dates You Need to Know for 2022
Gamers had a rather uneventful first half of 2022, with the exception of a few exceptions. The second half appears to be much more promising.
Thank goodness Elden Ring is a lengthy game, because FromSoftware’s blockbuster is among the few big releases we’ve had so far in 2022. Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Gran Turismo 7, and Horizon Forbidden West were all excellent games, but they all came out in the first three months of 2022. We’re almost halfway through July now; the past several months have been a little dry. Fortunately, that will soon change.
The second half of 2022 promises a wide range of gaming options, whether you enjoy ultra-length RPGs, online shooters, or macabre experiences. Here are all the release dates for games in 2022 that you need to know about.
Release date: Aug. 23
A reboot of Saints Row may be on the way; the fifth game in the series will simply be called Saints Row. It’ll have all of the trademark open-world sandbox fun of the franchise, but it’ll take a more serious tone than previous entry, Saints Row IV.
Lord of the Rings: Gollum
Release date: Sept. 1
Lord of the Rings fans will be ecstatic in September. The Rings of Power series from Amazon Studios will premiere, followed by Gollum. In his mission to reclaim The One Ring, Gollum is the star of his own game, in which he’ll use stealth to outmaneuver orcs – and occasionally overpower them – in order to get it back. A flood of footage has yet to arrive; however, the game is scheduled for release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on Sept. 1, with a Switch version following on Nov. 30.
Last of Us Part 1 Remake
Release date: Sept. 2
The Last of Us Part 2 took Naughty Dog’s horror series to new heights. It has sold over 10 million copies, and it has received universal acclaim. This has reignited interest in the original The Last of Us, which originally released on the PlayStation 3 in 2013. With updated visuals and controls, as well as PS5 integration of DualSense functionality and 3D audio support, The Last of Us Part 1 is getting a re-release.
After the success of The Last of Us, it’s no surprise that a remaster would follow. However, rather than providing an entirely new experience, it merely sticks the game into HD and includes a few technical improvements. Some gamers have come out against the remake , calling it an unjustified money-grab since it will retail for $70 and comes after the game was already remastered for PS4. One of the game’s animators, Robert Morrison, rejected this allegation with a tweet. He claimed that it was “the most meticulously built and developed project I’ve ever seen or been part of.”
Release date: Sept. 9
The fundamental high idea of Splatoon is genius – and it’s all Nintendo. It turns the formerly violent first-person shooter on its head by removing violence. You’re not shooting bullets; you’re raining paint down upon your opponents. Despite the fact that Splatoon 2 is one of the Switch’s essential family games, it may be surpassed by Splatoon 3, which releases for the system on Sept. 9th.
Release date: Oct. 4
We’ve all heard the rules in Overwatch. Overwatch 2 changes the format, making the squad-based shooter a 5v5 rather than 6v6. In addition, it adds co-op play, allowing you to shoot with your friends instead of against them if desired. The most significant difference is that you won’t have to pay to play Overwatch 2.
Blizzard is launching a free-to-play business model with battle passes and new content every season. Every nine weeks, players will receive a new hero or map, with the developers promising updates for good. The objective is to alleviate the content drought that plagued the original game.
Overwatch 2 is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox One X, PC (via Blizzard’s Battle.net), Nintendo Switch, and Mac.
Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope
Release date: Oct. 20
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle was a fantastic game that blended the two well-known franchises while also incorporating surprisingly deep strategy gameplay. Sparks of Hope sends the cast of characters to space, but not just because they’re in a new location. The game will add a greater amount of combat into its strategic gameplay, as demonstrated in a recently released trailer, but it will strive to maintain the appeal that made the first one so appealing.
High on Life
Release date: Oct. 25
It’s great to break up the barrage of Gods of War and Calls of Duty with a fresh new IP in 2018. Justin Roiland, the co-creator of Rick and Morty, created High on Life, a first-person shooter. The game appears to be exactly like you’d imagine: an quirky, colorful sci-fi journey. High on Life is only available for Xbox One at the moment, but it will soon be available for both Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Release date: Oct. 28
It feels stupid to write a short description of what to expect from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 at this point. It’s the 19th game in the long-running franchise, and it transports the series into modern warfare. If you enjoy playing Call of Duty games, you’ll love Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 when it comes out on October 28th.
God of War: Ragnarok
Release date: Nov. 9
Ragnarok is a sequel to God of War, one of the PlayStation 4’s finest titles. There’s a lot going on in Ragnarok: The world may be about to end, Kratos is looking for the Norse god of war, and Thor is pursuing him with fury. It’s the second and final God of War set in Norse mythology and was initially planned for release on the PS4 and PS5 last year. If it can recapture its predecessor’s majesty, it will undoubtedly be one among the year’s highlights.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
Release date: Nov. 18
Pokémon Legends: Arceus was a 180 for Nintendo. It’s no surprise that the next Pokemon games, Scarlet and Violet, use the real-time action format of Legends: Arceus; but it is a big shock that we’ll be seeing new Pokemon games so soon. On Nov. 18, 2018, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will release on the Nintendo Switch, roughly 10 months after Legends: Arceus. We don’t know much about the game yet other than some early glimpses at its starter and legendary Pokemon, but a surprise Nintendo Direct presentation can’t cure everything.
Final Fantasy 7: Crisis Core Reunion
Release date: TBC (2022)
Next winter, Square Enix will release Final Fantasy 7: Rebirth, the long-anticipated sequel to 2020’s Remake. To pass the time until then, Square Enix is releasing a remake of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7. Zack Fair is the protagonist in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7, which follows him before he meets Cloud Strife. The original version was released for the PSP in 2007 and focused on Zack Fair.
The remaster is significant because Square Enix has been notoriously tight-lipped about remastering or porting the game to another platform. If you’ve wanted to play Crisis Core on a PS1 in the last 15 years, congratulations: you’re out of luck. In December, it’ll be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S, the Nintendo Switch and Windows after several delays.
Release date: TBC (2022)
Hogwarts Legacy is a huge game. It’s an open world set in the 19th century at Hogwarts, several years before He Who Must Not Be Named and The Boy Who Lived rose to power. Harry Potter fans are understandably enthusiastic about exploring a genuine, breathing Hogwarts and learning magic spells. Because of those heightened expectations, the game was pushed back from its original 2021 release date. It will now be available on Xbox, PlayStation 4, and Switch consoles late 2022.
Delayed to 2023
Several games that were supposed to be launched in 2022 have been postponed until the following year.
Release date: First half of 2023
Starfield was one of the most anticipated games of 2018. It’s been dubbed “Skyrim in space” by critics, thanks to Bethesda, creator of Fallout and The Elder Scrolls, which is releasing it. However, ambitious projects take time to develop. Originally planned for a November release, Starfield will now arrive on Xbox One X and S, as well as PC in the first half of 2023.
Release date: First half of 2023
Redfall is a team-based first-person shooter developed by the same team that created Dishonored and Deathloop. It’s about a zombie invasion of Redfall, Massachusetts, and will be played from a first person perspective with an open world that is best enjoyed with friends. The trailer implies a game filled with charm and personality, but we’ll have to wait until 2023 to truly appreciate it.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
Release date: First half of 2023
In 2021, the Guardians of the Galaxy had their moment in the sun. This year was supposed to be the Suicide Squad’s turn, but it has been postponed until 2023 due to Kill the Justice League.
The Suicide Squad features the bad guys from the most recent films, including Harley Quinn, King Shark, and Deadshot. As a team, you’ll work to take down the Justice League in this game. In the most recent trailer, we saw The Suicide Squad attempting to stop The Flash. It appears that there will be a lot of action in this game.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2
Release date: 2023
It’s the sequel to one of gaming’s greatest hits, and Nintendo said it would be released in 2022. We all knew that it wouldn’t happen, deep down inside our heads. It was announced in March that Breath of the Wild 2 will be published in 2023.