Most Anticipated PC Games For 2022 And Beyond
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The new year is almost here and a number of standout titles are quickly coming our way. There's a lot to be excited about for the year to come, as well as the future beyond it. We've rounded up some of the biggest standouts coming to PC in the next 12 months, both exclusively on PC and shared across platforms.
One of the games that developer Obsidian Entertainment has up its sleeve is Avowed, and it's intriguing considering the studio's track record (Fallout: New Vegas, The Outer Worlds). Avowed looks to be the first big RPG from Obsidian under the Xbox Game Studios umbrella, but all we know so far comes from the short teaser trailer shown off during the Xbox showcase from July 2020, which revealed it as a new first-person fantasy RPG set in the Pillars of Eternity universe.
Baldur's Gate III
After proving its RPG mettle with the Divinity: Original Sin games, Larian Studios is making a true and proper sequel to the series that inspired it. Baldur's Gate 3 follows the events of Shadows of Amn and takes notes from both the classic Baldur's Gate games and the Divinity franchise. An early access version was released in 2020, and despite some rough spots, it showeda great deal of promise. It's currently slated for a full release in 2022.
Company of Heroes 3
The World War 2 real-time strategy series Company of Heroes is coming back after a long hiatus. This time the game will focus on the Italian and North African theaters of war, and includes new features like a Tactical Pause that allows you to queue up commands and increased destructibility. An alpha test conducted in late 2021 helped prepare tacticians for the battle to come, but we don't expect to see the full game released until late 2022.
After years of post-launch support for Diablo 3, Blizzard is finally putting out a proper sequel with Diablo 4--but it's been a long time coming, and it may be longer still. The studio known for its "polish it until it's perfect" approach has hesitated to put a date on Diablo 4, and so far has only shown off small snippets of the development process as it keeps fans informed of its progress. Now the studio is dealing with ongoing legal action that has led to some creative departures, which could impact development still. Previously planned for 2022, it has been pushed back, meaning we won't see it until at least April 2023. That's still a long time to wait, but we could also at least start to see more of the game shaping up as we get closer to its release.
The biggest change is Blizzard's focus on making Diablo IV feel a bit more like a live-service game. Its overworld will be public, and you can expect to run into other characters as you wander the wilds and engage enemies. There will even be public events and world bosses to defeat with the help of strangers. Dungeons will still be instanced for you and your party, but the inclusion of other players in the short demo we tried at BlizzCon made Sanctuary feel more like a living world beset by evil than in past titles. The only trouble is, we have no idea when Blizzard means to release Diablo IV--and by all accounts, it doesn't sound like it'll be in players' hands anytime soon.
Release Date: TBA
The Elder Scrolls 6
All we know about The Elder Scrolls VI is that it's real and it's being worked on. We got a short teaser trailer with a title, and that's it. Here we are patiently waiting. Maybe we'll get another Skyrim remaster for new-gen consoles and PC in the meantime.
Everwild is a brand-new IP from Rare, and looks to be an adventurous game set in an expansive outdoors with a stunning art style. While we don't know exactly what to expect from Everwild, it seems like a marriage between the natural and supernatural world with interactions revolving around wildlife and your party of four, which is teased in its reveal trailer.
There is very little we know about the new Fable right now, but at least we know it's real. Its reveal concluded the Xbox Showcase back in July 2020 and confirmed that developer Playground Games is behind the project. Fable is an RPG series known for its take on choice and consequence, and how they affect the way your character looks, grows, and is perceived in the game world. It's exciting to think about what Fable could be in this new generation.
Forspoken (previously Project Athia) is a new fantasy action game from Square Enix with a fish-out-of-water story at its core. A regular girl from our world is pulled into a fantastic setting complete with dragons, and in doing so she gains her own supernatural abilities to ward off evil.
Ghostwire: Tokyo is a bit different from what we've come to expect from developer Shinji Mikami and Tango Gameworks. After two entries in The Evil Within, it seems the studio is still going for a supernatural concept, but now in a first-person game with a more stylized action focus. Spirits haunt Tokyo and you'll have to fight them with what's described as "karate meets magic."
Who's going to protect Gotham City without Batman around? Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood, and Robin, of course. And in an open-world action RPG called Gotham Knights, no less. The game can be played solo or in two-player co-op with what's said to be a seamless drop-in-and-out system. The story will be separate from the existing Batman: Arkham series, though. Gotham Knights' main story will be about the rise of the Bat family following Batman's apparent death, and their conflict with the Gotham City's rogues' gallery, which includes the infamous Court of Owls.
Hogwarts Legacy is the much-anticipated action RPG set in the Harry Potter universe, but in this adventure in the Wizarding World, we don't need Harry. The story takes place in the late 1800s, but all the things you know and love about the franchise are still here: spells, potions, magical beasts, and the house rivalries of Hogwarts. J.K. Rowling isn't directly involved in the project--take that for what you will.
Gearbox's revival of the Homeworld franchise is markedly more connected to fan feedback than most. As a crowdfunded campaign, the studio invited surveys from investors on what elements or aspects of the original Homeworld games were most important to them. The project has brought on some key personnel from the original development studio, and studio Blackbird Interactive cut its teeth on the Homeworld Remastered Collection. It's due out in late 2022.
Kerbal Space Program 2
Kerbal Space Program was memorable for its complex physics that helped show a whole new generation how going into space is actually really, extremely hard. Countless kerbals have been lost in the attempt to construct a perfect rocket, and the sequel looks to be even more ambitious with a focus on interstellar travel. You'll be able to cross galaxies, habitate planets, make colonies, and play with fellow kerbal enthusiasts in multiplayer.
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
The Lego Star Wars games always seem to hit a nice spot of lighthearted fun while retelling the events of the Star Wars universe. However, The Skywalker Saga will capture the events from all nine mainline movies, which seems wildly ambitious, especially because this isn't a remaster of the previous Lego Star Wars games that covered Episodes I through VI. It's set to launch in Spring 2021 on all major platforms.
Lord of the Rings: Gollum
Listen, I'm not sure who wanted a Lord of the Rings game starring Gollum, but we'll give it a chance, of course. If you check the Steam page, the release date is marked as "Lurking until the time is right." We respect that.
That's right; a new Mass Effect is coming. Announced at The Game Awards 2020, the upcoming entry in the fan-favorite series still seems to be early in development, with Bioware at the helm. With only a teaser to go by, very little is known about the game. Many speculate that it may more directly tie into the original trilogy than continue from where Mass Effect: Andromeda left off. No release date has been confirmed, but if it's anything like the Dragon Age game in development, then it's likely still a while out.
Similar to Diablo 4, Blizzard's anticipated sequel to Overwatch comes amid some tumult at the studio. Various studio leads and developers have been exiting the studio, including Overwatch head Jeff Kaplan, and the studio has been rocked by allegations of a toxic culture. Meanwhile updates to the original Overwatch have essentially stalled as the studio puts all its effort towards Overwatch 2, but it was pushed out of the fiscal 2022 year like Diablo. That means we may not get to play it until April 2023 at the earliest, but in this case, we at least know we'll see it before then. The Overwatch League, the official esports league based around the game, will start using Overwatch 2 in its competitions starting in Spring 2022.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time first came out in 2003 and turned the series into a 3D action platformer. In a way, it also established the framework for parkour gameplay elements we've seen throughout Ubisoft's games since then. The remake was shown in action through its reveal trailer and was just recently pushed slightly back to March 2021.
One of a spate of games centered around superpowered multiplayer heroes taking on hordes of monsters, Redfall catches our attention based heavily on the pedigree. Arkane Studios, the developer behind Dishonored, Prey, and Deathloop, certainly knows how to make games that relish in granting you superpowers, so having those skills put toward a cooperative game make it one to watch.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 has been slowly teased since 2018. Much like the rest of the series, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 takes place in the Nuclear Exclusion Zone (or "The Zone") in radiated Chernobyl, but supernatural elements lurk about to create a horror-like atmosphere. It's said to have one of the biggest open worlds ever in games, which sounds pretty daunting to explore and ambitious for the first-person action franchise.
After reaching the apex of silliness in the original Saints Row series, Volition is hitting the reset button for its next open-world crime game. This time your gang of young wannabe thugs occupy the city of Santo Ileso, looking to make a name for themselves in the criminal underworld. As always you'll be The Boss, the create-your-own crime lord that oversees a cast of wild characters. After originally targeting a February release, it was pushed back to August 23, 2022.
Scorn is an Xbox Series X|S and PC exclusive and looks like a grotesque horror FPS. We got to see gameplay of Scorn, and its environments are like a mix of gothic structures inside of a monster's body with mutant flesh hanging on the walls and creatures used as tools for environmental puzzles. Big H.R. Giger vibes.
Senua Saga: Hellblade 2
Senua's Saga: Hellblade II continues the harrowing journey of the titular protagonist that started in Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. Although we don't know much about the next of this sequel, it was revealed alongside the Xbox Series X in 2019 with a cinematic trailer, and it's one of the major upcoming games from Ninja Theory, which is now under the Xbox Game Studios umbrella.
At this point, Star Citizen is most famous for raising an incredible amount of money. After ending its Kickstarter campaign 2012, developer Cloud Imperium continued raising money through crowdfunding and release of purchasable modules that are said to eventually be operable within the game itself. It currently sits at more than $400 million raised, with no official release date for the commercial product. Though some playable slices have been available, the uncertainty around a release has made it a hotbed of controversy. It's almost certainly not coming in 2022. But as an ongoing project that could make a big splash when or if it materializes, lots of people are looking forward to their virtual voyage among the stars.
One of the big hitters in development at Bethesda is Starfield, which seems to be sci-fi space-themed take on the studio's RPGs. Not much, if anything, is known about Starfield gameplay-wise other than it's said to have a major game engine overhaul. Todd Howard has spoken about it in vague terms, too, and mentioned we'll see it before The Elder Scrolls VI.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
Rocksteady helped create one of the all-time great superhero franchises with Batman: Arkham Asylum and its sequels, and now it's returning to the world with a take on the antihero troupe Suicide Squad with Kill the Justice League. We haven't seen much from the game aside from a teaser, but we know that it centers around the four title characters--Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, Harley Quinn, and King Shark--taking on brainwashed superheroes like Superman and The Flash. It's set in the same universe as the Arkham games but takes place in Metropolis instead, so we'll get a very different view of the world Rocksteady created.
One of the most revered first-person shooters of all time is getting a remake this year. System Shock was a major inspiration for later hits like BioShock, and after a successful Kickstarter campaign, Night Dive Studios is bringing it back. What originally began as a remaster has morphed into a full-on reboot. An early alpha version was released in May 2020, and now the wait is on for more details. Night Dive has run into development troubles related to the pandemic and other factors, but the game is said to be coming in 2022.
Total War Warhammer 3
The Creative Assembly has built up a reputation for itself with top-tier expertise in real-time strategy. That makes its return to the Warhammer universe with Total War Warhammer 3 an exciting treat for fans who have been waiting for a proper sequel since 2017. As usual for the Total War franchise, you'll have to engage in careful diplomacy and all-out battle to navigate the campaign. Owning the first two games will unlock their races in multiplayer, and a new set of factions include the Kislev and Grand Cathay human civilizations, and four based on Warhammer's Chaos Gods. It's coming on February 17, 2022.
Two Point Campus
The management sim Two Point Hospital gets a college-bound sequel next year. Two Point Campus has you managing a university campus, which means overseeing everything from housing and dormitories to organizing classes and extracurricular activities and hiring staff. The sim appears to take the same wacky approach as its previous game, which means you can make the clown college of your dreams.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 is such a fascinating concept considering the cult status of the original games from 2000 and 2004. It's a first-person RPG set in the same World of Darkness universe as its tabletop RPG source material, but in a modern-day Seattle, and it looks to build on what the Bloodlines did in 2004.