The year has only just begun, and we're already in a fighting mood. Good thing there are plenty of games lined up in 2022 to compete in and throw down in some brutal battles with friends. From sequels to long-running franchises to surprise newcomers and even some old favorites, the slate of fighting games confirmed for this year are looking great so far. We've put together a list of the best-looking brawlers we know of coming in 2022, organized conveniently in release date order. Without further ado, these are the fighting games we can't wait to play over the next 12 months.
The next Fire Emblem Heroes Mythic Hero banner will begin on January 28, 2022 and add Elimine to the game. She might look unfamiliar to folks. This is because she was only mentioned in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade and the Japan-exclusive GBA game Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. (However, she did make a cameo in The Blazing Blade under certain conditions.)
Elimine is a five-star healer in Fire Emblem Heroes. This means she is a colorless unit that uses a staff. She’s also classified as a flier. Her Staff of the Saint offers both buffs and debuffs. Allies within two spaces of her get +6 to their defense and resistance. It also keeps foes from counterattacking when they face her in battle. Enemies in cardinal directions also can’t use select start of turn skill effects. Her default moveset also includes the A/S Far Trace 3 skill with Canto and Nudge+, which can push an ally after healing them.
Here’s her full moveset.
These are the other characters that will be focus units on the banner.
The digital edition of the Elden Ring issue goes live tomorrow at 2 PM CST. At the exact same time, I’ll be heading to the official Game Informer Twitch channel to do a live discussion about everything we saw and played during our nearly 10 hours of hands-on time with From Software’s upcoming dark action RPG. While this obviously comes with a spoiler warning, even with our extensive play session, there are many, many secrets left to discover in Elden Ring – even with the marathon session, I feel like I’ve barely begun to scratch the surface of what Elden Ring has to offer.
We’ll be talking about mechanics, features, gameplay, environments, and some other big surprises, but From Software has always been quite reserved in what they choose to show off early compared to what’s available in the final game – remember Bloodborne? No one was ready for where that journey would take us! So come hang out, chat, and ask your questions about Elden Ring. While I won’t be able to answer every question, I’ll do my best to facilitate some great conversations about what you can expect diving into Elden Ring.
In addition to the stream, look forward to a deluge of coverage to hit GameInformer.com soon, including some exclusive video.
Ghibli Park, a theme park inspired by the works of legendary anime studio Ghibli, will open on November 1, 2022 in Japan. The opening date was announced by Governor of Aichi Prefecture Hideaki Omura, where the park is located, and Studio Ghibli Producer Toshio Suzuki. The announcement was accompanied by photos of the construction site. [Thanks, ANN]
Here's how it looks.
The Aichi Tourism Bureau also took the occasion to promote tourism to the area. It shared a promotional video.
The four-minute trailer called "Play Along with the Wind" shows off areas in Aichi proper. It ends on a visit to Satsuki and Mei's House. The house is an attraction within Ghibli Park that replicates the residence of the characters Satsuki and Mei. They appeared in the Ghibli film My Neighbor Totoro.
Yesterday, developer 343 Industries shook up Halo Infinite’s ranked playlist. For the foreseeable future, matches of capture the flag, specifically on the Behemoth map, will no longer appear in the playlist’s rotation, effectively nixing one of the most widely hated maps. Players of the hit multiplayer shooter widely…
Third-party developers have revealed new assets showing off their upcoming add-ons for Microsoft Flight Simulator on top of a new project.
The developer has been quiet as issues with the development SDK have caused a temporary halt of work on the airport, but they hope to resume it after the launch of the new world update next week.
Mostly, I want people to shut up about NFTs and cryptocurrency and the metaverse and play-to-earn games. Maybe if we turn away and pretend they're not there, it'll all burn out when scammers grow tired of being scammed by other scammers. However, one of the few people I do want to hear talk about it all is Yanis Varoufakis, who was Valve's in-house economist before becoming Greece's finance minister then an MP. In a wonderfully long new interview, he is not impressed by much of the hype, and it is DELIGHTFUL.
Iron Galaxy’s upcoming wrestling-flavored battle royale Rumbleverse has been delayed. The first season was slated to launch on February 15, with an open beta taking place a week prior.
A new release date has not been announced. Iron Galaxy’s blog post states that the game needs a bit more work, saying, “there’s more we want to do to perfect the experience.” Those who purchased the Early Access Pack will receive refunds. In the meantime, Iron Galaxy does plan to hold a tech test on February 12 that PC players can participate in.Click here to watch embedded media
Rumbleverse debuted during The Game Awards 2021 and is a brawling-centric take on the battle royale. Players control customizable fighters that throw fists, swing steel chairs, and perform wrestling moves such as suplexes and elbow drops instead of using firearms. These grapplers can also scale buildings for added verticality. Rumbleverse is scheduled to launch on PlayStation and Xbox consoles and is an Epic Store exclusive on PC.
Today Rare and Microsoft hosted the Sea of Thieves 2022 preview event providing a look at what you can expect from the game this year.
The developers introduced Adventures, which are story-driven live events that will be released once a month and last about two weeks. They will be part of an overarching storyline, with each Adventure being a new chapter of that story.
Each season will feature a special adventure that will be the finale. The outcome of the story will depend on the players’ actions.
The next reveal is Mysteries which will be longer-running stories that players will have to solve and uncover based on clues provided in and out of the game.
We then get the first look at Season Six, which will introduce sea forts. There will be six, and there players will battle against phantoms and their captains.
We also take a look at the roadmap for 2022, which you can see below.
Founded way back in 1972, Atari celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The all-but-defunct company doesn’t really make games anymore, but it does like to plaster its recognizable logo over everything it can find—from hotels to PCs. And to celebrate that the company is still clinging to life, Atari has finally…
Yet again, PlayStation Plus in Japan will get an additional game that isn't available worldwide. The announcement for the region included a fourth Atlus title. In February 2022, the Japanese PlayStation Plus lineup also offers Dragon's Crown Pro. People with a subscription there can claim it until February 28, 2022.
It appears alongside EA Sports UFC 4 (PS4), Planet Coaster: Console Edition (PS5), and Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep: A Wonderlands One-shot Adventure (PS4). All three of those will be available worldwide.
フリープレイに『EA SPORTS UFC 4』や『ドラゴンズクラウン・プロ』『タイニー・ティナとドラゴンの城塞 ～ワンダーランズで一発限りの大冒険！』など4タイトルが登場！
— プレイステーション公式 (@PlayStation_jp) January 27, 2022
It’s about time. The women’s game of hockey is finally making its way to EA’s NHL series. The latest NHL 22 patch introduces playable women’s teams and full IIHF (International Ice Hockey Federation) rosters to the game, just in time to generate hype for the Winter Olympics in Beijing. This means you’ll be able to take the ice as some of the great icons making a name for themselves in the sport, from Team USA’s speedy Kendall Coyne-Schofield to Team Canada’s “Captain Clutch” Marie-Philip Poulin.
This is a great moment for the women’s game, and the impact isn’t lost on the players. Marie-Philip Poulin said in an EA Sports press release that “It has been such a privilege to lace up my digital skates for the very first time in NHL
22, and to get to do so while playing for my country makes it all the more surreal." She continued, "Representation matters, and I’m thrilled that every young girl who picks up a controller to play NHL 22 can feel like hockey is a sport for her, too.”
With Dying Light 2 Stay Human right around the corner – it hits PlayStation and Xbox consoles and PC on February 4 – we thought now (or rather, 2 p.m. CT) was the perfect time to brush up on our parkour skills. We might kill a couple dozen zombies while we’re at it, too.
Dying Light was released on January 27, 2015, and in many ways, it took gamers by surprise. It was a new entry in a franchise, which is exciting enough, but it was also released in a period of the year where not many games do. That’s not necessarily the case anymore, but that’s because Techland and Dying Light popularized (or at least strengthened the idea of) the January release, and they did so to great success.Click here to watch embedded media
Before Hello Games made a name for itself with the procedurally generated space adventure No Man’s Sky, its developer was all about Joe Danger, a cartoonish motorcycle stuntman racing through an eponymous series of console and mobile games. After years of being defunct due to iOS updates, the Joe Danger mobile games…
Sea of Thieves players of a certain vintage may well recall Wanda.
Wanda was a weaponsmith on Golden Sands outpost back in year one, as unremarkable a background character as any of Sea of Thieves' NPC shopkeepers. One day, though, something strange occurred. Word began to spread among players that Wanda was behaving shiftily; she forgot her name, lost her voice, and started hiding her arm behind her back whenever anyone was in range. More inquisitive sorts thought to catch her unawares, scaling atop her shack to peer through a window unseen. That's when the truth was revealed; Wanda was undergoing a horrific transformation, slowly turning skeletal as the weeks progressed. Things only got stranger from there; pungent plumes of smoke could be seen rising from her chimney, a mysterious companion was spotted lurking at the back of her store, and then she was gone.
Today marks the first day of Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty preview season for Magic: The Gathering, and it’s looking to be an exciting start of the year for the trading card game. Neon Dynasty marks the first return to a fan-favorite plane in 20 years, but instead of working with the same tropes used back in the day, Kamigawa has received a bit of a glow-up.
Set in the present day, 1200 years after our previous visit, Kamigawa is now home to a cybernetic civilization full of robotics, body modifications, and of course, plenty of neon lights. It’s now Magic’s most high-tech plane, a Japanese-inspired cyberpunk realm that I never thought we’d ever see. However, the Kamigawa of old is not lost, as this advanced society lives in balance with the kami, spirits, and nature we know and love.
People will have a reason to visit the Epic Games Store each week again in 2022. The company announced how 2021 went for the storefront and what people can expect from 2022. In it, it confirmed that Epic Games Store free games will continue in 2022 too.
How it works is that each week on Thursday, Epic Games offers at least one free game. People have a week to claim it. Once they get it, they own it forever. All they need is an Epic Games Store account to claim it. During special events like the weekly winter holiday sale, the company will offer a free game each day. In 2021, it led that campaign with free copies of Shenmue 3.
In addition to more free games, other 2022 plans came up. There will be more download options. Game Hubs will be introduced. There will be rating and poll systems introduced.
As for Daemon X Machina, this is the mech action game that originally debuted on the Nintendo Switch. A PC version followed in 2020. Originally, that was only available via Steam. But now it is on Epic Games Store as well.
Daemon X Machina is the Epic Games Store free game for January 27, 2022 through February 2, 2022. Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair will be available February 3-10, 2022.
Hi! I’m Lena. You’ve probably heard my music in Celeste, or from this year: Minecraft, or Chicory, or Moonglow Bay. Maybe you saw my list from 2020 and just had to know what I thought for 2021. Whatever your reasons for browsing over to this list, hi! I write music & make games. I also have lots of opinions about them.
2021 in games was honestly good to me. People have led a lot of round-up articles talking about how there was no “big standout game” for people to rally around, and honestly I think that’s a wonderful thing. We didn’t, because the gaming space continues to grow more diverse every single year. Instead, we got a lot of really amazing and unexpected gems, some really sick remakes & ports of older games, and the kinda unbridled glee I get from seeing the dominant AAA games being 3D platformers (Ratchet & Psychonauts), a racing game (More Forza Horizon), and a shmup-like 3rd person shooter (Returnal).
None of those games are in my top 10 though, so let’s dig into some specifics on where my gaming tendencies led me in 2021. I played a ton of games. Here’s some of them!
Neat Games I Didn’t Play Enough Of (Yet)
I am an easily distracted person, and sometimes games become a little too strenuous on either my brain or my hands to complete. But I still wanted to give some words of recommendation to these few games that really left a good impression on me.
While the Dead or Alive franchise appears to be dormant on consoles, the free-to-play PC game Dead or Alive Xtreme: Venus Vacation continues to grow its roster.
Over the past few years, many new girls have been added to the game, but fans have been wondering why some of the classic heroines from the fighting games were left out. Today we learn that one of them is returning with tomorrow’s update, and it’s Tina Armstrong.
The superstar wrestler will as usual be made available with her dedicated gacha, and you can see her in action in the trailer below.
As usual, you should not expect to get her immediately (or even in the near future) unless you’re willing to pay. Her gacha will be exclusive to paid V-stones. Even if you are willing to open the wallet, the game’s terrible percentages won’t help you. The usual 1.1% SSR chance will likely be diluted down to 0.78% by a bunch of useless old SSR outfits thrown in the mix to make things unnecessarily difficult.
The good news is that her introduction will likely mean that the previous newcomer Koharu will likely become available in a free gacha soon.
In a recent interview with Men’s Journal, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson — the burly mountain of muscle with a million-dollar smile — revealed that he intends to “bring one of the biggest, most badass games to the screen.”
The Rock stated that an announcement was coming but that he could not divulge which franchise he was referring to. This is not unfamiliar territory, as he has both Doom and Rampage under his belt. That particular belt hangs shamefully in an unassuming corner of the basement, as both of those movies were quite dreadful.
So what could Dwayne Johnson be hinting at? The gaming world is abuzz with the possibilities, and we’re throwing our hat into the ring with a list of options that will someday prove prophetic. Don’t be surprised when he actually elects to do all six of them in quick succession. Or simultaneously. He’s pretty versatile, you know.
Also, our hat is an expensive fedora with a playing card wedged into the band, and we would like it back when you’re done with it.
Hello lovely Giant Bomb community. This marks my third year in a row that I have been asked to write a list for my favorite games site, and I’m happy to do so again! It has continued to be an incredibly weird year for us all, and while the situation in the NYC theatre scene is currently especially bleak because of Omicron, I’ve been thrilled to watch the theatre return, slowly but surely. To celebrate that, I’ve decided to share my favorite theatre moment of the year, as well as some other favorite moments across all forms of media, before hopping into my Games of the Year. I took a lot of comfort in enjoying these things and I wanted to share them. Because it’s my list!!! And I can!!!
Theatre of the Year: Hadestown’s first performance back
(Full Disclosure, I’m a co-producer on Hadestown)
And quite possibly, in the time it's taken you to read this intro, Dan has inexplicably won a juggling contest, invented a new type of eating utensil and written several books on all the subjects previously referenced. For signed copies, please reach out to Dan directly on Twitter.
Dan's Honorable Mentions: Loop Hero, Forza Horizon 5, Death’s Door, WarioWare: Get it Together!
We are honored to have Super Eyepatch Wolf contributing to our 2021 Game of the Year guestlists. If you're unfamiliar with Mr. Wolf, he has a supremely great YouTube channel where he makes videos that shake the entire internet with each release.
His most recent upload, "What The Internet Did to Garfield," is not just perfectly on the nose for the GB Extended Universe, but has also been viewed over 2.5 million times.
But perhaps best of all, we're currently working on a new podcast with John that will begin to air in February.
Inscryption, Shin Megami Tensei V, Metroid Dread, Little Nightmares 2, Binding of Isaac: Repentance.
Fans of 2000s platformers may remember Kao the Kangaroo. The punching marsupial first graced North American audiences in 2001 on Dreamcast, PC, and Game Boy Advance and starred in three subsequent titles in the following years. Though the series never reached the heights of a Crash Bandicoot or Ratchet & Clank, that hasn’t stopped Tate Multimedia from resurrecting the forgotten mascot for a brand new adventure.
Kao the Kangaroo is a brand-new title coming this summer that lets players jump, swing, climb, and pummel their way through a variety of colorful worlds. If you’ve caught yourself reminiscing about Kao asking, "wonder if they'll ever make a new one of those?" this is your day. Take a look at how Kao is being modernized in the trailer below.Click here to watch embedded media
Kao the Kangaroo doesn’t have a firm release date, but it’s coming to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. It won’t be the only platformer from yesteryear making a comeback. Joe & Mac is also getting a remake which you can read about here.
Hey hi folks! I’m so glad to be here. I’m so glad you’re here, too. <3
Last year was a lot. I think I grew more as a person than I have in a very long time, in no small part thanks to a metric tonne of heavy-duty therapy. But it’s been a lot of grueling, exhausting work! And also, like… the pandemic’s been rough. We were not meant to be apart for so long. Fingers crossed this year will be kinder to all of us.
Hitman 3 Steam owners will get a free upgrade starting today to make up for the game's shaky launch.
As revealed by developer IO Interactive in a community support post, fans who purchased the game on Steam following its launch on January 20 will be entitled to a free upgrade of the game. The developer admitted in its post that Hitman 3's Steam launch didn't exactly go as planned following a flurry of fan backlash over the topic.
"We were excited to bring HITMAN 3 to Steam with new content and we knew that anticipation and excitement levels amongst our Steam players was high, especially as the game had been an Epic exclusive for a year," read a statement from the company. "Ultimately, we didn’t meet our own expectations of a launch experience and we don’t like that our Steam community is beginning their HITMAN 3 journey in this way."
"So, here’s what we’re going to do: Everyone on Steam who has already bought HITMAN 3, or anyone that buys the game through to February 19th 2022, will be granted a free upgrade. Starting on January 27th 2022, this process will begin to automatically roll out via Steam entitlements. Simply launch your Steam copy of HITMAN 3 and the new content from your free upgrade will be waiting for you to enjoy."
The specific upgrade you'll be entitled to will depend upon which version of the game you have purchased. Fans who have paid for the standard edition of Hitman 3 will automatically be upgraded to the Deluxe Edition, while those who already own the Deluxe Edition or a copy of Hitman Trilogy will gain access to the Seven Deadly Sins Collection.
This is the year that I went from playing games and talking about games to actually making games. I’ve been helping Stray Bombay (the makers of The Anacrusis) with comms, which means I finally understand how the sausage is made. At least for our game. Of course, I also co-host Brad & Will Made a Tech Pod with someone you probably know, and have been streaming PUBG, Returnal, Inscryption, The Anacrusis, and the occasional LEGO build on Twitch. (By the way, The Anacrusis came out in early access on Steam, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, the Epic Games Store, and Xbox/PC Game Pass on January 13. You should check it out!)
Mercifully, voice comms in PC games aren’t all about being lambasted by strangers. Whether giving a quick thanks to a helpful teammate or settling into an hours-long Discord session, some games are just better with a bit of a chinwag going on – and adding one of the best gaming microphones to your setup will make sure you always come through loud and clear.
When KOF XV debuts, people who get a day one physical or special edition will also get a Garou: Mark of the Wolves DLC outfit for Terry Bogard. To help call attention to it (and some gameplay details), SNK shared a new trailer. In it, people can see Terry wearing the Fatal Fury look while fighting or talking to other members of the cast.
Here's a full look at the Garou Terry KOF XV DLC. The trailer starts with a conversation between Terry and Blue Mary. It hints at the relationship between the two characters. This also provides a chance to see the outfit up close. In-battle footage comes up after that. Then at the 47 second mark, the different color palettes for this costume are shown off. It's followed by him reuniting with King of Dinosaurs. However, he accidentally calls him by his Garou: Mark of the Wolves name.
Be honest with me: when you read the words "Lovecraftian dating sim", did your mind go straight to a joke about tentacle porn? Horror-themed dating sims are not exactly new, but it's rare to be given the opportunity to date the eldritch gods themselves, and taken at face value, it's hard to imagine where else this could be going.
Well, allow me to dispel your illusions right away: Sucker For Love: First Date is not an H-game. It is, in fact, the most chaste dating sim I think I've ever played, while also managing to be the most obscenely graphic. You often hear games that straddle different genres accused of not knowing what they're trying to be. Sucker For Love does not suffer from this issue: it knows exactly what it wants to be. The challenge is for you, the hapless player, to keep the hell up.
Ed Boon, the co-creator of Mortal Kombat and Injustice, will be inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame this year.
As part of the 25th annual D.I.C.E. awards, Boon will join Bethesda's Todd Howard, Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto, Valve's Gabe Newell, Xbox's Bonnie Ross and other industry legends in the Hall of Fame. The award is given to "game creators who have been instrumental in the development of highly influential games and moving a particular genre forward."
Ed Boon began his career programming pinball machines, before moving into video game development and co-creating Mortal Kombat with John Tobias. The game stirred up controversy for its depiction of ludicrous ultraviolence, but has become part of the fighting game firmament over eleven mainline installments. Boon went onto create Netherrealm Studios, which added much-loved DC superhero series Injustice to its fighting game line-up.
"We are thrilled to have Ed be inducted into our Hall of Fame," says Meggan Scavio, AIAS president. "From his early work on pinball machines to his monumental achievements co-creating the Mortal Kombat franchise, Ed's dedication and perseverance to the craft and art of games has left an incredible legacy for fans and game developers alike."
The 2022 D.I.C.E. awards take place on February 24, and IGN will be the official media partner, meaning you'll be able to stream the entire event live right here with us.
HELLO YES THIS IS DREW. Cranking out retro games and F1 podcasts doesn’t always leave a lot of time to play stuff these days, but I still managed to put together a list of things I played that came out this year! So stay awhile, and read.
10. Pokémon Unite
I’m really just putting this on here because it’s the closest substitute I’ve found for Fates Forever–the one (mobile) MOBA I ever got into–which was BRUTALLY ERASED FROM EXISTENCE so its developers could focus on some other project called “Discord.”
Today Paradox Interactive released a new video about the upcoming major expansion to Crusader Kings 3, Royal Court, which was announced back in May.
The video focuses on explaining a couple of basic aspects of your court, Grandeur and amenities, the balance of which will determine how you’ll influence the courtiers and peasants that visit you.
You can watch a trailer and hear about the expansion below.
Royal Court is going to launch on February 8, 2022, and below you can check out a summary of its features.
Last year, Odd Taxi took the anime world by storm, as its unique blend of pacing, storytelling, and characters made for a wild ride that resulted in one of the best anime of the year. And while no word has been revealed as to whether the show is getting a season 2, a film, Odd Taxi: In the Woods was announced in December.
Odd Taxi: In the Woods is set to depict the events of the anime in a film version, serving as a reconstructed compilation of the events of the series. Alongside this, it will also depict the aftermath of the shocking final episode, which ended on a cliffhanger. You can get an idea of what is in store with the teaser and key visual below.
For those that have never seen Odd Taxi, we’ve provided a series synopsis for your convenience:
Free games! It's hard to pass up on such an offer. In Epic's bid to steal market share from Steam, the Fortnite and Unreal Engine developer has been continuously giving away games since the launch of its Game Store.
Right on schedule, Epic has announced next week's free title: Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair.