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15 Xbox games we're anxious to see in 2018

Sea of Thieves

Sea of Thieves is a massively-multiplayer online game exclusive to Xbox One and Windows 10. Set to release in early 2018, Sea of Thieves will drop you directly into a living, breathing world, filled with secrets to discover, locations to explore, and the opportunity to become one of the legendary pirates that roam the seven seas as you interact with other players aiming to do the same.

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State of Decay 2

State of Decay 2 is an Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive releasing at some point in 2018. After humanity is pushed to the brink of extinction by a deadly outbreak, State of Decay 2 pits you (and up to three friends, if you play co-op) against a zombie-infested world in which mere existence is a struggle as you fight to survive. Work with both friends and NPC human survivors to build communities and effectively defend them from your impending doom.

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Red Dead Redemption 2

The sequel to the original critically acclaimed Red Dead Redemption, Red Dead Redemption 2, releases in Spring of 2018. This game will follow the story of an outlaw known as Arthur Morgan and a gang known only as the Van der Linde as they battle and pillage their way through the rough and unforgiving heart of American mainland in order to survive and evade capture. Rockstar Games has advertised the addition of an all new multiplayer mode as well.

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Crackdown 3

This Xbox One/Windows 10 exclusive focuses on one thing, and one thing only: causing as much mayhem as possible.

In Crackdown 3, you'll play as a juggernaut of destruction, rampaging through a city and demolishing everything and everyone that blocks your path. Using guns, explosives, and tech powers, Crackdown 3 will transform you into a demigod of chaos.

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Vampyr is a unique role-playing game that will allow you to play as a doctor in 1918 London who was recently turned into a vampire. With a deadly plague loose in the city, you are forced to both feed on London residents in order to survive in your vampire state while simultaneously trying to develop a cure in order to save lives. Your choices on how much you embrace each aspect of your new life will either doom London or save it. Vampyr is slated to release in Spring of 2018.

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Anthem is a futuristic open-world exploration game in which you and your friends can traverse and interact with the setting with special exo-suits called Javelins. There are several different forms of Javelin to use and discover, each having strength and weaknesses.

The world of Anthem features several dynamic elements, such as weather and wildlife, and the way in which you interact with it shapes and molds your own story. Anthem is releasing sometime in Fall 2018. It is currently unavailable for preorder in the US, but Amazon Canada currently has it listed.

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Far Cry 5

In Far Cry 5 (which releases on February 27, 2018) you'll take control of an American moving to Hope County, Montana. However, upon arrival, a fanatic religious cult begins to violently take over the region.

In order to take the community back from the cultists, you must rise up and light the first flames of resistance by fighting for your freedom using any means necessary.

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Metro: Exodus

Metro: Exodus is a sequel to Metro: Last Light, in which the protagonist Artyom joins his Spartan comrades in a risky, daring journey to attempt to find a new home for the citizens of the metro tunnels under the nuclear wasteland that is now Moscow.

Featuring both linear and non-linear segments, dynamic weather and a narrative affected by choices, Metro: Exodus is the most ambitious entry in the series yet.

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The Crew 2

The Crew 2 is an open-world vehicular experience in which you are given freedom to explore your surroundings as you see fit, with a wide variety of cars, bikes, boats, and planes at your disposal. Races with other players can occur anywhere, ranging from traditional tracks to the sides of mountains.

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Darksiders III

Darksiders III introduces Fury, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, as a new playable character in the Darksiders franchise. In Darksiders III, the Seven Deadly Sins have escaped and are running rampant through the world, controlling it. Fury is the only one able to stop their reign, and thus sets out to dismantle each of the Sins by herself. Darksiders III comes out in 2018 at an unknown date.

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Skull and Bones

Skull and Bones is a multiplayer naval game that will test your skills as a pirate ship captain as you and several allies engage with an enemy fleet in tactical ship-to-ship combat. Utilize cannons, ramming and sailing maneuvers in order to outgun, outnumber and outsail your foes.

Skull and Bones arrives in Fall 2018. It's not available for preorder in the US just yet, but you can find it on the Amazon UK store.

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A Way Out

A Way Out is an incredibly unique concept in which two players must work together (in split screen or online) over the course of an adventure. Initially tasked with cooperating in order to break out of prison, the two main characters end up becoming dependent on each other's helpful skills and attributes in order to stay alive. Whether it's evading law enforcement or solving puzzles, the only way these two will succeed in their plans is together.

A Way Out arrives at some point in 2018. It isn't up for preorder in the US, but you can preorder it on Amazon Canada.

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CODE VEIN is a Japanese role-playing game in which you and a selected partner roam out into a hostile, unforgiving world. Between the various different partners to choose from and the massive arsenal of weaponry at your disposal, CODE VEIN allows you to create a character build that suits your own playstyle perfectly.

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The Last Night

The Last Night is an upcoming platforming title that takes place in a future where robotics have surpassed humanity in intelligence, strength, skills, and creativity. Humans now live in a world in which machines do and create everything for them.

Very little is known about The Last Night, other than the fact it releases in 2018. Between the gorgeous cyberpunk art style and the interesting story bits we have so far, though, The Last Night will hopefully be a wonderful experience.

Currently, no preorders exist for The Last Night.


Greedfall is a fantasy open-world RPG set in the era of the 17th century. You, along with several other explorers, treasure hunters and settlers, arrive on an island filled with magic and wonder. As you explore your surroundings, you'll be thrust into an experience full of rich character development, epic discoveries and more.

Greedfall, unfortunately, is not available for preorder yet.

Your thoughts

Which of these games excite you the most? Have you preordered any of them or want to? Are there any other releases in 2018 that you're looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below!

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.

  • I'm so ready for Anthem.
  • Strange Brigade. Wish they'd update with any new information about release date. Any chance Tomb Raider 3 is out in 2018?
  • I don't believe we've seen anything on Tomb Raider. But maybe a late announcement will come? :D
  • Anthem
  • Anthem ....will be delayed
  • Anthem, State of Decay, and Sea of Thieves.
  • I am so ready to be disappointed by most if not all of them. Loot boxes, micro transactions and useless grinds...
  • I pray to god my precious Metro won't be tainted.
  • Amen to that man. If Metro turns out to be ***** it will be a big blow for me.
  • Ashen?
  • Hope there are a lot of unannounced surprises from Microsoft...or someone. Anthem and Kingdom Hearts 3 are the only titles set for 2018 that I might get as of now. The last 2 years have already been big letdown, partially due to delays and microtransactions, along with the cancellation of Scalebound, of course.
  • I want....all of them.
  • Anthem looked boring at E3. I'm most excited about Sea of Thieves, Metro: Exodus and A Way Out. I'm also curious about The Last Night and Vampyr .
  • I've decided not to get excited about Xbox games anymore because they either get delayed a bunch of times or they get canceled and if they do happen to release then they have Mico transactions and loot boxes. This generation of gaming consoles has to be the worst ever and its really sad
  • Wargroove
  • 1. Metro Exodus
    2. Far Cry 5
    3. The Crew
    Also make sure in 2018 we will see Forza Horizon 4;)
  • I am not sure Forza Horizon 4 is  Anton Earmack Playground Games is working on another game for Microsoft and even the they split into two studios or teams I see no incentive in announcing a new Forza Horizon when 3 is doing so well is about to get upgraded to 4K and has plenty of DLC and content that could hold Forza fans over. 3 games with an active ecosystem at once does not sound smart and at this point might cause franchise fatigue with honestly the best received and performing IP Microsoft has.
  • I would prefer a new IP over yet another Forza!!
  • From playground games i dont wait any except FH
  • Well next year looks like a MUCH better for Xbox than this year was.
  • Good list although there’s a 0% chance Anthem is released next year. I’ll be surprised if it even makes 2019.
  • None. Likely not buying another XB game; with Microsoft's push to divest itself of all things consumer it seems likely XB will become another dead platform before too long.
  • In my opinion you could of left out The Crew and replaced it with Ashen, Biomutant, Strange Brigade, or Unruly Heroes smaller games and yes indy games but all look fresher, more impactful and create more anticipation than the Crew rest is spot on but one of those games deserved to be on this list.
  • Its always 3 games active.
    2013 - FM5
    2014 - FH2
    2015 - FM6
    2016 - FH3
    2017 - FM7
    2018 - FH4? Why not, everything on schedule like always.