Game Infinite's Most Anticipated Games of 2022 (and Beyond)
2022 looks to be an absolute landslide of a year. COVID really had a weird effect on the game release schedule that created a weird year for game releases in 2021, as record number of games were delayed into 2022. We are getting so many amazing games that would have probably made it into 2021 otherwise, and games that were originally planned for this year, resulting in a super-cycle I have never seen before. Of course, COVID is not "over" in that it still continues to impact the industry, and I expect 2023 delays to curse our news apps. That being said, we've evolved this to be more of a Most Anticipated of current upcoming year and "beyond", so take any 2022 release dates and windows with a grain of salt as delays can always happen. This means we are including games confirmed or expected to be in 2023+, and they are stated and weighed accordingly.
This list will largely focus on AAA games. To help keep it streamlined and limit the list, anticipated Indie Games will be included in our new series Indie Game Round Up where we discuss and showcase indie games we are excited about. Check out our December article to see over 20 indie games we are excited about. Here, we will be largely focusing on mainstream or AAA games.
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30. Lies of P
Lies of P is a Pinocchio meets Souls-like game with an interesting premise, and intriguing world. It looks fascinating and gives us Bloodborne vibes. We got a alpha gameplay look in 2021, and we hope to see more of it in 2022.
29. Boundary (2023+ Release Likely)
(Update 2022: I am concerned this game may have become Vaporware. It used to be way higher on this list, but I am no longer confident on its release. With the 2020 release window now over a year behind us, with little to no word from the developers. Infrequent social media updates come with little mention of the never approaching release, and silence to comments asking about an release update, I have a feeling we may never get to see this game. While it's normal for games to be quiet, it is unusual for devs to miss multiple announced release windows from one year to another without really addressing the delays. It still looks really fun and has an interesting concept. I hope that 2022 will be the year we finally see it, but my expectations have slowly evaporated. Each year the the steam page release date keeps getting updated and delayed with little word or explanation from the developers. The fact that now 2 years of delays have happened without much mention or transparency, makes me hesitant we will actually see it. I understand that some times games have long development cycles, but being two years late on a previously announced release date usually spells development trouble. I have a bad feeling it won't release; however, I will keep it on the list for now.)
(Update Early 2021: With a "2020 release" for pretty much all of 2020, 2020 came and went with silence from the developer. Like many on this list, I am presuming COVID was a factor in its delay to 2021. I realize this smaller lesser known title ranks high on my list, and it may not end up being the quality a high ranking deserves, but I have just been looking forward to this game for quite some time.)
(Update Mid 2020: We still are no closer to a release date, and with COVID I suspect the game will be further delayed. However, my excitement level for this space shooter has only increased. It is a lesser known more niche title, but it is one I am personally looking forward to)
I did not hate Call of Duty Ghosts as much as most of the fan base did. I enjoyed many aspects of the game from having a dog companion to fighting aliens in multiplayer. One of the things I loved most about Call of Duty Ghosts was the opening mission in orbit. The opening mission of Ghosts was super cool even to the biggest hater. Now, we get combat in space in other games but most often it feels super sci-fi like Halo. This put us in white astronaut suits floating around white space station-like areas with guns. It felt both sci-fi and realistic at the same time. Boundary is a multiplayer shooter game super reminiscent of that setting. Low earth orbit combat with astronaut suits and zero-g combat. Ever since coming across this title I have been super excited to play it.
28. Babylon's Fall
(Update 2022: I will say that after one cancelled game, Bayonetta in development hell and looking rough, and now a rough looking new IP, I am concerned for the future of Platinum. However, I am trying to keep myself optimistic. We got a new look at the Game Awards, and I'm not sure why but each reveal keeps sinking lower. This third look is the worst yet, but I'm trying to stay excited. What once was a really cool looking Platinum slasher now looks like every other fantasy MMO. I'm keeping it on the list for now.)
(Update 2021 - post E3 2021. We got a new look at Babylon's Fall at E3, and I will say it looked a little rough. It dropped a bit on my excitement level, as honestly it just looks like a less pretty version of Godfall; and Godfall didn't review that well either by most circles. I still have it on this list, as it could still turn out to be fun. It is going to be a Fantasy set Live Service game.)
Well, we aren't getting Scalebound, and it doesn't seem like Bayonetta 3 is ever actually arriving. So while Xbox and Nintendo fans may be left disappointed, Playstation fans seem to be closer to a new game from Platinum Games than the rest. This game looks to be a highly stylized hack'n slash (surprise surprise) set in a medieval magical world. I hope that the time on Bayonetta and Scalebound haven't taken the energy out of Platinum so they can deliver something eventually.
27. Lost Soul Aside (2023+ Likely Release)
(Update 2022: Initially put on my radar in 2020, now into 2022, I haven't seen much of anything about this interesting looking Fantasy game. That being said, hopefully we get some word this year. )
Apparently this game has been announced for like 3 years, and it completely skipped my radar. I want to thank my friend, former #GiFriends streamer, and fellow gaming news blogger REDXMAUDE for introducing me to this awesome game. It gives me some Final Fantasy, Code Vien vibes. It is a really cool looking open world jrpg, and it is now on my list. What is interesting is this started out as a one man developer, but interest picked up turning it into a larger team making the game.
26. Crossfire X
(Update 2022: It's ALIVE! Finally, news on this game! I honestly had kind of lost hope, but a surprise update at the Game Awards along with a surprisingly soon February release date, we have hope of CrossFire X!)
(Update 2021: Another year has come and gone with no word about Crossfire X. This was a game name dropped to get us excited for Xbox's lineup of games, but it has just been silence since the beta)
(Update 2021: Post E3 2021. With no news at E3 2021, I have little expectation of this game coming out in 2021)
Crossfire X went from a blurb during Xbox's E3, where we saw a vague cinematic teaser for a military shooter to an exciting game with a free multiplayer component and an actual campain. It was only really noteworthy for being a much needed Xbox console exclusive during a time when Xbox was struggling to deliver them. We have heard pretty much nothing about it since that reveal, and all of a sudden a open beta dropped. I had a blast in the game even though there was only one "modern' mode. The beta contained legacy modes from the old pc game. The legacy was old and ugly bland version I largely skipped. The new modern polished mode was super fun. I am very excited for more competition in the modern military shooter genre, and I think there is plenty of room for Crossfire X.
25. Crimson Desert
(Update 2021 - Post E3 2021. With no news at E3 2021, I have little expectation of this game coming out in 2021)
I was really disappointed by Black Desert. From the beautifully obscured graphics hidden from an insanely messy and overcrowded HUD, to boring gameplay and combat, I just couldn't get into it. Which is such a shame because I anticipated it so much, and to this day has one of the best character creators and character models I have seen. Crimson Desert is their next game, and looks even more amazing than Black Desert. Hopefully the beautiful gameplay we have seen so far won't be hidden by a screen full of HUD garbage, and will feature more natural feeling and active combat.
24. Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin
A new reinterpretation of the original Final Fantasy, Stranger of Paradise promises to hold Final Fantasy fans over until 16 and 7 Remake Part 2 arrives. I am on the fence if this game will end up being a good Final Fantasy entry as the trailer and demo failed to impress me. It makes it on the list on the merits of its name only, so hopefully it will surprise me.
23. Overwatch 2
(Update 2022: I don't really think anyone cares anymore. I'll keep it on the list for now, but it is slipping towards the bottom. I think this game is vaporware and with all of Activision Blizzard's controversies, and the stepping down of former Overwatch creative director Jeff Kaplan, I have small hope for the future hope of Overwatch 2. Blizzard is just not currently in a spot to release anything. There are even rumors that 2023 isn't happening either. If it does release, I think it will be a skeleton of what was promised and few may care at that point. This game is a live service, and the sequel only ever was a major expansion instead of a "real" sequel, so the years of development hell that this has been in just is confusing. The word of what the culture and workplace environment Blizzard has sometimes been, only points to maybe why this game hasn't released yet. Many of us have lost faith in Activision Blizzard because of the back to back controversies; to a point, I can only barely call myself excited for this game any more. I hope the company can cource correct and start treating it's employees better.
Days before releasing this article, a new rumor/leak revealed that Overwatch 2 is in development hell, and is getting massive downgrades. Talks of "mobile" compatibility downgrading the game to make it easier to port tells me Blizzard might have a iOS / Android port in mind. That last thing Overwatch needs is a graphical downgrade.)
(Update mid 2021: Officially Delayed to 2022+)
(Update early 2021): Good god Blizzard will this ever get an update? We have heard pretty much nothing so far.)
(Updated Mid 2020: Overwatch 2 is becoming the Avatar 2 of games. I am not convinced it will ever actually come, and when it does, will we still care? It dropped several tiers because I haven't played Overwatch in quite some time because it seems to be in content limbo. Nothing new happens, and it is getting old. I have put enough hours of my life into it that I am happy to wait for OW2 to come, but will it be too little too late? This was an expansion that really needed to come out in early 2020 to keep it relevant. Blizzard has had multiple controversies in 2020 from Blitchung to the BLM Protest backlash, that they desperately could have used some positive press with this pseudo-sequel. Since we have heard almost nothing about it, I predict this being pushed to a 2021 title and by then the hype may have dropped too low)
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