We’re only reaching the midpoint of 2022, and dozens of imminent releases have been delayed to later in the year or into the next. The latest games to suffer delays include the hotly anticipated Starfield and open-world zombie game The Day Before. Both now arrive at some point in 2023. Setting an early release date makes sense for managing workflow and the expectations of audiences and stakeholders. But in a post-pandemic world full of uncertainties, maybe it’s better to temper expectations by saying the game is coming ‘when it’s done.”
This month delivers a steady stream of winter warmers, including cinematic horror game The Quarry, a collection of classics in Sonic Origins, silly sports in Mario Strikers: Battle League and a pocket-friendly spin-off in the form of Diablo Immortal. Check out all of these and more in our best new games roundup for June 2022. And let’s hope none receive last-minute delays.
1. The Quarry
In the remote forests of upstate New York, a group of teen counsellors have the night to themselves. No kids and no adults mean no rules. But what unravels is a night of unpredictable horror with life or death situations around every turn.
The Quarry is the latest cinematic horror experience from the creators of Until Dawn and The Dark Pictures Anthology. You control the fate of 9 counsellors as they fight for survival against unknown forces. With a reported 186 different endings, you will truly shape the outcome. The Quarry features a massive cast, including David Arquette, Justice Smith and Lance Henriksen, to name a few.
Platforms: PC, PlayStation, Xbox
Release date: June 10
2. Sonic Origins
Relive the golden age of the blue blur in Sonic Origins. This new collection remasters the Mega Drive/Genesis games with improved visuals and unique content to become the definitive way to play. We’re talking Sonic 1, Sonic 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, plus Sonic CD presented in their original formats and new visually superior versions.
Sure, you’ve played these before – probably even own them multiple times each across the console generations. But there’s always room for Sonic on the schedule.
Platforms: PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Switch
Release date: June 23
3. Mario Strikers: Battle League
Experience 5-a-side soccer with plenty of familiar faces, yet next to no rules! Mario Strikers: Battle League presents series mainstays including Luigi, Bowser, Wario and Peach and gives them individual player stats and unique powerups for a more in-depth sports experience than what may appear on the surface.
Play locally or form a dream team, customise your appearance and take the carnage online. Just watch out for the electric fence! Mario Strikers: Battle League supports up to 20 players online, where players join a club and compete for seasonal points. This football outing won’t appeal to FIFA fanatics but should satisfy Mario fans and Rocket League revellers.
Release date: June 10
4. Diablo Immortal
The controversial spin-off is finally here! When everyone was anticipating a Diablo 4 announcement, Blizzard revealed Diablo Immortal, a smartphone action RPG with an original story set between the events of Diablo 2 and 3. However, the criticism ends here, as Diablo Immortal looks fantastic and is now coming to PC!
Players choose between six familiar character classes and take on Diablo’s minions who wish to harness the power of the Worldstone to revive the Lord of Terror. Play solo or together with friends with intuitive touch consoles or a traditional mouse and keyboard layout. Diablo 4 is in active development, but this spin-off should keep you occupied for dozens of hours between now and then.
Platforms: PC, iOS, Android
Release date: June 2
5. Shadowrun Trilogy
Three cult classics are bundled together and jump from PC to console for the first time. In Shadowrun Trilogy, cyberpunk meets high fantasy. It’s a futuristic dystopian world that sees the return of magic, bringing creatures of myth and legend.
Shadowrun Returns, Shadowrun Dragonfall – Director’s Cut and Shadowrun Hong Kong – Extended Edition are three tactical RPGs packing dozens of hours of story and gameplay. Previously a PC exclusive, the Trilogy makes the jump to consoles with upscaled graphics, improved performance, and controller-optimised gameplay for a superior experience.
Platforms: PlayStation, Xbox, Switch
Release date: June 22
6. Gravitar: Recharged
A 1982 Atari classic receives a new lease on life and aims to revive the “golden age of gaming.”
In Gravitar: Recharged, you’re a pilot navigating a universe of uncharted planets and space stations searching for a way home. With shifting gravity and hostile alien foes, you’ll need to rotate, thrust and blast your way through 24 missions connected by a series of black holes. Then, tether to a friend’s craft in co-op. Explore every mode with a friend tied to your craft and only survive through coordination.
Platforms: PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, Atari VCS
Release date: June 2
June 2022 Video Game Release Dates
- Diablo Immortal (PC) – June 2
- Gigapocalypse (PS4, XB1, Switch) – June 2
- Gravitar: Recharged (PC, PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1, Switch) – June 2
- SpellForce 3 Reforced (PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1) – June 6
- The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle (PC) – June 6
- Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles (Switch) – June 9
- Pro Cycling Manager 2022 (PC) – June 9
- Tour de France 2022 (PC, PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1) – June 9
- Mario Strikers: Battle League (Switch) – June 10
- The Quarry (PC, PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1) – June 10
- Starship Troopers – Terran Command (PC) – June 16
- Broken Mind (XB1, Switch) – June 20
- The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle (PS5, PS4, XBX/S, XB1) – June 21
- Wreckfest (Switch) – June 21
- Capcom Fighting Collection (PC, PS4) – June 24
- Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes (Switch) – June 24
- Disgaea 6 Complete (PC, PS5) – June 28
- MX vs ATV Legends (PC, PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1) – June 28
- Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course DLC (PC, XB1, Switch) – June 30
- Outriders Worldslayer (PC, PS5, XSX/S, PS4, XB1) – June 30
- Project Warlock 2 (PC) – June TBA
- Zorro The Chronicles, The Game (PC, PS5, PS4, XSX/S, XB1, Switch) – June TBA
Why was The Day Before Delayed?
Expected to release in June 2022, MMO The Day Before is delayed to June 21, 2023. This open-world zombie title is being migrated to the newer, more advanced Unreal Engine 5, so developer Fntastic requires an extra year to make the gameplay “even more fantastic.”
Is Gotham Knights Next-Gen only?
In a recent update, publisher Warner Bros announced that its upcoming co-op DC comics title would no longer be coming to PS4 and Xbox One. These versions have been scrapped in favour of next-gen versions for PS5 and Xbox Series X. Gotham Knights features Nightwing, Robin, Batgirl and Red Hood with an open-world Gotham City, and the vigilantes are tasked with investigating Batman comics villains the Court of Owns. It’s expected to launch on October 25, 2022.
Why is FIFA changing its name?
After months of rumours, EA has revealed that they are dropping the FIFA name from upcoming football titles. Following the release of FIFA 23, future games in the series will be named EA Sports FC. The name change comes after the FIFA governing body increased its licensing fees targeting a reported $1 billion from EA every four years. In retaliation, FIFA announced it would start developing its own football video games and used some colourful language to express its views.