Towards the end of last month, Microsoft announced Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, The Surge, and Black Dessert as the latest additions to the Xbox One's Game Pass service. Even if the console lacks much in the way of notable exclusives, particularly if compared to its direct competitor's offerings, Xbox One owners are not completely starved of exciting news and highly anticipated releases. Although the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch tend to hog most of the limelight, Microsoft's platform has quite a packed lineup of titles set to be published over the next eight months!
With E3 quickly approaching, we can expect the industry to deliver a steady flow of information to build anticipation for any upcoming releases. Hopefully, certain games will receive a fixed release date, while others shine a light on their gameplay and provide an indication on whether the endpoint is in sight. Until then, the only option is to hope for the best and speculate on the titles likely to hit the scene in the near future. While the thought of playing some of these upcoming games is almost too exciting, recent titles have developed an irritating habit of either being delayed or - even worse - not being delayed despite desperately needing it. Therefore, it is best to keep expectations to a minimum. That being said, these games are unquestionably destined for awesomeness and we refuse to hear otherwise! Bring on the hype!
Here are 15 Xbox One titles coming in 2019 (and 10 fans predict for 2020)!
25 2019: Gears Of War 5
Gears of War 5 is arguably the most highly anticipated Xbox One exclusive confirmed for 2019. While an exact release date has yet to be announced, all signs indicate the third-person shooter is nearing completion. Similar to other exclusives, Gears of War 5 will be immediately available through Game Pass.
Unlike the 4th entry, Gears of War 5 seems set to follow Kait Diaz rather than JD or Marcus Fenix, although both are expected to return. By this point, the Coalition should be familiar enough with the Gears of War franchise to produce a sequel capable of reaching the same heights as the original trilogy. If nothing else, the gameplay will be tight and engaging.
24 2020: Halo: Infinite
With four years elapsing since Halo 5: Guardians, it is high time Microsoft's flagship property stages a triumphant return. At the moment, precious little is known about Halo: Infinite, although fans can rest easy knowing the narrative focuses on Master Chief. Certain whispers propose a Winter 2019 release may be on the cards, especially since the franchise tends to publish its numbered entries towards the end of the year.
After taking over creative duties from Bungie, 343 Industries has yet to hit a home run. For the sake of the franchise and Microsoft's future, Halo: Infinite should not be rushed out of the gate before it is properly cooked. If 2020 ensures a smoother experience, then push the game back.
23 2019: Skull & Bones
Ubisoft's swashbuckling adventure is presumed to arrive into port sometime during this year. Along with a multiplayer component, Skull & Bones offers players the chance to embark on a single-player campaign in the Indian Ocean. So far, the trailers have shown quite a lot of promise. The gameplay boasts a tactical edge that should hopefully separate Skull & Bones from Ubisoft's other open world projects.
The Xbox One is already home to a pirate-themed IP in RARE's Sea of Thieves. Be that as it may, Ubisoft's upcoming release opts for a more realistic aesthetic and action-packed tone than Microsoft's exclusive.
22 2020: Cyberpunk 2077
Has a game ever been subjected to as much hype as CD Projekt Red's upcoming RPG? The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt won all the awards and propelled the studio to the top of the industry. CD Projekt Red deserves every ounce of praise flung its way; consequently, Cyberpunk 2077 has massive shoes to fill. Unlike the developer's previous franchise, Cyberpunk 2077 opts for a first-person camera, a choice that proved rather divisive among players.
Due to Warner Bros' being announced as the RPG's North American publisher, Cyberpunk 2077 could very well be released sometime during 2019. That being said, 2020 seems more likely. Permitting the game is published sometime before 2077, we are willing to wait!
21 2019: Borderlands 3
Putting aside the whole controversy concerning the Epic Store, which does not relate to the console versions anyway, Borderlands 3 is finally on the horizon. Considering Borderlands 2 hit the scene in 2012, nobody could have predicted seven years would pass for the next numbered game to arrive on the market. Similar to the recent games, Borderlands 3 works as a single-player or co-op experience, with the latter being the preferred method to traverse this universe.
Four new characters are set to be introduced, although fans can expect a couple of familiar faces to make an appearance. It is all about the loot.
20 2019: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
When it comes to EA's apology for Star Wars Battlefront II, reports suggest Microsoft may have struck some form of partnership with the publisher. While details are still sketchy, Xbox One owners can presumably look forward to some unique Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order content. Even without any additional prizes, Respawn's upcoming single-player title is arguably the most exciting project related to George Lucas' property of the last couple of years.
Fallen Order is still a bit of a mystery. We know it is an action-adventure game set after the order is given to purge the Jedi, but little of the actual gameplay has been shown. EA cannot afford another miss.
19 2020: Starfield
Speaking about companies in desperate need of a win, Bethesda dropped the ball so spectacularly with Fallout 76, the developer effectively squandered any goodwill amassed throughout the years. Introduced as a teaser trailer at E3 2018, Starfield is a space RPG and has been in development for a number of years. Bethesda typically prefers to spread its projects quite far apart, so Fallout 76's 2018 release eliminates any chance of Starfield arriving in the subsequent year.
Conversely, Bethesda finds itself in an unusual position of weakness. Fallout 76 turned the developer into a laughing stock, so Bethesda may opt to release Starfield sooner rather than later.
18 2019: Wolfenstein: Youngblood
Scheduled for a July 26, 2019 debut; Wolfenstein: Youngblood takes place two decades after the events of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and stars B.J. Blazkowicz's twin daughters. Machine Games has already confirmed it is working on a direct sequel to 2017's fantastic shooter; until then, a spin-off should tide fans over.
With already three solid games under its belt, Wolfenstein has been on absolute fire following the franchise's modern reboot. Wolfenstein: Youngblood will be priced at $30, suggesting an experience closer to that of 2015's The Old Blood rather than the main series. Either way, Youngblood should be a fun ride!
17 2019: Team Sonic Racing
Sonic the Hedgehog is incapable of producing a constant string of respectable games. The awesome Sonic Mania was followed by the messy Sonic Forces, while Sonic Generations stands out as a golden nugget amidst a sea of 3D mediocrity. Although the main games are predictably unpredictable, surprisingly, Sega's spin-off racing series has proven quite consistent. 2012's Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed ranks among the greatest kart racers of all time, and that is no exaggeration.
While not a direct sequel, Team Sonic Racing is being handled by the same studio behind the franchise's previous racers. The transforming aspect has been removed in favor of cooperative gameplay. Whether this is a change for the better is anybody's guess.
16 2020: The King Of Fighters XV
Despite earning a PC port, 2016's The King of Fighters XIV failed to make the jump to Microsoft's console. With SNK planning to publish the sequel in 2020, it remains to be seen whether the Japanese developer considers expanding to other consoles besides the PlayStation 4.
The fighting genre is hardly lacking for contenders. An exhausting progression system notwithstanding, Mortal Kombat 11 boasts the series' most satisfying combat. Dragon Ball FighterZ was a highlight of 2018, while Street Fighter V remains popular at competitions. If lacking, The King of Fighters XV could see SNK's property fall down the pecking order.
15 2019: Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
Once upon a time, Crash Bandicoot stood at the forefront of Sony's brand. Naughty Dog's original trilogy is rightfully recognized as a classic and established the orange marsupial as the PlayStation's mascot. Nowadays, Crash Bandicoot belongs to everyone! Not to take anything away from the thoroughly enjoyable Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, but Crash Team Racing is the one we have been waiting for.
Produced by Beenox, a studio primarily associated with an array of Spider-Man titles, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled remasters CTR while also including content from the decent Crash Nitro Kart. Along with Team Sonic Racing, 2019 is shaping to be a great year for kart racers.
14 2020: Remothered: Going Porcelain
Do you appreciate an intense survival horror game? Then, Remothered: Tormented Fathers merits some attention. Published in 2018, this Italian horror indie title pays homage to Clock Tower and other classic entries in the genre. Told from a third-person perspective, Tormented Fathers centers around a woman seeking the uncover the secret behind a strange house belonging to a Dr. Richard Felton. As the first chapter in a planned trilogy, Tormented Fathers cements the series as one worth noticing.
In 2020, Remothered: Going Porcelain should be released on all current consoles. Permitting the sequel fine-tunes some of its predecessor's rough edges, Going Porcelain may prove to be the year's best horror title.
13 2019: Psychonauts 2
There was a time when a sequel to Tim Schafer's quirky platformer seemed like nothing more than a pipe dream. Psychonauts is funny, challenging, intelligent, and just plain awesome! Unfortunately, 2005's mind-bending jumper struggled to find an audience and only began to gain traction once a PC port arrived in 2011.
Crowdfunding deserves credit for making Psychonauts 2 a reality. In 2016, the sequel raised nearly $4 million, a sum that exceeded the campaign's financial goal. Xbox One owners should watch a playthrough of 2017's Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin, a Virtual Reality entry bridging the first and second entries.
12 2020: Wrath: Aeon Of Ruin
A proper blast from the past, Wrath: Aeon of Ruin is designed for those old-school gamers longing for a return to classic run-and-gun shooters popularized during the 1990s. Utilizing the Quake engine as a launching point, Wrath: Aeon of Ruin is co-developed by 3D Realms, a studio who dates back to the days of the MS-DOS and Duke Nukem. Console players will have to wait until 2020 to relive the glory days, although the first episode is slated to enter Steam Early Access sometime during Summer 2019.
Hopefully, Wrath: Aeon of Ruin offers more than just a dose of nostalgia.
11 2019: Ori And The Will Of The Wisps
Forget Gears of War 4 or Halo 5: Guardians; Ori and the Blind Forest is the best Xbox One console exclusive. Even if Forza Horizon 4 fans may not agree with this statement, 2015's stunning platformer checked all the boxes on route to becoming a modern classic. Great gameplay? Check. Interesting story? Check. Beautiful visuals. Check, check, and check!
Ori and the Will of the Wisps switches a few things around; however, for the most part, the sequel appears to offer more of the same. In this case, consistency is definitely not a negative trait. If the screenshots and trailers are to be trusted, Ori and the Will of the Wisps will be absolutely gorgeous!
10 2019: A Plague Tale: Innocence
Taking a break from adapting Pixar movies into video games, Asobo Studio is working on a fascinating puzzle game set during the Hundred Years' War. A Plague Tale: Innocence chronologies the efforts of a pair of siblings as they attempt to dodge infected rats and dangerous knights. The studio seems to have gone to great lengths to meticulously forge a realistic aesthetic, with the pre-release exhibits mainly focusing on the gritty and dirty world these children call home.
A Plague Tale: Innocence's release date is May 14, 2019. As the Summer season tends to be packed with big AAA projects, A Plague Tale: Innocence could present a welcome change of pace.
9 2020: System Shock Remastered
Initially slated for 2018, System Shock's remaster was pushed back to allow extra time for the project to grow. Often cited as the inspiration behind BioShock, Looking Glass Technologies' 1994 action-adventure game is nothing short of a masterpiece. Along with featuring one of the greatest villains of all time, System Shock's 3D engine changed the industry for the better. Remaking this classic is a gutsy move for any developer.
System Shock 3 is also currently in development, although there has yet to be any information regarding a release window. Revisiting the original System Shock seems like a fun way to pass the time.
8 2019: Battletoads
Who asked for a new Battletoads? Considering 2017 blessed the world with a sequel to – of all franchises – Bubsy the Cat, then anything is possible. Primarily remembered for its absurd difficulty spikes, Battletoads was originally developed by RARE, although the upcoming entry is in the capable hands of DLaLa Studios.
Presented in a 2.5D artstyle, Battletoads feels destined to be added to Xbox Game Pass and promptly forgotten. Who knows? Perhaps, Microsoft manages to pull off a surprise and captures lightning in a bottle. Stranger things have certainly happened. More importantly, should Battletoads launch with an easy mode?
7 2019: RAGE 2
RAGE 2 was among 2018's most alarming reveals, primarily because 2011's open-world shooter came and went without leaving much of a lasting impression. While not terrible, Rage is in desperate need of a personality transplant.
Rage 2's trailer is colorful, energetic, comedic, and crazy; all characteristics absent from the original game. Assuming the marketing has not been completely misleading, Rage 2 basically seems like Borderlands but with realistic graphics. Honestly, that sounds excellent! As the developer behind Mad Max, Avalanche Studios is already responsible for creating one of the generation's most underrated open world games. Could history be set to repeat itself?
6 2020: Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
Based on a table-top game, 2004's Vampire: The Masquerade typifies the concept of a cult classic. An RPG about a human turned vampire, Bloodlines weaves an intriguing narrative of betrayal, loyalty, and politics. Personal agency truly matters. Players shape their own path and pledge allegiance to the clans they deem worthy. The combat could benefit from a touch more polish, but the good definitely outweighs the bad.
At long last, Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines 2 is a reality! Opting for a first-person perspective, Bloodlines 2 introduces players as weak vampires called thin-blood, who are generally treated like lower-class citizens by other biters.
5 2019: DOOM Eternal
Due to a poor marketing campaign, 2016's Doom amassed very little in the way of hype prior to its release. At the time, few seemed overly hopeful about the influential franchise's modern reboot. Luckily, time would prove such fears to be completely unfounded! Doom is 100% unfiltered adrenaline sold in video game form.
As a result of its predecessor's success, Doom Eternal is among 2019's key releases. Almost coming across as an expansion, Doom Eternal's trailer instantly eliminates any doubt regarding id Software's plans for the future. Doom Eternal is simply more Doom and that should be more than enough for most fans.
4 2019: Control
Meshing gaming and TV, Remedy Entertainment went for broke with 2016's Quantum Break. As the studio behind Alan Wake and the original Max Payne games, Remedy knows a thing or two about telling captivating stories featuring supernatural or sci-fi elements. Declining to shake things up too greatly, Control provides players access to a nifty multi-purpose weapon and a slew of supernatural abilities. The campaign takes place within a skyscraper and the map is free to explore rather than sticking to fixed levels.
Control has potential. In fact, Remedy's projects always have potential. Unfortunately, many of the studio's games tend to buckle under the weight of their own ambition.
3 2020: Assassin's Creed: Whatever Or Watch Dogs 3?
Earlier this year, Ubisoft confirmed plans to publish 3-4 AAA games between April 2019 and March 2020. Assuming Skull & Bones is included among them, that leaves a bit of room for speculation. At the moment, the publisher is yet to announce any sequels to its flagship franchises, but this could easily change over the upcoming months.
The fact Watch Dogs 2 underperformed commercially diminishes the odds of a third entry being produced. That being said, Ubisoft may be unwilling to give up on the series simply due to one soft launch. As Ubisoft seems unwilling to allow two years to pass without a new Assassin's Creed, 2020 will likely coincide with the release of a sequel to Odyssey.
2 2019: Phoenix Point
Announced in 2016, Phoenix Point has flown under-the-radar. Set to be published towards the end of this Summer, Snapshot Games aims to produce a tactical epic in the vein of X-COM, with Phoenix Point being labeled as a spiritual successor to the latter's earliest entries. Promoting comparisons to such a brilliant series feels like a recipe for disaster; however, the claim holds a little more weight when coming from the man responsible for creating X-COM.
Phoenix Point takes place after an alien menace has already defeated most of Earth's forces. It is up to a group of surviving humans to mount a defense against this overwhelming extraterrestrial force. Sound familiar?
1 2020: Beyond Good & Evil 2
With a beta anticipated for the end of the year, Beyond Good & Evil 2 appears set for a full-release in 2020. A prequel to 2003's critically beloved albeit commercially disappointing action-adventure game featuring a talking pig, Beyond Good & Evil 2 barely holds a passing resemblance to its predecessor. According to Ubisoft, Beyond Good & Evil 2 holds an entire solar system that is simply waiting to be explored.
Rather than a fixed protagonist, Beyond Good & Evil 2 lets players create their own characters. Although the campaign can be played in single-player, a shared universe should also be possible. Consequently, a constant internet connection is required. Beyond Good & Evil 2 sounds almost too good to be true.