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- #26 Asterigos: Curse of the Stars
- #25 Vampire Survivors
- #24 Hard West 2
- #23 Slime Rancher 2
- #22 V Rising
- #21 Thymesia
- #20 Weird West
- #19 Total War: Warhammer III
- #18 Triangle Strategy
- #17 Cult of the Lamb
- #16 Star Ocean The Divine Force
- #15 Salt and Sacrifice
- #14 Wrath of the Lich King Classic
- #13 Evil West
- #12 Soulstice
- #11 Elex II
- #10 Pokémon Legends: Arceus
- #9 Nobody Saves the World
- #8 Warhammer 40,000: Darktide
- #7 Bayonetta 3
- #6 Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands
- #5 Crisis Core Final Fantasy 7 Reunion
- #4 Xenoblade Chronicles 3
- #3 Horizon Forbidden West
- #2 God of War: Ragnarok
- #1 Elden Ring
2022 is shaping up to be a packed year for video games. There are plenty of titles we can’t wait to get into. However, if you’re after a game with a fantasy setting, check out our list below. We have a collection of fantasy games slated to release this year. Of course, don’t put too much thought into the rank here. You might find these games shift around quite a bit by the time the year wraps up. With that said, check out some of our game suggestions as we go through 2022.
Disclaimer: Redfall, Stargate Timekeepers, Blood Bowl 3, Lies of P and Starfield was removed due to being delayed into 2023.
#26 Asterigos: Curse of the Stars
Developer: Acme Gamestudio
Publisher: tinyBuild Games
Platform: PC PS4 PS5 Xbox One XSX|S
Release date: October 11, 2022
If you’re looking for a new fantasy action RPG, you might want to consider giving Asterigos: Curse of the Stars a chance. This is a new title that takes inspiration from the Soulslike genre, so expect brutal combat, whether you’re fighting up close or sticking with ranged combat. In this game, players take the role of Hilda, a young warrior that seeks to aid her father. But the only means of helping him is to venture into the cursed city of Aphes. Danger lurks beyond every corner as you explore the city. Likewise, as you dig into Aphes, you’ll uncover the mystery of what caused this city to become cursed. Developers have promised several side quests, over a hundred collectibles, and a New Game+ mode to keep players coming back for more. Likewise, every decision you make will play a role in this epic story.
#25 Vampire Survivors
Platform: Xbox One XSX|S November 10, 2022
Release date: PC October 20, 2022
Vampire Survivors is a simple game that quickly blew up online. It’s a title where you constantly deal with a wave of undead monsters. The horde of monsters is continuously flooding your screen, from ghouls and ghosts to skeleton armies. Players can pick between a few selected heroes, each of which comes with its unique attributes. From there, it’s a journey to survive as long as you can. While you slowly remove the barrage of enemies that come your way, players can unlock new weapons and skill upgrades for their character. Each will allow you to deal more damage or provide stronger attacks giving you a chance to survive a little bit longer than your previous run. It’s a simple concept that only has players focusing on the character’s movement, but it’s an addicting one that makes it nearly impossible to put down.
#24 Hard West 2
- Release date: August 4, 2022
- Developer: Ice Code Games
- Publisher: Good Shepherd Entertainment
- Platform: Microsoft Windows
You ever try and steal something you REALLY shouldn’t have and get caught? Well, if you did, we bet you your punishment would be easier to swallow than what Gin Carter and his crew are going to endure in Hard West 2!
In the game, you play as an infamous outlaw who hears of a score that could change everything: gold on a “ghost train”. He assembles his crew for the heist, but no sooner do they board the train than they realize there are ACTUAL GHOSTS on this train!
Now, to get the loot and survive, you’ll have to fight the supernatural. Though you’ll be able to do it…that doesn’t mean you’ll live long enough to tell the tale…
#23 Slime Rancher 2
- Release date: September 22, 2022 (Early Access)
- Publisher: Monomi Park
- Developers: Monomi Park
- Platforms: PC, Xbox Series X/S
Slime Rancher 2 is a fantasy game taking place far away from Earth. The main character of Slime Rancher 2, Beatrix LeBeau, is a rancher who left our Blue Planet to become a slime rancher on an alien planet.
Just as this job description suggests, your role will be to take care of cute little slimes. On top of being the most adorable gelatinous creatures in the universe, the slimes will actually help you uncover the mysteries of Rainbow Island, a new land filled with ancient technology. Slime Rancher 2 offers an open-world fantasy world to discover, rich with secrets to unveil and slimes to collect.
#22 V Rising
- Release date: May 17, 2022
- Developer: Stunlock Studios
- Publisher: Stunlock Studios
- Platform: Microsoft Windows
Have you ever dreamed of being a vampire lord? No, we’re not talking about Twilight, and those were hardly “lords”.
We’re talking about old school vampires with the powerset to dominate the world! If you’re up for taking a journey on this path, then V Rising is for you. Because you’ll indeed play as a resurrected vampire who has to start all over again and rebuild his kingdom.
Start from the ground up…literally. Build your castle from the ground up and then slowly transform it into a place worthy of your name. Go out into the world to fight enemies, get supplies, and slowly grow in power.
The world will be yours…if you make it that far…
- Release date: August 18, 2022
- Developer: OverBorder Studio
- Publisher: Team17
- Platforms: Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 5
One of the things that fantasy games love to do is show fallen kingdoms and explore what led them to ruin. Thymesia is one such title, as you’ll go to the Kingdom of Hermes, and discover firsthand their downfall as they turned into Alchemic addicts who feared losing their power and life over everything else.
Now, their kingdom lay in ruins, and the secret to saving them is within a man…who has lost his memories. Rise up and seek them out, all the while fighting monsters and seeing just how far this kingdom has fallen.
Can order and peace ever truly be restored to a place like this? You’re going to find out…
#20 Weird West
- Publisher: Devolver Digital
- Developer: WolfEye Studios
- Platforms: Xbox One, PC, PS4
- Release Date: March 2022
Developed by WolfEye Studios, Weird West is an action RPG in a fantasy setting. The game features a dark fantasy reimagining of the Wild West where lawmen and gunslingers inhabit a frontier filled with fantastical creatures. Weird West has players journey through the game’s magical world with a group of atypical heroes. The game contains a series of high-stakes adventures that are strongly influenced by players’ decisions. Each playthrough is unique and tailor-made by the player’s actions. Weird West is an incredibly fun immersive sim available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC via Steam, GOG, and the Epic Store.
#19 Total War: Warhammer III
- Publisher: Sega
- Developer: Creative Assembly
- Platforms: PC, Linux, Mac
- Release Date: February 2022
Warhammer III is a turn-based strategy game that features and is set in the fiction world of Games Workshop’s Warhammer universe. The whole point is to create an army and move it across the map to manage settlements and fight against AI-controlled enemy armies. Not only that, but you can also set up real-time battles with people online with a multitude of races at your disposal. If you also happen to own the first two games, you will be able to use the races available there in the multiplayer. This is great not only if you’re a fan of fantasy games, but also if you happen to be a fan of real-time battles and army management.
#18 Triangle Strategy
- Developer: Square Enix, Artdink
- Publisher: Square Enix
- Platforms: NS
- Release: March 4, 2022
If you like the old-school turn-based RPGs, you might want to look at Triangle Strategy. This comes from Tomoya Asano, who helped bring out Bravely Default and Octopath Traveler titles. In Triangle Strategy, the game narrative is centered around a fictional continent that’s enduring a massive war. With countries taking up arms and seeking to secure resources from each other, the battle has left most of the land in a tense state. So far, we know that the game will follow three friends as they attempt to get around the world despite the ongoing conflict.
#17 Cult of the Lamb
- Release date: August 11, 2022
- Developer: Massive Monster
- Publisher: Devolver Digital
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S, macOS, Microsoft Windows
…full warning…this one is pretty nuts, ok? Like…it’s really weird.
In Cult of the Lamb, you play as…wait for it…a lamb. And not just a lamb, a lamb that was saved from death by a stranger who only asks for one thing in return…for the lamb to start a cult in their name.
…what could possibly go wrong with that path?
Regardless of that answer, the lamb must go into various woodland areas and create a cult for themselves, full of followers who will do anything for them. That includes going and killing non-believers and other cults.
Like we said, this game is nuts, but if you’re willing to give it a try, this wacky fantasy adventure might just be for you.
#16 Star Ocean The Divine Force
- Release date: October 27, 2022
- Developer: tri-Ace
- Publisher: Square Enix
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Xbox Series X and Series S, PlayStation 5
Star Ocean is without a doubt one of the more underrated RPG franchises out there in the world. Seriously, if you haven’t played “Til The End Of Time”, find a way to get it, it’s really good.
Anyway, thankfully, Square Enix is going to give it another go via Star Ocean The Divine Force. In the game, you play as Raymond Lawrence, who has his transport ship attacked by the Federation and he crash lands on a plant that is much more medieval in nature (this is a recurring theme for the franchise).
On his own, he’ll team up with a princess trying to save her kingdom, and the journey they’ll be on will change the course of the universe above.
#15 Salt and Sacrifice
- Developer: Ska Studios, Devoured Studios
- Publisher: Ska Studios
- Platforms: PS4, PC, PS5
- Release: 2022
The thrilling Salt and Sanctuary video game will soon have a sequel available called Salt and Sacrifice. Players can expect another side-scrolling action RPG with more platforming and challenging combat. So far, we know that the game is set within a new location and will feature another protagonist. This time around, we’re stepping into the Marked Inquisitor role. Our protagonist begins their journey as a condemned criminal within the game but finds their life spared. In exchange for their life, the Masked Inquisitor is bowing down to a lifetime of service as you venture through a war of Mages.
#14 Wrath of the Lich King Classic
- Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
- Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
- Platforms: PC
- Release: September 26, 2022
When it comes to World of Warcraft, we honestly don’t need to do too much introducing, right? It’s one of the most important games of all time, one of the biggest MMORPGs of all time, and while Blizzard isn’t exactly in the best position right now…that doesn’t mean that there isn’t something to enjoy in WOW.
Case in point, Wrath of the Lich King Classic. This rebuild of the original Lich King expansion helps players go back to a simpler (and arguably greater time) when one of the best bosses of WOW appeared and it was your job to go take him down.
So if you killed him before…jump in and go kill him again.
#13 Evil West
- Release date: 2022
- Developer: Flying Wild Hog
- Publisher: Focus Entertainment
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 5
They say the West was built on legends…but not all of those legends come from our own version of the Earth. In Evil West for example, their legends tell of how the west was overrun by vampires, and the only one left to stop them was the last surviving member of a place that trained cowboys to be vampire hunters.
So, ready to lock and load and kill some monsters?
Evil West invites you to enjoy some fun, fast, and visceral combat as you try and wipe out the menace of the vampires from the West. Wield a variety of weapons and go to some unique locations to ensure that not a single one of them survives.
- Developer: Forge Reply
- Publisher: Modus Games
- Platform: X/S, PC, PS5
- Release: 2022
Soulstice is centered around a holy kingdom that gets invaded by evil creatures. Fortunately, the Kingdom has a special order to help aid them during these times. Thanks to their Chimeras, the Kingdom stands a chance at survival. Chimeras are elite warriors that are only formed by combining two souls. Players in this game will be taking the role of Briar and Lute, two sisters that have unified their souls to help fight off these beasts and save the Kingdom. Here our protagonists will have to fight off enemies with various weapons and make upgrades to make their attacks even more powerful. However, as the sisters progress through their battles, they’ll uncover the secrets of the Kingdom and the Chimeras order.
#11 Elex II
- Developer: Priana Bytes
- Publisher: THQ Nordic
- Platform: X/S, PS4, PC, PS5, XBO
- Release: March 1, 2022
2017’s Elex is receiving a sequel later this year. Elex II will once again put players back into the fantasy world of Magalan. After Jax takes care of the Hybrid, the protagonist is now discovering another threat coming to the planet. The only way to save the planet is if Jax can convince all the factions to unite and fight together. However, it’s not an easy feat, and developers are giving players a game that focuses on choices and consequences. NPCs can die or disagree with your decisions made within the storyline. That all will play a role in how the campaign progresses.
#10 Pokémon Legends: Arceus
- Developer: Game Freak
- Publisher: Nintendo, The Pokemon Company
- Platform: NS
- Release: January 28, 2022
A brand new Pokemon installment is coming out into the marketplace this year. Pokemon Legends: Arceus is a bit different from past installments. This game will take place well before the other games in the franchise. But, it will share a common location with Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. This action RPG will again have players venturing around the area searching for Pokemon to battle and capture. There’s even a slight change up to encounters as well. This time, players will see the Pokemon out in the wild actively and can attempt to sneak up on them. This will give you the advantage of throwing a Pokeball or getting in an attack. Speaking of battles, the game will continue offering classic turn-based combat that the franchise is known for. However, you’ll find that the game will change up the Speed attribute. Prior Pokemon games focused on Speed to determine which Pokemon gets the first attack. However, the Speed attribute of a Pokemon will determine if a player can trigger two moves within a single turn in this game.
#9 Nobody Saves the World
- Developer: Drinkbox Studios
- Publisher: Drinkbox Studios
- Platform: XBO, X/S, PC
- Release: January 18, 2022
Nobody Saves the World comes from the same indie development team behind the Guacamelee series. This new title, available right now, is all about transformation. Players take the role of a protagonist who can transform into fifteen different characters. Each character will have their own unique abilities, such as transforming into a slug, a ghost, or a dragon. Regardless, while exploring the world, you’ll be meeting different NPCs with their own set of troubles to help solve. There’s also the ability to connect online with cooperative gameplay. However, the development team has plans for more updates to the game, so you should see support continue throughout this year.
#8 Warhammer 40,000: Darktide
- Developer: Fatshark
- Publisher: Fatshark
- Platform: PC, X/S
- Release: 2022
Warhammer 40,000: Darktide has been a game fans have waited for since it was unveiled during the summer of 2020. Plans were to get the game out in 2021, but the pandemic got in the way of development, forcing this game to get pushed to 2022. This multiplayer action game has a similar setup as Warhammer: Vermintide 2. Players will go through a wave-based type of game where you’re working with a team gunning down enemies. However, you’ll find that the developers are actually moving back from melee-based combat and are offering more ranged combat in this installment compared to Warhammer: Vermintide 2. Meanwhile, the narrative is centered around a group of Imperial Guardsmen having to take out a Chaos infiltration.
#7 Bayonetta 3
- Developer: PlatinumGames
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Platforms: NS
- Release: October 28, 2022
We’re sure Bayonetta is all for…fantasies…but that’s not what we’re talking about here. As Bayonetta has been a very high-concept kind of game in terms of the fantasy realms and beings that we have met. And in Bayonetta 3, that’s not going to stop anytime soon. Not the least of which is because the game is bringing back many of the original core cast, and bringing in new friends, foes, and threats to tangle with.
And apparently, Bayonetta is going to meet a version of herself from a different dimension! So the real question isn’t whether Bayonetta 3 is going to continue her fantasy journey, but how fantastical is this game going to get?
#6 Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands
- Developer: Gearbox Software
- Publisher: 2K Games
- Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, X/S
- Release: March 25, 2022
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is a spin-off from the Borderlands franchise. However, it’s been confirmed that players don’t have to play past Borderlands games to enjoy this new release. In the game, players are getting an action-packed fantasy game that follows Tiny Tina’s on a new escapade. Again, unlike Borderlands, there is more focus on fantasy gameplay which means spellcasting in exchange for various different guns. You’ll also find that there is still the procedurally generated loot system that the Borderlands franchise is known for. Ultimately, that means there will be a ton of different levels and rarity gear to uncover as you progress through the game. Again, similar to Borderlands, this is likely a game that you’ll enjoy most by playing with friends, although you can go through the game as a solo experience.
#5 Crisis Core Final Fantasy 7 Reunion
- Developer: Square Enix
- Publisher: Square Enix
- Platforms: PC, NS, PS4, PS5, XBO, X/S
- Release: December 13, 2022
For some, the game known as Crisis Core was fun, but not a lot of people got to play it because they didn’t have a PSP. If you were one of those people, then you’re in luck, as Crisis Core Final Fantasy 7 Reunion, the remake of that title, will be coming to MULTIPLE platforms later this year. Including the Nintendo Switch!
This time around you’ll play as Cloud Strife’s best friend in Zach Fair. He has his own story to tell, and it ties heavily into the world of Final Fantasy, complete with fantastical locations to explore, characters to meet and remeet, and of course, battles to take part in!
#4 Xenoblade Chronicles 3
- Release date: July 29, 2022
- Developer: Monolith Soft
- Platform: Nintendo Switch
- Publishers: Nintendo, Nintendo of America Inc.
The Xenoblade Chronicles titles have all been high-fantasy RPGs that deal with all sorts of crazy situations, and in Xenoblade Chronicles 3, you’ll be put into another very unique world where the greatest enemy of all…might just be time and life itself.
You play as six characters, headed up by Off-Seers Noah and Mio. They were originally enemies of rival nations, destined to fight and kill one another, but when fate intervenes and reveals the truth, that the fighting was never meant to happen at all…everything changes.
Explore the massive world of Aionios, and work together as a unit to defeat enemies of all types. All so you can reach “The City” known as Swordmarch. But what awaits you there? You’ll need to start the journey to find out…
#3 Horizon Forbidden West
- Developer: Guerrilla Games
- Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
- Platforms: PS4, PS5
- Release: February 18, 2022
Horizon Forbidden West players will step right back into the role of Aloy. If you enjoyed the first installment, you can expect more of the same type of gameplay within the sequel. Within Horizon Forbidden West, players are following Aloy on a new journey. A strange plague has started to appear in the land, and it threatens all living life. Aloy is forced into venturing to the west coast in hopes of uncovering the source of the plague and destroying it to stop the deadly disease from spreading. Of course, going to a new territory will mean encountering different mechanical beasts and even hostile tribes that you’ll have to deal with in order to progress through their land.
#2 God of War: Ragnarok
- Developer: Santa Monica Studio
- Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
- Platform: PS4, PS5
- Release: November 9, 2022
The 2018 release of God of War became a massive hit. That wasn’t much of a surprise, considering just how massive the fan base is for the IP. However, this year PC players are finally getting their hands on God of War. So we’ll try to avoid spoiling anything here from the previous installment. However, a new game is coming out into the marketplace that will follow the events of the 2018 release. Here Kratos and his son Atreus are soon preparing for a new impossible battle against gods when Ragnarok finally arrives onto the world. We’re expecting more of the same kind of action-packed, hack and slash gameplay in this release. Likewise, we’re very interested in seeing how Atreus has improved over the years the duo had to prepare for this new battle.
#1 Elden Ring
- Developer: FromSoftware
- Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
- Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
- Release: February 25, 2021
Elden Ring is probably a game we don’t have to explain at this point. This had been a highly anticipated title from the development team FromSoftware. If you’re unfamiliar with the development studio by name, these are the folks behind games like Dark Souls and Bloodborne. Within Elden Ring, we’re getting a large open-world RPG experience and more challenging combat that the studio is known for. With that said, the game was crafted up to be a brand new IP rather than another Dark Souls installment. This was because the studio didn’t want to limit themselves with the lore already established. Likewise, they wanted to offer author George R.R. Martin more freedom to help build out this game world. So if you’re a fan of Dark Souls, you’ll find that Elden Ring will offer the same kind of challenging gameplay. But players here will have more freedom in how they progress through the game. We have a large open-world environment, plenty of locations to explore, and even optional bosses to take out. You might even get a few replays out of the game as the title will have multiple endings to unlock.