It’ll be waiting for you in retirement :)
Polygon’s turn. Quite a bit different list than the one Kotaku did above.
Oh hey, they also did a list of most anticipated.
Some incredible stuff coming next year. I think it’s a toss up between Warhammer 3, Elden Ring, and Triangle Strategy for me as to what I’m the most hyped for (with regards to games we know anything tangible about - knot counting stuff like Breath of the Wild 2 just yet).
The only things on my list so far are KOF15 and Freedom Planet 2 (know plenty of the devs behind that, some are friends, so excited due to that!)
I’ve got super high hopes for Triangle Strategy!
Okay, I went through this list (Polygon’s 50 most anticipated) and came up with this.
Tier 1 - these are the titles that I have or will pre-order and enjoy, regardless of reviews (though I would expect said reviews to be quite good given what I have seen and/or know of these titles) immediately without hesitation. I’m hyped as hell for each of these.
Total War: Warhammer 3
God of War: Ragnarok
Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2
Horizon Forbidden West
Tier 2 - these are titles I’m interested in and will likely grab day one if I’m not in the middle of a tier 1 game at the time of launch.
Distant Worlds 2
Baldur’s Gate III
Dying Light 2
Tier 3- this list includes games I think I would enjoy so I’m keeping track of them but I’ll likely want to wait for reviews/word of mouth/gameplay footage before pulling the trigger.
Metal Slug Tactics
Advance Wars 1+2 Reboot Camp
Cursed to Golf
Dune: Spice Wars
Company of Heroes 3
Wizard with a Gun
That’s a lot of Tier 1 games for me. 2022 is looking real fucking good gaming wise, fellas.
Games I will likely purchase/play at release…
Breath of the Wild Sequel
King of Fighters XV
Horizon: Forbidden West
Gran Turismo 7
Deathverse: Let It Die
Mildly looking forward to but basically not sure because of time needed to invest in them or just haven’t seen enough yet…
Pokémon Legends: Arceus
Total War: Warhammer III
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
If it arrives this year…
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
System Shock (Remake)
I also fully expect Nintendo to announce and release games in 2022 that I will buy. That happens every year with them. I’ll also be picking up various Arcade Archives releases on Switch throughout 2022 as I have every year now.
And not just them - most of the stuff on my own list is coming in the first half of the year, imagine the stuff we don’t even know about yet! Shaping up to be a crazy good year for gaming, I think.
It looks pretty good right now. I’m happy there will be some new games in entirely new places with potentially entirely new gameplay. One reason I think Deathloop really stands out from 2021 is that it’s essentially an all new thing. Sure, you shoot stuff, but it’s all in a brand new world with great looking consistent aesthetics, and interesting new characters. We need more of that.
From my list, if I had to cut it down to just a few, I’d select Ghostwire: Tokyo at the top. They’re new young designers working at Shinji Mikami’s studio and the game looks amazingly unique because he seems to have given them freedom to build something brand new.
IIRC, Mikami talks about it in this two part interview from 2021 on the 30th anniversary of his beginning in video games.
Starfield, Arc Raiders… these are also high up there in interest for me because they are new things with big budgets.
A huge reason I’m super excited for Triangle Strategy - we haven’t had a big budget SRPG before, not really, and this looks like it’s going to really (potentially) do some innovative stuff in that space.
It was common for me to enter a new year with a list of all the games I planned to buy, the ones I’d keep an eye on, and such. But I didn’t do that well in 2020, and I decided to not do that at all in 2021. I’ll just go from surprise to surprise, I guess.
That said, here’s what can be found in my mind:
- God of War and Monster Hunter Rise for the PC - they come out in a week or so and I already preordered both.
- Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons - the next GW2 expansion comes out in February, and I already bought that one as well.
- Elden Ring - somewhat interested, but I’ll wait for reviews and regional pricing before committing.
- Sifu - looks interesting, but again, I’ll wait for reviews.
- The King of Fighters XV - I love fighting games, but I still barely played Melty Blood Lumina, so I’ll probably buy this one at some point but not necessarily close to release.
- Persona 4 Arena Ultimax - see above. ;)
- DNF Duel - Arc System Works means I’ll buy this at some point for sure.
- Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin - hey, who doesn’t want to kill Chaos?
- Tiny Tina’s Wonderland - I enjoyed the Borderlands 2 DLC that inspired this, but I’m not sure I want more fantasy Borderlands. I’ll wait for reviews.
- Forspoken - somewhat interested in this, but the regional pricing for this one is ludicrous.
- Distant Worlds 2 - I must have this one.
- Starfield - I have a love/hate relationship with Bethesda RPGs, so I’ll probably buy this one. We’ll see.
Some games like God of War Ragnarok and Horizon Forbidden West and Final Fantasy XVI would be in my list if they were planned to come out for the PC this year, or if I had a PS5. But that’s not the case, as far as I know. Same with Switch exclusives, since I don’t have a Switch and won’t buy one.
Also, I’d love to buy a Steam Deck, but I don’t think those will be available in my region anytime soon, or ever. We’ll see.
Thanks, I almost forgot about Distant Worlds 2! I’m sure there are several titles coming in the next few months I knew about but forgot and weren’t listed in the Polygon article.
- Elden Ring
- Strange of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origins
- Hollow Knight: Silksong
- Bayonetta 3
- Breath of the Wild Sequel
Heh, I wrote this up, had a moment of deja vu, and scrolled up to realize I had posted almost this exact list in early 2021 when the thread first appeared. Points for consistency, I guess.
I read this and enjoyed the mental image of you digging through a dense maze of wires in the back of your gaming area and suddenly exclaiming “Oh, I guess there’s a PS5 back here after all!”
The “that’s not the case, as far as I know” was meant to apply to the “planned to come out for PC this year” part only, but hey, I’m glad you enjoyed that mental image! if it helps, that image is accurate regarding my backlog, so there’s that. ;)
I’m looking forward to Cyberpunk 2077 myself.
Couple of new items on here that I missed from Polygon, such as Baldur’s Gate III (which of course, could always get delayed into 2023 but so could anything, technically). I’ll update my list just to try and keep this stuff on my radar, if nothing else.
The only game not mentioned so far that I am praying doesn’t slip to 2023 would be Kerbal Space Program 2. It’s had some speed bumps outside of COVID during the development process but I’m still hopeful it is the KSP sequel I’ve been dreaming of.
They do talk about that one in the PCGamer article - I never got into the first one, but talk from PC Gamer of an improved UI and better tutorial makes me more interested, for sure.