Free games! It's always a great thing to hear that phrase. If you do not want to spend money on games these days, this list is your salvation. Welcome to our list where we talk about Spine, Gangstar New York, Overprime and more. We present you the 12 best NEW free-to-play games of 2022.
When someone says F2P games, you might think of micro-transactions. This is quite normal, as almost all free-to-play games on the market make money this way. There are those that do it aggressively and make it a pay-to-win system, and there are those that leave it entirely to the player's will. We like the second side better.
Before we get to the games, we want to remind you of one little thing. This article doesn't include free games from previous years like Genshin Impact or Valorant. We've included games that were released in the first three months of 2022 and are scheduled to be released in the following months.
You can check out other “best of lists” like most anticipated strategy games in 2022 or top 15 anticipated mobile games in 2022. When you're ready, we're ready to go.
Top free-to-play games of 2022
Speaking of the best free games, you can expect PC exclusive games to make up the bulk of the list. This is not the case this time. In 2022, plenty of free games will be released on all platforms, especially PS5 and Xbox Series X|S.
If you want to play an action game set in a dystopian future, Spine has everything you want. Two sides that want to control the world, and a technology that they need to do it. This technology, which gives the game its name, is implanted directly into people's spines. In this way, almost all physical boundaries of these people disappear.
Spine is still in development, so we don't have much information except for a few videos. However, we can say that the game will have a competitive mode with 3v3 or more players. There will be different characters, both in terms of visuals and gameplay. You'll be able to choose the character according to your own play style and use its abilities.
Spine's release date: 2022 (Expected)
Platforms: PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One
Developer and Publisher: Banzai Games – Nekki
The Cycle: Frontier
Prepare to go to a planet called Fortuna III, because there you'll collect valuable resources and mines. In doing so, you'll have to watch out for the dangerous natural life and fight with other players. This game, which is both PvP and PvE at the same time, will be one of the most interesting FPS of 2022.
What makes Frontier so interesting is that it's being developed by YAGER. If the team's name doesn't sound familiar to you, let's remind you that they developed Spec Ops: The Line. So, for now, we can have high hopes for this free-to-play game. It can be a good mixed, since it combines the good features of many popular games. The clearest information we've about the gameplay of the game is that players have to track down and evacuate the loot without dying after taking it. Did someone say Escape from Tarkov?
The Cycle: Frontier‘s release date: 2022 (Expected)
Developer and Publisher: YAGER
Sometimes unexpected games can surprise us in a positive way. We don't know if ExoMecha will be one of them, because we've very little information. Apart from a few tech demos, not much information has been shared about the game developed by TwistedRed, which was founded in 2019. Still, these videos and the story of the development team are enough to get us excited about this free FPS.
The team already works with the Unreal Engine and will take us to an exotic universe with ExoMecha. A crazy FPS experience awaits us with high-tech weapons, armor and mecha robots. Everything we see is like the love child of Halo and Killzone. We really want this to be a good thing. We want to remind you that it's one of the games that looks the most AAA compared to the other games on the list.
ExoMecha's release date: Q1 2022 (Official)
Platforms: PC, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One
Developer and Publisher: TwistedRed
There are a few free-to-play games being released that want a share of Nintendo's seemingly impossible magic. One of them is KartRider, an arcade racing game that, as the name suggests, is reminiscent of Mario Kart. If you want to play a fun racing game with your friends but don't have a Nintendo console, that's no problem anymore.
It's everything you expect from an arcade game: cute characters, vehicles with different designs and creative race tracks. Just like in Mario Kart, there are also power-ups and attacks that affect the gameplay. If you feel that you've heard the name KartRider before, you're probably right. That's because the series started in Asia in 2004. This game is its updated and renewed version.
KartRider: Drift's release date: 2022 (Expected)
Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One
Developer and Publisher: Nexon
Gangstar New York
It's almost time for the new game from Gameloft, one of the biggest developers of mobile platforms. They've managed to reach almost all devices with games like Asphalt 9, Idle Siege and The Oregon Trail.
Gangstar New York has everything you'd expect from an action open-world game. If you like GTA and Saints Row style games, you'll probably like this one too. There's plenty of action, car chases, cops, heists, gangs, helicopters, weapons, quests and much more. All the videos released meet the definition of mobile games, which look very high quality. But this time PC is on the list.
GangstAr New York's release date: 2022 (Expected)
Platforms: PC, Mobile
Developer and Publisher: Gameloft
You may have noticed that most free-to-play games released in 2022 are action-oriented. This is normal because FPS and action type games are easier to sell. Crowz is one of them. This game, which will be completely free to play, is set in a dystopia destroyed by meteorites.
The concept of the game is almost standard. The post-apocalyptic world, the struggle for domination over dwindling resources and the inevitable end: war. In the game, where we'll be a part of this war, we'll fight with other players and try to win. No information has been shared yet, but beta testing will continue with a limited number of players.
Crowz's release date: 2022 (Expected)
Developer and Publisher: Royalcrow – Thumbage
Like many gamers, we're most excited about ARC Raiders. Even though the concept looks like a dystopia in the future like as usual, the gameplay has much more to offer. You'll have to fight in unison with your friends to survive and successfully complete the missions.
The game, in which we're members of the group that fights against an unknown mechanical force, looks visually great. When you see it for the first time, you mightn't believe that it'll be free-to-play. One of the most anticipated action games of 2022 with tiny drones, giant spider-like robots, different weapons and maps that feel like an open world.
ARC Raiders' release date: 2022 (Expected)
Platforms: PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X|S
Developer and Publisher: Embark Studios
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt
We may have cheated a bit here, but Bloodhunt will technically be released in 2022. In the past few months, the Early Access version has been opened to a limited group of players. Despite its technical and content flaws, no one expected such a dynamic and entertaining game. The reviews on Steam are also quite positive.
The developers' goal now is to make this dynamic Battle Royale accessible to millions of players with the full game. There's no reason why they couldn't do that, because Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt will be completely free. With abilities, weapons, a vertical map design and much more that you won't find in any other game on the market, this game could be the best free-to-play game of 2022.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt's release date: Spring 2022 (Official)
Platforms: PC and Playstation 5
Developer and Publisher: Sharkmob
Deathverse: Let it Die
Let's talk about another Battle Royale game that will be released in Spring 2022, just like Bloodhunt. Deathverse will be the new member of the LET IT DIE series, which first appeared in 2016. Your goal in this melee-focused multiplayer game is the same as the others, to be the last player standing.
The story of the game is quite entertaining, but not very original. As characters participating in a live television show, we try to kill others while entertaining the audience. Many TV series and movies have covered this theme before, but still the gameplay looks very entertaining.
Deathverse: Let it Die's release date: Spring 2022 (Official)
Platforms: Playstation 5 and PS4
Developer and Publisher: Supertrick Games – GungHo Online Entertainment
Century: Age of Ashes
The hype around Game of Thrones may be over, but that doesn't change the fact that dragon wars look pretty cool. Age of Ashes must've this very idea. Because you'll be able to fight dragons with different characteristics and designs on the largest possible maps.
Considering that the game is described as “A Multiplayer Dragon Battle Game”, there's not much more to say. Different classes, customization options, huge maps, great graphics and completely free to play. After the game was released in 2021 on PC, it received great feedback from the gaming community. This means that we're hopeful for the console version in 2022.
Century: Age of Ashes' release date: 2022 (Official)
Platforms: PC (Available), Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X|S
Developer and Publisher: Playwing
Almost all of the Battle Royale games are about war, but there are also a few games with different ideas. Rumbleverse's idea is quite different from the others. You try to beat other players with American Wrestling moves on the 40-player map. Graphics that look like cartoons, cars that act as trampolines, and purely melee combat. Isn't it great?
You can understand that Rumbleverse is a big project, as it will be published directly by Epic Games. Free-to-play brawler royale sounds pretty interesting. Be sure to check out the game, which is currently accepting applications for early access.
Rumbleverse's release date: 2022 (Expected)
Platforms: PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One
Developer and Publisher: Iron Galaxy – Epic Games
One of the genres that Nintendo has defined over the years is platform fighting games. Super Smash Bros., which has long reached millions of gamers, occasionally comes up with new opponents. Brawlhalla was one of them, and it was very well received by the gaming community. Now there's a new opponent: MultiVersus.
Familiar faces such as Arya Stark, Superman and Bugs Bunny will appear in a way you never expected. Just like in classic platform fighting games, you'll try to throw your opponents off the platform. Imagine Batman fighting Shaggy – what you imagine will come true here.
The list of characters in MultiVersus is: Arya Stark, Batman, Bugs Bunny, Finn the Human, Garnet, Harley Quinn, Jake the Dog, Reindog, Shaggy, Steven Universe, Superman, Tom and Jerry and Wonder Woman.
Multiversus' release date: 2022 (Official)
Platforms: PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One
Developer and Publisher: Player First Games – Warner Bros. Games