We’re barely out of the first quarter, and 2022 is already shaping up to be a banner year for the Games of gaming industry. Elden Ring, Horizon Forbidden West, and Pokémon Legends: Arcus are only a few of the high-profile releases we’ve seen thus far.
And there’s more to come. Here are some of the most anticipated games still yet to release later this year.
1. God of War Ragnarök
The God of War franchise established itself early on as the ultimate macho-man fantasy, homaging the sword and sorcery genre that conquered the world in the 80s and 90s. Conan the Barbarian, Heavy Metal, the Hercules and Xena TV shows—the list of influences is well-known.
And then in 2018, the franchise reinvented itself. It grew up, much as its main character did. While it didn’t shed the gratuitous violence and power fantasy elements of its origins, it was a more restrained, serious-minded games.
Its follow-up, God of War Ragnarök, promises to continue that narrative on the Playstation 4 and Playstation 5, and we’re itching to see where this saga takes Kratos and his boy next.
2. Bomb Rush Cyberfunk
Here’s our token indie title on the list.
If you were around at the turn of the millennium, you may remember a little game called Jet Set Radio. Due to mismanagement from Sega, it didn’t find much success in its own time, but it’s gone on to become a cult classic games thanks to its colorful world, memorable cast of characters, and one of the best video game soundtracks of all time.
With regret, we wouldn’t count on Sega doing anything with the property anytime soon. But we do have a spiritual successor of sorts to look forward to.
Courtesy of Team Reptile, the same crew that brought us the Lethal League series, Bomb Rush Cyberfunk is shaping up to be as close to a Jet Set Radio sequel as you can get without receiving a cease-and-desist for copyright infringement. They even went the extra mile of acquiring the services of composer Hideki Naganuma, the mad genius whose music brought so much life to Jet Set Radio.
When major developers like Sega drop the ball, it’s the small indie teams that pick it back up. So if you want to support some other small creators while we wait for Bomb Rush Cyberfunk, click here to see some titles you can pick up and play right now.
One can’t help but wonder if Bethesda saw the warm reception The Outer Worlds received and took it as implicit criticism. After all, the 2020 open-ended sci-fi adventure was the work of Obsidian Entertainment, the maker of perhaps the best-loved entry in Bethesda’s Fallout franchise. The fact that Bethesda’s efforts have largely failed to conjure the same level of enthusiasm from fans must be a bit of a sore spot for the developer/publisher giant for games.
It could be unfair to make that insinuation
The forthcoming Starfield had purportedly been in intermittent development for 25 years. And Bethesda is known for taking their time with certain products — we’ll be lucky to get a release for The Elder Scrolls VI sometime this decade. So it could be that any similarities are coincidental.
In any event, Bethesda’s upcoming game is being touted as a wholly next-gen experience, with sprawling interstellar exploration and the pick-up-and-play action-RPG style they’ve become known for. So on that description alone, you can count us in.
A Year Full of Anticipated Games
It’s a great time to Play a games and become a gamer.
Whether you play on the Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch, or are helping to keep PC gaming alive, there’s something for everyone coming soon to your platform of choice.
And these hotly anticipated games only scratch the surface. To ensure that you’re always in the loop, be sure to keep up with all our latest tech and gaming coverage.