There have been some great game releases this year, but it has been a little quieter than we’ve become accustomed to. However, we can rest assured that dozens of promising titles are on their way, and we’ve plucked out 15 that are expected in the next 12 months that we reckon are well worth watching out for.

 

Aliens: Dark Descent
Release date: 2023
PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One

A new Aliens game always brings high expectations, and this one’s looking just as claustrophobic and creepy as you’d hope. It’s a single-player, real-time squad-based action experience that brings an original new story into the Aliens universe. Players will lead a squad of new marines in combat “against the deadliest creature mankind has ever faced,” in a bid to uncover the sinister secret that the planet Lethe holds.

 

The Callisto Protocol
Release date: 2/12/22
PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One

The Dead Space vibes are strong in this one, which isn’t surprising when that classic game’s creator, Glen Schofield, is heading this one up. A narrative-driven, third-person survival horror outing with plenty of shooting action and close-quarters combat, it’s set 300 years in the future, where the player as Jacob Lee, an inmate in a maximum-security penitentiary located on Jupiter’s moon, must try to escape when fellow inmates start transforming into grotesque monsters.

Pre-order now at JB Hi-Fi.

 

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II
Release date: 28/10/22
PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4

This sequel to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is set to follow on directly from the action of the 2019 game, as players join Task Force 141 for their next global campaign in what we’re promised will be “a generational leap forward”. The campaign involves a new threat that will have our team trotting the globe from Europe to Asia and the Americas, while Special Ops co-op set the scene for the franchise’s legendary multiplayer.

Pre-order now at JB Hi-Fi.

 

Evil West
Release date: 20/9/22
PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4

Polish studio Flying Wild Hog, the people behind the Shadow Warrior games, are back, taking us on a trip to a Wild West with a bit of a difference – there be vampires! It’s all good though, for the player steps into the boots of one of the last agents in a top-secret vampire-hunting institute, protecting humanity from the evil that lurks in the shadows – presumably with big, pointy teeth – in wild, gory combat for one or two players.

Pre-order now at JB Hi-Fi.

 

Forza Motorsport
Release date: 2023
Xbox Series X|S

The next track-based iteration of the legendary Xbox series is going back to its roots by name, but it’ll look like nothing that has come before it. Harnessing all the technical wizardry of the latest hardware, such as 4K graphics at 60fps and on-the-fly ray tracing, this is set to be the shiniest Forza yet. Add truly dynamic weather and a cavalcade of cars and we’re excited!

 

Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed
Release date: 2022
PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One

There have been several Ghostbusters games over the years, dating right back to the 1980s. Some were good, some bad – where will Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed land? From Illfonic, the people behind Friday the 13th: The Game and Predator: Hunting Grounds, it’s set to be a multiplayer FPS experience in which, not surprisingly, players bust ghosts. A cool twist is that we’ll also be able to play as the ghost.

 

God of War Ragnarok
Release date: 2022
PS5, PS4

The sequel to Santa Monica Studio’s 2018 God of War is finally close. This one will see Kratos and his son Atreus three years on, journeying to each of the Nine Realms of Norse mythology on a quest for knowledge as they get ready for a battle that’s believed will see the end of days. Expect amazing visuals, from stunning, mythical landscapes to the array of fearsome Norse god and monster enemies that the pair will encounter.

Pre-order now at JB Hi-Fi.

 

Gotham Knights
Release date: 25/10/22
PS5, Xbox Series X|S

The newest Gotham City game will be an open world adventure that’s going to be almost entirely Batman-free. It’s set after the deaths of Bruce Wayne/Batman and Commissioner Jim Gordon, after which crime has soared in the fine city. With the Caped Crusader gone, it’s up to Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood and Robin to protect the city. Players will variously take on each of their roles to continue Batman’s legacy of protecting the good people of Gotham.

Pre-order now at JB Hi-Fi.

 

Marvel’s Midnight Suns
Release date: 7/10/22
PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One

From 2K and strategy pros Firaxis Games, prepare to enter the darker side of the Marvel universe in a tactical RPG that’s set to go big on the supernatural forces. Players will team up with the Midnight Suns, a group who are Earth’s last line of defence against the underworld running riot, handy as the nefarious Hydra has revived Lilith, the Mother of Demons. The game’s battle system promises superhero worthy rewards for those who master it.

Pre-order now at JB Hi-Fi.

 

Pokémon Scarlet/Violet
Release date: 18/11/22
Switch

Two exciting new core variants are coming to the Pokémon canon, in what’s being billed as “a new evolutionary step” for the series. Players will be able to explore a rich open world environment freely and at their own pace, with each of the Scarlet and Violet variants offering up different Legendary Pokémon. There’ll also be brand new Pokémon to discover, and one of the coolest features will be four-player online play.

Pre-order now at JB Hi-Fi.

 

Sonic Frontiers
Release date: 2022
PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Switch, PS4, Xbox One

Poor Sonic. If he’s not been confined to various in-game zones and platforms, he’s been stuck on race tracks or in pinball machines. But, in Sonic Frontiers, from the legendary Sonic Team, he’ll finally be free! Promising us a whole new experience, we’ll see the Blue Blur battling powerful enemies as per usual, but there’ll be freedom to roam the Starfall Islands, featuring everything from dense forests to majestic waterfalls and arid deserts.

 

Splatoon 3
Release date: 9/9/22
Switch

Nintendo’s keenly-awaited third outbreak of ink-shooting mayhem, Splatoon 3 will be with us soon, taking us to the arid Splatlands. It may be a desert, but it isn’t deserted, as it’s inhabited by tough, battle-ready Inklings and Octolings. Prepare for mega four-by-four Turf War battles in an array of new stages, with new moves and weaponry to master. There’ll also be a fresh new story mode, plus the next wave of co-op mode Salmon Run.

Pre-order now at JB Hi-Fi.

 

Starfield
Release date: 2023
Xbox Series X|S, PC

As Douglas Adams once observed, space is big, and Bethesda’s spacey new IP Starfield – their first newly created world in 25 years – promises a whole lot of the stuff. Set in the year 2330 and billed as a next generation role-playing game that’s set amongst the stars, players will be able to create their own bespoke character before roaming freely through the game’s universe, on a journey “to answer humanity’s greatest mystery”.

 

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
Release date: 2023
PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC

A sequel to the very well received Star Wars Jedi: The Fallen Order, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is set to directly follow on from events of that first, and very enjoyable, game outing. We don’t know a whole lot of what to expect at this time, however protagonist Cal Kestis and his robo-buddy BD-1 will definitely be back in some capacity, and the developers are promising more dynamic Jedi combat and cinematic storytelling.

 

Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty
Release date: 2023
PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One

Luo Guanzhong’s historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms has provided inspiration for many games over the years, and it’s at the heart of this latest release from Nioh developers Team Ninja. Set to be an action-packed affair, it’s the tale of a Chinese martial arts swordplay master militia soldier who’s on a quest for survival in a dark fantasy Three Kingdoms world, one that’s brimming with foes such as enemy soldiers and demons.