The 10 biggest video game announcements of 2022

Video game fans all know that good announcements should never be taken for granted. This is why events like E3, Summer Games Fest and Nintendo Directs draw so many viewers. Everyone wants game developers and publishers to make every effort to bring their latest offerings to gamers. Below are the top 10 examples of video game announcements in the last calendar year of 2022.

Tekken 8

The 10 biggest video game announcements of 2022

Tekken 8 EVO 2022 teaser
Screenshot of Twinfinite via Bandai Namco

What a year 2022 has been for the fighting game genre. First, a new game was announced for a big fighting game (we’ll get to that later), and just a few months later, Tekken 8 was teased at EVO with a short clip of Kazuya Mishima grinning for the camera. While that wasn’t the official reveal, the big day came later when the game’s first trailer served as the opener for September’s State of Play stream.

Tekken is one of those classic fighting game franchises that has managed to carve itself into the hearts of the fighting game community (FGC) and casual gamers alike. The fact that it was one of the most important reveals for a state of play is a testament to the game’s wide reach. Even better is the fact that all signs are pointing to a Tekken 8 release in 2023, in contrast to the long waits leading up to the Tekken 7 console launch.

Death Stranding 2

The 10 biggest video game announcements of 2022

Screenshot of Twinfinite via Kojima Productions

After the mixed reaction from critics and fans to the original Death Stranding, much of the internet seemed to think that Hideo Kojima was about to jump into a different genre with a new horror game of sorts. Some still believe that he is behind the indie project Abandoned. However, Kojima proved that he’s still hard to predict by announcing Death Stranding 2 at The Game Awards 2022.

Unfortunately, it may still be a while before the second Strange-type game comes to the PS5. The trailer at The Game Awards didn’t mention a month, quarter, or even a year. If it’s similar to the original game, players won’t be bothering with Death Stranding 2 until sometime in 2025. Still, just the mention of anything Kojima-related is sure to get people excited no matter how far off the release date is.

The Witcher remake

The 10 biggest video game announcements of 2022

Screenshot of Twinfinite via CD Projekt

The remake, which almost nobody talked about (except Witcher fans), was finally announced this year, which made everyone else realize how good the idea of ​​remaking The Witcher is. The only installment in the trilogy that hasn’t made it to consoles yet may finally make its way there in the future. CD Projekt has yet to announce which platforms the game will be released on, but the fact that Witcher 2 and 3 are coming to consoles bodes well for Xbox, PlayStation and even Nintendo fans.

These massive open-world action role-playing games are known to be among the best looking games when they come out, and as the title is powered by Unreal Engine 5 it certainly has the right foundation to create a game that that looks good and plays like a dream. As with other big games announced this year, there’s no clear indication as to when this game might come out, but it’s almost certainly not 2023.

Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth

The 10 biggest video game announcements of 2022

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth
Screenshot of Twinfinite via Square Enix

Part two of the action role-playing game Final Fantasy VII: Remake was finally unveiled this year, and it looks like it could massively change the path of our heroes from Midgar compared to the original game. The Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth reveal trailer showed some scenes of Cloud with Sephiroth and the blonde spiky-haired soldier also with Zack. It will be interesting to see how the new game deepens those relationships even more than the original.

Better yet, Remake’s ending essentially makes it so that anything can happen in Rebirth. Aside from Final Fantasy VII having so many fans, the reality is that the story will be completely different, extremely exciting for both new and old fans. Everyone knows that Aerith is dying, but this time it’s possible that someone else will take the fall. We’ll just have to wait until winter 2023/2024 to find out.

Hades II

The 10 biggest video game announcements of 2022

Hades II in-game graphics
Screenshot of Twinfinite via Supergiant Games

In a world where video game sequels are as commonplace as brand new IPs, indie studio Supergiant Games simply released critically acclaimed standalone title after critically acclaimed standalone title. For the first time ever, Supergiant Games announced that it is working on a sequel to one of its original games. Hades II, the sequel to the 2018 roguelike, was announced at The Game Awards 2022.

Not much is known about Hades II at the moment, but based on the reveal trailer it retains the telltale isometric camera from the first game. More importantly, the gameplay that made the first title a contender for Game of the Year also seems to be back in full force, albeit with a new main character. Hades II doesn’t have a release date or release window yet, but if development started shortly after the Hades console launched, they’ve probably been working on it for a year and a half to two.

Transfer from FIFA to EA Sports FC

The 10 biggest video game announcements of 2022

EA Sports FC No more FIFA
Image via EA Sports

While not technically a new game announcement, it’s still massive enough to deserve a spot on this list. Since 1994, EA Sports has been publishing football video games with the blessing of FIFA license. After nearly 30 years, EA decided they would not renew their licensing agreement with the international governing body of the world’s biggest sport.

It has already been confirmed that EA Sports has an agreement with La Liga for clubs and players and it is certainly likely that more partnership announcements will follow in the future. Additionally, the presence of money-maker Ultimate Team makes it hard to imagine that EA’s split from FIFA could potentially go awry. It will be interesting to see how EA Sports will enter this new world in 2023 with EA Sports FC.


The 10 biggest video game announcements of 2022

Screenshot of Twinfinite via Ghost Story

After years of anticipation and speculation about what Kevin Levine’s next project will be, Judas has finally been revealed at The Game Awards 2022. Not much is known about the game at this point, but anyone who has seen Bioshock’s gameplay or its trailers would definitely recognize this trailer as a Levine product. It will be interesting to see how he essentially starts over with a brand new world.

Still, it’s safe to say that if Judas is anything like Levine’s previous work, fans of his games will have a good time. There were parts of the reveal trailer that even made the game look like Bioshock, like the different powers used by the main character that were reminiscent of the Vigors in Columbia and Plasmids in Rapture. As of now, there is no set release date for Judas.

street fighter 6

The 10 biggest video game announcements of 2022

Image via Capcom

We teased this a little earlier, and now it’s finally time to talk about Street Fighter 6. Say what you will about the original logo for the game, at least they heard the feedback and changed it. Also, if a small logo is the worst thing the internet can say about your unreleased game, then that bodes very well for the next entry in the Street Fighter franchise – especially given the relatively lukewarm reception Street Fighter V has received.

So far, the beta and trailers that have come out for Street Fighter 6 have received nothing but praise from critics and the internet at large. The open-world gameplay looks great, the graphics take a massive step up over SFV, and fans can’t wait to get their hands on the game despite the weird-looking cover art. Street Fighter 6 is scheduled for release on June 2nd, 2023 for PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S and PC.

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor

The 10 biggest video game announcements of 2022

Star Wars Jedi Survivor
Screenshot of Twinfinite via Respawn Entertainment

Three years after Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order introduced the world to Cal Kestis, it was announced that he would return in a brand new game titled Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. This game takes place after Fallen Order, which places it after the events of Revenge of the Sith but before A New Hope for those of you who haven’t played the first game.

As the title suggests, this game focuses on Cal’s struggle to survive the Empire’s relentless hunt for the few remaining Jedi after their kind were annihilated en masse by the clone army, Darth Vader and Darth Sidious. The best news of all is that fans won’t have to wait long as Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is set to release in just a few short months, on March 17th, 2023.

Kingdom Hearts IV

The 10 biggest video game announcements of 2022

Kingdom Hearts 4
Image via Disney/Square Enix

Last but not least is one of the most unexpected reveals of 2022. Kingdom Hearts IV was revealed to the world as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations. Sure, it makes sense that it was revealed back then, but considering how long the gap in releases between Kingdom Hearts II and III was, it came as a relative surprise to fans, with IV making its debut just three years after launch to see the last game.

The action RPG franchise known for fusing Final Fantasy with Disney worlds appears to be heading towards a more realistic setting, shown off in the original trailer. While this is probably just one of the game’s worlds, it’s significantly more lifelike than any world seen in previous games. There is currently no set release window for the game, but hopefully it won’t be as long before Kingdom Hearts IV comes out as III. The 10 biggest video game announcements of 2022

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