No one can say 2021 was a bang for Microsoft and the Xbox platform as we saw the launch of Psychonauts 2, Forza Horizon 5, Age Of Empires 4 and Halo Infinite along with the addition of EA Play to the ever-popular. saw Xbox Game Pass.
2021 was also a great year for Xbox Games Studios’ previously released games, including Sea of Thieves and Elder Scrolls Online, both of which saw increased player turnout and even made it to the top 100 best-selling Steam games of 2021.
With a previous year this strong, both Microsoft and Xbox will make 2022 even bigger. Start the year off with the release of the Minecraft bundle, which will include both Java and Bedrock editions in a single launcher. Minecraft is one of the most popular games in the world, and what better way to start than making the game easier to access with the introduction of a unified launcher and the addition of Xbox Game Pass’s huge game library.
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Let’s take a look at the top 5 most anticipated Xbox games in 2022.
Starfield (open world role-playing game)
Last year Microsoft also bought ZeniMax Media, the owners of developer and publisher Bethesda Games, which is known for legendary series of games such as Fallout, Doom, Elder Scrolls, Rage, Dishonored, and more. The Bethesda acquisition was a huge plus for Xbox in 2021, and that deal will pay off in 2022. Starfield, an outerspace RPG touted as “Skyrim in Space” by Todd Howard, will find its way onto Xbox consoles and Windows PCs. Starfield will be the first Bethesda game after the acquisition and one of the largest Xbox exclusives of 2022.
STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl (first-person RPG)
The first-person shooter STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl, which will be released on April 28, will be the first major Xbox Exclusive of 2022 and the first Unreal Engine 5 game.
GSC Game World’s Stalker 2 is the fourth game in the legendary STALKER series and the first to be released on consoles. The game comes 13 years after the last stalker game, Call of Pripyat, started. The story of Stalker 2 follows the familiar setting of previous Stalker games depicting the unfortunate events following the Chernobyl explosion which resulted in some strange mutations in animals and other living organisms that make human survival extremely dangerous.
REDFALL (single player / co-op zombie survival shooter)
Another exclusive first-party Xbox game developed by Arkane Studios of Bethesda Games and released later this summer. Arkane Studios is popularly known for its Dishonored and Prey series games, which are widely acclaimed for their story and setting.
Arcane’s next game, Redfall, also falls into the same single-player category they are known for. Redfall will be a hero-based zombie shooter experience with single player and co-op modes. While not much is known about the game at the moment, the teaser that was released at E3 2021 revealed that any hero will wield some strange powers that can help survive. Players can choose between different heroes and each hero offers a different style of play.
Hellblade II: Senua’s Saga (Psychological Action / Adventure)
The squeak of 2017 hit Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Hellblade 2 takes you once again on Senua’s journey to the lands of Norse mythology with a rare schizophrenic disease. Much like the first game, Hellblade 2 will have the same binaural audio effects depicting Senua’s psychosis, along with improved facial animations and cinematic effects that showcase the prowess of the next-generation Xbox Series X console.
The sequel, developed by Ninja Theory, was first announced at The Game Awards 2019, and a gameplay teaser was shown at E3 2021. While Ninja Theory didn’t announce a release date, the developer is confident that the game will be released in 2022.
Confession (open world role-playing game)
Another open world RPG from another first-party Xbox studio, Obsidian.
Avowed is a Skyrim-like first-person RPG game set in the fantasy world of Eora. Avowed was first revealed with an ominous cinema trailer during the Xbox Games Showcase at E3 2021. Although no gameplay was shown, the trailer from this perspective ends with the “player” wielding a sword in one hand and a spell in the other that charges his hand with some purple energy to fight the impending enemy. Nothing more was revealed, not even an expected release date.
While Obsidian hasn’t announced an official release date, some insiders claim the game is on its way to release in the later half of 2022, with a playable demo or expanded gameplay trailer to be unveiled at E3 this year.
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