Regarding big new game releases, December 2 is shaping up to be a massive day, with three major titles all set to launch that day.
With three major releases coming out simultaneously on December 2, that day is shaping up to be a big one for the gaming industry. Regarding new video game releases, December is typically a particularly slow month, but it appears that 2022 will be an exception to the rule. Even though there won’t be many new video game releases in December 2022’s second half, the first half of the month is already looking fantastic.
The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners Chapter 2 Retribution, which is set to debut on December 1 for virtual reality devices like PlayStation VR, is the official start of December. There are high expectations for the sequel to Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners because the first game is widely regarded as one of the best virtual reality games available.
Friday, December 2, will be the busiest day for gaming in the whole month of December. On that day, gamers can look forward to the launch of three distinct big-budget AAA games in the form of Marvel’s Midnight Suns, Need for Speed Unbound, and The Callisto Protocol. All three of these games have serious potential, and it will be difficult for gamers to choose between them come December 2.
- The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners Chapter 2 Retribution – December 1
- Midnight Suns – December 2
- Need for Speed Unbound – December 2
- The Callisto Protocol – December 2
- Hello Neighbor 2 – December 6
- Dragon Quest Treasures – December 9
- Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 Reunion – December 13
- High on Life – December 13
Midnight Suns is a brand-new strategy game based on the Marvel character of the same name for those unfamiliar with the games. The Midnight Suns developer Firaxis Games’ track record speaks for itself, even though licensed Marvel games can be hit or miss. Before creating Midnight Suns, Firaxis successfully relaunched the XCOM series and produced new Civilization games that received positive reviews. Although early gameplay previews have been favorable, some fans are concerned about Midnight Suns’ card-based combat. On December 2, PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X users will be able to play Midnight Suns for themselves; however, users of earlier platforms, such as the Switch, will have to wait until a later, as-yet-unspecified date.
Need for Speed Unbound, the most recent installment in EA’s long-running racing game franchise, will debut on December 2 alongside Midnight Suns. Since 2019’s Need for Speed Heat, Need for Speed Unbound is the first new Need for Speed game to have been developed by Criterion Games. It also marks the first new Need for Speed game since 2012’s critically acclaimed Need for Speed Most Wanted. On December 2, Need for Speed Unbound will be released exclusively for next-generation consoles, allowing it to fully utilize the extra power offered by the PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles. The use of an anime-inspired aesthetic in the game is undoubtedly a change of pace, and it will be interesting to see how racing game enthusiasts react to it.
The Callisto Protocol, a brand-new IP and the debut project of Striking Distance Studios, will be the third significant new game to be released on December 2. The Callisto Protocol’s development has been overseen by Glen Schofield, the man behind the Dead Space video game series, and serves as a sort of spiritual successor. With players facing various unspeakable horrors capable of brutally killing them, it combines sci-fi elements with traditional survival-horror gameplay. The Callisto Protocol is highly anticipated and has a good chance of being one of the best new horror games of the year.
The Callisto Protocol is a third-person action-adventure game that roots its combat in horror. Like Dead Space, The Callisto Protocol is a survival-horror game with more exciting and cinematic options in combat than a traditional survival-horror game may have. Dead Space’s Kinesis is a valuable resource when ammunition is low, for example. The Callisto Protocol is adding even more mechanical layers of combat to give players a greater fighting chance. That said, how players are meant to master these combat mechanics in The Callisto Protocol may be a challenge in itself.
With the help of the Callisto Protocol’s stealth techniques, players can silently eliminate biophages from behind. Jacob Lee of The Callisto Protocol also uses a retractable baton for focused melee combat. It will be intriguing to see how much melee combat influences the player’s decision to interact with biophages, for example, whether there are advantages to bashing a biophage rather than shooting it. However, players also have a dodge mechanic for close-range combat. On paper, this sounds great, but depending on how it is laid out on the controller, movements, and choices might become much more nerve-wracking. Learn more about The Callisto Protocol.
There are other days in December to look forward to, even though December 2 appears to be the biggest day of the month for gaming. The Game Awards 2022 will be held on December 8, and Hello Neighbor 2 will be released on December 6. On December 9, Dragon Quest Treasures will be released on the Switch. But December 13 is unquestionably the day closest to matching December 2 in terms of significant new releases.
The final day of the month that a significant new game will be released is Tuesday, December 13, but gamers will still have two games to watch on that day. High on Life, a quirky first-person shooter from the mind of Rick and Morty creator Justin Roiland is another such game. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 Reunion is one such game and is a remake of the classic PSP game. Since High on Life is an Xbox Game Pass day one release, interest in the game may increase.
Even more game releases than those that have been previously announced might come out in December 2022, but that is still to be determined. For the time being, gamers can anticipate December 2, all the major game releases it will bring, and the other new games that have already been announced for December.