Most games don’t just release and let the developers pack up and move on to the next thing, but some games set out to be continuously updated. And those games, quite often looking for a steady stream of cash revenue, need to prove their worth to gamers logging into daily, weekly, and monthly and returning to the well.
Here are our picks for the Top 5 Ongoing Games in 2022.
– Dylan Blight
Player First Games, Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment
Multiversus, the 2v2 crossover platform fighter from Player First Games, has had a solid first 6 months. Releasing in early access back in July, the game has managed to attract 20 million players so far and has slowly implemented new features like the much-requested ranked mode.
With an extensive battle pass and five new characters from massive franchises, there were plenty of reasons to come back to Multiversus, whether to knock off a couple of daily quests or to try out one of the weekly rotating characters you haven’t unlocked. With new characters and levels planned and the potential of new content seemingly endless, the future for Multiversus looks bright.
– Ashley Hobley
4.) Apex Legends
Respawn Entertainment, EA
Three years in and Apex Legends still continues to be a strong force in the ongoing game market. With four new characters added to the roster over the year as well as 4 seasons of content to earn, there was plenty for players to do in 2022.
Respawn also introduced the Control game mode for limited periods, a 9v9 mode which saw players control points on the map to earn points, something that fans are keen to see introduced to the game on a permanent basis. On top of all this is the continuing lore-building of the world which keeps Apex fans invested and coming back for more.
– Ashley Hobley
3.) Final Fantasy XIV Online
In the world of Massive Multiplayer Games, player populations can often be expected to decrease in the year after a major expansion. In the wake of Endwalker, the team at Square Enix has excelled at providing content and experiences for the people of Eorzea to keep coming back rather than jumping over to take a flight with Dragons. Through regular in-game events and content updates, Final Fantasy XIV provides for its community like no other. Even those that have stepped away often find it very hard to stay away, which this writer speaks from experience.
– Ciaran Marchant
2.) Marvel Snap
Second Dinner, Nuverse
Marvel Snap got off to a rocky start to its life as an Ongoing game, with a bit of controversy surrounding the way it handled you collecting upgrades. However, after backlash during the beta, the developer Second Dinner course corrected all before the game had even been released worldwide and has since been handling its live service nature well through monthly battle passes and other small content drops. The battle passes are well-balanced to me and always introduce items worth pursuing, with variant hunting becoming another engaging way to spend time within Marvel Snap. The smaller content drops and featured locations also bring something fresh and new, meaning consistent logging in is well rewarded.
– Wil James
Throughout 2023 Chapter 3 of Fortnite delivered many content updates, surprising crossovers and wild attempts at building a story. The craziest crossover in 2022 had to of been the introduction of Naruto and Dragon Ball Super characters. The year ended with a bang as the island was rebuilt again, and we headed into 2023 with Chapter 4 ahead, but looking back, there wasn’t a game that continued to evolve and do as many crazy things as Fortnite did, and it was always more fun with friends.
– Dylan Blight