2022 is here and as is the tradition at the start of a new year, we are looking ahead at what is coming to our PCs and Consoles in the coming months. As always this is based on what we know is coming, not unannounced titles that will surely get released during the year. It is now time to get lost in the best open-world titles coming this year.
The Most Anticipated Open-World Titles For 2022
The Third Street Saints are back but not as we know them. Johnny Gat and Pierce have been replaced by a new group of criminal upstarts looking to wreak havoc on a fancy new city.
Honestly, it perplexes me why certain corners of the internet go so up in arms about this. I have played a lot of Saints Row over the years and this looks like a Saints game to me. Along with the fact that narratively how could Volition keep following the story when last we saw, God was resetting the universe thanks to Gat killing the devil.
No, a reboot seems smart to me and I can’t wait to get my hands on it in August 2022.
Horizon: Forbidden West
Aloy is coming back in 2022 and honestly, it feels like she has been away too long. Horizon: Zero Dawn was something of a surprise for many but that surprise became one of the best games of the last generation.
So the pressure is on the sequel to step things up to greater heights when Horizon: Forbidden West finally hits Playstations on the 18th of February. Personally, I feel that the game is going to be a serious GOTY contender, so it is perfectly fine to be excited for this one. After all, what’s not exciting about taking down a massive zoo filled with robot animals?
If there is a game that is continuing to climb up my most anticipated list it is Forspoken. Every single time I see it in action I am more excited for its release.
Featuring a solid lead character, a bracelet that sounds like Stephen Merchant and what appears to be an exciting and engaging open-world to explore, Forspoken is ticking all the right boxes in the lead up to release.
We will know for sure how it all pans out when the game is released on the 25th of May this year.
I am not sure if this is strictly open-world, but surely a huge part of its appeal is the desire to explore the fully recreated Hogwarts as a junior Wizard.
I know the Harry Potter name has been ground into dust thanks to J K’s insistence on being a massive douche but as the poor developers have repeatedly said, she has no input on this game (apart from creating the IP they are using, of course). So I am prepared to give them a shot and once again enjoy some time in Hogwarts.
There is promise here and if the team can bring it together it could be a real winner. Expect this one in the second half of the year.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2
I am going to start this by saying I am not sure that we are even getting this game at this point. The tease, silence, tease cycle has gone on too long and I am not sure that Nintendo aren’t just going to hold it until they release the Switch 2 or something.
That said, who isn’t excited for the return of Link after his last adventure. I am sure it is fair to say that for many, Breath of the Wild is one of the defining games of the generation, so a sequel is always going to be in high demand.
If it is coming this year don’t expect it before September though.