Editor’s note: Release dates and windows may change in the forthcoming months.
Project Scorpio may still be a year away, but Microsoft has an excellent lineup of games for Xbox One fans to sift through in the months to come. From entries in long-running series like Forza Horizon 3 to huge, multi-platform releases such as Dishonored 2 and Battlefield 1, there’s sure to be a game for everyone by the end of the year. Whether you’re a Day One adopter or just recently picked up your new console, check out some of the most anticipated Xbox One games below.
Forza Horizon 3 (September 27)
Microsoft’s Forza Horizon series continues to be one of the best choices for both hardcore racing fans and casual players, with its beautiful open worlds offering players a variety of fun challenges and even more badass cars to drive. Forza Horizon 3 takes the fun to the land down under, Australia, and includes more than 350 vehicles. If you want to race with your friends, a new four-player cooperative mode and a twelve-player online free roam mode give you plenty of options, and with the Xbox Play Anywhere program, Xbox One players can enjoy the game with their friends on PC.
XCOM 2 (September 27)
Set twenty years after humans have been forced to surrender to an invading force of aliens, XCOM 2 continues Firaxis Games’ signature brand of tough-as-nails turn-based strategy, with you now commanding a rebellion force out of a stolen Avenger carrier ship. Unlike most of the other games on this list, since XCOM 2 already came to PC earlier this winter, we don’t just hope it’s good — we know it is. It remains the only game we’ve review the entire year to receive a perfect score, with particular praise going to its wide variety of mission structures and improvements on the already-fantastic formula established in 2012’s XCOM: Enemy Unknown.