Did you get that shiny new gaming PC for Christmas? Are you waiting for that next big release to make the most of it? Maybe you rediscovered your love for gaming over the festive period and now you're waiting with baited breath for the new Nvidia GPUs or Intel's new cards?
Basically, I've just described myself. During the Christmas break I found that I was one of the few people who did not discover Titanfall 2 in its prime, and played through the campaign in absolute awe of this incredible game. So, with my FPS fires well and truly stoked, I have made a pledge to upgrade my graphics card with either an Nvidia or Intel offering, and get back into gaming this year. Most of my colleagues and friends had made New Year Resolutions that were centered around getting themselves healthier or happier in the coming months, which inevitably involve diets or cutting back on things... but I am not sure that's the best way forward. Surely, with a new gaming PC, and a raft of new games I will be happier?
Enough about me and my slack resolutions, let's talk about the games of Q1 2022.
The Big News - PC Game Releases
God of War PC - Jan 14
We couldn't help but notice that God of War for PC has NOT been delayed, and we're very happy about that. The date - January 14th - is still carved in stone, so having a huge release like this in the first couple of weeks of January is a great way to start the year. If you upgraded your PC to get the best out of AAA titles like GoW, then this will be welcome news.
If there were any development problems, I'm sure we would have heard before now; when God of War Ragnarok development was pushed back, we knew about it pretty swiftly. Christopher Judge, the incredible voice actor of Kratos, told the world on Twitter that he was actually the reason behind Ragnarok development being delayed. "Ragnarok was delayed because of me. August 2019, I couldn’t walk. Had to have back surgery, both hips replaced, and, knee surgery." Judge said. hats off to Sony, who were extremely supportive of his personal circumstances, and allowed him to get through rehab unhindered.
The multi-platform Rainbow Six Extraction which will be available on Xbox One, Stadia, PC, PS5, PS4, and Xbox Series X/S, will be out on January 20th. The latest installment in the franchise should have set the entire Rainbow Six competitive gaming community on fire, but we learned that RS:E would not have PvP. Instead, Ubisoft showed off some co-op gameplay, where players need to work together against a common enemy, gathering intel and dispatching aliens along the way.
This three-person co-op play is an interesting string to the franchise's bow, however, and it is refreshing to see a developer understand that "if it ain't broke, don't try to fix it". Rainbow Six Siege currently has around 70,000 - 80,000 concurrent players on Steam, and the game experience is still as engaging with PvP players. RS:E should offer a new experience for fans of the franchise without staining the legacy, and that is a good thing.
Dying Light 2 Stay Human - Feb 4
We've been treated to plenty of content while the developers set about bringing the next installment to life. From audio stories to huge gameplay trailers, we've had enough to whet our appetites for the brooding, open-world run & gun. The new release date of February 4th (pushed back from the original December 2021), came with some clue as to what the delays were about:
"Because the same game can have so many variants, and some of those variants can be so drastically different that you have to verify every playthrough, not just 1,000 times, but 1,000 times multiplied by the number of variations in the game. So this is the reason for the delay, and also this is our baby. This is our IP. The Dying Light IP is owned by our studio. So we just knew that we couldn’t release the game if it’s not ready to release." said lead game designer Tymon Smektala in an interview with MP1ST.
2022 Upcoming PC Game Release Schedule
Monster Hunter Rise - January 12th
The Anacrusis - January 13th
God of War- January 14th
Nobody Saves the World - January 18th
Rainbow Six Extraction - January 20th
Windjammers 2 - January 20th
Pupperazzi - January 20th
Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection - January 28th
Life is Strange Remastered Collection - February 1st
The Waylanders - February 2nd
Dying Light 2 Stay Human - February 4th
Sifu - February 8th
OlliOlli World - February 8th
Know By Heart – February 10th
Lost Ark - February 11th
Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires - February 15th
King of Fighters XV - February 17th
Total War: Warhammer III - February 17th
Destiny 2: The Witch Queen - February 22nd
Monark - February 22nd
Martha is Dead - February 24th
Elden Ring - February 25th
GRID Legends - February 25th
Elex II - March 1st
Babylon's Fall - March 2nd
SpellForce III Reforced - March 8th
Assassin's Creed Valhalla - Dawn of Ragnarok DLC - March 10th
Distant Worlds 2 - March 10th
Tunic - March 16th
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax - March 17th
Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin - March 18th
Tiny Tina's Wonderlands - March 25th
Lost Ark - March 31st
Weird West - March 31st
Starship Troopers: Terran Command - March 31st
Keep your eyes peeled on the CCL blog - Indie Game Releases 2022 coming soon!