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January 19th, 2022, 23:35
Like previous year I present you the long list of most anticipated games from our database. The goal is to get the right games in the top 30, because that is the number we'll use for the short list to vote on.
Our editors had a first go already.

The list is ordered by h-index, which could be seen as an indication of how often the game was discussed in our forums. Next to that there are also the comments and posts given for further sorting.
IDTitleNews PostsCommentsRatioh-index
1Baldur’s Gate 373267136.130
2ELEX II1656933.514
3Black Geyser: Couriers of Darkness4686218.313
4Vampire - The Masquerade: Bloodlines 2355031413
5System Shock (Remake)734876.613
6Expeditions: Rome2325710.711
7Elden Ring1731317.410
8The Waylanders512765.39
9Starfield825127.98
10S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 21314410.38
11Alaloth: Champions of the Four Kingdoms201748.38
12Urban Strife1112910.87
13Broken Roads161207.17
14Gothic Remake721827.26
15Weird West12927.16
16King Arthur: Knight's Tale12725.56
17Sacred Fire13594.26
18Hogwarts Legacy5569.35
19Monomyth11867.25
20Lost Eidolons151086.85
21Project Haven9595.95
22Wartales17643.65
23Arcadian Atlas14412.75
24Avowed416132.24
25Dying Light 266394
26Archaelund5416.84
27Steelrising4336.64
28SKALD: Against the Black Priory7425.24
29Cyber Knights: Flashpoint13543.94
30Dark Envoy9363.64
31Marvel's Midnight Suns372183
32Zoria: Age of Shattering45110.23
33StarCrawlers Chimera34110.23
34GRAVEN33283
35Atomic Heart4326.43
36Skullstone4295.83
37Empire of Ember6344.93
38Forspoken4244.83
39Within the Cosmos4224.43
40The Way of Wrath8242.73
41Prisonscape 12332.53
42Pixel Noir16311.83
43Age of Grit18271.43
44The Blades of Netheril230102
45Wizardry: The Five Ordeals22792
46Queen's Wish 2: The Tormentor22172
47The Invincible21242
48Thymesia4163.22
49Last Epoch51832
50Reverie Knights Tactics3112.82
51Together in Battle282.72
52The Hand of Merlin5101.72
53Scarlet Republics361.52
54Divinia Chronicles: Relics of Gan-Ti7101.22
55Star Trek: Resurgence1136.51
56Rollers of the Realm: Reunion11261
57Minimal Affect1115.51
58Shieldwall Chronicles: Realm of Madness11051
59Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong11051
60Stormrite2134.31
61Achilles: Legends Untold1841
62The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero1841
63Vendir: Plague of Lies1841
64Asterigos173.51
65Chained Echoes173.51
66Aye Captain!1631
67Zodiac Legion282.71
68DISGAEA RPG152.51
69Star Ocean: The Divine Force152.51
70Telepath Tactics Liberated152.51
71Babylon's Fall2621
72Peripeteia2621
73Chrono Ark1421
74MONARK1421
75Soulborn1421
76Trail of Ayash1421
77VED1421
78Gatewalkers251.71
79Mother of All Secrets131.51
80Nautilus Epoch131.51
81Vestaria Saga Gaiden: The Sacred Sword of Silvanister131.51
82Code of the Savage2311
83Live by the Sword: Tactics2311
84Curse of Eternity1211
85Manafinder1211
86Salt and Sacrifice1211
87Shores Unknown550.81
88Spire of Sorcery440.81
89Rising Mist220.71
90Shadow of the Road220.71
91Dolmen320.51
92Sea of Stars320.51
93Grim Tranquility110.51
94MidKnight Story110.51
95Nobody Saves the World110.51
96Fate of WINDSHIFT210.31
97Luckless Seven210.31
98Stray Blade210.31
99Cloud Exiles0000
100Coridden1000
101Dark Dragonkin1000
102Farathan1000
103Granblue Fantasy: Relink1000
104Infernax1000
105Mists of Noyah3000
106Souldiers1000


Let us know what games should be in the top 30 instead of what we have now.
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January 19th, 2022, 23:56
As mentioned in the other thread, Knights of the Chalice 2 should be on this list rather than the GOTY list as it hasn't released yet and is still in kickstarter.
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January 20th, 2022, 00:10
These are mine (although Expeditions Rome will have released by the time the poll goes live I believe):

Baldur’s Gate 3
ELEX II
Expeditions: Rome
Broken Roads
Gothic Remake
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January 20th, 2022, 00:21
Sorry, what did you want us to do? Give you our top 5?

Mine would be:
Elden Ring
Starfield
Dying Light 2
Stalker 2
Tainted Grail (not on this list)
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January 20th, 2022, 00:24
Originally Posted by JFarrell71 View Post
Sorry, what did you want us to do? Give you our top 5?
No, this is just the filtering stage.

Just point out anything that should or shouldn't be there (wrong genre or platform or wrong placement or missing games etc etc) to get a shortlist of 30 games that we vote on later. So also if you see something you like or think you saw other people liking but it's above 30 then point it out.
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Originally Posted by JFarrell71 View Post
Sorry, what did you want us to do? Give you our top 5?

Mine would be:
Elden Ring
Starfield
Dying Light 2
Stalker 2
Tainted Grail (not on this list)
Wasn't Tainted Grail on your GOTY list (best RPG of 2021)? If so, it shouldn't be in most anticipated list as well (since we are talking about which game we look forward to most in 2022)
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January 20th, 2022, 00:33
I would agree about Knights of the Chalice two belonging on the other list, since it's not actually released as of yet.
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I feel like Colony Ship (RPG) should be on the top 30. Not sure why it's not on the list at all. Last I heard they're targeting a late 2022 release.

The Iron Oath- while Steam page says TBD recent comments from them have said they're targeting 2022.

Honorable Mentions
Probably too niche to get many votes but things I'm personally interested in: Prometheus Wept, Death Trash, Space Wreck, & Call of Sarengar

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Isn't Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 basically vaporware at this point? Paradox said it isn't canceled but we don't even know for sure who is working on it and there's no release date. Perhaps HBS has taken the reigns, but given the troubled status I'm not sure how many members are highly anticipating it right now.

Waylanders may have been discussed a lot but how much of it was positive? I probably bashed it in every thread because the developers are so shady.

Questionable:

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 & System Shock. Are these actually RPGs? They sound more like action adventure / shooter games with light RPG elements, unless the new ones are going to be very different from the originals? I know fans of these games would probably grumble if they're excluded but if they're included there's probably other upcoming Action Adventure games with RPG elements that should arguably be included as well. Might as well include Monster Hunter because many people call that an RPG for some reason.
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I feel like Colony Ship (RPG) should be on the top 30. Not sure why it's not on the list at all. Last I heard they're targeting a late 2022 release.
I second adding Colony Ship RPG.
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From what I understand, Myrthos asks for deltas, not our top 5 - that will be for the vote itself. I may be wrong though.

I agree with Colony Ship too, but did they intend to release it in 2022? If they had a timetable, I lost track of it.

I was expecting Atomic Heart to be higher since there was some enthusiasm about it, but there are already a number of good titles up there. Let's just see if others think the same.

To add to other comments,
  • About S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 & System Shock (Remake), they may not be "pure RPG" if such a notion exists, but I'm afraid that if we go down that route we'll eject many other titles and start arguing for weeks. RPG is a very volatile definition, we should probably trust our list at this point.
  • I was wondering about Expeditions: Rome too the other day, but it's a list for 2021.
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I agree with Colony Ship too, but did they intend to release it in 2022? If they had a timetable, I lost track of it.
That is the current plan. The timetable's on the steam page, with "Nov 2022 - Endgame (chapter 4)" Of course it could get pushed to 2023 but the same thing could be said for BG3 and probably many of the other games on this list which are not even in EA and in many cases have no announced release date.

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Wasn't Tainted Grail on your GOTY list (best RPG of 2021)? If so, it shouldn't be in most anticipated list as well (since we are talking about which game we look forward to most in 2022)
There's apparently two different Tainted Grail games: Conquest, which released last year and Fall of Avalon which may release this year.
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There's apparently two different Tainted Grail games: Conquest, which released last year and Fall of Avalon which may release this year.
Ah ok, that makes sense.

I reckon we will see BG3 in most anticipated list 3 years in a row
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January 20th, 2022, 03:02
BTW, I was a little surprised this TMORPG called Book of Travels was never covered here - it was even nominated as one of the PCGamer contributor's GOTY pick:

https://www.pcgamer.com/book-of-trav…s-theyre-tiny/

It will definitely be in my most anticipated list
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Originally Posted by purpleblob1 View Post
Wasn't Tainted Grail on your GOTY list (best RPG of 2021)? If so, it shouldn't be in most anticipated list as well (since we are talking about which game we look forward to most in 2022)
Different game. The game that's out and that I've played is a card based roguelite. The game that I'm referring to here is an upcoming RPG.

…and I see now that Dave already answered this. Thanks, Dave.
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I'm another that believes Colony Ship should be on this list.
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It is very unlikely that Colony Ship releases in 2022. Their target date is the very end of the year and if you think they're going to make that first target date you must not follow many games in development, much less Age of Decadence.

So not this list. Maybe most anticipated for 2023, though.
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Originally Posted by JFarrell71 View Post
It is very unlikely that Colony Ship releases in 2022. Their target date is the very end of the year and if you think they're going to make that first target date you must not follow many games in development, much less Age of Decadence.

So not this list. Maybe most anticipated for 2023, though.
Sure, but what about all of the games on this list that don't even have a precise target date? Looking at their Steam pages, many of these are currently vague "TBD" or "hopefully" 2022 releases. Lost Eidolons lists Q3 2022 and that's only for their Early Access release.

Then there's others with specific dates, but very late in the year:
Starfield has gives a release date of Nov. 11. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 lists Dec. 8th.
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It is very unlikely that Colony Ship releases in 2022. Their target date is the very end of the year and if you think they're going to make that first target date you must not follow many games in development, much less Age of Decadence.

So not this list. Maybe most anticipated for 2023, though.
It doesn't say most anticipated in 2022 though. Or did I miss something?
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It doesn't say most anticipated in 2022 though. Or did I miss something?
It doesn't say 2022, but it's an annual thing and Elder Scrolls VI is nowhere to be found, so yeah, I'd say you probably missed something.
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stalker, atomic heart and dying light - out, a few rpg elements doesnt make them rpgs, even the recent call of duty games have the same "rpg" elements
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