Post-apocalyptic games are some of the most immersive experiences, and 2022 is looking like it’s going to be the subgenre’s most promising year yet. From battling endless hordes of zombies to unraveling mysteries of a society long passed, there’s a lot to look forward to this year.
Here are the top 5 upcoming post-apocalyptic games of 2022.
Dying Light 2
The zombie dropkicking open-world post-apocalyptic series returns in 2022 with a sequel. Dying Light 2 is set 15 years after the events of its predecessor, which means the world is a much more brutal place. The undead exist in mass, and your only hope for survival is to use every trick in the book. From gathering resources to craft equipment to making copious use of your parkour skills, this next installment in Techland’s zombie game promises to be massive in every way possible.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2: Heart of Chernobyl
Return to The Zone in this follow-up to the cult hit post-apocalyptic romp set in Chernobyl. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 has been hotly anticipated by fans of the original, and for good reason. Aside from being a highly atmospheric open-world survival horror game, this upcoming title’s predecessor was challenging due to its unforgiving combat. One of the key improvements is that Heart of Chernobyl will feature a proper open map with seamlessly interconnected locales to explore. The critically acclaimed A-Life system from the first game will also receive upgrades with factions interacting like never before.
Horizon Forbidden West
Guerilla Games’ follow-up to their highly praised post-apocalyptic machine-hunting title is right around the corner in early 2022. Horizon Forbidden West sees Aloy once again taking the mantle to protect her people from yet another mystery of the savage post-human America. A mysterious crimson blight has been plaguing flora and fauna, and it’s up to our fiery-haired heroine to travel out west to find out what is going on. With more mechanical monstrosities to take down, new tricks and tools to master, and an even bigger world to explore, the next installment of this Playstation series is sure to be another fantastic experience.
One of the strangest, most enigmatic games shown during the PS5’s showcase is Pragmata. Currently, under development at Capcom, this weird title is likely to be seeing a late 2022 release. We know so far that the protagonist is an astronaut suit-wearing person (or being) who’s exploring what appears to be an abandoned city until they happen upon a child. We see various supernatural and cosmic phenomena from the trailers, but nothing else has been revealed so far. The Japanese developer has been heavily tight-lipped, so it’s likely that whatever Pragmata turns out to be like, it’s probably going to be unique.
The Day Before
If you’re looking to get into a post-apocalyptic MMO, then The Day Before should be on your radar for 2022. This open-world multiplayer game expects you and other players to do everything it takes to survive. One of the key features listed by the developers is realistic weapons, which likely means you’ll have to get good at managing recoil and other physics in order to stand a chance. Compete for resources, fight infested mutants and discover a world ravaged by a pandemic in an online post-apocalyptic experience.
Which Post-Apocalyptic Game Should I Play in 2022?
If exploring a post-apocalyptic world is your kind of thing, we’d say all of the games on this list are going to be worth your time. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is not for the faint of heart, so only pick it up if you love brutally challenging combat. Horizon Forbidden West is one of the must-buy Playstation games which will surely be making its way to PC eventually. Dying Light 2 is a surefire hit with those who enjoy open-world games with fun traversal mechanics. We don’t know much about Pragmata and The Day Before, but both sound like intriguing prospects for their own reasons.
Yannis is a veteran gamer with over 30 years of experience playing a wide spectrum of video games. When not writing about games, he's playing them, and if he's not playing them, then he's definitely thinking about them.