Microsoft built the Xbox brand using beloved series like Halo and Gears Of War, and you can totally expect the Xbox Series X to keep those franchises alive.
Table of Contents
- Bright Memory Infinite
- DiRT 5
- Psychonauts 2
- Destiny 2: Beyond Light
- Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines 2
- The Ascent
- The Medium
- Scarlet Nexus
- Second Extinction: Reclaim Earth
- Forza Motorsport
- Yakuza: Like A Dragon
- Call Of The Sea
- Resident Evil Village
- Orphan Of The Machine
- Halo Infinite
- Battlefield 6
- Gears 5 Enhanced
- The Lord Of The Rings: Gollum
- Assassin's Creed Valhalla
- Marvel's Avengers
- Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2
- Call Of Duty: Warzone
- Dying Light 2
- FIFA 21 and Madden 21
- WRC 9
- Watch Dogs Legion
- Far Cry 6
- Hitman 3
- Dragon Quest XI S
- Echo Generation
- Hello Neighbor 2
- Balan Wonderworld
- State of Decay 3
- Phantasy Star Online 2
- Tell Me Why
- As Dusk Falls
- The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon
- S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2
- Tetric Effect Connected
- The Gunk
But what else will you be playing on Xbox Series X? Here's every game that's been confirmed, or very close to confirmed, so far...
Bright Memory Infinite
Playism is working on an epic-looking shooter game called Bright Memory Infinite, which seems to feature gunplay, swordplay and cool car sequences!
Remedy's hit game is coming to next-gen consoles for free if you buy the upcoming Ultimate Edition, which will contain both DLC packs. If you haven't picked this game up yet and intend to, we'd have to recommend this option, as the base game does not include an upgrade to the Xbox Series X or PS5.
Codemasters is working on DiRT 5, the latest high-speed racing game in the on-going franchise! It will have Smart Delivery, meaning you can pay on Xbox One and then port your progress to Xbox Series X when you upgrade!
Ebb Software is working on Scorn, a creepy-looking game full of skeletons and creatures that probably aren't friendly! We don't know much about the plot yet, but the graphics look great.
Announced in 2015, Psychonauts 2 is coming to the Xbox Series X, although we still don't have a release window.
Raz is seen journeying though a bright psychedelic level, featuring some very interesting enemies and aesthetic choices that you'd expect to see in a Psychonauts sequel.
Featuring psychedelic music from Jack Black, we're incredibly excited to see a sequel to Psychonauts finally come to fruition.
Destiny 2: Beyond Light
A new version Destiny 2 is coming to the Xbox Series X, featuring all the DLC packs and running at 60FPS in Ultra4K.
Deep Silver and Fishblade are working on Chorus, a game that features flying spaceships cavorting through courses. It also has a central female character and awesome graphics.
Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines 2
Paradox Interactive is developing Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines 2, which has been confirmed as an Xbox Series X title! Get ready for vampiric violence and a lot of fun!
Neon Giant and Curve Digital are developing The Ascent, which looks like a dystopian experience with some cyberpunk dressing! Could be great.
The Medium is another Xbox Series X game that has been confirmed, and it's a psychological thriller game with shades of Silent Hill!
Running simultaneous gameplay that plays out across two worlds displayed at the same time, we're excited to see how this actually works when it launches!
Bandai Namco will bring a monster-stuffed game called BLA to Xbox Series X. It is filled with creepy creatures which apparently cannot be hurt, which should be fun! You'll battle through these strange enemies using an array of powers!
Second Extinction: Reclaim Earth
Rally with your squad to blast bullets into dinosaur-like creatures in Second Extinction: Claim Earth, which is exactly what it says on the tin: a game where you battle prehistoric creatures to reclaim the Earth!
Phil Spencer confirmed that Turn 10 Studios are working on a new Forza Motorsport game, which curiosuly was not offifically called Forza Motorsport 8. The game is confirmed to run in 60FPS.
Yakuza: Like A Dragon
A new Yakuza game is on the way, and it's called Yakuza: Like A Dragon! This will be available as an Xbox Series X launch title, and it will be available on Xbox One and PC too.
Call Of The Sea
Out Of The Blue is working on a game called Call Of The Sea, which looks to have all the trappings of an indie gem. It's a first-person adventure game with plentiful puzzles and oceanside antics.
Resident Evil Village
Officially known as RE: Village, the eight instalment of the Resident Evil series is coming to the next-gen consoles in 2021.
Orphan Of The Machine
Here's a bit of a surprising one: a developer called Dynamic Voltage is working on a game called Orphan Of The Machine for Xbox Series X, which will put players in the role of a dolphin with missiles. You can learn more at this link.
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The first game announced for the console, this one was set to launch alongside the console towards the end of the year.
However, 343 Industries have since announced that the game will be delayed until 2021, citing the Covid-19 pandemic as disrupting development.
We got a first-look at Campaign gameplay during the Xbox Games Showcase, which you can see here.
Running in 4K at 60 FPS, with the game's campaign appearing to be less linear than previous Halo titles. 343 Industries claim that this new Halo Ring is several times larger than any other campaign.
We know from the trailers that it involves Master Chief fighting back against the Banished, but that's about it. There are gaps that still need filling in from the end of Halo 5. The graphics look nice, though, and the game will also be available on Xbox One.
EA has promised that Battlefield 6 will launch in 2021, making the most of next-gen hardware on Xbox Series X and PS5. You can expect more shooter action with better graphics than ever, and there should be minimal loading screens too.
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Gears 5 Enhanced
It’s the Gears 5 you know, but enhanced for Xbox Series X. This has already been shown as a demonstration to give people an idea of how a game from a previous generation could run, and it looked beautiful with the next-gen boost. Time will tell if there’s also a Gears 6 arriving soon, but having ‘Enhanced’ out in time for launch would be a great way to introduce new players to the franchise.
The Lord Of The Rings: Gollum
From the Hamburg-based developers at Daedalic Entertainment comes a next-gen reimagining of the iconic LOTR saga, told from the sneaky perspective of Gollum. It will also be available on PS5 and PC.
This was a surprise announcement to many, as it's a remake to the first game from eighteen years ago. First appearing as a ‘test demo’ on Steam in December, THQ Nordic decided to go ahead full-steam with a remake for PC and next-gen consoles. There’s been no date set for this, so perhaps it's a 2021 release.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
The Viking-stuffed Assassin's Creed Valhallawill span the generational divide, being playable on PS5, Xbox Series X, PS4, Xbox One, Stadia and PC. On a next-gen console like the Series X, we'd expect the bloody murders to look better than ever.
Marvel's Avengers is one of the PS4 games confirmed to be making its way to the PS5 for free if you own it on the PS4. We've already learned quite a lot about this game from trailers and its Amazon listing, and it appears to follow The Avengers five years after they disbanded following the A-Day disaster, with Kamala Khan seeking to reform the team and take down AIM.
Developed by People Can Fly, it’s scheduled for release in ‘Holiday 2020’ (the exact same ETA as the next-gen consoles). This game is a sci-fi shooter set on a dangerous world that mankind has tried and failed to conquer. You'll be battling monsters and human weirdos with a squad of superpowered soldiers. It'll be available on Xbox Series X, PS5, Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2
Ninja Theory's Hellblade 2 has also been confirmed for Xbox Series X, with the debut trailer for the game launching alongside the first images of the console.
Set in Iceland, Hellblade 2 will utilise the power of Unreal Engine 5 to create a truly breathtaking experience for players.
Call Of Duty: Warzone
Infinity Ward has confirmed that they will continue to support Call Of Duty: Warzoneon Xbox Series X and PS5, which will have fans hoping for a visual upgrade and perhaps even a new map to play around in.
Dying Light 2
Techland has announced that Dying Light 2 will span the generations, too, coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X as well as their current-gen predecessors. This could be one of the first major horror games that you play on next-gen hardware.
FIFA 21 and Madden 21
EA has confirmed that FIFA 21 and the next Madden 21 game are still on track, so it seems inevitable that they will show up on next-gen consoles like the Xbox Series X and the PS5. Madden 21 was formally confirmed in a recent video!
Nacon's FIA World Rally Championship series is still going strong, and it has been confirmed that WRC 9 will ship on PS5 and Xbox Series X. We're imagining next-gen racing to be more thrilling than ever.
Watch Dogs Legion
Ubisoft has confirmed that Watch Dogs Legion will launch for the Xbox Series X and the PS5 as well as the Xbox One and PS4. Set in London, Legion utilises a class-based system as you take down the authoritarian law enforcement group, Albion.
Ubisoft's Rainbow Six Siege will also make the jump to next-gen, making the most of the Smart Delivery service that Microsoft is promising.
Far Cry 6
First shown off at the Ubisoft Forward event (after, as expected for a Ubisoft game, leaking early), Far Cry 6 takes place on the fictional island of Yara, where you are tasked with taking down a Dictator (played by Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito) using modern-day guerilla tactics.
Far Cry 6 will release on February 18 2021 for the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Stadia, Epic Games and Uplay.
The World of Assassination trilogy comes to a conclusion with Hitman 3, current slated for release in 2021 for Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, PS5 and PC.
Dragon Quest XI S
During Geoff Keighley's pre-show event, it was revealed that the latest Dragon Quest is coming to Xbox in December.
While this game is already on Nintendo and PlayStation consoles, Dragon Quest XI is the first of the series to come to the Xbox.
Exomecha is TwistedRed's brand new free-to-play online FPS coming to the Series X in late 2021.
From its description, Echomecha is an immersive experience with team-based large scale battles and is filled to the brim with robots and mecha-dragons.
Giving off HUGE Stranger Things vibes, Echo Generation is a turn-based adventure game created by Cococucumber, coming in 2021. Its blocky graphics style is perfectly complemented by some fantastic enemy and boss design.
Hello Neighbor 2
Hello Neighbor is getting a sequel! This infamous stealth horror game gained immense popularity on YouTube when it first launched, and its sequel looks even creepier. What are those beaked creatures?
Square Enix's new brand, Balan Company, is creating Balan Wonderworld, with Yuji Naka and Hishima finally working together again.
This game follows 12 unique characters each at a turning point in their life, who come to the Balan Theatre to escape negative emotions and rediscover themselves.
With over 80 different costumes that unlock different actions and abilities, get ready to play what Square describes as "the action game of action games."
State of Decay 3
A brand-new State of Decay is coming to the Xbox Series X. No release date was shown, but the graphics look superb.
Phantasy Star Online 2
A new Phantasy Star Online 2 expansion is slated to come to the Xbox Series X in 2021, featuring a new open-world called New Genesis.
Tell Me Why
A new narrative-driven story focused on memories created by Dontnod (makers of Life is Strange) is coming to the Xbox Series X. The first chapter of Tell Me Why launches on August 27 for the Xbox One on Game Pass.
Set in a fictional Alaskan town, Tell Me Why focuses on Tyler and Alyson Ronan, two reunited twins, who use their special bond to unravel the memories of their troubled childhood.
As Dusk Falls
Created by a former Quantic Dreams designer, Interior/Night's new interactive drama, As Dusk Falls, will tell a "multi-generational story set in the American Southwest."
The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon
DLC for The Outer Worlds launches on September 9, taking place on the planet of Gorgon. Obsidian Entertainment confirmed it will be coming to the Series X. This is the first of two story-driven DLC packs.
This survival game sees players shrunk down to a miniture size, forced to fight spiders and other insects at ground-level. Coming to Xbox One and Steam Early Access on July 28, we can't wait to spend time getting terrified in a backyard!
Obsidian also revealed their new, expansive, first-person RPG. Avowed is being built from the ground up to create an epic RPG tailored for the Xbox Series X.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 is coming to the Xbox Series X during its launch window. We'll see a return to The Zone in a more open-world format, but other than that know very little about the survival horror FPS game.
GSC has hinted it may be coming out in 2021, but as the trailer "demonstrates the level of graphics and atmosphere we are aiming to achieve on release" rather than being taken from its in-game engine, we're not sure how far along S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 is.
Tetric Effect Connected
Tetris Effect is coming to the Xbox Series X in Holiday 2020, with an extra emphasis on its All-New Multiplayer mode.
The Gunk, a new Xbox exclusive from the SteamWorld team is coming in 2001. Featuring slimy parasites, a dying planet and power gloves, this is one we'll keep our eyes on for more gameplay.
The worst-kept secret in gaming is finally out! A new Fable game from Playground Games is slated for the Xbox Series X. We only saw a teaser trailer, but this 'one last thing' is sure to excite many old school Xbox fans!
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