New Xbox games: Best upcoming Xbox Series X|S games for 2023, and beyond
The best of Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S releases dropping in 2023.
When the Xbox Series X|S launched Microsoft strived to provide gamers around the world with a never-ending supply of high-quality titles that push the boundaries of what the video game industry is capable of. These games have ranged from thrilling, AAA blockbuster adventures that showcase the full power of the Xbox Series X, or down-to-earth indie projects that bring childhood memories with pixel-art graphics and inspiring narratives. Microsoft has struggled to keep pace with competitors to some degree, but that's all set to change in 2023.
With so many Xbox games in development, it can be an arduous task to keep an eye on them all, especially when you take rumors surrounding unannounced Xbox games into consideration. So, we at Windows Central have taken it upon ourselves to help you out by highlighting upcoming Xbox AAA and indie games coming soon on Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S.
With our list, you will be able to keep tabs on these games’ release dates and get your hands on potentially the best Xbox games on Xbox consoles the day they launch.
After Us (May 23, 2023)
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After Us is a platforming adventure game developed by Piccolo and published by Private Division. In this game, you play as the Spirit of Life, Gaia, and you are on a quest set to you by Mother to save the spirits of the world’s last animals and bring them aboard Mother’s Ark to protect them from extinction.
Your task will be perilous as you will have to navigate through a surreal world decimated by human pollution and fend off hungry beasts called Devourers that consume anything in sight.
Convergence: A League of Legends Story (May 23, 2023)
Convergence: A League of Legends Story is a 2D platformer developed by Double Stallion Games Inc. and published by Riot Forge. Set in the League of Legends universe, you play as Ekko, a young inventor who possesses a device that can rewind time.
Together with his friends, Ekko must fight evil forces threatening to destroy his home city of Zaun. However, as more dangers rise and dark truths are revealed, Ekko will be forced to confront harsh realities that not even reversing time can rectify.
Convergence: A League of Legends Story
Rewind time to save the future in Convergence: A League of Legends Story. Explore the technological city of Zaun, bend the laws of space and time to overcome challenges, and encounter fan-favorite League of Legends characters along the way.
Buy at: Xbox
Miasma Chronicles (May 23, 2023)
Miasma Chronicles is an upcoming, turn-based tactical RPG developed by The Bearded Ladies and published by 505 Games. Set in a post-apocalyptic future, America has been ripped asunder by a deadly supernatural force known as “Miasma.”
You play as Elvis, a young man who has the power to fight back and control the “Miasma” by using a technologically advanced glove left to him by his missing mother when he was a child. Journeying the wasteland with his older robotic "brother," Elvis must his gifts to cleanse the land of “Miasma” and discover the answers as to what caused this phenomenon to appear and why he was given this incredible responsibility in the first place.
Travel through a post-apocalyptic wasteland in search of the truth behind supernatural forces in Miasma Chronicles. Explore detailed and diverse environments, converse with quirky characters and battle mutated enemies in strategic turn-based battles.
Buy at: Xbox
Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun (May 23, 2023)
Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun is a retro-inspired FPS developed by Auroch Digital and published by Focus Entertainment. You play as one of the Imperium of Man's finest Space Marines traveling the galaxy to destroy Chaos Space Marines and Chaos daemons in the name of the God Emperor of Mankind.
Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun
Purge the enemies of man in holy fire and a volley of boltgun bullets in Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun. Assume the role of the Imperium's Space Marines and purge your way through a galaxy infested with the followers of the Chaos Gods.
Buy from: Xbox
Cassette Beasts (May 25, 2023)
Cassette Beasts is a turn-based, monster-catching RPG developed by Bytton Studio and published by Raw Fury. You play as a wandering traveller that has become stranded on the mysterious Wirral Island and must way way back home before you are hunted by the island's native monsters.
To survive, you will need to special cassette tape players to transform yourself into the monsters hunting you and give them a taste of their own violent medicine.
Plug in your cassette tape and transform into cool monsters to battle bigger monsters in Cassette Beasts. Explore a mysterious island, form unbreakable bonds with new friends, and uncover a dark mystery about the island's origin.
Buy at: Xbox
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum (May 25, 2023)
The Lord of Rings: Gollum is an action RPG that tells the stories of Gollum, the tortured soul corrupted by the One Ring of Power. Players will need to manage our protagonist’s split personalities of Gollum and Sméagol as they journey to retrieve their lost “precious.” Their adventure will take them across famous locales from Middle Earth and they will encounter iconic characters from The Lord of the Rings universe along the way.
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
Travel to Middle-Earth and witness the untold stories of Gollum as he searches for his long-lost "precious". Meet famous characters from the Lord of the Rings books, and avoid deadly beasts, and struggle to control Gollum's fractured mind.
Release dates confirmed
Shame Legacy (May 30, 2023)
Shame Legacy is a first-person survival-horror game developed by Fairyship Games & Revenant Games and published by Destructive Creations. One day, you wake to find yourself trapped in a 19th-century village surrounded by fanatical cultists.
To survive, you must sneak past the villagers hunting you down and look for answers as to why you were brought here, all the while a dark presence stalks your every move.
Street Fighter 6 (June 6, 2023)
Street Fighter 6 is the latest upcoming entry in the landmark fighting game franchise, Street Fighter. It will feature an upgraded visual art style using Capcom's RE Engine, a new single-player mode with open-world elements, a huge roster of playable characters both familiar and new to the Street Fighter series, and so much more.
Street Fighter 6
Hit the streets and embrace a new era of fighting game series with Street Fighter 6. This new entry in Capcom's iconic franchise brings to the table a new single-player campaign mode where you get your own street fighter, a roster of classic fighters and newcomers, and a variety of online competitive game modes with rollback netcode.
Pre-order from: Xbox
Amnesia: The Bunker (June 6, 2023)
Amnesia: The Bunker is a horror game made by Frictional games, the creators behind the critically acclaimed horror games, Amnesia: The Dark Descent and SOMA. Set during the events of WW1, you play as Henri Clément, a French soldier who is trapped inside a bunker with no memory as to how he ended there.
To make matters worse, there is an unknown, omnipresent being stalking Henri intent on murdering him. Armed with only a revolver and a flashlight, you must find a way to escape the bunker and find what happened here before the nightmarish beast hunts you down.
Diablo IV (June 6, 2023)
Diablo IV returns Blizzard Entertainment's iconic Diablo franchise to its dark roots with gothic realism and brutal violence. Choose one of five mighty hero classes and fight to protect the world of Sanctuary from the vile demons of Lilith, Queen of the Succubi.
Rise up to safeguard the world of Sanctuary from the demonic legions of Lilith in the long-awaited, Diablo IV. Journey across broken lands, fight hordes of ravenous beasts and explore ancient dungeons with your comrades to collect lucrative loot and defeat ancient evils.
Pre-order at: Xbox
Dordogne (June 13, 2023)
Dordogne is a narrative adventure game developed by Un Je Ne Sais Quoi & Umanimation and published by Focus Entertainment. You play as Mimi, a young woman who is reminiscing about the times she spent with her late grandmother as a child.
Explore Mimi's past to discover gorgeous hand-painted landscapes, interact with a cast of loveable characters, and discover long-lost secrets about Mimi's family that will help inform her future life choices as an adult.
Rediscover childhood memories in Dordogne. Embark on an emotional journey set against the backdrop of a beautiful hand-painted watercolor world to reconnect with the past to help you face the future.
Pre-order at: Xbox
Layers of Fear (June 15, 2023)
Layers of Fears is a definitive collection of the entire Layers of Fear horror franchise. This collection contains Layers of Fear, Layers of Fear 2, and all their DLC expansions remastered with 4K resolution, ray tracing, and HDR to amplify the fear factor. In addition, there will be a new story about The Writer that will tie all events of the games together in one terrifying finale.
Park Beyond (June 15, 2023)
Park Beyond is a game where you are put in charge of building and managing a theme park. Your company has struggling to make ends meet as of late so in order to pay bills, you will need to create the most exciting theme park the world has ever seen.
Luckily for you, your theme park is not held by the laws of physics — so feel free to create whatever insane theme park rides and attractions your imagination can come up with.
Aliens: Dark Descent (June 20, 2023)
Aliens: Dark Descent is a real-time, squad-based strategy game developed by Tindalos Interactive and published by Focus Entertainment. You are the squad leader of a team of Colonial Marines sent in to purge a Xenomorph outbreak on Moon Lethe. To achieve victory, you will need to outfit your team with the best weapons and armor on hand to quell the Xenomorph hordes and any rogue Weyland-Yutani operatives you find along the way.
Aliens: Dark Descent
Embark on a dangerous mission to purge Xenomorphs in Aliens: Dark Descent. Lead a squad of customizable soldiers and fight hordes of alien beasts in real-time battles where strategy and overwhelming firepower is key to victory.
Pre-order from: Xbox
Crash Team Rumble (June 20, 2023)
Crash Team Rumble is a 4v4, competitive party brawler spin-off of the Crash Bandicoot series. Form a team of heroes and villains from across the Crash Bandicoot franchise and duke it out in team-based royal rumbles to collect Wumba Fruits, protect Wumpa Banks and secure Key Points on the map to achieve victory.
Crash Team Rumble
Crash the party and rumble with your friends in Crash Team Rumble. Play as your favorite Crash Bandicoot heroes and villains, and fight your rivals in chaotic, 4v4 team-based brawls.
Pre-order from: Xbox
Skautfold: Usurper (June. 23, 2023)
Skautfold: Usurper is a 2D-sidescrolling Metroidvania title developed by Steve Gal and published by Red Art Games. Set in an alternative version of 1898, you play as a knight sent to infiltrate a mysterious fortress called the "Citadel" and stop the army of eldritch horrors lurking within from destroying London.
While exploring the "Citadel", you will need to master the game's "Guard" system to parry enemy attacks and turn the tide against them.
Sonic Origins Plus (June 23, 2023)
Sonic Origins Plus is a massive collection of Sonic the Hedgehog iconic titles from the 1990s. This collection features the original Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, and Sonic CD remastered in widescreen HD, 12 Sonic games originally from the Sega Game Gear, new challenges, new playable characters for the older titles like Amy Rose, and more.
SOULVARS (June 27, 2023)
SOULVARS is an upcoming turn-based JRPG with deck-builder elements developed by ginolabo and published by Shueisha Games Inc. This game takes place in a world under threat of destruction by abnormal monsters called Dominators. As Yakumo the Soulbearer, you and your comrades have the power to defeat these beasts and uncover the secret behind the Dominators' origins.
Save the world from the mysterious Dominators in SOULVARS. Explore a sci-fi world devastated by conflict, fight challenging foes in turn-based battles, and engage in a gripping narrative where you must fight to save the world from destruction in this retro-style JRPG.
Pre-order at: Xbox
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective (June 30, 2023)
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective was a narrative-focused, puzzle-adventure game originally released for the Nintendo DS in 2010 and created by Shu Takumi, the creator of the Ace Attorney series. It has now been remastered and is ready to be re-released on modern systems later this year in 2023.
In this game, you play as Sissel, a ghost who has lost his memories of who he was in life and how he died. Determined to solve this conundrum before he passes on to the afterlife, Sissel begins an investigation to uncover the mystery behind his death and discover his true identity.
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
Begin your career as a one-night ghost detective in Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective. The cult-classic Capcom narrative-adventure game is back and remastered for the modern age with enhanced graphics, a remastered soundtrack, a bonus art & music collection, and more.
Pre-order from: Xbox
Exoprimal (July 14, 2023)
Exoprimal is a brand-new, online-only cooperative third-person shooter created by Capcom. The year is 2043, and humanity is under attack by hordes of dinosaurs emerging from portals all over the globe. To combat this threat, the Aibius Corporation has developed powerful exosuits armed with an array of weapons to stand up to the prehistoric menace.
Players will pilot these exosuits and form teams of five to take on waves of dinosaurs in arcade-style game modes that feature PvE and PvP missions to complete.
Exoprimal is a team-based shooter where you and a team of expert Exosuit pilots must defend the earth from hordes of invading dinosaurs. Fight increasing waves of mutated dinos, compete against rival Exosuits, and uncover the origin behind the pre-historic pandemonium.
Pre-order from: Xbox
Immortals of Aveum (July 20, 2023)
Immortals of Aveum is an upcoming first-person shooter developed by Ascendant Studios and published by Electronic Arts. Set in the fictional world of Aveum, players assume the role of Jak, a battlemage who is on a quest to save the world from being destroyed by a bloody war called the Everwar.
To accomplish his mission, Jak will need to confront both sides of the conflict by wielding powerful magic arts and delve into Aveum's dark history for answers on how to end the war.
Immortals of Aveum
Join the battlemages and save the world from destruction in Immortals of Aveum. Wield powerful magic spells, battle legions of enemies, and uncover the secret history of the world of Aveum.
Pre-order at: Xbox
Atlas Fallen (Aug. 10, 2023)
Atlas Fallen is an upcoming action-RPG developed by Deck 13 (the team behind The Surge series) and published by Focus Home Entertainment. In a world ruled by tyrannical, decadent gods, mankind must take up arms to liberate themselves from their oppression. Travel across the sands of a magical realm, harness the power of shape-shifting weapons, and hunt down humongous monsters alone or with a friend to free your people from the gods’ control.
Rise from the sands and fight to free humanity from the tyranny of gods in Atlas Fallen. Embark on a perilous journey across a mystical world, wield the power of sand to create shape-shifting weapons, and fight gargantuan monsters looking to crush you into dust.
Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon (Aug. 25, 2023)
While FromSoftware is famous for creating Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and Elden Ring, they are also known for creating Armored Core. Armored Core is a series of third-person action shooters where you pilot giant mechs and wage war in dark futuristic settings.
During the 2022 Game Awards, FromSoftware announced they would be returning to the series with a new installment called Armoured Core VI: Fires of Rubicon. In this title, players will build their own mechs and pilot them into battle as they are pulled into a war between private corporations and other factions fighting for control of resources on a planet called Rubicon 3.
Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon
FromSoftware's classic Armored Core series makes its triumphant return with Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon. Take control of gigantic war mechs and fight enemies in intense, omni-directional battles on the ruined world of Rubicon 3.
Pre-order from: Xbox
Sea of Stars (Aug. 29, 2023)
Sea of Stars is a turn-based RPG inspired by classic RPGs from the Super Nintendo/Sega Genesis era of gaming. You play as the Children of the Solstice — a pair of magically-gifted teens who are on a quest to save the world from an evil alchemist called The Fleshmancer.
Ark Survival: Ascended (August 2023)
Ark: Survival Ascended is a next-gen remaster of ARK: Survival Evolved, a popular, online-multiplayer-focused, open-world survival game created and published by Studio Wildcard. In this game, you are trying to survive and escape from a mysterious island called ARK, which is brimming with dangerous pre-historic wildlife, constantly shifting weather patterns, and long lost relics of ancient technology.
The remaster will contain the base game's content along with DLC like The Island, Survival Of The Fittest, the Non-Canon maps, It also include quality-of-life improvements, enhanced graphics, cross-platform multiplayer, cross-platform modding, and so much more.
Lies of P (August 2023)
Lies of P is an upcoming action-RPG soulslike that reimagines the classic tale of Pinocchio into a dark, steampunk, fantasy adventure. You play as Pinocchio, an android puppet, on a quest to save the city of Krat from an army of crazed mechanoids and learn how to become human.
Metal Gear Solid Master Collection Vol. 1 (Autumn 2023)
Relive the glory days of Konami's legendary stealth-action franchise with the Metal Gear Solid Master Collection Vol. 1. This bundle will contain the original versions of Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, all packed together for a new generation of gamers to experience.
Double Dragon Gaiden: Rise of the Dragons (Summer 2023)
The classic Beat em' up franchise, Double Dragon makes its triumphant return with Double Dragon Gaiden: Rise of the Dragons. Experience the origin stories of longtime series protagonists Billy and Jimmy Lee as they fight to liberate their home of New York City from the hordes of criminal gangs terrorizing its streets.
Double Dragon Gaiden: Rise of the Dragons brings a fresh take on the franchise by incorporating roguelite elements, the ability to switch between two characters on the fly, a roster of 13 playable characters, and two-player local co-op.
Starfield (Sept. 6, 2023)
Starfield is an upcoming open-world RPG from Bethesda, the creators behind beloved titles such as Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Fallout 3, and more. In the year 2330, humanity has managed to journey forth beyond the solar system, and colonize new worlds.
You play as a space miner joining the Constellation — an organization dedicated to exploring the vast reaches of the galaxy. You will sail the stars for ancient artifacts, discover uncharted worlds, and seek out answers to the greatest mysteries surrounding our universe.
Mortal Kombat 1 (Sept. 19, 2023)
Mortal Kombat 1 is the latest entry in the fighting game series, Mortal Kombat developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Games. Set in a new universe created by Fire God Liu Kang, players will once again be called upon to defend Earthrealm from the forces of evil in battles to the death.
Mortal Kombat 1
Begin a new era of Mortal Kombat with Mortal Kombat 1. Embark on a journey through a new Mortal Kombat universe, challenge your foes in offline and online tournaments, and finish them with an expanded repertoire of brutal Fatalities.
Pre-order at: Xbox
Infinity Strash: DRAGON QUEST -The Adventure of Dai- (Sept. 28, 2023)
Infinity Strash: DRAGON QUEST -The Adventure of Dai- is a hack and slash game based on the popular anime and manga Dragon Quest spinoff series of the same name. You play as Dai, a young boy who dreams of beginning a legendary hero like the man who saved the world from the Dark Lord ages ago.
However, the Dark Lord has returned and is wreaking havoc across the land with his army of darkness. With the world at stake, Dai and his friends set out on a journey to stop the evil Dark Lord and his minions once and for all.
Infinity Strash: DRAGON QUEST -The Adventure of Dai-
Embark on a quest to become the Legendary Hero and save the world in Infinity Strash: DRAGON QUEST -The Adventure of Dai-. Fight hordes of enemies, meet unforgettable friends, and relive iconic battles from the anime and manga series.
Pre-order from: Xbox
RoboCop: Rogue City (September 2023)
RoboCop: Rogue City is an upcoming first-person shooter based on the RoboCop movie franchise. Take control of the titular RoboCop and bring justice to the corrupt streets of Old Detroit by serving the public trust, protecting the innocent, and upholding the law.
Assassin's Creed Mirage (Oct. 12, 2023)
Assassin's Creed Mirage is the latest major installment of Ubisoft's world-renowned Assassin's Creed series that aims to return the franchise to its stealth-action roots. Set during the 9th century, you play as Basim Ibn Ishaq, a common street thief plagued with nightmarish visions that haunt him nearly every night.
During his quest to seek the cause of these visions, Basim eventually joins the Assassin Brotherhood. From there, his journey will be wracked with danger and intrigue as Basim will be contracted to assassinate high-profile targets, evade enemies by parkouring through bustling city streets, and discover earth-shattering revelations that will change his life forever.
Assassin's Creed Mirage
Become the ultimate assassin in Assassin’s Creed: Mirage. Parkour across the rooftops of Baghdad, stealthily eliminate your targets using visceral killing techniques, and become embroiled in an epic adventure filled with political intrigue, action, and homages to previous games in the series.
Pre-order at: Xbox
Alan Wake (Oct. 17, 2023)
Alan Wake 2 is the long-awaited sequel to Remedy Entertainment’s critically acclaimed psychological thriller, Alan Wake. Famed writer Alan Wake is again pulled in a supernatural world where living darkness threatens to consume his soul and Alan’s only means of escape is to use his writing talents to reshape reality.
While that is happening, an FBI agent named Saga Anderson has arrived at the rural town of Bright Falls to investigate a series of grisly murders that have taken place there. Her investigation quickly turns into a nightmare as Saga is forced to contend with the same horrors that Alan Wake is facing.
Endless Dungeon (Oct. 19, 2023)
Endless Dungeon is a top-down, action RPG Roguelike developed by Amplitude Studios and published by Sega. Set within the Endless universe, you are in command of a ragtag group of heroes shipwrecked on an abandoned space station. You will need to explore the station for a means to escape while protecting your life-support crystal from being destroyed by the alien monsters that now call this place home.
Run and shoot through swarms of alien monsters to escape a doomed space station in Endless Dungeon. You can blast through these space horrors alone or with your buddies in 3-player co-op mayhem.
Pre-order from: Xbox
Alone in the Dark (Oct. 25, 2023)
Alone in the Dark, one of the progenitors of the survival horror genre, will soon be reimagined for Xbox Series X|S with a new third-person horror game. Set during the 1920s, you play as either Emily Hartwood, a young woman looking for her missing uncle, or Edward Carnby, a detective who Emily hired to aid her in her search.
Their investigation will be a dark and terrifying affair, as they must make their way through a decrepit, haunted estate called Derceto Manor. It is filled with diabolical death traps, ravenous monsters, and a sinister history that is best left untold.
Flashback 2 (November 2023)
The Flashback 2 is an upcoming cinematic platformer developed and published by Microids. Taking place many years after the original game, intelligence agent Conrad and his allies are once again called to action as the evil alien shapeshifters known as the Morphs have returned to enact their revenge and conquer Earth.
Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden (Winter 2023)
Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden is an action-RPG developed by DONTNOD Entertainment and published by Focus Entertainment. You play as Antea Duarte and Red mac Raith, a pair of lovers and ghost-hunters known as the ‘Banishers’, sworn to protect the living from evil spirits and ghosts.
During their last ghost hunt, the mission went south and Antea was mortally wounded as a result. Now she has become of the dreaded specters she despises. To bring Antea back to the land of the living, the pair must embark on a journey to find the means to do so while protecting innocent folk from supernatural threats.
Age of Empires IV (2023)
The once PC-exclusive, real-time strategy game, Age of Empires IV, will join Xbox consoles soon. This latest entry in the Age of Empires franchise brings a slew of gameplay-enriching content like new civilizations to play as, new PVP and PVE game modes to play multiplayer in, and new single-player campaigns that tells the stories of historical figures like Joan of Arc or Genghis Khan.
Bounty Star (2023)
Bounty Star is a third-person action game developed by DINOGOD and published by Annapurna Interactive. You play as Clementine McKinney, a retired war veteran and mech pilot struggling to move on from her traumatic past and live in peace. However, peace is not an option for Clem as she is called back to the battlefield to defend the innocent folks of the Red Expanse from bandits and mercenaries.
CATAN is an upcoming multiplayer, strategy game developed by Asmodee Entertainment Ltd and published by Dovetail Games. Based on the classic tabletop boardgame, you play as adventurers looking to build settlements on a deserted island before your rivals can claim their own territory.
You can partake in a lengthy single-player campaign where you will be pitted against characters from CATAN's lore. or you can challenge your friends in 4-player local or online multiplayer matches.
Cities: Skylines II (2023)
Cities: Skylines II is a sequel to the critically acclaimed city-building simulator, Cities: Skylines, developed by Colossal Order Ltd. and Paradox Interactive. This game promises to build upon the foundations of its predecessor by giving the player more tools and creative freedom to construct and manage the city of their dreams.
Cocoon is a puzzle platformer developed by Geometric Interactive and published by Annapurna Interactive. Cocoon will take players on a mind-bending journey where they will use ancient technology to jump into worlds within worlds and uncover a mystery of cosmic proportions.
Demonschool is an upcoming turn-based, strategy-RPG inspired by the Persona games. You play as a group of misfit university students led by Faye, the latest descendant in a long line of demon hunters. Together you will explore a mysterious island and fight off demons threatening to invade the human world while trying to fit in time to do your schoolwork.
Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes (2023)
Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes is upcoming JRPG developed by Rabbit and Bear Studios and published by 505 Games. The game takes place on Allraan, a continent that is currently being torn apart by the tyrannical Galdean Empire, which is searching for ancient artifacts to increase their military might and conquer the land.
Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes' story will chronicle the journey of a young imperial officer named Seign Kesling, and Nowa, a young warrior from a remote village on the outskirts of Allraan. As the fires of war rage, these two friends will be forced into a bitter conflict where their beliefs and ideologies will be put to the ultimate test.
Ereban: Shadow Legacy (2023)
Ereban: Shadow Legacy is an action stealth game developed by Baby Robot Games and published by Raw Fury. You play as Ayana, the last descendant of a forgotten race that has had its existence wiped from history. Armed with high-tech gadgets and the ability to manipulate shadows, Ayana must carve her way through a totalitarian regime to uncover her lost past and save a dying world.
First Dwarf (2023)
First Dwarf is a base-building action-RPG developed and published by Star Drifters. The game is set in Driftland, a planet that was ruined by a cataclysmic war between powerful mages. Among the surviving civilizations is the kingdom of dwarves, and you play as one of their best engineers.
With supplies dwindling, you have been tasked to venture into the war-torn lands of Driftland to gather resources to save the kingdom. In your quest, you explore a crumbled world, build bases to farm materials, and defend your assets against barbarians, monsters, and even nature.
Forza Motorsport (2023)
Forza Motorsport is an upcoming reboot of the long-running racing franchise of the same name. This new entry will utilize the full power of Xbox Series X|S consoles to bring the series to new heights with dynamic light, realistic car damage, overhauled physics, real-time ray tracing, and more.
Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn (2023)
Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn is an upcoming, open-world, action RPG published by Kepler Interactive and developed by A44 Games. It takes place in a world where the old gods have unleashed an army of the undead to destroy humanity. You play as Nor Venek, a gunslinging warrior who, along with her magical animal companion Enki, embark on a quest of vengeance to destroy the old gods.
Ghostrunner 2 (2023)
Ghostrunner 2 is a first-person action game developed by One More Level and published by 505 Games. Taking place one year after the previous game, the land has fallen into chaos as the tyrannical Keymaster has fallen and now a violent cult of cyber ninjas is looking to fill the power vacuum.
As the vigilante Ghostrunner, you have taken it upon yourself to make sure that these cyber ninjas’ reign of terror is cut short by tracking down across a cyberpunk city and slicing and dicing these fools into pieces.
Killer Klowns from Outer Space: The Game (2023)
Killer Klowns from Outer Space: The Game is a co-operative survival horror game based on the '80s cult horror-comedy movie of the same name. Play as the alien Klowns and invade Earth to harvest the humans or play as a group of survivors and fight back the extraterrestrial menace.
Lightyear Frontier (2023)
Lightyear Frontier is a resource-management game where you travel to a world at the edge of universe to cultivate your own farm. Start your new life as an off-world farmer with three of your friends to grow alien crops, build a home, and tame the wildlife of this peaceful planet.
Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name (2023)
Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name is an upcoming action-adventure side-story in the Like a Dragon franchise. This title will follow Kazuma Kiryu's perspective after the events of Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, all the way up to his appearance in the upcoming Like a Dragon 8.
Lil’ Guardsman (2023)
Lil’ Guardsman is a point-and-click adventure game developed by Hilltop Studios and published by Versus Evil. You play as Lil, a 12-year-old child that has been given the task of watching over their father’s guard shed and deciding which citizens will be let inside the kingdom’s walls and who will be arrested for trespassing.
Become a guard and decide who shall be granted entry into your kingdom in Lil' Guardsman. Interrogate over 100 characters including humans, elves, goblins, cyclopes, and more fantastical creatures, and judge if they are worthy of passing through or be sent to the dungeon for trespassing.
Pre-order from: Xbox
Lords of the Fallen (2023)
The Lords of the Fallen is an upcoming dark fantasy, soulslike, action-RPG developed by HEXWORKS and published by CI Games. The deceased god Adyr, who has terrorized and desecrated all of creation, will soon be returning from the dead. To prevent Adyr’s resurrection, the Dark Crusader must travel between parallel worlds, battle hulking monstrosities, and uncover dark secrets that could topple the evil god once and for all.
Lost Eidolons (2023)
Lost Eidolons is an upcoming turn-based strategy game being published and developed by Ocean Drive Studio, Inc. You play as Eden, the leader of a mercenary band rebelling against the imperial empire after they razed your home village to the ground. Raise an army of heroes and lead it into battle against the corrupt imperials and towering monsters.
Moving Out 2 (2023)
Moving Out 2 is a physics-based puzzle game developed by SMG Studio and Devm Games and published by Team17. Embark on a zany adventure across multiple dimensions and use your moving skills to help the residents of Packmore and beyond move out of their old homes and into their new ones.
Palworld is an open-world survival MMO with elements of third-person shooters and monster-catching games. Set in a colorful yet dangerous world, you survive by befriending mysterious creatures dubbed “Pals.” Together you will explore the land, farm for resources by building factories, and battle evil poachers who want to kidnap Pals and sell them off for profit.
Party Animals (2023)
Party Animals is an action party game developed by Recreate Games and published by Source Technology. Play as cute, fuzzy animals and beat the snot out of each other in hilarious, physics-based brawls using fisticuffs, weapons, and stage hazards to send your opponents flying off the stage.
Remnant II (2023)
Remnant II is a sequel to Remnant: From the Ashes developed by Gunfire Games and published by Gearbox Publishing. Once again, the remnants of humanities are forced into a battle for survival as they are pitted against ungodly abominations and horrifying eldritch horrors from other worlds.
You can charge into the unknown alone or with your friends in three-player co-op for a better chance at saving all of reality.
REPLACED is a 2.5D action platformer developed by Sad Cat Studios and published by Coatsink. Set in a gritty, sci-fi alternative version of the 1980s, you play as R.E.A.C.H., an artificial intelligence that has been forcefully trapped inside a human body. Your goal is to survive the dangerous, crime-riddled, dystopian society of Phoenix City and discover how to free yourself from your human prison.
Scathe is a DOOM-inspired, first-person shooter developed by Damage State Ltd and published by Kwalee. You play as Scathe, an enforcer of the Legions of the Hell that must prove their worth to the Divine Creator by slaughtering his way through a demon-infested maze.
Skull and Bones (2023)
Skull and Bones is a pirate adventure game from Ubisoft, the creators of the Assassin’s Creed franchise. In this game, you get to create your own pirate captain and traverse the Indian Ocean during the Golden Age of Piracy. You will need to manage your crew’s morale, explore uncharted islands, and engage in naval battles with rival pirates to become the most infamous pirate the world has ever seen.
Spirittea is a life-sim RPG developed by Cheesemaster Games and published by No More Robots. Deep within the mountains lies a rural town where spirits are causing mischief because the locals have stopped worshipping them and paying tribute. As the only person who can see the spirits, it is up to you to pacify them by aiding the community and managing a bathhouse that is capable of calming the spirits and helping them remember their past lives.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl (2023)
Microsoft also unveiled STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl at their July showcase as a timed exclusive for Xbox Series X and PC. STALKER is an open-world shooter with survival elements, tasking players to navigate a radiated Chernobyl filled with physics anomalies and other threats lurking in the dark.
Stray Blade (2023)
Stray Blade is an upcoming action-RPG developed by Point Blank Games and published by 505 Games. You play as a rogue adventurer traveling the ancient Valley of Acrea alongside your companion, Boji the Xhinnon wolf. Your quest is to uncover Acrea’s lost history and retrieve the legendary Acrean Metals in the hopes that their power can restore peace to your war-torn world.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League (2023)
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is an upcoming third-person action-adventure game developed by Rocksteady, the developers behind the critically acclaimed Batman Arkham series. The Earth is under attack by unknown alien invaders, and Earth’s greatest heroes, the Justice League, have suddenly switched sides and are doing the invaders’ bidding.
With no choice, government official Amanda Waller assembles Task Force X (a.k.a. the Suicide Squad), a group made of supervillains consisting of Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, King Shark, and Harley Quinn to carry out an impossible mission – stop the alien invasion and kill the Justice League.
Suikoden I&II HD Remaster Gate Rune and Dunan Unification Wars (2023)
Suikoden I&II HD Remaster Gate Rune and Dunan Unification Wars is an upcoming double-pack featuring remastered editions of Konami's classic JRPGs from the PlayStation 1, Suikoden I, and Suikoden II. These games were beloved for their large rosters of recruitable party members in battle, engaging stories of war and political intrigue, and memorable characters.
This collection will remaster both games with improved HD backgrounds, new animations, and updated sound effects. It will also include quality-of-life features such as auto-save, a fast-forward button during battle, and a conversation log.
SYNDUALITY: Echo of Ada (2023)
SYNDUALITY is a new upcoming third-person shooter with PvPvE elements brought to you by Bandai Namco Entertainment. Set in a dystopian sci-fi world, you play as a Drifter — combat mech-pilots who venture into the outside world to mine for AO crystals. These scarce resources are used to power Amasia, the last remaining human settlement on the planet.
Guided by your AI partner, Magus, you will explore a dangerous world plagued by never-ending poisonous rain, hunt hulking alien monsters called Enders, and battle other players online as they try to steal your AO crystals.
Teardown is a demolition sandbox game created by Tuxedo Labs. In this game, your company is faced with massive debt and your only option left to pay it off is by turning to a life of crime. To get the money needed to pay your debts, you will have to break into banks to crack safes, steal priceless cars, avoid being captured by security robots, and demolish buildings to destroy any evidence that could incriminate you.
The Lamplighters League (2023)
The Lamplighters League is an upcoming turn-based strategy game developed by Harebrained Schemes and published by Paradox Interactive. Set in a world inspired by 1930s pulp-adventure novels, take control of a team of misfit adventurers and stop an evil cult known as the Banished Court from taking over the world.
The Talos Principle 2 (2023)
The Talos Principle 2 is a first-person puzzle adventure game developed by Croteam and published by Devolver Digital. This game takes place in a world where mankind has become extinct but their legacy lives on through free-thinking, sentient robots. You play as one of these robots who one-day stumbles upon an ancient and mysterious megastructure filled with all manner of secrets.
Your journey will be wrought with danger and intrigue as you must wrack your brain to solve challenging puzzles, explore the megastructure for clues as to who or what built it, and be confronted with philosophical questions about the meaning of life and the true nature of the universe.
The Plucky Squire (2023)
The Plucky Squire is an action-adventure game developed by All Possible Futures and published by Devolver Digital. You play as Jot, the titular plucky squire who protects the land of a fictional storybook from the evil wizard Humgrump.
One day, Humgrump realizes that he is a villain in children’s book, and he uses his magic to pluck Jot and his friends out of the story and into the real world. Now, Jot must find a way to return to his world, rescue his friends, and defeat Humgrump once and for all.
Under the Waves (2023)
Under the Waves is an upcoming narrative-focused adventure game developed by Parallel Studio and published by Quantic Dream. You play as Stan, a professional diver struggling to cope with a traumatic loss in his life and retreats to the depths of the ocean out of grief. While undergoing this self-imposed isolation, Stan will experience mysterious events and must come to terms with his lot in life or lose himself in the abyss forever.
War Hospital (2023)
War Hospital is an evocative strategy game that puts you in command of a hospital in World War I. You'll be tasked with healing the wounded in dire conditions, in a game that seems to draw inspiration from the likes of Frostpunk.
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2 (2023)
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2 is the long-awaited sequel to the cult action game set in the grim dark future of the Warhammer 40,000 franchise. Players will once again assume the role of Captain Titus, as he leads the Imperium's finest Space Marines into battle against the ravenous Tyranids.
Ark 2 (2024)
Ark 2 is a sequel to the 2017 sandbox survival game, Ark: Survival Evolved. This game is set on an alien planet populated by dinosaurs and humans fighting each other for dominance of the world. As one of the humans, you must learn to live off the land and team up with your fellow man to take down the dinosaurs threatening your existence.
Blue Protocol (2024)
Blue Protocol is an upcoming free-to-play MMORPG developed by Bandai Namco Online Ltd. and published by Amazon Games. Set in the fantasy world of Regnas, you are an adventurer exploring the land to seek the truth behind your mysterious origins.
In this game, you will embark on many adventures across breathtaking locales, form alliances with other players to tackle quests and become embroiled in an epic story that will determine the destiny of Regnas.
Cat Quest: Pirates of the Purribean (2024)
Cat Quest: Pirates of the Purribean is a cutesy action-adventure game developed by The Gentlebros and published by Kepler Interactive. You play as a feline privateer sailing the seas of the Purribean in search of a legendary treasure called the Northern Star. Your swashbuckling treasure hunt won’t be a walk in the park as pirate rats are looking to sink your ships and steal the Northern Star for the evil Pirate King.
Enemy of the State (2024)
Enemy of the State is a top-down shooter developed by Brave Lamb Studio S.A. and published by Movie Games S.A. Set during the 1920’s, you play as rookie mobster aspiring to be at the top of the criminal underworld. Gather a crew of the toughest crooks and perform heists across the country to assert your place as the no.1 gangster.
Like a Dragon 8 (2024)
Like a Dragon 8 is the 8th mainline title in SEGA’s Like a Dragon franchise. Like the previous entry, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, it will once again be a turn-based RPG starring the series' new protagonist Ichiban Kasuga. However. this time he will be sharing the lead role with his predecessor, Kazuma Kiryu, and he will have his own party separate from Kiryu's.
Neva is a side-scrolling adventure game developed by Nomada Studio and published by Devolver Digital. This follows the heartbreaking tale of Alba, a young warrior who is looking after a wolf chub after its parent fell in battle with dark monsters. Together, Alba and the wolf chub set out on a journey to survive in a world slowly rotting away.
Release dates to be confirmed
Afterimage is a side-scrolling Metroidvania developed by Aurogon Shanghai and published by Modus Games. This game takes in Engardin, a magical world filled with wonder, danger, and mystery. As an adventurer, you will set forth to discover the origins of Engardin, make friends on your travels, and battle corrupted beings preying on the weak and helpless.
Avowed was revealed at Microsoft's July Xbox showcase and is a next-gen, Xbox Series X, RPG experience from Obsidian, set in the Pillars of Eternity universe. Not a huge amount is known about the game, save for the fact it will have first-person gameplay Elder Scrolls-style and has a slick cinematic trailer to keep us appetized.
Beneath is an upcoming first-person horror game developed and published by Camel 101. You play as Noah Quinn, a deep-sea diver trapped aboard a frigate in the middle of the ocean.
After some exploration, our hero quickly discovers that horrifying sea monsters occupy this ship and they are out for his blood. Now Noah must find a way to escape this ship with his life and sanity intact.
Blacktail is an upcoming first-person adventure game developed by THE PARASIGHT and published by Focus Entertainment. You play as Baba Yaga, a 16-year who has been exiled from her home village for being accused of possessing witchcraft.
As a result of this traumatic event, your powers start manifesting aspects of your haunted past as rampaging and dangerous spirits. Now, you must learn to harness your cursed gifts, hunt down the foul spirits, uncover the mystery behind your dark magic.
Broken Roads is an isometric RPG developed by Drop Bear Bytes and published by Versus Evil. Set within a post-apocalyptic Australia, you and a group of survivors must band together to make it through a desolate wasteland wrought with danger. Along the way, you will be forced to make difficult moral decisions to keep your party alive by any means necessary.
Chrono Odyssey is an upcoming MMORPG brought to you by NPIXEL. The once-peaceful world of Setera is in grave peril as a race of interdimensional monsters collectively known as The Void are invading the planet, killing all forms of life they see.
it is up to you and your band of merry adventurers to protect Setera from The Void by mastering the art of combat and learning to wield the mysterious Chronotector to bend time to your will.
Closer the Distance
Closer the Distance is a slice-of-life simulator developed by Osmotic Studios and published by Skybound Games. This game tells a heart-wrenching tale about Yesterby, a small rural town filled with people who are grieving for their lost loved ones. As the young Angela, your goal is to help your fellow townsfolk move on from their pain, heal broken relationships, and unearth tragic secrets.
Contraband is an upcoming Xbox exclusive developed in partnership with Avalanche, known for Mad Max and Just Cause. Contraband has been described to us as a multiplayer smuggler sandbox, where players come together to plan heists and execute them, in a vehicular-combat extravaganza. There's no known planned launch window for Contraband as of yet.
Coral Island is a farming simulator developed by Stairway Games and published by Humble Games. Embark on an adventure to the picturesque Coral Island and enrich its community by becoming a farmer. Create rich farms to help feed the populace, form bonds with the townsfolk, restore the local coral reef back to life, and defend your land from wild monsters.
It will enter Early Access on Oct. 11, 2022, via Steam, and it will be released on Xbox consoles at a later date.
Crime Boss: Rockay City
Crime Boss: Rockey City is an upcoming first-person shooter developed by InGame Studios and published by 505 Games. You play as Travis Baker, a lowly crook with ambitions of becoming the next criminal King of Rockay City.
To work your way to the throne, you will need to form a top-notch gang that can pull off deadly heists, claim territory from rival gangs, and cover your back should the cops come charging in.
Crusader Kings III: Tours and Tournaments
Crusaders Kings III: Tour and Tournaments is an expansion to Crusader Kings III, a strategy role-playing game developed by Paradox Development Studio and published by Paradox interactive. This expansion will have the player embark on a grand tour to host chivalrous jousting tournaments or even take part in them.
Your adventure will be filled with excitement and danger as you fight bitter rivals, take in falconry hunts, organize wedding ceremonies, and much more.
Destiny 2: The Final Shape
Destiny 2: The Final Shape is a newly announced expansion of Bungie’s massively popular looter shooter, Destiny 2. Not much is currently known about this expansion other than its being advertised as the final chapter of the long-running “Light and Dark Saga” and that Cayde-6, a fan-favourite character will be returning for the finale despite presumedly dying in the Destiny 2: Forsaken DLC.
Dragon's Dogma 2
Dragon’s Dogma 2 is the long-awaited sequel to Capcom’s cult action-RPG, Dragon’s Dogma. Players once again take on the role of The Arisen, a mortal cursed by an ancient dragon and forced to wander the land for eternity until they defeat the dragon that ruined their life.
Dragon’s Dogma 2 will build upon the foundation of its predecessor with an improved combat system, a bigger fantasy world to explore, and the return of the Pawn System where players can create AI-driven party members to aid them in battle.
Dune Awakening is an open-world survival MMO developed and published by Funcom, based on the influential, critically acclaimed, science-fiction novel, Dune. On the desert world of Arrakis, you will fight for survival as one of its many inhabitants. Explore a dangerous planet filled with secrets, farm for valuable spice to help fund your own faction, and battle rival gangs and raiders in epic battles to determine who will control the spice trade on Arrakis.
Elder Scrolls VI
Like Starfield, Elder Scrolls VI is now part of Microsoft's Xbox Game Studios, alongside Bethesda's acquisition. And just like Starfield, almost nothing is known about the game. It will be singleplayer and a traditional Elder Scrolls-style open RPG, but we may be waiting a long while to see this game materialize.
Enshrouded is an upcoming action-RPG, open-world survival game developed and published by Keen Games GmbH. You play as a Flameborn, one of the last survivors of an ancient race brought to near extinction. Your goal is to embark on a journey through the ruined realm Embervale, recover your people's power of the Flame, uncover this world's lost history, and decide your ultimate desinty.
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.
Microsoft finally revealed Fable after years of rumors and speculation. Fable is being built for Xbox Series X and PC and will showcase the talents of Playground Games, which has grown into a huge studio over the past few years.
Forza Motorsport 8
Microsoft and Turn 10 are rebuilding the Forza engine from the ground up, aiming to launch as an Xbox Series X exclusive in the future. Forza Motorsport 8 may be something of a reboot of sorts, dropping the numbered entries. Not a huge amount is known about the game, but we may be waiting awhile before we get our steering wheels on this one.
Hellboy Web of Wyrd
Hellboy Web of Wyrd is a roguelike, action-adventure game based on Dark Horse Comics’ and Mike Mignola’s Hellboy comic book series. As the titular half-demon/half-human monster slayer, Hellboy, you are tasked by the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (B.P.R.D. for short) to locate one of their agents who went missing while investigating a mysterious mansion called The Butterfly House.
Armed with your trusty Right Hand of Doom and with a team of B.P.R.D. agents backing you up, you will delve into the heart of this mansion and discover a long-forgotten secret. This mansion is a gateway to a disturbing alternate dimension called 'The Wyrd' and it is filled with the unspeakable horrors that will doom the world should they escape.
Hollow Knight: Silksong
Hollow Knight: Silksong is a sequel to the 2D Metroidvania title with Soulslike elements, Hollow Knight, created and published by Team Cherry. You play as Horney, a warrior princess who must fight her way through a corrupted world filled with insectoid monsters so she can return to her kingdom, Hallownest.
Randomly and out of the blue, Microsoft and ZeniMax's Machine Games revealed that the studio known for Wolfenstein's popular reboot is building an Indiana Jones game, in partnership with Disney's revived Lucasfilms' Games division. There are practically no details about this whatsoever, but we're already hyped. I wouldn't expect to see this game any time soon, though.
Judas is an upcoming first-person shooter being developed and published by Ghost Story Games, a studio led by Ken Levine, the game director of classic titles like System Shock 2, BioShock, and BioShock Infinite.
You are Judas, a mysterious and troubled individual stuck on a starship that is slowly falling apart. To survive, you will need to gain the trust of the ship’s eccentric crew to repair the ship, or you can betray them and leave the ship to rot to save yourself.
Mandragora is an upcoming Metroidvania-style, side-scrolling action RPG developed by Primal Game Studio and published by Marvelous Europe. This game takes in a dark fantasy world where mankind has fallen to entropy and monsters lurk behind every corner. It is up to you to explore this decaying realm, slay the monsters preying upon humanity, and find a way to restore peace and happiness to the land.
Bungie is reviving one of its oldest IPs, Marathon, with a new entry in the long-forgotten first-person shooter series. This new title, Marathon, will not be a follow-up to any of the previous single-player games and instead will be a PVP-focused extraction game with a new setting and plot.
You play as a Runner, an android mercenary that has been hired to investigate a ghost ship hanging in the orbit of a long-lost space colony. However, you are not the only mercenary sent to this place as dozens of other mercs, thieves, pirates, and more and looking to plunder this vessel for treasure. Will you work alongside them to share the loot or will you kill the competition to take all the riches for yourself?
Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater
After an eternity of absence, the legendary Metal Gear Solid franchise is making a comeback to the video game industry with Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater, a remake of the classic PlayStation 2 stealth action game, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.
This game will follow the exploits of “Naked Snake”, a secret agent sent by the US government into Soviet Union territory during the Cold War. Snake’s mission is to rescue Dr. Nikolai Stepanovich Sokolov, a Soviet defector who is forced to create a nuclear superweapon for the USSR. What starts as a routine sneaking mission spirals out of control as Snake is forced to live off the land to survive, battle elite soldiers that defy conventional warfare, and uncovers a conspiracy so dire that if it isn’t stopped, it could turn the Cold War into World War Three.
Mouse is an upcoming FPS developed and publishing by Fumi Games. Play as the grizzled detective John Mouston and shoot your way through a 1930s rubber hose-style cartoon world to take down gangs of crooks and crime lords.
At the 2020 Game Awards, Microsoft unveiled the long-rumored project of The Initiative — a full reboot of Rare's classic sci-fi spy adventure Perfect Dark. Details are scant on exactly how Perfect Dark will look and play, but we've heard it will take cues from the gadgetry of Perfect Dark Zero and may draw comparisons to the likes of Splinter Cell: Conviction for stylish stealth-action gameplay.
Phantom Hellcat is a hack 'n' slash platformer developed by Ironbird Creations and published by All in! Games. Hidden from the public eye lies a mysterious theater containing an army of demons locked away within its halls. One day, one of the seals on the demons’ cage breaks, and the evil beings manage to steal away the theater’s guardian and escape to an alternate dimension. Now it is up to the guardian’s rebellious daughter Jolene to take to the stage, rescue her mother, and put these demons back in their cages.
Pragmata is an upcoming title from Capcom set in an extraordinary futuristic setting. Almost nothing is known about the game, besides the fact it's coming to next-gen systems and looks incredibly sleek.
Project Tower is an upcoming third-person bullet-hell shooter developed and published by Yummy Games. You are an unknown prisoner trapped inside a mysterious tower run by tyrannical aliens known as the Hiks.
You are forced into a battle for survival as the Hiks are using you as a practice dummy to help train their soldiers for intergalactic conquest. To survive, you must fight through the Hiks and reach the top of the tower in the hopes you may find a means to escape.
Routine is a first-person sci-fi horror game developed by Lunar Software and published by Raw Fury. The game takes place in an abandoned lunar base designed around a vision of what scientists from the 1980s thought future technology would look like.
You are trapped alone inside this dilapidated facility and are being hunted by killer androids who have designated you as a threat that must terminated. Now, you must run for your life, explore the lunar base to discover what happened here, and find a way to escape before the robots detect you.
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.
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 studio's independent nature. Now, as part of Microsoft, Hellblade II may push further into more action-oriented territory.
State of Decay 3
State of Decay 3 is also a bit of an enigma, offering us a cinematic trailer and not much else. Set in a more wintry environment, there are possibilities that you'll have to manage your internal temperature in addition to other survival needs, as the plague seems to have now spread to animals and not just humans.
System Shock is an upcoming HD remake of the classic 1994 sci-fi first-person shooter that re-defined the genre. SHODAN, an artificial intelligence of the space station, Citadel Station, has gone mad and has turned the crew into mindless mutants and killer cyborgs. As the only survivor, it is up to you to stop SHODAN before she escapes to Earth and destroys mankind.
Tekken 8 is the newest entry of Bandai Namco’s flagship fighting game franchise. Not much is currently known about this title other than it is continuing the ongoing blood feud between Kazuya Mishima and his estranged son, Jin Kazama.
The Last Faith
The Last Faith is an upcoming metroidvania/soulslike hybrid developed by Kumi Souls Games and published by Playstack. Enter a world of darkness and horror and fight unholy demons on a quest to save your mind from being eaten away by a terrible curse.
The First Descendant
The First Descendant is a multiplayer-focused, action-RPG, looter shooter developed by NEXON Games Co., Ltd. and published by NEXON Korea Corp. You play as Descendants, a group of superpowered soldiers charged with protecting humanity and the Ingris continent from monsters and invading empires. You can take on the vast hordes of enemies alone with your powers, guns, and tools alone or with friends in 4-player co-op for a better chance at survival.
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 The Last Night is seeking investment due to some developmental issues.
The Explorator is an FPS/adventure game created and published by Remnant Games Studio. You play as an explorer journeying to the treacherous island of Ospolis as legends tell that the ancient city of Atlantis and all its treasures are hidden beneath Ospolis' surface.
There Is No Light
There Is No Light is a Kickstarter success story that came to Xbox and PC in November 2021. This self-proclaimed "brutal" action game sports a gothic retro-pixel art style and looks to have tight (and gory) combat. Escape a deadly cult, and kill hordes of enemies while doing so.
The Wolf Among Us 2
The Wolf Among Us 2, the long-awaited sequel to Telltale's narrative-focused adventure game, The Wolf Among Us, has finally been unveiled with a tentative release date for 2023. This series tells the story of Bigby Wolf, the former sheriff of "Fabletown" — a secret community within the streets of New York City that houses characters from fairy tales and folklore.
The first game had Bigby track down an enigmatic serial killer murdering the citizens of "Fabletown," and it looks like Bigby will once again be pulled into another murder mystery in the sequel whilst also trying to keep a leash on his own inner wolf.
Warhammer 40,000: Darktide
From the developers of Vermintide, Warhammer 40,000: Darktide is a 4-player co-op shooter that shares familiarity with the likes of Left4Dead. Set in the harrowing universe of Warhammer 40K, players battle a heretical cult known as the Admonition, hellbent on taking over the planet Atoma Prime. Battle all sorts of Chaos monstrosities in this class-based evolving shooter.
It is now available on Windows PC and will be released later on Xbox Series X/S consoles as a timed exclusive.
Which games are you most hyped for?
As you have seen, there is a ton of upcoming Xbox games to get excited about. With so many games down the pipeline, and potentially being able to play a grand majority of them for free through Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription service, it's safe to assume that the Xbox brand has a bright future ahead of it.
If you feel that there are other upcoming Xbox games that haven’t been mentioned here that deserve a shoutout, drop a suggestion in the Windows Central Discord forum and we’ll make sure to get it on there.
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Cassette Beasts (2023)
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