Best Upcoming Co-op Games 2022

If you enjoy playing games with friends, then get ready for the best upcoming co-op games releasing in 2022!

Whether you’re playing online multiplayer or on the same couch, co-op games are great for making memories, having fun, and taking down bad guys with friends.

In this list, we’ll highlight the best upcoming co-op games of 2022, including the best new co-op games coming to PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One.

Games are listed in order of release date, and you can find additional information regarding platform exclusivity as well.

We’ll be updating this list in the future with new titles, so make sure to check back and let us know if we missed any upcoming games!

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Fans of the Evil Dead movies will be happy to learn that the over-the-top horror franchise is finally getting its own video game adaptation.

Evil Dead: The Game combines co-op and PvP action for a thrilling multiplayer experience on par with games like Dead by Daylight.

In it, players take on the role of various Evil Dead heroes as they explore, gather supplies, and fight to defeat the evil Kandarian Demon once and for all.

And since this is Evil Dead we’re talking about, you can expect there to be plenty of gratuitous violence complete with bloody combos, ridiculous finishers, and crazy weapons.

Embark on an adventure in the decaying world of Karpathia where humans are outnumbered by hordes of monsters and you and your friends are all that’s left of humanity.

Skeleton Crew has up to 4-players exploring 2D gothic environments designed around platforming and brawling against a host of otherwordly enemies.

Along the way, you’ll come across various weapons and items that can be picked up, aimed at, and kicked to accomplish just about any task, namely hurting bad guys.

The game features 12 gothic heroes to play as, many of which you’ll have to track down across 17 hand-crafted levels brimming with ghosts, demons, and ghouls.

It’s been exciting to see developer Arkane branch out from the Dishonored series and explore new ideas and themes with games like Prey, Deathloop, and now Redfall.

The company’s Austin-based studio is currently working on an open-world co-op shooter centered on a team of survivors battling supernatural forces.

Players will be able to choose their character from a diverse cast with unique abilities before setting off to liberate the small town of Redfall, Massachusetts from vampires.

Considering Arkane Austin has primarily focused on single-player affairs, it’ll be interesting to see how the team approaches a co-op shooter in a post Left 4 Dead world.

Developed by WayForward Studios and published by Arc System Works, River City Girls 2 is another upcoming brawler and a direct sequel to River City Girls.

It sees characters Misako, Kyoko, Kunio, and Riki from the original joined by newcomers Marian and Provie as they hit the streets to beat up more thugs and punks.

The sequel introduces a host of new abilities, enemies, pixel art environments, and other goodies while supporting both local and online co-op.

Over time, players can level up to earn new moves, buy items and accessories, and even recruit defeated enemies to join their side.

Best known for Batman: Arkham Origins, developer WB Games Montréal is back with another game set in the DC Universe.

With the Caped Crusader supposedly dead, Gotham Knights shifts its focus to his super-powered protégés as they’re called to defend Gotham City.

Presented as a co-op-based action RPG for up to four players, the game sees you donning the mantle of Batgirl, Robin, Red Hood, and Nightwing with help from friends.

A single-player mode will also be available, allowing one player to swap between the four characters throughout the campaign.

The Forest is an ambitious survival horror game that focuses on crafting and combat with surprisingly intelligent enemy AI.

Like many survival games, the story is fairly nonlinear but there was always enough to chew on for players interested in learning about the game’s creatures and setting.

For the sequel, developer Endnight Games looks to be expanding the universe with new characters and events revolving around yet another mysterious island.

In addition to better graphics and more fluid combat, Sons of the Forest will be a more team-focused endeavor than the original, which added online multiplayer post-launch.

A new co-op multiplayer Ghostbusters game from Illfonic, the developer of Friday the 13th: The Game and Predator: Hunting Grounds, is due out later this year.

Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed is a 4v1 asymmetric multiplayer game where four players take on the role of Ghostbusters while one controls a ghost.

The Ghostbusters are equipped with an array of weapons, traps, and instruments designed to track, attack, and subdue enemies while the ghost has powers that allow it to cause mayhem and avoid detection.

Throughout the game, players can upgrade their equipment, unlock new gadgets, and customize loadouts for future use.

Inspired by games like Alien: IsolationLevel Zero is an online multiplayer survival horror game that pits humans against terrifying creatures.

The main objective for the humans is to try and repair the space station they’re currently on while the monsters relentlessly pursue and try to kill them.

Both sides come equipped with unique skills and equipment that can come in handy for completing their mission and its up to players to decide when and where to use them.

If you enjoy fast-paced multiplayer games with plenty of action and competition, make sure to keep this one on your radar before it releases later this year.

Classic arcade brawlers are becoming increasingly rare in today’s co-op gaming landscape, especially those based on licensed properties like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

With that in mind, we can’t help but grin at Shredder’s Revenge‘s unabashed love for retro beat ’em ups and the 1987 TMNT animated series.

In it, players control Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael, and April O’Neil as they take on the Foot Clan, Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady, and Shredder across New York City.

The game is set to include local and online multiplayer, allowing you to team up with your pizza-loving buddies and fight the forces of evil.

Another co-op survival game that shows promise is Survival Machine, a third-person open-world game from indie developer Grape Pickers.

In it, you and your friends traverse ever-changing lands via a massive vehicle that also serves as your base of operations.

Gameplay revolves around building, upgrading, and fortifying the machine to ward off zombies that try to overtake it at night.

Along with outfitting your machine with cannons, spikes, and other traps, you can craft weapons and armor to defend yourself while you’re out exploring the world.

Although Amplitude is best known for a string of dedicated-strategy games released under the Endless moniker, the studio’s next project will expand into real-time action.

In Endless Dungeon, players take on the role of shipwrecked heroes forced to fight their way through abandoned space stations while protecting a sacred crystal from monsters.

Each character has a specialized kit of abilities, weapons, and tactics that can be combined with others to create new and exciting synergies.

It’s a delicious blend of MOBA, strategy, twin stick shooter, and tower defense that has us looking forward to playing Endless Dungeon on PS5.

Instead of putting out a third installment that mirrors the single-player design of the first two games, The Outlast Trials is a multiplayer-focused affair.

Details are far and few between at the moment, but what we do know is the horror game will take place during the Cold War era.

In it, you and your friends are involuntarily recruited to become test guinea pigs for mind-control experiments at the hands of a shady corporation.

Players will have to work together to make it out alive while their morals, endurance, and sanity are put through the wringer.

As much as we love Grounded, there’s enough room for two small-scale survival games that let us live out our fantasies (and nightmares) of being shrunk down and let loose in a sprawling backyard sandbox.

However, to see the best Smalland‘s world has to offer, you’ll have to brave brutal weather conditions and survive run-ins with various enemies including spiders, birds, rats, lizards, and more.

Fortunately, there is an abundance of hidden resources you can use to craft armor, weapons, shelter, and other tools such as mountable bugs.

You can also customize outfits to acquire special resistances and abilities using various workshops at your camp which can be upgraded over time.

The Warhammer franchise is no stranger to co-op-centric experiences, with many citing the Vermintide games as worthy alternatives to the Left 4 Dead games.

Set in the war-ravaged futuristic city of Tertium, Warhammer 40,000: Darktide has up to four players working together to defeat hordes of enemies called Poxwalkers.

Much like Vermintide, the game presents itself as a first-person action game with visceral combat and unique character classes.

A recent gameplay trailer shows off just a few of the weapons we can expect to wield in Darktide, including laser-powered rifles and a badass-looking chainsword.

From Rocksteady Studios, creators of the beloved Batman: Arkham series, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is an upcoming action-adventure game set in the DC Comics mythos.

It takes place in an open world based on Metropolis and sees players controlling four playable characters that make up the Suicide Squad: Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, Harley Quinn, and King Shark.

The story centers on the four-man wrecking crew as they attempt to defeat Brainiac after he invades Earth and brainwashes the Justice League.

Designed with co-op in mind, Suicide Squad will let players team up with friends throughout the story or play solo, switching between characters and relying on AI teammates.

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