If you’re after some new survival games, then we got you covered. In this list, we will highlight a few survival games that are slated to release in 2022 or expected to launch within this year. Of course, don’t look too much into the ranking. Every ranked list is opinionated, and these games can easily switch around after release. Some of these titles may even get pushed back to 2023. With that said, you’ll want to check back as we’ll continue to update this list.
Disclaimer: The Day Before, Sons of the Forest, Ark 2, Stalker 2: Heart of Chornobyl,Forever Skies, I Am Future, Nightingale, Dead Matter, Occupy Mars, Frostpunk 2 and Little Devil Inside was removed due to being delayed out of 2022.
#10 ZERO Sievert
Developer: CABO Studio
Publisher: Modern Wolf
Release date: November 15, 2022
Developers took inspiration from the Stalker franchise when they crafted up ZERO Sievert. In this game, players are getting an over-the-top shooter. Set after a nuclear reactor explosion left a nasty fallout in a fictional Russian environment. Players are among the few survivors left as they attempt to rebuild their lives in a small sanctuary. Although out in the wilds and guarded by hostile wild beasts tainted with nuclear waste lies treasures. Take your makeshift weapons and armor before exploring a procedurally generated map. Find new valuable items to scavenge or potentially trade with vendors. It’s all about survival here, as you never know how the map will change after each outing.
Developer: Bulwark Studios
Publisher: Kasedo Games
Release date: December 07, 2022
IXION is a futuristic city-building game. Earth is running out of resources, leaving a group to board a space station called the Tiqqun and set out to find a new planet to call home. Players here will be taking the role of the space station’s lead administrator. You’ll have to plan how you spend and delegate your resources carefully. Provide care for your inhabitants and constantly reassess how to manage your crew for whatever obstacle comes up in your path for survival. It’s a long journey full of uncertainty as you seek a new viable planet. As a result, you’ll have to deal with the dangers that come with space. Prepare to fix breached hulls, power overloads, and electrical fires. Fortunately, the station is armed with the best and brightest minds. Fire out probes to see what might be hidden in the dark depths of space and prepare a crew to venture out and salvage anything of value, which might help make life a little bit easier on board the Tiqqun space station.
Developer: Herobeat Studios
Platform: PC PS4 Xbox One Switch July 19, 2022
Release date: PS5 XSX|S November 03, 2022
Endling throws players into the role of the last mother fox. The world is in chaos, and it could mean a swift end for yourself and your small cubs. This is a 3D side-scrolling game where players must take the role of a mother fox and carefully maneuver around different hostile environments. Taking your cubs from one place to the next, you’ll have to avoid unwanted attention as you seek food for them stealthily, defend them from enemies and show these cubs how to survive a world that has quickly become dominated by humanity.
#7 Salt 2: Shores of Gold
Developer: Lavaboots Studios
Publisher: Lavaboots Studios
Release date: September 20, 2022
Salt 2: Shores of Gold is currently in early access, and it aims at a pirate adventure for solo players. If something like Sea of Thieves was holding you back because of other players potentially storming in and taking your ship out, Salt 2: Shores of Gold might be a worthwhile alternative. With this game, players are going through a constantly procedurally generated world. It’s just you and your ship to venture out into the unknown. Pick a direction and set sail as you wander onto a new island. Explore what treasures may be hidden inside and prepare for a hunt as you seek food. If you don’t fancy exploring an island for some wild game, then you can always try your hand at casting a rod for something to bite. As you gather more resources, you can begin to craft new useful gear, which ranges from armor and weapons to even decorations for your ship.
Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
Publisher: Xbox Game Studios / Microsoft Studios
Platform: PC Xbox One XSX|S
Release date: September 27, 2022
Grounded is not necessarily new in 2022. The game has been available as an early access title since 2020, so there’s a chance you might be familiar with this game. Overall, the game puts players into a character that gets shrunk down to the size of an ant. Left to survive in their backyard, players must fight off all sorts of insects while seeking food and water. Likewise, players can survive alone through a solo run, but the real fun might be teaming up with three friends. While you might have an uphill battle at the start, soon, you’ll be able to gather enough resources to craft various tools, traps, and weapons.
#5 Dome Keeper
Publisher: Raw Fury Games
Release date: September 27, 2022
Dome Keeper will throw players into a strange planet where they’re tasked with fending off all sorts of hostile alien creatures. It’s here that the goal is simple, wait for a wave of alien attacks to end before venturing below the surface. Players might be stationed in a dome, but there are all sorts of precious materials and artifacts just waiting to be uncovered. Players will have to time their exploration accordingly, as there’s only a brief gap of time before you need to race back up to your dome and continue fighting off waves of attacks. As you gather more precious artifacts, you’ll be able to make new upgrades to your dome, such as stronger weapons to use against the enemy or a better drill to boost your jetpack to quickly reach the topside.
#4 Monster Prom 3: Monster Roadtrip
Developer: Beautiful Glitch
Publisher: Beautiful Glitch
Release date: October 21, 2022
Yes, the beloved monster life simulator is back, but this time, you’re going to hit the road! Monster Prom 3: Monster Roadtrip puts you and up to three friends on the road, trying to survive the disasters that await you.
The game focuses on resource management and overcoming obstacles thrown in your way. If you lose all of a resource, your trip is over! But if you stick it out and keep heading down the road, a beautiful paradise awaits!
Oh, and you can still date monsters in the game. You can even date some of the hitchhikers you might pick up along the way!
#3 Settlement Survival
Developer: Gleamer Studio
Publisher: Gleamer Studio
Release date: October 24, 2022
Why just build a new life for the people in your care when you can shape everything to give them the best chance at life?
Settlement Survival is a god game city builder where you’ll have a group of people you’ll build a new home for. You’ll start by shaping the environment so that it fits your needs. Then, you’ll go step by step and provide your people with everything they need. That includes food, shelter, protection against wild animals or enemy tribes, and ensuring they’re happy.
The better you build, the more your villagers will rejoice, and the more that other people might want to come live in it.
#2 Nobody – The Turnaround
Developer: U.Ground Game Studio
Publisher: Thermite Games
Release date: November 17, 2022
Many life simulators try to give you access to the “dream scenario” or paint a life for you that is nothing but happiness. But we all know it doesn’t work that way for most of us.
Nobody – The Turnaround is a game that gives you an accurate life simulator by putting you in the life of a “nobody.” A regular person living in the “lesser” parts of town who has nothing but hard work and dedication to use to get them out of their situation.
Get a job to start your quest for a better life. Work hard, get promoted, get better jobs! You can also interact with your community and grow through them. You might even find a partner for your hard life.
#1 V Rising
- Developer: Stunlock Studios
- Publisher: Stunlock Studios
- Platforms: PC
- Release: May 17, 2022 Early Access
V Rising is a bit of a different game. Rather than being a survival game as a human, this is a title that puts players into the role of a vampire. In this title, players are awakened from a slumber that lasted centuries. Weak and needing blood, you begin your journey of gathering up easy prey before you’re able to rebuild your castle. However, being a vampire means sticking to the shadows during the day and thriving in the open at night. This upcoming title is also available to play with others online with the support of players teaming up to conquer the land over humanity or fight for territory and goods.