2022’s impressive line-up of video game releases has fans ready to get their game on. Last year, we were given some pretty impressive games, including “Halo Infinite,” “Pokemon Shining Pearl/Brilliant Diamond,” “New World,” and “Resident Evil: Village.” All of these were highly anticipated, but what of this new year?
“Pokemon Legends” – Released Jan. 28
Game Freak surprised fans on Feb. 28, 2021 (the 25th anniversary of “Red and Green”) with the announcement for the RPG that has action and exploration. After the release of “Shining Pearl and Brilliant Diamond,” Pokemon fans were eager to get their hands on this game. In this game however, you’re reunited with familiar starter Pokemon. Rowlet, Cyndaquil, and Oshawott are from three different generations and regions, which caused quite a stir from fans of the old and new. This new installation in the franchise has been well received so far.
“Dying Light 2: Stay Human” – Feb. 4
Techland finally released the zombie parkour game fans have been eagerly awaiting for. The game was initially set to be released in 2020, but Techland delayed the game indefinitely. Techland insisted that they wanted the game to meet the community’s standards upon release and set the release date for Feb. 4. “Dying Light 2” will be similar to its predecessor in many ways, but the world building and decisions will be unique to the player. It’s been reported that the game has over 500 hours of content.
“Lost Ark” – Feb. 11
Fans of the “Diablo” franchise and “Path of Exile” looked forward to this RPG. With access to a large number of classes, this game has replayability that excites and intrigues. “Lost Ark” was originally released in South Korea on Dec. 4 and had been in an open beta for the Russian region. “Lost Ark” is mainly focused on PvP and exploration. Once the player reaches level 50, they’ll access endgame tiered dungeons and raids.
“Elden Ring” – Feb. 25
After “Elden Ring’s” initial reveal at E3 in 2019, FromSoftware went silent to work on the game. Finally, some information has been revealed about the game as we get closer to the release. “Elden Ring” is an open world game, with some similarities to “Dark Souls.” Bonfires are back as fast travel points and resting areas. There will be jumping and fighting on horseback, something that was not a mechanic in Dark Souls. Much of the game is still shrouded in mystery, and a large fan base is eager to get their hands on this game.
“Sons of the Forest” – May 20
The highly anticipated sequel to the horror survival game “The Forest” is scheduled to release May 20. Not much information is known, though fans have extracted some theories and unconfirmed information from trailers of the gameplay during its development. It has been confirmed that the building mechanics and the AI of the mutant foes were improved, making it a better experience for players. Hopefully, more will be revealed as we approach the release date.