Best Upcoming Xbox One Games 2020 (And Beyond)

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 many 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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Activision caught everyone by surprise with an announcement that Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 were being remade for PC and current-gen consoles. The game plans on staying true to the spirit of the PS1 originals while adding some modern amenities, most notably better graphics. Additionally, tricks from later Tony Hawk games will make an appearance alongside new Create-A-Skater and Create-A-Park tools.

Fittingly, developer Vicarious Visions has been tapped for the remake, whose previous credits include the recent Crash Bandicoot remake as well as ports of THPS2/3 for the Game Boy Advance back in the day. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 is currently slated for a fall release and will support both local and online multiplayer at launch. 

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. 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. 

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.

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 special 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.

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.

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 PS4 release has been pushed back to September 2020, chances are it will come to the PS5 as well.

Described 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.

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.

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 mature story centered around Master Chief and Cortana’s relationship. Additionally, it will see the debut of 343’s new Slipspace Engine, which developed alongside Halo: Infinite

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.

2020’s Battletoads 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. Still no word on the game’s release date, but expect that to change soon if recent leaks are to believe. 

Twin Mirror will see Life is Strange developer Dontnod back at the helm with an original story focusing on a new cast of characters. You play from the perspective of 33-year-old Sam, a man struggling with depression that becomes much worse upon returning to his hometown for his best friend’s funeral. One morning, Sam wakes up in his hotel room to find his shirt bloody, and his memory wiped.

Unable to recall events from the night prior, Sam 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. The game is expected to release sometime in 2020.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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 the process of 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.

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As a fan of both indie and triple-A games, Justin finds joy in discovering and sharing hidden gems with other passionate gamers. In addition to reporting on the latest and greatest titles, he manages GamingScan’s social media channels.

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