It'll be interesting to see how the rest of 2017 plays out for Xbox, which has a beastly new console on the horizon in the form of Project Scorpio. Piles of new games will also be announced at this year's E3 2017 conference, from publishers of all shapes and sizes.

Whether or not Project Scorpio can usurp Sony's PlayStation remains to be seen, but one thing is for certain: We're going to get some awesome games to play on it! Here are 20 of the best titles we're most looking forward to.

Updated May 30, 2017: We revamped this article to remove released games like Ghost Recon: Wildlands and Resident Evil 7, replacing them with games like Shadow of War.

Xbox One games we can't wait to play


Ashen was one of the more striking reveals from E3 2015, but we haven't heard a great deal about the game since.

We know that Ashen is a connected action RPG, taking place in a dangerous world full of deadly creatures and treacherous dungeons. Ashen is a harsh world where "nothing lasts," as players seek to find a home and build a community.

Hopefully, we'll see more of Ashen in 2017, perhaps even a launch date.

Destiny 2

Bungie unveiled Destiny 2 recently, and while the original game enjoyed huge success, it remained a little divisive critically. The game lacked a coherent narrative, and important lore elements were resigned to "Grimoire Cards," accessible via the game's website. Thankfully, Bungie plans to address the game's biggest criticisms, placing an emphasis on story delivery.

In Destiny 2, the mysterious "traveler" protecting the remnants of humanity has been destroyed, leaving the last city in ruins. Alien factions have overrun the solar system, and it's your job to take the fight into your own hands. Destiny 2 is expected to launch on September 8, 2017, for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 (PS4) and PC, costing around $60.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Middle-earth: Shadow of War is an upcoming sequel to one of this generation's most surprising games: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.

Shadow of Mordor took cues from games like Assassin's Creed, giving players a huge open world upon which to slice and dice their ways through the game's plot. Shadow of Mordor packed stealth mechanics, light RPG progression, and visceral melee combat. Its signature feature was the innovative Nemesis system, which dynamically created bosses and unique emergent gameplay opportunities.

Shadow of War will build on the open-world gameplay pioneered by the first game, creating a compelling Lord of the Rings fantasy. Additionally, it will be available on Xbox Play Anywhere across Windows 10 and Xbox One, priced at around $60.

Call of Duty: WW2

Having suffered a social media meltdown over its futuristic Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare last year, Activision is taking the series back to basics with Call of Duty: WW2, a true boots-on-the-ground CoD that harkens back to the franchise's humble roots.

So far, we only have a sizzle reel, but it won't be long until Activision unveils WW2 in all of its glory. There are rumors of new zombie modes, class-based gameplay, and even a removal of regenerating health. WW2 could certainly revitalize the aging franchise, and is one to watch whether you're a diehard, or a lapsed fan. Call of Duty WW2 launches on November 3, 2017, for around $60.

Forza Motorsport 7

You can file this in the "rumor" category for now, but Microsoft's tick-tock release schedule for Forza Motorsport and Forza Horizon makes 2017 a prime candidate for a new entry in the world's greatest racing simulator.

We've seen documents that tout Forza Motorsport 7 as a "showcase" title for Microsoft's upcoming console, Project Scorpio, so you can expect it to look stunning. Hopefully, it won't be too long until it's unveiled in full.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Very little is known about Red Dead Redemption 2 from Rockstar Games, but if it's anything like Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar's signature game), you can expect it to be a blockbuster.

Gearing up to launch towards the end of 2017, Red Dead Redemption 2 will continue the Rockstar tradition of huge open world gameplay and gritty storytelling. Recent rumors suggest it could feature multiple protagonists like GTAV, and will also sport persistent multiplayer features that have kept GTAV relevant years after its launch.

Red Dead Redemption 2 has been delayed until Spring 2018, but if you keep track of any one game on this list, make it this one.

Crackdown 3

Crackdown 3 is another Xbox Play Anywhere exclusive which will push the tech of gaming to a new level. Leveraging processing power streamed from the Microsoft Cloud — Crackdown 3 will feature unprecedented destruction physics, allowing players to level entire cities with realistic demolitions.

Set for launch towards the end of 2017, Crackdown 3 is one for fans of over the top open-world action.


Suffering multiple delays, Cuphead should finally break cover in 2017 and become one of the year's most compelling action platformers for Xbox One and PC gamers.

Featuring gorgeous and authentic 1930s hand-drawn art, Cuphead leans on old school run-and-gun shooters like Gunstar Heroes and Contra, tasking players to avoid projectiles and attacks in a series of complex boss battles. The game was delayed to include additional platforming levels and other features, following the hugely positive reception it received at its unveiling.


Another Xbox exclusive title suffering from delay syndrome is Capybara Games' Below. Revealed at E3 2013, Below touts difficult rogue-like gameplay with a classic Zelda-like action RPG style.

Originally planned for a 2016 launch, Capybara Games took Below back into the shadows, deciding to polish the game's systems before announcing a firm launch date. Hopefully, we'll see more of what lies Below in 2017.

Sea of Thieves

Sea of Thieves is an upcoming connected-world pirate game from the whimsical minds of Rare.

In Sea of Thieves, pirate crews of up to four players can work together to man upgradeable ships, plunder piles of pirate gold, defeat giant sea monsters, and even sink other players' vessels. Sea of Thieves is always-online and brings all the chaos of dynamic multiplayer gameplay with it.

Sea of Thieves is in active development, targeting a 2017 launch date for Xbox One and the Windows 10 Store.

Lords of the Fallen 2

Following the positive reception of Deck 13's "The Surge," the company's next game, Lords of the Fallen 2, just got a whole lot more attractive.

Lords of the Fallen was an attempt at the "Soulslike" format, inspired by games like Dark Souls. Deck 13's first attempt was a decent, but slightly clunky affair, while lacking some of the hellish creativity of its inspiration. With The Surge, Deck 13 showed that it "gets" the Soulslike format, all while putting its own spin on the hardcore action RPG genre.

Lords of the Fallen 2 will very probably get revealed in full at E3 2017, given the fact that it's targeting a launch window within this year.

Darksiders III

Darksiders survived the death of THQ, rising from its grave under Nordic Games, now known as THQ Nordic.

Darksiders I and II saw rereleases on Xbox One, bringing the Zelda-like action RPG format to a new generation. While the future of the franchise seemed uncertain for a while, we now know that Darksiders III is in production.

Darksiders III takes place on an apocalyptic Earth, where the forces of heaven and hell rage for control of the realm. The Four Horsemen of the apocalypse are charged to maintain the balance between good and evil, and in Darksiders III, it'll fall to Fury to destroy the Seven Deadly Sins and their hellish minions.


Vampyr comes from the brains behind the wildly successful Life is Strange, and it's heading to Xbox One, PS4 and PC sometime in 2017.

Taking place during an early-1900s flu epidemic, fresh vampire Dr. Jonathan Reid must navigate a dark action RPG world on his quest to find out who infected him, and why. A branching narrative, moral decisions, heavy ARPG combat, and gothic visuals make Vampyr one to watch in 2017.

State of Decay 2

State of Decay 2 is among the most compelling exclusives on its way to Xbox One and Windows 10 this year, following up the previous game's successful run on the Xbox 360 arcade.

Taking place in an open-world zombie apocalypse, State of Decay revolves around base building, resource scavenging and management, RPG progression systems, and slaughtering hordes of the undead. State of Decay 2 will feature four player co-op with a massively expanded scope, and it will land somewhere in 2017.

Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5 will be the latest entry rom Ubisoft's acclaimed FPS franchise, and it's set to take place in Montana, USA.

Very little is known about how Ubisoft will mix up Far Cry's gameplay mechanics for its latest instalment, but we know that character customization will feature, and that you will take on a deadly religious cult that has taken control of the area.

Far Cry 5 is targeting an early 2018 launch on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. You can preorder now for around $60.

Preorder at Xbox Store

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.

It could be another year or two 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.

Conan Exiles

Conan Exiles is an upcoming multiplayer survival game from Funcom. Players are exiled in a desolate wasteland, filled with hungry cannibals, vicious monsters, and dark dungeons. In Conan Exiles, players can band together, construct settlements, craft weapons, and harvest resources in order to survive the wastes.

Conan Exiles will be playable solo, but also in online multiplayer. PvP is an option, too, and players can sacrifice NPC slaves to summon huge deities to rain destruction upon enemy territories. Conan Exiles will launch on Xbox One in the latter half of 2017, and we can't wait to jump back into Hyboria. Conan Exiles costs around $25 in early access.

See at GGG (Steam)

Call of Cthulhu

HP Lovecraft's universe has been adapted for various games, and has inspired even more, but Call of Cthulhu looks as though it could be one of the best.

Call of Cthulhu is shrouded in mystery for the most part, but we know that it's slated to feature RPG mechanics, in a dark and dynamic world inspired by the Lovecraft novella of the same name. Horror and stealth mechanics will also play a part, and it's being built by Cyanide Studios, known for Blood Bowl and its work on the latest Styx game.

Fans of horror games need to keep an eye on this one.

Star Wars Battlefront 2

Star Wars Battlefront 2 should be launching in late 2017 to line up with the launch of Star Wars Episode VIII.

Taking criticisms from the previous game to heart, EA announced that Battlefront 2 will feature a full single-player mode, "bigger and better" worlds, and an improved scope. While the authenticity was on point, 2015's Battlefront disappointed many for its lack of story content and complexity. Hopefully, EA will deliver something more worthy of the Battlefront legacy in 2017.

Star Wars Battlefront 2 will launch on November 17, 2017, for around $60.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

South Park: The Fractured But Whole is the follow up to South Park: The Stick of Truth, which was a surprisingly capable turn-based RPG.

While the Stick of Truth parodied the Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, The Fractured But Whole will parody super hero movies as seen in the hit TV show.

The game has suffered multiple delays, but it currently has a target launch date of October 17, 2017 for around $60.

Surviving Mars

If you enjoyed Cities: Skylines, this has to be on your radar.

Surviving Mars is a city builder from the developers behind Tropico and the publisher behind hit strategy and management games like Stellaris and Cities: Skylines.

As its name suggests, Surviving Mars is all about setting up and managing your own colony on the red planet, navigating all the complexities of space colonization along the way. You'll have to ensure your colonists have adequate supplies of food, water, and oxygen, lest they succumb to the vacuum of space.

Our wallets weep

We've already seen reams of great games recently hit Xbox One, including Resident Evil 7, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, and Prey, and the backlog is only set to grow further with announcements at this year's E3 convention.

The future of Xbox is definitely looking rather stunning, particularly when you factor in possible 4K versions for Project Scorpio, but what games are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments.

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