Microsoft launched the Xbox One X over a year ago now, closing the power gap (and then some) between itself and Sony’s PlayStation 4 family. The X is a beast of a box that can provide higher-fidelity visuals than any other video game console on the market today, but it’s no good if it doesn’t have the games to showcase that power. Thankfully, there are many promising titles available right now, and even more on the horizon for 2019 and further into the future.
Here’s a list of some of the most promising, and most anticipated Xbox One games for the rest of 2018, 2019, and beyond.
Ashen was one of the more striking reveals from E3 2015, but we haven’t heard a great deal about the game since. We know that Ashen is a connected action RPG, taking place in a dangerous world full of deadly creatures and treacherous dungeons. Ashen is a harsh world where “nothing lasts,” as players seek to find a home and build a community.
Last year, I went hands-on with a demo of Ashen, and it was by far my favorite game of E3 2017. This is definitely one to watch, and it should be launching very soon, still listed as a 2018 title.
Gears 5 (no longer of War) is the next instalment in Microsoft’s big third-person shooter franchise, boasting cutting edge visuals, fresh gameplay mechanics, and a far wider gameplay world.
With Gears of War 4’s Kait as the main character, Gears 5 will explore the mysteries of her heritage, revealed during the fourth game, taking place in wintry terrain, featuring all-new threats. Not a huge amount is known about Gears 5’s features and systems, but The Coalition is targeting 4K 60 FPS for both the multiplayer and the campaign on the Xbox One X.
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire
A follow up to Obsidian’s Pillars of Eternity, Deadfire has already launched on PC to widespread praise, and it’ll be making the leap to consoles in the future.
In Pillars of Eternity II, you’ll pursue a rogue God across land and sea with your own personal vessel. This tactical CRPG is not for the faint of heart, but its one for fans of true depth, choice, and consequence.
Resident Evil 2
Resident Evil 2 is a legendary 90s horror game for PlayStation 1, made by Capcom. The company is giving the title the full modern remake treatment, leveraging the Resident Evil 7 engine, and it looks incredible.
Set in a zombie-infested Raccoon City, players must guide rookie cop Leon Kennedy and student Claire Redfield through intersecting scenarios. You’ll battle terrifying undead monstrosities, mutant animals, and hulking bosses, in what promises to be an explosive opening game for 2019 this January.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Sekiro is an upcoming action title from the creators of Dark Souls, From Software. Sekiro is set in a fantastical reimagining of Japan’s Sengoku period, where players will guide a powerful shinobi on a quest to avenge his fallen Lord.
Throughout Sekiro, you’ll battle giant creatures, demonic entities and violent rival clans, in a game that looks every bit as challenging as the ‘Souls RPGs From Software is known for. Sekiro should drop in early 2019.
Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most hotly anticipated titles on this list, and also one of the furthest out. Cyberpunk 2077 is an enigmatic project from CD Projekt RED, famed for The Witcher series. Cyberpunk 2077, as its name implies, will be a sci-fi adventure RPG, but very little is known about the game beyond that. Cyberpunk 2077 will be played from a first-person perspective, in a rich and futuristic world.
It could be a while before Cyberpunk 2077 hits store shelves, but if it’s anything like The Witcher 3 in terms of scale and depth, it will likely be a monumental achievement.
Another Xbox exclusive title suffering from delay syndrome is Capybara Games’ Below. Revealed at E3 2013, Below touts difficult rogue-like gameplay with a classic Zelda-like action RPG style.
Originally planned for a 2016 launch, Capybara Games took Below back into the shadows, deciding to polish the game’s systems before announcing a firm launch date. Below is still expected to land in 2018.
Crackdown 3 is another Xbox Play Anywhere exclusive that will push the tech of gaming to a new level. Leveraging processing power streamed from the Microsoft Cloud, Crackdown 3 will feature unprecedented destruction physics, allowing players to level entire cities with realistic demolitions.
Crackdown 3 has suffered multiple delays, but should finally hit shelves on February 15, 2019. Crackdown 3 is one for fans of over-the-top open-world action.
Kingdom Hearts III
The next entry in the famed Kingdom Hearts series is aiming for a January 29, 2019 launch date, and looks utterly crammed with Disney and Final Fantasy favorites.
The ambitious and light-hearted JRPG-Disney mashup enjoys a passionate fanbase, as Donald, Goofy, and Sora travel across all sorts of cartoon universes on their adventures, featuring franchises like Hercules, Frozen, Tangled, Pirates of the Caribbean, and much more.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Ori and the Blind Forest is a smash-hit platformer from Moon Studios, and the team is already working on a follow-up with no announced launch window.
Ori and the Blind Forest was a tight and rewarding platformer, featuring gorgeous artwork and award-winning music. Players guided Ori on a quest to save his forest from destruction in a hand-painted Metroidvania-style world, full of opportunities to explore. Hopefully, Will of the Wisps will continue the tradition.
4A Games has returned to the fold with Metro Exodus, the latest in its series of leading apocalyptic shooters.
Metro Exodus exploded onto the scene at E3 2017, with one of the most stunning trailers of the show. It looks as though the nuclear wastes of Russia have begun to heal, to some degree, with more activity on the surface world.
Metro takes place in a reality where an unknown catastrophe rendered the surface inhospitable, forcing humanity to live underground. Strange demons and supernatural phenomena harass the survivors, as Artyom’s Rangers attempt to defend them. Exodus will launch on February 22, 2019.
DOOM Eternal is the next entry in id Software’s rebooted, modernized violence-celebrating demon shooter. DOOM takes place on Mars, where a rogue corporate has exploited the lawlessness of the red planet to harness the energy of hell itself. Naturally, demons take a dim view of such behaviour, and begin infesting the facilities. Until the DOOM Slayer awakens, that is.
DOOM Eternal takes the action-packed gorefest to Earth, and has no known launch date.
Code Vein is an upcoming action RPG from Bandai Namco, and some have been referring to it as an “anime Dark Souls,” although it is much more than that.
Set in a dystopia beset by vampires, Code Vein hopes to emulate the responsive combat of Dark Souls, leveraging some of the RPG and plot features of the game director’s cult hit God Eater. This will also be Xbox One X Enhanced and is definitely one to watch.
Dying Light 2
Dying Light 2 was revealed at E3 2018, and looks set to build upon everything that made the original so awesome.
Set long after the zombie-apocalyptic events of the first game, Dying Light 2 is set in a Mad Max-like world where humanity is trying to rebuild. Undead mutants still lurk in the dark underbelly of the city, but the biggest threat is now violent human factions, which you can work with, or against, in a new dynamic narrative system.
There’s no set launch date as of yet, but we’re excited to see where the next Dying Light will take us.
The Surge 2
Sleeper hit The Surge took the Dark Souls formula and injected a bit of sci-fi, set in a cyber-enhanced future gone wrong.
In a decadent, corrupt future, all the robots and cyborgs have suddenly haywire, becoming murderously insane in the process. It’s on you to find out what went wrong, and ultimately, survive this techno-apocalypse. The sequel is aiming for a 2019 release.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a long-in-development side-scrolling action game from the creative minds behind Castlevania.
Dubbed as a spiritual successor, Bloodstained is a vibrant and violent Metroidvania-type title that focuses on exploration, upgrades, and twisted creatures with a delightful 2.5D anime art style. Hopefully, finally, we’ll see it emerge in 2018.
Anthem is the next big game from BioWare, famed for Dragon Age and Mass Effect. Anthem has reportedly been referred to as a “Destiny killer” internally, sporting a connected multiplayer RPG world with signature BioWare storytelling.
Anthem holds a lot of promise. Hopefully, we’ll see it live up to expectations.
Although it was confirmed previously, now that inXile has joined Microsoft, Wasteland 3 will no doubt be getting some elevated Xbox love when it hits the platform in the future.
Wasteland 3 is the next entry in Brian Fargo’s classic tactical RPG which inspired the Fallout franchise. In this classic CRPG ruled by choice and consequence, you’ll battle across the desolate radioactive wastes for survival. Wasteland 3 takes the franchise to more wintry climbs, and we can’t wait to find out more.
Stellaris: Console Edition
Although the launch date isn’t known yet, Stellaris is making its way to consoles after becoming a huge hit on PC.
Stellaris is a 4X grand strategy game, where your aim is galactic domination. Wade through the intrigues of interstellar war, trade, and politics, as you set up the empire of your dreams, and lay waste to your enemies.
Devil May Cry 5
With the mixed reception of the DmC reboot behind it, Capcom is back on the mainline Devil May Cry series, with the 5th entry in the legendary hack and slash looking like it could be the best one yet.
With the cybernetically-enhanced Nero taking center stage, the young demon hunter teams up with Dante and new character, Nico, to prevent another demonic invasion.
Ooblets is an upcoming Xbox title that has been described as Pokemon meets Harvest Moon.
This cutesy life sim game will let you farm crops, bond with locals, and gather a menagerie of pint-sized pals, and it’s coming to Xbox One and PC in the future.
After leaks and some epic viral teasing from Bethesda, RAGE 2 was revealed in all of its technicolor glory.
RAGE 2 takes place in the same ravaged world as the first game, following an apocalyptic asteroid impact with Earth. Some escaped the fire in cryostasis on satellites, while others remained on Earth, forced to scavenge for scraps.
RAGE is pretty much Mad Max meets Fallout, with vehicular combat and over-the-top FPS violence, and it’s expected in 2019.
The Division 2
Ubisoft recently revealed that The Division 2 is on the way, poised to drop in March 2019.
The Division is set in a post-crisis New York City, where a deadly plague has killed millions. With the government paralyzed, a secret military organization known as “The Division” sweeps into the city in an attempt to restore order. The first game was a Diablo-esque loot ’em up with four-player co-op, RPG systems, and PvP. Given how much success Ubisoft has had lately with Assassin’s Creed: Origins, a resurgent For Honor, and the continuing performance of Rainbow Six Siege, expectations are riding high for The Division 2.
What about you?
We’ve already seen reams of great games recently hit Xbox One, and the backlog looks as though it’ll just keep growing. The future of Xbox definitely looks stunning, particularly when you factor in possible 4K versions for the Xbox One X. But what games are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments, and maybe we’ll add them in here in a future update.
Updated December 3, 2018: We updated this list to remove now-launched games, and add new ones such DOOM Eternal, RAGE 2, Devil May Cry 5, Ooblets, and more.
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