Best Upcoming Xbox Series X Games 2021 (And Beyond)

The Xbox Series X is coming! Here are the best upcoming games for the Xbox Series X that you can look forward to.

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 its 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 highlight the best upcoming Xbox Series X games of 2021, many of which have either been confirmed by Microsoft or made public through leaks.

Lastly, we’ll be updating this list with new titles in the future, so make sure to check back and let us know if we missed any games!

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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.

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.

Hello Neighbor was a pretty experimental title for the Xbox platform that was critically panned but still ended up catching on thanks to YouTube let’s plays.

At the very least, the game was successful enough to warrant Microsoft greenlighting a sequel currently in production by tinyBuild and Eerie Guest.

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Hello Neighbor 2 maintains the survival horror stealth gameplay of the original while fleshing out its lore and introducing new mechanics.

This includes improvements to enemy AI, a new setting, and new combinable items littered throughout environments that can be used to progress and/or deter the Neighbor.

Image & Form is primarily known for 2D turn-based games like SteamWorld Heist and Quest along with the metroidvania SteamWorld Dig and its sequel.

However, the Swedish-based developer appears to be branching out and producing their first 3D game exclusively for Xbox’s new console.

The Gunk casts you as a gritty space hauler who stumbles upon a collapsed civilization and discovers a corrupt parasite has been feeding on the planet.

With help from your partner, you’ll investigate the gunk’s origin and try to find a way to stop it from consuming everything in its path.

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.

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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. 

The Warhammer franchise is no stranger to co-op centric experiences, with many citing the Vermintide games as worthy alternatives to the Left 4 Dead games.

Set in the war-ravaged futuristic city of Tertium, Warhammer 40,000: Darktide has up to four players working together to defeat hordes of enemies called Poxwalkers.

Much like Vermintie, the game presents itself as a first-person action game with visceral combat and unique character classes.

A recent gameplay trailer shows off just a few of the weapons we can expect to wield in Darktide, which includes laser-powered rifles and a badass-looking chainsword.

If someone were to invent an H.R. Giger video game-making machine and crank it to its maximum settings, Scorn is the game that would come out the other end.

The first-person horror adventure sees you exploring nightmarish world whose architecture and inhabitants are all constructed entirely of flesh.

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You’re tossed into the game’s maze-like open-world and must progress through each of it’s regions by solving puzzles, connecting doorways, and battling enemies.

It has a strong sense of atmosphere going for it, which is good since it’s being touted as an immersive experience with full character movement, limited inventory, and ammo scarcity.

Echo Generation is a turn-based adventure game from Riverbond developer Cococumber that’s being touted as an Xbox Series X exclusive.

Its sure to take advantage of the console’s hardware capabilities due to the high fidelity of its voxel-based graphics and detailed environments.

The game takes place during the summer of 1993 and sees a group of friends investigating a mysterious crash in their home town.

Combat employs a mix of both real-time and turn-based battles using each character’s unique abilities to earn XP and unlock new skills.

Best described as Starfox for grown-ups, Chorus has you taking control of an ace pilot as she sets out to destroy the cult that created her.

To reach her targets, Nara will have to rely on her skills as a space-combat pilot and sentient starfighter, aptly named Forsaken.

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Gameplay revolves around exploring ancient temples, engaging in energetic zero-g combat, and traveling to distant galaxies just beyond our reach.

It’s unclear where Nara’s rageful journey will end up taking her, but we’re more than happy to come along for the ride, cosmic dogfighting and all.

When life gets us down, sometimes the only remedy is to hop inside a giant mech and blow stuff up until we feel better.

ExoMecha is sure to fill that void while putting its own free-to-play spin on competitive online shooters.

The game boasts next-gen graphics, specialized mech classes, and an assortment of game-changing abilities and gadgets to wield in both PvP and AI boss battles.

Mechs are afforded both close and long-range weapons to help you tackle any challenge while exploring the planet Omecha.

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.

Xbox has always built its brand off of shooters and this generation appears to be no different as CrossFireX makes its way to the Series X as a console exclusive.

While the CrossFire franchise has been around long enough to know what to expect, the fact that the game is being co-developed by two wildly different developers has us intrigued.

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Control developer Remedy Entertainment is posed to work on the game’s single-player campaign while the series’ creator Smilegate focuses on the multiplayer component.

Similar to titles like CS: GO, the game sees two opposing teams competing in a variety of objective-based game modes.

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. 

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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.

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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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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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