As anyone who plays video games knows, the nature of games development is extremely fluid and unpredictable, whereby unexpected issues can cause a game to slide far past its original intended release date.
Video games are delayed all the time, usually to deal with technical issues or add polish, and generally speaking if fans don't hear much about a game for a few months, they'll start to wonder whether a delay is on the horizon.
It's certainly smart to keep your expectations low and assume that no game is beyond having its date pushed to ensure a superior end product, but sometimes - gasp - games actually end up sticking to their planned release dates.
And so we come to these 10 huge upcoming video games, which undeniably rank among some of the most anticipated titles due for release.
Some are targeting a 2022 release while others don't have dates yet, but if the word on the street can be believed, it's possible that each and every single one of them hits storefronts before year's end.
It might be tough to believe given the lack of marketing and difficult development in some cases, but we may very well be able to play all of these games before 2022 is over. Here's to hoping...
10. Final Fantasy 16
Why It Could Release In 2022
Though Final Fantasy 16 was "only" announced back in September 2020 - relatively recently for the timeline Square Enix typically works to - the game's producer Naoki Yoshida has suggested that its release could be much sooner than we think.
Yoshida recently confirmed that the game is in "the final stretch" of development, which has left many fans hopeful that it could even end up releasing before the end of the year.
With Yoshida adding that Final Fantasy 16 is currently in the polishing stage and effectively otherwise finished, it's certainly possible.
Why It Might Not
This is Square Enix we're talking about, who take their time on projects and frequently let their titles slide past initial target release windows.
Given the publisher's history, it would certainly be against-type for them to release a major game barely two years after its first trailer dropped, especially with the game being developed in the middle of a pandemic.
Basically expect 2023, but pray for 2022.