The Xbox Series X console may still be a number of months away from launching, but that hasn’t stopped Microsoft from revealing a slew of games that will head over to the next-gen console.
While we obviously haven’t been able to play any of these titles yet, we’ve looked through all of the trailers and gameplay videos these games have to offer and picked out the best Xbox Series X games coming our way.
We’ll be updating this list frequently throughout the next few months, as Microsoft has promised to unveil even more first- and third-party games fairly soon – but for now, have a look below at the best Xbox Series X games already confirmed and start planning which games you intend to play.
Developer: CD Projekt Red
Release Date: April 16, 2020
Whenever Cyberpunk 2077 has been showcased to the general public on the world stage, it has been given a helping hand by Xbox. It’s reveal “hacked” a press conference while the legendary announcement of Keanu Reeves as Johnny Silverhands had the Microsoft Theatre audience losing their minds. Trust us, and we were there.
It was a wonderful moment and an indicator of the deep relationship between these two companies. So, chances are, if Cyberpunk 2077 ever comes to Xbox Series X, it will look absolutely gorgeous. CD Projekt Red has already confirmed that its upcoming RPG will scale well with future technology, so perhaps we’ll see an enhanced port or ‘GOTY Edition’ in the coming years. Either way, we cannot wait to finally play it.
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Developer: 343 Industries
Release Date: Winter 2020
It’s been almost four years since the release of Halo 5: Guardians, which is a long absence from Master Chief and company, especially when The Reclaimer Trilogy remains unsolved after a truly epic cliffhanger. Cortana has gone rogue, taking control of UNSC systems across the galaxy. Oh, and she’s found another Halo ring, meaning she could bring the entire universe down with her if Chief, Arbiter and friends don’t stop her before it’s too late.
According to 343 Industries, Halo Infinite will continue this story, despite not being a numbered entry in the franchise. It’s heading in a new direction, aiming to depict wider environments and more ambitious mechanics all made possible by Slipstream Engine. Chances are you’ll be teaming up with friends, taking on missions and finally concluding a narrative we’ve been waiting years to see come to fruition. It’s time to finish the fight.
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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Release Date: 2020
Following in the footsteps of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, the next entry in Ubisoft’s open-world series will take players to The Viking Age scattered across Great Britain, Norway and Scandinavia. It’s poised to be a vast, beautiful and ambitious adventure which will build further upon the series’ growing adoption of RPG mechanics.
Much like Odyssey, you can choose between a male or female protagonist, and will have your very own settlement to grow and mould into your own virtual home throughout the game’s campaign. Chances are its occupants, atmosphere and morales will be influenced by your own decisions. Obviously, players can once again expect the franchises’ signature exploration, combat and massive sense of scope, pushed even further with next-gen consoles.
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Release Date: TBA
Dirt 5 is officially the first racing game officially confirmed for Xbox Series X. While a Forza title is almost guaranteed to arrive within the first year of the Xbox Series launch, the Dirt 5 reveal will no doubt be great news for all racing fans.
The reveal trailer showed that the various Dirt 5 tracks would take place all across the globe, inducing New York, China, Italy and Brazil. Codemasters also said there will be the widest array of cars available to drive in a Dirt game yet.
Details were also offered for the career mode, with industry legends Nolan North and Troy Baker confirmed to be lending their voices to some significance characters in the story.
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Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
Developer: Hardsuit Labs
Release Date: 2020
This bizarre trailer, featuring human puppets hung up around a Christmas tree, confirmed that the long-anticipated Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 will be heading to Xbox Series X.
The new trailer showed a sneak peek of the first-person action, featuring the vampire superpowers at your disposal so you can carve up enemies with bloody abandon. The trailer’s tone and soundtrack also suggest this title will have a wicked sense of humour.
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Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Developer: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios
Release Date: Holiday 2020
Yakuza: Like a Dragon is already available on PS4 in Japan, having been released back in January 2020. But while it had been previously expected to launch in Europe as a PS4 exclusive, it’s welcome news indeed to hear it will be making the jump to Xbox Series X, Xbox One and Windows PC too.
For those unfamiliar, Yakuza: Like a Dragon is a role-playing video game set in Yokohama in Japan. It’s the 8th entry into the Yakuza series and follows the format of giving the player an avalanche of side-quests to take part in, including kart racing.
Madden NFL 21
Developer: EA Tiburon
Release Date: 2020
EA and Microsoft partnered up to confirm Madden NFL 21 is heading to the Xbox Series X this year. This may be one of the most predictable entries on this list, but will no doubt excite fans of American Football.
Unfortunately, it looks to be too early for EA to divulge any details for the upcoming sports game, with the Inside Xbox event only really confirming that the game will be heading to next-gen consoles and will support the Smart Delivery feature, which bags you a free copy of the Xbox Series X version if you buy it one Xbox One beforehand.
Hellblade 2: Senua’s Saga
Developer: Ninja Theory
Release Date: November 2020
Ninja Theory is one of many studios now living under the Microsoft umbrella, developing games exclusively for Xbox platforms and PC. So, it’s no surprise the company has used this newly acquired ownership to develop a sequel to Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. The original was an immensely personal journey which delved into the themes of mental health like few games had and left a huge impression as a result.
We know little about Senua’s Saga thus far, beyond the fact it will be available on Xbox Series X and will once again star the titular character of Senua. Despite its excellent storytelling, the combat and puzzles of the first were decidedly underbaked, holding it back from greatness for many. If Ninja Theory can create something with more mechanical complexity with the heart-wrenching story intact, it could be something special.