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Hot Video Game Trends – What’s Popular Now

The hot video game trends of 2022 continue to be similar to what we saw in the industry last year. In recent months, game developers have stepped up to deliver more and more for gamers. The rest of 2022 won’t be any different as several video games are set to make their launch while others will get DLC and extra content. Here is what’s popular now in the gaming industry:

Back in the days, it was all about spending on the games for the console you owned. Over the last five or six years, that’s changed completely. You can purchase a console and get some entertainment for free through the free to play category.

The PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, PC, and many other platforms have an exclusive place in their stores for the free games. The lineup is much bigger than what it was in previous years. 2022 has brought a number of big free to play games.

What are some of the big free to play games? One of the most recent to join that category is Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout. The gaming success story of 2020 along with Among Us and a few others, saw its debut on PlayStation as part of the free PS Plus games of that month. The game went on to set records on PS Plus. Some months back, Epic Games acquired the studio behind the successful battle royale obstacle course game. The gaming giant then moved the game to the free to play side.

Other free to play releases include Rumbleverse and MultiVersus. Both solid games that you should check out if you’re looking to get some entertainment without spending a cent.

One of the hottest gaming trends at the moment is remakes. We’ve seen numerous games get the remake treatment in the last four years. And those won’t be stopping any time soon as several game developers are working on bringing back classics with the best features and graphical improvements. One of the most anticipated is the return of Resident Evil 4. The zombie survival game has done well across multiple platforms, including GameCube, and PS2. Now it will be returning with the latest in graphics and features. We saw this recently with RE2 and R3. R4 is next.

We can’t forget about the Last of Us Part I. The remake of the 2013 classic just hit stores with the same story but with a number of improvements. The $70 asking price has sparked a debate among gamers on whether it is worth it or not. But the game for sure looks better and runs a lot smoother.

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Remasters

Remasters are just as hot as remakes at the moment. In 2022, we’ve seen a ton of them and we can expect more. One of the latest rumors involving this trend is the remaster of Metal Gear Solid. Some rumors have one while others say remasters, suggesting a collection or multiple.

The remasters category has seen some bad news though. A few weeks back, a leaker said the GTA IV remaster had been put on hold. The comments from the leaker came shortly after the disastrous release of the GTA Trilogy. The poor reception to those titles is what is said to have led to the cancellation of the GTA IV remaster and a few other projects.

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Microtransactions

This is a controversial topic among gamers but it is likely one that won’t be going away in the near future. We’ve all seen the complaints about how pricey a cosmetic or item is on a video game. But gaming companies continue to make billions off them. Diablo Immortals is among the recent games to spark controversy over its prices. However, the pricey items didn’t stop the company from making a ton of money. Weeks back, reports said the game had passed a whopping $100 million in revenue. The controversy didn’t seem to matter at all as there were players who did confirm spending insane amounts of money on the game. One player spent so much he had no one to matchmake with.

Microtransactions are all over video games, especially the sports and battle royale genre, and they are likely going to be here for a while.

Free Upgrades

We’re now about to hit year two of the next gen consoles, but game developers are still scrambling to get the latest versions of their games out there. Over the last year, we’ve seen numerous free upgrades from the old gen to the new gen. Games like Subnautica, Fortnite, Fall Guys, Borderlands 3, and Ghost of Tsushima have come up with upgrades. Some of them are totally free while others cost an extra $10 – $15 or even more.

Free upgrades will likely slow down as the current gen gets older. But for now, expect to see many more.

Film/Series Adaptations

Video game film adaptations are nothing new. But studios seem to be putting efforts into having a lot more of them. One of the recent releases is Arcane, set in the League of Legends fictional universe.

Another adaptation is Borderlands, set for a release sometime this year. The film will feature actors such as Edgar Ramirez, Kevin Hart, Cate Blanchett, Jack Black, and many more.