Everything is going swimmingly, and then someone like me comes along and points out that we’re already in the second half of 2022! So, where does the time go? It will be tough for the best new games in July 2022 to outdo the previous month, as June hosted multiple gaming showcases and saw the new PS Plus subscription launch to compete with Game Pass. From Resident Evil: Village VR to the incredible Final Fantasy XVI trailer, June left us with big shoes to fill, but we’ll give it our best shot: This month packs a racing simulator, a new tennis title, a pair of highly anticipated JRPGs and a cyberpunk game where you play as a stray cat. We’ll take a closer look at these and share a calendar with dates for every noteworthy game.
1. F1 2022
Strap in for a new era of racing simulator. F1 2022 is the official game of the 2022 FIA Formula One World Championship. The new season brings redesigned cars and overhauled rules for an authentic racing experience.
F1 2022 features all 20 drivers and 10 teams from the current season along with licenced tracks, including the all-new Miami International Autodrome. Race as familiar faces or create a team and take them to the front of the grid with new depth in the acclaimed ten-year career mode. Unlock and show off your cars, clothing and accessories along the path to glory.
A new AI system helps ease new players into the experience without isolating esports professionals, while new broadcast options make for more immersive race sequences.
Race head-to-head in split-screen with a friend or take to the track online to compete against players across the globe. The PC version of F1 2022 even supports VR so that you can feel the drama from inside the cockpit.
Platforms: PC, PlayStation, Xbox
Release date: July 1
Lost, alone and separated from family, a stray cat must untangle an ancient mystery to escape a decaying cyberpunk city.
Stray is a third-person cat adventure set amidst the neon-lit alleyways and the murky underbelly of a futuristic cityscape. You roam the city high and low, defending against dangerous creatures with your cat-like reflexes, meeting curious droids and solving puzzles along the way. Be stealthy and nimble in what looks set to be one of, if not the most heartwarming games of 2022.
Stray is included in July’s PS Plus lineup at no additional cost.
Platforms: PC, PlayStation
Release date: July 19
3. Xenoblade Chronicles 3
The third entry in the acclaimed series, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 presents a vast world in turmoil. The nations of Keves and Angus are at war. Six soldiers hailing from both sides join forces to learn the truth behind their conflict, setting their sights on Swordmarch, a land pierced by a giant sword.
Fighting in turn-based combat, you’ll need to use each soldier’s strengths to your advantage, considering their position relative to the enemy. In addition, characters you befriend on your adventure can also join you in battle, further increasing your strategic capabilities.
As you progress, customise your party by changing characters’ classes to better suit the situation. If certain conditions are met during battle, each of the tag-team pairs can combine into a giant form with its own powerful moveset. If the previous Xenoblade games are anything to go by, expect a deep RPG with satisfying story, combat and exploration.
Release date: July 29
4. Matchpoint – Tennis Championships
Pick up your racket and step up to the line for some authentic on-court action. Matchpoint – Tennis Championships offers a true-to-life tennis experience with a strong focus on realism, positioning and aiming, allowing players to move their pros in exactly the right way.
Dominate the court as one of 16 international tennis stars or create your own athlete and take them to grand slam glory in the career mode. Hire a personal coach to hone your skills and study replays of rallies to improve your next game.
Matchpoint – Tennis Championships lacks some of the real-world licencing you may expect, but that shouldn’t stop you from acing the competition.
Platforms: PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Switch
Release date: July 7
5. Severed Steel
Severed Steel is a fast-paced shooter with a fluid stunt system, bullet-time combat and destructible environments. Play as Steel, a nimble, one-armed sharpshooter on a mission to take down an infamous mega-corporation. It’s you and your trigger finger against a superstructure full of bad guys.
Dodge bullets, slide kick, leap off walls and throw gear to survive dynamic squad-based encounters. Blast your way through a six-mission campaign before tackling the leaderboards in an arcade mode with over 40 levels. If that’s not enough to keep you occupied, create, share and download levels via the Level Editor.
Severed Steel arrived on PC in 2021 and is finally coming to consoles this July.
Platforms: PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Switch
Release date: July 20 – 22
6. Live a Live
A 28-year-old Japanese exclusive game returns with a fresh lick of paint and a wide release for all audiences. Live a Live is a classic SNES RPG with seven different stories featuring diverse protagonists, time periods, and gameplay styles. Experience them in any order you choose.
In The Wild West, a wanderer with a bounty on his head fights for his life. In the Twilight of Edo Japan, a shinobi undertakes a secret mission. Unravel a connected story that crosses eras.
Each character has a distinct set of abilities that changes the gameplay. Craft weapons and armour for survival, hide from foes using Ninja abilities and harness supernatural powers to save the day. Maximize characters’ distinct skills to fit your strategy.
Release date: July 22
7. Bear and Breakfast
Chase your dream of starting a business through a bed and breakfast. The point of difference here is that you’re a bear.
Bear and Breakfast is a laid-back management sim/adventure game where you build and personalise a B & B in the woods. Construct and design rooms of your choice and explore the wilderness, meeting tourists and inviting them to stay. Keep them happy to increase your reputation and make your home a money-maker.
But there’s more to this game than just tranquil trade. Dark mysteries lurk beneath the surface of the forest, and the world is rich with lore, characters and quests for you to uncover.
Platforms: PC, Switch
Release date: July 28
July 2022 Video Game Release Dates
- F1 2022 (PC, PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1) – July 1
- Arcadegeddon (PS5, XBX/S) – July 5
- Matchpoint – Tennis Championships (PC, PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1, Switch) – July 7
- Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch) – July 8
- F.I.S.T.: Forged in Shadow Torch (Switch) – July 12
- Hellpoint (PS5, XBX/S) – July 12
- Monument Valley Panoramic Collection (PC) – July 12
- Time on Frog Island (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch) – July 12
- Escape Academy (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1) – July 13
- Clanfolk (PC) – July 14
- Powerwash Simulator (PC, XBX/S, XB1) – July 14
- As Dusk Falls (PC, XSX/S, XB1) – July 19
- Endling – Extinction Is Forever (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) – July 19
- Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels DLC (PC, XSX/S, XB1) – July 19
- Severed Steel (PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch ) – July 20-22
- Postvoid (PS5, PS4) – July 21
- Hell Pie (PC, PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1, Switch) – July 21
- Wayward Strand (PC, PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1, Switch) – July 21
- Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) – July 22
- Live-A-Live (Switch) – July 22
- Sweet Transit early access (PC) – July 28
- Digimon Survive (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) – July 29
- Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (Switch) – July 29
Is F1 Manager 2022 the same as F1 2022?
No. They are two different games. F1 Manager 2022 takes you behind the scenes to construct and manage a team off the track. There is no driving. F1 2022 is a racing game. In this one, you race Formula 1s around the real-world tracks.
Is Stray going to be free?
Stray, the new cyberpunk cat game, will be free for PS Plus subscribers when it launches on July 19, 2022. Everyone else will need to purchase a copy.
Do I have to play the previous games to understand the story in Xenoblade Chronicles 3?
You won’t have to play the previous games to understand the story in Xenoblade Chronicles 3. Fans of the earlier games may note some references to previous events, characters and locations, but ultimately, the third Xenoblade is a new and standalone experience.