Between the return of iconic sagas, narrative experiences and immersive wizardry, the end of the year promises to be a busy one.
If there’s one reason we can’t wait until September, it’s game releases. Indeed, the beginning of the school year also corresponds to the beginning of a key period for the AAA games. Leading up to the holiday season, many highly anticipated titles usually release between September and December.
one Back to Hogwarts with Hogwarts Legacy
An RPG-oriented adventure game set in the wizarding world of Harry Potter? Fans dreamed about it, Avalanche Software did it. After several postponements, the end of 2022 should finally be the right time for one of the most anticipated games of the coming months. In this Hogwarts of the 1800s, the player will be able to embody the student in the full study of magic. In addition to lessons in potions or metamorphosis, he will be able to explore every corner of the iconic castle and its surroundings. At the moment, the official release date is not yet known, but we can expect a release in early December. The most impatient can even play the game before its official release.
2 The end of the world is approaching in God of War Ragnarok
After 17 years of existence, it is no longer necessary to present the famous God of War saga (soon to be eligible for film adaptation honors). Four years after the successful reboot, Kratos returned to the Scandinavian lands along with his son Atreus. This new opus will feature a father and his son still being hunted by the Norse deities, especially those determined to avenge themselves after losing one of their own. This sequel supposedly takes place several years after the 2018 game and will allow players to reunite with familiar characters such as Mimir, the dwarves Brokk and Sindri, or even Freya, Odin’s once wife. Moreover, the title Ragnarok in Norse mythology refers to a doomsday prophecy that suggests a cataclysmic adventure.
3 It’s time for succession in Gotham Knights
Daily life in Gotham has become darker than ever since Batman’s death. Faced with rising crime in the city, the last hopes are placed on the Dark Knight’s successors: Batgirl, Robin, Nightwing, and the Red Hood. That’s what awaits players in Gotham Knights, developed by WB Games Montreal. Designed as a more ambitious game than Rocksteady’s Batman Arkham saga, the game will let you bring these four heroes to life. Of course, everyone will have their own abilities to defeat multiple enemies, such as the powerful Court of Owls sect. The game, which can be played by two people, will first of all allow you to explore the city of Gotham, which is bigger and more developed than ever. Originally developed for PS4 and Xbox One, the game will release only on PC, PS5 and Xbox Series on October 25th.
four Return to the battlefield with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
For many, Modern Warfare 2 (2009) remains one of the best, if not the best, episode of Activision’s iconic franchise. But this Modern Warfare 2 will actually be a sequel to the 2019 reboot. Always more explosive and more realistic than ever, the single-player campaign will feature iconic characters from the saga such as Captain Price, Soap, Gaz or Ghost Again. The stakes will once again be global, and the conflict should have a profound effect on the United States. Of course, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will also try to shine with its famous multiplayer mode. The game is expected on October 28 on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series, Xbox One and PC.
5 It’s never too late to revisit the classic The Last of Us Part I
Invented by Naughty Dog, The Last of Us saga is one of the most significant licenses of recent years, particularly in terms of storytelling richness. While many may be struggling to recover from Part 2, it will soon be possible to rediscover the first remastered part. This remake will faithfully follow the story of the original 2013 game, but expect a few additions.
Among them is the presence of the Permadeath mode, in which players will have to complete the game without dying once, otherwise they will have to start from scratch, and a mode specially designed for high-speed passing, with a timer at the top of the screen. . Many cosmetic items will also be unlocked. The Last of Us Part I, also featuring more modern graphics, is due September 2nd on PS5, and you’ll have to be more patient to discover the remastered version on PC.
Whoever says “back to school” is clearly talking about a new episode of the popular football saga. After hitting episode 22, Electronic Arts is back on the lawn starting September 30th. A long-awaited opus for several reasons, which should serve as a revolution. We remind you that the license will change its name after this episode, after the completion of the deal between the studio and FIFA, a major football authority. This FIFA 23 will be a celebration of women’s football with the inclusion of the Barclays Women’s Super League and the Arkema First Division at launch. It will also be possible to participate in the 2023 FIFA World Cup Australia and New Zealand with post-launch updates at no additional cost. In terms of gameplay, the game will be based on HyperMotion 2 technology for even more realistic gaming experience.
7 In the space of the Callisto Protocol, everyone will hear your cry
After the phenomenal Dead Space, which will soon return in a remake, Glen Schofield returns to the realm of horror with The Callisto Protocol. In this third-person survival horror game, the player will find themselves in a futuristic prison facility where prisoners are left to their own devices and monsters become more and more terrifying. We will play Jacob, a prisoner in the Dark Iron prison on a deserted moon named Calypso. Therefore, we should expect a terrifying experience that combines combat and survival. Bad news for co-op fans, the game is only for single player mode. A prejudice that we can understand, since such a decision serves the horror side of the title more than playing with others. To wince, meet on December 2nd on PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox One, and Xbox Series.
eight Demon hunting resumes in Bayonetta 3
Still popular, the Nintendo Switch should be a big hit at the end of the year, especially with the holidays approaching. In addition to being able to count on timeless hits like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe or The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the console will find another famous face: Bayonetta. Officially announced a few days ago, the third part of the powerful witch saga will release on October 28 on the Big N hybrid console.
Eight years after the last opus, expectations are huge. Bayonetta 3, still developed by Platinum Games and worn by the badass heroine of the same name, will also feature a new playable character named Viola, who will be accompanied by a cat and a sword. This high-energy action game will take place in Tokyo and China, among others, and will include a new ability to channel the demons associated with Bayonetta’s weapons.