Kingdom Come: Deliverance arrived last week, bringing a weird and wonderful world of medieval RPG sim-ery. Reactions are mixed but overall people like the ambition, even if the execution's a little ropey.
Before that there was Monster Hunter World , which was more uniformly positively received. Even if all the talk of it being 'the most accessible yet' was basically bullcrap.
However, it does mean the Xbox One slowly warming up to the year. Sea of Thieves and Far Cry 5 are now barely weeks away. Plus there's the co-op crim-sim A Way Out too, from Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons dev, Starbreeze. The question is, what are you going to play first?
The good news is that, along with Sea of Thieves, we'll be getting some more Xbox exclusives in the shape of Crackdown 3 and State of Decay 2. Although they're still wafting about slightly dubious 'Spring' dates. Fingers crossed.
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
A Way Out
Sea of Thieves
Far Cry 5
State of Decay 2
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
The best upcoming Xbox One games PAGE 3
Kingdom Hearts 3
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Beyond Good & Evil 2
The Crew 2
Release date: March 16, 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.
Sea of Thieves
Release date: March 20th
Genre: Online action-adventure
What is it? An online open-world where you join fellow motley pirates, crafting your own stories as you sail the waves.
What to look out for: D'you remember the days when Rare turned around and said things like, 'our next game is about a forgotten character in Diddy Kong Racing who now swears and fights turds'? OK, Sea of Thieves isn't quite that much of a departure, but it's a classically Rare-like step into the unknown. A cartoony, pirate-themed MMO, it enables players to craft their own stories as they join a crew, grab a ship and, presumably, brutally attack unsuspecting passers-by. The brief glimpses of high seas action served up at E3 2016 point to a rollicking adventure that looks like it'll provide us with our first worthwhile pirate game since Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag. Rare hasn't elaborated much on those custom story tools, and there are also rumours of first-person features, yet despite the remaining questions, our timbers are very much shivered by this ocean outlaw.
A Way Out
Release date: March 23, 2018
Genre: Co-op action-adventure
What is it? A split-screen co-op tale of two rogues trying to break out of prison, who reluctantly team up for mutual benefit. In other words, not exactly an Orange is the New Black buddy comedy.
What to look out for: Spearheaded by Josef Fares, the mind between Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, A Way Out going to have you control either Vincent or Leo, who both have the urge to get out. Interestingly the screen is going to be split, with one player perhaps being in a cutscene while the other sneaks around the unsuspecting NPC or takes advantage of their partner's distraction. It looks like collaboration and planning is going to be a key part of the game, and seeing as you can't play it solo it's going to be bonding exercise with either a buddy or an online stranger for many players.
Far Cry 5
Release date: March 27, 2018
What is it? Another bout of free-form, open-world anarchy, this time in a location much closer to home.
What to look out for: Making notable steps forward in both gameplay and subject matter, Far Cry 5 could – after a couple of so-so sequels and spin-offs – be the series’ next, stand-out sequel. Moving the action to America for the first time, Far Cry 5 is set in modern-day Montana. Even more intriguingly, it might have – if Ubisoft is willing to follow through – one of the most relevant and controversial stories in recent AAA gaming.
Dealing with the very real issue of isolationist, survivalist cults, Far Cry 5 puts you up against a militant ‘faith, freedom, and firearms’ militia in control of a huge swathe of the Montana countryside. Along the way, you’ll recruit a resistance, call in gun-mounted cropdusters, ally with combat priests, and make friends with Good Dogs who will both sick enemies for you, and cheerily bring back those enemies’ guns like so many happily retrieved sticks. And for the first time in the series’ history, there will be a fully-featured character creator, meaning that you can play as whoever you want.
Release date: March 2018
Genre: Action-adventure exploration platformer
What is it? A side-scroller heavy with the influence of Castlevania, which will have you slashing your way past demons as you puzzle your way through an eerie mansion.
What to look out for: If you lie awake at night missing Castlevania, I have some excellent news. The mastermind behind the later 2D series, Koji Igarashi. is hiding away working on his newest game. Centred around orphan Miriam, it’s a tale about her voyage to lift the curse that’s slowly turning her skin into crystal. As would be expected, she’s not crazy about the idea of becoming a walking mineral, so she sets off to hunt down a summoner who has suffered from the same affliction for a long time. Nostalgia will hit you in the face if you’re a fan of Castlevania, as it’s got the same seamless action, gothic atmosphere, and haunted locale spelunking.
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.