NEW GAMES OF 2022: ALL THE UPCOMING PC GAMES WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO
The start of the year is already filled with huge new PC games like Total War: Warhammer 3 and the highly anticipated Elden Ring. But great games aren’t the only reason to rejoice as a PC gamer in 2022. Earlier this year, we’ll also be welcoming the launch of Valve’s handheld Steam Deck, our very own gaming console! When you look at our list of the biggest games of 2022, you might get a sense of deja vu. It’s true: some of the biggest games launching this year are the ones we expected last year. The downstream effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the fact that major developers have been working from home for most of 2020 and 2021 means that the past year has seen many delays to games of all sizes.
The coming year is likely to play out the same way, now that big game delays have become much more common. To help you know what you’ll be playing this year, we’ll keep this list updated when release dates are pushed back to later in the year or, inevitably, to 2023. Don’t despair though. There are plenty of games that will be released in 2022. Not all of them have a release date yet, which is why our TBA section is filled with fantastic games that don’t yet have a specific release date for this year. Check back regularly to make sure you don’t miss the gems of the year between all the big shots.
2022 GAMES: BIGGEBU’S UPCOMING GAMES
God of War – January 14 Kratos and his son finally come to PC in a port of the beloved action fighting game. You’ll be able to tackle the Nordic realms in full 4K glory, with the full power of your PC.
Dying Light 2 – February 4 The sequel to Techland’s zombie parkour game is finally coming in 2022 after multiple delays. It brings a bigger map, twice the parkour, and the return of Dangerous Nights that will require you to sneak across rooftops and into the nests of the infected.
Total War: Warhammer 3 | February 17 This is the latest game in Creative Assembly’s trilogy, which brings the latest armies from tabletop wargaming to digital form. At launch, four demonic factions will be joined by the human nations of Kislev and Cathay, along with the Ogre Kingdoms as DLC. In short: bears fighting demons.
Elden Ring – February 25 FromSoftware returns to the Dark Souls formula we’ve always dreamed of, but in an open world whose story was written in part by George R.R. Martin. From what we could see in the 2021 network test, it’s basically Dark Souls, only bigger, which is exactly what many of us were asking for.
Final Fantasy Origin – March 18 This is the next Final Fantasy game we’ll get before FFXVI. It’s actually a pseudo-remake, “new story inspired by”, of the original Final Fantasy game from 1987. It’s about Jack and the Warriors of Light, which uses a mix of team-based combat from the remake from Final Fantasy 7 and action-oriented combat from Team Ninja’s Nioh series.
Saints Row – August 23 Volition is relaunching its goofy action series with four young and witty new protagonists. As a new Boss, you and four friends start a criminal empire in the town of Santo Ileso, inspired by the American Southwest. The new Saints Row wants to be of its time, a contemporary story of fiery young people that leaves the old Boss in the past.
Starfield | November 11 The first new series from Bethesda Game Studios in years is heading to space. We’re expecting it to be more than “Skyrim in Space,” but Todd Howard has confirmed that it’s, in a way, Skyrim in Space. We expect tons of exploration in colonized systems, with dangerous spaceflight and various factions.
Company of Heroes 3 – 2022 A turn-based campaign has joined the arsenal of Relic’s latest installment in the WWII BUR series, set in Italy and North Africa. Other new features, like a tactical pause system for single-player and dynamic cover – where destruction simply changes the type and location of cover – are both interesting and welcome.
Gotham Knights | 2022 Four members of the Bat Family watch over Gotham in Batman’s absence in this hijacking of the Arkhamverse timeline. In solo or two-player co-op, you’ll take on the big baddies of the Court of Owls as Batgirl, Robin, Nightwing, and Red Hood.
Kerbal Space Program 2 – 2022 The delightful misadventures of the Kerbonauts in building a space program will continue into the second half of 2022. Now you can establish colonies, create interstellar journeys, and continue to spectacularly explode countless spaceships in front of the horrified and fascinated Kerbal people.
SystemShock | 2022 Shodan returns in a mushy remake of this classic shooter. You’ll wake up from a coma aboard an orbital research station and have to battle the hordes of mutants and cyborgs the station’s AI has created. System Shock’s cyberpunk pedigree is unmatched, and we hope this remake lives up to it.
Warhammer 40,000: Darktide – 2022 Fatshark diversifies with a new “-tide” game set in the dark darkness of the Warhammer 40k world. The co-op FPS formula seems to be working full steam ahead, and with the return of melee combat – swords in hand – and a new cast of four, this game might just be the pinnacle of games your party gets into in 2022.