Video Game Releases to Look Out For – July 2022

Last Updated June 30th, 2022

With the coming of July we have entered into the back half of the year, quarter 3, traditionally the biggest and juiciest quarter of the video game release schedule. While July is still considered the “summer dry season” usually, it does benefit from immediately following E3 and usually being the month where all the surprise drops end up getting released. While we didn’t have an E3 this year, the Summer Games Fest basically took its place, leaving us with just a couple more July releases than we were originally expecting. Let’s take a look.

F1 22 (July 1 – PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX)

Look, there aren’t many racing games to choose from. If you want the official F1 racing game this is it, the yearly release by Codemasters. New cars. New Physics. You know the drill.

Arcadegeddon (July 5 – PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX)

This horde shooter is a love letter to classic arcade games. When the owner of a local arcade hooks up all of his games to create one super game, the evil mega-corporation Fun Fun Co. hacks it and injects a virus, in the hopes of bringing the arcade to its knees. It’s up to you and your friends to explore the worlds of these classic games and take on the corpos in a battle to save arcade culture!

Overrouge (July 7 – PC, XBO, XSX)

This is a very interesting combination or rogue-lite, card game, and board game mechanics, all wrapped up in a very familiar Disgaea-like anime shell. Overrouge tasks you with becoming the next Overlord of the underworld, and there’s no better way of doing it than by building a deck and forging a party of RPG stereotypes.

KLONOA Phantasy Reverie Series (July 8 – PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX, Switch)

KLONOA is back with both KLONOA: Door to Phantomile and KLONOA 2: Lunatea’s Veil completely remade and remastered for modern-day consoles. Now, new fans and old can enjoy these classic action platformers, with some sneaky new content hidden in for mega fans as well.

Loopmancer (July 13 – PC, TBA: PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX, Switch)

Loopmancer is a very interesting combination of 2D action platformer and rogue-lite elements. In this cyberpunk thriller, you are stuck in a time loop and the only way out of this mystery is detective work and lots and lots of rouge-lite murder.

Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels (July 19 – PC, XBO, XSX)

Look, if the realistic racing of F1 isn’t your forte, then maybe look into this wacky game. Basically, take the Forza engine but throw all standard physics out the window and instead give us crazy winding plastic hot wheels tracks. It’s fantasy racing at its best, with giant orange tracks winding through beautiful mountains. It’s bizarre and absurd, which is what makes it such a good concept.

Endling: Extinction is Forever (July 19 – PC, Switch)

In this eco-conscious indie game, you are put in the shoes of a mother fox attempting to shield her three cubs from the dangers of a world destroyed by humanity. Focusing on exploration and survival, you are the last hope for your species as the world dies.

Stray (July 19 – PC, PS4, PS5)

Speaking of cute animals and end-of-the-world scenarios, Stray puts you in the shoes of a stray cat in a decaying cyberpunk city. Separated from your family, your goal is to unravel the mysteries of this long-forgotten and ruined metropolis, and maybe even escape the city to find a new life.

Wayward Strand (July 21 – PC, Mac, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX, Switch)

Another narrative-driven mystery exploration game, Wayward Strand puts you in the shoes of a teenage journalist exploring a flying airship hospital. Listen to the stories of the lives of its inhabitants and uncover the airship’s mysteries as you learn a bit about yourself along the way.

Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium (July 22 – PC, PS4, Switch, XBO)

Capcom has really made waves recently with their announcement of Street Fighter 6, but before we get to play that, we will get to take a look into the company’s past. Play classics like Street Fighter, Saturday Night Slam Masters, Black Tiger, Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters, A.K.A. Magic Sword, and more, all with local and online co-op play.

LIVE A LIVE HD-2D Remake (July 22 – Switch)

This is one of the games we are most hyped for this year let alone this month. LIVE A LIVE was a gem of an RPG that never got released in the west but is huge in emulation crowds. It follows multiple different protagonists in multiple different time periods each with their own unique mechanics and systems, all fighting against a timeless evil. It’s a bit like Cloud Atlas if it was an anime. This new remake comes with better graphics, tweaked systems, voice acting, and more, allowing a brand new generation that has never touched an emulator in their life to finally get their hands on the game.

Immortality (July 26 – PC, Mac, XSX)

Remember when Her Story changed the world by showing us what works of art FMV games could be? Well, Immortality is a trio of interactive mysteries using the same system from the same developer, Sam Barlow. The game follows Marissa Marcel, a film star who made three movies, all of which were never released. Then, she suddenly dissipated. It’s up to you to unravel her mystery by watching her movies.

Bear and Breakfast (July 28 – PC, Switch)

If you need a lighter game to play this month, try Bear and Breakfast. The concept is simple. You are a bear and you are managing a Bed and Breakfast. That’s it! A simple little cartoony management sim with a great sense of humor.

Azure Striker Gunvolt 3 (July 28 – Switch)

This spiritual successor to the Mega Man series is finally getting its third installment. This time we are introduced to Kirin, a young girl who has the ability to seal enemies with talismans, and also who wields a mean sword. She and Gunvolt will war against the adepts in a very X and Zero fashion. We are skeptically hopeful. It can’t be any worse than Mighty No. 9, right?

Vestaria Saga 2: The Sacred Sword of Silvanister (July 28 – PC)

Fire Emblem has gotten quite newbie-friendly over the years. Well, its original creator said “screw that” and created Vestaria Saga, a game that runs on a classic Fire Emblem engine, complete with permadeath and punishing difficulty. It’s a cult classic and now we are seeing its sequel, which brings with it a slightly updated system. It still has that “RPG maker” feel to it, but the mark of classic Fire Emblem is unmistakable.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (July 29 – Switch)

Now look, we here at Gamerterra were not particularly fond of Xenoblade Chronicles 2, though we are huge fans of the rest of the Xeno series. It just felt like it took a heavy left turn into waifu-bait and until it received a multitude of good options it felt kind of unbalanced and poorly put together. Well, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 seems to be taking another turn back on the series’ original path: less waifus, more existential crises on the corpses of dead gods. If the mechanics back up this tone, then this is going to be an RPG to remember.

Digimon Survive (July 29 – PC, PS4, XBO, Switch)

Can someone answer me something? Why are Digimon games so cool? This is a murder mystery strategy RPG that is gonna give Fire Emblem, Disgaea, and Final Fantasy tactics a run for its money. From its complex battle mechanics to its branching plotlines, there is a TON of effort put into this. We are sleeping on the Digimon franchise, we’re telling you!