The Xbox One may be turning six years old this year, but that doesn’t mean Microsoft plans on slowing down on releasing games for the popular home console. While the Xbox One may not have as many exclusives as the competition, 2019 will still bring a nice selection of AAA and indie Xbox-exclusive titles in addition to a tremendous line-up of third party games.

With so many great games slated to release later this year, we thought we’d highlight some of the best and most anticipated titles Xbox players are itching to play. Make sure to check back as we’ll be updating this list in the future.

Also, if you’re an Xbox One owner looking for something to hold you over till the next major release, check out our other lists for some great gaming recommendations:

Generation Zero

Release Date: March 26 (Released)

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Generation Zero is an action game self-published by developer Avalanche Studios, most known for creating Just Cause. The game takes place in 1980s Sweden and has the player controlling a teenager who, after returning home from a trip, finds the land surrounding their countryside home littered with dangerous robots.

In Generation Zero, up to four friends can explore a now hostile open-world together, scavenging for weapons and supplies while unraveling what happened. The game features a number of different enemy types that can be taken down in a variety of ways, offering a lot of flexibility in terms of how you choose to approach battles.

Mortal Kombat 11

Release Date: April 23

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It should come as no surprise that NetherRealm Studios has been working on a new entry in the long-running fighting series. Mortal Kombat 11 is shaping up to be gorier and more graphically stunning than any previous entry.

You can expect series staples like Sub-Zero, Scorpion, and Raiden to make an appearance in addition to some newcomers like the Kronika, who has the ability to manipulate time, and her minion Geras, who can use sand to create a number of deadly weapons. MK 11’s story will have huge implications for the series going forward and further explain events from previous games.

Rage 2

Release Date: May 14

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Rage 2 is a first-person shooter developed by id Software in conjunction with Avalanche Studios. The game is set 30 years after the events of Rage, and has you controlling Walker, the last surviving ranger in a post-apocalyptic world that’s been inhabited by deadly mutants following an asteroid collision on Earth.

Aside from a huge sandbox open-world filled with traveling bandits and enemy strongholds to explore, you’ll have access to an array of superhuman abilities, called Nanotrites, which allow for unique traversal and combat options. Among these is a Dash ability that zips Walker forward in the direction he’s moving, Shatter, which sends enemies flying, and Overdrive, which causes guns to do more damage and regenerates health.

Team Sonic Racing

Release Date: May 21

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Even though the blue blur’s foray into street racing hasn’t ‘transformed’ the racing game scene like Sega had hoped, developer Sumo Digital is looking to change that with Team Sonic Racing by making some major changes to the kart racer’s formula. Players will be able to choose from a roster of 12 playable characters and compete on 21 different racetracks in the game’s four modes: Grand Prix, Team Adventure, Exhibition, and Time Trial.

New for Team Sonic Racing is the addition of team-based maneuvers, which allow players to work together during races. There are a handful of team combos currently known, such as Slingshot, a move that allows other characters increase their speed by following a trail left behind by their teammates.

Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled

Release Date: June 21

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Since the original Crash Team Racing debuted on the PlayStation back in 1999, we haven’t seen another kart racer that could go toe-to-toe, or rather tire-to-tire, with Mario Kart. Developer Beenox is hoping to bring the series back to life with CTR: Nitro-Fueled, a complete remake of the first game with all new assets and animations.

While the remake will still use the original game’s story and five game modes: Adventure, Time Trial, Arcade, VS and Battle, players can expect new tracks, vehicles, and racers to be added. The game will also include online multiplayer for the first time ever, in addition to local 4-player splitscreen racing.


Release Date: Summer 2019

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Biomutant is an action RPG set in a post-apocalyptic world filled with mutated animals and has you controlling a customizable raccoon-like character that can wield a variety of weapons. How players design their character will affect gameplay, with attributes like gender, body shape, fur thickness, and fangs all having an impact on character stats.

Your goal is to save the Tree of Life, the source for all living creations, which has become polluted and is under constant attack from enemy creatures. Along the way, you’ll encounter an array of mutations and bio-mechanical body parts such as robotic legs, wings and claws which can be attached to provide an edge in battle or reach new areas.


Release Date: TBA 2019

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Control is a third-person shooter that seems to carry over a lot of the themes and mechanics from developer Remedy’s past works like Quantum Break and Alan Wake. In it, you play as Jesse Faden, a woman who’s granted supernatural abilities after a traumatic childhood experience.

Players will be able to use Jesse’s abilities in combat, which allow her to manipulate weapons and objects in the environment to take down enemies. The game will be mostly linear and feature some Metroidvania elements, such as acquiring new powers that allow you to reach areas that were previously inaccessible.

The Surge 2

Release Date: TBA 2019

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The Surge 2 is a third-person action RPG developed by Deck13 Interactive and published by Focus Home Interactive. Ditching the preset protagonist from the first game, players will create a customizable character and be thrown into Jericho City, an urban wasteland brimming with dangerous mechanical foes.

The sequel carries over the same challenging Dark Souls-inspired combat of the first game, while also adding some new layers. Among these is a limb-targeting system which has been expanded, as well as new abilities, weapons, implants, and drones for players to take advantage of.


Release Date: TBA 2019

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Indivisible is an indie RPG developed by Lab Zero Games, best known for creating the 2D arcade fighter Skullgirls. The game has you play as a young woman named Ajna, who upon discovering a hidden power within herself, sets off to find the ones responsible for the destruction of her village.

Gameplay is inspired by classic RPGs like Valkyrie Profile and has you engaging in combat with enemies in real-time via an ATB-style battle system, which forces characters to recharge before their next attack. Indivisible features 25 different party members, called Incarnations, with each character having multiple attacks and unique roles to fill.

Psychonauts 2

Release Date: TBA 2019

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It’s been over a decade since the last Psychonauts and after a few failed attempts, fans had begun to lose faith they’d ever get a sequel. However, after a successful crowd-funding campaign, developer Double Fine Productions is on track to release Psychonauts 2 later this year.

The game will maintain the third-person platforming of the original game and have players assume control of Raz once again, picking up after the events of the VR title Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin. The sequel has Raz uncovering secrets about the Psychonauts organization and will explore the curse that has plagued protagonist’s family history.

The Outer Worlds

Release Date: TBA 2019

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The Outer Worlds is a first-person action RPG that comes from Obsidian Entertainment, most known for their work on Fallout: New Vegas. The game is set in a future where mega-corporations have begun colonizing and terraforming alien planets and has players creating an original character.

While traveling through space, something goes awry, leaving your ship stranded at the edge of a space colony. The game features first-person combat and the option to recruit NPC companions with unique skills that can be used in battle. The Outer Worlds will place an emphasis on player-choice, allowing you to choose how you approach quests and form relationships with NPCs.

A Plague Tale: Innocence

Release Date: TBA 2019

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A Plague Tale: Innocence is an action-adventure game set during the historical Hundred Years’ War, and follows the story of two siblings, Amicia and her younger brother Hugo as they try to survive. Players take control of Amicia and interact with the environment by slinging rocks, which can break drawbridge chains, destroy lanterns, and stun enemy guards.

The game has you navigating through dimly lit areas where fire is the only means of protection from large swarms of infectious rats. In order to progress, players will have to solve puzzles and stealthily make their way past deadly soldiers.

Dying Light 2

Release Date: TBA 2019

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Dying Light 2 is a first-person action RPG developed and self-published by Techland. The game has players controlling a new protagonist named Gazi, and takes place in another European-based location called ‘The City’. Dying Light 2 plans to be more ambitious than the first game, featuring a map four-times the size of the original and several factions that players can align with.

Gameplay will be fairly similar to Dying Light, and has players scavenging for weapons and supplies while traversing the world through fluid, parkour-based movement. For the sequel, Techland is emphasizing a player-driven story, where decisions impact the world both narratively and physically. Unlike the original game, zombies will only roam freely at night.

Ori And The Will Of The Wisps

Release Date: TBA 2019

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Ori and the Will of the Wisps is an Xbox-exclusive Metroidvania platformer from developer Moon Studios. The sequel is set after the events of Blind Forest and will find the series’ protagonist Ori, a fox-like guardian spirit, on a new quest beyond the forest of Nibel.

Once again accompanied by Sein, the light and eyes of the sacred Spirit Tree, the two will unearth mysteries of the lost ones and travel to new, menacing areas in order to discover Ori’s true destiny. Although Will of the Wisps doesn’t seem like it’ll stray too far from the core mechanics of the first game, Ori does have some cool new abilities to unlock, such as a bow and arrow made of light, as well as new means of traversal.


Release Date: TBA 2019

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Ooblets is a life sim inspired by games like Stardew Valley, Animal Crossing, and Pokémon. In it, you play as a customizable human character who owns a farm. Aside from tending to your land and growing crops, the world around you is inhabited by Ooblets, small creatures that come in all shapes and sizes and can be collected.

Together, you and your Ooblets will go on new adventures, battling other trainers, having dance parties, and exploring different islands. The game oozes cheerfulness and seems like it’ll provide a laidback experience for players who enjoy the finer things in life, like assigning their character a different hairstyle for every day of the week.


Release Date: TBA 2019

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Tunic is an Xbox-exclusive indie action-adventure title inspired by The Legend of Zelda. Although the game wears its Triforce-shaped heart on its sleeve, it looks to be carving out a space for itself with its stunning environments and mysterious story.

In it, you play as a weapon-wielding fox that wakes up in a world where you don’t belong and begin exploring to learn more about the strange world around you. The game utilizes an isometric perspective and features a combat system that relies heavily on timing and dodging.

Wolfenstein Youngblood

Release Date: TBA 2019

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Set 19 years after the events of The New Colossus, Wolfenstein: Youngblood is a first-person shooter that has you taking control of series protagonist BJ Blazkowicz’s twin daughters, Jessica and Sophia. The game is a spin-off, standalone title in the same vein as 2015’s Wolfenstein: The Old Blood.

In it, BJ has gone missing while in Paris, calling the twins to action as they embark on a mission into the French capital, which is still heavily controlled by the Nazi regime. Probably most exciting, and a first for the series, is the fact that Youngblood will offer a fully functional two-player mode for its story campaign in addition to a single-player version.

Cyberpunk 2077

Release Date: April 16, 2020

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Cyberpunk 2077 is a first-person action RPG developed and published by CD Projekt. The game is an adaptation of the 1988 tabletop game Cyberpunk 2020, set fifty-seven years later in a dystopian future.  Players will create a customizable character named V, and begin exploring the six distinct regions that make up Night City’s open-world.

While playing as V, you’ll be able to use experience points to upgrade stats and invest in skills based on the game’s three classes: NetRunner, Techie, and Solo. Additionally, V has an arsenal of ranged and close combat weapons at their disposal which can be modified and upgraded as well.

Gears 5

Release Date: TBA 2019

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Gears 5 will be the latest entry in the long-running Xbox-exclusive third-person shooter series. The game is being developed once again by The Coalition and will have players controlling Kait Diaz, an outsider of Locust descent, for at least a majority of the game.

As Kait, you must journey across the huge world filled with deadly creatures in order to uncover the origins of the Locust, with characters from previous games making an appearance. Gears 5 will support local split screen and online multiplayer as well.

The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan

Release Date: TBA 2019

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Man of Medan is the first game to be released in a series of standalone titles within The Dark Pictures Anthology being developed by Supermassive Games, a studio most well-known for the horror adventure game Until Dawn. Unlike Supermassive’s previous work, Man of Medan isn’t a console exclusive and will be available on Xbox One.

Similar to Until Dawn, the game will have players controlling a cast of diverse characters with distinct personalities and making decisions that impact the game’s branching story, which takes place on a haunted WWII-era ship. Players can expect an experience that garners multiple playthroughs in order to see every possible outcome, in addition to endless scares.


Release Date: Late 2019

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It’s been decades since Battletoads fans were able to join Rash, Zitz, and Pimple on their epic beat ‘em up adventures. And thanks to Microsoft and developer DLaLa Studios, the cult classic from Rare will finally make its way to a modern console.

The title is currently being developed as an Xbox One exclusive and will support three-player local couch co-op as well as 4K graphics. Although we don’t know much else, expect that to change in the near future as the year progresses.


Release Date: Late 2019

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Ever since the collapse of the THPS and Skate series, we quite simply have not seen a good skateboarding sim or really any skateboarding games at all. Luckily developer Crea-ture Studios is planning on changing that later this year when they put out the Xbox-exclusive Session, their take on a realistic skateboarding game.

Unlike some of its predecessors, Session will focus more on technical skill, utilizing a unique control scheme that promises to feel a lot closer to how skateboarding feels in real life. Additionally, the game will not have to not feature a scoring system, encouraging players to experiment and capture tricks they feel most proud of using the game’s multiple in-game camera options.

Sea Of Solitude

Release Date: TBA 2019

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Sea of Solitude is an adventure game developed by Jo-Mei Games and published by EA under their new indie program EA Originals. The game has you controlling a young woman named Kay as she explores a submerged and abandoned city.

Completely isolated, Kay comes in contact with a mysterious creature that lives in the sea, turning her into a monster and setting her on a quest to try and return to her old self. Sea of Solitude will explore themes of fear and loneliness as its emotionally-gripping story reveals itself to the player.

Doom Eternal

Release Date: TBA

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Doom Eternal is the sequel to the 2016 Doom reboot and is the fifth main title in the series. The first-person shooter will be developed by id Software and has players taking on the role of Doom Slayer once again.

The game will maintain the franchise’s flashy, ultra-violent combat, while also bringing some new features to the table. Aside from a host of new enemy types, Eternal brings an arsenal of new weapons for players to mow down demons with, including a shoulder-mounted cannon/flamethrower, an extendable blade, and a new dash ability that makes the twitchy shooter feel even more fast-paced.

Halo Infinite

Release Date: TBA

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It’s been years since we got a new Halo game, so it’s great to hear that the popular Xbox-exclusive first-person shooter will be making a comeback. Halo: Infinite will utilize 343’s brand new Slipspace Engine, which was created alongside the game’s development and allows for significant visual upgrades.

We’re expecting the game to take place during the Reclaimer Saga, a series of games set after the events of Halo 3. Additionally, Infinite will most likely delve deeper into Master Chief and Cortana’s relationship and be more focused on telling a more serious story. Don’t worry, we’re sure you’ll still get to blast aliens with space guns.

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