The idea of the metaverse, in conjunction with cryptocurrency, has become a mainstream concept with gaming already headed in that direction.
This play-to-earn concept peeked its head this year within the mainstream video game industry, but retracted back underground soon after.
Metaverse and crypto/NFT gaming will remain within its own small subgenre and will not reach mass adoption in mainstream gaming in 2022.
Modern video game consoles have seen incremental upgrades to improve the console's longevity before the next generation releases.
When you purchase a video game console upon release, chances are that a slightly upgraded version of that console would release a few years later.
Nowadays, these incremental upgrades can include significant hardware enhancements to make the existing system more powerful before the release of the next generation of consoles.
We will not see a mid-cycle console upgrade in 2022 for the newest generation of consoles, especially with current supply chain issues forgoing the chance of gamers getting their hands on the original versions.
The battle royale concept, where players fight it out within a shrinking battlefield to be the last one standing, has been a non-stop hit for gamers and viewers alike.
Although the precursor of battle royale games existed in traditional multiplayer game modes such as in King of the Hill, the genre really hit its stride with the genesis of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) in 2013.
The battle royale trend will never die, but will ebb as other types of games flock to the limelight this year.
We've been waiting for Grand Theft Auto 6 for over 8 years now and haven't heard anything about it since.
Grand Theft Auto 5 (GTA 5) is the most successful entertainment property of all time with multiple billions of earned revenue over its 8 year tenure.
Historically, a new mainline Grand Theft Auto game comes out every 2 - 4 years.
Sorry folks, no Grand Theft Auto 6 announcement in 2022 - only new GTA Online content.
Before esports was even a "thing", Halo was at one point the most popular competitive video game and is often credited as the pioneer that brought esports into the mainstream.
After years of dormancy, the legendary Halo franchise returned in a big way this year with the latest game in the series Halo Infinite.
With the release of the game came the return of Halo's official esports league.
Competitive Halo will overtake Call of Duty as the most popular arena shooter esport in 2022.
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