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Game to be debut at breakneck speed throughout early 2022, but the rate of issuance of the industry is weakening significantly. The demarcation between non-stop play and actual zero play comes when April replaces March. Reason? March 31 is the last day of the financial calendar for many companies. And publishers and developers want as many sales as possible before that date to make their finances as strong as possible.
This is not a new phenomenon. But it may be more noticeable in 2022 than in previous years. A major reason for that is the pandemic. Companies have had a backlog of projects due to multiple delays over the past few years. And that leaves a lot of games lined up in February and March.
But now that we have Elden Ring, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin, and Ghostwire Tokyo, the industry is in decline. That naturally leads to a question of what’s next. And while we have a good idea of what’s to come from companies like Nintendo, the overall calendar looks pretty barren.
Let’s take a look.
The big games have a release date until the end of 2022
- Nintendo Switch Sports – April 29
- Mario Strikers Battle League – June 10
- The Quarry – June 10
- Capcom Fighting Game Collection – June 24
- DNF Duel – June 28
- Cuphead: The Last Delicious – June 30
- Forspoken – October 11
- Knights of Gotham – October 25
- Starfield – November 11
Where are the rest of the video games of 2022?
Obviously, this isn’t the only game we’ll get for the rest of the year. Publishers and developers will start filling in the gaps in the calendar at some point. But why are we still waiting? Well, much depends on the timing.
In the case of Sony, fans are still waiting for the release date of the unreleased God of War: Ragnarok. But the company is sure to have more before the end of the year. Sony may be waiting for the right moment to make those announcements. And that could happen in part during the messy summer game in the void left by the defunct E3.
Xbox, meanwhile, is in a situation where there aren’t many game launches this year. We know about Starfield in November. But where is Redfall, supposed to be out this summer? Microsoft and Bethesda haven’t said anything about that game since last year’s E3, which makes an August release seem highly unlikely. But even if that game does launch, Microsoft may just have the next Forza Motorsport and smaller projects to complete the rest of the year.
As for third-party publishers such as Electronic Arts, Ubisoft and Activision – those companies all seem to be jostling each other. Sure, a new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is coming this fall, but Activision doesn’t have anything from Blizzard coming. EA will probably have Skate 4, Star Wars Jedi II, Dead Space Remake in 2023 and then Dragon Age 4 after that. But in EA it might just have regular EA Sports titles.
That’s not to say we should have low expectations for the rest of the year. All these companies and more are bound to have surprises. And the next big game could be born – possibly the upcoming action shooter Arc Raiders from new developer Embark.
For now, though, it might be time to actually finish the games we spent Q1 saving up for buying in the first place.
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