2017 is a great year for all things Xbox. Scorpio is coming! Xbox One is selling fast. Long dormant series like Phantom Dust are finally re-emerging. Xbox Game Pass is a Netflix style subscription service that lets you download numerous Xbox One games without having to purchase them out right, and it's coming soon. Most importantly, though, we've got some amazing games coming up: Destiny 2, Call of Duty WW2, and Star Wars Battlefront 2 to name a few. Our list of the best upcoming Xbox One games of 2017 is in chronological order, moving deeper into the year as we go. We'll be updating this article regularly, and the next big game you can look forward to is…
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Release date: May 16, 2017
What is it? Now you can duke it out between Batman and Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn and Superman, and a ton more of DC’s superheroes to see which one comes out with less bruises.
What to look out for: If Injustice 2 looks vaguely familiar, that would be because it marks Netherrealm Studios' return to the slick new engine that powered Mortal Kombat X. Fans will be overjoyed to see previously obscure characters take their turns battling it out. Plus it’s mixing some things up with the addition of upgradable gear to outfit your favourite characters with. Battles later on are sure to get harder as the heroes become progressively more decked out in brand spanking new costumes, so get those fisticuffs ready.
Release date: June 2, 2017
What is it? The ninth entry of Namco's combo-juggling, panda-punching beat 'em up heads from the arcade to your Xbox.
What to look out for: Skip back a few generations (admittedly while crossing the console divide) and Tekken used to be the biggest beat 'em up in the world. The series may never hit the same relevancy it enjoyed during Tekken 3's heyday, but that doesn't mean Bandai Namco isn't still innovating with its fighter. Indeed, Tekken 7 introduces two new mechanics that can completely transform rounds. Rage Art lets you deal devastating critical attacks when your health is low, while Power Crush allows players to continue their attacks, even when they're getting pummelled by an opponent. Plot-wise, the series is doubling down on the ludicrous Mishima clan soap opera. As long as we get Heihachi in some sort of fetching adult diaper that's all we care about. Oh, and if Namco could see fit to throw a certain adorable dino into the roster *cough* Gon *cough* that'd be grand.
Release date: June 2017
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 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.
Release date: June 2017
Genre: Stealth, puzzle
What is it? You're cleaning up after bad, bad men
What to look out for: What if Hotline Miami weren't an unhinged gore fest nestled snug in the garish neon and synth of the 1980s? What if it was a more patient but equally grisly '70s puzzle game about a dude in aviators cleaning up murder scenes? That's Serial Cleaner in a nutshell. On entering nasty scenes of foul play at camp grounds of newspaper bullpens, you have to assess how many bodies need to be disposed of, what murder weapons need to disappear and how much blood needs to be vacuumed up. Then you've got to take care of it without being caught by patrolling cops. The tricky part comes when you fail and the bodies are randomly placed in new spots on the map.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War
Release date: August 22, 2017
Genre: Open world action RPG.
What is it? The sequel to Monolithsoft's remarkable 2014 Lord of the Rings spin-off.
What to look out for: Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor ended on a cliffhanger of grand fan-fiction proportions. Talion (the much abused ranger) and his spirit friend/tormenter/guide Celembrimbor (crafter of the Rings of Power) had ravaged the Dark Lord Sauron's army and taken control of a chunk of the land one shan't simply walk into. They'd gotten revenge on the killer of Talion's family but ran into a problem: since Sauron's a magic ghost overlord, they can't exactly kill him. So they set out to build their own new ring of power to take him out. That's where Shadow of Mordor picks up, with Talion and Celebrimbor wielding their own ring to rule them all, commanding their army of orcs and uruks to try and take down Sauron once and for all. They won't - we've seen the movies after all - but they will engage in massive army-on-army battles in greatly expanded Nemesis system.
Agents of Mayhem
Release date: August, 2017
Genre: Open world action-adventure
What is it? From the team behind Saints Row, this incredibly over the top team shooter is set in the same universe as the manic, mad Saints Row.
What to look out for: Saints Row is absolutely, thigh-slappingly ridiculous. It’s also a brilliant chaotic mess, and by the looks of it Agents of Mayhem is diligently following in its footsteps. As evil robots zoom towards you, you can let your reckless side run wild and switch seamlessly between the three members in your team, with a 12-character line-up to choose from. Each have their own weapons and skills, and with such choice you’re sure to feel dizzy with possibility. Planning ahead is thrown out of the window as you can plummet head first into a group of enemies as one character before jumping quickly out as another. It looks like… well, mayhem.
Release date: September 8, 2017
Genre: Massively multiplayer shooter RPG.
What is it? The sequel to Bungie's time-devouring science fiction, MMO-shooter hybrid.
What to look out for: Forget your gear, Guardian. Destiny 2 is coming and it's a whole new world. As of this writing, we only know a little bit about the follow up to Bungie's massive online shooter RPG, but what we do know is enormously exciting. This isn't the type of expansion typically seen with MMOs like World of Warcraft or even action RPGs like Diablo, both of which inspired more than a little bit of Destiny's loot and lore structure. Bungie is scrapping the entire world of Destiny, including all the loot you've gathered since 2014, and starting over fresh. (You can keep your character design but that's it.) Based on early trailers, we also know that Destiny 2 will keep telling a grand, sweeping story but arguably with more of an obvious sense of humor.
Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite
Release date: September 19, 2017
What is it? The latest incarnation of the fighting game, gives you the chance to pit characters from each franchise against each other and see which one comes out top.
Why it's so interesting? At last, at long last, we’re getting Mega Man X in a Marvel vs Capcom game. As well as stalwarts like Ryu, the trailer revealed that we’ll also be seeing Captain Marvel and Ironman showing off their moves, and hopefully there’ll be some new additions too. The Infinity Gems are going to spice up the combat, with the trailer showing that the stones add some nifty abilities. Captain Marvel’s use of the Time stone means she can dodge attacks, and the Power stone makes Ryu’s fists a flurry of destruction, but we’ll just have to wait and see what the remaining gems do.
Call of Duty WW2
Release date: November 3, 2017
What is it? The latest in the long-running COD franchise, which is taking war back to where this series started: WW2
What to look out for: In recent years COD has been shooting further into the future, coming up with ever more fanciful scenarios and killer technologies. There's a real sense that the series has overcomplicated itself. COD WW2 is stripping all that back, giving us an authentic (ish) journey back to the second World War. Its single player story will cover all the big battles, as we follow a bunch of characters throughout the conflict. Multiplayer will be true to the time period too, and could be much less fussy than the jet-pack wearing, kill-streaking stuff we're accustomed to now. Finally, there's a zombies mode too. Sounds like a complete package, and a welcome return to an era that had fallen from favour.
Star Wars Battlefront 2
Release date: November 30, 2017
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.