Best RPGs of 2022: The Most Anticipated RPG Games

It’s hard to define what a role-playing game is these days, but whatever you enjoy in an RPG, there are plenty of titles coming in 2022 to get excited about.

Defining an RPG in 2022 is no small feat. As games have evolved to become more elaborate than ever, elements from all sorts of other genres have seeped in, clouding the waters of what defines an RPG in the first place.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing though, it means that despite so many RPGs coming out in one year, they all feel different and interesting.

What sets a good RPG apart from a great one is the depth of the overall experience. XP, skill trees, and weapon upgrades are all well and good, but something has to push the boundaries to separate a game from the pack. This can be an exceptional story, a huge world or even just a unique atmosphere.

Regardless of what you enjoy in an RPG, there are still plenty of games in 2022 to get you excited.

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes (Switch, June 24)

After Fire Emblem: Three Houses became the best-selling game in the history of the series, it’s no surprise that the next Warriors spin-off focuses on that world. Rather than being a direct sequel, Three Hopes provides an alternate timeline of the Three Houses story. The main difference we know of is that a new protagonist, Shez, joins the monastery and Byleth is now a villain with a certain description. There are still so many mysteries to solve and new anime hairstyles to ponder.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (Switch, July 29)

Speaking of anime hairstyles, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 shocked the world by not only being announced in February, but also being pushed back two months from its original September release date. The Xenoblade games are known for their long and in-depth stories, and the third installment promises to combine the worlds of the first two games, with characters returning from both. Longtime fans of the series are in for a great experience, but even new players will have plenty to enjoy.

Forspoken (PS5/PC, Oct 11)

What if an ordinary modern person falls into a fantasy world and gains magical powers? It’s a scenario we’ve all put ourselves into at some point in our lives, and Forspoken finally lets us experience it through Frey’s eyes. Forspoken promises fast-paced action based entirely on magical skills, something no other fantasy game has ever done right. Incantations are often secondary to swords, but this may be the first game of this scale to finally focus entirely on the mystical arts.

Gotham Knights (PS5/Xbox/PC, Oct 25)

Gotham Knights, a successor to the Arkham games, takes the focus away from Batman and gives us a bigger cast of heroes to play with. Nightwing, Batgirl, Robin and Red Hood all have their own special abilities as they battle through a tumultuous time in Gotham City. This game can be played entirely in solo or co-op, meaning you can have fun with friends defeating Gotham’s worst and darkest.

Hogwarts Legacy (TBC 2022)

Hogwarts Legacy is the game Harry Potter fans have been looking for for years. Some of the movie tie-in games let you explore Hogwarts, but none of them were that good and they were limited by the events in the books/movies. Hogwarts Legacy has no such limitations and takes place before the events of the main series, finally giving players the Hogwarts open-world RPG they’ve been begging for.

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet (TBC 2022)

The third main series Pokemon game in just 12 months, the hype is already in full swing for Generation 9 with Pokemon Scarlet & Violet. After Pokemon Legends: Arceus sheds a whole new light on the Pokemon formula, fans are eagerly awaiting how much of this new style will be mixed in with the ‘standard’ gameplay experience. Apart from that, a new generation is always an exciting time for fans as it means a new region to explore, new mechanics to discover and new Pokemon to catch. The starters have already been revealed and it’s one of the best overall lineups in a while, so hopes are high for what comes next.

— written by Ryan Woodrow on behalf of GLHF