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Upcoming Xbox One games for 2021 and beyond

Upcoming Xbox One games 2021
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The list of upcoming Xbox One games just got seriously exciting because of all the new titles announced during the Xbox and Bethesda E3 2021 showcase.  Microsoft, its studios, and other publishers are still supporting the Xbox One with plenty of titles coming out this year and into next. And that's despite the fact that the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S launched at the tail end of last year with all of their associated upcoming Xbox Series X games and Xbox Series X launch games, there are still plenty of upcoming Xbox One games on the horizon.

The continuing strength of the upcoming Xbox One games list is thanks to Microsoft's promise to keep including the now last-gen console as part of the Xbox gaming ecosystem with the new consoles, along with PC. Basically, there's still plenty to look forward to on the Xbox One. 

We've highlighted all of the upcoming Xbox One games we're most looking forward to, ordered by launch date. 

2021

Cris Tales

Cris Tales

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Release date: July 20, 2021
Genre: RPG

What is it? A turn-based RPG with a glorious art style. 

What to look out for: Cris Tales is a turn-based RPG, but with a bit of a twist. Playing as Crisbell, you can manipulate time, giving you the ability to jump both on the map and in-battle. You must complete a series of missions with the help of Matias, a talking frog, by working in the past, present, or future to change their fate. Plus, sending an enemy to different time periods will also change their characteristics, making battles quite the strategic feat. 

Riders Republic

Riders Republic

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Release date: September 2, 2021
Genre: Racing/action 

What is it? A sprawling open world sports game with bikes, skis, snowboards, and wingsuits.  

What to look out for:  If you’re one of those people who prefers their bones to stay inside their bodies but still enjoys extreme sports, might we suggest a trip to the world of Riders Republic. Comboing up chaotic bike races with the chill of skiing and snowboarding, this massive open world is full of multiplayer competitions to test your skills. If you loved Steep but wanted some desert heat to balance out the snow, then the mix of sports here should definitely appeal. There are even 50 player races that look like an accident and emergency incident waiting to happen. We can’t wait. 

Life is Strange: True Colors

Life is Strange: True Colors

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Release date: September 10, 2021
Genre: Narrative adventure

What is it? The next Life is Strange game, from developer Deck Nine. 

What to look out for: In Life is Strange: True Colors, you play as Alex Chen who is reunited with her brother after eight years in the foster care system. However, the happy reunion celebrations don't last long as her brother is killed in a mysterious accident. Thankfully, she's gifted with the power to see and manipulate people's emotions, and can use them to find out the truth behind her brother's death. 

Rainbow Six Extraction

Rainbow Six Extraction

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Release date: September 16, 2021
Genre: Action

What is it? A brand new three-player tactical co-op FPS set within the Rainbow Six universe. 

What to look out for: Rather than existing as a spin-off of the highly successful Rainbow Six Siege, this is actually a new game entirely. Rainbow Six Extraction is is a brand new three-player co-op PVE multiplayer title, where you play as Rainbow Operators facing off against a mutated alien parasite that's started infecting the human race. Yum. 

Far Cry 6

Far Cry 6

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Release date: October 7, 2021
Genre: Action-adventure

What is it? Far Cry is back, and it's got angrier. 

What to look out for: Far Cry 6 is the latest in the long-running series and will take us to a fictional country called Yara, set on an island in the heart of the Caribbean, which is clearly based on some Southern American locations. The country is run by the president, Anton Castillo (played by Giancarlo Esposito of Breaking Bad and Mandalorian fame), who was elected off the back of his idea to rebuild paradise, but as you can see, it's not exactly going to plan. Thus, a guerrilla revolution has risen up to fight against him, and you play as one of the guerrilla fighters, a character called Danny Rojas - who you can choose to play as male or female.

Back 4 Blood

Back 4 Blood

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Release date: October 12, 2021
Genre: Survival Horror

What is it? A co-op zombie survival horror with a focus on four-player co-op.

What to look out for: This is Left 4 Dead 3 in all but name, even though this is technically a new IP. It's the same four-player co-op gameplay, with vast numbers of zombies, different types, and offers the same distinctive style and loud personality that you'll be familiar with from the Valve games. It's a fantastic romp for you and your friends and we can't wait to team up. 

Battlefield 2042 

Battlefield 2042

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Release date: October 22, 2021
Genre: FPS 

What is it? A new campaign free Battlefield set in a grim near future 

What to look out for: With no single player campaign or Battle Royale mode to worry about for Battlefield 2042, DICE is going all out on providing the ultimate multiplayer experience this year. There’s no single player narrative but that doesn’t mean that we’ve not got a world ending backstory for the up to 64 player action as climate change has ended society as we know it and left factions scrambling for power. This is the backdrop for Battlefield’s return to its traditional Conquest and Breakthrough modes as well as a new squad-based challenge called Hazard Zone. DICE, of course, has plans for full seasons and the gradual release of more specialists post launch.      

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

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Release date: October 26, 2021
Genre: Action-adventure 

What is it? A single player Marvel adventure with decision-based gameplay. And Groot. Obviously.

What to look out for: A single player action adventure game isn’t the first thing that springs to mind when you think of an interactive Guardians of the Galaxy experience but Eidos-Montreal has made a bold choice in letting us just play as Star-Lord. Voiced by none other than Troy Baker - stop swooning - Peter Quill is our lone touchpoint for the crew and has to constantly deal with the politics of being in charge of a band of alien misfits. This means that decisions we make actually matter and will affect the way this fresh Marvel story unfolds. At least when it all gets too much, we can crank up the ‘80s hits.      

Forza Horizon 5

Forza Horizon 5

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Release date: November 9, 2021
Genre: Racing 

What is it? An open world racing game set in Mexico 

What to look out for: Xbox One owners rejoice. The Forza Horizon 5 reveal wouldn’t stop talking about all those Series S and X improvements but Playground Games’ beautiful racing experience is coming to the previous generation. With more than a hundred cars to choose from, we’ll be hurtling across the constantly changing landscape of Mexico with a new rich Forza campaign. Whether we’re racing across arid deserts, lush jungles, through cities and ruins, or even discovering active volcanoes, this promises to be an even more incredible experience than Horizons. Who needs to get on a plane, eh?  

Dying Light 2

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Release date: December 7, 2021
Genre: RPG / Survival horror

What is it? A sequel to the ever-popular Dying Light. 

What to look out for: Parkouring zombie killing is the name of the game in Dying Light, and you're about to do it all again in Dying Light 2. Building on the success of the original, this game takes place 15 years after the first, with one human settlement still standing amongst the infected world. This one is leaning heavier into the RPG elements, with difficult choices to make that result in sacrifices and locking off parts of the map. You'll help some, and hinder others, but it'll be an exciting journey nonetheless. It's bigger, better and more brutal. 

Halo Infinite

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Release date: Holiday 2021
Genre: Action-adventure

What is it? The next-gen, next stage adventure for Master Chief and co.

What to look out for: Originally slated to release in Holiday 2020 as an Xbox Series X launch title, 43 Industries' follow-up to 2015's Halo 5 is now coming in 2021, and it'll be a simultaneous release on Xbox One and Xbox Series X. During a recent showcase, a trailer showed off our first proper look at gameplay in Halo Infinite. The 8-minute video offered a glimpse at some of the new features coming to Master Chief's arsenal, including a grappling hook. 

Jurassic World Evolution 2 

Jurassic World Evolution 2

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Release date: Late 2021
Genre: Theme park simulation 

What is it? A zoo management sim with a prehistoric flavor, a star-studded cast, and plenty of running and screaming.  

What to look out for: Games like Planet Zoo are nice but sometimes it’s important to feel a true sense of risk with theme park sims. That feeling  of ‘oh my, did I build enough emergency shelters for when the T-Rex inevitably gets bored of goats?’ Frontier Development’s follow-up to the original simulation game escapes the Muertes Archipelago and gives us even more creative tools and customization options as we take on new environments. New flying dinosaurs are now in the mix - looking forward to containing those - and there’s a campaign starring both Jeff Goldblum and Bryce Dallas Howard. Did we say the magic word? 

2022

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands  

Wonderlands

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Release date: Early 2022  
Genre: Looter shooter 

What is it? A fantasy Borderlands spin-off set in an alternative Dungeons & Dragons world 

What to look out for: Have you ever played Bunkers & Badasses? No? Those who experienced Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep DLC for Borderlands 2 will be up to speed on her chaotic alternative to D&D but, don’t worry, you don’t need to know much. Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands once again sees her take on the role of Bunker Master as we embark on a fantasy campaign for up to four players in co-op. Expect everything you know from Borderlands with some added spellcasting and complete chaos and you’re on the right page. That is, until Tina rips it out and does something entirely different...  

Somerville

Somerville

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Release date: 2022
Genre: Adventure 

What is it? A narrative adventure where we play as a family trying to survive amidst a sci-fi catastrophe. 

What to look out for: When a project is from a studio led by the founder of Limbo and Inside developer Playdead, you know that it’s not going to be all kittens and rainbows. The beautifully stylized Somerville looks like another agonizingly stressful narrative journey as we follow a family through a major disaster. Given that we’re even joined by the family dog, you can just tell that the threat of loss amidst chaos is going to be a pervasive theme. At least we have until 2022 to prepare. 

Party Animals 

Party Animals

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Release date: 2022  
Genre: Party game

What is it? A chaotic physics-based brawler with adorable pudgy animals and absurd weaponry.  

What to look out for: There’s absolutely no shortage of party games where the name of the game is to annihilate your friends but none of them let you play as a kitten or a corgi and force you to fight over gummy bears. Party Animals is the latest in a long line of physics-based chaos machines but stands out with its frankly adorable roster of characters. A dinosaur called Underbite, Carrot the bunny, and Otta the, well, otter are all waiting for you to arm them with crossbows and kill each other in hilarious ways. How could we disappoint them?  

A Plague Tale: Requiem 

A Plague Tale: Requiem

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Release date: 2022
Genre: Action adventure 

What is it? A trip back to the rat-infested world of 14th century France with a pair of young siblings 

What to look out for: A Plague Tale: Innocence was a lovely rat-packed surprise when it launched back in 2019 (no, a rat didn’t write this) but we really didn’t expect a sequel from Asobo Studio. A Plague Tale: Requiem though will continue to follow brother and sister duo Hugo and Amicia as they, this time, try and escape a curse. Once again we’re promised a ‘brutal, uncaring world’ to explore and the trailer had a literal giant wave of rodents so we know the glittering eyed beasties will return too. Here we were thinking we could say ‘rats all folks…’

Skull and Bones

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Release date: TBC 2022
Genre: Pirate ship sim

What is it? A naval combat game themed around pirates and being a pirate. 

What to look out for: Although it's been delayed, and delayed, you should still be excited about Skull and Bones. Taking inspiration, and source material, from the naval combat sections of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, Skull and Bones is all about making masts crumble into matchsticks, bringing multiplayer to that watery combat with big boats and a lot of loot. There's a single-player campaign too, where you can practice your best Jack Sparrow impression, we're just not sure when you'll actually get to play it.

TBC

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Release date: TBC
Genre: Action adventure / Lego

What is it? All nine Star Wars films remade in one Lego game. Epic. 

What to look out for: The Star Wars / Lego crossovers have consistently delivered blocky brilliance, but this is going to be something else. Being able to play every Star Wars movie in one ultimate compendium is going to be amazing, especially when you consider that this isn't a remaster of the original Lego Star Wars game, but brand new games with graphics that blend realistic elements with Lego blocks and figures, with constant splashes of developer TT Games' trademark humor. Just watch the trailer and tell me I'm wrong.

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2

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Release date: TBC
Genre: RPG

What is it? A vampire RPG - need we say more?

What to look out for: Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 throws you into the seedy underbelly of Seattle where creatures roam, but thankfully you're a vampire. Turned as an act of vampire terrorism during the 'Mass Embrace', you'll soon get caught up in vampire faction politics, where you're still just trying to deal with your new way of life. This is an RPG at its core too, filled with player choices, a strong narrative, and branching dialogue options too. 

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2

Release date: TBC
Genre: Adventure

What is it? A surprise sequel to Hellblade coming to Xbox Series X. 

What to look out for: Okay, so technically this is really for our list of upcoming Xbox Series X games, but we have a sneaking suspicion it may well also launch across the Xbox One family too. The sequel, called Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 is a bit of a mystery right now, as all we've had for it is a slightly unnerving teaser trailer, which involves face paint/blood, scary singing and chanting, and more disembodied arms with fingers trying to grab at you. Nightmarish. It all suggests another harrowing journey for our troubled hero.

Beyond Good & Evil 2 

Release date: TBC
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 civilization that explores slavery, control, genetic engineering, cultural cross-pollination, and all the long-term, spiraling 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.