Best Upcoming Xbox Series X Games 2022 (And Beyond)

Looking forward to playing the latest titles on Xbox first? Join us as we highlight the best upcoming Xbox games coming to Series X/S in 2022!

The Xbox Series X and its less-beefy counterpart, the Series S, have already ushered in a new wave of generation-defining titles for those who like to play on Xbox first.

From action-packed shooters to robust RPGs and everything in between, there’s something new for every kind of Xbox fan.

Here we’ll highlight the best upcoming Xbox Series X games of 2022, including the best new Xbox Series X games dropping this year and beyond.

For more upcoming games, check out growing library of curated lists, and comment below with your most anticipated Xbox games!

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Indie game studio Monomi Park is currently working on a sequel to the bright and bubbly farming sim Slime Rancher.

Continuing with the adventures of Beatrix LeBeau, Slime Rancher 2 sees you venturing to Rainbow Island, a new world brimming with ancient mysteries and exotic wildlife.

Armed with an arsenal of slime-wrangling tools, you’ll collect and breed an assortment of unique slime creatures with distinct traits and personalities.

Once you get a hang of the game’s plort-based economy, you’ll be able to flip resources for Newbucks and spend them on ranch upgrades and new gadgets.

Blizzard has managed to establish Overwatch as one of the best competitive shooters around so it’ll be interesting to see its follow-up take things in a new cooperative direction.

In addition to introducing more heroes like Sojourn and Junker Queen, the game boasts co-op focused Story Missions where players will fight side by side against AI-controlled enemies.

On top of that, Overwatch fans can expect a slew of visual and gameplay improvements over the original game.

Overwatch 2 is due out later this October but if you can’t wait that long, Blizzard is offering instant beta access by pre-ordering the Watchpoint Pack.

A follow-up to the exceptional, award-winning adventure from Asobo Studio has been announced for PC and consoles, releasing sometime in 2022.

Picking up after the first game, A Plague Tale: Requiem follows Amicia and her brother Hugo as they embark on a new quest while trying to escape an evil curse.

Asobo Studios is intentionally keeping the details vague at the moment but judging by the trailer, our brother-sister duo have a lot on their plate.

Additionally, the massive horde of rats is back, only this time under Hugo’s control; how long will that last? We’ll have to wait and see.

Best known for Batman: Arkham Origins, developer WB Games Montréal is back with another game set in the DC Universe.

With the Caped Crusader supposedly dead, Gotham Knights shifts its focus to his super-powered protégés as they’re called to defend Gotham City.

Presented as a co-op-based action RPG for up to four players, the game sees you donning the mantle of Batgirl, Robin, Red Hood, and Nightwing with help from friends.

A single-player mode will also be available, allowing one player to swap between the four characters throughout the campaign.

Inspired by classics like System Shock and Dead Space, The Callisto Protocol is an upcoming survival horror game from Striking Distance Studios.

In it, players are tasked with escaping the maximum-security Black Iron Prison while uncovering a host of terrifying secrets.

The game looks to blend horror, action, and immersive storytelling while also setting a new bar for interactive horror as a whole.

We’ve also learned that it takes place in the same universe as PUBG, for reasons unclear.

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.

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.

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 games like Metro and even Fallout RPGs to some extent, the series suddenly disappeared after just 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 radiation levels, which causes scavengers to develop supernatural abilities that affect traversal and combat.

A new title from Squanch Games, a studio founded by Rick and Morty creator Justin Roiland, has been announced for an October release.

High on Life is a first-person shooter with colorful visuals, strange alien-shaped talking weapons, and a host of equally odd enemies.

In it, players must fight to defend humanity from an alien cartel boss named Garmantuous who’s looking to enslave humanity and turn them into drugs.

Anyone familiar with Justin Roiland’s work will already know what to expect as High on Life looks to be just as weird and outragerous

In 2019, German developer Daedalic Entertainment announced they were working on a licensed game set within The Lord of the Rings universe for next-gen gaming consoles.

The new title is depicted as an action-adventure game that intends to “tell Gollum’s story from a perspective never seen before, in any storytelling medium, all the while staying true and faithful to the legendary books of J.R.R. Tolkien.”

Best described as a cinematic stealth adventure, LOTR: Gollum will have you traversing faithfully detailed environments, many of which have never appeared in a LOTR video game.

With the success of other LOTR spin-offs such as Shadow of Mordor and its subsequent sequel Shadow of War, it’s clear that there’s an audience of players who would jump at the chance to explore Middle-earth from a new point of view.

The Day Before is an upcoming open-world MMO about trying to survive in a deadly post-pandemic United States overrun by flesh-hungry infected and untrustworthy survivors.

After your character awakes with amnesia, they set out to uncover the truth while scavenging for resources to stay alive.

You’ll explore a beautiful world plunged into chaos and search abandoned vehicles, houses, and buildings looking for useful items and defending yourself from enemies.

So far, the game looks surprisingly polished despite not having a confirmed release date, leaving us a bit skeptical as to whether the full game will be as consistent.

Bethesda announced Starfield back in 2018 with a teaser trailer and we haven’t heard much aside from some small leaks of info leading up to an update during E3 2021.

We now know the game will be releasing exclusively for Xbox and PC and coming to Game Pass on launch day.

Similar to previous Bethesda RPGs like Skyrim, Starfield will see players embarking on an epic open-world adventure, only this time in space.

There’s still some mystery surrounding what mankind is turning to the stars in search of, though if we had to wager, it probably has something to do with aliens.

Blood Bowl has never shied away from doing its own thing, blending turn-based strategy, Warhammer lore, and American football into a neat little package.

While among the more niche titles coming to Xbox, Blood Bowl 3 includes a number of improvements and new features that fans of the series will appreciate.

For one, gameplay adheres to the official rules of the latest edition of the board game, complete with new skills and redesigned passing mechanics.

There’s also a new competitive PVP mode that offers new league management tools and a solo campaign open to all 12 included races, with room for customization.

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 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. 

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.

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.

Soup Pot made its debut during E3 2021 and is expected to release by the end of the year, giving you ample time to get through many of the other games already mentioned.

It’s a cooking sim that focuses on creativity and capturing the open-ended nature of home cooking by letting you experiment with different ingredients across 100+ unique recipes.

Unlike other cooking sims that want you to follow specific instructions, Soup Pot keeps things pretty loose, allowing you to see your dishes through to the end, even if they turn out looking like a hot mess.

This includes the option to plate dishes how you see fit and snap pics to share with an in-game social media platform where you can grow an audience and get feedback on your latest creations.

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.

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 to the natural order.

Rare is known for its 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. 

It’s been exciting to see developer Arkane branch out from the Dishonored series and explore new ideas and themes with games like Prey, Deathloop, and now Redfall.

The company’s Austin-based studio is currently working on an open-world co-op shooter centered on a team of survivors battling supernatural forces.

Players will be able to choose their character from a diverse cast with unique abilities before setting off to liberate the small town of Redfall, Massachusetts from vampires.

Considering Arkane Austin has primarily focused on single-player affairs, it’ll be interesting to see how the team approaches a co-op shooter in a post Left 4 Dead world.

2022 will be a big year for DC comics games, with Rocksteady Studios, creators of the Batman: Arkham series, set to release Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League.

It takes place in an open world based on Metropolis and sees players controlling four playable characters that make up the Suicide Squad: Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, Harley Quinn, and King Shark.

The story centers on the four-man wrecking crew as they attempt to defeat Brainiac after he invades Earth and brainwashes the Justice League.

Designed with co-op in mind, Suicide Squad will let players team up with friends throughout the story or play solo, switching between characters and relying on AI teammates.

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