LOOK OUT FOR THESE GAMES RELEASING THIS YEAR!

A number of exciting new video games that were in development in 2019, and due to be released in 2020, were delayed due to the pandemic.

This year will finally see the release of several long-awaited titles boasting bleeding-edge technology and astonishing visuals, from open-world high-flying fantasy to terror and shooter genres, with intriguing environments and challenging missions.

Here is our pick of what is coming up in the next 12 months.

Types of game/gameplay:

FPS — first-person shooter game

RPG — role-playing game

SPG — single-player game

MPG — multi-player game

Gaming consoles and cloud platforms:

Switch = Nintendo Switch

PS4/5 = PlayStation 4/5

Xbox = Microsoft Xbox

PC = laptop/desktop computer

Stadia = Google cloud gaming platform Stadia

Luna = Amazon cloud gaming platform Luna

ROLE-PLAYING GAMES — FANTASY AND ACTION-ADVENTURE

Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Image Via: The Pokémon Company

Go back in time to explore the different Pokémon ecosystems of Hisui, the region known today as Sinnoh, in this brand new open-world adventure. As well as majestic mountains and lush meadows and forests, you will discover Jubilife Village, complete with a trading post where you can trade Pokémon with other players. Prepare to battle with the rampaging nobles as you complete quests, catch pocket monsters and compile a Pokedex of Hisui. MPG version also available.

Console: Switch

Developer: Game Freak

Publisher: Nintendo/The Pokémon Company

Release date: January 2022

Sifu

Image Via: Sloclap

In this stylish action-adventure SPG, a young Kung Fu student seeks revenge for his murdered family: the setting is a modern Chinese city. Players can use 150 Pal Mei lightning-fast attack moves (“sifu” means teacher in Cantonese), inspired by Jackie Chan films. The martial arts master can be revived when he is defeated, using a magical pendant; he becomes more powerful each time, but also ages. Can the avenger complete his plan before he finally expires?

Console: PS4/5, PC

Developer/Publisher: Sloclap

Release date: February 2022

Elden Ring

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A collaboration between George RR Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones series) and visionary video game director Hidetaka Miyazaki, this cryptic fantasy RPG follow-up to Dark Souls is one of the most highly anticipated open-world games, more than two years after its initial reveal.

In the Lands Between, made up of six main areas, the demigod progeny of Queen Marika the Eternal each own a shard of the ring, and are fighting among themselves. Players (“the Tarnished”) must recover all these Great Runes to restore the Elden Ring. Combat relies on characters’ skills and magical abilities, with rich customization. Those with young children or smaller siblings should be aware that this game carries an M rating (the strongest) due to its gorier details: severed fingers and tongues feature as collectible items.

Console: PS4/5, Xbox One/Series X/S, PC

Developer: FromSoftware

Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment

Release date: February 2022

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2

Image Via: Nintendo

Nintendo’s epic fantasy action-adventure game returns, after another wait, with Link and Princess Zelda fighting to save the land of Hyrule from the evil demon king Ganon. Together, they must prevent Ganon from using the all-powerful Triforce. Features include floating cities, jumping through clouds, and other soul-stirring celestial action; the game may draw from Skyward Sword. The magical, ethereal vibe is why this open-world game is so adored by fans, inspiring fierce loyalty.

Console: Switch

Developer/Publisher: Nintendo

Release date: 2022

Hogwarts Legacy

Image Via: Sony

Set at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the alma mater of a certain Harry Potter, in the late 1800s, this immersive RPG action game allows players to customise their character’s body and voice (and choose a house, obviously). They learn how to cast spells, brew potions, and tame magical beasts. This open-world game also uses Unreal Engine (see S.T.A.L.K.E.R., below).

Console: PS4/5, Xbox One/Series X/S, PC

Developer: Avalanche Software (Warner Bros.)

Publisher: Portkey Games

Release date: 2022

Gotham Knights

Based on DC Comics’ Batman character, this game takes place in a period of decline for Gotham City, after Batman’s apparent death. Players adopt the identities of the Dark Knight’s former partners — Nightwing, Batgirl, Robin, and Red Hood — who must reunite to restore justice to Gotham and prevent it from descending into chaos. Two-player co-op mode is also available.

Developer: Warner Games Montreal

Publisher: WB Interactive Entertainment

Console: PS4/5, Xbox One, PC

Release date: 2022

Starfield

Image Via: Bethesda

Next-gen “NASA-punk” RPG set in a space-themed open world, the first new universe from Bethesda (Skyrim) in 25 years: the Settled Systems, an area that extends outward from our Solar System for approximately 50 light-years. Players are members of Constellation, the last group of space explorers, with large-scale goals, and can choose their own characteristics and background story.

Console: Xbox Series X/S, PC

Developer: Bethesda Game Studios

Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

Release date: November 2022

FIRST-PERSON SHOOTER GAMES (SINGLE AND MULTI-PLAYER)

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 — Heart of Chernobyl

Image Via: Xbox

In development for more than 10 years, with multiple setbacks along the way, this survival horror SPG is a sequel to the award-winning PC game franchise set in a post-apocalyptic world, following the 1986 Soviet-era nuclear disaster. The game runs on next-gen Unreal Engine 5 (from Epic Games, creator of Fortnite), boasting immersive, movie-quality photo-realism, at the bleeding edge of new visual gaming technology. A multiplayer version will be released later.

Console: Xbox Series X/S, PC (and possibly more subsequently)

Developer/Publisher: GSC Game World

Release date: December 2022

Rainbow Six Extraction

Image Via: Ubisoft

The latest instalment of a 20-plus-year-long franchise series based on Tom Clancy’s novel about a counter-terrorism unit, Rainbow Six, this MPG (previously called Rainbow Six Quarantine, but renamed for obvious reasons) is a team-based zombie-killer game. Squads of three “operators” (two free 14-day guest passes are included, so you can invite your friends) destroy swarms of enemy Archaeans, parasite-like mutating aliens. Less fast-paced than some shooter games, but with evolving cooperative tactical gameplay.

Console: PS4/5, Xbox One/Series X/S, PC, Stadia, Luna, PC

Develop/Publisher: Ubisoft

Release date: January 2022

Isonzo

Image Via: Xbox

Realistic, historically accurate World War I strategy shooter game (the third in the Dutch WW1 series) with immersive action experience. It is set in the mountains of north-eastern Italy on the Italian front with Austria-Hungary, around the Isonzo river, where the two opposing forces struggled for control in 12 battles from 1915- 1917. The stunning Alpine landscape of rugged peaks up to 3,600m and dramatic valleys provides an impressive and challenging setting.

Console: PS4/5, Xbox Series X and Series S, PC, Xbox One

Developer: Blackmill Games

Publisher: M2H

Release date: Early 2022

Splatoon 3

Image Via: Nintendo

Instead of spraying bullets at the enemy in armed combat, a shapeshifter slings rainbow-hued paint on urban maps in this vibrantly colourful and quirky Japanese game set in the Splatlands, a desert inhabited by Inklings and Octolings, and the evil Octarian army, as well as in Splatsville city. Single or multi-player mode.

Console: Switch

Developer: Nintendo EAD

Publisher: Nintendo

Release date: 2022

SIM RACING GAMES

Gran Turismo 7

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One of PS5’s most anticipated titles for 2022, this driving simulation game features more than 90 track routes in 30+ locations, including Trial Mountain and High-Speed Ring, and a whopping 420+ cars (50 more than GT Sport). Both the launch edition and the 25th anniversary edition come with extra racing models: a Toyota (two in the latter), a Mazda and a Porsche concept car, the 917 Living Legend. Over 80 million units of GT have been sold since its launch in 1997, making it PlayStation’s highest-selling franchise.

Console: PS4/5

Developer: Polyphony Digital

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Release date: March 22

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