8 Open-World PC Games You Forgot Are Coming Out In 2022

It’s been a while since the last hype around RPG games. Which was the last one you remember waiting with anticipation and glee? Red Dead Redemption? Or maybe Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Anyway, today we’re here to bring you back the joy of waiting for a new, or a good old open world game. Even though in 2021 there were only a few major gaming conferences and even less about RPGs, 2022 will be the year to bring back hope to all the open world game fans.

Not only long awaited sequels are to be released, but also some absolutely new and awesome games are yet to come. Without further ado, enjoy the list of 8 open-world PC games that are coming out 2022. 

Elden Ring

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From 2019 fans have been waiting for at least some sneak peek of the art concept, or at least something. Many had started doubting if it would ever be released. Well, it’s now sure, but it looks quite real that in January 2022, we’ll witness the Elder Ring. The trailer of the game seems more than promising. As hoped, Elden Ring did show up at the Summer Game Fest event hosted by Geoff Keighley at the start of E3.  

For all of you out there who were missing the Souls style games, you’ll find that the graphics of the games are Soul. Here are some details about the game:

  • Open-world: You will have six main areas to explore.
  • Jumping and riding: You can jump and fight on horseback, how cool is that?!
  • Guard Counter: Attacking immediately after blocking, separate from Parrying.
  • World map: A drawn map where you can place your markers.
  • Co-op: Co-op for up to four players is supported.
  • PvP: Invasions are in, but you may not be able to invade solo players.
  • Bonfires: Fast travel and resting are back, now called Sites of Lost Grace.
  • Bloodstains: These are back too, for laughing at the mistakes of strangers.
  • Summons are back: They're a nice collectible hidden element within the game world to discover and to equip as you go, giving new strategic variants. 
  • Customization: You’ll have more freedom while constructing your build, having to choose from a bigger variety of weapon combinations. 

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl

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Here we have an even longer run, from 2007 when was the time of the release of the Stalker franchise. It’s back and it’s an Xbox exclusive. Why did it take so long? Originally announced in 2010 following the launch of Call of Pripyat. Developer GSC Game World worked on the project for a small window of time before dissolving as a company in 2011. Stalker 2 was officially canceled shortly after in 2012, citing issues between investors, staff, and the IP holder. The studio was revitalized in 2014 and re-announced Stalker 2 in 2018. The game was officially unveiled during Microsoft’s Xbox Series X showcase in 2020 with an in-engine demo.

Now we’re waiting for April 2022 for the game to launch on Xbox Series X and Series S, as well as PC. An in-engine clip for Stalker 2 was shown by Microsoft during the Xbox Series X game showcase in 2020. It depicts the dismal, lonely wasteland through a succession of breathtaking visuals, defining the game's brooding tone. 

A bit more details on the gameplay. You’ll have the ability to grab attachments for your weapons around the environment and immediately attach them. It shows the player grabbing a scope and a silencer and equipping them right away without going through an inventory screen.

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The visuals stay loyal to the franchise, for example, the updated Bloodsucker design that looks strikingly similar to Cthulhu. 

It’s still not confirmed, but it looks like S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl will have a multiplayer mode, maybe it won’t be for everybody, but it surely will be. Also, DLC is a new feature. The game is set to receive two story expansions, which are described as “additional large-scale expansions that continue or expand the main story.”

It’s already available for preorder on Steam, starting from 60$. 

Starfield

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Starfield is Bethesda's first original RPG in 25 years. To make it even better, the main story is in space. Three years after the announcement of the game, we have a release date: November 11, 2022. It'll be available on PC, Xbox, and as part of Game Pass on day one.

There are not many details about the gameplay, still, the executive producer of the game Todd Howard said in an interview with Washington Post that it’s like “Skyrim in space” and will feature factions, with Constellation, a group of human explorers, being the main one. "It's like NASA meets Indiana Jones meets the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, a group of people that are still searching for answers." 

You can also gather insides from short videos with design insights. In the short videos called "Location Insights", design director Emil Pagliarulo introduced some of the settlements you'll be visiting in Starfield. Each video is under a minute long and consists of Pagliarulo providing a fast explanation over concept art, so there isn't much to go on. That said, one of them does seem interesting. Neon was originally built as a fishing platform on an aquatic world but was retooled as a pleasure city by its owner, the Xenofresh corporation, when they discovered an alien fish with valuable psychotropic qualities. This literal dopefish is now only legal on Neon.

Baldur's Gate 3

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The makers of top RPGs of all time are working on a sequel to one of the best PC RPGs of this world. It's been nearly two decades since the last installment of Baldur's Gate, Throne of Bhaal, but Larian Studios is finally bringing us back to the Sword Coast. Baldur's Gate 3 is now in Early Access, and fixes and updates are being released on a regular basis. 

Baldur's Gate 3 had its Early Access launch on October 6, 2020, and the game was a blast! At moments, it's a bit of an anarchic sandbox, allowing you to sneak around knocking people off ledges or dropping stones on their heads as if you were some sort of fantasy hitman. It's fantastic! The plot never really gets rolling, and you'll leave the book with no idea what's going on with mind flayers or how you're going to deal with this annoying tadpole that's been implanted into your skull.

The latest patch is about community feedback. There's an active dice-rolling interface that lets you cast spells to affect rolls, or ask your companions to cast spells to help you out. Camping has been overhauled so you'll need to spend supplies for each long rest, and combat has been tweaked so the action economy more closely resembles the tabletop game. 

There are now secret mini-quests that reward you for acting in character, as decided by your history (and those of your companions). Also, when you instruct your party members what to do, they'll have a response, and those lines will vary as the story and their arcs progress. For each character, around 800 lines have already been recorded, with more to come in the finished game.

Anyhow, the dame is still in development and there is no exact release date, so we’ll keep you updated on that. Still, in an interview from 2021 Swen Vincke has confirmed that the release will be in 2022. 

Tiny Tina's Wonderlands

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Gearbox Software has its Borderlands spin-off. A follow-up to the Borderlands 2 DLC Assault on Dragon Keep, with a bit more of a fantasy flavor than sci-fi. The release date is yet to be confirmed, still, one of the developers says it will be 2022. 

The plot of Tiny Tina's Wonderlands is still being kept in secret, but we know what the gist of the tale will be – and we know it will take place right after the popular Borderlands 2 DLC Assault on Dragon Keep. Tiny Tina and the heroes from the first Borderlands game play a Tabletop RPG named "Bunkers and Badasses" in that expansion. They go on a fantasy adventure while controlling the characters from Borderlands 2, with Tiny Tina acting as the Dungeon Master in her wildly unpredictable way.

Maximum customization awaits! You will be able to create your character to play with! Tiny Tina's Wonderlands will allow players to design their characters rather than playing as a group of pre-made Vault Hunters, which is a first for the Borderlands franchise. Cox specifies that these heroes can be "multi-classed," which sounds like a standard tabletop affair, allowing you to use the skills and abilities of multiple character classes, though Wonderlands will likely adapt this to allow you to freely choose your skills because it isn't concerned with classes. He also mentions that the heroes will be able to be customized.

The gameplay will be similar to Borderlands. Lots of combat, lots of goofy humor, lots of shooting damage numbers out of things to get better weapons so you can shoot bigger numbers out of things. Characters who talk far too much, undermining their jokes in the process. Everything that was great about Borderlands will likely feature, as will everything that was annoying. The emphasis on loot will undoubtedly be the same as in the main game, albeit Wonderlands will have a more fantasy vibe, with armor as a collection alongside weapons. There are some other noticeable differences as well: Wonderlands includes melee weapons for the first time, but it's unclear how important they'll be or how they'll work with guns, which will, of course, return as loot. The main difference is there will be no grenades, players will be casting spells. 

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum

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At last Lord of the Rings has some occasion to party. They’ll be getting not only the first live-action TV series from Amazon but also a spin-off is being made with the one-time favorite character ‒ Gollum. Given that most Lord of the Rings games focus on Aragorn's sword-slashing antics, this game will undoubtedly bring a new perspective to J.R.R. Tolkien's cherished fantasy realm. This game puts you in the shoes of Gollum, as you might have guessed from the title!

The release date is around the first quarter of 2022. The Lord of the Rings: Gollum will release pretty much everywhere, with the developers from Daedalic Entertainment promising that their vision will reach PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

The game won’t be based on the movies. Logically enough, we all would know the ending. Developers Daedalic Entertainment has hinted that Gollum may be bigger than he is in the movies and that the Nazgûl will appear in the game likely with a redesigned look.

The game is touted as an action-adventure, however, it is supposed to be less violent than previous Lord of the Rings games like Shadow of Mordor. Gamers will first play as Sméagol, the character's original hobbit form, and then as Gollum, the character's more familiar counterpart, as he gets corrupted by the One Ring. Sméagol's dual nature is supposed to become a gameplay aspect, with players having to choose between Sméagol and Gollum at certain stages throughout the game.

 

Ark: Survival Evolved 2

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Ark 2 is the follow-up to the highly acclaimed Ark: Survival Evolved, and it will be released in 2022. It was a bit of a surprise when it was announced in December at the Game Awards 2020, considering the first game still has a robust user base. The presence of none other than actor and Ark superfan Vin Diesel is another factor that makes Ark 2 stand out. But how will Ark 2 look, and what can you expect from the sequel? Everything we know about the upcoming game can be found right here.

There are many different dinosaurs in Ark, as well as other prehistoric or otherwise extinct creatures that you can not only ride and nurture but also turn into your vast zoo if you so desire. It's not all fun, though, as the game's title implies, and survival is an important part of the experience. Ark is known for leaving players to find mechanics for themselves through death, death, and more death, as well as numerous accounts of high-level players simply razing inferior players' camps. The early Ark experience can be challenging, but patience and curiosity are rewarded, and did we mention there are dinosaurs to ride?

​​It's unclear whether Ark 2 will follow a standard storyline. Ark: Survival Evolved does later provide lore for you to explore as a multiplayer experience, explaining the island's sci-fi history, but you're free to disregard it all and have your fun. Still, Vin Diesel is there. Perhaps Studio Wildcard's collaboration with Vin Diesel is purely coincidental ‒ the actor is known to be a huge nerd who has long appreciated video games and a good game of DnD. He's just a lover of Ark, according to Microsoft, with a playtime of around 1000 hours ‒ the community's average.

It will be an Xbox Series X|S console launch exclusive. If things go the way they did with Survival Evolved, this will also include PC, (possibly Xbox Game Pass at launch) before a PS5 version will eventually follow. Microsoft also points out that Ark 2 will be optimized for Xbox Series X|S.

 

Hogwarts Legacy

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The long-rumored wizarding role-playing game is really in development, and based on the reveal trailer, there will be plenty of magic casting and wizard school activities to engage in. Hogwarts Legacy takes place long before The Boy Who Lived, and instead of taking place before they even stepped through Hogwarts' doors, it takes place before our regular ragtag group from the novels and movies. You'll be able to design your unique student, explore an open environment, and learn hidden secrets about ancient magic, according to Avalanche Software and Portkey Games.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this very ambitious list! We’ll keep you updated on the release dates as soon as something changes. 2022 calls in to be a great year for the RPG.