Visual novels are an intresting genre of game, as they don't tend to have a lot of gameplay mechanics. For the most part, you spend your time reading through the story without even making any decisions, but despite this, the genre has grown in popularity. With so many great releases last year, it's no surprise that 2022 has a great line-up already.
Whether you're looking for something in the horror realm or wanting to indulge in a calming tale, 2022 isn't going to disappoint you. Most of the games that are coming out are going to be available on multiple consoles, including Steam, making the genre more accessible than ever.
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Visual Novels to watch out for:
- AI: The Somnium Files – nirvanA Initiative: Spring 2022
- Mystery, Thriller
- Corpse Factory: TBA 2022
- Pshycological, Horror
- Afterlove EP: Summer 2022
- Slice-of-Life, Music
- Please Be Happy: TBA 2022
- Persona 4 Arena Ultimax: Mar. 17, 2022
- Fighting, Supernatural
If you are looking for a bit more gameplay, then Afterlove EP and Persona 4 Arena Ultimax are great games to choose from. Both these games feature deeper gameplay, especially in Persona 4 Arena's case, as it's also a fighting game.
For more visual novel information check out, Upcoming Otome games to watch out for in 2022 on Pro Game Guides!