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Upcoming Xbox Series X games

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All the upcoming Xbox Series X games confirmed and rumoured for 2020 and beyond

DiRT 5


Release date: October 9, 2020 (specific Xbox Series X release date TBC)
Developer / Publisher: Codemasters
Genre: Racing
Return to the ultimate off-road driving experience with DiRT 5, the brand new game from Codemasters. This time around it's going even more extreme, with a narrative-driven career mode featuring top-class voice acting talent including Nolan North and Troy Baker. It's also focused on non-linear progression so that you can play more of what you want. Codemasters is even offering more ways to play too, with the return of four-player split-screen modes, and a new game mode that is designed specifically for social couch play or global online battles. Enjoy all this across a global stage too, with settings such as New York City and Rio de Janeiro alongside remote areas of China and Greece.
Tetris Effect: Connected



Release date: Holiday 2020
Developer / Publisher: Enhance
Genre: Puzzle
Tetris Effect: Connected is a re-released of the brilliant 2019 Tetris Effect, but this time it's coming with brand new multiplayer modes based around co-op, as well as local and online competitive play. For those out of the loop, Tetris Effect presented Tetris in a never-before seen manner, like some kind of neon acid trip, complete with whales, pyramids and more. It's the most immersive version of the classic game to date, and an absolute joy for eyes and ears.
Halo Infinite

Release date: Holiday 2020
Developer / Publisher: 343 Industries / Microsoft
Genre: Action / Adventure

The next chapter of the iconic space shooter is perfectly timed to be a show pony for the new Xbox Series X, even if it will also be released on the "entire Xbox family of devices" including Windows PCs. It's being built on a new engine, Slipspace, and the trailer certainly looks real pretty. As for the story, we know it'll continue Master Chief's s journey and, according to Chris Lee, studio head on Halo Infinite, will "mark the beginning of a new chapter and challenge for the Chief, but it will also respect and continue threads that led to this point." We'll meet new characters, like the Pilot, and - most excitingly - some of the sound effects were provided by a pug called Gyoza.
The Medium

Release date: Holiday 2020
Developer / Publisher: Bloober Team
Genre: Horror

Layers of Fear and Blair Witch devs Bloober appear to be having a stab at a very Silent Hill sounding game with The Medium. And, most importantly, Akira Yamaoka is working on the soundtrack. Yes. The Silent Hill composer, Akira Yamaoka. Kind of a big deal there. The pitch even has a very familiar feel as it follows a medium called Marianne dealing with two worlds - the real one, and a spirit realm. And the story involves child murder, with Marianne visiting an abandoned hotel resort to try and unravel bad things that happened in the past. The only way it could sound more Silent Hill right now is if they added the name to the title.
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2



Release date: Holiday 2020
Developer / Publisher: Ninja Theory / Microsoft
Genre: Adventure
A surprise sequel to Hellblade was revealed alongside the Xbox Series X itself. Called Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2, we don't know actually that much about the game's story yet. The trailer itself doesn't give too much away – apart from the fact it looks fantastically glorious running in-engine – it definitely feels like it takes the same dark, terrifying tone as its source material. It's foreboding bonfires, weird-ass chanting and more, which all suggest yet another harrowing journey for our heroine.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon



Release date: Holiday 2020
Developer / Publisher: Sega
Genre: Adventure
Originally released in Japan earlier this year, Yakuza: Like a Dragon is now going to be released as a launch title for Xbox Series X, taking full advantage of the new smart delivery technology so that anyone who buys the game on Xbox One will get a free upgrade to the Series X version. Sega describes Like a Dragon as an 'explosive new entry point' into the series, and that's because it's the first to feature turn-based combat instead of the traditional beat 'em up style, in an attempt to transform the game into more of an action RPG than other series' entries.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla



Release date: November 2020
Developer / Publisher: Ubisoft
Genre: Action / RPG
Buy: Assassin's Creed pre-orders
Prepare to step into the shoes of Viking Eivor with Assassin's Creed Valhalla. You're about to fight for the future of your tribe against the brutal backdrop of the English Dark Ages. The latest historical playground will have you building and cultivating your settlement, protecting your people, raiding your enemies, and increasing your political power as you discover the difficulties of existing in this time period. Leaning more into the RPG elements of more recent Assassin's Creed entries, you'll have dialogue options to make, political allegiances to forge, and a blade or two to sharpen along the way.
Outriders



Release date: TBC 2020
Developer / Publisher: People Can Fly / Square Enix
Genre: RPG / Shooter
After fleeing Earth post-apocalypse, humanity arrives on Enoch. But rather than finding something that might save humanity, they found something that corrupts them, transforming them into all powerful beings. It's called The Anomaly, and seems to be an immense energy storm that turns them into beings that channel the Vanguard strand of the Mass Effect games.

Watch Dogs Legion



Release date: TBC 2020
Developer / Publisher: Ubisoft Toronto / Ubisoft
Genre: Action / Adventure
Buy: Watch Dogs Legion pre-orders
Watch Dogs Legion takes the hacking gameplay that has made the series so well-known and then gives you London and all its inhabitants to use it against. Set in a post-Brexit dystopian London, you don't play as a single-protagonist anymore, but rather a team of hackers that you've built yourself, by choosing from the vast plethora of NPCs that make up London's residents. Each will have their own backstory, skills and abilities, strengths and weaknesses, and can also suffer from a touch of the old permadeath. So be careful with your spy grandma. Elsewhere you'll be hacking the drones and other tech that makes up London's infrastructure and security, in order to take down DedSec once again.
Gods & Monsters



Release date: TBC 2020
Developer / Publisher: Ubisoft Quebec / Ubisoft
Genre: Action / Adventure
Described as a "storybook adventure", we're already a little bit in love with Gods and Monsters. The cinematic trailer, which you can watch above, has given us a glimpse of what this game – brought to you from the team behind Assassin's Creed Odyssey, who are already very familiar with Greek gods and goddesses – will offer you. It's a beautifully stylized fantasy world, where you play as a warrior who's been called in to help save the Greek gods. It's clearly going to be a legendary journey, where you'll meet the likes of Medusa, and other Greek deities, as you work to take down Typhon, the most deadly creature in all of Greek mythology, and all his spawned monsters.
Rainbow Six Quarantine



Release date: TBC 2020
Developer / Publisher: Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft
Genre: First-person shooter
Set several years in the future, Rainbow Six Quarantine isn't a spin-off of the highly successful Rainbow Six Siege, but something new entirely. In it, you'll play as one of the Rainbow Operators who are having to face off against a totally new breed of mutated alien parasite that's started to infect the human race. It's a three-player co-op affair, where you play in PVE matches against this new, rather terrifying foe. Ubisoft promises "tense, chaotic, and totally unpredictable missions", and judging by Rainbow Six Siege, we don't doubt it.
Hitman 3



Release date: January 2021
Developer / Publisher: I/O Interactive / Square Enix
Genre: Action
Agent 47 is back and he's about to undertake what's being described as teh most intimate, professional contract of his career. The stakes are higher than ever before for our favourite barcode tattoo-wielding assassin, and once this is over it sounds like his life will never be the same. Gameplay will build upon that seen in the recent Hitman titles, with meticulously crafted locales in which to plan your take downs, still putting all the focus on player choice and creativity.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2



Release date: TBC
Developer / Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Genre: Horror
The original game was a slightly ramshackle but beloved cult classic that was more or less ‘Deus Ex but Vampires’. This takes the same idea but updates it to a modern setting where ‘The Masquerade’ - the rules by which vampires stay hidden - has been broken upheaving the brittle peace between numerous factions, each with different skills and abilities. Like the first game this is about crafting a supernatural character whose abilities shape your approach to its open missions - you can fight, sneak, or talk your way through a world of turf wars, subterfuge and political machinations, with you actions affecting everyone around you.
Everwild


Release date: TBC
Developer / Publisher: Rare / Microsoft
Genre: TBC

Okay, okay, so neither Rare nor Microsoft have said that Everwild is an upcoming Xbox Series X game, but the fact it's only just been announced is in the early stages of development and isn't even close to a release date yet suggests that it could indeed be the case.

This is a brand new IP from Rare – the developer behind Sea of Thieves, Banjo-Kazooie, Battletoads and more – and all we have so far is the above trailer. It's filled with colorful and fantastical creatures that interact with humans cautiously in a slightly otherworldly setting. It's not clear yet what kind of game it'll be, but there's clearly a threat from predators in this world too. Whatever form it eventually takes, it's clear that it's going to be a beauty.
As Dusk Falls



Release date: TBC
Developer / Publisher: Interior/Night / Xbox Game Studios
Genre: Narrative adventure
Former Quantic Dream design lead Caroline Marchal heads up the new studio INTERIOR/NIGHT behind this interactive drama, featuring a strong team of veterans from places like Bioware, Sony London, and even Pixar. Set in the American Southwest, as Dusk Falls is a multi-generational story that begins with two families caught up in a hostage situation. The story that unfolds takes place over decades and explores how mistakes can be passed on from generation to generation.
Avowed



Release date: TBC
Developer / Publisher: Obsidian / Xbox Game Studios
Genre: RPG
Avowed is a brand new title from Obsidian Entertainment, the studio behind The Outer Worlds and Fallout New Vegas. This is another first-person RPG that will no doubt build on the studio's penchant for epic adventures filled with memorable characters and a hint of the silly. We're off to a fantasy world called Eora for this one, and it looks pretty darn impressive, if much darker in tone than we'd usually expect from Obsidian. You've got magical abilities, a really cool sword and you will find yourself facing some seriously big monsters by the looks of things too.
Fable



Release date: TBC
Developer / Publisher: Playground Games / Xbox Game Studios
Genre: Adventure
That's right folks. Fable is officially coming, and it's not quite the Fable 4 sequel we were expecting. Very much a reboot for the series under new developer Playground Games, this new Fable still channels the original games with fantastical creatures and wondrous places. It'll hit Xbox Series X, Windows 10 and Game Pass at some point in the future, we're just not sure when. Or whether we can wait that long.
Project Oxygen



(Image credit: Far From Home)
Release date: TBC
Developer / Publisher: Far From Home
Genre: Survival
This intriguing, super ambitious apocalyptic survival game is in development at Far From Home, a brand new studio made up of devs from Techland (Dying Light, Dead Island), The Farm 51 (Chernobylite), Bloober Team (Layers of Fear, Blair Witch), and Larian Studios (Divinity: Original Sin, Baldur's Gate 3). It's designed to capture the world as it might look if we never course-correct on the climate change issue, which is terrifying to think about but also makes for a timely and unique setting for a survival game. You'll descend into the now-inhospitable planet in a futuristic zeppelin, which will serve as one of your tools for survival and possibly hold the key to reversing the damage done to the planet by climate change.
 

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Bright Memory Infinite



Release date: TBC
Developer / Publisher: FYQD-Studio / Playism
Genre: Action / FPS

Set in a futuristic city in the year 2036, Bright Memory: Infinite is a lightning-fast action game with touches of FPS where getting dazzling combos is your aim. You play as an agent for the Supernatural Science Research Organization (SRO) who has been sent out to discover what's happening with the strange sky phenomenon. However, there seems to be a connect to an archaic mystery and the discovery of two worlds that's all about to become clear. Mysterious, right?

Call of the Sea





Release date: TBC
Developer / Publisher: Out of the Blue / Raw Fury
Genre: Adventure / Puzzle

Norah's on the trail of her missing husband's expedition. It's sometime around 1930, and you've found yourself on a strange but beautiful island in the South Pacific, and you discover there's more to the island than initially expected. There are secrets waiting for you to discover them as you search for your love, which lead you to a tale of mystery, adventure and even a little bit of self-discovery. It looks gorgeous, and it's somehow also very, very British.






Chorus




Release date: 2021
Developer / Publisher: Fish Labs / Deep Silver
Genre: Adventure

There aren't many games where you play as a sentient plane - and even fewer where you're a sentient starfighter. This is Chorus, from Deep Silver, and for a lot of the game, you're about to play as a sentient starfighter called Forsaken. Okay, well you're also Nara, who's described as an ace pilot with a haunted past, but it's mostly about the plane, right? You're en route to challenge a very specific foe on a journey of personal redemption, which involves also taking down a dark cult that actually made Nara. It's sounding like an intriguing single-player experience that focuses on a more mature and dark tale of redemption.

Scorn





Release date: TBC
Developer / Publisher: Ebb / Humble Bundle
Genre: Survival horror

This is a shooter heavily influenced by Alien designer and spooky painter H.R. Giger. So think boney, fleshy, internal organ themes for interior designs. Guns apparently made out of bits of raw chicken and gristle. Wholesome stuff. Finding out what the hell’s going on, or why it’s all so icky is what the game is all about, as you’ll be freely exploring an open world full of interconnecting regions, fighting and solving puzzles to unravel the story behind it all.


Second Extinction





Release date: TBC
Developer / Publisher: Systemic Reaction
Genre: Shooter

Dinosaurs. There you go. That’s the pitch. Okay, mutated dinosaurs. That have taken over the planet, and only you and three friends can defeat them in this co-op shooter. It’s the classic PvE multiplayer set up, just for once without zombies. Using a range of abilities, weapons and skill you'll have to team up to fight through a toothy horde of everyone’s favourite extinct lizards. Hopefully there’ll be a good range of scales from one one ‘raptor fights to everyone teaming up to take down a T-Rex. Singing the Jurassic Park theme tune as you is optional but encouraged.

The Ascent





Release date: TBC
Developer / Publisher: Neon Giant / Curve Digital
Genre: RPG

Because one cyberpunk game isn’t enough this year, The Ascent, is adding another take to the ‘sci-but we’re all screwed’ view of the future. There’s a nihilistic edge here as this solo and co-op sci-fi shooter is set in a world where The Ascent Group - the mega corp that controls everything - has collapsed, leaving a chaotic power struggle as everyone from individuals, gangs and corporations fight for survival and power. It’s up to you, and some friends if you want company, to try and battle them all while trying to work out how the company that cont4r5ols the world fell apart.

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum





Release date: TBC 2021
Developer / Publisher: Daedalic Entertainment
Genre: Action-adventure

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum has been unveiled as another of the upcoming Xbox Series X games, with a vague 2021 release date. The game will see you play as Gollum, starting out in Barad-dûr, a fortress in Mordor where the corrupted creature is being held prisoner, but you can expect to see plenty more of Middle-Earth beyond that, as the game promises "giant, persistent environments, each harbouring several questlines and a range of friendly or unfriendly faces." That's according to developer Daedelic, in an interview with Edge in early 2020, who describes the game as a "stealth-action-adventure with an intriguing dual-personality mechanic, gigantic levels, and a densely wrought aesthetic inspired by Tolkien's own drawings".

Dying Light 2





Release date: TBC 2020
Developer / Publisher
: Techland / Techland
Genre: Action / Adventure

Taking place some 15 years after the original game, Dying Light 2 is taking us deeper into this particular zombie apocalypse than ever before. Techland itself has described the time period as the 'new Dark Ages', where society has been dragged back to a more primal version of itself, battling for territory with each other as much as they are with the zombie hordes. It's a glorious-looking game and comes with updated parkour and combat mechanics, which should make it a 2020 game to remember.



Forza Motorsport




Release date: TBC
Developer / Publisher: Turn10 Studios / Xbox Game Studios
Genre: Racing

Like Fable, the simulation racing series Forza Motorsport is also getting a bit of a soft reboot. Ditching the number rather than launching as Forza Motorsport 8, for example, this is a refresh for the series that's currently early in development. It'll run at 4K, 60fps and focus on delivering a dynamic, connected world. No release date as yet, but when it does arrive it'll launch across Xbox Series X, PC and Game Pass to boot.

The Gunk





Release date: TBC
Developer / Publisher: Thunderful Publishing
Genre: Action / Puzzle

The Gunk comes to you from the team that brought you the SteamWorld franchise, but this is something rather new. Silly titles aside, this is an adventure across an exotic and vast world, where you'll have to face off against terrifying enemies and solve challenging puzzles in order to uncover the mysteries lurking on a forgotten planet. Oh, and of course, you'll also end up saving said planet in the interim. All in a day's work right?

Resident Evil Village





Release date: TBC 2021
Developer / Publisher: Capcom
Genre: Survival horror

Resident Evil Village is Resident Evil 8 in everything but name. Arriving sometime in 2021, Resident Evil Village is set to take place a few years after the events of Resident Evil 7, and will follow Ethan and Mia. Interestingly, Chris Redfield is back on the scene and is about to set off a chain of events that will send Ethan to a mysterious village looking for answers. Just watch out for werewolves.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2





Release date: TBC
Developer / Publisher: GSC Game World
Genre: FPS

Much like the Metro series, the S.T.A.L.K.E.R games dials into a radioactive weird Russia, this time in ‘The Zone’, the irradiated wasteland around the Chernobyl disaster site. This area is full of scavengers searching for artefacts with near-magical abilities following the disaster, which has manifested through numerous supernatural and psychic phenomena. Expect S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 to follow on the series' open world and story, with multiple endings decided by the minutiae of your accomplishments and repercussions of everything you do.

State of Decay 3




Release date: TBC
Developer / Publisher: Undead Labs / Xbox Game Studios
Genre: Survival

State of Decay is back with the third entry in the zombie survival-horror series. Cleverly called State of Decay 3. Currently in early development, it's looking to bring fans the 'ultimate' zombie survival sim, and from the looks of the first trailer, it's going to brutal. Zombie deers, folks. Zombie deers. Graphically the game looks fantastic, so expect things to be even more gruesome than ever before.

Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis





Release date: TBC 2021
Developer / Publisher: SEGA
Genre: Online RPG

New Genesis is the latest addition to the free to play Phantasy Star Online 2 which finally came to the West via Xbox earlier this year. It mixes some very familiar Japanese RPG stylings with a sci-fi aesthetic as players take the role of ARKS Operative, travelling through space to battle the evil Falspawn. That includes procedurally generated environments and 12 player raids to keep you on your toes as you save the galaxy one level at a time.

Pragmata





Release date: TBC 2022
Developer / Publisher: Capcom
Genre: Action Adventure

Pragmata feels like if someone took Kojima's Death Stranding and somehow made it even weirder - especially from this early look at the game. Clearly set in New York, the game sees some sort of spacesuit-wearing traveller looking out for a young girl, and eventually taking her to the moon. Holographic cats, robots and a weird dystopian vibe run throughout, even suggesting the world the characters are existing in isn't even real. We're intrigued by this one.

Balan Wonderworld





Release date: TBC
Developer / Publisher: Square Enix
Genre: Action platformer

Balan Wonderworld is a brand new game from Square Enix and we're loving how exciting it looks. This new action platformer is themed around the Balan Theatre, which is led by the maestro named Balan, and they are joined by the stars Emm and Leo. The latter duo use specific abilities influenced by their array of costumes in twelve different tales across Wonderworld. Each of the stages (literally) is filled with tricks and traps, but also intriguing stories.

Starfield





Release date: TBC
Developer / Publisher: Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda
Genre: Action

As Bethesda's first new IP in over a decade, there's already a lot of pressure riding on Starfield. And now, it's been confirmed that it will count among the upcoming Xbox Series X games, by Bethesda's own Todd Howard. All we have to go on as to what the game is about is the above teaser trailer, which hints we're looking at a sci-fi RPG set somewhere in space. From the brilliant flash of light that quickly devours a space station and a planet though, it's clear something is going down in space town.
 

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