Best Upcoming Xbox Series X Games 2021 (And Beyond)

Despite their recent focus on acquiring studios and developing subscription services like Xbox Game Pass and Project xCloud, Microsoft is still committed to releasing new consoles.

The Xbox Series X and it’s less-powerful counterpart, the Series S, will help usher in a new wave of generation-defining titles and no doubt be the platform of choice for many gamers.

In this list, we’ll be highlighting the most anticipated Xbox Series X releases to look forward to throughout 2021 and beyond.

Many of these titles have either been confirmed by Microsoft or made public through leaks and rumors.

If we forgot to mention your favorite game, feel free to sound off in the comments and let us know. And lastly, make sure to check back as we continue to update this list in the future.

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While developer Bloober Team has seen great success with the Layers of Fear series as well as 2019’s Blair Witch, their next project may end up being their most ambitious title to date. 

The Medium sees you taking on the role of a woman with supernatural abilities that allow her to travel between two plains of existence: the living and the spirit world.

By accessing both worlds, she begins piecing together clues that can help solve a murder case at the risk of exposing her to sinister forces.

The game is very much inspired by Silent Hill and will even feature tracks from famed composer Akira Yamaoka. 

Bulletstorm developer People Can Fly has partnered with Square Enix to release Outriders, an upcoming action RPG designed with co-op in mind.

While it’s been compared to titles such as Destiny and The Division, PCF maintains there a clear start and finish pertaining to the game’s story.

With that said, Outriders still gives off major ‘looter shooter,’ vibes and its cooperative design will no doubt attract multiplayer-driven audiences.

There’s still no word on its release date, but we can confirm it will be available on Xbox Series X.

Microsoft has been surprisingly tight-lipped following the recent delay of the next Halo game.

Halo: Infinite will be the sixth mainline entry in the first-person shooter franchise and will utilize the Xbox Series X’s improved capabilities.

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, which was developed alongside Halo: Infinite. 

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II was announced during the Game Awards 2019 following the reveal of the Xbox Series X’s name and design.

The sequel sees Ninja Theory back at the helm for a much more thematically dark and atmospheric game, which is saying a lot for anyone who played the original.

The announcement trailer doesn’t give away too much besides confirming the game will be coming to both Series X and PC.

There’s an emphasis on rituals being performed, traveling across stunning landscapes, and an encounter with a massive creature.

Forza fans can look forward to a soft reboot of sorts as we were treated to a new in-engine trailer for the next entry in Microsoft’s racing series.

For the Series X, developer Turn 10 Studios appears to be ditching numbered releases in favor of a live service model.

Simply-titled Forza Motorsport, the next entry is still early in development but is slated for an Xbox Series X, PC, and Game Pass release. 

We’re happy to report that the game will run at a smooth 4K resolution with 60fps on both console and PC. 

Cyberpunk-themed games are all the rage nowadays and The Ascent looks to be putting its own spin on tech-obsessed dystopias.

Described as a twin-stick shooter RPG, the game sees you navigating a futuristic city occupied by rival factions.

You’ve got your all-controlling mega corp The Ascent Group, whose untimely demise created a power struggle within the city. 

You can choose to take on the city alone in single-player or grab a couple of friends and experience the story in co-op mode.

The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games are known for getting nitty-gritty with their approach to post-apocalyptic open-worlds.

While they’ve always been reminiscent of series like Metro and even Fallout RPGs to some extent, the series kind of pewtered out after three releases.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 will see players venturing into “The Zone,” an irradiated wasteland surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site.

The area stands out for its high levels of radiation which causes scavengers to develop supernatural abilities.

Everwild is a brand-new IP from Rare that we first caught wind of during X019, where a cinematic trailer introduced us to the game’s vibrant art style and fantasy-inspired setting.

The trailer depicts a world where humans share a deep connection with magical creatures that can manipulate the physical world.

It’s not clear yet what kind of game it’ll end up being, but there’s clearly a background threat acting in opposition of the natural order.

Rare is known for their charming characters and the worlds they inhabit, so we’ll be keeping our eye on this one. 

A third entry in the zombie survival horror series State of Decay is currently in development for Xbox Series X.

State of Decay 3 intends to offer the ‘ultimate’ zombie survival simulation and judging by the announcement trailer, Undead Labs is off to a great start. 

Fans can look forward to battling even more human zombies along with a new contender: zombie deers.

We anticipate the game’s graphics benefitting greatly from next-gen hardware and overall shorter load times.

While it may not be the long-rumored Fable 4 sequel we had in mind, a new Fable game is confirmed to be in development at Playground Games, best known for the Forza Horizon.

Intended to be a reboot for the series, Fable will retain the spirit of the original trilogy, which saw players engaging with magical creatures throughout fantasy-inspired locales. 

Other than a cinematic reveal trailer, we don’t have much to go off of in terms of gameplay or even story.

The game is still a long way off but is expected to launch on Xbox Series X, PC, and Xbox Game Pass.

Avowed is a brand-new IP from developer Obsidian that’s currently in development. It’s described as a first-person RPG set in a fantasy-inspired world called Eora.

In it, you play as an unknown hero who wields a sword and casts magical spells using some really cool-looking hand gestures.

It’s not surprising to see Obsidian racing to make another RPG when you consider it’s their bread and butter. Fallout: New Vegas, KOTR2, Pillars of Eternity, the list goes on and on.

Thematically, Avowed gives off a much darker tone than we’ve seen Obsidian explore in the past, so it’ll be interesting to see what they come up with. 

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Justin Fernandez
Justin Fernandez

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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