The best upcoming Xbox One games for 2017, 2018 and beyond

Star Wars Battlefront 2 pretty much rounds off this year's big release. Save for PlayerUnknown's Battleground on Dec 12 it's now all about 2018. 

There's a lot to choose from, and it's probably good we have a bit of a break what with the upgraded, Xbox One X now out in the wild, bringing with it a world of new Xbox One X enhanced games

There are a lot of Xbox One games on the way, so this is a big list. You can work though it in order if you want, or skip to the games you want to see using the page links and guide below (in the order everything's out).

The best upcoming Xbox One games PAGE 1
Star Wars Battlefront 2
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds 
The Sim 4
Pathologic
Call of Cthulhu: The Official Game
Okami
Agony
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game
Battle Chef Brigade

The best upcoming Xbox One games PAGE 2
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Far Cry 5
The Crew 2
Metal Gear Survive
State of Decay 2
Crackdown 3
Sea of Thieves  
A Way Out 
Vampyr
Bloodstained
Monster Hunter World

The best upcoming Xbox One games PAGE 3
Anthem
Skull & Bones
Red Dead Redemption 2
Metro Exodus
Kingdom Hearts 3
Cyberpunk 2077
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Beyond Good & Evil 2
DayZ
Ashen

Star Wars Battlefront 2

Release date: November 17, 2017 

Genre: Shooter  

What is it? The follow-up to one of the most authentic, thrilling Star Wars games ever made.

What to look out for: The big news with Battlefront 2 is that it's getting a proper single player mode. In it, you play as Imperial officer called Iden Versio, who is at the Battle of Endor at the climax of Return of the Jedi. Her story spans the gap between Jedi and The Force Awakens, so we'll finally get to see how that part of the timeline plays out. The multiplayer will be familiar to anyone who played the last Battlefront, with the big addition this time round being space battles. You'll also get to fight across all Star Wars eras, from the prequel trilogy right through to The Last Jedi.

The Sim 4

Release date: November 17, 2017

Genre: Simulation

What is it? EA's long running people torture/life sim (depending on your mood). Create your own little world full of tiny digital humans to manage, feed, amuse and progress. 

What to look out for: This has been out on PC for a good few years now, so the Xbox One version will include the original base game along with select DLCs and expansions. That means you'll get quite a lot of options to shape and please your sims' lives as you manage their day to day existence. As the series has grown it's added in more and more fantastical ideas, meaning its up to you just how weird you make things. Or, you could just get a job and raise some kids like normal people do. Kidding. You're totally going to make it weird aren't you? 

Pathologic

Release date: Fall 2017

Genre: Horror  

What is it? A deeply unsettling remake of a PC classic.

What to expect: The Pathologic remake coming to Xbox One bears the name and same basic premise of the PC-only 2005 cult favorite original, but developer Ice-Pick Lodge wants it to feel like something new. In much the same way, Pathologic dresses itself in the tropes of horror, but it doesn't fit within that definition - at least not in terms of what we've come to expect from horror games. There is no gruesome combat and no jump scares. What there is is a constant dread infecting every inch of the game's surreal exploration and adventure.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds 

Release date: Late 2017  

Genre: Battle-royale action game  

What is it? The megahit, kill-or-be-killed PC arena combat game moves to console, with the Xbox One scoring timed exclusivity.  

What to look out for: 100 players parachute into a huge, multi-faceted island. Some time later, one player leaves. Improvised weapon use, ever-changing, on-the-fly tactics, and tense, temporary team-ups are the order of the day, as you battle tooth and nail to survive to the end. Every minute alive is a victory, every new area is potentially filled with multifarious, unseen sources of death, and pretty much anything can happen at any time. There’s a reason the PC version has millions of players. Battlegrounds is a glorious, unpredictable, player-driven hoot.  

Call of Cthulhu: The Official Game

Release date: December, 2017 

Genre: RPG

What is it? The first major Call of Cthulhu game in years, bringing you into the world of H.P. Lovecraft's mythos of reality-devouring elder gods.

What to look out for: Finally: a brand new Call of Cthulhu game for consoles. Cyanide Studios, a team primarily known for modern versions of Blood Bowl and Pro Cycling Manager, is making an Xbox version of the famed tabletop role-playing game. While there have been mobile tie-ins for Call of Cthulhu in the past, this is the first original console version since the ambitious Call of Cthulhu: Darks Corners of the Earth which came out for the original Xbox all the way back in 2005.

Okami

Release date: December 12, 2017

Genre: Adventure RPG  

What is it? A beautiful, arty RPG from the creator of Resident Evil and Devil May Cry.

What to look out for: The art. Oh God, the art. Okami sees the wolf god Amaterasu battling demons in ancient Japan with the power of paint. While it's building blocks are and RPG at its heart, taking prompts from Zelda's style of open world exploration, it's genius stroke is the celestial paintbrush - using this magic brush you can literally paint attacks on enemies to smash armour, or coil swirls of wind to blow things away. It's ambitious, beautiful and huge. 

Agony

Release date: 2017

Genre: Horror  

What is it? Gore. So much gore, in a horror game from Madmind Studio

What to look out for: Resident Evil 7 has already set a high bar for grotesque horror in 2017, but from the looks of it, Agony is going to make it look positively tame by comparison. Where do we start? The flesh staircase? The stained glass windows replacing the  glass with mauled human corpses? The ravenous, skin-eating demons? When it comes to depicting a martyr's journey through the classic Catholic conception of hell as a first-person adventure, Agony goes for the gusto. Anyone who's ever wished for a version of Doom that looked like it was conceived by 1985 Clive Barker, this is the game for you.

Gwent: The Witcher Card Game

Release date: 2017

Genre: Card game

What is it? A fully fledged (albeit free-to-play) spin-off of Witcher 3's horribly addictive card game.

What to look out for: If you ask for it, apparently CD Projekt Red will provide. When would-be witchers began playing the tavern card game just as much (or more than) the actual open-world adventure, the devs took note and began working on a standalone Gwent game, complete with single-player campaigns and full voice acting. Soon you'll be able to enjoy a game of Gwent against other players with an entirely new interface and card animations, all outside of the grimy pubs of The Witcher 3. You'll also have a chance to frolic with fantasy cards early, thanks to Gwent's open beta, which launches on October 25 and includes a sampler of the game's new PvP mode. The final title will be free-to-play (steady) and also features optional in-game purchases (deep breaths).

Battle Chef Brigade

Release date: 2017

Genre: Cooking, platformer, and puzzle  

What is it? A wild mix of sidescrolling action, in the vein of Castlevania with Iron Chef cooking competitions.

What to look out for: If you think a game about cooking has to be boring, you are wrong. Very wrong. Battle Chef Brigade is an upcoming Xbox One game that blends side-scrolling beat-em-up combat with Legend of Korra-inspired visuals and a match-three puzzle game. And while each of those individual elements it perfectly tasty on its own individual merits, it's the way they come together that makes the game fresh.

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