Gamepur’s Best of 2022: The biggest news stories of 2022
This story is part of Gamepur’s Best of 2022 roundup.
Every year is filled to the brim with news – that’s just the way the world works. When it comes to video games, these stories tend to focus on big studio moves, new projects from writers, and big game launches. Let’s take a look back at the biggest video game news of 2022.
Activision Blizzard acquired by Microsoft
One of the most defining trends of 2022 was studio acquisitions, but there is one that towers above all others. Microsoft is set to buy Activision Blizzard in a massive deal worth nearly $70 billion. It won’t be completed until the summer of 2023, but the fallout from the announcement hasn’t stopped. There’s too much ongoing controversy to articulate everything in a list like this, but suffice it to say that Microsoft’s leadership seems a lot healthier for Activision Blizzard employees.
EA and FIFA part ways
For 30 years, EA has delivered soccer games under the FIFA license, but FIFA 23 will be the last to carry that brand. The partnership is over, and EA’s 2023 game will be the first under a new name: EA Sports FC. It seems that FIFA is the one handling the breach badly, because the next video game announcement was a mess of NFTs.
Elden Ring takes the world by storm (veil)
Choosing a Game of the Year is incredibly subjective, but the sales figures don’t lie. Elden Ring has absolutely dominated the charts in 2022. It became one of the best-selling games in America after only four months on the market, and it set similar records around the world. With such popularity also comes a non-stop news cycle, and the internet picked apart every single trailer and FromSoftware statement before and after Elden Ring’s release. The Elden Ring dominated both the sales charts and the zeitgeist, eventually winning awards as well.
The first major video game association
The Activision Blizzard acquisition has resulted in a lot of dirty laundry being aired, but at least one good thing came out of all the attention placed on the company: Call of Duty studio Raven Software became the first major video game association. It’s not the first ever, but a successful union on this scale says a lot about where game developers’ rights can go from here.
Grand Theft Auto 6 leaks
There were several leaks this year, but nothing on the scale of Grand Theft Auto 6. In-development gameplay showed off the map, combat, female protagonist and more. However, this was not a slip on Rockstar’s part. A 17-year-old boy allegedly hacked the company’s servers to steal and publish the recordings. It sounds like something straight out of the GTA games themselves.
Kojima wants to change the game
It’s been a big year for Hideo Kojima. The Death Stranding creator announced a sequel at The Game Awards, met several movie celebrities and even saw footage of his other game Overdose leak. On top of all this, he made a grand statement that seems exalted even for him. He believes one of his next projects could “turn things around” for both video games and movies. Good luck with that, Kojima.
The New York Times buys Wordle
The Wordle sensation began in 2021, and while the mobile word game is still quite popular, it’s not constantly being talked about on social media like it once was. Part of that is because the New York Times bought it in early 2022. It’s still free to play in a browser, but the mobile version moved behind a paywall. Coincidentally, “gaffe” is also a five-letter word.
PlayStation Plus merges with PlayStation Now
For a long time, PlayStation fans wondered if their console of choice would get something similar to Xbox Game Pass. Between PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now, there were comparable features, but it wasn’t exactly the same. Sony then merged the two services into one, adding additional features such as older PlayStation 2 games that could be played via streaming. Hooray for parity.
PlayStation VR 2 gets the spotlight
Before the game services merged, PlayStation finally showed off its long-rumored next-generation VR system. Hype for the new headset has been building all year, especially with games like Horizon Call of the Mountain and a VR version of Resident Evil Village on the way. There has also been a push to get more indies on PSVR 2.
Stalker 2’s development saga
The Russian invasion of Ukraine was a terrible start to the year, and Stalker 2 developer GSC Game World immediately called on the video game industry to help in the wake of the war. The destabilization caused GSC to halt development, promising to return to it when things settled down. Since then, development has resumed, proving that GSC is a brave, tenacious studio that deserves a ton of credit for sticking it out.