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The Biggest Upcoming Xbox Games
Xbox owners are getting a long list of huge and exciting games in the years to come.
The Xbox Series X|S is one of the most exciting console generations we've seen from Microsoft, combining powerful hardware and ease-of-use through the addition of cloud gaming options and an Xbox Game Pass subscription. If you're a fan of genres like first-person shooter, role-playing, and racing, you have a lot of huge and exciting games to look forward to. Below is a list of some of our most anticipated upcoming Xbox games, listed in alphabetical order.
Assassin's Creed Infinity
The Assassin's Creed series will grow in a big way with a new game in development under the code name Assassin's Creed Infinity. It reportedly features live-service functionality and will include all the elements of the series that fans know and love, according to Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot. The game will apparently comprise multiple historical settings, which would be a big departure for the series. Assassin's Creed Infinity is reportedly still a long ways off, as reports say it's not expected to release until 2024 at the soonest. Despite that far-off date, it's one of our most anticipated upcoming games and we can't wait to see more.
Obsidian Entertainment had the chance to make its own Fallout game, but it has never had a shot at a fantasy first-person game like The Elder Scrolls. It's finally getting its shot with Avowed, an RPG set in the world of Eora--first featured in the Pillars of Eternity games. It looks to be very early in development, but seeing as the game is coming to Xbox Series X|S and PC only, it won't have to compromise in order for it to run properly on last-gen hardware. It's also far more likely we'll see it before The Elder Scrolls VI, but more on that in a little bit. Avowed is coming to Xbox Series X|S and PC.
New BioWare Games
Veteran RPG studio BioWare is coming back with two major upcoming projects, including new Dragon Age and Mass Effect games. These are two of our most anticipated upcoming Xbox Series X games. We don't know much about either, but BioWare recently released new teaser art for the Mass Effect game on N7 day, teasing the return of the Geth. As for Dragon Age, we know the new game is set in Tevinter, but that's about it. Despite the lack of information, we're incredibly excited to see what BioWare can achieve with both new RPGs.
The Callisto Protocol
The Callisto Protocol is a new horror game set in the PUBG universe and is developed by some of the people who worked on Dead Space. It is a third-person horror game from Dead Space designer Glen Schofield's new team at Striking Distance Studios, and it's in the works for Xbox Series X. Set in the future on Jupiter's moon, Callisto, the game puts you into the shoes of an outer space prisoner who must fight against alien creatures. Not much is known about The Callisto Protocol, but the premise is intriguing and we're excited to see more.
CrossfireX is the Xbox version of a PC-based shooter that found huge success in China and South Korea, with a variety of free online multiplayer modes--including asymmetrical options--and high levels of customization. However, what really makes CrossfireX exciting is its campaign mode, which was developed by Remedy Entertainment of Max Payne and Control fame. The cinematic storytelling and sci-fi wrinkles should make it much more interesting than it appears at first glance, and it could become just as big a hit in the North America as it was in Asia. But first impressions are everything, so we'll just have to wait and see when it comes to Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One later this year.
Dead Space Remake
Dead Space is being remade by EA for release on Xbox Series X. Motive Studios is bringing the game back with a remake of sorts set for release in 2022. This will be the first new game in the series since Dead Space 3, and it promises to use the power of the Xbox Series X in a number of ways, including to offer a seamless experience with no loading screens. EA has said the game will remain faithful to the original, though it will cut some elements that didn't work and expand upon the original, including by giving Isaac a voice. Several developers who worked on the original game, including art director Mike Yazijan, have returned for the remake, which is probably good news for its prospects.
Development continues on Diablo IV, which is one of our most anticipated upcoming releases for Xbox Series X. The game adopts an open-world approach this time, and it's putting more of a focus on PvP this time. Hopefully Blizzard will show and discuss more of Diablo IV in 2022 to help ease the wait. But any discussion of the game is not complete without noting Blizzard has been making headlines of late over its workplace culture, including the bombshell revelation that CEO Bobby Kotick knew about and covered up instances of sexual harassment and other abuse.
One of 2022's most anticipated games is Elden Ring for Xbox Series X. Developed by From Software (Bloodborne, Dark Souls), Elden Ring is another dark fantasy RPG directed by Hidetaka Miyzaki with a story molded in part by George R.R. Martin. Players enter a big open world and take on a variety of otherworldly creatures in their attempt to restore the Elden Ring. Based on what we've seen and played so far, Elden Ring seems to offer combat mechanics that seem challenging but ultimately fair and rewarding. We can't wait to play Elden Ring.
The Elder Scrolls VI
In addition to Starfield, Bethesda Game Studios is developing The Elder Scrolls VI, and it's unquestionably one of the industry's most-anticipated games. After Skyrim's unbelievable and enduring success over the past 10 years, Bethesda is following it up with a sequel that has very big shoes to fill. We've only seen a brief teaser trailer so far, but it was enough to get fans hyped. Specifics about the story and direction of the game are unknown, but we do know that The Elder Scrolls VI (and Starfield, for that matter) will be powered by a brand-new engine that Bethesda boss Todd Howard says represents the biggest overhaul ever, "maybe even larger than Morrowind to Oblivion." Players can look forward to advancements to rendering, animation, pathing, and procedural generation, among other things, which is exciting to think about.
What is Everwild? We don't really know, and it doesn't appear Rare does, either, despite the studio being its developer--an early trailer showed a whimsical forest filled with magic, but the studio reportedly had trouble nailing down core design elements early on. These included a mandate to feature no combat, and it's going to be at least a few years before it releases. At the time of its announcement, it was primarily a third-person adventure game "with god game elements," according to VGC, and it appears Rare doesn't want to rush into showing off more until it nails down exactly how to move forward on the project.
The Fable series has been on ice for a number of years, with a multiplayer spin-off getting canceled after its beta period last generation and the panned Fable: The Journey releasing for Kinect on Xbox 360 before that. However, the newest game, which is apparently a reboot touted as a "new beginning" for the series, is developed by the open-world masters at Playground Games. Thus far, the studio's output has been limited to the Forza Horizon games, so it remains to be seen how it will handle a fantasy RPG, but with a growing team and the increased power of the Xbox Series X, Fable will hopefully better realize the vision Peter Molyneux put forth so many years ago.
The other half of the Forza franchise, Forza Motorsport appears to be getting a reboot of sorts with the simply titled, well, Forza Motorsport. Developed by longtime Forza studio Turn 10, the game will only be available on Xbox Series X|S and PC, meaning it should be able to better leverage the consoles' hardware than had it also been developed for Xbox One. The game doesn't yet have a release window or many gameplay details, but an in-engine teaser trailer is so stunningly realistic that it's difficult to tell it's actually a video game and not real life. Whether the rest of the game can match that staggering achievement remains to be seen.
Gotham Knights, the upcoming DC action game, was delayed from 2021 to 2022, and it is one of our most anticipated new releases for Xbox Series X in the new year. Batgirl, Robin, Nightwing, and Red Hood come together in what looks like an ambitious open-world crime caper where players square off against a variety of iconic DC villains. Batman is presumed dead, so players must work together to save Gotham in Batman's absence.
Grand Theft Auto V
The enduringly popular open-world action game Grand Theft Auto V is only expanding its reach further with a release on new-gen platforms in 2022. The game is coming to Xbox Series X in March 2022, following a delay from its previously announced target release date of Fall 2021. GTA 5 on Xbox Series X will benefit from the console's increased horsepower for faster loading times and visual improvements. A standalone edition of GTA Online is also on the way for those who only want to play the online multiplayer element of Rockstar's opus.
To make you feel old, remember that the Harry Potter series marks its 20th anniversary in 2021. The magical fantasy series is not slowing down, as a big new open-world game called Hogwarts Legacy is slated to launch in 2022 for Xbox Series X. Set in the 1880s at the famous magical school, Hogwarts Legacy lets players choose a house and then become a witch or a wizard as they set out on a journey of magic and mystery. The controversial author of the series, J.K. Rowling, is not directly involved in the project.
Thanks to Lucasfilm expanding its licensing deals, we're getting more games based on the company's iconic franchises, and one of these is a new Indiana Jones game from the makers of the new Wolfenstein games. That's right, MachineGames is making a new Indiana Jones game, and it should be familiar territory, as the studio knows a thing or two about games about Nazis. Very little is known about the Indiana Jones game, but Bethesda veteran Todd Howard--an Indiana Jones superfan--is producing it. In fact, he's been trying to get it off the ground for a decade already, so it's been a long time in the works. Given that MachineGames is now owned by Xbox, you can expect the title to be exclusive to Xbox and PC, but this hasn't been confirmed.
XCOM series developer Firaxis Games is taking on the Marvel license for its next game, which is Midnight Suns for Xbox Series X. A tactical turn-based game, Midnight Suns features a handful of famous Marvel characters like Iron Man, Captain America, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, and Wolverine. Like the Fire Emblem series, players can build relationships with the famous Marvel characters as they take on the role of a new hero named The Hunter. Players use ability cards on each turn and must strategize intelligently to get the upper hand.
Blizzard's Overwatch 2 is one of our most anticipated upcoming Xbox Series X games. The sequel aims to push the franchise forward with new PvP and PvE modes, while fans can also expect more heroes and maps. Additionally, Overwatch 1 and 2 will share heroes and maps, and you don't have to worry about past purchases going away, as anything you bought for Overwatch 1 will carry forward to the sequel if you decide to upgrade. Perhaps the biggest change we know about so far is that matches are now 5v5 instead of 6v6. Overwatch 2 doesn't have a release date yet, but Blizzard recently delayed the game due in part to the pandemic. Blizzard has been making headlines lately over reports about its workplace culture, including how Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick reportedly knew about and covered up instances of sexual harassment and other abuse.
Created by new studio The Initiative and billed as a "AAAA" game, whatever that actually means, Perfect Dark is an espionage game the follows in the footsteps of Rare's original adventures starring Joanna Dark. A short teaser trailer focused on the role corporations had in the continued dystopian unraveling of mankind is all we've been shown for the game thus far, though it does confirm that Joanna herself will be featured in the game. The Initiative aims to "re-imagine" the franchise for a new generation, though it remains to be seen exactly how that will play out. The original Nintendo 64 game took heavy inspiration from Rare's previous title, GoldenEye 007.
A new James Bond game from the makers of Hitman is coming to Xbox Series X. Developed by IO Interactive, the new title, Project 007 as it's known for now, is one of our most-anticipated upcoming games. Developed alongside movie studio MGM, Project 007 is a third-person action game that tells an original origin story for the British superspy. IO is an accomplished, seasoned studio well-versed in the action category, so it's exciting to think about what the team could achieve in the James Bond universe. We hope to see and learn more about Project 007 in the New Year.
Rainbow Six Extraction
After enjoying great, ongoing success with Rainbow Six Siege, Ubisoft is returning to the Tom Clancy series with a new game, Rainbow Six Extraction. Due for release in January 2022 on Xbox Series X, the game includes a number of features and elements from Siege. However, Ubisoft maintains that Siege and Extraction are different enough to appeal to different audiences. In Extraction, players team up to fight against alien enemies, for example. Extraction is a budget-priced game ($40), and it includes Buddy Pass tokens that you can give to friends that allow them to play as much as they want at no cost for two weeks.
The next game from Arkane Studios--creators of the Dishonored series and Deathloop--Redfall looks to be quite a big departure. The cooperative first-person shooter, coming Summer 2022 to Xbox Series X|S and PC, tasks you and your friends from destroying the vampire plague that has overrun the titular town. It allows for single-player gameplay, as well, and Arkane promises that it retains the studio's signature level design to help it stand out from other cooperative shooters with character customization and special abilities. Alongside vampires, human enemies dedicated to worshiping the vampires will also stand in your way, and hopefully your bullets' way.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl
The dark, atmospheric S.T.A.L.K.E.R. was an underappreciated gem in the mid-2000s. Its influence can be found quite clearly in series like Metro, and it helped spark an interest in Chernobyl-set video games, but the series itself had been on hold for over a decade. It had also been a PC exclusive up to this point, but S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl will be coming to both PC and Xbox Series X|S in April 2022. Like its predecessors, it will put a heavy focus on survival as opposed to all-out action, and the character-creation tools allowed the developers to make shockingly realistic models--right down to their teeth.
Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2
The first Hellblade was a flawed but refreshingly unique take on the hack-and-slasher, combining it with a psychological horror tale focused on the mental health of Senua as she attempts to save her dead lover's soul. Now with the backing of Microsoft, formerly independent studio Ninja Theory is revisiting Senua with Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2, sending Senua to Iceland for reasons currently unclear. Trailers showing in-engine footage--coupled with lead actor Milena Juergens' expressive physical acting--show that the power of the new systems should make for even more impactful moments when it eventually releases.
The next role-playing game from the legendary Bethesda Game Studios--and the first not involving The Elder Scrolls or Fallout--Starfield is aiming for something remarkably different from either series. Its approach to science-fiction role-playing will be grounded in reality, fitting into the "hard sci-fi" subgenre associated with films like Arrival and The Martian. Given the emphasis science-fiction games tend to put on realizing the impossible, this should certainly make Starfield stand out, and you can still expect immense scale and plenty of exploration opportunities when it hits Xbox Series X|S and PC in November 2022.
State of Decay 3
Zombie games are so common nowadays that you can barely go a week without a new one releasing, but Undead Labs' State of Decay games are unique in how they blend direct third-person action with base and resource management. The result is a story all your own, and one that often leads to unexpected outcomes. With the studio now part of Microsoft, it will hopefully receive an even larger budget in order to polish State of Decay 3 when it eventually releases, as some bugs and a few other rough edges were among the only things holding its predecessor back from greatness.
Stranger of Paradise
Square Enix is making a Final Fantasy prequel game called Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin, and it's one of our most anticipated upcoming Xbox Series X games. Developed by Team Ninja, Stranger of Paradise appears to adopt more of a Nioh-like gameplay formula into the Final Fantasy dynamic. According to Square Enix, Stranger of Paradise will feel different from previous Final Fantasy games but still has "the blood of Final Fantasy [running] through its veins." The game features real-time combat and players can take on a variety of jobs as they use magic and physical attacks. Team Ninja has a style and reputation of its own from the Ninja Gaiden series, and we're excited to see how those skills and sensibilities are applied to Final Fantasy.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
Rocksteady, the UK studio that made the Batman: Arkham games, is returning with Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League for Xbox Series X. It's the studio's first new game since 2015's Arkham Knight, so we're excited to finally play Rocksteady's latest. The game features members of the Suicide Squad you may remember from the films and comics, including Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Boomerang, and King Shark. A 1-4 player co-op game, Kill the Justice League puts players on a mission to… kill the Justice League. Intriguingly, Rocksteady's Sefton Hill has said some of the narrative threads from the Arkham trilogy will carry forward to the new game, but the specifics are unclear. We're excited to see more of and finally play the game in 2022.
Tiny Tina's Wonderlands
Borderlands developer Gearbox is making a spin-off of sports called Tiny Tina's Wonderlands, and it's coming to Xbox Series X in March 2022. The game features the voices of very funny people Andy Samberg, Wanda Sykes, and Will Arnett, while Ashly Burch returns to voice Tiny Tina herself. Gearbox describes the game as an "epic high fantasy take on the looter shooter genre" that Gearbox pioneered with Borderlands. Players will shoot, slash, and cast magical spells to try to take down the evil dragon lord. The game also supports co-op for up to four players, and endgame content that is replayable.
The Outer Worlds 2
Obsidian Entertainment spent years making sequels to already-established IP like Fallout and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, but in recent years, it has been able to flex its creative muscles with wholly original creations. The Outer Worlds was a short-but-sweet first-person RPG that mixed biting political satire with great characters and a unique approach to character progression that allowed you to permanently hamstring your own abilities in order to increase them in another area. The Outer Worlds 2, now made with the company as an internal Microsoft studio, looks to improve on the original, hopefully making it just a bit longer in the process.
Eagerly anticipated by several of us at GameSpot, Tunic--or "the cute fox game," as we like to call it--is a classic exploration action-adventure in the vein of Zelda, and the developer specifically took inspiration from the original game because of its lack of direction or clear objectives given to the player. This is what encourages true exploration and discovery, which is at the heart of any good adventure game, and the puzzles will also not be so "video gamey" so as to break the immersion. Tunic still doesn't have a release date, but it will be available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.
Ubisoft's New Star Wars
With EA losing the exclusive Star Wars game license, Lucasfilm is turning to other studios to make new games, and one such project is a new title from Ubisoft for Xbox Series X. The team that made The Division is taking on Star Wars next, but unfortunately there isn't much to go on. Ubisoft has said only that it's a "story-driven" game that uses The Division's Snowdrop engine. The Division's Julian Gerighty is the creative director for the untitled new Star Wars game, which doesn't have a release date yet, but we're definitely excited about it.
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