Game lovers who enjoy open-world titles are in for an exciting year ahead. A number of major developers have planned to release open-world titles this year. By contrast with the last few years, 2022 will be a lot more hectic and will be the year when gamers will be able to experience the very best of the open-world genre to its full extent. 

In the last couple of years, many games were pushed back due to the pandemic. As things get back to normal in 2022, developers appear to be accelerating the production of games. Many AAA titles are in the pipeline and while it isn’t fair to judge them without playing, here are the best upcoming open-world games we think that players should try to get their hands on. 

Best Upcoming Open World Games in 2022

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora

Developer – Massive Entertainment

Release Date – TBA (2022)

Supported Platforms – Amazon Luna, Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft Windows, Google Stadia, and PlayStation 5

Based on the original blockbuster movie franchise which attracted millions around the world, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is without a doubt the most anticipated title of 2022. Featuring the Na’vi civilization in their home of Pandora putting up a fight against the RDA forces. Developed by Massive Entertainment, the expectations from this open-world title are beyond the roof. Exploring the lush-green terrain of  Pandora and engaging with all sorts of creatures would be a lot of fun.

While there isn’t an exact release date available, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is expected to land in the latter half of 2022. Seeing how Massive Entertainment, the devs, have delivered exceptional results with the likes of The Division 2, we can expect some quality work from this Ubisoft-affiliated studio.

Hogwarts Legacy

Developer – Avalanche Software

Release Date – TBA (2022)

Supported Platforms – Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X and Series S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, and Microsoft Windows

Potterheads will be thrilled to hear that Hogwarts Legacy is planned to be released later in 2022. Featuring the world of wizards and witches, muggles get a chance to explore everything from the deepest dungeons to the highest peaks of the realm. Starting at Hogwarts as a 5th-year student, players will explore the world, engage with RPG elements, and partake in intense fights against the most brutal dark lords.

On the long journey, there’s tons of stuff to do. From playing Quidditch matches to engaging in mock trials, the early gameplay of Hogwarts Legacy shows promising aspects. It is also important to note that Avalanche Software is responsible for developing Hogwarts Legacy. Previously, they were known for developing Car 3 and Disney Infinity. 

God of War: Ragnarok 

Developer – Santa Monica Studio

Release Date – TBA

Supported Platforms – PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5

Sequel to the previous installment, God of War: Ragnarok expands on the story of Kratos and Atreus exploring the realms and pissing off almost every god-figure they come across. In the next entry to the God of War franchise, the dynamic duo is headed to explore more realms, find Tyr and take on Thor, it is without a doubt that God of War: Ragnarok will top all the entries in the franchise. 

Add in Freya and her magical powers, God of War: Ragnarok is a complete deal and one of the best upcoming open-world games to drop this year. 

Similar to the previous installment, God of War: Ragnarok will be a PS-exclusive and will be available for PlayStation 4 & PlayStation 5. The release date for God of War: Ragnarok isn’t officially revealed. However, it is also expected to land in the latter half of 2022. 

Project 007 

Developer – : IO Interactive

Release Date – October 11, 2022

Supported Platforms – PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

Project 007 is currently under production at IO interactive, the developers behind the infamous Hitman reboot franchise. As expected, the plot would follow the dazzling adventures of James Bond as he travel around the most agrarian places to eliminate certain targets threatening the existence of humanity. At this point, not much has been revealed about Project 007 but critics believe that it will land near Christmas of 2022. 

IO Interactive has previously produced stunning-looking Hitman series with well-crafted environments coupled with engaging plotlines. Since they did such an incredible job with the Hitman franchise, fans of James Bond 007 have high expectations from the developers, and they intend to deliver on their promise.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2

Developer – Nintendo

Release Date – 2022/2023

Supported Platforms – Nintendo 

After the huge success of the first installment, Nintendo decided to further contribute to the open-world genre with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2. Following the adventures of Link and exploring the huge world with tons of stuff to do, the next installment of TLOZ is just around the corner. With better graphics, smooth mechanics, and more fierce opponents, the sequel to the original game is one of the most anticipated titles of the year. 

First revealed in 2019, developers had to put a pause on the development due to the global pandemic and the release date was delayed. Fortunately, 2022 is the year when The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 will finally hit the stores. It would be heart-wrenching to see The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 as an exclusive Nintendo title but we do expect the developers to launch a port for other platforms soon. 

Forspoken 

Developer – Luminous Productions

Release Date – October 11, 2022

Supported Platforms – Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 5

Following the unexpected journey of Freya who is mysteriously transported to the wildlands of Athia, Forspoken tells a dark tale of survival for the fittest. Soon after being teleported to a new land, Freya discovers new magical powers which she must use to defend herself against cruel monsters roaming the lands of Athia. 

Early gameplay footage of Forspoken was shown during PS Showcase 2021, and it looks gorgeous with impressive graphics, smooth spellcasting, and a broad range of terrains. Published by Square Enix, players have high expectations from Forspoken and after witnessing the initial gameplay, we too are quite excited for this one. 

That’s all folks! 

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