The best upcoming Xbox One games for 2018 and beyond

There's been some big new releases recently, with Far Cry 5, A Way Out and Sea of Thieves all arriving almost on top of each other. So plenty to play for the time being, but what about the big games coming to Xbox One in the future? 

Well, we're in 'vague date' territory at the moment with some big names but only promises like Q2 or 'Fall'. That includes big Xbox names like Crackdown 3 and State of Decay 2 , currently promising 'Spring.' Hopefully we'll get some firm dates on those soon.

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
The Crew 2
State of Decay 2
Crackdown 3
Vampyr
Anthem   

The best upcoming Xbox One games PAGE 2
Skull & Bones
Red Dead Redemption 2
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game
Call of Cthulhu: The Official Game
Agony
Kingdom Hearts 3

The best upcoming Xbox One games PAGE 3
Metro Exodus
Cyberpunk 2077
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Beyond Good & Evil 2
DayZ
Ashen

The Crew 2

Release date: June 29, 2018

Genre: Online racer

What is it? The sequel to Ubi racer that sees you driving, flying and boating across a huge open world adventure.

What to look out for: The second game has gone all out with its motoring action, by not only letting you drive just about every vehicle imaginable, you can also switch freely between them. If you get bored of racing you can swap instantly to a plane and soar away from the road. Then, seconds later, swoop over a river and switch to a boat. All of this is happening across a huge, open world interpretation of America, giving you the freedom to indulge just about every kind of racing, flying and boating imaginable. 

State of Decay 2

Release date: "Spring", 2018

Genre: Action-adventure / horror

What is it? The unlikely but welcome follow-up to Xbox 360's brilliantly ragged little zombie game that could.

What to look out for: The first State of Decay pitted you and your community of survivors against an endless horde of undead, maintaining enough supplies to keep your group fed, armed, and defended. State of Decay 2 does seem to follow that basic gameplay formula, but now you can attempt to survive the zombie apocalypse with online or couch co-op with four friends. The E3 showing gave us a good look at the multifarious, layered, interconnecting causality systems running the game's living open-world, and mighty exciting they look too. If you're looking for a serious zombie survival game, keep at least one (possibly detached) eye socket on this one.

Crackdown 3

Release date: "Spring" 2018

Genre: Sandbox action 

What is it? The sequel to the cult hit superhero classic that showed street-wide jumps trump sandbox story-telling any day.   

What to look out for: Well, Crackdown 3 might secretly be the most exciting game in the world. The return of the superpowered open-world, third-person shooter was always going to be welcome, but it comes with some very modern tricks up its latex sleeves. The single-player campaign will hark back to the past, but a co-op mode, set in an entirely different city, uses the power of the Xbox One's cloud servers for full destructibility. By which we mean you can knock down buildings and explode things willy-nilly, all without a hint of performance drop. You have to see it to believe it. GR+s has. We believe in Crackdown 3. Although we'd prefer less of this silent treatment. Microsoft last gave an update on the superhero sandbox early in the summer, reassuring people the game had been delayed to 2017 to ensure the final product was as polished as possible. 

Vampyr

Release date: Q1/2 2018

Genre: Action-RPG

What is it? You assume the role of Dr. Reid, who’s recently been turned into a blood-sucking denizen of the night. It’s up to you to decide whether to kill enough people to become powerful beyond belief, or heal London’s citizens from the Spanish Flu and bring peace back to the city.

What to look out for: Everyone is very familiar by now with the choice mechanic in games. Pick an option, have it affect the rest of the story. Vampyr takes this one step further and puts the entire city of London in your hands. Lap up the blood of its citizens all you like, as the more iron-rich red stuff you ingest will make you more powerful and you’ll be able to use more vampiric powers. But with the Spanish flu ravaging the streets and considering you’re a skilled doctor, you can also heal Londoners. You don’t have to kill anyone - it’s up to you just how monstrous you become. 

Anthem

Release date: Fall 2018   

Genre: Shooter

What is it? Imagine Destiny meets Titanfall, and size down the giant mechs to human-sized exoskeletons called Javelins. That's Anthem.

What to look out for: Looking to be a co-op shooter set some time after nature has reclaimed most of the planet, you're a Freelancer who ventures out beyond the safety of the walls that separate what's left of civilisation from the wilderness. You can explore both underwater and the air using your Javelin exosuit, and by the sounds of it you won't be sticking to one suit either, as Patrick Söderlund described the "unique play style" and "devastating combat" that each suit offers. Four player co-op is looking to be a significant part of Anthem , so get ready to buddy up and explore the lush wilderness with your gun-toting squad.