When it comes to pure nostalgia appeal, there are few decades like the 1980s. Pop culture has long exploited ’80s nostalgia, and it’s easy to see why. Even people who didn’t grow up in the 80s seem fascinated by the decade’s culture: mix tapes, arcade cabinets, neon lights, flashy clothes, wacky action movies, and the ever-increasing threat of nuclear annihilation. It makes sense that war games are set in the 80s and thus many Cold War games are coming in 2022.

While researching upcoming game releases for 2022 I have noticed an interesting trend. There are many more Cold War games coming in 2022 and beyond. Interestingly, many Cold War-themed video games set in the 80s are coming our way.

As the Cold War heats up again in 2022, it’s time to pick a cool high school football team name for the battle cry.


IGI origin
Developer: Antimatter Games
Publisher: Todman Interactive
Platform: Windows PC
Release date: TBA 2022

IGI origin

A cult hit IGI The series is getting a reboot this year IGI origin. Surprisingly, original It is a prequel to the previous games and will explore the creation of the IGI organization in the 1980s. You play as Michael King, a former SAS operator who is recruited by MI6 for covert operations around the world. As Michael, you’ll be tasked with infiltrating all sorts of top-secret facilities and terrorist hideouts to prevent war between the superpowers.

’83
Developer: Antimatter Games
Publisher: Todman Interactive
Platform: Windows PC
Release date: TBA 2022

'83

It looks like Antimatter Games has really hit the 1980s, as they have a new tactical multiplayer shooter. ’83 Coming this year too. ’83 Essentially a follow up to 2017 Rising Storm 2: Vietnam. liked A growing storm series ’83 is a team-oriented tactical shooter with a heavy emphasis on realism. The theoretical war between NATO and the Soviet Union was fought across Europe from the early 1980s using a wide range of authentic weapons and vehicles.

Artillery, Heat, PC!
Developer: Radian Simulation LLC
Platform: Windows PC
Release date: Summer 2022

Artillery, Heat, PC!

Artillery, Heat, PC! It’s a love letter to the classic tank combat sims that were popular on PC in the 90s and early 00s. The game hopes to blend hardcore sim mechanics like realistic ballistics and damage models with modern controls that are easy to learn and understand. Although the game is not limited to the Cold War, you will be able to control a variety of authentic NATO and Soviet tanks. Artillery, Heat, PC! A full single player campaign, skirmish maps and cooperative multiplayer will be featured.

Small battlefield
Developer: Why485
Publisher: Microprose Software
Platform: Windows PC
Release Date: February 2022 (Early Access)

Small battlefield

Small battlefield is a sim-lite air combat game set during the Cold War. The game features a retro-inspired low-resolution art style designed to emulate classic PC fight sims from the 90s. Liked it a lot Artillery, Heat, PC!, Small battlefield It tries to strike a balance between a hardcore sim and an accessible flight combat game. Fly a variety of authentic aircraft as you engage in high-speed dogfights, bombing runs, and fly air support for the corresponding armored vehicle columns.

regiments
Developer: Bird’s Eye Games
Publisher: Microprose Software
Platform: Windows PC
Release date: TBA 2022

regiments

Also published this year by Microprose regiments, a real-time strategy war game set in 1989 Europe. Major platoons of infantry, armored vehicles, and helicopters throughout Central Europe as the United States, West Germany, Soviet Union, or East Germany. The game’s mechanics are built around the task force system, where you can call in additional platoons as reinforcements throughout the battle. Each of these task forces has its own unique selection of units and support options, such as artillery barrages and bombing runs.

Sea Power: Naval Combat in the Missile Age
Developer: Triassic Games AB
Publisher: Microprose Software
Platform: Windows PC
Release date: TBA 2022

Sea Power: Naval Combat in the Missile Age

Offering a microprose of Cold War strategy games Sea Power: Naval Combat in the Missile Age. This upcoming naval strategy game is created by the leading designer of 2017 cold waterwho was himself the spiritual successor of Microprose A red storm is rising Since 1988. Command fleets of authentic NATO and Soviet warships in fictional Cold War conflicts inspired by real events from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

be warned
Developer: Eugene Systems
Platform: Windows PC
Release Date: January 20 (Early Access)

be warned

be warned – Warning Order – Eugene is the spiritual successor of Systems Beloved Wargame Command over 600 authentic units and vehicles from the series United States, West Germany, France, United Kingdom, Soviet Union and East Germany. A lot of like Wargame And Steel Division series be warned The focus is primarily on massively competitive multiplayer, with battles supporting up to 10v10 players. be warned It will also offer plenty of single player content with multiple missions and challenge scenarios.

Xenonauts 2
Developer: Goldhawk Interactive
Platform: Windows PC
Release Date: TBA (Early Access)

Xenonauts 2

Finally, we come Xenonauts 2, a strategy game that takes a slightly different approach to the Cold War than the other games on this list. Genuine Xenonauts Created as a spiritual successor to the original x-com, And Firaxis was in development long before the game was announced. You will once again lead an international task force fighting an alien invasion of Earth, but Xenonauts 2 There will be a wide range of improvements and reworked mechanics based on feedback from the original game.


Which of these upcoming Cold War-themed games are you most excited about?