We round up the biggest titles yet to release this year.
2016 so far has been a great year for gamers, with a number of high-quality titles getting released over the past six months. The Xbox One has seen a strong line-up this year, from blockbuster releases such as Overwatch and DOOM, to hidden indie gems like Inside.
We're only halfway through the year and a majority of this year's biggest titles have yet to hit store shelves. This year's line-up contains a number of highly anticipated sequels, alongside some innovative new franchises set to shake up the gaming landscape.
Here's our list of the top ten most-anticipated titles still coming in 2016.
Return to the trenches
Among this year's biggest reveals, it's hard to argue that Battlefield 1 hasn't made a lasting impression for many. After being announced only shortly after Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, the two shooters battled it out for attention over the following weeks.
If YouTube ratings are any form of measurement, it seems the online audience is rooting for Battlefield 1's success, which is quickly on its way to becoming the most 'Liked' video game trailer in YouTube history. This praise mostly comes down to Battlefield 1's innovation to the shooter genre, which has been criticized for its lack of variety in years. With near-future shooters flooding the market, Battlefield 1's return to the World War 1 era hasn't gone unnoticed.
The game will take place in an alternate timeline of World War 1, which is essentially a reason to give the developer, DICE, some creative freedom. Due to this, the game will mostly stick to its World War 1 origins, with influences from future wars or experimental weaponry of the time. The game will also introduce a number of new game mechanics suited to the period, including new vehicles, a reworked approach to weaponry and a greater focus on strategy as a team.
Battlefield 1 will hit the Xbox One on October 21, with three-day early access available to those who pre-order the game's Early Enlister edition.
The dawn of Dedsec
Watch Dogs 2
The first game in the Watch Dogs series had mixed reception, mostly due to the clear contrast between the game promised back at E3 2012, and the product that released to the public two years later.
Later this year, Ubisoft is set to bring back its hacking-themed action franchise with a new coat of paint. Revisited with a funky exterior and more diverse gameplay mechanics, Watch Dogs 2 is promised to correct the flaws that plagued the first game. With these changes, the game has switched to the bustling streets of San Francisco – a home to a digital revolution occupied by tech giants.
Unlike its predecessor, the game is also expected to convey a unique personality through the city's culture built up around technology. This is somewhat present in the game's debut trailer – jam-packed with jazzy music and pop culture references.
Watch Dogs 2 will release for the Xbox One later this year, on November 15.
Brave New World
We Happy Few
Last year we learned of Compulsion Games' upcoming psychological horror game, We Happy Few. Set in a futuristic dystopia influenced by 1960's London, the society revolves around the usage of a drug called 'Joy'. The hallucinogenic drug is taken to obscure any imperfections and create a flawless metropolis in the eyes of those who take it.
We Happy Few relies less on a linear storyline and rather building the atmosphere of its unsettling surroundings. From the hands-on session we experienced at E3 2016, it's clear Compulsion Games is investing its efforts into building up the game's survival elements, and how they fit into the game's procedurally generated world. Among these survival mechanics, players will have to deal with crafting and resource management. If not handled efficiently, this will result in a permanent death, where progress will be lost.
The final game will be comprised of three modes - Sandbox mode, Story mode, and Wellie mode. While we know little about the game's contents at this point in time, we can expect to hear more on as the game nears launch. For those wanting to get their hands on the project before the official release, the game will be available for purchase on July 26, via Microsoft's Xbox One Game Preview.
Nuts and bolts
ReCore is a new franchise from Keiji Inafune and the team behind Metroid Prime, set to release exclusively on the Xbox One and Windows 10 this fall. The action adventure title follows a single protagonist known as 'Joule', who's left to fend off an army of hostile robots on the planet of Far Eden. During the process of preparing the planet for human inhibition, Joule begins her shift to find the robotic population, once tasked with aiding the humans, has gone rogue.
Over the course of the game, Joule will befriend a cast of robotic companions, each with their own unique forms and powers. Using the abilities of your newly found allies, Joule must fight her way through the planet in search of answers.
Unlike a majority of Microsoft's blockbuster titles of 2016, ReCore will be priced at $39.99. When the game drops later this year, it will also mark the first title to support Microsoft's Play Anywhere feature. With Play Anywhere, a single purchase of the game through the Xbox Store will unlock access across all compatible Microsoft devices.
ReCore releases on the Xbox One and Windows 10 on September 13, 2016.
Gears of War 4
Gears of War 4 headlines Microsoft's shooter line-up for 2016, introducing a new cast and enemy race for the current generation. The game follows Marcus Fenix's son, J.D. alongside two companions Delmont Walker and Kait Diaz in a fight against a new faction known as the Swarm.
If you've played a Gears of War title before, at this point, the package's content doesn't come as much of a surprise. In conjunction with the game's singleplayer campaign and competitive multiplayer modes, Gears of War 4 will also provide three separate cooperative experiences. Alongside the return on co-op campaign and co-op versus AI modes, Horde mode will also make a triumphant return for the third time in the series.
As always, Gears of War 4 will have big guys, big guns, and ever so much gore.
Gears of War 4 releases October 6 on the Xbox One and Windows 10. As with all of Microsoft's biggest releases of 2016, the game will support Play Anywhere.
Protect the pilot
Despite being a more experimental project, the original Titanfall was praised for what is strived to achieve back in 2014. During the early days of the latest console generation, Titanfall marked the first Xbox One exclusive that drew in a huge influx of console sales after its initial launch.
Despite its intentions, Titanfall failed to retain a large user base, mostly due to the lack of post-launch support and a line of community-dividing DLC packs. With Titanfall 2, Electronic Arts has set to out to correct the first game's lack of depth, by introducing a new post-launch content model and singleplayer campaign.
The campaign follows rifleman Jack Cooper and his pilot BT7274 as they form a meaningful relationship throughout combat. Unlike the insentient Titans in the first game, Titanfall 2 will explore the feelings of both Titans and their pilots. With only a single debut trailer released to date, we can expect more information as the game's launch nears. The game's multiplayer mode has also been reworked, with a new fleet of Titans and gadgets at the player's disposal.
Titanfall 2 releases on the Xbox One this fall, on October 28, 2016.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered
While Activision's efforts are being focused towards this year's release of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, it's clear the gaming community is gravitating to the remaster of the 2007 classic. Built off the game's original engine, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare remastered will feature a full revamp of the game's singleplayer campaign and a portion of the game's multiplayer experience. Among the host of new improvements are enhanced effects, lighting, and character models.
While the entire campaign experience will be included in the remaster, only ten of the game's multiplayer levels will be playable in the game at launch. However, the original game's full progression and unlocks system will stay intact, with the added bonus of dedicated servers.
The main issue with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is the game's distribution, with access only available for those who purchase Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare's special editions. Many are criticizing Activision's choice to bundle the game exclusively with their latest title but looks to be a smart business tactic on their end. Currently, Activision denies the game will be available in a standalone package, but has the potential to change their approach post-launch.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will be available alongside the special editions of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare when the game releases on November 4.
Band of brothers
Final Fantasy XV
This year's release of Final Fantasy XV is set to push the Xbox One to its limits, as the first game in the series designed for the current generation of consoles. As Noctis, the Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Lucis, you must fight through the imperial army in an attempt to reclaim rule over the land.
Backed by a band of your closest companions, the game promises to build a meaningful relationship between the group of friends. Over the course of the game, your magic and weapon skills will increase, which results in a stronger overall team.
The gameplay is most centered around Final Fantasy XV's real-time combat system, which evolves alongside player progression. The game will also have reworked movement mechanics, including ridable Chocobos and cars to explore the open world of Eos.
Final Fantasy XV will release for the Xbox One on September 30, 2016.
Forza Horizon 3
After being revealed at Microsoft's Xbox E3 2016 media briefing, Forza Horizon 3 will be making its way to the Xbox One and Windows 10 this fall. This time around, Forza Horizon will be taking place in an open-world representation of Australia, populated with a number of distinguishable Australian landmarks. The game's map will supposedly be twice the size of the previous game in the Horizon series and take full advantage of the locale's varied terrain.
Forza Horizon 3 will be the first game in the series to simultaneously release on the Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, taking advantage of Microsoft's Play Anywhere initiative. With this feature, the game's four-player cooperative campaign can be played across Xbox One and Windows 10 devices, as well as a universal license for the game across Microsoft's ecosystem.
Forza Horizon 3 releases for Xbox One and Windows 10 on September 27, 2016.
A price to pay
The follow up to Bethesda's action-stealth RPG, Dishonored 2, is set to release this fall, continuing the story of Corvo Attano and her daughter Emily Kaldwin. Following in her father's footsteps, Emily is now playable protagonist, which gives players the choice of two characters from the outset. With different abilities and powers, the addition of Emily adds more depth in the game's content and how challenges are approached.
The first game's main differentiator, which comes in the form of a 'chaos' system, returns once again in Dishonored 2. The system changes the story's outcome based on player actions and while not a unique trait, stands out in a primarily action-based title.
In a city plagued with 'bloodflies' that nest within corpses, the insect's population will increase if the player takes a more lethal approach. In turn, this will affect the outcome of the narrative, as the pests continue to overrun the city streets.
Dishonored 2 releases on Xbox One on November 11, 2016.