It seems that Microsoft is taking their sweet time with the Xbox Series X. In particular, when it comes to revealing details about the exclusives and other titles that will be available for it, especially at launch.
Whether or not this tactic will end up working for them remains to be seen. However, what we do know is that we already have a good idea of what to expect when the Xbox Series X launches at the tail end of 2020, where it’s set to compete with Sony’s very own offering, the PlayStation 5.
With that said, trying to keep up with what exclusives will be available for the Xbox Series X can be quite tiring.
As such, we’ve decided to help you, our readers, out.
Below, you’ll find a list of the best Xbox Series X exclusives confirmed to release for the next-generation console. Additionally, we’ve also included other exclusive titles rumoured to hit the latest Xbox console.
When it comes to first-party Xbox titles, none can get bigger than Halo.
The franchise is arguably responsible for putting the original Xbox on the map way back in 2001. In fact, it’s essentially synonymous to the Xbox brand. However, despite its popularity during the 2000s, Halo wasn’t able to maintain the momentum. As a result, it didn’t really much of an impact in the 2010s.
It also didn’t help that Halo 5 Guardians was both a commercial and critical success.
Fans, in particular, were left disappointed with the less-than-stellar gameplay and lacklustre campaign of Halo 5 Guardians.
The eventual release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection for the PC on Steam could help reinvigorate mainstream interest in the franchise. However, a successful release in Halo Infinite could be what really restores the AAA title to its former status.
Unfortunately, we can’t really say much about Halo Infinite just yet.
Outside of being a cross-generational title and a “spiritual reboot”, Microsoft has so far remained mum regarding the details surrounding the highly anticipated Halo title.
If it’s any consolation though, we do know for sure that Halo infinite will be one beautiful game. This is because it will take full advantage of the additional processing power available on the Xbox Series X.
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade was arguably the best game you hadn’t heard of released for the previous console generations.
While it was deemed a commercial and critical success, not a lot of gamers had a chance to play Senua’s Saga: Hellblade, which is a shame.
The dark fantasy action-adventure title drew heavily from Celtic culture and Norse mythology. It used this inspiration to great effect to deliver a narrative that also managed to blend several genres together. This includes everything from psychological horror and puzzle-solving, among many others.
The game was unique in that it featured a protagonist suffering from intense psychosis. This manifested itself in numerous ways. This includes frequent hallucinations and delusions of voices inside her head, as well as memories from her horrible past.
Judging from what we’ve seen so far, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II is looking to feature even more of the same thing. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. This is because the first title was widely praised for its actor’s live-action performances and how well it depicted mental illness in psychosis patients.
With Ninja Theory now having the full financial backing of Microsoft to develop the sequel on top of the power of the Xbox Series X, expect Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II to deliver one hell of a trip once it arrives.
What do you get when you create a video game that draws heavy inspiration from the works of H.G Geiger?
You know, the same guy responsible for giving us the nightmarish set pieces of Alien.
Well, you don’t need to look far to find out the answer to that question. This is because Ebb Software’s Scorn is it.
The developers describe Scorn as an “atmospheric first-person horror adventure”, and thanks to the trailer that showed us a glimpse of what to expect from the game, we know for sure that they’ve succeeded in making sure that the game fits the description down to the very T.
Unfortunately, it’ll be a while before we get more details about Scorn.
For now, what we can deduce is that this Xbox Series X exclusive seems to be a cross between fantasy horror and sci-fi, which is a combination that has always done well as far as inducing nightmares go.
Was it ever really a surprise that Gears 5 would make its way on our list?
The latest instalment in the Gears of War franchise will get a much-improved look for the Xbox Series X courtesy of Microsoft’s Smart Delivery system. Already released for the Xbox One, Gears 5 will have access to better hardware on the Xbox Series X. This includes 60-fps cutscenes, among many other things.
As for the story itself, Gears 5 is set just right after Gears of War 4, albeit the focus this time around will be more on Kait Diaz, who first appeared in Gears of War 4.
Gears 5 is arguably the biggest game in the franchise yet. It’s got a larger map and far more content. Also, in addition to this, Gears 5 will let players bring along two other people to provide crowd control support for the main character.
Gears 5 also introduces a new game mode in “Escape” where players will have to fight their way outside from inside a Swarm hive as they attempt to destroy it.
Gears 5 was already a beautiful game for the Xbox One and Xbox One X.
Adding the Xbox Series X to the mix, along with its 4K 60fps capabilities, should only add to the eye candy.
Cyberpunk themes seem to the trend for the Xbox Series X.
Case in point, The Ascent.
The third-cyberpunk-centric game for the Xbox Series X following Cyberpunk 2077 and Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2, this solo and co-op RPG will put players deep inside a cyberpunk world.
As is the case with most games following the said theme, the world in The Ascent is being run by a greedy and capitalistic mega-corporation. However, when the said corporation, named the Ascent Group, crumbles, it leaves a power vacuum that every other aspiring corporation and criminal gang is looking to fill.
It is then up to the players to try and introduce some organization into this anarchic world.
The Ascent will borrow the same top-down perspective used in the Diablo franchise. However, instead of using spells and swords, like Diablo, you’ll be using technology and other weapons to try and help restore some order back into the world.
Unlike the other Xbox Series X exclusives on our list, The Ascent doesn’t look like a next-gen title.
Then again, we’re smart enough to not judge the book by its proverbial cover by now, and with an interesting plot going for it, The Ascent could offer plenty of fun once it releases for the Xbox Series X.
Rare is one of the most esteemed companies in the gaming industry.
Unfortunately, the last few years have not been good for the England-based video game development studio.
Save for Sea of Thieves, Rare has not had a noteworthy release in recent years, but, they might be looking to change that with the expected launch of the Everwild for the Xbox Series X as one of its exclusives.
We already know what Everwild is going to look like. It borrows a lot of aesthetic elements from Sea of Thieves, which is a good thing. However, what we do know is what the game is going to be like. Although, judging by the fact that you get to interact with a colourful world filled with all sorts of creatures, we’re guessing it’s going to be an open-world title.
Either way, what form Everwild takes doesn’t really matter as much as when it will release.
Call of the Sea
What would you do if your spouse was lost in the South Pacific?
Most women would mourn, but eventually, move on. After all, the South Pacific is not a small place. Not Nora though, because, nothing will apparently stop her from trying to figure out what happened to his late husband.
Set in the 1930s, the plot of Call of the Sea is interesting, but not as much compared to its graphics.
Atypically beautiful, Call of the Sea mixes painting-like graphics with next-generation weather and lighting effects to achieve something that would have probably been impossible to do years ago.
Rumored and Expected
Forza Motorsport 8
Technically, Forza Motorsport 8 doesn’t exist yet.
We only have rumours of a new Forza title to go by, but considering that we just saw the release of Forza Horizon 4, a more circuit-based focused take on the Forza franchise, which Forza Motorsport, has always been about, seems likely.
With that said, the rumoured launch title for the Xbox Series X will look to give Microsoft a much-needed weapon in the race-sim war against the PlayStation 5 and its very own, Gran Turismo 7.
10 years since the release of the highly disappointing Fable 3, a sequel to the iconic RPG franchise might be headed to the Xbox Series X.
There’s no official word of its release yet, but rumour has it that it is in development. However, with Lionhead Studios now no longer around, development has been passed to Playground Games, who, back in 2018, were reportedly trying to recruit more members to work on what would likely be an ambitious project.
Microsoft Flight Simulator
For those that don’t know, Microsoft Flight Simulator is a series of simulation video games that lets players take control of all kinds of airplanes in multiple flying scenarios, from relaxing weather to realistic storms.
The franchise is already 10 games strong, and the 11th game is expected to release anytime soon.
However, with the launch of the Xbox Series X imminent, we wouldn’t be surprised if the latest title is delayed so that it would release along with the next-generation console.
The former Xbox-exclusive series will return with Psychonauts with Double Fine Productions in charge of development.
The story will reportedly follow Raz as he attempts to use his power to revive Maligula.
Unfortunately, while it’s been confirmed to be in development, we don’t know exactly when it will release. However, with another showcase set for July, we might just see Microsoft unveil more details of Psychonauts 2 then.
We’ve only seen one major showcase from Microsoft so far and yet, we have all these confirmed titles and rumoured launches already.
With Sony setting the bar high with their own games showcase, Microsoft likely won’t let themselves get left behind. As such, expect the July showcase to be even bigger than the one Microsoft previously held.
Pair that with the natural progression of how developers usually unveil titles as a console launch date draws near, and things are definitely looking up for the Xbox Series X.
With that said, expect a whole lot more games to be confirmed for the next-generation console in the coming months.