The most anticipated games in 2022 (according to Team Xbox)

The new year is finally upon us, so it’s time to end these 2021 game backlogs in anticipation of the games coming out in 2022. Here at Team Xbox, we’re always looking forward to what’s just over the horizon, so we have have thought a bit about our most anticipated titles to be released in 2022. What that in mind, we have decided to ask different members of the team. There is something for everyone this year, from big budget successes like Starfield (spoiler: it actually came on the list twice) and Elden Ring to indie darlings like Tunic and Atomic heart.

So let’s just take a look at the games we can not wait to play on the Xbox Series X | S and Windows PC in the coming year, including lots coming day one for the Xbox Game Pass.


Somerville (Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, Windows PC, Day One to Game Pass)

It’s just amazing – with art and sound that is beautiful and visceral, wrapped around the story of a family navigating the dangers of the post-apocalyptic earth. The moment the Jumpship team shared their vision with me years ago, I was hooked. Because at its core, this game is about doing everything you can to protect those you love. What in life is more important? – Sarah Bond, CVP, Game Creator Experience and Ecosystem.

Comes day one for Game Pass on PC, console and cloud.

Starfield (Xbox Series X | S, Windows PC, Day One for Game Pass)

There are so many great games coming out this year, but if I had to pick the game that I’m most excited about, it would have to be Starfield. I love the worlds and experiences that Todd Howard and the team at Bethesda Game Studios have created over decades, as The Elder Scrolls and Fallout are two of my favorite franchises. I really like how Todd talks about it not just being a game they create in Starfield, but also a universe. I can not wait to escape into this new science fiction universe and explore everything they want to bring to life with Starfield. – Bonnie Ross, Head of 343 Industries

Comes day one for Game Pass on PC, console and cloud.

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Redness (Xbox Series X | S, Windows PC, Day One for Game Pass)

Sometimes you see a game trailer and you just know it will be special. Joining together in an open world full of vampires is definitely going to scratch a very specific but long-lasting itch, and I’m totally for it. Then again … there’s something about venturing into the darkness alone that calls my name. In one way or another, Redness makes me count the days down until it comes out later this year. Oh, and who could forget the sick reload animation from Layla? – Malik Prince, Head of Communications, Content Creator Relations

Comes day one for Game Pass on PC, console and cloud.

Slime Rancher 2 (Xbox Series X | S, Windows PC, Day One for Game Pass)

In this follow-up to that squishy smash hit Slim Rancher, you will be able to continue your adventure as Beatrix LeBeau on his trek to Rainbow Island in Slime Rancher 2. Collect slime, build a conservatory, and discover more of what made 10 million players happy with slime. As a bonus, it’s coming to Xbox Game Pass on day one! – Larry Hryb, Xboxs Major Nelson

Comes day one for Game Pass on PC, console and cloud.


Tunic (Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, Windows PC)

I can not wait to play Tunic. I love action-adventure games, and the little fox in a big world stole my heart at E3 2018. I look forward to exploring, fighting and discovering the secrets of this world. – Mary McGuane, Studio Head, Xbox Game Studios

Marvel’s midnight sun (Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, Windows PC)

In addition to seeing how The Sea of ​​Thieves evolving in 2022, I look forward to Marvels Midnight sun. I love the bold choice in character list as well as the art style, and I’m a big fan of the Firaxis team and Marvel comic book related stories. This game feels created for me. – Craig Duncan, rare study leader

Atomic heart (Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, Windows PC, Day One to Game Pass)

I’m a sucker for first-person, story-driven games, having had the opportunity to see the crazy visuals for Atomic heart and the crazy, ingenious world that Mundfish has created, I can not wait to play and experience it on my own. I look forward to seeing what the millions of Game Pass players think too! – Matt Percy, General Manager for Xbox Business Planning

Comes day one for Game Pass on PC, console and cloud.

Gotham Knights (Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, Windows PC)

Gotham Knights is one of my most anticipated games of 2022. Rocksteady redefined DC’s Batman universe and created one of my personal favorite franchises with the Arkham series of games. I can’t wait to see how WB Montreal expands it even further with four new characters and co-op action gameplay. – Jason Ronald, Head of Xbox Platform

Rainbow Six Extraction

Rainbow Six Extraction (Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, Windows PC, Day One to Game Pass)

After spending the holidays playing Division 2 with my husband and my son I am super excited about Rainbow Six Extraction will be released on January 20 (especially now that it hits Game Pass on day one). Co-op PVE shooting game FTW in the McKissick household! – Ashley McKissick, CVP for Gaming Experiences Engineering

Comes day one for Game Pass on PC, console and cloud.

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen (Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, Windows PC)

The setup of Savathûn in 2021 has been a lot of fun too The Witch Queen. From the craft updates that have been discussed, to the ability to use my own Glaive in combat, this Guardian is ready to team up and see what kind of journey Bungie is taking us on. See you at the star! – Josh Stein, Xbox Social Media Manager

Plague Tale: Requiem

A Plague Tale: Requiem (Xbox Series X | S, Windows PC, Day One for Game Pass)

So. Many. Rats. Seriously, all the rats. Just them all. A plague tale: innocence left me with a “what’s up with this boy and why there are SO many rats, AND WHAT HAPPENS” feeling, so I’m excited to solve it in Requiem, and maybe just to see how many rats they can really animate on screen at the same time. I expect it to be a lot … (should also say itself, but excited on day one with PC Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass!) – Megan Spurr, Community Lead for Xbox Game Pass

Comes day one for Game Pass on PC, console and cloud.

Dying light 2 (Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, Windows PC)

Will not lie: I’m not usually a giant, expansive open-world action zombie survival guy. But 500 Hours sounds great, so by 2022, I’m looking forward to Techland’s expansive open-world action-zombie survival game. – Seth Schiesel, Director of Executive Communications for Xbox

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Starfield (Xbox Series X | S, Windows PC, Day One for Game Pass)

My most anticipated game of 2022 is the first new universe in 25 years from the incredibly talented brains of Bethesda Game Studios. It reminds me of the magic of early space exploration, and I expect it will be a game that defines the next generation. – Aaron Greenberg, General Manager for Games Marketing

Comes day one for Game Pass on PC, console and cloud.

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, Windows PC)

Like many people my age, Star Wars has been a big part of my life for, well, my entire life. I love the LEGO Star Wars games because they are the perfect way to pass on my Star Wars love to the little padawans of my life, and this collection will allow us to play through LEGO-based versions of all nine movies. I just hope my colleague Kiwi Temuera Morrison votes for Jango and Boba Fett, as he has done in other Star Wars games. – Tom Mahoney, Director of Third-Party Games Marketing

STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl

STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl (Xbox Series X | S, Windows PC, Day One for Game Pass)

I always have a soft spot for a post-apocalyptic adventure and STALKER 2 is straight to what I enjoy. It has it all: Moody visuals, an attacking world and characters with personality. – Brian Fargo, Studio Head, inXile entertainment

Comes day one for Game Pass on PC, console and cloud.

Saints Row (Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, Windows PC)

That Saints Row the series has given me vivid game memories: hot fall on a roof for Kanye Saints Row 3, to become a superhero in Saints Row 4, laughs until I cried by playing mini-games in the original. I was always down for the next one Saints Row would be, but similar to the surprise announcing trailer? Give it to me now. – Jeff Rubenstein, Director of New Platforms

Screenshot of Elden Ring

Elden Ring (Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, Windows PC)

Åhhhhhhhhh, Elden Ring. From the original Dark souls to Ax, I’ve beaten all From Software’s action RPGs several times and enjoy the incredibly satisfying feeling of overcoming any challenge that has been thrown at me. I’m also a sucker for open-world games, having sunk hundreds of hours into games like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. There’s pretty much nothing that appeals to me more than an open world From Software title, and that’s exactly what I’ll get when the Fire Ring falls in February. I absolutely can not wait to fight big bosses with nothing but a sword and my reflexes. Came with it! – Will Tuttle, Editor-in-Chief of Xbox Wire

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