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Top 10 Upcoming Survival Games Releasing in 2022

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Survival games are an amazing way to spend some of your time. They feel incredibly rewarding and very relaxing when you get into them, they feel especially rewarding when you’re able to show off your work to your friends in coop survival games.

We’re here to cherry-pick some of the better survival games releasing over the next year and one’s worth keeping your eye on for when they finally release.

1. The Day Before

First announced in early 2021, The Day Before is an MMO survival game set in a post pandemic America that has desperate individuals fighting for survival against each other alongside infected who are nothing but hellbent on consuming any fleshy being in their path.

This title has breathtaking views, graphics and game play that is not to be scoffed at. It looks gritty, intuitive and just what you need for a game such as this. Let’s hope it does not disappoint us when it finally releases.

  • Publisher: MYTONA
  • Platform: Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, PC, PS4, PS5
  • Release Date: June 21st 2022

2. V Rising

In V Rising you play as an awakened vampire, after sleeping for hundreds of years you rise to once again regain your strength by consuming a vampires favourite food, blood.

Raid nearby settlements, rebuild your castle, convert humans into loyal servants. All to build your vampire kingdom. This game has a very visually pleasing aesthetic along with the ability to play with friends online and run into friends and enemies alike in the form of random online players.

Still yet to announce a date for release, we’re hoping Stunlock Studios really take their time to polish this game before release, it certainly has a lot of potential to be a top-selling game.

3. ARK 2

ARK 2, the highly anticipated sequel to ARK: Survival Evolved is just over the horizon. Scheduled to release sometime in 2022 this title is set to improve upon the original series in pretty much every way. This time coming with a story featuring none other than Vin Diesel himself.

It’s worth noting that the ARK series is owned by Epic Games so hopefully with the success of Fortnite and the sheer amount of money the studio now has at their disposal that we’ll get a quality game with a good amount of funding this time round.

We can all agree that the first ARK game was a bit rough around the edges although we’re holding out hope this time that the sequel will build upon the weaknesses of the first game and deliver a top-notch dinosaur survival game with a good story.

4. IXION

IXION, another space-related survival game, does something a bit different. It’s a mix of a city building and survival game where you help guide the Tiqqun space station through deep space to find a new home for humanity.

You play as the administrator of this station. You will help manage every aspect of the station to ensure the survival of your people and successfully find the planet that will eventually become Earth 2.0.

Not something that has really been done much before but will hopefully be a welcome release amongst any fans looking forward to this. I know I’ll be picking this one up.

5. Frostpunk 2

Sequel to the huge hit city-building survival game, Frostpunk. Frostpunk 2 takes place 30 years after the apocalyptic blizzard and the earth is still suffering. Playing as the leader of a new metropolis, you’ll be leading your people on a hunt for a new source of power to survive, oil.

You’ll be forced to deal with a political divide between people, as not everyone will agree to the new direction your metropolis is taking. It will be your job to unite your people and drive them towards a better future while dealing with unfortunate sacrifices along the way.

Those who enjoyed the first title will be very much looking forward to this one and here’s hoping it’s an even better release than its predecessor.

6. Winter Survival Simulator

Simulator games, some peoples bread & butter. These types of games tend to delve very deeply into their mechanics to provide the most ultra-realistic experience possible in their game. Winter Survival Simulator is looking to do just that.

Stuck in the harsh environments of Mount Washington State Park, you are lost, with little to no supplies. Survive the bitter cold, the wandering wildlife, satiate your hunger & thirst all while making your way to an abandoned ranger station to call for help.

Intending to release this year, let’s hope we aren’t all sick of the winter season by the time it comes out. For me though, I love the cold, I know I’ll be trying this one out.

You can play the Demo for Winter Survival Simulator here.

7. Forever Skies

In Forever Skies, Earth was devastated by an ecological disaster. You return to earth hundreds of years later from space to rebuild. You build your own high-tech airship and aim to find a cure to a mysterious illness threatening your family.

Forever Skies is soon coming to steam in the form of an early access game so while playing the game we will also be receiving many major updates through its first couple of years of release. Which is necessarily always a bad thing, right?

  • Publisher: Far From Home
  • Platform: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC
  • Release Date: 2022

8. Wild West Dynasty

A Cowboy game with ranch building, town management and survival features? Sign us up. From lush forests to dry deserts, this game looks absolutely stunning!

This game basically seems as though Red Dead Redemption 2 and pretty much any town management/survival game had a love child. Coming with its very own story mode, hundreds of missions, town-building and horse riding. This seems to be an all in one package deal.

They really haven’t shown too much of this game but here’s hoping we receive some more information either at the Video games awards event this December or at least sometime early next year. For now, though, the game is edging for a 2022 release date.

9. Sons of the Forest

Another sequel title to look at. Sons of the Forest is, as you can guess, the sequel to the hit cannibal survival game The Forest. First released in early access back in May 2014, The Forest grew to be a huge hit and inspiration for a lot of survival games.

Well, it looks like we’re finally getting our well-deserved sequel after almost 8 years. Sons of the Forest looks to continue on from the cliffhanger ending we all received at the end of the first game. The game includes new variations of enemies, new survival tools at your disposal as well as new weapons.

The publishers haven’t revealed too much about the game before its release as they intend to keep a bunch of the story content under wraps although the community have figured out a basic synopsis of the story themselves. Here’s hoping it doesn’t hop aboard the delay train and stick to it’s current release date in May this year.

10. Hazel Sky

A survival game that’s a little bit more on the relaxing side than the others we’ve talked about here. You play as Shane who strives to be an engineer but needs to complete the required trials set for him to succeed.

Hazel Sky involves a potential love story between Shane and a girl through the radio called Erin. It doesn’t only tell of a love story but also the story of Shane on his way to becoming an Engineer through his trials. If he doesn’t complete them, he’ll face banishment from his home city of Gideon.

Conclusion on Survival Games releasing 2022

There is no shortage of Survival games (as usual) over the next year or so. The survival genre can be very saturated at times but these are some of my favourites I’ve picked out among the rabble. I know I’ll be picking up most of the games on this list but will you?

Let me know in the comments if you’ll be picking up any of the neat releases on here! Or if there’s anything you think I may have missed.

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