We're about to enter a bit of a dry spell for upcoming Xbox One games - but that's only because the start of 2019 was so jam-packed with amazing titles. If you haven't tried the best games of 2019 or the majority of the best Xbox One games, there's plenty to tide you over until the next big thing rolls around. Later this year, you'll be up to your next in games like Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order and Gears 5, so now's the perfect time to whittle down your backlog! Here are the upcoming Xbox One games we're most looking forward to, and we'll be sure to add games as they're announced - especially when the windfall of E3 announcements hits.
Release date: May 14, 2019
What is it? Bethesda's shooty sequel that sees you fighting post-apocalyptic gangs and mutants thousands of years into Earth's post-asteroid strike future
What to look out for: Much like the original game this almost looks a little like a slightly more bawdy, scaled down take on Fallout - an open world post apocalyptic shooter with more of a linear, combat focus than full roaming freedom. As well as a range of ferociously eccentric weapons, there are vehicles to get about in, faction to meet/kill and interesting mutant creatures to document (also kill).
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Release date: Holiday 2019
What is it? A new story based Star Wars game from the TitanFall developer, Respawn.
What to look out for: At this point, the release date is all we really have on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. There's little story details other than it's set after Order 66 lead to the slaughter of the Jedi in Revenge of the Sith. By the looks of that title it sounds like we'll be following a Jedi of some kind as they try to escape the Empire's attempt to wipe them out. We know it's third person, and with former God of War director Stig Asmussen at the helm it sounds like a Jedi fighting game's on the way. Whether that's any one we know (Obi-Wan FTW!) remains to be seen but it's an interesting period to set a game.
Release date: April 27, 2019
What is it? A supernatural shooter filled with telekinetic powers as you fight the forces of darkness.
What to look out for: With Alan Wake/Max Payne Remedy behind this you know it's going to be weird, dark and with an interesting/odd story. It sees the hero Jesse using a supernatural, shape changing gun and a range of power to fight an evil, otherworldly force known as The Hiss. It takes place in the Oldest House, the headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Control - government agency tasked with tracking, finding and controlling dark forces and artefacts. With a set up like that this could go anywhere and is all the more exiting for it.
The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan
Release date: TBC 2019
What is it? The first of a series of anthology style horror games from Until Dawn developer Supermassive.
What to look out for: While Supermassive is mostly known for games on other formats like Until Dawn and Rush of Blood, it has a largely excellent track history for schlocky, well crafted horror games (The Inpatient aside). Man of Medan is its first entry in the Dark Pictures series and promises some bloody and nasty scares on a ship that brings... something up from the bottom of the sea.
Release date: TBC 2019
Genre: Third-person shooter
What is it? The next entry in the Gears of War series and one promising big changes.
What to look out for: Sure you think you know Gears of War - big lumbering men shooting from behind walls. But while this has some of that at it's core there's a lot of changes being teased with what we've seen so far of Gears 5, and not just from the abridged name. Firstly Kait is the lead character here for example, which is a big change from the armored chins we've had before. And there are some changes to the core gameplay with what looks like improved speak and melee options. The rest is all a bit of a mystery apparently pivoting on Kait's Locust heritage in some way.
Release date: TBC 2019
What is it? A spin off sequel to Wolfenstein 2 that adds co-op options via twin Blazkowicz's daughters.
What to look out for: The main thing here are the co-op options created by having two main characters: Jess and Soph Blazkowicz. Bethesda has confirmed this is effectively a side story, tangental to a full Wolfenstein 3 but given that it moves far enough into the future to make BJ's kids full grown (the 1908s in fact) it'll be interesting to see what new ideas that introduces, and what it sets in place for a full sequel.
Release date: TBC
What is it? The Witcher meets Deus Ex in a sci-fi RPG where advanced technology has both cured and cursed humanity.
What to look out for: And you thought The Witcher was big. CD Projekt RED has already confirmed that Cyberpunk 2077 "far, far bigger" than Geralt's last hurrah, another open-world RPG taken from an unusual source - in this case a pen-and-paper role playing game last heard of a decade ago. Details are short, as you might expect from a game initially announced five years before its release, but we know it takes place in an open world called Night City, where the residents speak a variety of non-English languages. The original Cyberpunk games featured cybernetic augmentations, corp-hacking, high tech weaponry and cool, cool 1980s sunglasses, so expect all of that, and more.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Release date: TBC 2019
What is it? The sequel to one of the Xbox One’s finest – and most unexpected – games to date.
What to look out for: The original game, Ori and the Blind Forest, immediately stood out among the Xbox One’s indie line-up by being distinctly not much like a stereotypical Xbox One game at all. Delicate, atmospheric, lushly presented, and dripping with dreamlike whimsy, Moon Studios’ iteration on the exploring, platforming, ability-growing model cemented by Metroid is executed with almost enough charm to be a Nintendo game itself. We don’t know a huge amount about the sequel yet – all we’ve seen is an announcement trailer at Microsoft’s E3 2017 press conference – but we do know that it will take Ori beyond the first game’s titular tree village, and out to investigate larger mysteries in the wider world.
Beyond Good & Evil 2
Release date: TBD
Genre: Action-adventure, space exploration
What is it? The long (looooooong) awaited prequel to the last-last-gen classic.
What to look out for: Space monkeys. A vast sector of the universe to explore with your ever-expanding ship crew. Gameplay that scales from ground-level, action-adventure to full-scale, interstellar flight. A densely textured, philosophically fuelled civilisation that explores slavery, control, genetic engineering, cultural cross-pollination, and all the long-term, spiralling knock-on effects that come with that. Beyond Good & Evil 2 might have taken the best part of 15 years to appear, but Michel Ancel’s follow-up looks so, so much grander, more exciting, and more thoughtful than we ever imagined it could be.
Skull & Bones
Release date: 2019
Genre: Action-adventure piracy sim
What is it? Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag without the Assassin’s Creed, basically.
What to look out for: Land? Where you’re going, you don’t need land. Ubisoft‘s entirely sea-based adaptation of Black Flag’s hit pirateering gameplay, Skull and Bones, is currently billed as a tactical action game, in which you take command of a ship and set sail to seek your fortune, build out the strength of fleet, wreck other ships and, well, wreck even more ships. It might not have the giddy, playground-pirate tone of Microsoft’s Sea of Thieves (see next entry), but with a single-player campaign as well as multiplayer, it might be a tad more versatile.
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