Well, it’s been a tough time for video games in 2022 and… does anyone else feel like I’m becoming a broken record? Look, I’m going to level with you. 2022 has been a bit of a dry year so far. We catapulted to huge highs early on with winners like Pokemon Legends Arceus and Elden Ring, and we have been barely filling out a release calendar ever since. And June is often a dry season even when we aren’t in a global pandemic. Why? E3.
Oh wait. E3 isn’t happening this year… is it? Or possibly ever again.
Wow…did not mean for this intro to be such a bummer.
The point is, this dry season of gaming won’t be dry forever because despite E3 not happening, June is still going to be the month where every game company has their major direct to consumer showcases detailing all of their new upcoming releases both for this year and for years coming, which means the rest of 2022 will probably be a lot more hype than the first half was. So look forward to that.
And in the meantime, there are definitely still some titles in June worth looking out for. In fact, I would say June has quite a few impressive releases, just nothing in the vein of a AAA blockbuster. We have a highly anticipated fighting game, a Mario sports title, a new Nintendo Warriors spinoff, a handful of retro releases, and the sequel to a popular Spike Chunsoft sci-fi murder mystery thriller. Sure, all of these offerings are pretty niche, but what have we had during this pandemic other than time to find what niches we fit into.
June is going to be one of those months that has really exciting releases… for some people. But hey, we all get to be “some people” sometimes.
Diablo Immortal (June 2 – PC, Android)
While it’s not the much awaited sequel, Diablo IV, Blizzard has been working on this mobile first Diablo title for some time. While it caused a bit of a stir when it was first revealed, due to its mobile nature, Blizzard has assured us that this will be a worthy successor to the Diablo name, both on mobile and PC. Worthwhile sequel or quick cash in? Guess we will have to wait and see.
POSTAL: Brain Damaged (June 9 – PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX)
Postal is back. Remember Postal? It was a juvenile FPS that reveled in it’s own violence and toilet humor. Heck, there hasn’t been any other shooter I know of that allowed you to use your pee as a weapon… maybe Death Stranding. Anyway, how on earth could something so juvenile survive in 2022? Nostalgia. Postal has gone Boomer Shooter, a plan that’s just crazy enough to work.
Mario Strikers: Battle League (June 10 – Switch)
If you never played the original Mario Strikers, you are in for a treat. For a sports game, this is one of the most over the top anime experiences that the Switch has to offer. Plus, this one is going to have online play, leagues, and so much more. Though we all know why we are really here. Good ol’ Waluigi.
Starship Troopers: Terran Command (June 16 – PC)
There’s not much to say about this one. Not a lot of info has been revealed and there’s no telling whether it’s going to be good or bad. But it’s an RTS in a market where new RTS releases are fairly rare, and it’s based off of Starship Troopers of all things. That makes it enough of an oddity to at least be worth checking out.
Sonic Origins (June 23 – PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX, Switch)
All the Sonic classics are coming back and they are getting the Sonic Mania treatment. You’ll be able to play Sonic 1, Sonic 2, Sonic 3 and Knuckles, and Sonic CD with new features, new levels, new modes, and even new characters. Now you can play every game in Knuckles mode, bringing the Red Echidna into levels he has never seen before!
Capcom Fighting Collection (June 24 – PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, Switch)
Another year another collection of classic Capcom fighting games, now with rollback netcode. You’ll get to play titles such as Cyberbots, Super Puzzle Fighter, Gem Fighter, and of course, a ton of Darkstalkers re-releases. Oh, and Capcom is again holding the Darkstalkers IP hostage based on whether or not this collection sells so… there’s also that.
Pocky and Rocky: Reshrined (June 24 – PS4, Switch)
People probably don’t remember cult classic Pocky and Rocky, an anime themed twin stick shooter starring a shrine maiden and a tanuki. It gained popularity as a bunch of streamers and Let’s Players started to highlight its unique cute and frantic gameplay over the last 10 years. Well that was enough to make devs take notice and now we are getting a brand new version, complete with modernized graphics, new levels, new features, and more.
AI: The Somnium Files – nirvanA Initiative (June 24 – PC, PS4, XBO, Switch)
AI: The Somnium Files was a criminally underappreciated puzzle/visual mystery novel done by the kings of the genre, Spike Chunsoft. It had you jumping into the subconscious of murder suspects to uncover secrets. It also features the trademark branching timeline gameplay that SpikeChun is known for. The sequel is going to bring you more of the same but with more playable characters and a brand new murder mystery, one involving victims who are found with half a body that doesn’t decay. What sort of weird “expand your consciousness” time travel wackiness will this one have in store?
Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes (June 24 – Switch)
After Fire Emblem: Three Houses finished up, the Fire Emblem fanbase were frothing at the mouth for a “golden route” where all three houses worked together. Well, it looks like they are finally getting what they want… though not exactly in the package they want. This time, the main character from Three Houses, Byleth, is set up as the antagonist, as new competing mercenaries and strange godly beings have shown up. Will this lead to the happy ending everyone is looking for, or will it drive an even deeper rift between these three noble childhood friends.
Disgaea 6 Complete (June 28 – PC, PS4, PS5)
Disgaea 6 had… problems. Frankly, it could barely run on the Switch hardware. Luckily, Disgaea 6 Complete fixes all that by simply being run on better hardware. Also you are getting new characters, new levels, side stories, and a lot of DLC characters. It probably isn’t worth it if you already played the original, but if you passed it up this is the definitive way to play Disgaea 6.
DNF Duel (June 28 – PC, PS4, PS5)
This is a very VERY big release for the fighting game community… and it’s also a budget title. Weird. If you believe the rumors, DNF Duel was originally going to be a free to play game, much like it’s mother IP, Dungeon Fighter Online. However, things got screwed up somewhere in development and now they are selling the package for $50, instead of the standard $60. This might put some people off, but with rollback netcode, a story mode, a strange RPG focused survival mode, a fairly deep training mode, and a very accessible system, this still might end up being an unexpected hit for fighting gamers this year.
Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course (June 30 – PC, PS4, XBO, Switch)
It’s been a while since Cuphead first came out. Five years actually. Well, we are finally getting a huge burst of Cuphead content, practically a whole new game’s worth. That means new bosses, new weapons, new charms, the magical abilities of Ms. Chalice, and much much more!
Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak (June 30 – PC, Switch)
And finally rounding out our DLC this month is Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak. Even though this is packaged as a DLC, it’s basically a sequel, taking place after the main storyline of Monster Hunter Rise is complete. And it does not skimp on its content. Besides new monster and weapons, there are new techniques to use in battle, new characters, new maps, new follower collab quests, and even a bunch of brand new PC only options in the Steam version, allowing you to play in 4K, apply filters, use built in voice chat and improve party features, and play in ultrawide.
Which of these June releases are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments.