Microsoft launched the Xbox One X over a year ago now, closing the power gap (and then some) between itself and Sony's PlayStation 4 family. The X is a beast of a box that can provide higher-fidelity visuals than any other video game console on the market today, but it's no good if it doesn't have the games to showcase that power. Thankfully, there are many promising titles available right now, and even more on the horizon for 2019 and further into the future.

Here's a list of some of the most promising, and most anticipated Xbox One games for 2019, and beyond.

March 2019

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Sekiro is an upcoming action title from the creators of Dark Souls, From Software. Sekiro is set in a fantastical reimagining of Japan's Sengoku period, where players will guide a powerful shinobi on a quest to avenge his fallen Lord.

Throughout Sekiro, you'll battle giant creatures, demonic entities and violent rival clans, in a game that looks every bit as challenging as the 'Souls RPGs From Software is known for. Sekiro should drop on March 22, 2019.

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April 2019

Mortal Kombat 11

Mortal Kombat 11 (MK11) is the next installment in the legendary hyper-violent fighting game franchise, expected to launch on April 23, 2019.

MK11 is expected to continue the saga with its signature genre-leading story mode, which was surprisingly well-realized in MKX. All new-customization systems will grant players additional control over how they present in combat, as well as updated visuals for the modern consoles.

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May 2019

RAGE 2

After leaks and some epic viral teasing from Bethesda, RAGE 2 was revealed in all of its technicolor glory.

RAGE 2 takes place in the same ravaged world as the first game, following an apocalyptic asteroid impact with Earth. Some escaped the fire in cryostasis on satellites, while others remained on Earth, forced to scavenge for scraps.

RAGE is pretty much Mad Max meets Fallout, with vehicular combat and over-the-top FPS violence, and it's expected on May 14, 2019.

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Sometime in 2019

Code Vein

Code Vein is an upcoming action RPG from Bandai Namco, and some have been referring to it as an "anime Dark Souls," although it is much more than that.

Set in a dystopia beset by vampires, Code Vein hopes to emulate the responsive combat of Dark Souls, leveraging some of the RPG and plot features of the game director's cult hit God Eater. This will also be Xbox One X Enhanced and is definitely one to watch.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Ori and the Blind Forest is a smash-hit platformer from Moon Studios, and the team is already working on a follow-up with no announced launch window.

Ori and the Blind Forest was a tight and rewarding platformer, featuring gorgeous artwork and award-winning music. Players guided Ori on a quest to save his forest from destruction in a hand-painted Metroidvania-style world, full of opportunities to explore. Hopefully, Will of the Wisps will continue the tradition.

The Surge 2

Sleeper hit The Surge took the Dark Souls formula and injected a bit of sci-fi, set in a cyber-enhanced future gone wrong.

In a decadent, corrupt future, all the robots and cyborgs have suddenly haywire, becoming murderously insane in the process. It's on you to find out what went wrong, and ultimately, survive this techno-apocalypse. The sequel is aiming for a 2019 release.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Taking place 19 years after the events of Wolfenstein 2, Wolfenstein: Youngblood puts players in command of B.J.'s twin daughters, who continue to fight the sci-fi Nazi war machine in their European stronghold.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood will introduce two-player co-op into the mix, and will serve as a standalone bridge between Wolfenstein 2 and 3. The game is expected to launch in 2019.

The Outer Worlds

Expected to be "Fallout New Vegas in space," The Outer Worlds is an upcoming single-player sci-fi RPG from the roleplaying heavyweights at Obsidian Entertainment. The Outer Worlds is set in a vibrant-looking corporate dystopia complete with a branching narrative, high-tech weaponry, and classic RPG progression. The Outer Worlds is expected to launch in 2019.

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

A follow up to Obsidian's Pillars of Eternity, Deadfire has already launched on PC to widespread praise, and it'll be making the leap to consoles in the future.

In Pillars of Eternity II, you'll pursue a rogue God across land and sea with your own personal vessel. This tactical CRPG is not for the faint of heart, but it's one for fans of true depth, choice, and consequence.

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Gears 5

Gears 5 (no longer of War) is the next instalment in Microsoft's big third-person shooter franchise, boasting cutting edge visuals, fresh gameplay mechanics, and a far wider gameplay world.

With Gears of War 4's Kait as the main character, Gears 5 will explore the mysteries of her heritage, revealed during the fourth game, taking place in wintry terrain, featuring all-new threats. Not a huge amount is known about Gears 5's features and systems, but The Coalition is targeting 4K 60 FPS for both the multiplayer and the campaign on the Xbox One X.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is a long-in-development side-scrolling action game from the creative minds behind Castlevania.

Dubbed as a spiritual successor, Bloodstained is a vibrant and violent Metroidvania-type title that focuses on exploration, upgrades, and twisted creatures with a delightful 2.5D anime art style. It has been delayed so many times, we really have no idea when, if ever, it'll come out at this point. Although it's expected for 2019.

2019 and Beyond

Wasteland 3

Although it was confirmed previously, now that inXile has joined Microsoft, Wasteland 3 will no doubt be getting some elevated Xbox love when it hits the platform in the future.

Wasteland 3 is the next entry in Brian Fargo's classic tactical RPG which inspired the Fallout franchise. In this classic CRPG ruled by choice and consequence, you'll battle across the desolate radioactive wastes for survival. Wasteland 3 takes the franchise to more wintry climbs, and we can't wait to find out more.

DOOM Eternal

DOOM Eternal is the next entry in id Software's rebooted, modernized violence-celebrating demon shooter. DOOM takes place on Mars, where a rogue corporate has exploited the lawlessness of the red planet to harness the energy of hell itself. Naturally, demons take a dim view of such behaviour, and begin infesting the facilities. Until the DOOM Slayer awakens, that is.

DOOM Eternal takes the action-packed gorefest to Earth, and has no known launch date.

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.

Cyberpunk 2077

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.

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.

Ooblets

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.

Halo Infinite

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. I wouldn't expect to see Halo Infinite launching before 2020.

What about you?

We've already seen reams of great games recently hit Xbox One, and the backlog looks as though it'll just keep growing. The future of Xbox definitely looks stunning, particularly when you factor in possible 4K versions for the Xbox One X. But what games are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments, and maybe we'll add them in here in a future update.

Updated March 12, 2019: We updated this list to remove recent launches, and segment it out by date range.

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