The most anticipated RPGs on the RPG site in 2022

With 2021 behind us, at RPG Site, we’re taking a look at what’s to come in 2022, and as fans of the role-playing genre, there are quite a few things to look forward to. We wanted to highlight a handful of games that we’re especially excited to see.

We also asked to participate in a public Twitter poll to see which games our readers have been looking forward to for 2022. The following below are the games selected by our staff, and you can also check out the reader survey results for the. Favorite RPG of 2021 and the most anticipated RPG of 2022.

Our staff’s criteria for the most anticipated selection are quite vague. In our staff vote, we picked the upcoming RPGs we were interested in either because of their potential, good pedigree, and / or titles that end up with some intriguing exit situations regarding its development. This year, in our internal poll, we saw a lot of titles getting votes rather than a few titles running off with the tally. So, we have selected a total of 14 RPGs that we look forward to.

Note that the list is not ranked, with the exception of our winner.

Need a refresher on the RPGs slated for release in 2022? We have a list for you to check out here.

RPG Site Staff Choice – Most Anticipated 2022 RPG

Granblue Fantasy: Relink

This new action RPG from Cygames has been long awaited for a long time. Originally announced in 2016, the road to Granblue Fantasy: Relink has been bumpy. We’ve been drip-fed over the years and it’s shaping up to be a good time. The original browser game Granblue Fantasy has built an absolutely huge roster since its inception and our fingers crossed that our favorites are a part of Relink.

Stranger From Heaven Final Fantasy Origin

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Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is quite easily one of the strangest (no pun intended) projects we’ve seen in the big-budget AAA RPG space. Developed in collaboration between Koei Tecmo, Square Enix and the developers of Nioh Team Ninja, Stranger of Paradise explores the backstory of the very first Final Fantasy game. Team Ninja has adapted much of what made Nioh work and added a Final Fantasy touch to it all, from changing jobs on the fly to absorbing enemy spells to make them their own. We think Stranger of Paradise has a lot of potential to be one of the best games in 2022 as it recontextualizes the lore behind Final Fantasy by adding a touch of chaos to it all.

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak

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Monster Hunter Rise was a brilliant game that took a long time for several staff members last year. We expect a lot more of our time in 2022 to be spent hunting monsters with the upcoming Sunbreak expansion that aims to add a new region, Master Rank, and of course, more monsters. Fortunately, Sunbreak will be released on Switch and PC simultaneously; it won’t repeat the bizarre staggered sortie that Monster Hunter World: Iceborne suffered.

Relay

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It’s one of the more interesting releases of 2022 and perhaps the only one on this list that doesn’t have a significant pedigree behind its creator. Relay comes from the development team behind 2017’s God Wars, which initially met with mixed reception until subsequent releases improved it over time with updates to its system and balance. There haven’t been a lot of mechanic-focused strategy RPGs outside of the Super Robot Wars series, so we want Kadokawa Games to clinch gold on this next iteration.

Star Ocean The Divine Force

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Star Ocean has always been a weird RPG series with crazy characters, fun fights, and complex progression systems. It might not always be the most polished or well-executed, but there always seems to be something odd or interesting about every Star Ocean title that few other JRPG series can match. Star Ocean The Divine Force seeks to be the largest title yet, with huge areas and a focus on exploration and crossing. Star Ocean The Last Hope and Star Ocean Integrity and Infidelity are flawed gems at best, but hopefully this time around Tri-Ace delivers an experience that can rival the strongest of its kind.

Chronicle of Eiyuden: The Ascension

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It’s been over a decade since we saw an official release of Suikoden, and RPG fans are excited to revisit this style of RPG, as evidenced by the record-breaking Kickstarter campaign of spiritual successor Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes. . While this title isn’t set to launch until 2023 at the earliest, we’ll get a glimpse of what’s to come in a side-scrolling RPG spin-off with Eiuyden Chronicle Rising. The gameplay on display at the Tokyo Game Show looked promising, and even a taste of what’s to come is thrilling.

Starfield

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The launch of a new Bethesda RPG is always an event. The launch of a new Bethesda RPG IP address is something we haven’t seen in a long, long time. Being built on the new Creation Engine 2, we have high hopes for Starfield as a massive open world experience. There’s still a lot about the game we don’t know yet, but you bet we’ll be all over it when it lands in November.

Rune Factory 5

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This is the third time that Rune Factory 5 has been on our Most Anticipated list. Rune Factory 4 was a defining moment for the series, skyrocketing its popularity as an action RPG / farming simulation / dating simulation combo, and fans have been waiting for a real follow-up. Having already released in Japan with the localization slated for March, we don’t have to wait any longer to get our hands on it.

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Pokémon Legends: Arceus

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People have been asking for an open world Pokemon game for ages. Pokemon Legends: Arceus isn’t quite that, but it seems like quite the departure for the franchise we normally see from Game Freak. With a new way to meet and tame Pokemon, a larger area to explore, and a more feudal approach to the world of Pokemon, this is definitely one of the more interesting titles to be released very soon.

Ancient ring

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Elden Ring is certainly one of the biggest RPGs to release in early 2022. Take Souls-like combat and progression, add an open world, and sprinkle in some George RR Martin storytelling, and how can we not be excited about Elden Ring? The impressions from the closed-network test are promising, and we just have to wait about a month.

Final Fantasy XVI

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Final Fantasy XVI was our “Wishful Thinking” pick last year, and it turns out “Wishful Thinking” definitely was, as we haven’t heard much about the game throughout 2021. We learned about it. a little tidbit that the game is The English voiceover and face capture was done before the Japanese recording, but otherwise we’re in the same boat as in January 2021. We’re still excited of course, and the news should arrive in the spring, so hopefully we’ll find out more as soon as possible. If Final Fantasy XVI fails to release in 2022, expect to see it on next year’s Most Anticipated list.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel

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Yet another title that graces our most anticipated list for the second year in a row, of course we’re excited to see what Nintendo has to offer with this sequel which doesn’t even have an official title yet. We know the game is “targeting” a 2022 release, and the trailer showing at E3 2021 highlights a lot of interesting things we’ll see in this planned follow-up. It may only be vaguely an RPG, but approaching five years of separation since Breath of the Wild launched, our expectations for its sequel are higher than ever.

Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake (Magical Thinking Choice)

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Originally released in 1988, Dragon Quest III is still one of the best RPGs of all time. When a remake was announced using Octopath Traveler-style HD-2D pixel art visuals, we were of course excited to see more of an all-time classic remade. We still don’t have confirmation of when Dragon Quest III HD-2D will launch, or even what platforms it will be available for, but we’re ready for that, whenever we can get our hands on it.

Triangular Strategy (Staff Pick for Most Anticipated RPG Winner in 2022)

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Looks like it’s been ages since we had a real tactical RPG from Square Enix. The excellent remakes of Final Fantasy Tactics and Ogre Tactic: Hold On Together originally launched in 2007 and 2010 respectively for PSP, while Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift still remains the most recent entry in its series, having also released in 2007 for Nintendo DS. It’s been a long time, but Triangle Strategy is finally aiming to eliminate that itch that strategy fans have been waiting for for over a decade. With a plethora of characters, competing factions, intriguing conflicts, and a promising demo, our expectations for Triangle Strategy are high. Scheduled for an exclusive launch on Nintendo Switch in March, we hope this spiritual successor can achieve the fame of its predecessors and become much more than an imitation.