Adapting blockbuster films into video games has long been considered a tricky business for developers given the many pitfalls that can come when trying to replicate that on-screen success.
Fans of any particular movie series tend to have a particular vision for how they want said game to look and feel, meaning the final product can often fall short of expectations.
Whether due to a lack of investment, wrong choice of developer or mismatched mechanics, it can often feel like a game of roulette, a game made simpler when one has a bevy of top bonuses for online casinos.
Thankfully, however, studios don’t appear likely to stop trying their hand at the conversion anytime soon, and there are a number of film-based releases upcoming in 2022 many should be excited about.
COG Connected has broken down a selection of those movie-based video games still expected to come out before 2022 is over.
After establishing itself as the best-selling novel series of all time, Harry Potter planted its flag in the film industry, releasing eight movies that generated almost $8 billion combined at the box office.
The game adaptations haven’t proved as prolific, but that hasn’t deterred Avalanche Software from combining with Warner Bros. (under its Portkey Games label) to produce Hogwarts Legacy.
The first Harry Potter-based PC and console game since 2013, this highly anticipated single-player RPG is the open-world opportunity many HP fans have been waiting more than a decade for.
Create your own witch or wizard, attend classes, roam around an unprecedented portion of the most famed magical school to have existed and generally live out one’s dreams in the Wizarding World.
Scheduled to come out some time in Q4, millions of muggles will be itching to get their hands on Hogwarts Legacy in time for Christmas 2022—provided all goes to plan in the coming months.
Dune: Spice Wars
The battle for the Spice Melange will resume on PC later this year when Dune: Spice Wars is slated to become available through Steam, with early access available later on in April.
Players will fight for any one of four factions in a new-look turf war taking place on the planet upon which numerous books and film launches are based: Arrakis.
Dune: Spice Wars is described as a ‘real-time strategy game with 4X elements’, harking back to the successful Dune II that came out in 1992. Real-time strategy has simmered in popularity since then, but the first major game Dune-based game release since 2001 is sure to grab attention.
Pick a faction out of Houses, Harkonnen and Atreides, the Smugglers or the Fremen, and attempt to make your mark on Arrakis in this new creation based on Frank Herbert’s classic universe.
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora
More than a decade and many postponement announcements after the original Avatar film came out in 2009, fans may finally feat their eyes on its sequel in Christmas this year.
And that can only mean one thing for the James Cameron series: another money-spinning game adaptation to release in conjunction is also en route.
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is expected to come out on PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X/S, where players will traverse the ‘Western Frontier, a never before seen region of Pandora’.
Ubisoft’s first adaptation of the series’ initial entry received lukewarm reviews, but we’re hoping the studio has grown enough in the time since to realise the potential to be had on Pandora. Not in a ‘steal-all-the-unobtanium’ kind of way; more strictly in the gaming sense.