Xbox will look to build on the incredible lineup of games that they've released in the second part of 2021 with exciting first-party and third-party exclusives in 2022.
The second part of 2021 was pretty massive for Xbox who released Forza Horizon 5 and Halo Infinite, games from their two most popular franchises. Both games received critical acclaim, winning many awards and Microsoft will certainly look to build on that for 2022, where they have a couple of big releases planned.
Let's take a look at Xbox's exclusives, both first-party and third-party, in 2022.
Confirmed Xbox exclusives in 2022:
- CrossfireX — February 10, 2022. (XSX|S, Xbox One)
- Shredders — February 2022. (XSX|S)
- Tunic — March 16, 2022. (XSX|S, Xbox One and PC)*
- Warhammer 40K: Darktide — Spring 2022 (XSX|S and PC)*
- Redfall — Summer 2022. (XSX|S and PC)
- Scorn — October 2022. (Xbox Series X|S and PC)
- Starfield — November 11, 2022. (XSX|S and PC)
- Stalker 2: Heart of Chernobyl — December 8, 2022 (XSX|S and PC)*
- Somerville — 2022 (XSX|S, Xbox One and PC)
- Slime Rancher 2 — 2022 (XSX|S and PC)
- Replaced — 2022 (XSX|S and PC)
- ARK II — 2022 (XSX|S and PC)**
Xbox exclusives expected to launch in 2022:
- As Dusk Falls — TBA (XSX|S, Xbox One and PC)
- Forza Motorsport — TBA (XSX|S and PC)
*Likely a timed exclusive.
**Confirmed to be a console launch exclusive.
That's a pretty great list and it gets even more exciting when you realise that all of these games are coming to Xbox Game Pass on day one. Also, keep in mind that Xbox probably have even more surprises for 2022. There's certainly some unannounced stuff that the publisher plan to release in 2022, like the rumoured game of Obsidian's Josh Sawyer for example.
And there are Xbox Game Pass deals with third-party publishers so if you own Xbox or PC, there are plenty of reasons to be excited in 2022 when it comes to Xbox's output.
Update 1 on January 12: The Stalker 2 release date has been delayed to December 8, 2022.