Big Xbox Series X games just recently got announced, but believe it or not, there were quite a few games already confirmed for the next-generation console.
At this point, we’ve seen almost everything about the Xbox Series X, from the design of the console itself to the new controller and a comprehensive breakdown of the specs and new features that’ll take gaming to the next phase in its evolution. The Xbox Series X has, so far, toppled the PS5 in terms of performance, and that alone is exciting.
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However, none of that tech actually matters without good games to show off. But, whether the game is hyperrealistic or features straight-up 16-bit graphics, how the games play and how involved their stories are will always be more important than graphics. (We also have a list of all of the PS5 games as well).
Here are all of the confirmed Xbox Series X games so far:
Teased back at E3 2018, Halo Infinite is one of the most anticipated Xbox Series X games to date. Halo is back, it's open-world, there's grappling hooks and you're fighting the banished. If you could hear me, I'm literally squealing like a fan girl. I am so damn pumped for this.
We know is Forge mode is back too, the Chief is on a Halo ring, and the game is going to launch with the Xbox Series X. Oh, and 343 Industries is using its new Slipspace engine. There has been some discourse about the quality of the graphics, but screw that, give me a gun and let me fight. The description of the gameplay trailer:
"When all hope is lost and humanity’s fate hangs in the balance, the Master Chief is ready to confront the most ruthless foe he’s ever faced. The legendary Halo series returns with the most expansive Master Chief story yet. Enjoy a first look at Halo Infinite campaign gameplay, captured real-time and representative of the experience on Xbox Series X running at 60FPS and up to 4K resolution."
Recently, it was just unveiled that Halo Infinite multiplayer would be free to play and run up to 120 frames per second.
A new Fable game was announced to be in development by Playground Games at Microsoft's Xbox Series X games conference. Although we weren't graced with any gameplay, the game has been officially confirmed with a rather goofy cinematic trailer where a fairy just having a good time gets eaten by a frog. This is the game description:
"Fable returns with a new beginning for the legendary franchise. Explore a land of fantastical creatures and wondrous places. Developed by Playground Games for Xbox Series X and Windows 10."
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II
The reveal of the sequel to Hellblade is what surprised me most so far, as the original game gave us a relatively satisfying send off for the character. Now Senua is back and looks as badass as ever.
We didn’t get to see any gameplay, but we got a super creepy trailer of Senua chanting. And what really got me excited was discovering that the entire trailer was built in-engine on the Xbox Series X. Unfortunately, there’s no official release date for Hellblade II, so it’s unlikely we’ll be seeing the game at launch, especially since we haven't seen any gameplay yet.
State of Decay 3
We know absolutely literally nothing about State of Decay 3 apart from that it's coming out and that the trailer looks cool. Hopefully those graphics translate to in-game graphics.
The first trailer for it debuted during the Xbox Series X games event today and was fully rendered in-game to showcase the photo-realistic visuals with the team boasting that it will deliver ray-tracing and 60 frames per second performance all at native 4K.
We got a better look at the brand new IP from Rare -- Everwild. We still don't really know what the gameplay is going to look like, but it's all about nature and stuff. I'm just imagining playing a badass D&D druid, but that's just me.
Obsidian Entertainment is finally making an epic first-person RPG that takes some heavy inspiration from Elder Scrolls, which makes sense since Obsidian actually created a well-received Bethesda title: Fallout New Vegas. I’m super hyped to experience an Elder Scrolls-esque game from Obsidian since it’ll likely be better developed than Elder Scrolls VI (sorry not sorry, Bethesda).
Not only that, but it takes place in the world of Eora, which is the same universe that the Pillars of Eternity franchise takes place in. As an avid fan of Critical Role, it’s entirely possible that the cast of the show, or maybe even their characters, will be in the game. In Pillars of Eternity II, Vox Machina, the main cast of Critical Role’s Campaign 1, were included in the game as playable characters for free. The hype is real for not only Obsidian fans, but also Critical Role fans.
The latest Psychonauts 2 trailer shows off Raz taking a journey through the mind of a mystery brain he found in a jar. And Jack Black is singing a song.
Cyberpunk 2077 is probably the most-hyped game of this decade. While it was supposed to launch on April 16, 2020, it got pushed back to September 17, 2020 and was confirmed to launch on the Xbox Series X sometime later.
If you happen to live under a rock, Cyberpunk 2077 is a sci-fi RPG created by The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt RED and features the one and only Keanu Reeves as a prominent character called Johnny Silverhand. The good news for Xbox players is that those who buy Cyberpunk 2077 on the Xbox One X will receive a free upgrade to the Series X version when it comes out.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
The recently announced Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is launching on both the Xbox Series X and Xbox One in Holiday 2020, which means it’s likely to be a launch title.
This new Assassin’s Creed title puts you into the shoes of the Vikings, and while we haven’t seen gameplay yet, we got a neat cinematic trailer that showed off a war brewing against the Vikings and England. It seems like a classic Assassins vs. Templars story. We did see some ships in the cinematic, but it’s unclear how in-depth the sailing mechanics will be. I’m holding out hope for some Black Flag-esque ship combat.
Chorus (which is not spelled like “Chorvs” as the trailer suggests) is a new space-flight combat shooter slated to launch in 2021. While Chorus debuted on the Xbox Series X livestream, head of core technology at FishLabs Johannes Kuhlmann confirmed that Chorus is a multiplatform game.
In Chorus, you play as Nara, an ace pilot haunted by her past, and Forsaken, her sentient spaceship. It’s sort of a sci-fi rebellion story, where your goal is to gather a resistance to stop some big baddies called the Circle. It looks dark, gritty and intense -- my kind of sci-fi.
The sequel to one of our favorite benchmarks was just recently announced. Dirt 5 is officially coming to the Xbox Series X, but it’s slated to launch October 2020 on Xbox One first.
Dirt 5 takes place in New York City, Norway, and other locations, and will feature the renowned voice actors Troy Baker and Nolan North, with the former playing your mentor and the latter playing your nemesis. The game features a full career mode that will involve players making decisions that will change the narrative of their careers. Top that off with 12-player multiplayer as well as four-player split-screen.
Madden NFL 21
Surprise, Madden NFL 21 is coming. We got some gameplay from an Inside Xbox trailer. It features the famous sport of American football.
That’s the blurb.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
Developed by Hardsuit Labs and published by Paradox Interactive, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 is by far the creepiest game on this list. Bloodlines 2 is an action RPG that puts you into the role of a vampire.
The trailer looked like some horror fever dream from the Joker. Bloodlines 2 puts you in the dangerous and alluring world of 21st-century fictional Seattle. This game is a heavy RPG, so choices matter -- you can either be brutal or charming. Your ultimate goal is to rise through Vampire society; It doesn’t matter if you paint the streets with blood to get there.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Yakuza: Like a Dragon debuted on the Xbox Series X gameplay showcase stream.
Unlike the previous games, Yakuza: Like a Dragon will focus on a character named Ichiban Kasuga. The premise follows this character adjusting to life after spending 18 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Like most Yakuza games, it will probably be wild and fun as hell, packed to the brim with mini-games.
Scarlet Nexus is a third-person sci-fi action game developed by Bandai Namco Studios. It’s Bandai, so you know for sure it’s going to be the anime game of your dreams. But seriously, the game’s art-style and animations actually don’t look too bad, so we’ll see how it turns out.
In attempting to read the plot, I got a headache. I’ll never be able to translate this convolutedness back to you, so here you go:
"In a far distant future, humanity’s last hope falls into the hands of an elite group of psionic soldiers, who battle an invincible threat known as Others. Unravel the mysteries of a Brain Punk future caught between technology and psychic abilities in, SCARLET NEXUS."
The Medium is a psychological horror game about a medium living between two worlds: the real world and the spirit world. The main character in The Medium is haunted by a vision of a child’s murder, which leads her to an abandoned hotel resort that’s literally haunted to all hell.
From the snippets of gameplay we saw, it looks to be played in a third-person perspective. The Medium is slated to launch Holiday 2020.
Bright Memory: Infinite
Watching the trailer for Bright Memory: Infinite was like jumping into the consciousness of a 5-year old child deeply in love with sci-fi and fantasy. It didn’t make any sense, but damn, was it so freaking awesome.
The trailer debuted on the Xbox Series X stream, and as of right now there's no launch date. However, Bright Memory did start out as an episodic adventure -- the first episode being on Steam right now. It's unclear what form this game will take on the Xbox Series X.
Watch Dogs Legion
The third entry into the Watch Dog series is set to launch on both current-gen consoles and next-gen consoles, but like other games, it has been delayed to an unknown date, so it’s possible it will launch on both generations at the same time. Watch Dogs Legion takes a trip across the pond to focus on a post-Brexit London.
What’s unique and exciting about this new Watch Dogs game is that you can recruit and play as any NPC in the game. It takes an ambitious plunge to embrace its “Legion” moniker, but we’ll see if that translates to fun gameplay. From the trailers we’ve seen, the gameplay is similar to the previous two games -- hacking, parkouring and shooting up an open-world full of evil corporations and security companies.
Rainbow Six Quarantine
Rainbow Six Quarantine is a spin-off of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege that focuses on three-player, tactical co-op, which contrasts to Siege’s PvP multiplayer. Unlike Siege, it takes a step into the future of the Rainbow Six universe and delves deep into science fiction, where a new breed of mutated alien parasite begins infecting humans.
The game is based on the Outbreak event that Siege held last year. So far, all we know is that it’s coming to the Xbox Series X and that it’ll launch sometime in 2020, likely toward the end of the year.
The Ascent gave off some serious Ruiner vibes. It's a solo or co-op top-down action RPG set in a cyberpunk world. This is one of the few games exclusive to the Xbox Series X.
You live in a world where a mega corporation, called The Ascent Group, owns everyone. However, the corporation just collapsed, so you're tasked with investigating what happened to it and see if the world can survive without it.
Turok is back baby! Or at least, something that looks like Turok. Second Extinction is a three-person co-op game about killing mutated dinosaurs. I wish it was Turok, but it might be just as fun, especially with multiplayer.
We don't know much about it apart from the description, which details how you must fight "through a maelstrom of bullets, bombs, teeth, claws and gore, it's up to you to reclaim Earth!"
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
Daedalic Entertainment’s The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is a game that’s surprising to see on the roster of upcoming Xbox Series X titles. The game is slated to arrive in 2021 for PC and all relevant console platforms. This game will apparently focus the narrative on player choice.
"You already have that big conflict in the character, two voices talking to you continuously, which means there is a good reason there are decisions to make in the game: the Smeagol decisions or the Gollum decision," Daedalic CEO Carsten Fichtelmann told The Hollywood Reporter. It’ll be interesting to see how this game plays out, as it sounds like it’ll fit into more of a Telltale format than anything else.
EA confirmed that Battlefield 6 is coming to next-generation consoles. I know one particular person on Laptop Mag staff that will say it’s great, convince me to buy it and then ghost me afterwards (I’m not bitter).
There aren’t any details out right now about Battlefield 6 apart from EA previously stating that a new Battlefield game will “drive growth” in 2021 and into 2022. It’s also unclear what era Battlefield 6 will take place in -- we’re kind of hoping that it goes back into the modern-era, but we’ll have to wait and see.
One of the most mysterious and interesting third-party games is People Can Fly’s co-op shooter Outriders. It’s set to launch around the same time as the Xbox Series X, so we imagine that it’ll be a launch title, although that has not been confirmed.
Apart from being set in “an original, dark and desperate sci-fi universe," there’s not much we know about Outriders. Previously, People Can Fly developed Gears of War: Judgement and co-developed Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3 and Bulletstorm. Outriders doesn’t look like any of those games, but it does seem similar to games like Destiny and Anthem, which is a bit worrisome.
Gods and Monsters
Ubisoft’s latest IP is, by far, its weirdest-looking one. Gods and Monsters is an action-adventure game set in Ancient Greece that has the player take on the mythological monster Typhon.
The teaser trailer didn’t show any gameplay, but it hinted at a third-person hack-and slash-game or, at the very least, an action game of sorts. Gods and Monsters was also slated to launch in early 2020, but has since been pushed back and will launch on current-gen as well as next-gen consoles.
Dying Light 2
Dying Light 2, the sequel to the hardcore parkour co-op zombie survival game, has been in development for quite some time and is currently delayed indefinitely. However, developer Techland confirmed that it’ll launch on Xbox Series X.
There’s a ton of gameplay footage for Dying Light 2 already out, and while the game looks really fun, it needs a bit of polish, which is what developer Techland is taking its time to fix before release.
Developer THQ Nordic is back at it again, but this time returning with a remake of the cult classic, Gothic, and bringing it to the Xbox Series X. The trailer reveals an interesting artstyle, and by interesting I mean it kind of looks like an Xbox 360 game (sorry, not sorry).
The swordplay looks interesting. It’s reminiscent of For Honor, where you positioned your sword in one of three directions during combat in order to attack and block. There’s no official release date right now, but we imagine that it won’t launch until 2021.
Orphan of the Machine
Orphan of the Machine is not something you’d expect to be playing on an overpowered console like the Xbox Series X. But, if you’re into side-scrolling adventure games where you get to play a dolphin that shoots sonar pulses out of its face, then this’ll likely be a game for you.
There is a short gameplay trailer that shows off the dolphin shooting at enemies and looting treasure, but not much else. Like with most of these titles, there isn’t a release date right now, so stay tuned for that.
Racing game enthusiasts will be happy to know that the sim-racing rally series WRC is back for a ninth installment and is coming to the Xbox Series X. Like the previous games, WRC 9 takes place in the FIA World Rally Championship.
A gameplay trailer was recently revealed, showing off some gameplay in New Zealand. The trailer showed Alpha testing footage, so it wasn’t as polished as it could’ve been, but it still looked pretty darn realistic.
Tell Me Why
DONTNOD Entertainment, the studio behind Life is Strange, is back with Tell Me Why. Here's the description for the new trailer:
"Experience Chapter One of Tell Me Why. Play as twins Alyson and Tyler as they use their special bond to unravel the mysteries of their loving but troubled childhood. Set in beautiful Alaska, Tell Me Why features true-to-life characters, mature themes and gripping choices. And with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you can enjoy unlimited access to over 100 great games on Xbox One and PC, including all the new Xbox Game Studios games the day they launch."
Ori and the Will of the Wisps for Xbox Series X
Yes, Ori and the Will of the Wisps is coming to Xbox Series X and it'll be running at 4K at 120 frames per second. The trailer details what the frame rate change will actually look like, and it's silky smooth.
The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon
We're getting an interesting DLC for The Outer Worlds called Peril on Gorgon, which gives you access to a whole asteroid. Here's the description for the video:
"A severed arm and a mysterious message lead the crew of the Unreliable to the Gorgon Asteroid, formerly the site of one of Halcyon’s most ambitious and disastrous scientific undertakings - now a lawless den of monsters and marauders. Wealthy recluse Minnie Ambrose tasks the crew with finding answers about Dr. Olivia Ambrose, her mother and the doomed project’s disgraced director, but they are soon ensnared in an intrigue that will change the colony forever."
Grounded looks like an incredibly tame Ark: Survival Evolved and it's coming out on July 28, which is the first game you'll be able to play from this event. It's available only in a game preview format, so all of the kinks aren't sorted out just yet.
As Dusk Falls
A very bizarre-looking interactive drama called As Dusk Falls was unveiled as well. Here's the description for it:
"One town. Two families. Three decades of secrets. As Dusk Falls is an original interactive drama from INTERIOR/NIGHT that explores the entangled lives of two families across thirty years. Starting with a robbery-gone-wrong in small town Arizona, the choices you make will have a powerful impact on this epic story of sacrifice, betrayal, and resilience."
Destiny 2 Beyond Light
Destiny 2, along with its Forsaken and Shadowkeep expansions, will be coming to Xbox Game Pass in September. Beyond Light will also be available through Game Pass when the expansion launches on November 10.
Whether or not 2021's The Witch Queen and 2022's Lightfall expansions will be available on Xbox Game Pass is currently unknown.
I have no idea what this game is about, but it's a sequel to something people like. Here's the description:
"Experience one of the biggest open-worlds to date, filled with radiation, mutants, and anomalies."
Warhammer 40,000: Darktide
We're getting another Warhammer game focusing around a 4-player co-op experience. Here's the description for the game:
"From the developers of the best-selling and award-winning franchise Vermintide, Warhammer 40,000: Darktide is a visceral 4-player co-op action game set in the hive city of Tertium. Fight together with your friends against hordes of enemies in this new Warhammer: 40,000 experience."
Tetris Effect Connected
Yes, Tetris is most definitely still a thing, and this time the developers of Tetris Effect have developed Tetris Effect Connected, which is a multiplayer expansion that'll be available in Summer 2021. Here's the description:
"Tetris Effect: Connected is the original Tetris Effect with all-new co-op and competitive online and local multiplayer modes! This is Tetris like you’ve never seen it, or heard it, or felt it before—an incredibly addictive, unique, and breathtakingly gorgeous reinvention of one of the most popular puzzle games of all time."
I called this one The Goop Simulator before the name was revealed, and I will call it as such going forward because it's a better name than The Gunk. The description for the game reads:
"From the creators of SteamWorld, embark on an all-new adventure in a vast and alien world where you’ll encounter terrifying enemies and challenging puzzles on your quest to unravel the mystery of a forgotten planet, while saving it in the process."
Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis
We got a trailer for Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis. Once again, I have no idea what this is, but I'm all about it. Here's the game description:
"Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis will be coming in 2021! PSO2: NGS will surpass Phantasy Star Online 2 in every way, offering players limitless adventure and unparalleled character customization. The game has been redesigned as a best-in-class online action RPG experience!"
This is the first campaign trailer for CrossfireX. It looks trippy, like Call of Duty and Metal Gear had a baby. This is the game description:
"A sprawling global conflict rages between the Global Risk and Black List mercenary factions in an immersive and cinematic single player experience from Smilegate Entertainment and Remedy. Where will the fight take you?"
Ultimate Fishing Simulator 2
The Xbox Series X game everyone is most anticipating is none other than Ultimate Fishing Simulator 2, of course.
Ultimate Fishing Simulator 2 is slated for a 2021 release and will include all of the goodies for its second coming: better graphics, fish AI, a third-person mode and a dynamic water system. In this game, you can saltwater fish and ice fish in order to catch dozens of species.
Xbox Series X ports
There are quite a few Xbox One games that are getting ported over to the Xbox Series X, including Gears 5, Rainbow Six Siege and Warframe. With Xbox’s Smart Delivery, you’ll get Gears 5 for free on the Xbox Series X if you already own it on the Xbox One.
We imagine that there will be plenty of other games coming to the Xbox Series X from the Xbox One, like the Master Chief Collection and Halo 5. It’s all but confirmed that most Xbox Game Studios games will be ported over.
Xbox Series X games to expect
We’re anticipating quite a few games to get announced along with more thorough reveals in the coming months.
Confirmed games that are still in the air as far as platforms are concerned include both Bethesda games: The Elder Scrolls VI and Starfield.
There has also been speculation that the Final Fantasy 7 Remake might launch on Xbox Series X at some point, which would be great because that game is currently chugging on PS4 consoles.