22 Most Anticipated Xbox Games of 2022

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This past year has been a good one for Xbox. They have seen console sales at record highs and Game Pass subscribers get the best bargain in gaming. As of the writing of this article, Xbox Game Pass has over 400 titles for you to play. Some of the games on this list will be a part of that count. And 2022 still has hope, despite all the recent game delays. To ensure that all of you Xbox owners have nothing to worry about, here are the 22 most anticipated games coming to Xbox in 2022.

22. Scorn

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Announced back in 2014, Scorn is one of the few first-party titles we will see on Xbox in 2022 after the delay of Starfield and Redfall from 2022 to 2023. It’s a horror survival game where you are thrown into an unkind and unfamiliar world. You must use your wits, weapons, and gear to elude strange and dangerous creatures. The game’s world was designed by Polish painter Zdzisław Beksiński and Swiss artist H.R. Giger, who is known for his work in the Alien movies. This should give fans of the horror genre some hope.

Scorn will be available on Xbox via purchase and Game Pass in October.

21. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

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While Fall Guys has been around for almost two years now, everyone has been waiting eagerly for it to hit Xbox consoles. The wait is finally over because on June 21st, Fall Guys will be here and going to a free-to-play model. The game is a wacky take on the battle royale game genre as teams battle on a crazy obstacle course to be the last one standing. Since the title is going free to play, one of the true allures to the Fall Guys is the customization and costumes. Let’s see if its popularity from a year ago can give itself a boost with the Xbox launch.

20. A Plague Tale: Requiem

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This highly anticipated sequel to the 2019 award-winning game looks beautiful. A Plague Tale: Requiem definitely shows off the current technology with stunning graphics. But what makes this game stand out is definitely its story. Travel with Amicia and Hugo in this battle of stealth and wits against not only the Inquisition that hunts you but also the environment around you. We do not know much about A Plague Tale: Requiem, but we should get a first look at it soon with a release window set for this year.

19. Ark 2: Survival Evolved

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The hugely successful Ark is getting a sequel, and this one seems to star Vin Diesel. How our favorite “family” member plays into the game is still unknown. Ark 2 is being developed on the Unreal 5 Engine which means a true next-gen experience. Based on the recent tech demos for that engine, I can only imagine the immersion in the sequel. The developer Studio Wildcard has promised an all-new sandbox experience, new creatures, and new tools and weapons. And while we do not know any more specifics than that, it does not diminish like a lot of fun.

Ark 2 is slated for a 2022 release, so hopefully, we get an official date at the Xbox Showcase.

18. Warhammer 40K: Darktide

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If you’ve seen one zombie shooter you have seen them all. Tell that to Warhammer fans. The Xbox console exclusive Warhammer 40K: Darktide puts you in the role of an Acolyte for the Inquisitor. With a natural progression system for that role in the lore, the developers were spot on in making it the origins of your character. Much like the previous Warhammer games, the gameplay is highly focused on multiplayer.

Battle the hordes of zombies with your friends in 4-player action on Xbox and Game Pass starting September 13th.

17. Deathloop

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This timed Playstation exclusive should be hitting Xbox in the next few months since it is a Bethesda game. In 2021 Deathloop won the awards for best game and art direction at the Game Awards. So, with an award-winning story and fun time loop mechanics, Deathloop is sure to be a popular title on Xbox. But watch out, someone could come in and ruin your attempt to escape the loop in a take on multiplayer we have seen in games like Watchdogs and Sniper Elite 5.

16. TemTem

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Pokémon is one of the world’s most popular franchises. Unfortunately, only Nintendo systems currently get the Pokémon video game library. Enter TemTem, a Pokémon clone and massive multiplayer game already on PS5 and PC. Players will collect creatures and battle each other, or help each other, to collect more creatures. The game will also include property features. This means you will be able to buy your own house and customize it. This looks like a very solid substitute for Pokémon on the Xbox Series X and S. However, the game will not release for Xbox One. Become a legend on the floating islands and help defeat the evil Clan Belsoto on September 1st.

15. Steelrising

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Alternate history is always a fun idea, but not many games have executed it well. From Homefront to Turning Point: Fall of Liberty, these games floundered under the pressure of hype. Enter Steelrising. This is a third-person action game set in a steampunk version of the French Revolution. You are the automaton Aegis and your goal is to restore order so the revolution can follow its proper path. The City of Lights (Paris) looks fantastic and the open-world element adds to that immersion. We can only hope that the game is well-executed and opens the door to more great alternate history games.

Originally slated for June of this year, Steelrising now hits Xbox on September 8th.

14. Atomic Heart

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Atomic Heart is another alternative history game so all the same questions with Steelrising apply here. It will take place in an alternate USSR. We do not know much about the gameplay except it is a first-person combat game with sneaking elements. The world looks beautiful, not to mention the guns and gadgets seem very fun to use. As far as we know, this will be a single-player experience. But with the success of other titles like Dying Light 2 and a strong focus on multiplayer gaming in the current climate, we could see some sort of co-op implemented. Atomic Heart is set to release some time this year.

13. Disney Speedstorm

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Disney Speedstorm is a free-to-play racer based in the Disney and Pixar universe. Characters will have unique abilities and stats that can be upgraded. The game sounds a lot like the other racers on the market, but the difference will be adding the Disney and Pixar characters and locations into the mix, which will certainly give it a different flair. Since Disney Speedstorm is a free title, we will have to see what sort of microtransactions the game will have. Battle and race your friends this Summer.

12. Skull and Bones

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Back in 2017, we were shown a pirate game by Ubisoft. Sea of Thieves was less than a year from launch and pirates were in. The game seemed unpolished though, only allowing you to control your ship which is a far departure from the intricacies of pirate-themed games like Sea of Thieves, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, and Atlas. Fast forward five years and a leaked gameplay video showed walking on land and a slew of ship mechanics that shows how far the game has come. Now the talk is that it will get a 2022 release date after the game got rated in Australia and South Korea at the beginning of May.

11. Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora

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With Avatar: Way of the Water coming this December, it is not surprising that we will get a video game to go along with the film. The game will not follow the movies in any way. You will take control of a Na’vi who resides in the Western Frontier of Pandora and fight for your home. Ubisoft subsidiary Massive Entertainment is developing this first-person action-adventure that will utilize the Snowdrop Engine. The immersion in the world of Pandora in first person is something that we should all be excited about. The game will only be coming to the current-gen consoles, a true testament to the technology used to create the world of Pandora in film and video games. We travel to this amazing world later this year.

10. Call of Duty: Warzone 2

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There is not much known about the free-to-play Call of Duty: Warzone sequel, but it still goes into the top half of this list for the fact that Infinity Ward has promised a whole new Warzone experience from scratch on an updated engine. Since they took over Warzone development, Infinity Ward, the textures in the current title got a facelift so the game now looks crisper and runs much smoother, with fewer bugs. The whole experience is more enjoyable with cheating being handled more promptly and events being more engaging. For example, the Operation Monarch event implemented King Kong and Godzilla into the game. This makes Warzone 2’s development seem promising. We should find out more this summer and when the game launches this holiday season.

9. Disney Dreamlight Valley

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Have you ever wanted to hang out with your favorite Disney characters in a video game and build your world a la Sims or Animal Crossing? Well, soon you will be able to in Disney Dreamlight Valley. However, it is not only a world sim but also an adventure game where you will meet new characters, and travel to unlock new worlds all while trying to save the realms and the Dream Castle from the dark forces of Forgetting. With an official launch as a free to play in 2023, Xbox Game Pass members or those who buy the founder’s pack on Xbox will be able to play this summer and get a jump start on exploring the Disney-verse.

8. MultiVersus

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What do Arya Stark, Batman, Superman and Bugs Bunny all have in common? They all kick butt. Wait hold on, Bugs? MultiVersus, much like last year’s Space Jam: A New Legacy, brings a slew of Warner Brothers characters together in a Smash Brothers-style experience. We will see the aforementioned characters also go up against other iconic WB staples like Taz, Velma, Shaggy, Harley Quinn, the Iron Giant and more. MultiVersus will be free to play and is currently in its closed alpha period and is slated to release later this year.

7. TMNT: Shredders Revenge

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Announced in 2021, Shredder’s Revenge reunites the original voice cast for the Turtles of the ’80s TV show. This should excite fans because this spiritual successor boasts 4-player co-op and pixel-style graphics that will transport you back in time. And we cannot forget April O’Neil and Splinter who will be playable characters. There will also be vehicles. This means the Turtle Van will make an appearance with the legendary pizza launcher. And thanks to online play, updated game mechanics, and high definition, the turtles will be better than ever.

We get to kick Shredder’s butt this Summer. Cowabunga!

6. Evil West

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What do you get when you mix Red Dead, Evil Dead, and Van Helsing? You get Evil West. The game is an adventure game by Focus Entertainment set in an alternate Old West where you must defeat the vampires and save America. The third-person gameplay looks fast and fun allowing for multiple play styles. Upgrade your character’s weapons, equipment, and perks. And what is more fun than hunting vampires in the Old West? Hunting vampires with a friend, of course! The whole story will be co-op. We do not have an exact release date, but we know we ride in 2022.

5. Midnight Suns

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Combine the gameplay of XCom with the characters of Marvel and you get Midnight Suns. 2K and Firaxis are bringing the Midnight Suns comic book story to console, and it looks like a lot of fun. Create your own character, the Hunter, and ancient being, and fight alongside Earth’s mightiest heroes. Hydra has opened the Underworld, releasing Lilith. It is up to you with the help of Dr. Strange, Wolverine, Blade, Captain America, Iron Man, Ghost Rider, and more. Customize and level up every character, unlock costumes and team up skills. Take control of 3 heroes on a battlefield in turn-based combat fighting off the hordes of the underworld. There has been a lot of buzz recently regarding Midnight Suns. The internet is speculating we could get a release date soon and see more at Summer Games Fest on June 9th.

Midnight Suns is slated for a 2022 launch.

4. Star Trek: Resurgence

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Star Trek fans, rejoice! We may actually get a watchable Star Trek show from developer Dramatic Labs. This one will be interactive and take place after the events of The Next Generation timeline. Star Trek: Resurgence will have you take control of two crew members aboard the Starfleet ship the U.S.S. Resolute. With a development team made up of Telltale and LucasArts veterans, they know how to make a narrative-driven game. Resurgence is also being made on the Unreal 4 engine which gives the game a more realistic aesthetic. We can also rejoice in the return of Spock and the voice actor sounds amazingly like Leonard Nimoy. Star Trek: Resurgence hits Xbox Series X|S and One later this year.W

3. Gotham Knights

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Batman is dead, and it is your job to protect Gotham City. Take on the role of Batgirl, Robin, Nightwing and Red Hood as you uncover the secrets of the Illuminati-type organization, the Court of Owls. Team up with a friend or go it solo against Gotham’s most vile. Use the gadgets you are used to and go up against the likes of Mr. Freeze and more. The gameplay seems similar to previous Rocksteady games, but it definitely pulls from other games like Assassin’s Creed and Marvel’s Avengers. Will you be able to save Gotham and uncover the secrets behind the Court of Owls?

Gotham Knights launches only on Xbox Series X and S, on October 25th.

2. The Cowabunga Collection

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The kid in many of us is squealing for joy as one of the most iconic franchises is bringing its slate of the 80s and 90s games to console. The Cowabunga Collection will include all 13 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle games from the Arcade, NES, SNES, Sega Genesis and Game Boy. The incredibly difficult Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on NES will see a new generation try and beat it. Both versions of Turtles in Time are included, and the arcade version will have online play. The TMNT arcade game, Hyperstone Heist and Tournament Fighters will also have online play. That feature is what places this game in the top 5 over Shredder’s Revenge. Cowabunga Collection breaks out of the sewers later this year.

1. Hogwarts Legacy

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Hogwarts Legacy puts you in the shoes of a new Year 5 student at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Creating your own magic user, you will be sorted into a house, attend classes, brew potions, upgrade your wizard or witch and explore the wizarding world as it was in the 19th century. Prepare to visit iconic locations and interact with new and familiar faces. Ride a Hippogriff across the countryside and visit the centaurs in the Forbidden Forest. You must help protect ancient magic from a Goblin and his hoard. This is magic you happen to have an affinity to.

With Starfield and Redfall both being pushed back to 2023, Hogwarts Legacy easily becomes the most anticipated game of 2022. We will have to wait until the Holiday season to get our invitations.

Xbox & Bethesda Showcase Predictions

On June 12th the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase will be held and we could get information and reveals on some more games. Here are some of the games we could see that do not appear on the list above. These games either have a 2023 release date or no date as of yet:

  • Avowed
  • Everwild
  • Fable
  • Forza Motorsport
  • Gears
  • Perfect Dark
  • Redfall
  • Starfield

We could also see some announcements regarding the Activision deal. Even though the deal will not finalize until mid-2023, much like what happened with the Bethesda/Zenimax deal, we could get a dump of Activision and Blizzard games into Game Pass, or an announcement of it. A date for that could be based around the next installment of Call of Duty. That title could hit Game Pass on day one. There has also been a Game Pass Family Plan rumored to be in the works. This could also lead to a tier system for the subscription service, to compete with Playstation’s new services. Whatever happens at the event this June, there is a lot to look forward to for Xbox in 2022.

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