So we thought we’d highlight some of the best games Xbox players are itching to play. Make sure to check back as we’ll be updating this list in the future; and if you’re an Xbox One owner looking for something to hold you over in between releases, check out our other lists for some great gaming recommendations:
Control – Aug 27, 2019
Control is a third-person shooter that incorporates many of the themes and gameplay mechanics found in other Remedy games like Quantum Break and Alan Wake. In it, you play as Jesse Faden, a woman with special abilities whose been tasked with restoring order to a secret government facility plagued by dark, supernatural forces.
Jesse’s powers prove useful both in and out of battle, as she can manipulate objects around her to create a shield, attack enemies, and levitate. While the game is mostly linear, it does feature some elements commonly found in Metroidvanias, with Jesse being able to access new areas only after acquiring certain powers.
The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan – Aug 30, 2019
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.
Gears 5 – Sep 10, 2019
Gears 5 will be the latest entry in the long-running Xbox-exclusive third-person shooter franchise. The game is being developed once again by The Coalition and will have players controlling Kait Diaz, an outsider of Locust descent for a majority of the game.
As Kait, you must journey across a sprawling world filled with deadly creatures in order to uncover the origins of the Locust while encountering familiar characters from earlier games. Gears 5 will support local split-screen in addition to online multiplayer.
The Surge 2 – 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.
The Outer Worlds – 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.
DOOM Eternal – 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 also works as a flamethrower.
Indivisible – TBA, 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.
Biomutant – 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.
Session – TBA, 2019
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, Crea-ture Studios is planning on changing that later this year when they put out their skateboarding sim Session.
Unlike some of its predecessors, Session focuses more on technical skill by utilizing a distinct control scheme that promises to feel a lot closer to how skateboarding actually 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 expansive in-game camera options.
Ooblets – 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.
Battletoads – TBA, 2019
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.
Tunic – TBA, 2019
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.
Ori and The Will of The Wisps – 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.
Cyberpunk 2077 – Apr 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 – 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.
Psychonauts 2 – 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.
Halo Infinite – 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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