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The best upcoming Xbox Series X games: 2022, 2023, and beyond

The Xbox Series X and Series S have now been out for over a year, bringing better resolution, higher frame rates, and ray tracing to gamers around the world. These upcoming Xbox Series X games promise to continue to show off all those bells and whistles in fun, new experiences.

If you’re eager to find out what Microsoft has in store for the years ahead, we’ve rounded up every game confirmed so far, including new offerings, franchise installments, and ports of existing titles. We’re looking beyond the first-party projects here to encompass all the great games coming to this powerful new piece of gaming hardware.

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2022

Saints Row - August 23, 2022

Saints Row - August 23, 2022
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Shooter, Adventure
Developer Deep Silver Volition
Publisher Deep Silver
Release August 23, 2022
The Saints are back in town, but it’s a brand new town and an all-new gang of Saints. This reboot is completely overhauling the story the games had built up, which makes sense considering how impossible it would be to follow up where that story left off. Now, the team wants to make a more grounded story and game, though we still do see plenty of comedy and arcade-style gameplay that set it apart from something trying to be strictly realistic. There’s been a distinct lack of competition for GTA in the third-person, open-world crime space, so we’re glad to see a new attempt to spice up that genre. This reboot will hit on August 23.
SAINTS ROW Official Announce Trailer

Overwatch 2 - October 4, 2022

Overwatch 2 - October 4, 2022
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Shooter, Strategy
Developer Blizzard Entertainment
Publisher Blizzard Entertainment
Release October 04, 2022
Somewhat a sequel, but more of a massive expansion to the original, the PvP mode of Overwatch 2 will be arriving early in October and will be free to all players. This game will bring back every existing character from the original, plus continue to add new colorful and expressive characters to the roster. Overwatch 2 will cut the team sizes down to just 5v5, and make plenty of balance changes to characters and maps to accommodate the new team format. The best part is if you own the first game, it will automatically update into the sequel when it launches.
Overwatch 2 Announce Cinematic | “Zero Hour”

A Plague Tale: Requiem - October 18, 2022

A Plague Tale: Requiem - October 18, 2022
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Adventure
Developer Asobo Studio
Publisher Focus Entertainment
Release December 31, 2022
The sequel to the hit indie title A Plague Tale: Innocence, this game has a lot of similarities to the Senua games. It is a smaller, more focused title with an emphasis on story, strong combat design, and graphical design that is almost unbelievable for the size of the team. The game will be a direct follow-up to the first game, following Amicia and Hugo, and will arrive sometime in 2022.

Scorn - October 21, 2022

Scorn - October 21, 2022
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Xbox Series X|S
Genre Adventure, Indie
Developer ebb Software
Publisher ebb Software, Kepler Interactive
Release December 31, 2022
First-person horror game Scorn drops players into a nightmarish, puzzle-filled world. The game has been in the works since 2013 and is finally being released as the ultimate horror experience on Xbox. According to developer Ebb Software, the world of Scorn draws visual inspiration from Swiss painter H.R. Giger and Polish painter Zdzislaw Beksinski, and conceptual inspiration has come from works by notable writers Franz Kafka, Thomas Ligotti, and J.G. Ballard, among others. This is going to be a nightmarish experience like no other.

Gotham Knights - October 25, 2022

Gotham Knights - October 25, 2022
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Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Hack and slash/Beat 'em up, Adventure
Developer WB Games Montréal
Publisher WB Games
Release October 25, 2022
A spiritual successor to the Batman: Arkham series, Gotham Knights is a co-op action RPG starring Batgirl, Red Hood, Robin, and Nightwing. The game was slated to launch sometime in 2021 on Xbox Series X, but after multiple delays, has finally settled on a release date of October 25, 2022. Although a successor to the Arkham games, Gotham Knights isn’t being developed by Rocksteady Studios (we’ll get to what that team is working on in a moment). Instead Warner Bros Montreal, the studio behind Arkham Origins, is at the helm.

Skull and Bones - November 9, 2022

Skull and Bones - November 9, 2022
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Platforms PlayStation 5
Genre Adventure
Developer Ubisoft Singapore
Release November 08, 2022

Four years after the initial announcement, Skull and Bones is finally launching in November. The final version of Skull and Bones is a mix of Ubisoft’s open-world titles, survival games, and a more detailed version of the Assassin’s Creed series’ naval combat. Are players still interested after the title has seen so many delays? And will it stack up against the success of Sea of Thieves?

Sonic Frontiers - TBD 2022

Sonic Frontiers - TBD 2022
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Platform
Developer Sonic Team
Publisher Sega
Release December 31, 2022
Don’t call it a Breath of the Wild clone just yet, but Sonic is going open world in his next 3D adventure: Sonic Frontiers. This seems like a natural fit for the speedy blue hedgehog, although we are still only cautiously optimistic considering his legacy of 3D titles. For now, with so little seen, and only a holiday 2022 release date known, we can only hope that this change to the formula can reinvigorate this iconic character’s status in the gaming industry.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII — Reunion — Winter

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII — Reunion — Winter
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Role-playing (RPG)
Developer Square Enix
Publisher Square Enix
Release December 31, 2022

OK, we all really want Final Fantasy 7: Remake, but this is the closest thing we are likely to get on Xbox for at least a while. And while it is a remake of a PSP game, it is not at all that much of a step down. In fact, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7: Reunion might end up being a much better place for Xbox fans to start with the series. It’s a prequel to 7, has a similar action RPG style of combat, and, most importantly, is actually on a console we can play it on.

Marvel's Midnight Suns 2022

Marvel's Midnight Suns 2022
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Strategy, Tactical
Developer Firaxis Games
Publisher 2K
Release December 31, 2022
The Marvel train keeps on trucking with a collaboration no one saw coming. Firaxis, makers of the insanely popular XCOM and XCOM 2 revivals, are taking on the Marvel license with the somewhat niche Midnight Suns. Taking cues from their tactical, turn-based games, this game won’t be nearly as brutal as their prior games in that space. You will lead a team of occult-focused heroes, including fan favorites like Blade and Ghostrider, to face off against a demonic threat. While originally scheduled for early 2022, it has since been delayed to sometime in this fiscal year ending in early 2023.
Marvel's Midnight Suns - 'The Awakening' | Official Announcement Trailer

2023

Hogwarts Legacy - February 10, 2023

Hogwarts Legacy - February 10, 2023
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer Avalanche Software
Publisher Portkey Games
Release December 31, 2022

The long-rumored open-world Harry Potter game is finally here, and it has a name. Hogwarts Legacy is set in the world of Harry Potter, of course, but new developer Portkey Games appears to be taking the story in a different direction. Although the game was announced during Sony’s September PS5 event, Hogwarts Legacy is also launching on Series X.

Hogwarts Legacy – Official 4K Reveal Trailer

Redfall - Q2 2023

Redfall - Q2 2023
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Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Xbox Series X|S
Genre Shooter
Developer Arkane Austin
Publisher Bethesda Softworks
Release June 30, 2023
The newest game from Arkane Austin is a brand new and very exciting concept. Set in an open world called Redfall, this will be a co-op-focused shooter where players are let loose on an island infested with vampires. The sun has been blocked out, making you, a human, constantly in danger in a sort of 30 Days of Night-style scenario. Using a suite of guns, magic, and anti-vampire tech, you and your squad need to survive against the bloodthirsty hunters. Like Starfield, this game was also originally meant to come out in 2022 but will now arrive sometime in the first half of 2023.

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum - Early 2023

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum - Early 2023
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Adventure
Developer Daedalic Entertainment
Publisher Nacon, Daedalic Entertainment
Release September 01, 2022
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is a narrative-focused adventure game that focuses on the events that occur between Gollum finding the One Ring and the start of the Lord of the Rings story we all know and love. Deadalic Entertainment inked a deal with Middle-earth Enterprises to develop this project, meaning the game will be more akin to the books, not the movies. This title has been delayed a few times and is now set to come out sometime in early 2023.

Starfield - Q2 2023

Starfield - Q2 2023
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Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Xbox Series X|S
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer Bethesda Game Studios
Publisher Bethesda Softworks
Release June 30, 2023
Starfield is Bethesda’s first original RPG in 25 years. Originally aiming to hit the coveted November 11, 2022, release date, the studio was forced to delay the game. Bethesda has not revealed much outside of a teaser shown at E3 2018 and a second one at E3 2021. We don’t have many of the important details yet, but we do know that the game will be a single-player experience and come exclusively to Xbox in the first half of 2023.

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League - TBD 2023

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League - TBD 2023
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Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Shooter, Adventure
Developer Rocksteady Studios
Publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Release December 31, 2023
Rocksteady isn’t making Gotham Knights because it’s busy working on Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice LeagueIt’s one of a few confirmed next-generation exclusives, launching on Series X sometime in early 2023 after numerous delays. We don’t know much about the game yet, but it takes place in the Batman: Arkham universe and is set in an open-world Metropolis. We also know the four playable characters in the game: Harley Quinn, King Shark, Deadshot, and Captain Boomerang.

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor - TBD 2023

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor - TBD 2023
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Adventure
Developer Respawn Entertainment
Publisher Electronic Arts
Release December 31, 2023
We all knew a sequel was coming, but until the 2022 Star Wars Celebration, we were forced to sit and wait. We finally got an announcement, trailer, and release window for Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. The new game will be current-gen only, meaning it can take full advantage of your Series X. The sequel is set five years after the original, following Cal on his continued quest for survival as one of the last Jedi in the galaxy being hunted down by the Empire. We can expect new force powers, better combat, and a darker story when this sci-fi adventure finally arrives.

Street Fighter 6 - TBD 2023

Street Fighter 6 - TBD 2023
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Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Fighting, Arcade
Developer Capcom
Publisher Capcom
Release December 31, 2023
For the first time Xbox players will finally be able to join in on the biggest fighting game franchise ever with Street Fighter 6. Taking lessons learned from the bare-bones launch of Street Fighter 5, this sequel promises to hit the ground running with plenty of modes, including a new World Tour mode that lets you run around and explore Metro City in a new type of single-player adventure. The core, as always, will be in the fighting, though. Featuring rollback netcode, this will be the best feeling the series has been since going online.

Minecraft: Legends - 2023

Minecraft: Legends - 2023
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Strategy, Arcade
Developer Mojang Studios, Blackbird Interactive
Publisher Xbox Game Studios
Release December 31, 2023
Hold on to your blocks, folks, there’s a new Minecraft game coming! We already had a great spinoff with Minecraft Dungeons, but now Mojang will let us become legends with this new action and story-focused experience in the familiar world of blocks, Creepers, and Pigmen. Minecraft Legends looks to be the most ambitious side project for the series yet, appearing to be mainly third-person and have a slightly more stylized art style, plus a story that promises to be far more important than anything else we’ve seen in that universe.

Forza Motorsport - 2023

Forza Motorsport - 2023
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Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Xbox Series X|S
Genre Racing, Simulator
Developer Turn 10 Studios
Publisher Xbox Game Studios
Release December 31, 2023
The Forza games really hit it off starting with Forza Horizon in 2021, and while it is unfortunate we won’t get another racer in 2022, we can at least look forward to the stunning Forza Motorsport returning for current-gen systems sometime in 2023. Technically this is the eighth game in the Motorsport sub-series under Forza, but instead, the team decided just to simplify things and reboot the title back to Forza Motorsport. Expect to see the highest level of detail in vehicles, racetracks, and weather effects your screen can display when this racer drops on your system.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl - 2023

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl - 2023
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Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Xbox Series X|S
Genre Shooter, Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer GSC Game World
Publisher GSC Game World
Release December 08, 2022
Microsoft didn’t show much of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 in its initial showcase, but at E3 2021, we got a new name, the first look at some gameplay, and the release date of April 28 for the Series X, which was first delayed to December 8, only to be put on indefinite hold due to the conflict in Ukraine impacting the developers. Despite the ongoing conflict, the team now predicts a 2023 release. A PC-exclusive series for many years, this survival horror shooter will likely stretch the limits of the Series X when it launches. If you need more horsepower, it’s coming to PC, too.

Games with no release window

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide
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Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Shooter, Adventure, Indie
Developer Fatshark
Publisher Fatshark
Release September 13, 2022
We still don’t know much about Warhammer 40K: Darktidebut it comes from Vermintide developer Fatshark, so that provides a pretty big clue. It’s a four-player co-op shooter where you take on mobs of enemies, similar to Left 4 Dead.

Perfect Dark

Perfect Dark
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Xbox Series X|S
Genre Shooter
Developer The Initiative
Publisher Xbox Game Studios
The first game from a brand new Microsoft studio called The Initiative was revealed to be a revival of the long-dormant Perfect Dark series. We haven’t seen this espionage sci-fi FPS since Perfect Dark: Zero launched with the Xbox 360, but the original N64 game is still considered one of the all-time greatest FPS games. The game has only had a teaser announcing its existence, so we know next to nothing about it, though we hope it will stay true to the stealth and gadget-based gameplay of the original. For now, we have no clue as to when it will arrive, but it likely won’t be until 2023 at the earliest.

Dragon Age

Dragon Age
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Role-playing (RPG)
Developer BioWare
Publisher Electronic Arts
Release December 31, 2023
Technically, Dragon Age 4 isn’t confirmed for Xbox Series X. It’s just confirmed as a “next-gen experience.” As a massive third-party IP, though, it’ll probably launch on Series X. We don’t have a release date, or really any information about the next Dragon Age game, but don’t expect it soon. At best, the release date won’t be until 2022 or 2023.
Dragon Age Official Teaser Trailer - 2018 Game Awards

The Elder Scrolls VI

The Elder Scrolls VI
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Xbox Series X|S
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer Bethesda Game Studios
Publisher Bethesda Softworks
Just like StarfieldElder Scrolls VI was announced at E3 2018 and is still years away from release. Pete Hines of Bethesda recently revealed on Twitter that the Elder Scrolls VI wouldn’t launch until after Starfield. With the Xbox Series X, we can expect more expansive maps and faster loading times, though there is no definitive date as to when we might set foot once again on the continent of Tamriel.

Alan Wake II

Alan Wake II
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Shooter, Adventure
Developer Remedy Entertainment
Publisher Epic Games Publishing
Release December 31, 2023
The long-awaited sequel to what was originally a timed Xbox 360 exclusive, Alan Wake 2 promises to ramp up the horror like never before. It’s been over a decade since the original game, but we have hope for this writer’s return via the DLC chapter in Control that brought those two universes together. All we know is that this game won’t be coming until 2023 at the earliest, so there’s still a long wait ahead for the next chapter in this dark tale.

State of Decay 3

State of Decay 3
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Xbox Series X|S
State of Decay 3 exists, and that’s about all we know. A follow-up to Undead Labs’ open-world zombie game a few years ago, State of Decay 3 is launching exclusively on Xbox Series X and PC and will be coming to Game Pass on release day.

Avowed

Avowed
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Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Xbox Series X|S
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer Obsidian Entertainment
Publisher Xbox Game Studios
Release December 31, 2022
Avowed is probably still a few years off, especially with The Outer Worlds DLC shipping soon. We know, however, that it’s coming, and it’s coming exclusively to Xbox Series X and PC. It’s a presumably open-world, first-person RPG similar to Skyrim. The game takes place in Eora, the same world as Pillars of Eternity, and features melee combat and spell-casting, at least based on the teaser.

The Outer Worlds 2

The Outer Worlds 2
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Xbox Series X|S
Genre Role-playing (RPG)
Developer Obsidian Entertainment
Publisher Xbox Game Studios
Revealed at E3 2021, The Outer Worlds 2 is the next installment to the small, well-received sci-fi RPG from Obsidian entertainment. We only got the smallest of announcement trailers, but based on just that, we know that the same level of humor and self-awareness will be in the sequel. Despite being a sequel, the game will focus on a brand new cast in all-new environments. The teaser ends without a release date, so this one may take quite a while to arrive.

Fable

Fable
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Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Xbox Series X|S
Genre Role-playing (RPG)
Developer Playground Games
Publisher Xbox Game Studios
The Fable franchise is getting a reboot with Fabledeveloped by Forza Horizon studio Playground Games. We don’t know much about the game, short of a vague announcement trailer shown during Microsoft’s July Xbox Series X showcase. We don’t have a release date yet, so it’ll likely be many moons before we dive back into the fantasy world Lionhead created years ago. We do know, however, that the game is coming to Xbox Series X and PC, and that it’s launching on Game Pass.

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman
Developer Monolith Productions
If you’re more of a DC fan, the teaser for the upcoming Wonder Woman from Monolith should be on your radar. The teaser only showed glimpses of the iconic character, her whip, and some narration. That’s not much to go on, but we do know that this is the studio that created the very unique nemesis system with the Shadow of games set in the Lord of the Rings universe. We hope to see that implemented in this game too, but for now, not even a release window is known, let alone how the game will play.

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Genre Role-playing (RPG), Adventure
Developer Hardsuit Labs
Publisher Paradox Interactive
Set in a dark and reimagined Seattle, Bloodlines 2 is the sequel to a 2004 cult classic. In this action RPG, you play as a human who is killed and revived as a thinblood — aka a relatively weak vampire. You can customize your character via a handful of upgradable disciplines and even pledge your allegiance to a vampire clan and navigate the World of Darkness, an alternative Earth where vampires, werewolves, demons, and other creatures shape human history. Vampires must stay hidden from the human race as much as they can, but rogue vampires have been publicly attacking the population of Seattle and causing tension between the city’s clans. Your decisions will change the balance of power in the city.

Senua's Saga: Hellblade II

Senua's Saga: Hellblade II
Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Xbox Series X|S
Genre Adventure
Developer Ninja Theory
Publisher Microsoft Studios
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II is the next entry in the Hellblade franchise from developer Ninja Theory. Senua’s Saga is a direct sequel to Hellblade: Senuas Sacrifice, which focused on a broken Celtic warrior who was haunted by visions and voices in her head as she fought for the soul of her lover. The developers of the first game tapped neuroscientists and people who experience psychosis to create the eeriness of the first Hellblade, which we expect to carry on in the second.
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II – The Game Awards 2019 – Announce Trailer (In-Engine)

Star Wars: Eclipse

Star Wars: Eclipse
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Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 5
Genre Adventure
Developer Quantic Dream
Publisher Lucasfilm Games
In a very strange marriage of studio and IP, we have Quantic Dream, best known for their choice-driven narrative experiences like Heavy Rain and Detroit: Become Human, announcing a new game set in the Star Wars universe. Star Wars Eclipse was shown off with just a CGI trailer so far, but if those visuals are anything to go by, this game will at least be visually impressive. We’re eager to see if the branching narrative storytelling this studio is known for can create a compelling story in this sci-fi setting.

Everwild

Everwild
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Platforms PC (Microsoft Windows), Xbox Series X|S
Genre Adventure
Developer Rare
Publisher Xbox Game Studios
Release December 31, 2024
Announced during the XO19 event by Microsoft, Everwild is the new title from Rare Studios. Everwild is an adventure game with a similar art style to that of Rare’s Sea of Thieves. There has not been a confirmed release date or much information about the gameplay. However, check out the trailer for Everwild to get a glimpse of what the game will look like graphically.
Official Everwild Eternals Trailer - Xbox Games Showcase July 2020

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