The PlayStation 5 might have launched with a very thin roster of games, and it took a while to find its legs. It’s been a year since its launch and there are games aplenty on Sony’s latest and greatest console platform. And it’s a list that is set to get even larger next year.
With the upcoming release of some of the platform’s most awaited exclusives as well as multiplatform titles, the PlayStation 5, which remains difficult to acquire due to high demand, will provide gamers with thousands of more hours of enjoyment.
This list compiles some of the most eagerly anticipated games to grace the PlayStation 5 in 2022. As with all upcoming games, some of these titles may be delayed, but we certainly hope not.
Perhaps the most anticipated title on this list is Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin and Dark Souls studio FromSoftware’s production, Elden Ring.
As with all other FromSoftware titles, Elden Ring is designed as a “Souls-like” experience, similar to Dark Souls and Bloodborne — but with the writing and world design of the man behind the hugely popular Westeros setting of Game of Thrones.
In Elden Ring, players assume the role of a “Tarnished,” who must conquer the Lands Between. Unlike previous Souls-like games, Elden Ring is an entirely open world setting filled with huge dungeons and what the developers are boasting as “complex three-dimensional designs,” implying that there will be strong elements of verticality — setting it even further apart from its spiritual predecessors.
The game fleshes out its character development system with the inclusion of weapon, armor, and magic combinations in ways that Dark Souls players could only dream of — or so we hope.
God of War: Ragnarok
The sequel to God of War, which is regarded as one of the best games of all time, Ragnarok takes place after the events of the first game and puts players on the path to slaying Thor, the God of Thunder and other members of the Norse pantheon.
Assuming the role of Kratos, who’s now a loving yet stern father — a far cry from the psychopath of the original God of War games — the God of War must traverse mythical realms accompanied by his son who’s now grown into a teenager. The game takes place further into the Ragnarok prophecy, which culminates in (spoiler alert!) the end of the world.
Horizon: Forbidden West
Developed by Guerilla Games, Horizon: Forbidden West is the sequel to the surprise hit, Horizon: Zero Dawn. Players once again take on the role of Aloy, who sets out from the post-apocalyptic lands of Colorado to California, Utah, and Nevada to uncover the secrets lying beneath the earth.
As detailed by its developers, players will be able to visit iconic locations in all of their post-apocalyptic glory, such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the Yosemite Valley.
Improved from the original are new climbing mechanics and traversal options to provide players with freeform climbing and tools like the so-called “Shieldwing” that essentially borrow some of the best traversal mechanics from Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
The makers of the best Batman games on the PC and console, Rocksteady Studios, is returning once more to the Gotham setting with the upcoming release of Suicide Squad. Set as a continuation of the Arkham series, it will be the first in the franchise not to feature Batman as the title character and will instead put players in the shoes of members of the Suicide Squad, including Harley Quinn.
In this saga, the Suicide Squad is tasked to kill the Justice League, which has been brainwashed into becoming homicidal maniacs. With four playable characters, including Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, and King Shark, players can either play alone by swapping between the anti-heroes, or go online and play through the action-adventure in co-op mode.
Hogwarts Legacy is going to be the first real open-world game set in J.K. Rowling’s beloved magical setting. While previous attempts to explore the magical world of Hogwarts can easily be described as cash grabs when they were developed by EA Games, Hogwarts Legacy appears to be in much better hands at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Avalanche Studios.
Designed as a role-playing game, players will take on the role as a fledgling spellcaster in the Wizarding World of the Harry Potter books — this includes choosing your house and attending classes at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Players will explore a variety of open-world locations including the Forbidden Forest and Hogsmeade Village, among others. Players will learn the ins-and-outs of becoming a wizard, tame magical beasts, and partake in the game’s story, which is said to offer a multitude of morality-based choices.
Dying Light 2
This open-world sequel to Dying Light has been delayed more times than we can count — but it’s finally coming out. Starring a new protagonist in an all new setting, Dying Light 2 is being developed as a full fledged role-playing game with all the traversal and combat mechanics of its predecessor. So not only will it tell a proper story and contain character development, it’ll also play like an action game.
Part of the next generation of RPGs, perhaps made popular by The Witcher 3, Dying Light 2 takes place two decades after the original. The world is in ruins after being overrun by zombies, and the game is set in The City, an unnamed, open-world European setting that players will have the means to impact through the choices they make. All the while slaying zombies, of course.
Offering a mix of Japanese horror archetypes, Ghostwire Tokyo situates players in modern day Tokyo (much like its namesake), surrounded by creatures straight out of Japanese mythology.
With a strong focus on Kuji-kiri hand gestures and a combat system similar to Dishonored and Deathloop, players trade their guns away for intricate hand gestures and other supernatural abilities inspired by traditional Japanese mythology.
Who doesn’t want to play a badass, spell-casting high-tech ninja exorcist? We know we do.
This upcoming adventure game by BlueTwelve Studio and Annapurna Interactive puts players in the role of a stray cat — hence its namesake. As a stray living in a lifeless world populated only by machines, you must find your way back home to your family. It’s like Homeward Bound, but with robots.
With very little combat (we can’t imagine that a cat would do well to fight against a machine larger than a Roomba), Stray has players solving puzzles, and using their cat reflexes to traverse platforms and explore an open-world environment.
Lord of the Rings: Gollum
Correct us if we’re wrong, but Lord of the Rings: Gollum may be the first game to actually allow players to take on the role of the corrupt Hobbit who wants so desperately to find his precious ring.
Obviously taking place before the end of the final book and movie in the Lord of the Rings series, Gollum was originally planned for a 2020 release but has since been delayed to Fall 2022. Designed as a story-heavy single-player experience, Gollum will of course be able to climb walls and scale the vast expense of Middle-earth.
This PlayStation 5 exclusive game, which looks helluva lot like one of Square Enix’s impressive tech demos, is designed to take advantage of every technical feat offered by Sony’s console platform. Focused on terrain traversal and speed, players will navigate what its creators at Square Enix/Luminous Productions are calling a “narrative-driven adventure.”
Designed as an open-world game, players take on the role of Frey Holland, a young woman magically transported from New York City to the fantasy world of Athia, who is given magical powers and a talking bracelet that puts the Apple Watch to shame.
Forspoken was announced as a surprise at a Sony event, and quickly became one of the most highly anticipated titles for the platform.