As 2021 draws to a close, Xbox fans are looking forward to the biggest Xbox exclusive games being released in 2022. Halo Infinite, the long-awaited next-gen Halo game, was arguably the highlight of the year for many Xbox gaming fans, as evidenced by Halo Infinite’s win at TGA 2021. 2022 brings with it many exciting Xbox and Windows exclusive games, including some highly-anticipated games that have had their release dates delayed multiple times. Many of these games don’t have a confirmed release date yet, which may hint at further delays, much to the ire of fans.

Unlike PlayStation exclusives, all of the Xbox Series S/X exclusive games being released in 2022 will also be available to play on PC, with most games coming to Xbox Game Pass from day one. This is good news for players who haven’t been able to obtain a next-gen Xbox console, which have been scarce throughout 2021 due to supply chain issues, the global chip shortage, and the same high demand for next-gen gaming consoles that continued from 2020. Towards the end of 2021, restocks have started lasting longer and many stores resumed selling next-gen consoles in-store for the first time in months. Hopefully, many Xbox gamers will finally be able to get their hands on highly sought-after Xbox Series S/X stock in 2022, in time to enjoy the year’s new Xbox exclusives.

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There are plenty of upcoming Xbox exclusives to be excited about, with Microsoft now closing distance on console rivals Sony when it comes to its lineup of first-party titles. Xbox has been acquiring multiple studios over the last several years, and the fruits are starting to show. With this in mind, 2022 is shaping up to be a big year for Xbox, with plenty of hotly anticipated exclusives set to release.

Xbox Exlusives In 2022 – S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl

The first Xbox exclusive on the list is the highly-anticipated S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl. The game has faced many obstacles since it was first announced in 2010. The sequel was officially canceled two years later, before being re-announced in 2018, much to the delight of fans.

The game’s developer, GSC Game World, recently canceled its plans to include NFTs in S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 after facing immediate backlash. Despite these ups and downs, fans of the franchise eagerly await the release of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. sequel on April 28th, 2022, especially since screenshots revealed how amazing the game looks on Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 5. The Xbox Game Pass website confirms S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl will be coming day one to Xbox Game Pass.

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Redfall Will Release On Xbox Game Pass Summer 2022

While co-op looter shooter games are a dime a dozen, Arkane Austin’s Redfall has one thing that sets it apart from games in the genre: vampires. Redfall is an upcoming first-person shooter action-adventure game that players can enjoy in either single-player mode or with up to three friends in co-op mode. Announced during the Xbox and Bethesda E3 2021 showcase earlier this year, Redfall is set in the fictional island town of Redfall, Massachusetts, an open-world environment overrun with vampires that attack the town’s inhabitants. The game is set to be released in Summer 2022 and will be available on Xbox Game Pass from the day of its release.

Survival Horror Scorn Is Inspired By Alien

Scorn is an upcoming first-person biopunk survival horror adventure video game from Serbian game developer Ebb Software. The game is inspired by the works of visual artists H. R. Giger and Zdzisław Beksiński. So far, the game’s details are vague, boasting a dream-like open-ended world made of maze-like structures and interconnected regions.

The first-person Xbox Series X/S exclusive horror game focuses on immersing players in its environment and the game’s story plays out in a non-linear fashion. Fans of Alien may already be able to see how Scorn is inspired by the series, which may in turn provide a reason for them to check it out. Scorn is scheduled for release in October 2022 and will be available on Xbox Game Pass from day one.

Xbox-Owned Bethesda Should Release Starfield In 2022

Bethesda Game Studios’ Starfield is an upcoming epic single-player RPG and the first brand new IP from the game publisher in 25 years. With Starfield, Bethesda and Todd Howard are hoping to deliver Skyrim’s open-world exploration, but in space. Starfield is Bethesda’s first game to be developed using its Creation Engine 2, closely followed by The Elder Scrolls VI. Set 300 years in the future, Starfield battles with themes like humanity’s role in the universe and the mysteries of space. Starfield is set to be released and added to Xbox Game Pass on November 11th, 2022, exactly 11 years after the initial release date of Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

ARK 2 Will Bring A Survival Sandbox To Xbox In 2022

ARK 2 is the highly-anticipated sequel to ARK: Survival Evolved. It was announced at The Game Awards 2020 where a cinematic trailer for the game was shown. Like its predecessor, ARK 2 is a survival sandbox game that features a prehistoric environment, filled with dinosaurs.

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The game, which takes place after the events of Genesis: Part 2, has been surrounded by speculation over actor Vin Diesel’s involvement. Studio Wildcard released a trailer for ARK 2 starring Vin Diesel, but he’ll also be an executive producer for the game and the upcoming ARK animated series. While ARK 2 won’t stray too far from the first ARK game, fans can look forward to next-gen graphics and gameplay. ARK 2 is set to be released in 2022, but no exact release date is confirmed. Microsoft picked up ARK 2 as an Xbox Exclusive, but it’s not yet known if the game will be available on Xbox Game Pass.

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide Is A 2022 Xbox Exclusive FPS

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide is a first-person action game set in the mega-city of Tertium in the Warhammer 40K universe. The four-player co-op action game lets players battle hordes of enemies, bringing the atmosphere of the Warhammer universe to a first-person gaming experience like Turtle Rock Studios’ Left 4 Dead franchise. Darktide’s story revolves around a cult known as the Admonition, trying to seize power over planet Atoma Prime and its citizens. Darktide‘s developers previously developed the Warhammer: Vermintide games. Unlike other games on this list, Warhammer 40,000: Darktide will also be available on Steam, in addition to Xbox Game Pass for PC. On console, the game will exclusively be available on Xbox Series S/X and is set to be released in Spring 2022.

Both Xbox and PlayStation boast an exciting list of exclusive games coming in 2022, however, the Xbox exclusives have the added benefit of being available on PC too. Xbox has an impressive list of games coming next year, with something for everyone across every genre. Highly-anticipated sequels, like ARK 2, and games that are part of successful franchises, like Warhammer 40,000: Darktide, are guaranteed to draw a crowd from their loyal fanbases. If Halo Infinite’s record-breaking success is anything to go by, Xbox gamers can look forward to a year of showstopping exclusive games, many of which will be available to players on Xbox Game Pass from day one.

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