No one can argue that the year 2021 has been a huge blow to Microsoft and the Xbox platform as we have seen the launch of Psychonauts 2, Forza Horizon 5, Age Of Empires 4, and Halo Infinite alongside inclusion. EA Play in the ever-popular Xbox Game Pass.
2021 was also a great year for games previously released by Xbox Games Studios including Sea of ââThieves and Elder Scrolls Online, both of which saw increased player participation and even reached the top 100. of Steam’s top-selling games in 2021.
With such a strong previous year, Microsoft and Xbox are both set to make 2022 even bigger. Start the year with the launch of the Minecraft bundle which will include both Java and Bedrock editions in a single launcher. Minecraft is one of the most popular games on the planet and what could be better than making it easier to access the game with the launch of a unified launcher and the addition to the huge library of games offered in Xbox Game Pass.
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Let’s take a look at the Top 5 most anticipated Xbox games to come in 2022.
Starfield (Open World RPG)
Last year Microsoft also bought ZeniMax Media, the owners of developer and publisher Bethesda Games known for legendary game series like Fallout, Doom, Elder Scrolls, Rage, Dishonored, and more. The Bethesda acquisition was a big plus for Xbox in 2021, and in 2022 that deal will start to bear fruit. Starfield, an outer RPG presented by Todd Howard as “Skyrim in Space” will make its way to Xbox consoles and Windows PCs. Starfield will be the first Bethesda game to come after the acquisition and will be one of the biggest Xbox exclusives of 2022.
STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl (first-person RPG)
Released on April 28, the first-person shooter STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl will be the first big 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 release on consoles. The game comes 13 years after the launch of the last Stalker game, Call of Pripyat. The story of Stalker 2 follows the familiar environment of previous Stalker games which depicts the unfortunate events after the Chernobyl explosion, which led to strange mutations among animals and other living organisms, making humans survive. extremely dangerous.
REDFALL (single player / co-op zombie survival shooter)
Another Xbox exclusive game developed by Arkane Studios of Bethesda Games and released later this summer. Arkane Studios is popularly known for the Dishonored series and the Prey game series which are widely beloved for their history and surroundings.
Arkane’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, featuring both single-player and co-op. While not much is known about the game at this time, the teaser released at E3 2021 revealed that each hero will wield strange powers that can be used to aid survival. Players will be able to choose between different heroes and each hero will offer a different playstyle.
Hellblade II: Senua’s Saga (Psychological Action / Adventure)
The shrill cry from the 2017 hit, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Hellblade 2 will once again take you through Senua’s journey to the lands of Norse mythology with a rare schizophrenic disease. Similar to the first game, Hellblade 2 will have the same binaural audio effects that depict Senua’s psychosis, along with enhanced facial animations and cinematic effects displaying the prowess of the next-gen Xbox Series X console.
Developed by Ninja Theory, the sequel was first announced at the 2019 Game Awards and a gameplay teaser premiered at E3 2021. Although Ninja Theory hasn’t revealed a release date, the developer is confident that the game will be released in 2022.
Lawyer (Open World RPG)
Another open-world RPG from another Xbox studio owner, Obsidian.
Confessed is a Skyrim-style first-person RPG set in the fantasy world of Eora. Confessed was first revealed during the Xbox Games Showcase at E3 2021 with a disturbing cinematic trailer. Although no gameplay has been shown, the trailer ends in this perspective, as the “player” wields a sword in one hand and a spell in the other hand which charges his hand with purple energy. ready to fight the enemy to come. Not much else was revealed, not even a planned release date.
While Obsidian has not officially revealed a release date, some insiders say the game is on track for release in the second half of 2022 with a playable demo or extended gameplay trailer shown at the show. ‘E3 this year.
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