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

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has finally arrived on Xbox One, rounding off this year's releases. Now it's all down to 2018 and the games that's promising - probably the two biggest names there are Far Cry 5 on February 27 and Sea of Thieves on March 20. 

But that's not all we've got coming though with Xbox One X exclusives Crackdown 3  and State of Decay 2 on the way next year. Plus there's also things like Metal Gear Survive, Vampyr and a Monster Hunter World. And, hopefully we'll see a lot more Xbox One X enhanced games joining the library too.. 

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
Call of Cthulhu: The Official Game
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game
Battle Chef Brigade
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Far Cry 5
The Crew 2
Sea of Thieves  
Metal Gear Survive

The best upcoming Xbox One games PAGE 2
State of Decay 2
Crackdown 3
A Way Out 
Monster Hunter World
Skull & Bones

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

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.


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).

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Release date: February 13, 2018 

Genre: Action role playing game    

What is it? A classic tale of village nobody rising up to kill the bad king, and make everything nice again by cutting stuff up with a sword. 

What to look out for: It's a big medieval open world adventure built on freedom with numerous non-linear quests that can be completed in several different ways. While the overall aim is to drive out an invading army (who killed your parents) the skill system will let you progress however you want. Classes like warrior, bard, thief, and different hybrid types are mentioned. There's also a time limited converstation system that builds or break relationships. And, just to emphasis the 'real' nature of it all, the player will have needs like sleep and eating, while gear and clothes will degrade and require repair. 

Far Cry 5

Release date: February 27, 2018 

Genre: FPS    

What is it? Another bout of free-form, open-world anarchy, this time in a location much closer to home. 

What to look out for: Making notable steps forward in both gameplay and subject matter, Far Cry 5 could – after a couple of so-so sequels and spin-offs – be the series’ next, stand-out sequel. Moving the action to America for the first time, Far Cry 5 is set in modern-day Montana. Even more intriguingly, it might have – if Ubisoft is willing to follow through – one of the most relevant and controversial stories in recent AAA gaming. 

Dealing with the very real issue of isolationist, survivalist cults, Far Cry 5 puts you up against a militant ‘faith, freedom, and firearms’ militia in control of a huge swathe of the Montana countryside. Along the way, you’ll recruit a resistance, call in gun-mounted cropdusters, ally with combat priests, and make friends with Good Dogs who will both sick enemies for you, and cheerily bring back those enemies’ guns like so many happily retrieved sticks. And for the first time in the series’ history, there will be a fully-featured character creator, meaning that you can play as whoever you want. 

The Crew 2

Release date: March 16, 2018

Genre: Online racer

What is it? The sequel to Ubi racer that sees you driving, flying and boating across a huge open world adventure.

What to look out for: The second game has gone all out with its motoring action, by not only letting you drive just about every vehicle imaginable, you can also switch freely between them. If you get bored of racing you can swap instantly to a plane and soar away from the road. Then, seconds later, swoop over a river and switch to a boat. All of this is happening across a huge, open world interpretation of America, giving you the freedom to indulge just about every kind of racing, flying and boating imaginable. 

Sea of Thieves

Release date: March 20th 

Genre: Online action-adventure

What is it? An online open-world where you join fellow motley pirates, crafting your own stories as you sail the waves.

What to look out for: D'you remember the days when Rare turned around and said things like, 'our next game is about a forgotten character in Diddy Kong Racing who now swears and fights turds'? OK, Sea of Thieves isn't quite that much of a departure, but it's a classically Rare-like step into the unknown. A cartoony, pirate-themed MMO, it enables players to craft their own stories as they join a crew, grab a ship and, presumably, brutally attack unsuspecting passers-by. The brief glimpses of high seas action served up at E3 2016 point to a rollicking adventure that looks like it'll provide us with our first worthwhile pirate game since Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag. Rare hasn't elaborated much on those custom story tools, and there are also rumours of first-person features, yet despite the remaining questions, our timbers are very much shivered by this ocean outlaw. 

Metal Gear Survive 

Release date: Early 2018

Genre: Online stealth

What is it? A strange online spin-off from Metal Gear Solid 5, where Mother Base soldiers battle zombies in an alternate dimension.

What to look out for: By all rights, this should utterly, utterly suck. Konami is rapidly trying to exit the traditional triple-A games space, Metal Gear's legendary creator and iconic auteur has bitterly parted ways with the publisher, and oh yeah... IT'S A FREAKIN' ONLINE MGS ZOMBIE GAME. Yet against all odds, the Kojima-less Survive is already looking decidedly decent. The demo from 2016's Tokyo Game Show revealed a game that's undeniably erected on MGSV's building blocks - hell, its 'alternate dimension' Afghan map reuses loads of assets from The Phantom Pain - yet one that still has a few tricks of its own to deploy. Four-player co-op carnage against rampaging zombie hordes. Healing smashed limbs, Snake-Eater style. Building barricades in a way that's reminiscent of old school COD zombies. A seeming return for MGS4's threat ring. Survive may be a bizarre, somewhat shameless spin-off, but you can't accuse it of being boring. And yes, you can still Fulton sheep.