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

With Star Wars Battlefront 2 out it's pretty much all about PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds which will arrive on December 12. After that, it's 2018 all the way and the biggest thing immediately on that horizon is likely Far Cry 5 which arrives on February 27. 

That's not the only coming next year though, never fear. 2018 finally brings us three Xbox One exclusives in the shape of Crackdown 3, Sea of Thieves and State of Deacy 2. Perfect to show that new Xbox One X off, or you can always try one of these 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
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds 
Call of Cthulhu: The Official Game
Okami
Agony
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game
Battle Chef Brigade
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Far Cry 5

The best upcoming Xbox One games PAGE 2
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

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.

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.