2021 wasn't an amazing year for video games in our humble opinion, but 2022 is set to offer us an embarrassment of riches. The release schedule for the first quarter alone is ridiculous on paper, and while we have no doubts that delays will quickly become a talking point, the fact of the matter is that 2022 should be an incredible year for PlayStation.
It's not just exclusives like Horizon Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7, and God of War Ragnarok, either. There are so many huge third-party titles to look forward to, and they'll likely be fighting for our attention alongside a lot of stuff that hasn't even been announced yet.
With such a promising year ahead, we wanted to highlight our most anticipated PS5 and PS4 games of 2022. All 45 (!) of them are listed below. Oh, and be sure to vote for your own most anticipated titles in the poll at the bottom of this article!
Most Anticipated PS5, PS4 Games of 2022
Focus Entertainment has to be one of the most underrated publishers going at the moment. It consistently helps to put out quality, story-focused experiences and A Plague Tale: Innocence is a perfect example of that. This sequel, then, could well do things even better. Even if it's more of the same, A Plague Tale: Requiem will be one to look out for throughout 2022.
Nosebleed Interactive isn’t exactly a household name, but the UK developer knows how to fuse genres well. For its latest effort, Arcade Paradise, it’s mixing the tedium of a laudromat simulator with business management and a bunch of minigames, as you transform a failing wash-‘n’-go into a world renowned gaming haven.
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Announced at The Game Awards 2021, Arc Raiders actually looks like a bit of a banger. It's a free-to-play shooter with a co-op focus, tasking you and your squad with surviving against robots dropped from orbit. In the brief gameplay that we've seen so far, everything appears fast-paced and very polished.
Billed as "the most ambitious expansion in franchise history", Dawn of Ragnarok is set to carry Assassin's Creed Valhalla into its second year of free updates and DLC. It's going to be full-on fantasy RPG — which may not be what some Assassin's Creed fans are looking for — but we have faith in Ubisoft's ability to deliver another solid adventure. Hopefully a mixture of new equipment, combat skills, and gameplay mechanics can keep Valhalla feeling relatively fresh through 2022.
This game is not coming out in 2022, but the last time Ubisoft spoke, it insisted it will. We fully expect it to be vaporware, just like the actual films that are supposedly still being made, and so we'll be waiting a while before we possibly see the potential of an Avatar game. There's certainly promise to the concept, but we reckon the road to release will be just as long as this one's development cycle. In other words: incredibly long.
We're going to be brutally honest with you: from what we've seen of Babylon's Fall so far, we're not at all impressed. There is potential here, however. This is an action RPG with a heavy co-op focus, and with the right combat balance it could end up being something of a surprise hit. One to keep an eye on, if nothing else.
2022 is the year in which CD Projekt Red has to try and redeem itself. The developer has been under the cosh ever since the disastrous launch of Cyberpunk 2077 — but we think that a lot of people are willing to at least partially forgive the Polish studio if it can deliver a much better PS5 version (while also improving the technically flawed PS4 edition). Keep everything crossed.
Dakar is the world's most insane rally race, making it perfect for the video game treatment. Saber Interactive is bringing us its officially licensed take on the motorsport, featuring vehicles of all types, online multiplayer, and dozens of real-world stages to conquer. Dynamic weather and time of day will present all kinds of harsh conditions, and you'll need to keep your motor running as much as you need to stay in first place.
Will it actually release in 2022? Probably not, but the return of Dead Space has us excited all the same. It's been far too long since Isaac Clarke graced our TV screens, bowing out with the unceremonious Dead Space 3. This remake of the original title brings back survival horror and the famous USG Ishimura. We're buying a boarding pass as soon as it's possible.
It's been a long, long time coming, but Dying Light 2 is finally just around the corner. Will it live up to that initial pitch made all those years ago? Who knows at this point, but if the combat and parkour are just as good as the first one, then this sequel will at least be pretty good. Match them with an interesting story, open world, and side quests and Dying Light 2 is going to be something special. Watch this space.
Ohhhh, Elden Ring! A proper open world take on FromSoftware's beloved Dark Souls formula? We doubt you could even imagine it. Yes, the game many have been waiting for is now right around the corner, and after a successful beta test, it's looking very promising indeed. If it can live up to, or even surpass, its predecessors with a cohesive world, incredible bosses, and an engaging story, this could be an early Game of the Year contender. Don't tell us you don't see it.
Evil West looks like a crazy third person shooter, clearly taking inspiration from the recent DOOM games. We've only seen a bit of it so far, but the footage is fast, bloody, and intense. In the old west, you're a skilful vampire hunter tasked with fending off the encroaching hordes, either alone or in co-op. If you like your action games, this is one to watch.
Will it or won't it? Final Fantasy XVI is one of the games we'd expected to learn more about in 2021, but remained undercover pretty much the entire year. Hopefully Square Enix has been making steady progress behind-the-scenes, because this distinctly more mature JRPG looks set to be one of the PS5's defining games.
A girl from the real world finds herself transported to a grand fantasy landscape, and a talking bracelet affords her extraordinary powers. What? Oh, it's just Forspoken, an open world action RPG from Square Enix. Running on the fancy Luminous Engine, this one looks like an interesting fish-out-of-water tale, with kinetic traversal and flashy combat.
Ghostwire Tokyo will probably be the last ever Bethesda release on PlayStation, and it looks like a suitably strange title to round out the publisher’s output. Developed by Shinji Mikami’s Tango GameWorks, this is a bizarre first-person combat that’s still largely shrouded in secrecy. It could go either way, this one, but it’s always exciting to see something a little different come out of a major publisher, so we’re on board.
God of War on PS4 redefined the series, giving Kratos more substance as a character and introducing him into a land of Norse myth. It's also one of the best games on the platform full stop. Ragnarok is a direct sequel, upping the ante with more realms to explore, the promise of some epic boss fights (hello, Thor), and dog sledding. Wolf sledding? Either way, this is no doubt top of the list for many PlayStation fans.
Want some Batman Arkham style gameplay with a twist? Gotham Knights takes that established superhero formula and spices things up with multiple playable characters, two-player co-op, and a brand new threat to deal with. The mysterious Court of Owls is lurking in the shadows, controlling Gotham City's criminal underworld. Between Batgirl, Robin, Nightwing, and Red Hood, you'll need to track the organisation down and avenge the death of Bruce Wayne.
It feels like we've been waiting on Granblue Fantasy: Relink for an eternity. Previously, Cygames has been happy to drop maybe one or two gameplay trailers per year, and while the action RPG has always looked excellent, we've started to question whether it'll ever actually release. But 2022 is apparently the year, and it's going to be a worldwide launch. We can't wait to see more.
Grand Theft Auto 5?! Really?! Well, look, no one’s going to say the 2013 sandbox is the most anticipated game of 2022 for PS5, but this re-release will hopefully modernise the entire affair. Los Santos has got a lot of updates since it debuted, but it still runs at 30 frames-per-second in 1080p – even on a next-gen console. If Rockstar’s really not going to give us GTA 6, then some performance improvements are long overdue.
Find someone who looks at you like Kazunori Yamauchi looks at high-performance sports cars. Or any car, for that matter. Gran Turismo 7 is poised to pair the esports efforts of GT Sport with a traditional, car collecting campaign. In that sense, this could very well be the definitive entry in Polyphony Digital’s long-running simulation series.
If you're not big into simulation style racing games, you might want to consider GRID Legends instead. This is a more forgiving, "sim-cade" racer with multiple disciplines to master and some innovative features to immerse players. On top of that, this game has a story to follow featuring live actors in a mixed-reality setting. Hammy acting and fun vehicular action? What more could you want?
We’ve waited all our adult lives for a proper, full-length Wizarding World campaign, so we can forgive Hogwarts Legacy for skipping 2021 entirely. We’re hoping that this is a big year for the Harry Potter-themed open worlder, though: will we finally get to wear the Sorting Hat for ourselves?
Guerrilla Games took a chance with Horizon Zero Dawn, it being the studio's first open world RPG ever. Fortunately, it smashed it, and now sequel Forbidden West is shaping up to be a bigger and better game. With the amazing combat, incredible robo-dino enemies, and Aloy herself now firmly established, Guerrilla is primed to knock this one out of the park.
The LEGO game series has been around for a long time now, but it all started with Star Wars. TT Games' latest returns to the sci-fi staple with LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, a huge game that incorporates the story from all nine mainline movies into one experience. Freshly presented with varied gameplay, this will be the biggest, and potentially the best, LEGO game so far.
Sony's been pushing Little Devil Inside since the PS5 reveal, but it's still quite difficult to determine how the game actually plays. Even a dedicated gameplay trailer a few months back didn't really give us many answers, so we're hoping that all will be revealed in 2022. It's always looked super interesting, but we're going to need a release date sooner rather than later.
Excuse me, you've spilled some of your XCOM in my Marvel game. Yes, this is a real-time strategy game from developer Firaxis, only it happens to star some of the most famous superheroes. Alongside The Hunter, a new, player-customised hero, the game sees you banding together with the likes of Wolverine, Iron Man, and Doctor Strange in order to stop baddies Hydra and Lilith. Between strategic bouts and managing the hub world known as The Abbey, this is a very interesting take on the comic book material.
Brawlhalla finally has competition in the free-to-play mascot brawler space, and MultiVersus has the clout of Warner Bros behind it. This bizarre mash-up has managed to put Tom & Jerry, Batman, and Scooby-Doo's Shaggy all in the same game – and it looks legitimately great. If the developer is able to stick the landing then this could very well be the next big thing.
The OlliOlli games are unbelievably addictive skateboarding titles, but it's been a while since we last saw the series. Thankfully, developer Roll7 appears to be going all-out for OlliOlli World, which builds upon the established twin-stick gameplay with wall rides, multi-route levels, and a vibrant new look. If you're into arcadey experiences and chasing scores on leaderboards, this should definitely be on your radar.
Rainbow Six: Siege is still ridiculously popular, so it's no surprise Ubisoft wants to expand on that tactical universe with another revenue stream. Except this effort is more of a PvE thing, tasking squads with eliminating alien threats. Will it be any good? The jury's out, but it's the only real noteworthy game out in January so it makes the list.
As Epic Games expands its multiverse, keep an eye out for Rumbleverse. This game has a similar aesthetic to Fortnite, but is promising a more personal brand of combat, as you wrestle with 40 other players all over Grapital City. It could be amazing, or could be a disaster. Don’t count out any title published by Epic Games, though.
Deep Silver's decision to push Saints Row out of what is an incredibly busy February was undoubtedly the right call — especially since the game's announcement was met with such division. Hopefully developer Volition now has enough time to deliver the kind of chaotic sandbox fun that the series is known for.
Sifu has always looked very promising since its announcement, and we can't wait to hop into this 3D beat-'em-up. You play as a martial artist on a quest for vengeance, which translates to beating up a metric tonne of thugs using swift kicks, punches, and all kinds of weapons. The catch is that you age each time you die, increasing your strength but decreasing your health each time. It sounds fascinating, but more importantly, looks like great fun.
You know exactly what you're getting with Sniper Elite, and that's reason enough to look forward to the series' fifth mainline instalment. Popping heads with your trusty rifle simply never gets old in these games, and we imagine that the move to current-gen consoles will allow developer Rebellion to craft some especially cool sniping scenarios.
Fans of action RPGs should get excited about Steelrising. Developed by Spiders, the team best known for GreedFall, this is set in a fictional spin on the French Revolution, where Louis XIV is wreaking havoc with an army of mechanoids. You play as Aegis, a cutting edge automaton, who stands the best chance against the mechanical threat. This will be a tough action title, but an adaptable character and a fascinating setting should make it a pleasure.
What a weird game Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is shaping up to be. Let's be real for a second: the story seems utterly ridiculous and the writing is going to be borderline criminal, but it could be bloody good fun. Assuming the combat system holds up, and the level design is engaging, we might have a surprise hit on our hands — a surprise hit that spawns and ungodly amount of internet memes.
Announced alongside PS5, Stray has you playing as a cat in a seemingly dystopian city, and — sorry, we should just stop at "playing as a cat". Yes, you're a feline trying to get back to your family, along the way solving puzzles, evading threats, and clawing up furniture. A robot buddy will help you along the way, helping you with the robotic inhabitants and strange enemies. It looks very different, and very cool.
Batman can't have all the fun — it's time for some baddies to get the limelight. Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is the next game from Rocksteady, which is reason enough to be excited. With an open world Metropolis to explore, a series of iconic heroes to hunt down, and four unique playable characters — including Harley Quinn and King Shark — this looks like a chaotic and super-fun PS5 title.
Originally released in 1994, System Shock is a sci-fi horror FPS that directly inspired BioShock. Nightdive Studios is bringing the game back with a full-blown remake, so this will be a perfect opportunity to sample a cult classic. Do you have what it takes to survive the Citadel Station and defeat the corrupt artificial intelligence, SHODAN?
Test Drive Unlimited has been parked in a garage for a good while now, but Nacon is ready to polish it up for a fresh new journey. Developed by KT Racing, Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown is an open world racer set in Hong Kong, with two clans — The Sharps and The Streets — doing battle on and off-road. Featuring lots of licensed vehicles, this could be a real winner with petrolheads.
What if Borderlands and D&D were smushed together? That's essentially what we're getting with Tiny Tina's Wonderlands, a fantasy-themed spin on Gearbox's beloved loot-and-shoot formula. The titular character oversees a tabletop-inspired game of firing both bullets and magic, with jaunts across a top-down overworld filling the gaps. It sounds like a strange mix, but it should be a treat for fans of co-op.
It's been a long time coming, but the West is finally getting Trails from Zero. The first of two Trails titles that take place in the technologically advanced city of Crossbell, this is a JRPG that fans have been going nuts over for years. Cold Steel fans certainly won't want to miss out on the origins of Lloyd Bannings and his ragtag crew of crime-busting buddies.
The tycoon boom is back, and we’re here for it. After the brilliant Two Point Hospital, we’ve already enrolled for a place at Two Point Campus. Expect the same sort of gameplay loop, with wacky lessons, crazy characters, and a number of high-pressure scenarios to overcome. Will your school be the best in Two Point County?
We're still waiting for another adventure in the Uncharted universe, but until then, we have the Legacy of Thieves Collection to tide us over. Bundling Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy together, this package sees both games remastered for PS5, albeit stripped of their multiplayer. If you want to relive this pair of excellent swashbuckling adventures, or play them for the first time, this is the best way to do it.
After reviving the original game to great effect, DotEmu returns with Windjammers 2, an all-new sequel that looks fantastic. This arcade sports title sees two players throwing a flying disc at each other to try and net some points, making use of flashy, powerful shots and other fun abilities. With unique characters, alternate modes, and of course online and offline multiplayer, this will no doubt be an arcadey treat.
One of the greatest RPGs ever made is making a return in 2022, a whole seven years after its original release. The Witcher 3 remains a landmark title, and we're very interested in seeing how the experience will be enhanced on PS5. That 60fps alone will more than likely be enough to hook us all over again. Say goodbye to another 100 hours of free time!
Wow, 2022 is looking pretty bloody good, isn't it? Remember to vote for your own most anticipated games in our poll, and then feel free to share your hype in the comments section below.