As the busiest video game season of the year nears, there are several high-profile releases of all shapes and sizes to look forward to.
Although early 2022 has seen a ton of high-profile releases like Elden Ring and Horizon Forbidden West, the fall/holiday season still maintains its title as the busiest section of the year for video games. Before long, several major releases will be dropping just weeks, if weeks, apart, and many fans will be deciding what to pick up, what to wait until later on, and so far.
However, while there are plenty of highly-anticipated titles for this fall, video game releases are always fluid. No one expected Marvel's Midnight Sun to be delayed again, for example, and the same could be said of the games listed below. Delays are not off the table. And because the industry uses the term and holiday rather loosely, this list is looking at releases between September and December, meaning titles like Saints Row don't qualify. Still, for many, Saints Row may be the most anticipated title of the month, and following it there is plenty to look forward to (listed below in order of release date).
Although its reveal has not been without controversy, The Last of Us Part 1 is a ground-up remake of the original title. The Last of Us is easily one of Sony's most popular IPs, and fans will be experiencing the story of Ellie and Joel once again with new features only possible thanks to the PS5. Improved graphics, DualSense features, great accessibility options, and more really show how Naughty Dog is realizing its original vision with this title.
The Last of Us Part 1 is scheduled to release on September 2 on PS5. A PC port is in development.
The Nintendo Switch has had a great year so far, and that's likely to continue with its fall releases. Up first is Splatoon 3, which is complete with both a single-player campaign regarding the return of the Mammalians and various online offerings. This includes the Turf War multiplayer, a new Salmon Run co-op mode, a competitive card mode, and far more.
Splatoon 3 comes out on September 9 for the Nintendo Switch.
Overwatch 2 will kick off the October releases this year, and it signals a huge shift for the hero shooter. At its core, it'll be the same, but fans will get to check out new heroes, learn the ropes of the new 5v5 gameplay, and enjoy the fact that it's going free to play. For fans of the universe, the single-player campaign is also a promising feature though it should be noted that it won't be available on October 4. This is technically an "early access" release, so fans should keep in mind that more tweaks and changes will come to the game, even after October 4.
Overwatch 2 releases on October 4 for PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
Stealth action-adventure title, A Plague Tale: Requiem, sees the adventure of Amicia and Hugo continue, now as they look for a cure to Hugo's blood disease in Southern France. They'll be confronted by the Inquisition and rats that are spreading the black plague. A Plague Tale: Requiem makes a number of gameplay improvements, including the fact that Amicia will no longer die from a single hit, opening up more ways to handle stealth encounters and the like.
A Plague Tale: Requiem releases on October 18 for PC, PS5, Switch, and Xbox Series X/S.
The crossover title Mario + Rabbids King Battle was a huge, if perhaps a little surprising, crossover between Nintendo and Ubisoft, and it's continuing with a sequel this year. This time around, players will face an entity named Cursa who is seeking the energy of Sparks. The galaxy is in chaos, so it's up to Mario, his friends, and their Rabbid counterparts to defeat them. Players will have new allies this time around, including the playable addition of Bowser.
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope will release on October 20 for Nintendo Switch.
October represents the "spooky season," and it's a time of year when fans visit new and old horror games alike. Scorn is one of those, and it has developed a dedicating following throughout its development thanks to its disturbing visual style (influenced by H.R. Giger and Zdzislaw Beksinski) and unique biomechanical approach. In Scorn, players control a skinless humanoid on a nightmarish and hostile alien planet, as players look for answers about the unique world. Players will also make use of biomechanical weapons that implant in the player's body, which ensures plenty of bodily horror for fans.
Scorn releases on October 21 on PC and Xbox Series X/S.
Gotham Knights sees players step into the shoes of Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl, and/or Red Hood in the aftermath of Batman's death. There's a lot of mystery surrounding Batman's death, though the developer insists he is dead, and fans will be dealing with The Court of Owls as a primary antagonist. A lot of marketing for Gotham Knights has been focused on the playable characters, but hopefully before October comes along, the developer will show off more of the villains too.
Gotham Knights is scheduled to release on October 25 for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S.
The threequel to Bayonetta has been long awaited, and it perfectly releases just a couple of days before Halloween, just to match the aesthetic. This time around, Bayonetta is joined by old and new allies, alternate versions of herself, and a witch in training named Viola to combat the Homunculi, travel to the island of Thule, and defeat the schemes of the Singularity. With new features and Switch-focused gameplay, it seems it'll live up to the hype that surrounds it.
Bayonetta 3 releases on October 28 for Nintendo Switch.
The 2019 reboot of Modern Warfare is perhaps one of the best Call of Duty games in recent years, and that raises the stakes for Modern Warfare 2. After all, the OG Modern Warfare 2 is one of the most beloved in the entire franchise, meaning this reboot has some big boots to fill. Luckily, it all seems on track for just that. It is set three years after Soap creates Task Force 141 and its synopsis reveals that Task Force 141 is attempting to contain a situation where a US missile strike kills a foreign general, while combating Al-Qatala and Las Almas. Of course, multiplayer is a big selling point for this game, and it was recently revealed that a multiplayer reveal would take place in September.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 launches on October 28 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.
It's impossible to pick which of all these games is the most anticipated of the lot, but there's a strong case it would be God of War Ragnarok. Little has been shown, but many are excited to see the next step in the journey. Kratos and Atreus are looking to stop the apocalyptic events of Ragnarok from unfolding, with Freya and Thor serving as major antagonists. It remains to be seen how other characters like Tyr, Angrboda, and Fenrir all tie in, but the hype for this title is certainly high. This is especially true given fans know it brings God of War's Norse saga to an end, one way or another.
God of War Ragnarok releases on November 9 for PS4 and PS5.
Nothing builds hype quite like a new generation of Pokemon. There's still plenty to be shown regarding Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, but a lot of its new features have proven exciting for fans. It's the first, true open-world Pokemon title with a nonlinear story design, it features four-player co-op, and many have fallen head over heels for the new starters: Fuecoco, Quaxly, and Sprigatito. A recent Pokemon Scarlet and Violet trailer showed off some new Pokemon like Fidough and Cetitan, and it stands to reason only more new faces will be revealed heading into launch.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet release on November 18 for Nintendo Switch.
The Callisto Protocol is another horror game set to release this year, although it comes after the "spooky season" ends. Many were immediately attached to the project because it is directed by Glen Schofield, co-creator of the Dead Space series. This puts a lot of expectations on the game, but everything shown so far promises that it's going to be a frightful delight. It is set in the year 2320, in a prison colony called Black Iron on Jupiter's Callisto moon. Players take on the role of Jacob Lee who is caught in this prison during an alien invasion. Given this, Scorn, and the releases of the Dead Space and Resident Evil 4 remakes in early 2023, it's going to be a good couple of months for horror fans.
The Callisto Protocol launches on December 2 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.
UPDATE 8/12: Since the publication of this article, Hogwarts Legacy's release date has been delayed to February 10, 2023, pushing it well outside the fall 2022 release window.
Hogwarts Legacy may be the most dubious title on this list, as its release date has not yet been confirmed. It should be noted, however, that recent leaks point toward a December release date for Hogwarts Legacy, and if so, then fans will be getting it before the end of the year as promised. In it, players will experience a Hogwarts set far away from the Harry Potter movie universe and become a student, being sorted into one of the four houses. A connection to ancient magic, a goblin rebellion, and more are all tied to the plot, though it remains to be seen how everything comes together.
Hogwarts Legacy is in development for PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.
MORE: Will Hogwarts Legacy Be Delayed?
When Joshua Duckworth received Pokemon Yellow for Christmas at 5-years-old, his fate as a gamer was set. Since then, he’s been involved with every step of the gaming industries’ growth from the golden PS1 era and the dying days of the arcade to any current gaming trend. When he’s not writing, playing his own games, or thinking about writing or playing his games, he’s probably the second player to his son’s Pokemon Let’s Go, Pikachu! file. Joshua has an MA degree in English from Jacksonville State University.
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