Fall season’s right around the corner, which usually means the rest of the year is about to be packed to the brim. While 2022 is shaping up to be a great year for gaming with Elden Ring, Horizon: Forbidden West, and Destiny 2: The Witch Queen releasing in the first half of 2022, but Fall 2021 might have a few surprises.
Although games like Dying Light 2, SIFU, Grand Theft Auto 5 E&E, Ghostwire: Tokyo, and Life Is Strange Remastered Collection were supposed to release this fall, they were ultimately moved to 2022.
However, we’ve still got some interesting games coming soon this year:
Diablo 2: Resurrected
Diablo: 2 Resurrected is a remaster of the popular RPG game, Diablo 2 which includes the Lord of Destruction expansion along with multiple fixes for the original game and additional QoL features.
Diablo II: Resurrected will be releasing for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Xbox One & Series S|X, and Nintendo Switch on September, 23rd.
Age of Empires IV
Announced in 2017, Age of Empires IV is a real-time strategy game by Relic Entertainment. AoE IV is releasing almost 15 years after its predecessor and is set during the Middle Ages, with 4 campaigns on launch and 8 civilizations with more to be added down the line.
If everything goes well during this week’s stress test, Age of Empires 4 launches on October 28, on PC and Xbox.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Kena: Bridge of Spirits is an action-adventure game that mixes exploration with fast-paced combat. Players control the titular Hero, Kena, a spirit guide who must travel to an abandoned village to lift its curse.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits launches on September 21, for PC, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5.
Detective Takayuki Yagami returns with another case in this direct sequel to the Yakuza spin-off, Judgment. This time, the game not only takes place in Kamurocho but Yagami will also explore Yokohama which made its first appearance in Yakuza: Like a Dragon.
Lost Judgment will carry on the series’ traditional real-time brawler combat, and is the first game in the series to have a global launch. However, the Yakuza series will retain its turn-based combat introduced in Like a Dragon.
Lost Judgment releases on September 24 on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Xbox One & Series S|X.
Far Cry 6
Far Cry 6 will take players to Yara, a fictional island inspired by Cuba and will be the biggest map in the series so far. Players will step into the shoes of Dani Rojas, a local guerilla fighter who wants to liberate their nation from the clutches of a brutal dictator, Antón Castillo who is played by Giancarlo Esposito.
Far Cry 6 will retain its traditional gameplay structure with some new additions such as horse riding, more ways to capture bases, and third-person cutscenes.
Far Cry 6 will launch on your platform of choice (PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Xbox One & Series S|X, Stadia, Amazon Luna) on October 7.
Back 4 Blood
Turtle Rock studios’ spiritual Left 4 Dead successor, Back 4 Blood is almost here. Not only does it retain all core aspects of its bigger brother, but it also expands on it by adding unique abilities, perks, and a new “card” system which lets players adopt a different playstyle on each playthrough by offering bonus stats or modifiers. Back 4 Blood can be played solo with A.I. bots or with friends and strangers across all platforms thanks to crossplay.
Back 4 Blood launches on October 12 for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Xbox One & Series S|X and October 8 for owners of Deluxe and Ultimate Editions.
Marvel’s: Guardians of the Galaxy
Not to be confused with the 2017 Telltale Series’ game, Marvel’s: Guardians of the Galaxy is Square Enix’s second attempt at a superhero game after the Marvel’s Avengers fiasco.
Developed by Eidos Montreal, the studio behind Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Guardian’s of the Galaxy is a complete single-player adventure with no microtransactions or live service features.
You get to play as Star-Lord, the self-proclaimed leader of the Guardians who embarks on a quest to save the universe. Players can also give commands to Drax, Groot, Rocket, and Gamora during combat and will have to make decisions throughout the game that may or may not affect the story.
Guardians of the Galaxy releases on October 26 for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Xbox One & Series S|X
Forza Horizon 5
Playground Game’s open-world racing game, Forza Horizon 5 will take players to the beautiful and lush Mexico which features breathtaking biomes, each with its own unique geography and sceneries. Players will race through Jungles, Deserts, Cities, and even snow-clad mountains.
Forza Horizon 5 will take full advantage of next-gen features and capabilities with improved weather effects, a lighting system, and several other changes for an immersive experience.
You can explore Mexico on November 9 on PC and Xbox One & Series S|X and November 5 if you own the Premium Edition.
After two world-war games, Battlefield is back to a futuristic setting and features over-the-top chaotic gameplay thanks to the inclusion of tornadoes and heavy weather and 128 players (64v64, PC, and next-gen only) battles. Battlefield 2042 will launch with multiple game modes, both familiar and new, and 10 specialists, each with their own unique abilities, perks, and traits inspired by Assault, Recon, Support, and Engineer Classes.
DICE’s upcoming shooter was delayed by a month to November, while the open-beta will take place sometime in October.
Battlefield 2042 will launch on November 19 (November 12 for owners of Gold and Ultimate Editions) for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Xbox One & Series S|X.
Call of Duty: Vanguard
Sledgehammer Games is returning to World War once again after CoD: WWII. CoD: Vanguard’s campaign will focus on multiple protagonists in the Western, Eastern, Pacific, and North African fronts. As for things in the multiplayer end, the game will launch with 20 maps, new multiplayer modes, improved gunsmith, and several new additions to the popular battle royale, Warzone. Vanguard’s multiplayer will also have destructible environments and maps will completely change by the end of a match thanks to bullets, grenades, and high caliber weapons which will impact the overall surroundings.
CoD: Vanguard releases on November 5 for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Xbox One & Series S|X.
Master Chief once again finds himself on a Halo ring, this time against the Banished who are said to be the most “ruthless” foes he has ever faced. Halo: Infinite is the most ambitious game in the series as the campaign will feature highly explorable non-linear levels that can be revisited later on to unlock more equipment and upgrades. It was initially supposed to release alongside the Xbox Series S|X as a launch title but was delayed indefinitely due to criticisms following the gameplay reveal.
While the game won’t have a co-op campaign and forge on launch, its multiplayer component will place a strong emphasis on the classic Halo multiplayer experience, and big team battles, large maps, and deep player customization. The multiplayer will be free-to-play which seems like a great move given that Halo: Infinite will be competing with the likes of Battlefield 2402 and Call of Duty: Vanguard.
Halo: Infinite releases on December 8 for PC and Xbox One and Xbox Series S|X.