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Upcoming Xbox Series X games for 2022 and beyond

As we march onwards into 2022, the array of upcoming Xbox Series X is quite staggering, with some seriously top-notch games set to launch this year. The vast array of new Xbox Series X games to look forward to, which we'll outline below, is pretty staggering. We've organized this list in release date order (including those with TBC releases), so get your calendar ready.

It's worth remembering that a lot of these will be landing on Xbox Game Pass, so we've also indicated which those are on the list. From the likes of Forza Horizon 5 to the highly anticipated return of Master Chief in Halo Infinite, you're sure to find something to add to your wish list. 

Whether you're lucky enough to have an Xbox Series X or you're lusting after that elusive Xbox Series X stock, this round-up of the most exciting upcoming Xbox Series X games is here to keep you up to date on everything on the way. 

2022

Rainbow Six Extraction

Rainbow Six Extraction

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Release date: January 20, 2022
Developer / Publisher: Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft
Genre: First-person shooter
Game Pass: Yes

Set several years in the future, Rainbow Six Quarantine isn't a spin-off of the highly successful Rainbow Six Siege, but something new entirely. In it, you'll play as one of the Rainbow Operators who are having to face off against a totally new breed of mutated alien parasite that's started to infect the human race. It's a three-player co-op affair, where you play in PVE matches against this new, rather terrifying foe. Ubisoft promises "tense, chaotic, and totally unpredictable missions", and judging by Rainbow Six Siege, we don't doubt it. 

Dying Light 2

Dying Light 2

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Release date: February 4, 2022
Developer/Publisher: Techland
Genre: Action
Game Pass: No

After a number of delays, Dying Light 2 is now scheduled for February 2022. The sequel to the immensely popular parkouring zombie game (sorry, infected not zombies) will deliver a bigger, more expansive open world for players to traverse, which will change permanently according to the decisions you make in-game. With new traversal options and melee attacks, it's bound to also be more impressively brutal than ever too. Just watch out for your own infected level, you don't want to turn too, do you?

OlliOlli World

Screenshots from the colourful skateboarding game OlliOlli World

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Release date: February 8, 2022
Developer/Publisher: Roll7 / Private Division
Genre: Action
Game Pass: No

It's down to you to track down the skate gods in Gnavarna as you explore the vibrant skateboarding utopia that is Radlandia. Meet awesome people, master expressive combos, and master the levels on offer. Or, better get, master them and beat your mates on the global leaderboards. With plenty of customisation and plenty of world to explore, this is going to be quite the skate-venture.

Rumbleverse

Rumbleverse

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Release date: February 8, 2022
Developer/Publisher: Iron Galaxy / Epic Games
Genre: Battle royale
Game Pass: No

Rumbleverse is a new free-to-play battle royale game, with crossplay and cross-progression support. Dubbing itself a Brawler Royale, you'll have to use melee combat and platforming to help you come out on top in Grapital City, with the option to scale buildings and leap between rooftops too. This is also from the studio behind Killer Instinct and Divekick, so will be interesting to see how this one turns out.

Shredders

Shredders

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Release date: February 2022
Developer / Publisher: I-Illusions / Let it Roll
Genre: Sports
Game Pass: Yes

A snowboarding game built by snowboarders, for snowboards. Shredders will see you exploring the mountain range on your board, riding with your friends to discover what the locale has to offer. It looks to be quite the simulation title for those looking for a snowboarding game fix. Let's hit the slopes.

Tiny Tina's Wonderlands

Wonderlands

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Release date: March 25, 2022
Developer/Publisher: Gearbox / 2K Games
Genre: Fantasy
Game Pass: No

This is a high-fantasy spin-off from the main Borderlands series, starring the one and only Tiny Tina - as you may have guessed by the game's title. Tina Tiny's Wonderlands sees Tina play as a kind of Dungeon Master in this one, as she makes all the rules, which should mean plenty of unexpected, and hilarious, chaos. Wonderlands will feature treasures, monsters, and even a Dragon Lord to boot, so quite the detour from the core series. 

Elden Ring

Elden Ring

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Release date: March 25, 2022
Developer/Publisher: FromSoftware / Bandai Namco
Genre: Action
Game Pass: No

Elden Ring is the next FromSoftware offering from Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaka and Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin. Originally announced back in 2018, this will be the developer's biggest game to date, and takes place in an open world filled with rich lore and a bloody history. Explore and fight on horseback as the Tarnished, as you discover the world's various monstrosities, giants, and fantastical creatures. 

GTA 5 / GTA Online

GTA 5 cheats

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Release date: March, 2022
Developer/Publisher: Rockstar Games
Genre: Action
Game Pass: No

GTA 5 and GTA Online is coming to Xbox Series X in 2022, delivering a range of graphical and technical enhancements to Rockstar's epic adventure on a third generation. There will also be a standalone version of GTA Online arriving for the new-gen machine. 

Star Trek: Resurgence

Star Trek: Resurgence

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Release date: Spring 2022
Developer/Publisher: Dramatic Labs
Genre: Narrative / Adventure
Game Pass: No

Star Trek: Resurgence is a brand new third person, choice-driven adventure, from a team of former Telltale developers. Set within the Star Trek universe, you'll meet some new and other more familiar faces as you take on the roles of First Officer Jara Rydek and Engineering Crewperson Carter Diaz, as they navigate a mystery involving two alien civilizations on the brink of war.

Redfall

Redfall

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Release date: Summer 2022
Developer/Publisher: Arkane Austin / Bethesda
Genre: Action / adventure
Game Pass: Yes

Arkane Austin is making a brand new title called Redfall. It's an open-world, co-operative shooter set in the titular town of Redfall, on an island in Massachusetts. But, this usually sleepy town is under siege by vampires. They've blocked out the sun, and cut off access to the island. So now you, and a band of survivors must learn how to take them down. Thankfully, you've got some awesome weapons on your side like UV blasters, stake guns, and magic, to help you.  

Lego Stars Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Rey flips over Kylo's TIE Fighter in Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

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Release date: Spring 2022
Developer/Publisher: TT Games / Warner Bros
Genre: Action-adventure
Game Pass: No

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is giving you the opportunity to play through all nine Star Wars movies in Lego form, with the trademark TT Games humour. You can play them in any order, and there will be 300 playable characters to switch through. It's going to be a Lego Star Wars game like no other, and it looks phenomenal. 

Saints Row

Saints Row

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Release date: August 23, 2022
Developer/Publisher: Volition / Koch Media
Genre: Action
Game Pass: No

Saints Row is back with a brand new reboot of the series, taking us back to the beginning for an origin story that explores the roots of the gang. You'll start with a small team of four, operating out of a fictional city called Santo Ileso, and it'll be up to you how you make your mark on the town. Completing against rival gangs, you'll need to build up your own criminal empire of your choosing. It's still fun and playful in tone, but a little more grown up this time around too. 

Starfield

Starfield

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Release date: November 22, 2022
Developer / Publisher: Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda
Genre: RPG
Game Pass: Yes

As Bethesda's first new IP in over a decade, there's already a lot of pressure riding on Starfield. And now, it's been confirmed that it will count among the upcoming Xbox Series X games. All we have to go on as to what the game is that it's sci-fi RPG set somewhere in space, and you can play as whoever you want to be. From the brilliant flash of light that quickly devours a space station and a planet though in the original teaser trailer, it's clear something is going down in space town. 

S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2

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Release date: December 8, 2022
Developer/Publisher: GSC Game World
Genre: Adventure
Game Pass: Yes

S.T.A.L.K.E.R is back with the highly-anticipated sequel that will see players returning to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. This time around it's even more dangerous, filled with mutants, anomalies, and a whole load of radiation. S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 will see you have to find your way through the Zone or be lost to it forever. 

Sonic Frontiers

Sonic Frontiers landscape screenshot

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Release date: Holiday 2022
Developer/Publisher: Sonic Team / SEGA
Genre: Adventure
Game Pass: No

Sonic's off on his biggest adventure yet, with an 'open zone' game that will see the blue blur exploring a new - and stunning - locale called the Starfall Islands. You'll have enemies to face as you zoom through too, so expect this to be quite the experience.

TBC 2022

Marvel's Midnight Suns

Marvel's Midnight Suns

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Release date: TBC 2022
Developer/Publisher: Firaxis / 2K Games
Genre: Strategy
Game Pass: No

In Marvel's Midnight Suns you play as The Hunter, the very first ever fully customisable Marvel hero. In this strategy game from XCOM dev Firaxis, you'll be partnering up with a roster of 12 iconic Marvel heroes to take down Lillith, the Mother of Demons. 

Gotham Knights

Gotham Knights

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Release date: TBC 2022
Developer/Publisher: WB Games Montreal / Warner Bros
Genre: Action / adventure
Game Pass: No

There's a new Batman game en route, but unfortunately, Batman's dead, leaving the four Gotham Knights to pick up protecting Gotham City. This is a co-op focused, open-world action RPG set in what WB Games is calling the "most dynamic and interactive" iteration of Gotham City ever. Combat is very Batman: Arkham, with our heroes Batgirl, Red Hood, Robin, and Nightwing taking on villains including the Court of Owls and Dr. Freeze. 

Open Roads

Open Worlds

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Release date: TBC 2022
Developer / Publisher: Fulbright / Annapurna
Genre: Adventure
Game Pass: No

Join Tess and her mother Opal on a road trip to discover a whole raft of family secrets. After discovering hidden notes and letters in their home, the mother-daughter duo must travel to long-abandoned family residences to reveal the buried family secrets. They'll embark upon a "journey into the past they'll never forget". Brought to you by Fullbright, the team behind Gone Home and Takoma, it also features the voice acting talents of Keri Russel and Kaitlyn Dever. 

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum

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Release date: TBC 2022
Developer / Publisher: Daedalic Entertainment
Genre: Action-adventure
Game Pass: No

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum has been unveiled as another of the upcoming Xbox Series X games, with a vague 2021 release date. The game will see you play as Gollum, starting out in Barad-dûr, a fortress in Mordor where the corrupted creature is being held prisoner, but you can expect to see plenty more of Middle-Earth beyond that, as the game promises "giant, persistent environments, each harbouring several questlines and a range of friendly or unfriendly faces." That's according to developer Daedelic, in an interview with Edge in early 2020, who describes the game as a "stealth-action-adventure with an intriguing dual-personality mechanic, gigantic levels, and a densely wrought aesthetic inspired by Tolkien's own drawings". 

A Plague Tale: Requiem

A Plague Tale: Requiem

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Release date: TBC 2022
Developer / Publisher: Asobo Studio / Focus Home Interactive
Genre: Action
Game Pass: Yes

Launching as a direct sequel to the original game, A Plague Tale: Requiem will continue the story of brother and sister duo Hugo and Amicia. The iconic rat swarm is still a huge threat, as is the Inquisition. But this will provide an epic finale to the duo's tale, as they seek to look after each other in this brutal, uncaring world.

Party Animals

Party Animals

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Release date: TBC 2022
Developer / Publisher: Recreate Games / Source Technology
Genre: Action
Game Pass: Yes

A multiplayer game with a difference, Party Animals will see you trying to cause carnage as adorable fluffy, plushie critters including corgis, otters, and dinosaurs and more. There are over 100 different ways to mess with your friends both offline and online, both in terms of eliminations, or by using teamwork. Move over chicken dinners, it's all about the gummy bear in Party Animals. 

Somerville

Somerville

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Release date: TBC 2022
Developer / Publisher: Jumpship
Genre: Adventure
Game Pass: Yes

This new sci-fi adventure comes from Jumpship, a new developer studio that's been built in partnership with the ex-CEO and co-founder of Playdead. This game though, Somerville, is set in the wake of a catastrophe, as our family (and their dog) try to unravel the mysteries of Earth's visitors. 

Slime Rancher 2

Slime Rancher 2 reveal still

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Release date: TBC 2022
Developer / Publisher: Monomi Park
Genre: Adventure
Game Pass: Yes

Journey to a brand new location called Rainbow Island in Slime Rancher 2, as our heroine Beatrix LeBeau travels to shores anew. This new locale comes with a batch new slimes, including cotton slimes, angler slimes, batty slimes, and flutter slimes. You'll be collecting them in all your new conservatory farm in the sequel to the gloriously adorable ranching sim.

The Callisto Protocol

The Callisto Protocol

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Release date: TBC 2022
Developer / Publisher: Striking Distance
Genre: Survival Horror
Game Pass: No

The Callisto Protocol is the spiritual successor to Dead Space in all but name. It's a brand new survival horror game from Glen Schofield's own studio, Striking Distance. Set on Jupiter's moon in 2320, you'll face horrific monsters and a conspiracy to cover, which starts at the dangerous Black Iron Prison. This third-person horror is bound to terrify, especially as Schofield aims to keep plenty of mystery around the game between now and release. 

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League

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Release date: TBC 2022
Developer/Publisher: Rocksteady / Warner Bros
Genre: Action
Game Pass: No

A game about the Suicide Squad set in the Batman: Arkham universe? Yes please. Well, thankfully, that's exactly what Rocksteady's making. Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League has got 1-4 player co-op, the same playful tone, and plenty of excellent casting. You can play as Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, or King Shark, who each come with their own signature weapons. You can switch between them at any time, and it looks beautifully chaotic.

Hogwarts Legacy

Hogwarts Legacy

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Release date: TBC 2022
Developer / Publisher: Portkey Games / Warner Bros
Genre: Adventure
Game Pass: No

Aiming to give fans the opportunity to attend the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for themselves, Hogwart Legacy is an open-world action RPG based on the lore of the Harry Potter series. It's set in the 1800s though, so several hundred years before Harry and co enrol, but that doesn't mean there won't be magic to discover. In fact, you're a student with an unusual affiliation with Ancient Magic as you live at Hogwarts. Make allies, battle Dark wizards, and more when Hogwarts Legacy arrives sometime in 2022.

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora

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Release date: TBC 2022
Developer / Publisher: Massive Entertainment / Ubisoft
Genre: Action Adventure
Game Pass: No

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is the long-awaited reveal of the Ubisoft Avatar game from Massive Entertainment. IT will see you play as a Na'vi in a new part of Pandora known as the Western Frontier. This first-person, action-adventure will have you protecting this living and reactive world against formidable RDA forces. This is a standalone story, not connected to the movies too. 

Scorn 

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Release date: TBC 2022
Developer / Publisher: Ebb / Humble Bundle
Genre: Survival horror
Game Pass: Yes

This is a shooter heavily influenced by Alien designer and spooky painter H.R. Giger. So think boney, fleshy, internal organ themes for interior designs. Guns apparently made out of bits of raw chicken and gristle. Wholesome stuff. Finding out what the hell’s going on, or why it’s all so icky is what the game is all about, as you’ll be freely exploring an open world full of interconnecting regions, fighting and solving puzzles to unravel the story behind it all. 

2023

Pragmata

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Release date: TBC 2023
Developer / Publisher: Capcom
Genre: Action Adventure
Game Pass: No

Pragmata feels like if someone took Kojima's Death Stranding and somehow made it even weirder - especially from this early look at the game. Clearly set in New York, the game sees some sort of spacesuit-wearing traveller looking out for a young girl, and eventually taking her to the moon. Holographic cats, robots, and a weird dystopian vibe run throughout, even suggesting the world the characters are existing in isn't even real. We're intrigued by this one.

Alan Wake 2

Alan Wake 2

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Release date: TBC 2023
Developer / Publisher: Remedy Entertainment / Epic Games
Genre: Survival Horror
Game Pass: No

Alan Wake is back at long, long last, some 11 years after the original game's release. Remedy Entertainment is bringing back our favourite writer for a sequel, but this time it's going to be a true survival horror title, with the developer promising a "chilling experience" along with the "familiar psychological horror elements". And, yes, the flashlight is also back.

TBC

Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2

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Release date: TBC
Developer / Publisher: Ninja Theory / Microsoft
Genre: Adventure
Game Pass: Yes

A surprise sequel to Hellblade was revealed alongside the Xbox Series X itself. Called Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2, we don't know actually that much about the game's story yet. The trailer itself doesn't give too much away – apart from the fact it looks fantastically glorious running in-engine – it definitely feels like it takes the same dark, terrifying tone as its source material. It's got foreboding bonfires, weird-ass chanting, and more, which all suggest yet another harrowing journey for our heroine. 

Everwild

Release date: TBC
Developer / Publisher: Rare / Microsoft
Genre: TBC
Game Pass: Yes

Okay, okay, so neither Rare nor Microsoft have said that Everwild is an upcoming Xbox Series X game, but unless it surprise-drops in the next few weeks before next-gen, it almost certainly will be.

This is a brand new IP from Rare – the developer behind Sea of Thieves, Banjo-Kazooie, Battletoads, and more – and all we have so far is the above trailer. It's filled with colorful and fantastical creatures that interact with humans cautiously in a slightly otherworldly setting. It's not clear yet what kind of game it'll be, but there's clearly a threat from predators in this world too. Whatever form it eventually takes, it's clear that it's going to be a beauty. 

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 

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Release date: TBC
Developer / Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Genre: Horror
Game Pass: No 

The original game was a slightly ramshackle but beloved cult classic that was more or less ‘Deus Ex but Vampires’. This takes the same idea but updates it to a modern setting where ‘The Masquerade’ - the rules by which vampires stay hidden - has been broken upheaving the brittle peace between numerous factions, each with different skills and abilities. Like the first game this is about crafting a supernatural character whose abilities shape your approach to its open missions - you can fight, sneak, or talk your way through a world of turf wars, subterfuge and political machinations, with you actions affecting everyone around you. 

As Dusk Falls 

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Release date: TBC
Developer / Publisher: Interior/Night / Xbox Game Studios
Genre: Narrative adventure
Game Pass: Yes

Former Quantic Dream design lead Caroline Marchal heads up the new studio  INTERIOR/NIGHT behind this interactive drama, featuring a strong team of veterans from places like Bioware, Sony London, and even Pixar. Set in the American Southwest, as Dusk Falls is a multi-generational story that begins with two families caught up in a hostage situation. The story that unfolds takes place over decades and explores how mistakes can be passed on from generation to generation. 

Avowed

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Release date: TBC
Developer / Publisher: Obsidian / Xbox Game Studios
Genre: RPG
Game Pass: Yes

Avowed is a brand new title from Obsidian Entertainment, the studio behind The Outer Worlds and Fallout New Vegas. This is another first-person RPG that will no doubt build on the studio's penchant for epic adventures filled with memorable characters and a hint of the silly. We're off to a fantasy world called Eora for this one, and it looks pretty darn impressive, if much darker in tone than we'd usually expect from Obsidian. You've got magical abilities, a really cool sword and you will find yourself facing some seriously big monsters by the looks of things too.  

Fable

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Release date: TBC
Developer / Publisher: Playground Games / Xbox Game Studios
Genre: Adventure
Game Pass: Yes

That's right folks. Fable is officially coming, and it's not quite the Fable 4 sequel we were expecting. Very much a reboot for the series under new developer Playground Games, this new Fable still channels the original games with fantastical creatures and wondrous places. It'll hit Xbox Series X, Windows 10 and Game Pass at some point in the future, we're just not sure when. Or whether we can wait that long. 

Project Oxygen

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Release date: TBC
Developer / Publisher: Far From Home
Genre: Survival
Game Pass: Unknown

This intriguing, super ambitious apocalyptic survival game is in development at Far From Home, a brand new studio made up of devs from Techland (Dying Light, Dead Island), The Farm 51 (Chernobylite), Bloober Team (Layers of Fear, Blair Witch), and Larian Studios (Divinity: Original Sin, Baldur's Gate 3). It's designed to capture the world as it might look if we never course-correct on the climate change issue, which is terrifying to think about but also makes for a timely and unique setting for a survival game. You'll descend into the now-inhospitable planet in a futuristic zeppelin, which will serve as one of your tools for survival and possibly hold the key to reversing the damage done to the planet by climate change.

Forza Motorsport

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Release date: TBC
Developer / Publisher: Turn10 Studios / Xbox Game Studios
Genre: Racing
Game Pass: Yes

Like Fable, the simulation racing series Forza Motorsport is also getting a bit of a soft reboot. Ditching the number rather than launching as Forza Motorsport 8, for example, this is a refresh for the series that's currently early in development. It'll run at 4K, 60fps and focus on delivering a dynamic, connected world. No release date as yet, but when it does arrive it'll launch across Xbox Series X, PC and Game Pass to boot.  

Quantum Error

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Release date: TBC
Developer / Publisher: TeamKill
Genre: Horror
Game Pass: No

TeamKill's next-gen cosmic horror games puts you in control of firefighter Jacob Thomas, who's sent on a rescue mission after an unknown entity wreaks havoc on the Monad Quantum Research Facility. The first-person shooter blends mind-bending visuals with fast-paced action and ferocious boss fights. Meanwhile, an unreliable power grid often sees you relying on thermal vision to navigate different claustrophobic environments. Horror fans would do well not to forget about Quantum Error when it launches on next-gen consoles, hopefully sometime next year.

Dragon Age 4

Dragon Age 4

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Release date: TBC
Developer / Publisher: Bioware / EA
Genre: RPG
Game Pass: Unknown

It's been many moons since we had a fresh trip to Thedas, so the news that Dragon Age 4 is coming is a welcome relief. Although specific details are still fairly scarce, the fact that it is in production is sometimes enough. What we do know is that it'll pick up where we left off in Dragon Age Inquisition, following Solas' story once more.

The Outer Worlds 2

The Outer Worlds 2 reveal still

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Release date: TBC
Developer / Publisher: Obsidian / Microsoft
Genre: Adventure
Game Pass: Yes

The Outer Worlds 2 is a bit of an enigma. While we know it exists and it's had its first trailer, it was more a piss-take of classic game trailer format rather than revealing anything about the game itself. So we'll have to wait for more on this one that will deliver a "new solar system, new crew, same outer worlds". 

New Mass Effect

Mass Effect tease

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Release date: TBC
Developer / Publisher: Bioware / EA
Genre: Adventure
Game Pass: Unknown

After much praying to the video game gods, there is, in fact, a new Mass Effect game en route. Technically Mass Effect 5, it's looking likely that it will pick up after the events of Mass Effect 3 - if the trailer clues are anything to be believed. Info is scarce right now, but it's all looking very promising indeed for Mass Effect fans.

Ark 2

Ark 2

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Release date: TBC
Developer / Publisher: Studio Wildcard
Genre: Survival
Game Pass: Unknown

Ark 2 is the sequel to the immensely popular open-world survival game, Ark: Survival Evolved. This time around it could be that the game will lean a little more into its story, particularly with Vin Diesel starring and onboard the dev team. Otherwise though, expect more of the same dinosaur taming, surviving but in a bigger, beautiful world than ever before. 

State of Decay 3

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Release date: TBC
Developer / Publisher: Undead Labs / Xbox Game Studios
Genre: Survival
Game Pass: Yes

State of Decay is back with the third entry in the zombie survival-horror series. Cleverly called State of Decay 3. Currently in early development, it's looking to bring fans the 'ultimate' zombie survival sim, and from the looks of the first trailer, it's going to brutal. Zombie deers, folks. Zombie deers. Graphically the game looks fantastic, so expect things to be even more gruesome than ever before.  

New Perfect Dark 

Perfect Dark

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Release date: TBC
Developer / Publisher: The Initiative
Genre: Adventure
Game Pass: Yes

This one came as quite the surprise at the Game Awards 2020 - there's a new Perfect Dark game en route from new Xbox Game Studios developer, The Initiative. Rather than another remaster, this is a reboot of the series that keeps the secret agent gameplay and our hero, Joanna Dark, into an eco sci-fi tale set in the near future. Expect plenty of spy gadgets, some gloriously hybrid buildings, and some aliens along the way. 

Indiana Jones

Indiana Jones Bethesda game

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Release date: TBC
Developer/Publisher: MachineGames / Bethesda / Lucasfilm Games
Genre: Adventure
Game Pass: Unknown

There's a brand new Indiana Jones game in the works, and if the cheeky hints in the very short teaser trailer are anything to go by, it could see Indy exploring Rome in 1937. In development at Bethesda's MachineGames studio in conjunction with Lucasfilm Games, it may well involve standing stones and stone circles, and even a lost race of giant cyclops. Don't expect to hear anything about it for a while though, but we're more than intrigued already. It hasn't technically been confirmed for any platforms yet, but if it's not on Xbox Series X, we'll eat our fedora. 

Ubisoft's Star Wars game

Ubisoft Star Wars game

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Release date: TBC
Developer/Publisher: Massive Entertainment / Ubisoft / Lucasfilm Games
Genre: Adventure
Game Pass: Unknown

Ubisoft's Massive Entertainment is working on a brand new, open-world Star Wars game. Not much is known about the title yet, but expect it to take elements from Massive's previous releases - The Division series. It could, therefore, be a photorealistic action-adventure with RPG elements involved, and we do know it is running on Massive's own Snowdrop game engine. But apart from that, any more info is in the air, including official platforms. However, we'd be very surprised not to see it launch on Xbox Series X whenever it does get released. 

Project 007

Project 007

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Release date: TBC
Developer/Publisher: IO Interactive
Genre: Adventure
Game Pass: Unknown

Although not much is known about Project 007 yet, it's exciting to think that a brand new James Bond game is in the works. In development at IO Interactive (of Hitman fame), the game is an entirely original James Bond story focused on his origins. Aside from that though, it's a mystery that we can't wait to hear more about. 

Contraband

Contraband

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Release date: TBC
Developer/Publisher: Avalanche / Microsoft
Genre: Adventure
Game Pass: Yes

From the creators of Just Cause comes Contraband. This is a brand new, open-world, co-op game that is set in the fictional world of Bayan during the 1970s. This smugglers paradise is a bit of a mystery at present, as is the core gameplay, so watch out for more details on this one.

Starfield

Starfield

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Release date: November 22, 2022
Developer / Publisher: Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda
Genre: RPG
Game Pass: Yes

As Bethesda's first new IP in over a decade, there's already a lot of pressure riding on Starfield. And now, it's been confirmed that it will count among the upcoming Xbox Series X games. All we have to go on as to what the game is that it's sci-fi RPG set somewhere in space, and you can play as whoever you want to be. From the brilliant flash of light that quickly devours a space station and a planet though in the original teaser trailer, it's clear something is going down in space town. 

Sam Loveridge
Sam Loveridge

Sam Loveridge is the Global Editor-in-Chief of GamesRadar, and joined the team in August 2017. Sam came to GamesRadar after working at TrustedReviews, Digital Spy, and Fandom, following the completion of an MA in Journalism. In her time, she's also had appearances on The Guardian, BBC, and more. Her experience has seen her cover console and PC games, along with gaming hardware, for over seven years, and for GamesRadar, she is in charge of reviews, best lists, and the overall running of the site and its staff. Her gaming passions lie with weird simulation games, big open-world RPGs, and beautifully crafted indies. Basically, she loves all games that aren't sports or fighting titles!