2016 had plenty of great Xbox One exclusives, and 2017 looks set to be yet another huge year for Microsoft.
2017 is looking a little thin in the way of Xbox One exclusives, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of great games on the way, not to mention a brand new, ultra-powerful console in the form of Xbox One X, which was finally fully unveiled at E3 2017 in a surprisingly slim form factor.
Microsoft also showed more from its upcoming titles as well as plenty of indie games and some surprise announcements. State of Decay 2, Cuphead , Middle Earth: Shadow of War, Crackdown 3 and Metro: Exodus all got a chance to shine during the conference.
So, without further delay, let’s dig into some of the biggest and best Xbox One games coming our way this year.
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Release Date: September 8, 2017
The sequel to Bungie’s surprisingly beloved sci-fi shooter is coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC in 2017.
While your characters and equipment won’t carry over from the previous iteration, there will still be plenty of awesome new stuff to experience. Including an all new solo campaign, raids, strikes and more. No matter how you slice it, Destiny 2 is bound to offer something special later this year. Unfortunately, Xbox One and PC players will miss out on some exclusive content.
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Platform: Xbox One and PC
Developer: Capybara Games
Below is an unusual indie game that is centred around the concept of exploration. The game is still very mysterious, but you will play as an unnamed adventurer that arrives on a vast island in the middle of an endless ocean, dragging your little boat behind you.
Capybara Games won’t be there to hold your hand in this isolation either. The developer has said there won’t be any tutorials, text or heads-up display, so the exploration concept actually extends to the controls and systems themselves as well as the physical exploration of the island.
There’s definitely a Don’t Starve element to Below, but it’s also one of our most anticipated games of 2016.
Pre-order at Amazon.co.uk from £54.99
Expected release date: TBC 2017
Sea of Thieves
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Platform: Xbox One and PC
Anything created by Rare is usually a massive hit with us. And although we’ve not had a chance to get our hands on it yet, we’re already optimistic about Sea of Thieves.
Yo ho, yo ho a pirate’s life for me. Or it will be in Sea of Thieves anyway. You must decide what kind of pirate you want to be, crew up, and set sail on various voyages. This is a multiplayer game set on the big blue.
Expected release date: Early 2018
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Developer: Sumo Digital
Platform: Xbox One
Microsoft’s idea with Crackdown 3 is that you’ll “never look at another open-world game the same again”. This is a sandbox that positively encourages mayhem and destruction in a futuristic city.
Your task is to stop crime as a Agent of Justice with powerful super-abilities. And to do so you’ll need to create some mayhem.
There’s a cooperative mode and all new multiplayer where your ultimate weapon is destruction.
City, you’ve been warned.
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Developer: Aurora 44
Platform: Xbox One, PC
Mysterious, atmospheric exploration games are a dime a dozen these days, so it takes something special to stand out from the crowd.
Ashen does just that, presenting a sunless, daunting world filled with dangerous creatures such as furry, flying whales. The universe is begging to be explored, and likely holds some interesting secrets.
The combat takes inspiration from Dark Souls, so it should also provide a hefty challenge if the ambiguous world isn’t your cup of tea.
Expected release date: TBA 2016
State of Decay 2
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Developer: Undead Labs
Platform: Xbox One, Windows 10.
The original State of Decay was a surprisingly unique approach to the undead genre, forcing us to focus on survivors, base building and exploration rather than piling through thousands of zombies. Heck, sometimes it was better to avoid them altogether while scouring abandoned suburbs in search of supplies.
Once again developed by Undead Labs, State of Decay 2 continues the co-operative carnage from the first entry with an entirely new open-world. You and up to three friends can team up to build a community, gather supplies and fend off the undead menace. You’ll also need to protect each other whenever possible.
Microsoft is yet to show anything more of the game beyond a brief yet brilliant teaser trailer, so expect more info in 2017.
Expected release date: Early 2018
Red Dead Redemption 2
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Red Dead Redemption 2 stands tall as one of 2017’s most anticipated titles. Rockstar has done a great job of building hype for the game, and its latest trailer has certainly got us excited to explore the Old West once again.
It’s a cross-platform title, but we’re pretty sure it’ll be one of the biggest sellers on every console it comes to, if the GTA V sales figures are anything to go by.
Release date: Spring 2018
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Release Date: TBC 2018
Based on the third entry in the Metro novels, the game will finally see players leave the dark and dank subway tunnels for more open expanses. Enjoy the debut gameplay trailer to see what’s in store in the latest entry in the survival horror series:
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Star Wars Battlefront 2
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Developer: EA DICE
Star Wars Battlefront 2 is set to improve upon its predecessor in all the ways fans wants. DICE is set to deliver a fully-fledged solo campaign alongside a revamped array of multiplayer options.
Kylo Ren, Darth Maul, Yoda, Rey and more are confirmed as playable heroes. Battlefront 2 will draw inspiration from all eras of the iconic sci-fi franchise.
Release Date: November 17
Call of Duty: WWII
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Developer: Sledgehammer Games
Release Date: November 3
Activision and Sledgehammer Games are bringing the iconic series back to its roots with Call of Duty: WWII.
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With a gorgeous and visceral debut trailer, CoD looks like it could be set for an incredible turn to form by returning to what it does best. Promising a “boots on the ground” multiplayer experience, story-driven Nazi Zombies co-op mode and squad-focused single-player campaign, there’s so much to get excited about.
Marvel vs Capcom Infinite
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Release Date: September 19
It’s a good year for fighting games as we get the return of the iconic crossover fighter with Marvel vs Capcom Infinite.
It’s crazy to think that when the series’ last entry first launched, the Marvel Cinematic Universe was just one movie old. But now, with more movies than you can shake a stick at and billions of dollars in Marvel’s bank, Capcom is looking to capitalise on that popularity with a more cinematic look and an all-new story mode to encourage new players to pick up the game.
With a bigger focus on making a fighter more welcoming to newcomers but maintaining its complexity for experienced brawlers, this could be a very exciting fighter.
Far Cry 5
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Release Date: Spring 2018
The latest entry in Ubisoft’s popular shooter franchise takes us to Hope County, Montana. This fictional province is packed with the usual array of dangerous mercenaries and hostile extremists wanting nothing but to hunt the player down with an array of lethal weapons.
Ubisoft is yet to reveal any specifics on Far Cry 5’s story, characters and gameplay, although we’re hoping it expands upon the existing formula while introducing some new and exciting additions. No dinosaurs, but it’ll do.
Forza Motorsport 7
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Developer: Turn 10 Studios
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Launching ahead of Xbox One X later this year, Forza Motorsport 7 will be capable of Full 4K at 60 frames per second on Microsoft’s new console. Chances are, it’ll be one of the best looking racers on the market come this October.
Turn 10 Studios is updating its flagship racing franchise with an array of new vehicles, tracks and more that can only be found in Forza Motorsport 7. While it might not re-invent the franchise with an absurdly different formula, Forza 7 is shaping up to be a worthwhile update to the series.