It’s August, and 2022 has been a very, very strange year for video game releases, and while the global pandemic has been down for a while, we’re now seeing long-term effects in practice.
The 2020 and 2021 hiatus has returned, leading to some high-profile delays this year, as well as a long period without any major releases. That has allowed some smaller games to shine (Stray! Lamb Cult!) but game spending has dropped significantly, and the publisher hopes to turn things around this fall. At least for some of them.
From August to December, here are the release dates for the biggest games still coming in 2022 that could finally turn the game around and give us more room to work together Eldon Ring, Horizon Forbidden City West and some others.
- August 11 – Lamb Worship (all platforms)
- August 12 – Spider-Man (PC)
- August 19 – Madden NFL 23 (all platforms)
- August 23rd – Saints Row (all platforms)
- September 2 – The Last of Us Part 1 Remake (PS5)
- September 9 – NBA 2K23 (all platforms)
- September 9 – Splatoon 3 (Switch)
- September 29 – Valkyrie Elysium (PS4, PS5)
- October 4th – Overwatch 2 (all platforms)
- October 7th – Marvel’s Midnight Sun (all platforms)
- October 18 – A Plague Tale: Requiem (PS5, X/S Series, Switch, PC)
- October 20 – Mario + Rabbids Fire of Hope (Switch)
- October 21st – Persona 5 Royal (all remaining platforms)
- October 21 – Scorn (Xbox, PC)
- October 25 – Gotham Knights (PS5, X/S Series, PC)
- October 28th – Angel Hunt 3 (toggle)
- October 28 – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II (all platforms)
- November 8 – Skull and Bones (PS5, X/S Series, Stadia, PC)
- November 9 – God of War: Ragnarok (PS5, PS4)
- November 18 – Pokémon Scarlet/Violet (Switch)
- December 2nd – Callisto Protocol (all platforms)
One game that’s been mentioned a lot this fall is Hogwarts Legacy, the great Harry Potter role-playing game. But as of now, it’s still listed as December 2022. A recent leak had it set for December 6th, but it’s still one of the only big games this fall/holiday that doesn’t have a specific date. I don’t think a delay is out of the question, but we’ll have to wait and see.
As for everything else, you can see that the month that piles up the most out of the next five months is October, which has the most “big” games overall, including Modern Warfare II, which will no doubt be a hit, and the only hope is Challenge Elden Ring’s sales figures. The calendar is missing the big Xbox exclusives that were supposed to release in this window, Redfall and Starfield, both of which have been pushed back to early 2023.
So, which of these would you absolutely choose?