A study has claimed to reveal the 10 “most hyped” upcoming video game releases, with Grand Theft Auto 6 from Rockstar Games taking the top spot. Free jigsaw puzzle game website I’m-A-Puzzle has analyzed Google search results to determine the 10 most anticipated upcoming video games set to launch in 2022, 2023, and beyond, with some surprising results.
The list was determined based on the average global monthly searches that the games get. Grand Theft Auto 6 took the top spot by a significant margin, with 3,014,790 monthly searches. Hogwarts Legacy, the upcoming Harry Potter action-RPG from Avalanche Software, took a distant second with 1,641,470 searches. God of War Ragnarok, PlayStation’s biggest holiday game, was in third place with 1,298,120 searches.
Rounding out the top five are Overwatch 2 with 1,051,850 searches and Bethesda’s open world sci-fi game Starfield, which had 690,490 searches. The steep drop from Overwatch 2 to Starfield can potentially be explained by a couple of different factors. For one, Overwatch 2 is a multi-platform release, and for two, it’s set to launch in a matter of weeks. By comparison, Starfield is only launching for PC and Xbox Series X, and it’s currently without a release date. Considering this, it makes sense that there would be less interest in Bethesda’s game compared to Blizzard’s upcoming hero-shooter at this time.
Most Hyped Upcoming Games
- Grand Theft Auto 6
- Hogwarts Legacy
- God of War Ragnarok
- Overwatch 2
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
- Gotham Knights
- Baldur’s Gate 3
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 (aka Tears of the Kingdom)
- Diablo 4
The bottom five are pretty surprising. The 2022 version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 ranked below Starfield with 627,980 searches, followed by Gotham Knights (570,620 searches), Baldur’s Gate 3 (553,690 searches), the Breath of the Wild sequel Tears of the Kingdom (546,890 searches), and Diablo 4 (519,040 searches). Modern Warfare 2 not cracking the top five is definitely the most shocking revelation from the study, as the game is almost certainly going to be the best-selling new game release of 2022 by the time it’s all said and done.
One thing that could have been working against Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is that the game had yet to have its big reveal event and multiplayer beta. The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer beta is live now for PlayStation gamers with early access, and it’s likely that if the study was conducted today, MW2 would rank much higher on the list.
Regardless, the list shows that there are plenty of exciting new video games for fans to look forward to. Some of these games are releasing in the very near future, like Overwatch 2, Gotham Knights, and Modern Warfare 2, while others are coming in 2023, like Hogwarts Legacy and The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Others still are completely without release windows, like Grand Theft Auto 6, but there should be plenty of new games to play while fans wait.
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