The list of matches for next year looks spectacular! But unlike most years, a large number of games we are excited about already have a release date, only a few months away from the golden holiday. February 2022 currently looks to be one of the most gaming months of all time, reminding us of the biggest and best weeks of autumn. We thought it would be interesting to compare the upcoming 28-day challenge (with more killers every day) with the game’s massive release calendar in the past. First, let’s take a look at what we have to look forward to this February.
This month started with a strong start with Life is Strange Remasted Collection on February 1, followed by Techland’s open world zombie RPG Dying Light 2 Stay Human on February 4. The OlliOlli World of Roll7 landed on February 8th with a promising master who is mainly engaged in martial arts.
Before the release of “The King of Fighters XV” on February 17th, the short interval between releases allowed us to take a breath and enjoy the strong opening game of the month, allowing a large number of must-play games to flood into our growing game. Backlog in 2022. Horizon Forbidden West continued Aloy’s adventure on the second day of February 18. The next few days will bring Savathun’s Destiny 2: The Witch and the most anticipated game of the month, From Software’s Elden Ring, on February 22 release. Square Enix also postponed the release of “Final Fantasy VI Pixel Remake” to some time this month-in case you still want to play one of the best RPG games of all time.
It just didn’t let up. But let’s look at other relentless months of releases in recent memory. In our first comparison, we reviewed November 2006, which was not only the hottest spot in the major holiday season, but also the eye of the storm when the two large game consoles were released in the Wii and PlayStation 3. Not to be outdone, the Xbox 360, which has a one-year history of the previous generation of consoles, brought its first huge franchise to the console, and is also shooting newcomers. The following are the game releases in November 2006, which destroyed our bank account balances.
Released in November 2006:
- Elite Beat Agents-November 6
- Call of Duty 3-November 7
- Gears of War-November 7
- Guitar Hero II-November 7
- Tony Hawk’s Project 8 – November 7
- Sonic the Hedgehog – November 15
- PlayStation 3-November 17
- Resistance: The Fall of Mankind-November 17
- Nintendo Wii w/Wii Sports-November 19
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Saga – November 19
- Honggang-November 19
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas – November 30
- Devil Wars: Dark Afternoon – November 30
It is true that some of the games listed above are endless afterthought, while other games, such as Red Steel, have been criticized by critics and consumers. This is far from the complete list released in November 2006. However, this month is undoubtedly a joy for gamers, many of which are worth getting a copy during the busy shopping season. Compared to the current time crisis we are facing in a few weeks, the choices are fairly even in terms of expectations.
To be honest, it has been difficult to find such a blockbuster month in the past ten years. Most companies have become more savvy in advocating a certain month or a certain week to avoid competition that could reduce valuable sales. The last week after week there was no host release attack occurred in October 2018. It targeted a large number of large games to take advantage of the holiday craze. It can be said to be the largest release of this year in Red Dead Redemption 2. Just like the upcoming February, the similar spread of exciting remakes and fascinating indie games is also worth looking forward to.
Released in October 2018:
- Forza Horizon n 4 – October 2
- Mega Man 11 – October 2
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey-October 5
- Super Mario Party-October 5th
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 4-October 12
- Lego DC Super Villain-October 16
- Starlink: Battle for Atlas ~ October 16
- The return of Obra Dinn – October 18
- Soulcalibur VI-October 19
- Red Dead Redemption 2-October 26
So, why do we see the holiday season’s game boom so soon after the start of 2022? In some cases, the game will be postponed to the beginning of the new calendar year to show financial returns before the end of the fiscal year, which usually ends at the end of March. Coupled with the development complexity caused by the pandemic in the past two years, there may not be a better option for companies now than to launch a product and increase the number for the current 12-month period. February used to be the release time of the new Saints Row, and then it was postponed to August. Nevertheless, for organizations that rely on a good bottom line year after year, getting rid of Horizon or Elden Ring may not be an option. Hell, looking at the growing list of games now released in March, it’s starting to look like duplicate games piled up before.
Do you remember which month or season there was an almost impossible mass release? Are you in favor of arranging the release schedules so tightly after the holidays, or do you want them to be dispersed more throughout the year? Let us know in the comments!