Well, I don't know about you, but I'm just about ready to part ways with this year and settle in for 2022. Why? Well, that's the thing. With 2021 taking its final bow and no fresh games on the horizon, it seems only natural for us to flock to the next calendar year. At least that way we'll know we've got a few things to cling on for. And in 2022's case, well, let's just say there's plenty of PS5 exclusives to keep us hooked through 'til December.
Of course, with plenty of release windows still a ways off, it's hard to get excited for every single gameplay trailer that touches the market. Let's not forget Beyond Good & Evil 2, which was revealed back in 2017. Have we heard from it since? No, not a peep. Therefore, to avoid disappointment, we'll just stick with the games that we know are set to release in 2022. So, PlayStation 5 fans, be sure to scribble these highly anticipated games in your diary. 2022 is but a stone's throw away.
5. Ghostwire: Tokyo
Release Date: Early 2022
We're not entirely sure how Ghostwire: Tokyo was conceived, though it likely had something to do with both Cyberpunk 2077 and Infamous: Second Son, and possibly Mirrors Edge, now that I look at it. Admittedly, with its futuristic, neon-heavy metropolis setting, it definitely looks like something we've encountered once or twice in the past twelve months alone. And yet, something about it just appeals to us, despite that loose connection to similar worlds.
Bethesda's upcoming PS5 exclusive puts you in (you guessed it) Tokyo, where 99% of the city's population has suddenly vanished in an almost Rapture-like situation. As one of the last standing citizens, it is up to you to navigate its vacant streets and understand the events surrounding the sudden blackout. But with an evil force stalking your every footstep, you'll have to onboard a lot more than detective work in order to survive another day.
4. Gran Turismo 7
Release Date: March 4, 2022
There's no ignoring the fact that the guys over at Sony adore their nexus of racing games — so much that they've continued to pump asphalt and carbon into their beloved Gran Turismo kingdom for the best part of twenty-five years. But with universal acclaim backing every release, it's sort of no wonder the likes of Polyphony Digital is keen to get behind the wheel on an almost annual basis.
Of course, being Gran Turismo, along with all its familiar quirks and photorealistic elements, having a day one fan base is almost expected. It has been for over two decades, to be fair. And the fact it radiates such elegance and nostalgia just sort of bolsters the reasons for it making a seventh return. Plus, what PlayStation console would be complete without a Gran Turismo game to boot?
3. Horizon: Forbidden West
Release Date: February 18, 2022
It doesn't matter where you look these days, or even if you're a no-nonsense Xbox gamer type that lives and breathes Microsoft, because the fact is — you've heard of Horizon: Forbidden West. It's kind of hard not to, you know, when the game has been making daily rounds on most media sites for nearly two years without a breather. And the fact that some articles have even gone as far as writing over a thousand words just to discuss Aloy's attractiveness just sort of amplifies that flourishing reputation.
Anyway, Horizon: Zero Dawn, being the first game in the chain, wasn't exactly the staple of 2017. Of course, it was a phenomenal work of art, though it did unfortunately glide under the radar for the best part of a year. That is, until its sequel turned a few million heads during the PlayStation 5 reveal event in 2020. Since then, the action-adventure title has become the talk of the town, and continues to remain at the apex of almost every gamer's wish list.
Release Date: May 24, 2022
Square Enix's next action-adventure flick has definitely piqued our interest over the past couple of years. Way before the PS5 even launched, the game was under the name Project Athia, which was being tweaked from behind the scenes by Luminous Productions, one of Square's divisions. Fast forward to 2021, and Forspoken was finally thrown into the light for all to witness and scrutinize.
Of course, being a Square game, we had high hopes from the moment the announcement rolled out. And although its details are somewhat slim, it's still shaping up to be one of the most highly anticipated games of 2022. As for the story, all we know is that it focuses on a girl named Frey, who develops superpowers after being transported to a a parallel world. There's an enormous amount of conflict, plenty of open-world environments to wade through, and enough of a story to keep its players hooked throughout. To put it shortly — it's a Square Enix game, complete with all its signature ingredients and toppings.
Release Date: February 8, 2022
We've been dying to feast on some raw martial arts gameplay for a good few years now. And other than Sleeping Dogs, as well as a few mid-range indies, not a whole lot has come to light. But thankfully, that all changed when Sloclap dropped Sifu, an all-out banquet of genres meshed into one overcharged experience.
As far as details go, we've not really been given that much to go on. But we have, however, received enough of a glimpse to keep us entwined with its passing patch notes and updates. Here's hoping its beat 'em up platform exceeds our expectations next February. No pressure or anything, Sloclap.
So, which PS5 titles are you most looking forward to playing next year? Which PS5 exclusives slipped our radar? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.