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

South Park, The Evil Within and Shadow of War have all just been released into the wild, so what's the next best Xbox One game to look forward to? 

There are two big Xbox One games on the horizon: Assassin's Creed Origins and Wolfenstein 2, both of which come out on the same day. Now, there's a decision'. 

To complicate things further, the upgraded, Xbox One X is out only a few days later, with a world of new Xbox One X enhanced games. So you don't only have game choices to think about, but how you're going to play them... 

However, here's where you find out about all the new Xbox One games heading your way in 2017, 2018 and beyond. And it's a big old list with everything from big hitters like Call of Duty: World War 2, or Star Wars Battlefront 2 to interesting new things like Anthem or Vampyr

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
Assassin's Creed Origins
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus
Call of Duty WW2
Need for Speed: Payback
L.A. Noire
Star Wars Battlefront 2
The Sim 4
Pathologic
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds 
Call of Cthulhu: The Official Game
Okami

The best upcoming Xbox One games PAGE 2
Agony
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game
Battle Chef Brigade
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

The best upcoming Xbox One games PAGE 3
Bloodstained
Monster Hunter World
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

Assassin's Creed Origins

Release date: October 27, 2017  

Genre: Action/adventure

What is it? Assassin's Creed's big come back after a year off to refresh everything. This is a whole new start for the series. 

What to look out for: Everything. Assassin's Creed Origins is a whole new start for the series and almost avery facet of the game's been overhauled in some way. The combat is now more combo based and less about fighting enemies in a circle. Progression is RPG based, and the Egyptian map is a huge, seamlessly open world with horses and boats to get about on, as well as Black Flag style naval battles. As the name suggests, you'll be seeing the birth of the order, playing as Bayek - a man who's not an assassin yet but is about to have a really cool idea for a club. 

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus

Release date: October 27, 2017

Genre: FPS 

What is it? The sequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order, but set this time in the rosy-cheeked, notably Aryan USA. 

What to look out for: Lots of rootin' tootin' point-and-shootin'. BJ Blazkowicz is back, having cheated death at the end of The New Order, and now he's got two little ones on the way. Unsurprisingly, he's not particularly eager at the idea of them being born into a Nazi-dominated America. He's not alone, though - able to ride the giant robotic canine Liesel (who also breathes fire, by the way) and with the help of some friends, BJ was seen in the game's E3 reveal using all manner of guns to put down as many Nazis as possible. The trailer showed us glimpses of a New Orleans Streetcar Depot and a giant alligator grabbing at his legs, so it looks like BJ is going to be travelling all over the continent in his bullet-fuelled rampage. 

Call of Duty WW2

Release date: November 3, 2017 

Genre: FPS 

What is it? The latest in the long-running Call of Duty 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.

L.A. Noire

Release date: November 11, 2017 

Genre: Action/adventure  

What is it? Rockstars stylish 1940s pulp detective adventure with the murder and scary face capture. 

What to look out for: This is one of those games that tries hard to be a playable movie and, for the most part works well. The full facial capture means you're watching real people act, and the focus on interrogation and questioning suspects means you get to read every little tell and tick. Tech aside there's a great story here following Cole Phelps Cole Phelps through various police departments as he solves arson, murders and more. 

Need for Speed: Payback 

Release date: November 10, 2017   

Genre: Racing  

What is it? A high-adrenaline racer that has slow-mo crashes, and some hectic car chases. 

What to look out for: Imagine The Fast and the Furious as it were a game - and then stop, because A Need for Speed Payback is pretty much that. Speeding down the roads, chasing rival vehicles and eliminating them Burnout style, it's an unashamed celebration of explosive decadence. Each car you ram into goes into a slow-motion cinematic so you can see just how much devastation you've wrought. Passengers can also leap from the hood of your car to loot vehicles you're passing by, just to add to the feeling you're in a Michael Bay version of Burnout Paradise. 

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.