Although the Xbox One may not have as many fancy exclusives as Sony or Nintendo, expect that to start changing within the next year. First-party titles like Gears 5 and the upcoming Battletoads reboot show dedicated Xbox is to supporting the best upcoming games of 2019.
Here, we will be highlighting the most highly-anticipated releases along with some lesser-known titles that may not be on your radar. Make sure to check back as we’ll updating this list in the future with new entries. If you would like to receive more gaming recommendations, consider reading through our other curated lists:
The Surge 2
Release Date: Sep 24, 2019
The Surge 2 is a third-person action RPG developed by Deck13 Interactive and published by Focus Home Interactive. The sequel ditches the preset protagonist from the first game, allowing players to create a customizable character before being thrown into Jericho City, an urban wasteland brimming with dangerous mechanical foes.
The game carries over the challenging, Dark Souls-inspired combat of the original while introducing some new mechanics. 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: Oct 8, 2019
Indivisible is an RPG developed by indie studio Lab Zero Games, best known for 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 on a journey to find the ones responsible for destroying her village.
Inspired by classic RPGs like Valkyrie Profile, the game blends together real-time action with ATB battling mechanics where characters are forced to recharge before attacking again. Indivisible includes 25 different party members, called “Incarnations”, whose powers can be combined for stronger attacks.
The Outer Worlds
Release Date: Oct 25, 2019
The Outer Worlds is an action RPG coming from Obsidian Entertainment, whose notable credits include Fallout: New Vegas. Set in a future where mega-corporations have begun colonizing and terraforming alien planets, the story sees the player traveling through space when something goes awry, leaving the player stranded at the edge of a space colony.
The game features first-person combat and the option to recruit NPC companions who can lend their strength in battle and sometimes offer unconventional solutions to problems encountered in the world. The Outer Worlds places an emphasis on player-choice and features multiple dialogue options as well as a variety of possible outcomes for completing quests.
Release Date: Nov 22, 2019
DOOM Eternal is a follow-up to 2016’s DOOM reboot and the fifth mainline entry in the iconic FPS franchise. The sequel sees developer id Software back at the helm as players suit-up to take on the role of Doom Slayer once again.
The game maintains the series’s flashy and ultra-violent combat while telling an original story that sees the demon world colliding with ours. In addition, Eternal introduces new enemy types, abilities, and weapons, including a shoulder-mounted cannon that doubles as a flamethrower.
Release Date: TBA 2019
Biomutant is an action RPG set in a post-apocalyptic world where you play as a customizable raccoon-like creature capable of wielding a variety of weapons. 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 provide an edge in battle and help you reach new areas. How you choose to design your character factors into gameplay, with gender, body shape, fur thickness, and fangs all affecting stats.
Release Date: TBA 2019
Ooblets is an upcoming life sim inspired by games like Stardew Valley, Animal Crossing and Pokémon. You play as a customizable human character that’s in charge of maintaining a farm. Aside from tending to crops, you frequently spend your days collecting and interacting with Ooblets, adorable 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.
Release Date: TBA 2019
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.
Ori and The Will of The Wisps
Release Date: Feb 11, 2020
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: April 16, 2020
Cyberpunk 2077 is a first-person action RPG developed and published by CD Projekt, popularized by The Witcher series. The game is an adaptation of the 1988 tabletop game Cyberpunk 2020, set fifty-seven years later in a dystopian future where players will create a customizable character named V before exploring the six distinct regions that combine to make Night City.
As V, you’ll be able to develop a playstyle centered around one of 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.
Dying Light 2
Release Date: Spring 2020
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 fairly 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.
Release Date: July 1, 2020
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 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 attacks and dodging.
Release Date: TBA 2020
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, following a successful crowdfunding campaign, developer Double Fine Productions is on track to release Psychonauts 2 sometime next year.
The sequel maintains the third-person platforming gameplay of the original and has players assuming control of Raz once again. Picking up after the events of Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin, a VR title released back in 2017, Psychonauts 2 has Raz uncovering secrets about the organization and exploring the origins of his family curse.
Release Date: Fall 2020
It’s been years since we got a new Halo game, so it’s great to hear that the popular Xbox first-person shooter will be making a comeback. Halo: Infinite will utilize 343’s brand new Slipspace Engine, developed alongside the game, which should result in a major boost to the game’s graphics.
Infinite is also the only currently confirmed release for Project Scarlett, Microsoft’s next-gen console. Speculation suggests the game is set during the “Reclaimer Saga” of Halo and plans to tell a more serious story centered around Master Chief and Cortana’s relationship.
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