It’s understandable that big Triple-A gaming experiences tend to dominate pre-release publicity and hype, but there are plenty of smaller, indie games coming out in 2022 that players should be excited about, too. These games may lack the budget of most major developer releases, but indie games no longer lag behind other titles in graphical fidelity, depth, or quality.
Supporting indie games supports the growth of the gaming industry, and every major gaming platform will host a slew of indie games throughout 2022. While it can sometimes be difficult for gamers to sift through all releases in any given year, these games are among the most likely to deliver a memorable entertainment experience.
Trek to Yomi
Video games are often inspired by movies, and Hike to Yomi was clearly inspired by many of the best classic samurai movies like Yojimbo and Seven Samurai. This black and white side-scroller aims to deliver a cinematic story about revenge.
The protagonist, Hiroki, swears to his dying master that he will protect his village and everyone in it from evil. After an early failure, Hiroki must battle human and supernatural enemies to return to his duty and fulfill his vow. Hike to Yomi will be released on PlayStation and Microsoft consoles and on PC in 2022.
Developed by lone creator, Andrew Shouldice, and published by Finki, Tunic is an isometric adventure game reminiscent of The Legend of Zelda franchise. Tunic puts players in control of a humanoid fox as it navigates the game world to solve puzzles and battle enemies.
Like other “Metroidvanias”, the game world will slowly open up as the player acquires new tools and weapons that grant the player character more abilities. Tunic is set to release on all Microsoft consoles and PCs on March 16, 2022.
Kerbal Space Program 2
the original Kerbal Space Program had an unusual start. Developer Felipe Falanghe approached his boss at a marketing company to create a video game. To his surprise, he said yes and Falanghe received financial support. The IP was sold to Take-Two Interactive, and the sequel is currently in development at Intercept Games.
Kerbal Space Program 2 was guided by consultations with several established astrophysicists and aeronautical experts to keep the experience as reasonably realistic as possible. The game will be released on consoles and PC in 2022.
Westerns have seen some resurgence in gaming with the success of titles like Red Dead Redemption and its sequel, and developer WolfEye is trying to twist the genre by mixing cowboys with the supernatural.
Weird West promises unique games in a world that dynamically reacts to each player’s decision. It also features an optional permadeath mode to add heightened stakes to the experience. Weird West will be released on March 31, and it’s one of the most anticipated games from day one on Xbox Game Pass.
Hollow Knight: Silksong
There can be several great games like hollow knight, but few have featured such compelling worlds with such tight controls and gameplay. song of silk was originally planned as an expansion of the original hollow knight, but the developers decided there was enough content for it to stand on its own as a separate game.
While hollow knight had Hornet trying to dig deep into the world, song of silk will reverse that by challenging the player to reach the top of a mysterious new world. Hollow Knight: Silksong is due out on an unspecified date in 2022.
Son of the Forest
Fans don’t yet know much about the upcoming sequel from Endnight Games, Ltd. to survival horror hit, The forest, but speculation has grown since it was announced in 2019. Son of the Forest was originally slated for release in 2022, but the developers delayed the game and moved it to a vague early to mid-2022 release window.
The small amount of information released so far suggests that this horror sequel will take place as the protagonist thus far survives a helicopter crash far from civilization. Son of the Forest will only be released on PC.
Bowl of Blood 3
Fantasy football is a popular pastime, but Cyanide’s digital version of a tabletop classic takes the name much more literally. bowl of blood started out as a casual mod of Warhammer Fantasy, but it quickly became its own game with a legion of dedicated fans.
bowl of blood pit teams of fantasy characters like elves and orcs against each other in turn-based battles to reach the end zone. This third entry in the video game version of the franchise has gone through several betas and is due out on PC sometime in 2022.
atomic heart seems to draw inspiration from several popular franchises like Fall and Metro. The game is set in a fictional Russian socialist utopia gone wrong and features a host of mechanical and biological entities that have spiraled out of control.
We still don’t know much about atomic heartbut players will step into the shoes of a KGB agent investigating the catastrophic failure of Installation 3826 and attempting to prevent its inhabitants from escaping to the outside world. atomic heart has yet to set a more specific release date than 2022.
Most games feature humans, but Wander will have players taking on the role of a stray cat who has been separated from his family and must unravel an ancient mystery as he traverses a futuristic cyberpunk city. Wander will avoid being a realistic pet simulation game and instead adopt sci-fi elements.
Not much is known about the plot yet, but the player will be able to befriend a hovering drone and have to carefully navigate a city inhabited by robots. Wander is currently in development by the French studio BlueTwelve Studio and will be released in 2022.
slime farmer 2
the slime breeder the franchise tasks players with collecting squishy lifeforms and combining them to create new ones. The last sequel, slime farmer 2, will also put players in control of Beatrix LeBeaux as she attempts to find and untangle various slimes.
In this entry, players will travel to a new location, Rainbow Island, to uncover the history of several tech ruins. slime farmer 2 appears to continue the franchise’s relaxing gameplay and is set to release on Microsoft consoles and PCs in 2022.
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