I always believe that every year is a good year for gaming; however, we all know sometimes release schedules ebb and flow, leading to periods of drought or 1-2 punches of blockbuster after blockbuster.
The COVID-19 pandemic impacted the gaming industry in several ways, such as a shortage in next generation consoles and delays of new games. While we are seeing some relief with exciting announcements at this year’s E3 and publisher-specific showcases, gamers are still craving for more. Then it struck me when I watched the September Nintendo Direct live–2022 is going to be stacked.
Who could forget the breathtaking trailer for Ubisoft’s upcoming Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora game? Nintendo has also blown us away with several big IPs arriving next year such as Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Bayonetta 3, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Splatoon 3, and (hopefully) the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. And how about PlayStation? They have Horizon Forbidden West, Grand Turismo 7, and God of War Ragnarok, to name a few.
Here are some more fantastic games, both AAA and indie, that just scratch the surface for what to expect in 2022*:
- Gotham Knights,
- Hogwarts Legacy,
- A Plague Tale: Requiem,
- Tiny Tina’s Wonderland,
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction,
- Destiny 2: The Witch Queen,
- Dead Space Remake,
- Ghostwire: Tokyo,
- Oxenfree II: Lost Signals,
- Aztech: Forgotten Gods,
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
*Note: Some titles do not have a specific release date, and games have the potential for delays. This is based off the most recent, available information.
I feel that the COVID delays pushed many great games into late 2021 and 2022. In my opinion, I think this just makes for a banger of a year, if not one of the biggest years in gaming thus far. How do you think 2022 is shaping up? What is on your list? Let us know in the comments or our friendly Boss Rush Discord.