10 Anticipated Games Coming To Xbox Game Pass In 2022

Sony and Microsoft have been battling for control of the premium console market for four system generations, and in 2017 the Xbox team released what it hoped would give it an edge over its competitors.

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Xbox Game Pass initially launched with a relatively meager selection of titles, but the service has expanded to be the most significant selling point for the brand. Xbox Game Pass is now available on Xbox consoles and PCs. It isn't only first-party exclusives, either; several third-party games have been secured to launch day one on Game Pass, and there are more exciting titles coming to the service in 2022 than in any previous year.

Initially, the Total War series was noted for its historical accuracy, but these turn-based strategy games reached a whole new demographic of fans when it took a turn to fantasy. Creative Assembly released the first Total War: Warhammer in 2016 to critical and commercial success, and the third entry promises to be bigger than its two predecessors.

The campaign will bring players to Realm of Chaos, which is the source of all magic in the world of Warhammer Fantasy. Gamers can play Total War: Warhammer III on Xbox Game Pass PC on February 17th.

Despite its name, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl is actually the fourth game in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. franchise. The game was initially supposed to release in 2012, shortly after S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat, but it was canceled and eventually rebuilt from the ground up in Unreal Engine 5.

While fans wait for the sequel, there are several great games similar to the original S.T.A.L.K.E.R trilogy they can try, but many are excited to re-explore Chernobyl Exclusion Zones and its physics-defying anomalies. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2's developer, GSC Gameworld, have announced the game will be released on 28th April 2022, and will be available on Xbox Game Pass from day one.

There are many Xbox rumors for 2022 that might be true, and one that fans are hoping works out is that Xbox will finally release several solid exclusives from its first-party studios and partners. Microsoft included the reveal trailer for Redfall in its E3 2021 conference show, and it quickly became one of the most talked-about reveals from the whole conference.

Arkane Studios, the creator of Deathloop, Prey, and Dishonored, is developing the game, and it will let players loose in an open world to take down vampiric enemies. Redfall will release on Game Pass in Summer 2022.

There are several amazing Bethesda games on Xbox Game Pass following Microsoft's acquisition of ZeniMax, and fans are excited for the studio's first new franchise in over 25 years. Starfield will be a sprawling open-world RPG set in outer space, and it will release on Game Pass for consoles and PC on November 11th, 2022.

Bethesda has not yet released any gameplay footage for Starfield despite it being in development for several years, so, for now, players only have the in-engine reveal trailer to whet their appetites for what's to come.

A Plague Tale: Innocence brought players back to the 14th century to guide Amicia de Rune and her brother Hugo through plague-infested France during the Hundred Years War. Most of the game featured stealth and survival gameplay, though it took a turn to the more fantastical as it progressed.

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The sequel, A Plague Tale: Requiem, will again have players follow Amicia and Hugo, though they will move to the south of France. Supernatural elements are poised to be more front and center as the protagonist pair tries to manage Hugo's rat-controlling curse. A specific release date has not yet been announced beyond "2022", but it will be available day one on Game Pass.

The original Slime Rancher was a surprise hit first-person shooter that tasked players to collect gelatinous life forms and combine them to create new slimes. Slime Rancher 2 will again see players helping Beatrix LeBeaux find and wrangle various slime creatures. This time, Beatrix will journey to the mysterious Rainbow Island to investigate mysterious technological ruins and build another slime ranch.

The Slime Rancher series has been praised for its relaxing gameplay and colorful visuals, and this second installment will be releasing day one on Game Pass some time in 2022.

The plot summary for Atomic Heart reads something like a cross between Fallout and Metro. Something has gone wrong in a fictionalized Russian socialist utopia, and several mechanical and biological horrors must be stopped. Retro-futurism isn't rare in video games, but seeing such a setting through the lens of Soviet ideals is likely to make for an original and memorable open-world experience.

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Several gameplay clips have been released for Atomic Heart, but much of the game's narrative and deeper gameplay mechanics are still a mystery. The game is scheduled to release on a hitherto unannounced date in 2022.

While mature, serious video games have their place, sometimes players want to laugh along with something more colorful and light-hearted. Party Animals is Recreate Games' attempt at a casual party game where players wiggle animal-themed avatars around in physics-based challenges.

The game's cartoonish animation and visual style seem to take inspiration from other party games like Gang Beasts and Fall Guys. While it will be possible to play Party Animals online, it appears to be a game designed for in-person play with friends. Xbox Game Pass have announced Party Animals release for some time in 2022.

Despite Hello Neighbor's bright colors and cartoonish visual style, the game was a creepy survival-horror experience that tasked the player with sneaking into their neighbors' house to uncover what was happening in the basement. It was notable for its AI system that adapted the neighbor's behavior to fit what the player did.

Hello Neighbor 2 takes this premise and expands it to a small town. An investigative journalist is following their neighbor to discover what they've been doing, and they'll have to avoid several townspeople that are all controlled by the same adaptive AI system to do it. The game will be available day one on Xbox Game Pass but at the moment we only know the release date as "2022".

While several video games have been set in the American Frontier, few have delved into the niche Weird West genre. WolfEye's upcoming game of the same name embraces the exciting mix of a late-19th-century word filled with supernatural elements to deliver a unique top-down RPG experience.

There will be a perma-death mode that disables respawning or save loading, and even when played on standard mode, players will impact the game word in permanent ways. Weird West's original release date was delayed and it will now be on Game Pass on March 31st, 2022.

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