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The best upcoming Xbox One games of 2020 and beyond

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The upcoming xbox One games list is a fantastic space, partly in due to the Xbox Series X and all of the upcoming Xbox Series X games on the horizon. Microsoft is committing to making sure anything you buy on Xbox One can be played on the next-generation console via the power of Xbox Series X Smart Delivery, and there's tonnes of support for Xbox Series X backwards compatibility too.  

We've highlighted all of the upcoming Xbox One games we're most looking forward to, ordered by launch date, followed by a list of all the known Xbox One release dates. 

If you haven't tried the best games of 2019 or the majority of the best Xbox One games, there's a lot to pick from as you wait for the next big thing to roll around. You can also get a deeper insight into the best upcoming Xbox One games by subscribing to Official Xbox Magazine for a saving of up to 54% on a print and digital bundle.

Tell Me Why

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Release date: August 27, 2020
Genre: RPG

What is it? A brand new IP from Dontnod Entertainment.

What to look out for: The studio that brought you Life is Strange is back with a brand new, narrative-driven, slightly supernatural adventure called Tell Me Why. It tells the story of a pair of twins who are reuniting in their home town after a long time apart. A huge event shaped their childhood, and you'll be able to relive it through their re-experiencing of the events, and decide which of their stories to believe. The game will be told across two chapters, with just the first releasing next month.

Wasteland 3

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Release date: August 28, 2020
Genre: RPG

What is it? The latest in the RPG Wasteland series from inXile. 

What to look out for: The fate of Arizona relies on you, and the fate of Colorado. It's weird, but roll with it. You're a desert ranger, fighting a losing battle to keep Arizona alive. And then the self-proclaimed Patriarch of Colorado gets in touch, offering you aid if you do just one thing for him - rescue his land from three of his bloodthirsty children. You'll have to travel from scorching desert to frozen mountains and start again, building a new base, finding an appropriate vehicle, and fight through a hostile wilderness. The things you'll do to save Arizona knows no bounds. This squad-based RPG features tactical combat, exploration, a reactive story, and brutal ethical decisions, and you can play in single-player or co-op. 

Marvel's Avengers

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Release date: September 4, 2020
Genre: Action adventure
Buy: Marvel's Avengers pre-orders

What is it? Crystal Dynamics' own take on Marvel's Avengers.

What to look out for: Who doesn't want to be a superhero? With a cast of playable characters including Iron Man, Ms Marvel, Hulk and more, Marvel's Avengers looks super awesome. It's going to play a bit like Destiny, but with superheroes instead of Guardian classes, with multiplayer content releasing for months, if not years, after release. These might not be the faces of the MCU's Avengers, but we're intrigued to see what Crystal Dynamics does with the Marvel crew. 

Cyberpunk 2077

Release date: November 19, 2020
Genre: RPG
Buy: Cyberpunk 2077 pre-orders

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. You'll explore an open world called Night City in the first-person perspective, encountering all kinds of friendly or hostile NPCs and trying to fend for yourself in this technologically advanced future.

Halo Infinite

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Release date: Holiday 2020
Genre: Action adventure

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

What to look out for: It's still a few months off, but 343 Industries' follow-up to 2015's Halo 5 is coming, and it'll be a simultaneous release on Xbox One and Xbox Series X. The first Halo Infinite trailer almost seems to suggest that Master Chief's next adventure will have touches of MMO and sandbox gameplay, or at least be more open-ended. We can't wait.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla

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Release date: November, 2020
Genre: Open-world RPG
Buy: Assassin's Creed Valhalla pre-orders

What is it? The Viking-centric next entry in the long-running Assassin's Creed series.

What to look out for: The latest Assassin's Creed epic puts you in the boots of viking raider Eivor, who's leading a Viking expansion into Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. Valhalla will be another open-world RPG with a parallel story running in modern times, focusing on Layla Hassan from Origins and Odyssey. Set to address some of the feedback on Origins and Odyssey while implementing new features all its own, Valhalla looks to be another promising evolution of the series. It's also one of a list of confirmed games supported by the Xbox Series X Smart Delivery program, so it'll be a nice bump in visuals and performance for the next-gen hardware.

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2

Release date: Holiday 2020
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.

Gods and Monsters

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Release date: TBC 2020
Genre: Adventure

What is it? A new adventure set in a Greek world of mythology from the creators of Assassin's Creed Odyssey

What to look out for: Announced at E3 2019, Gods and Monsters is a brand new storybook adventure from the team behind Assassin's Creed Odyssey, which will bring us a brand new, fantastical adventure based on the stories found in Greek mythology. The Gods of Olympus have turned to you for help, embuing you with their powers to take on the mythological creatures that have invaded the Isle of the Blessed. Saving Gods and killing Monsters is your focus, and this adventure will be wrapped up in a beautiful art style that could be one of the most interesting open-world adventures to date. 

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