-As Microsoft puts the finishing touches on their new Xbox Series X, the hype surrounding next-gen hardware and games seems only to be growing stronger. And while we’re anxious to check out the console’s graphical improvements, faster load-times,  and a bunch of new experiences from our favorite indie and triple-A developers,  there are still plenty of great-looking releases to look forward to playing on your old Xbox One.

Here, we’ll be highlighting the best upcoming Xbox One games you can look forward to playing in 2020 and beyond. Make sure to check back as we’ll be updating this list in the future with new entries. Lastly, if you would like to receive more gaming recommendations, consider reading through our other curated lists:

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    Resident Evil 3 Remake

    Release Date: April 3, 2020

    Numerous leaks suggested that Capcom was secretly remaking Resident Evil 3. After all, the RE2 remake ended up being a massive success for the company both critically and financially. It also helped revitalize the franchise overall, which began showing signs of exhaustion before the release of 2017’s RE7.

    For their next remake, Capcom appears to be employing the same strategy as before by creating reimagined versions of RE3‘s host of characters and environments. Even big bad Nemesis has received a facelift, and can now be seen sporting an absolutely-terrifying set of chompers that we’ll never be able to erase from our minds. 

    Gears Tactics

    Release Date: April 28, 2020

    Gears Tactics is an upcoming turn-based strategy game set in the same universe as Xbox’s third-person shooter franchise Gears of War. Taking place 12 years before the events of the first game, Tactics sees you controlling a squad of survivors as they set out to defeat a deadly species of monsters known as the Locust Horde. 

    Players will manage their squad’s abilities and gear, both of which can be upgraded by equipping more powerful loot and investing in different skills. The game is being touted as a hardcore tactics game with fast-paced combat and challenging enemy AI reminiscent of the XCOM games. 

    Moving Out

    Release Date: April 28, 2020

    Moving Out is an indie moving sim with an emphasis on cooperative multiplayer that’s due out this year. The upcoming game is developed and self-published by SMG Studio, who’s past work includes Death Squared, another co-op focused title with puzzle-based gameplay mechanics.

    The game sees yous training to become a Furniture Arrangement Relocation Technician (F.A.R.T.), highly unskilled movers with a knack for haphazardly transporting furniture.  It all feels reminiscent of Ghost Town Game’s Overcooked and its subsequent sequel with a lot less meal prep and just as much chaos. 

    Maneater

    Release Date: May 22, 2020

    Maneater is an upcoming action-RPG from Killing Floor developer Tripwire Interactive in which you become one of the most powerful apex predators, a deadly man-eating shark. Best described as “Grand Theft Auto with sharks,” Maneater sees you starting as a vulnerable baby shark whose mother was killed by a fisherman. Carefully choosing when to feed or flee, you will learn to adapt to a hostile ecosystem where you’re not always at the top of the food chain.

    To this point, the game sets you free in a massive underwater open-world filled with secret locations, tantalizing rewards, and formidable threats. As you grow and adapt to your environment, your shark may develop new mutations that can prove useful in defending yourself against other animals and seeking revenge against the humans.

    The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope

    Release Date: Early 2020

    Little Hope will be the second entry in the horror adventure anthology created by British game studio Supermassive Games, best known for the PS4 exclusive Until Dawn. Played from a third-person pov, the game will see you controlling one of five playable characters as you try to survive in a small town plagued by supernatural horrors. 

    Just like with previous Supermassive titles, you’ll end up having to replay scenarios from each character’s perspective if you want to experience the full story and witness every possible outcome. The Dark Pictures Anthology will consist of eight unique games in total, with the studio planning to release two new games a year until they reach their goal.

    Minecraft Dungeons

    Release Date: Spring 2020

    All signs indicate Minecraft Dungeons will end up being a satisfying spin-off that makes clever use of the popular sandbox game’s blocky aesthetic. Inspired by classics dungeon-crawlers like Diablo, the game sees players exploring procedurally-generated labyrinths filled with dangerous mobs and untold riches.

    Devoid of any building mechanics, Dungeons emphasizes battling enemies using swords, hammers, axes, and bows in tandem with special artifacts that grant players unique abilities in exchange for resources. Similar to Minecraft, the game will support both local and online multiplayer for up to four friends.   

    Grounded

    Release Date: Spring 2020

    Grounded is the next project to come out of Obsidian Entertainment following the success of their Fallout-adjacent space RPG The Outer Worlds. In it, you control a character who gets shrunken down to the size of an ant and must figure out how to survive in their backyard. It appears to be emphasizing cooperative multiplayer, with the game allowing you to team up with three other players or simply go it alone. 

    While we’re expecting Grounded to be a lot more open-ended than your typical Obsidian game, featuring elements of crafting and building, the developer has confirmed they plan on including story-based missions centered around a full-fledged narrative. First impressions lead us to believe it’ll be a unique blend of Minecraft-meets-Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.

    Tunic

    Release Date: July 1, 2020

    It’s been a long wait for anyone who’s been dying to play Tunic since it debuted at E3 2017. The Xbox-exclusive, indie action-adventure title inspired by The Legend of Zelda looks to be carving out space for itself with stunning environments and a mysterious story centered on an adorable fox.

    The game sees our fox companion waking up on a strange island overflowing with deadly spiders, slimes, and warriors. Played from a 3D-isometric perspective, Tunic‘s combat system appears to rely heavily on timing your attacks and dodging enemies.

    Marvel’s Avengers

    Release Date: Sep 4, 2020

    Crystal Dynamics will be putting their spin on the iconic band of heroes when Marvel’s Avengers drops on Xbox One this September. So far, we know the game takes place outside of both the Marvel comic-book and cinematic universes and plans on telling an original story that casts Taskmaster as one of the main villains.

    It’s been confirmed that Marvel’s Avengers will feature two separate modes: a single-player campaign and an online multiplayer component where up to four players can team up to tackle side missions that connect back to the main story. Lastly, the game is categorized as an action RPG and will let you customize each hero’s appearance as well as modify their abilities to fit different playstyles. 

    Cyberpunk 2077

    Release Date: Sep 17, 2020

    Arguably the biggest early release of 2020, Cyberpunk 2077 has some pretty big shoes to fill. After all, CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher 3 is considered to be one of the best games of the last decade and has set the bar extremely high for the Polish developer’s next project. While the game’s Xbox One release has been pushed back to September 2020, chances are it will come to the Series X as well.

    Categorized as a first-person action RPG, the game is set in a dystopian future where the lines between human and AI have become blurred more than ever. Taking on the role of a customizable protagonist named V, players will make their way through Night City, a sprawling open-world overflowing with technology, crime, and neon.

    Halo: Infinite 

    Release Date: TBA

    Microsoft has been surprisingly tight-lipped regarding the next Halo entry, considering they plan to release it in less than a year. Halo: Infinite will be the sixth mainline entry in the first-person shooter franchise, and one of the first games officially confirmed to be launching on Xbox’s next console, the Series X

    Xbox One owners need not fret as Infinite will be coming to both platforms on day one. Current speculation suggests the game’s story is set during the “Reclaimer Saga” of Halo and plans to tell a more serious story centered around Master Chief and Cortana’s relationship. Additionally, it will see the debut of 343’s new Slipspace Engine, developed alongside Halo: Infinite

    Ooblets

    Release Date: TBA

    Ooblets is an upcoming life sim inspired by games like Stardew Valley and Animal Crossing with a little bit of Pokémon sprinkled on top. You play as a customizable human character put in charge of maintaining a farm. Aside from tending to crops, you’ll frequently spend your days collecting and interacting with Ooblets, adorably small creatures that come in all shapes and sizes.

    Together, you and your Ooblets will go on new adventures where you’ll battle other trainers, have dance parties, and explore different islands. The game was previously set to be published under the Double Fine Presents label but is now being self-published by developer duo Glumberland with help from Popagenda. A look at the developer’s blog suggests a 2020 release is in the works. 

    Battletoads

    Release Date: TBA

    More than two decades have passed since the release of Battletoads Arcade, leading many fans to worry they’d never get a chance to witness their favorite anthropomorphic toads on a new adventure. Fortunately, Microsoft has stepped in to help resurrect the iconic beat ‘em up with Rare and Dlala Studios partnering to handle production.

    2019’s Battletoads reboot will maintain the series’ iconic gameplay along with support for local three-player couch co-op. The game features updated hand-drawn visuals, difficulty scaling, a checkpoint system, and reworked controls for those dreaded bike sequences. 

    Everwild

    Release Date: TBA

    Officially unveiled during Microsoft’s X019 event in London last year, Everwild is the latest project to come from Rare following the release of 2018’s multiplayer pirate game Sea of Thieves. Sporting some eye-catching visuals reminiscent of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and a stunning open-world, the game is expected to release sometime in 2020. 

    There’s been a lot of criticism lately directed towards Rare’s ability (or lack thereof) to produce compelling, high-quality games. Hopefully, Everwild can shift that narrative back in the studio’s favor while providing players with a memorable and rewarding experience.

    Twin Mirror

    Release Date: TBA

    Twin Mirror sees Dontnod Entertainment returning with a new episodic adventure game that builds upon many of the concepts first introduced in Life Is Strange while telling a new story centered on a 33-year-old man named Sam. Having returned to his hometown for his best friend’s funeral, Sam begins spiraling into depression until one day he wakes up to find a bloody shirt in his hotel room.

    Unable to recall events from the night prior, he sets off to investigate where he was and what happened from the time he left his hotel room up until he woke up. The murder mystery aspect appears to be only part of what Twin Mirror has to offer, with the narrative ultimately focusing on Sam finding redemption in the face of bitterness and loneliness.

    Dying Light 2

    Release Date: TBA

    Dying Light 2 is a first-person action RPG developed and self-published by Techland, best known for their work on Dead Island, which also featured zombies. The sequel takes place after the events of the first game and has you playing as a new protagonist, Aiden Caldwell, an infected survivor whose extraordinary dexterity and combat abilities prove useful for gaining allies and influencing the world around him.

    Gameplay will be somewhat similar to the original 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 experience where decisions impact both the story and the physical in-game world.

    Carrion

    Release Date: TBA

    Carrion is a 2D reverse-horror game set in a sprawling research facility where scientists have been keeping a monster prisoner to study its behavior and biology. One day, the monster finds a way to break free from its containment unit and begins making its way through the facility via ventilation ducts while seeking revenge against the humans.

    Current speculation suggests the game will feature elements of Metroidvanias, with new areas becoming accessible based on the creature’s mass. Players can consume more humans to grow in size or “shed” parts of its body to become smaller. The game is currently in development by Phobia Game Studio and is being published by Devolver Digital.

    Psychonauts 2

    Release Date: TBA

    Announced back in 2015, Psychonauts 2 was scheduled to release in 2018 before getting delayed to 2019. It appears fans will have to give developer Double Fine Productions a bit more time as the sequel has been pushed back yet again, now slated for a 2020 release. 

    In a recent statement to fans, the developer explains, “We know it’s always disappointing when you have to wait a bit longer, but we also know that you are an amazing, supportive bunch, who … want the game to be as good as possible.” The sequel looks to maintain the third-person platforming action of the original while telling a new story centered around Raz’s family.

    Biomutant

    Release Date: TBA

    2019 came and went and we still don’t have an exact release date for THQ Nordic’s upcoming action RPG, Biomutant. The game is currently in development by Stockholm-based Experiment 101, a studio founded by former Avalanche Studios creative director Stefan Ljungqvist, best known for the Just Cause Series.

    Set in a post-apocalyptic world, Biomutant sees you playing as a raccoon-like creature with the ability to acquire mutations and attach bio-mechanical body parts that affect combat and traversal. It seems likely the game will be released sometime in 2020, according to a recent financial report from the publisher’s parent company. 

    Watch Dogs: Legion

    Release Date: TBA

    Originally scheduled to release in March 2020, Watch Dogs: Legion was one of many Ubisoft games to be delayed until the next financial year (April 2020 – March 2021). This was then followed by an announcement from Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot confirming it will be available on both current and next-gen consoles.

    The sequel introduces a host of new features, including the ability to play as any NPC you encounter in the open-world as you rebel against a private military that has seized control over London. Characters will possess unique skills that affect different aspects of gameplay, such as hacking, combat, driving, etc. An online co-op mode is being included where players can team up to tackle missions and other activities.

    Gods & Monsters

    Release Date: TBA

    Another game to receive the delay hammer from Ubisoft is Gods & Monsters, which made its first appearance during E3 2019. Described by Ubisoft as a “storybook adventure,” the game appears to be taking some cues from Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey in terms of setting. At the same time, its painterly art style evokes memories of playing Breath of the Wild.

    You play as a long-since forgotten hero who’s been tasked with saving the Greek gods following a cataclysmic defeat at the hands of Typhon, a massive giant with a snake-like tail and one of Greek mythology’s deadliest creatures. Just like with Watch Dogs: Legion, we can expect Gods & Monsters to release anywhere between April 2020 to March 2021 for Xbox One and PS4.

    Rainbow Six: Quarantine

    Release Date: TBA

    The last game to be delayed following its announcement at E3 2019 is Rainbow Six Quarantine. Although Ubisoft never confirmed a release date, many were expecting to get their hands on the shooter relatively soon. However, there’s a high chance they’ll have to wait upwards of a year since the game has been delayed in the same manner as Legion and Gods & Monsters.

    It’s also one of the titles mentioned in Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot’s announcement concerning cross-generational titles. Described as a “3-player tactical co-op FPS,” RSQ appears to be incorporating elements of horror, with the teaser trailer depicting zombie-like creatures. Additionally, the player character is infected with some kind of illness, likely sharing a connection to the zombies.

    Atomic Heart

    Release Date: TBA

    Originally planned to release in 2018 and then later 2019, Atomic Heart has had one of the more interesting development stories, with rumors suggesting it may not even be the same game anymore. Categorized as a “first-person shooter with RPG elements,” the game is well into development at studio Mundfish, a Russian-based indie game studio.  

    Evoking memories of sci-fi staples like BioShock and Fallout, Atomic Heart takes place in an alternate reality where the Soviet Union’s research has led to a technical revolution. Players assume control of a Soviet KGB officer tasked with infiltrating a secret facility that’s gone radio silent.

    Diablo 4

    Release Date: TBA

    During BlizzCon 2019, Blizzard officially unveiled the next mainline Diablo game, which is currently entering development. While there’s currently no release date, the game was confirmed for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. This is an interesting decision considering next-gen consoles are scheduled to launch near the end of 2020.

    The most likely scenario is that Diablo 4 will end up being a cross-gen title and launch for both Xbox One and Series X. Although no gameplay footage has been shown, a cinematic trailer depicts Diablo 4 as being a dramatically dark and gory game, even by Diablo standards.

    Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

    Release Date: TBA

    All signs point towards Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga being a pivotal entry in the long-running Lego game franchise. The upcoming title plans on adapting all nine episodes of the Star Wars saga, including The Phantom MenaceAttack of the ClonesRevenge of the SithA New HopeThe Empire Strikes BackReturn of the JediThe Force AwakensThe Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker.

    So far, we know the game will feature optional fully-voiced dialogue and allow players to complete any of the episodes in whichever order they choose. Given the success of the original Lego Star Wars games and the rise in quality of more recent entries, we’re confident The Skywalker Saga will deliver an updated version of the best Lego series to date.

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