FeaturesSponsoredVideo Games

Major Upcoming Video Games Releasing Through the End of 2022

List of Major Video Games with an August - December 2022 Release Date

This year has already given us whiplash with the variety of stunningly high-quality releases, from Elden Ring to Kirby and the Forgotten Land to Xenoblade Chronicles 3. However, there are still a lot of major upcoming video games yet to release between August and December 2022, and today we’re offering a roundup list of all of them. This doesn’t even include the tremendous amount of promising indies, but we think this group of games will keep you plenty busy through to the end of the year.

This article is sponsored by Gamecamp.gg, where you can get the best game deals, price comparisons, and all the available retailers for your desired video games in one place.

A List of Major Video Games with an August – December 2022 Release Date

Two Point Campus – August 9

Two Point Campus is the thrilling simulation sequel to Two Point Hospital, swapping out the hospital for a variety of colorful college campuses that you must shepherd to greatness. Build the perfect campus, expand its course selection and faculty, and cater to your students’ every need, even helping them build relationships with another. Also, there are dragons and wizard magic and meteor showers and lots of fanciful things you probably never expected to see in a school simulation game! We reviewed this game recently and were impressed with its accessible simulation experience.

Platforms: Switch, PS4, PS5, XB1, XSX, PC

Saints Row – August 23

Saints Row is a reboot of the chaotic open-world franchise, with developer Volition introducing a new American Southwest setting, new characters, robust character customization, and plenty more where that came from. If you ever enjoyed the “What if we made Grand Theft Auto but one million percent more extreme and stupid?” antics of Saints Row in the past, you are likely to get a similar feeling again with this reboot, though we’ll have to wait a couple weeks to find out for sure.

Platforms: PS4, PS5, XB1, XSX, PC, Stadia

List of Major Video Games with an August - December 2022 Release Date - Soul Hackers 2

Soul Hackers 2 – August 26

Soul Hackers 2 is an RPG from Atlus that is one of the many offshoots of the Shin Megami Tensei franchise, and it is the sequel to Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers. This title just might be the sweet spot between Shin Megami Tensei V and the massively popular Persona 5. It has familiar mechanics and demons to battle and summon, but it will probably have more story than Shin Megami Tensei V without being as completely life-consuming in length as Persona 5. Then again, SMTV was an awfully huge (and addicting) game itself.

Platforms: PS4, PS5, XB1, XSX, PC

Splatoon 3 – September 9

Splatoon 3 requires little explanation. It’s everything that kid-friendly multiplayer third-person shooter Splatoon 2 was, except with new stuff tossed on top, including more single-player content. It’s one of the most attractive go-to nonviolent multiplayer experiences available for Switch, and Nintendo recently showcased all the new features in one place.

Platforms: Switch

Valkyrie Elysium – September 29 (PS4, PS5), November 11 (PC)

Valkyrie Elysium revives the Valkyrie Profile RPG series at Square Enix. This time, it’s an action RPG instead of strictly turn-based, but otherwise, everything about it sounds extremely typical Valkyrie. You will recruit Einherjar, who can be summoned to fight alongside you, and the objective is to stop Ragnarok. This one is in development at Soleil Ltd.

Platforms: PS4, PS5, XB1, XSX, PC

Overwatch 2 – October 4 (Early Access)

Overwatch 2 has had an odd and prolonged development, but it will soon arrive in early access as a free-to-play online hero shooter. It will also notably replace the original Overwatch in its entirety, which isn’t so great from a preservation perspective but might not bother casual fans. Overwatch 2 will deliver more of what fans already enjoy about the Blizzard franchise, but it will also notably include a pronounced PvE single-player component for its final release next year.

Platforms: Switch, PS4, PS5, XB1, XSX, PC

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope – October 20

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope is the sequel to Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, being a strategy game developed by Ubisoft that combines Mario characters with Ubisoft’s Rabbids. The first game was surprisingly tough but well crafted, and it stands to reason the sequel will deliver more of the same, but now with a freer range of motion when making moves with your team.

Platforms: Switch

Gotham Knights – October 25

Batman is dead. It is up to the Bat-Family of Nightwing, Robin, Batgirl, and Red Hood to pick up the pieces in a Gotham City gone mad while the malevolent Court of Owls is manipulating things behind the scenes. It’s a solid premise, and in practice, Gotham Knights will be a drop-in, drop-out two-player co-op action RPG with gear you can equip and upgrade and an open world to explore. WB Games Montreal, the developer of Gotham Origins, is developing Gotham Knights, and it is looking pretty good in trailers except for some frame rate issues.

Platforms: PS5, XSX, PC

List of Major Video Games with an August - December 2022 Release Date - Star Ocean: The Divine Force

Star Ocean: The Divine Force – October 27

Developer tri-Ace is back with the long-awaited next entry in the sci-fi/fantasy RPG series Star Ocean, and this time, it will hopefully be a good game that the average person actually enjoys. Star Ocean: The Divine Force is published by Square Enix and introduces character flight somewhat in the vein of Anthem, which should be a fun way to zip around its vast environments.

Platforms: PS4, PS5, XB1, XSX, PC

Bayonetta 3 – October 28

Bayonetta 2 was easily one of the greatest action games ever made when it came to Wii U, and hopefully PlatinumGames can make lightning strike twice with the coming release of Bayonetta 3. The story introduces some time travel shenanigans and a “veritable coven of Bayonettas,” and there are some new mechanics to go with it. It won’t sell as much as a new Mario or Pokémon game does, but Bayonetta 3 is nonetheless one of the Nintendo Switch games for whom players have the highest expectations — and for good reason.

Platforms: Switch

List of Major Video Games with an August - December 2022 Release Date - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II – October 28

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II from Activision and Infinity Ward is the sequel to the 2019 reboot, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. It is not a remake of the 2009 game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Absolutely awful naming conventions aside, this could potentially be one of the last Call of Duty games that appears on PlayStation consoles following the sale of Activision to Microsoft, but reports conflict on this subject.

Platforms: PS4, PS5, XB1, XSX, PC

Harvestella – November 4

Harvestella was a delightful surprise at the June 2022 Nintendo Direct Mini, being a life-sim video game with action RPG and farming elements from Square Enix. Basically, it’s Square’s take on a game like Rune Factory, except the graphics are a dramatic improvement over virtually any other farming game out there. (It sure makes Stardew Valley look hideous.) If you dig farming sims and/or action RPGs, this is one to watch with great interest.

Platforms: Switch, PC

Skull and Bones – November 8

Ubisoft’s Skull and Bones has escaped development hell at long last and is ready to share its pirate adventure gameplay with the world. Quite a bit already has changed in the gaming landscape since it was first announced, but hopefully the game can carve out a niche for itself and coexist peacefully with the other pirate adventure game, Sea of Thieves.

Platforms: PS4, PS5, XB1, XSX, PC, Stadia, Luna

God of War Ragnarok – November 9

The PlayStation 4 God of War was a massive hit for Sony and also a massive tonal shift, elevating its narrative to a new level. God of War Ragnarok will conclude the saga that began in the previous game, and Kratos and his son Atreus will travel the nine realms to try to avert Ragnarok (much like with Valkyrie Elysium above). The game has some awesome collector’s editions available, but none of them come with a physical disc, which sure seems to miss the point.

Platforms: PS4, PS5

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet – November 18

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are the next mainline Pokémon games on Nintendo Switch. This time, it’s an open-world adventure that allows for four-player multiplayer exploration. The starter Pokémon have been revealed, in addition to some other adorable new critters like Lechonk the pig. There is also the new Terastallize mechanic and Legendaries becoming your major mode of transportation. Done right, Scarlet and Violet could mark a major evolution for a franchise that is ironically slow to change.

Platforms: Switch

Pentiment – November

Obsidian Entertainment is hard at work making AAA western RPGs like Avowed and The Outer Worlds 2, but it also surprised the world during the 2022 Xbox & Bethesda Showcase with Pentiment, a narrative journey set in 16th century Bavaria. The game is about “Journeyman Artist Andreas Maler during a time of great social unrest,” and it will involve a lot of decision-making that greatly changes the story. It and its distinct art style are inspired by “illuminated manuscripts, woodcut prints, and history itself.” Its precise release date in November is still TBA.

Platforms: XB1, XSX, PC

The Callisto Protocol

The Callisto Protocol – December 2

One of the creators of Dead Space is back, creating a game that is just like Dead Space except not Dead Space, called The Callisto Protocol. Its trailers depict gore at a level of visual fidelity seldom seen, which is probably a good thing if you love horror games. Just make sure not to confuse it with the Dead Space remake, which is coming early next year.

Platforms: PS4, PS5, XB1, XSX, PC

Dragon Quest Treasures – December 9

Dragon Quest Treasures is an unexpected action RPG-ish spinoff of Dragon Quest XI, starring a younger Eric and his sister Mia. They will recover the seven Dragonstones during their whimsical journey across land, sea, and air. There are monster-taming elements as well, as monsters in your party can both assist in combat and help you track down treasure. It sounds like a lot of thought is being put into this odd project.

Platforms: Switch

Finally, here is a small list of additional major video games currently scheduled to release in 2022, but they do not yet have a final release date:

Suffice to say, that is a lot of video games to look forward to just between August and December 2022. Let us know what you are most hyped for and what else is on your radar through the rest of the year.

Check out even more games where these came from at great prices at Gamecamp.gg.

About the author

John Friscia
Former Managing Editor at The Escapist. I have been writing about video games since 2018 and editing writing on IT, project management, and video games for around a decade. I have an English degree, but Google was a more valuable learning resource. I taught English in South Korea for a year in 2018, and it was exponentially more fun than living in Pennsylvania. My major passions in life are SNES, Japanese RPGs, Berserk, and K-pop. I'm currently developing the game Boss Saga with my brother, which is guaranteed to change your life and you should buy it.