Source: Windows Central | Tunic, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Iron Harvest, Hellblade II
Microsoft just revealed the Xbox Series X, showcasing the future of its flagship gaming platform. The Xbox Series X sounds like a beast, with impressive specs that will outstrip 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. Microsoft is investing more than ever to uplevel its own gaming output from Xbox Game Studios, while continuing to work with third-party publishers on pushing the next-generation of gaming excellence.
Thankfully, there are already tons of incredible Xbox One titles available right now, but what’s coming next? Here’s a list of some of the most promising, and most anticipated Xbox One games for 2020, and beyond.
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Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (January 28, 2020)
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 it’s one for fans of true depth, choice, and consequence.
Zombie Army 4: Dead War (February 4, 2020)
From the creators of Sniper Elite comes Zombie Army 4: Dead War, the fourth instalment in Rebellion’s Left 4 Dead-like co-op shooter.
Set in the aftermath of World War 2, the Nazis have unleashed a deadly swarm of undead in a last ditch attempt to destroy the world. Take up your rifle and blast your way through hundreds, perhaps thousands of demonic husks, complete with slow-motion x-ray kill cams.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps (March 11, 2020)
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.
DOOM Eternal (March 20, 2020)
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 behavior and begin infesting the facilities. Until the DOOM Slayer awakens, that is.
DOOM Eternal takes the action-packed gorefest to Earth and launches on March 20, 2020.
Bleeding Edge (March 24, 2020)
Bleeding Edge is an upcoming multiplayer brawler from Ninja Theory, who are also working on Hellblade II.
Bleeding Edge pits players in four v. four combat in a variety of sci-fi arenas. Each hero has a range of cybernetic enhancements to help them in battle, with roles for tanks, damage dealers, and support-minded players.
Minecraft Dungeons (April, 2020)
Minecraft Dungeons is an exciting upcoming Diablo-like action RPG set in the blocky world of, you guessed it, Minecraft.
Players can fully customize their playstyle with a range of abilities and armor types, as they quest to vanquish the evil Arch Illager across tons of procedurally-crafted dungeons, filled with loot, puzzles, and bigger threats.
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis Remake (April 3, 2020)
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is a classic survival horror game, which launched originally for the PlayStation 1 in the 90s. Set during the events of Resident Evil 2, you play as Jill Valentine from the first game, attempting to escape the zombie-besieged town of Raccoon City.
All while trying to escape, Jill is inexplicably pursued by a gigantic hulking beast known popularly as Nemesis. RE3 Remake uses the same award-winning engine as Resident Evil 2’s 2019 remake, and we absolutely cannot wait. It also comes with a multiplayer survival mode too, to sweeten the deal.
Cyberpunk 2077 (April 16, 2020)
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.
Wasteland 3 (May 19, 2020)
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 it’s shaping up rather nicely.
Maneater (May 22, 2020)
Have you ever just thought to yourself “man, you know what, I wish I was a shark so I could just go around eating everyone.” Well, I have some good news for you.
Maneater is an upcoming open world gorefest where you play as a very, very hungry great white shark. Chew your way through a coastal open world filled with juicy, stupid humans to eat. The game looks like dumb fun, and we can’t wait.
Late 2020 and beyond
Iron Harvest is an upcoming RTS set in an alternative 1920 period of war.
Built in collaboration with professional strategy game players, Iron Harvest is all about steampunk mechs battling it out across Europe in a post-industrial revolution era war for supremacy.
The game is slated for a September 2020 launch on PC, but it’s unknown whether it’s hitting consoles on the same date. Although it is confirmed to be on the way to Xbox alongside PC and PS4.
Gears Tactics is hitting PC on April 2020, and is confirmed to get an Xbox launch sometime beyond that.
Gears Tactics is an XCOM-like spin on the Gears of War universe, taking place in the early days of the war with the subterranean locust horde. Players will have to manage a team of soldiers in turn-based tactical combat, across a forty-hour long campaign.
We have no idea when it will hit Xbox, but hopefully it won’t be too long after the PC version.
The Last Night
The Last Night is an upcoming “2D open-world” title from Odd Tales Games. The neon-blasted cyberpunk title features action-infiltration oriented gameplay, complete with a branching narrative and stunning art that combines retro-2D sprites and modern lighting, with 3D elements.
There’s no launch date listed at the time of writing, but as of writing, The Last Night is seeking investment due to some developmental issues.
Grounded is an upcoming survival title from Obsidian, which draws upon inspiration from Honey I Shrunk the Kids.
In Grounded, you’re shrunk to the size of an ant, and tasked to survive in someone’s back yard, battling gigantic insects, building bases, gathering resources, and so on. There aren’t too many details available about the game, but it looks rather intriguing.
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.
We know next to nothing about Halo Infinite, besides the fact it’s the next big entry in Microsoft’s flagship shooter saga. Taking place after the events of Halo 5 and Halo Wars 2, Halo Infinite will continue the story that left the galaxy in peril, at the hands of the all-powerful Guardians.
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.
The next title from Rare was revealed in late 2019, showing us another gorgeous and colorful world from the British studio. Very little is known about Everwild, but the trailer seems to indicate that it’s some form of multiplayer experience, complete with stealth mechanics and uniquely gorgeous creatures.
Carrion is an upcoming reverse-horror game from Devolver Digital and Phobia Games. You play as a horrific amorphous blob, complete with shredding tentacles and an evolving toolset of deadly abilities.
With haunting pixel art and violent, virulent side-scrolling gameplay, Carrion looks like a hell of a time. It’s coming sometime in 2020.
Disco Elysium is an award-winning isometric RPG where you play as a detective.
Disco Elysium hinges primarily on player choice, with gameplay that revolves largely around dialogue choices, skill checks, and exploration. Your decisions ultimately decide what kind of cop you’ll turn out to be, and all the consequences that come along with it.
The game is already available on PC, and will hit Xbox some time in 2020.
Tales of Arise
This upcoming action game was announced at E3 2019, and looks like one to watch for fans of JRPGs.
Part of the famed Tales series, Arise is being built by a team of series veterans and newcomers, with an aim to revitalize the franchise and attempt to appeal to new audiences with a darker aesthetic. It is targetting a 2020 launch.
Microsoft Flight Simulator
Although it will make its maiden flight first on PC sometime in 2020, Flight Simulator is confirmed to be hitting Xbox as well in the future.
Microsoft Flight Simulator does exactly what it says on the tin, albeit with some cloud-powered features that quite literally elevate it above similar games. Utilizing real-time map data and AI-generated graphics, Microsoft Flight Simulator is looking to push the genre to all-new heights. I’m riding high on these flight puns.
Not a great deal is known about what you actually do in Weird West, but the developer pedigree and slick trailer alone makes it quite interesting.
Built by the co-developers of Prey and Dishonored, Weird West is self-described as an action RPG fantasy western, where werewolves, cultists, and other occult beings lurk in the shadows of the frontiers. It has no known launch window as of yet, but it seems well worth keeping an eye on.
Announced at Blizzcon 2019, Overwatch 2 finally adds a story mode to the colorful hero shooter, filling in some of the gaps in the game’s lore.
While Overwatch 2 will be a separate game with its own content, Blizzard won’t be splitting up the playerbase between the first and second games, instead uniting both in the same multiplayer pool with the same heroes. There’s no known launch window at this point, but we’ll be sure to update you when there is.
Psychonauts 2 is an upcoming 3D puzzle platformer from Double Fine, set in Tim Burton-esque nightmarish mindscapes.
Players control Raz, a psychonaut who’s job is to navigate the minds of various derranged (and not so derranged?) characters. Raz has a variety of psychic powers that he can use to manipulate the environment, to help players progress. The game is slated to launch sometime in 2020.
Diablo IV was revealed at Blizzcon 2019, and what a reveal it was.
Ditching the cartoony, colorful aesthetic of the previous game, Diablo IV goes all-in on haunting, gothic realism and brutal violence. Blizzard notes that Diablo II has been the template for the franchise’s fourth instalment, both in tone and in the game’s more methodical pacing.
There’s no known launch window as of yet. We’ll probably be waiting a long time for this one.
Watch Dogs: Legion
Watch Dogs: Legion is the third instalment in Ubisoft’s hack ’em up open world action game, set this time in a dystopic future Britain.
Unlike previous games, this time you play as literally any NPC you can recruit to your cause, hence the “Legion” part of the game’s title.
Unfortunately, Watch Dogs: Legion was delayed as part of Ubisoft’s pervasive internal efforts to bring greater differentiation to its franchises, following weak performance of games like The Division 2 and Ghost Recon: Breakpoint. We’ll update you as soon as we discover what the game’s new launch window is.
Tunic is an upcoming old school dungeon crawler in the vein of the OG Zelda games.
Taking control of a cutesy fox warrior, it’s on you to brave ancient ruins, battle swarms of spooky dudes, and get piles of loot. There’s no known launch date for Tunic as of yet, but it looks rather intriguing.
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II
Another huge surprise announcement recently was that of Hellblade II, built from the ground up for the next-gen Xbox Series X. The in-engine trailer showcases the insane visuals Ninja Theory will achieve when the game hits the Xbox Series X, presumably in or around its Holiday 2020 launch window.
Little is known about the game, but Senua is a pict warrior who navigates the horrors of Helheim to rescue the soul of a loved one. The game pushed extremely incredible visuals for its time, with stunning atmospherics, but was a bit limited in scope due to the independent nature of the studio. Now as part of Microsoft, Hellblade II may push further into more action-oriented territory.
What are you hyped for?
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 what developers will be able to achieve with next-gen systems like the Xbox Series 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 16, 2019: We’ve updated this list with updated launch dates and games from various recent announcements.
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