The biggest video games still releasing in 2022

Despite the delays of Redfall and Starfield, there's still plenty of major AAA video games arriving in 2022.
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Well folks, it’s finally happened. After two years of relative calm, despite the ongoing pandemic, we’ve finally hit a point where major AAA video game developers need to reckon with the overall impact coronavirus has had on production and communication. As a result of knock-on delays to development and a range of other factors, several games originally set for 2022 have now been pushed out by a longshot, with the slate of blockbuster releases from major publishers looking bare as a result.

It’s not just Starfield and Redfall – we’ve also seen titles like Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 all move to a later 2023 slot. It’s left this year looking rather bare – but despite this, there are still several excellent looking video games set to launch shortly.

Here’s every major AAA video game you can still tentatively look forward to in 2022.

Note: Each month we will continue to highlight the most exciting games arriving on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Windows PC, Mac and Nintendo Switch – whether they be indepenent games or major commercial ones. This overarching list is by no means complete, but it does include the biggest AAA tentpole games set to launch over the next year, and provides a quick look at what’s to come. It will be updated as release dates fluctuate.

Mario Strikers: Battle League

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Image: Nintendo / Next Level Games

Release Date: 10 June 2022
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch

Mario Strikers: Battle League is the long-awaited sequel to the beloved Mario Strikers franchise – which takes all the action of the Mario series, and transports it onto an intense, soccer-like battlefield. In this new iteration, Mario and his pals will be able to face off in high-speed, hard-hitting battles where scoring goals is more important than the fate of the Mushroom Kingdom.

It kicks off a solid year of video games for the Nintendo Switch, which continues with titles like Splatoon 3, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 and Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes.

The Quarry

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Image: Supermassive Games / 2K Games

Release Date: 10 June 2022
Platform(s): PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Windows PC

If you’re in the mood for some spookier video games in 2022, The Quarry should certainly have you covered. This slasher adventure features an all-star cast of characters who attempt to survive a fateful camping trip that puts them directly in the crosshairs of a mysterious darkness. It appears all is not right with the village nearby, and that there might be something in the woods – all classic hallmarks of the horror genre.

While The Quarry looks set to lean heavily into common tropes, it will hopefully still be a gory, terror-filled blast. It won’t be a game for the faint of heart, but anyone who loves a good scare should keep this on their radar.

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes

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Image: Nintendo

Release Date: 24 June 2022
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes is a semi-sequel to Three Houses, one of the biggest Fire Emblem games of all time. This go around, however, there are some key differences – the most obvious being that previous protagonist Byleth is actually the villain of this game. Through large-scale musou-style battles, players will take on an ever-advancing army in a story that will differ greatly from the last Fire Emblem hit.

It might be a little tough to stomach your hero as the antagonist of this adventure, but with delightful new characters and plots introduced, the game may have means to soften the blow.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3

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Image: Monolith Soft

Release Date: 29 July 2022
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 was originally set to release around October, but was pushed up by several months, likely to avoid conflicting with Splatoon 3. Whatever the reason, fans will be delighted to know the game is firmly locked in for the 2022 period. As with all games on this list, dates are still subject to change, but Nintendo appears to have faith in this long-awaited sequel and its position in the 2022 video games calendar.

This fresh story will see players embody the dual characters of Noah and Mio, who end up on opposing sides of violent wars. As with past games, the focus here is on sleek adventure combat, and the ability to explore a sparkling open world.

Saints Row

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Image: Volition

Release Date: 23 August 2022
Platform(s): PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Windows PC

Saints Row is a spiritual reboot of the lighthearted open-world crime game that features a whole new cast of colourful characters, a larger open world design, and plenty of exploding mayhem. The story at the heart of this game is one of inner-gang conflict: the Los Panteros, the Idols, and Marshall Defense Industries all vie for control of the streets. With a power vacuum left in the middle, your self-designed character winds up kickstarting their own group to stake a claim on society.

What follows looks to be a wild and silly ride through the streets of the fictional city of Santo Ileso. There’s less purple in this iteration, but there’s hope it will stick closely to the classic Saints formula.

Splatoon 3

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Image: Nintendo

Release Date: 9 September 2022
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch

Splatoon 3, the next adventure in the colourful squid shooter franchise, is finally set to launch in September 2022 after being announced way back in early 2021. This iteration is bigger and bolder than the last, and includes some series-first features, including an inbuilt story mode that players can hop into when they’re not splatting and splashing their way through the game’s primary online multiplayer modes.

Alongside fresh content, this sequel will include brand new weapons, streamlined gameplay, and plenty more colourful, paint-splashing action. While it’s currently one of the last games on the Nintendo radar for the year, there’s always the chance that more could be announced in the coming months.


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Image: Luminous Productions / Square Enix

Release Date: 11 October 2022
Platform(s): PlayStation 5, PC

Forspoken is a fresh new IP from Luminous Productions and Square Enix that looks to be vying for blockbuster success. In this unique fantasy video game, you play as Frey, a young woman from modern New York who is transported into a magical fantasy realm, where she gains immense and awesome powers. Early looks at this game have shown off fluid traversal and a number of flashy attacks – but it’s the story here that shines through.

While Forspoken has only really been seen in snippets and glimpses so far, it’s a game that feels very inspired and original. Video games have the power to tell extremely impactful stories, and there’s hope Frey’s will be as magical and beautiful as it looks.

Gotham Knights

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Release Date: 25 October 2022
Platform(s): PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC

Following hot on the heels of Forspoken is Gotham Knights, a solo and co-op adventure game where you can work with friends to tackle crime on the mean streets of a Batman-less Gotham City. As heroes Nightwing, Red Hood, Robin and Batgirl, players will be tasked with taking down the criminal element in the long-suffering city as unrest grows in the wake of Batman’s absence.

Early trailers have shown off the game’s fluid combat and intriguing character interpretations that should interest fans of the Batman franchise, or anyone who loves a good co-op story. Playing the game by yourself is perfectly valid, but you can also hop into a hearty multiplayer mode to romp through Gotham and dispatch a rogues’ gallery of villains.

Hogwarts Legacy

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Image: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment / Avalanche Software

Release Date: Holiday 2022
Platform(s): PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Windows PC, Nintendo Switch

Hogwarts Legacy is the upcoming Wizarding World simulator that many have desired for years – and while it may have come too late for many fans of the franchise, who are slowly coming to reckon with the harmful, derogatory comments Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has been spouting for years, it’s fair to say there are those still looking forward to this magical, creature-filled adventure.

With trailers showing off gorgeous magical lands to explore and beings to befriend, it appears this title will incorporate the very best parts of the Harry Potter franchise for a whole new story set in the once-beloved world. While it comes with baggage, keep Hogwarts Legacy on your radar.

Sonic Frontiers

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Image: Sega

Release Date: Holiday 2022
Platform(s): PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Windows PC, Nintendo Switch

Sonic Frontiers has been given a nebulous holiday 2022 release date which may slip, given we haven’t seen much of the game so far – but for now, we can assume plans are in the works for this game to launch within its current release window. There have to be some games for the holidays, right? Should Sonic Frontiers release as planned, it will introduce the 2022 gaming audience to one of the first open world Sonic video games.

It’s mind-boggling to think everyone’s favourite speedy blue hedgehog hasn’t broken out of his classic action-adventure style of game yet, but Frontiers will be a pioneer in that regard. The easy comparison to make here is with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, given the focus on wide grassy plains in the early trailer, but we’ll have to wait to see what this game is really like, should more details appear this year.

Marvel’s Midnight Suns

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Image: Firaxis Games / 2K

Release Date: Late 2022
Platform(s): PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Windows PC, Nintendo Switch

Marvel’s Midnight Suns was originally set to launch in March 2022, but ultimately succumbed to a major delay. At this point in time, it’s now scheduled for the second half of 2022. Despite this, there’s still major excitement for the game, which will explore the darker, supernatural side of Marvel lore for the first time in blockbuster game adaptation history.

This adventure sees classic ‘paranormals’ like Doctor Strange, Ghost Rider (Robbie Reyes), and Blade team up with fan-favourites like Captain America, Wolverine and Iron Man to take down a demonic threat. The closest MCU comparison to this story is Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – although it’s unclear how gory and weird this iteration will get.

Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet

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Image: Nintendo / The Pokemon Company

Release Date: Late 2022
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch

The Pokemon franchise is blasting full speed ahead, with the releases of Arceus and Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl being followed closely by the next major entries in the long-running franchise: Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet. The aesthetic in these games appear to be heavily inspired by Spanish culture, and will feature a brand new, idyllic world for Pokemon trainers to roam in.

At this stage, players know what to expect of Pokemon games – plenty of creature-catching, lots of battling, and wide-eyed exploration. Violet and Scarlet don’t seem like they’ll break the formula, but that’s hardly a concern, given how well-loved the entire Pokemon franchise remains, even decades after it first launched.

Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope

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Image: Ubisoft / Nintendo

Release Date: TBA 2022
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch

Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope, the wild sequel to the best video games crossover of 2017, is reportedly still on track to release in 2022. This is according to Ubisoft’s latest earnings report, released in May 2022, which detailed a number of titles set to launch within the next financial year. This game was announced to much applause in mid-2021, and while the franchise came as a huge surprise, it was certainly a welcome one.

Alone, the Rabbids are the most annoying mascots in the entire world of video games. With Mario and his pals by their side, they become an absolute delight. Combine their funny little antics with some of the best tactical strategy gameplay since XCOM, and you’ve got a winning formula in Mario + Rabbids. The sequel looks just as bonkers as the original, thankfully.

God of War: Ragnarök

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Image: SIE / Santa Monica Studio

Release Date: TBA 2022
Platform(s): PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5

If any candidate on this list is likely to slip into 2023, it’s God of War: Ragnarök, the next high fantasy adventure from Santa Monica Studio. While developers have repeatedly reassured keen players that this game is still set to launch in 2022, there are some simple and hard facts when it comes to the launch of this game. The first is that we’ve only seen very rare glimpses at the game. The second is that the scope of the title is supposed to be absolutely massive.

It has huge shoes to fill whenever it launches, and high expectations that will require finesse to meet. While Santa Monica Studio is certainly capable of pulling a rabbit out of a hat, there’s also plenty of doubt around this one. Keep tentative hope alive, but temper your expectations as we get closer to this fabled release date.

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum

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Image: Daedalic Entertainment

Release Date: TBA 2022
Platform(s): PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Windows PC, Nintendo Switch

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum suffered a major delay in 2021, which delivered the title its current release date: TBA 2022. On Steam, the date is now listed as ‘Lurking until the time is right’ which could indicate ongoing trouble as developer Daedalic rounds out the game’s sharp edges – but the reality is, we don’t know much about what’s going on with this Gollum-starring LOTR adaptation.

Glimpses of a creepy, lava-filled Mordor have been seen in early trailers, as have Gollum’s stealth-like abilities, but beyond the occasional reminder that the game exists, we actually don’t have that much information to go on. It certainly looks like an intriguing title, but its 2022 release is currently up in the air.

Bayonetta 3

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Image: PlatinumGames / Nintendo

Release Date: TBA 2022
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch

As strange is it seems, we could be getting Bayonetta 3 in 2022. According to Nintendo’s latest financial report, it’s still scheduled to launch this year, despite being rarely seen or talked about in any public manner. While the game did get a gameplay trailer in late 2021, many regard it as being in development hell, given the PlatinumGames development team have sat on the project since 2017.

That’s a long time for anyone to wait – and it could be longer still. Given Nintendo confirmed the title for 2022 so recently, we can assume it’s on track to launch as planned, but that doesn’t stop the game from feeling like a real unicorn. Hold your breath for this one – but not too tightly.

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora

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Image: Ubisoft

Release Date: TBA 2022
Platform(s): PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, Windows PC

Another unicorn of the gaming world is Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, an open world adaptation of James Cameron’s iconic Avatar universe. This game was also announced in 2017, with developer Massive Entertainment announcing the adaptation following news of four major sequels for the film franchise. After gestating for so long, players began to doubt the game would launch at all – but in 2021, the first major glimpses at the game were finally released.

In this title, players will embody their own Na’vi warrior to tackle a great journey to the Western Frontier, described as a region never before seen in the Avatar world. In a recent earnings call, Ubisoft confirmed this title is on track to launch in the 2022 financial year. Now, this does give around three months leeway, as this includes January to March 2023 but for now, it’s being roped into the 2022 video games calendar.

These are just some of the biggest video games launching in 2022 – but there’s plenty more on the way. To stay up to date with all the latest monthly releases, follow GamesHub on Twitter and Facebook.

Leah J. Williams is a gaming and entertainment journalist who's spent years writing about the games industry, her love for The Sims 2 on Nintendo DS and every piece of weird history she knows. You can find her tweeting @legenette most days.