If you’re looking for games to play with your friends on the Xbox Series X or the Xbox Series S, there are quite a few options to choose from. This is because there are plenty of multiplayer games that are headed to these consoles at lunch and after. As a result, we have decided to curate a list of the best Xbox Series X multiplayer games. It is also important to note that these are some of the best Xbox Series X co-op games as well.
From the latest sequels of longtime franchises to all-new titles, as well as next-gen upgrades to games already available in current-gen consoles, you’ll find the top Xbox Series X and Series S multiplayer games down below.
Forza Motorsport (Exclusive)
Built specifically to harness the power of the Xbox Series X, Forza Motosport, is essentially a soft reboot of the Forza Motorsport series. According to Chris Esaki, creative director over at Turn 10, their goal is to “double down on motorsport” and go back to the franchise’s roots. This indicates that we’ll see more emphasis on tracks and race cars this time around.
Esaki also referred to Forza Motorsport as a “love letter” to longtime fans of the franchise, while also being a welcome entry point for those who are new to it all.
Forza Motorsport is a racing simulation that focuses less on arcade-like experience and more onr realism. This means that each car is built different and don’t drive the same. This has long been a problem for those new players who are more used to arcade-like racing simulations. But, with the recent revelation, Forza Motorsport might tone it down a bit without disappointing veterans.
How they do this will be an interesting point of contention, as well as what kind of multiplayer component Forza Motorsport will have at launch.
Hopefully, it will have split-screen local multiplayer, among many other things.
Sea of Thieves (Exclusive)
Sea of Thieves was initially released in 2017 and has done extremely well for itself since then.
Only three years in, and it’s not surprising that Microsoft decided to bring the game to their next-gen console. The game is essentially an open-world MMO title set in a fantasy world and puts players in the shoes of a pirate. The game gives players a laundry list of things to do. More importantly, players also have the freedom to do whatever else they want.
Pair that with the inherent unpredictability of an MMO title because of the presence of other players, and braving the seas in Sea of Thieves feels just as exciting and chaotic as the open seas in real life are.
Coordinating a massive pirate ship isn’t easy, so is having to fight against rival pirates en route to making a name for yourself as the most notorious pirate there is, but all of these are well worth the pain in exchange of being able to sail on the high seas and entertain yourself for countless hours.
Grand Theft Auto Online
7 years after its initial release on the Xbox One, Grand Theft Auto V will be ported over to the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. But, while seeing a prettier Los Santos is definitely something a lot of fans are looking forward to, what most are most likely excited about is the prospect of playing Grand Theft Auto Online.
The online multiplayer content of Grand Theft Auto V was not something anyone expected to succeed. Not even by Rockstar Games themselves. In fact, they were all but ready to throw in the title on it. But, as the years passed and the game improved, it took on a life of its own, essentially overlapping the single-player campaign in poplularity.
For those who haven’t played it yet, Grand Theft Auto Online is every bit of what you think an online Grand Theft Auto game will look like.
It’s all-out mayhem with very little sense of order, and yet, it’s carved out its own niche as a giant content platform where players congregate and share whatever their minds can concoct using the creator tool.
Fortnite is one of the biggest games on the planet. In 2019, it set the record for the highest prize pool in any video game tournament ever at $30 million for the Fortnite World Cup. Although the record has since been eclipsed by Dota 2’s The International 2019 and 2020 since Fortnite remains a draw until this very day.
So, you can’t really blame Epic games for porting over Fortnite to the next-generation consoles and making it benefit from the added hardware.
On the Xbox Series X, in particular, Fortnite will be able to run at 4K and 120 frames per second. This makes the game look so much better and play so much smoother. The latter is an important advantage. In shooters where speed kills, every frame rate you can squeeze out of your paltform counts.
At launch, Fortnite will use Unreal Engine 4 on the Xbox Series X. However, it will migrate to the Unreal Engine 5 sometime in mid-2021.
Gears 5 (Exclusive)
The Gears of War franchise is synonymous to the Xbox console. It’s the more action-packed and over-the-top shooter counterpart to Halo’s more narrative-driven and space venturing premise.
Naturally, the latest installment, Gears 5, will make its way to the Xbox Series X.
While many have criticized the story of Gears 5, most agree that its biggest strength is its multiplayer. It brings classic modes such as “Classic” and “Ranked Versus”, as well as the more chaotic “Arcade” mode. But, it also has other game modes, with “Escape” better-suited for groups of friends who don’t want to spend literal hours blasting their way through countless waves of enemies in “Horde” mode.
Fun, tense, and action-packed, Gears 5 has a little bit of everything for everyone with its multiplayer offering.
Add the better graphics with the Xbox Series X, as well as the ever-present and ever-excellent cover mechanics that the franchise has built its reputation on, Gears 5 is easily one of the best Xbox Series X multiplayer games.
In contrast to Call of Duty’s more fast-paced and action-oriented gameplay, Battlefield has always favored a more methodical style of play. Multiplayer modes of previous titles have typically favored slower-paced gameplay with large numbers of players clashing against each other in big maps.
With that being said, Battlefield 6turning out differently seems unlikely.
According to EA, they want Battlefield 6 to feature “epic battles”, stating that they want to do it unlike any they have ever done before.
Considering the added power brought by the Xbox Series X’s more powerful hardware, we’re inclined to believe them on their promise of a what looks like the biggest Battlefield game ever to release yet.
Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War
If not for Call of Duty: Warzone, the Call of Duty franchise could be looking at a loss of interest for its multiplayer mode. Thankfully, the battle royale title came. But, if Activision wants to bring back players to a more traditional multiplayer shooter setting, they’ll need to do more, and that’s looking like what they’re planning to do in Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War.
Already, Activision is testing the multiplayer component of the game, with its “Alpha” currently underway.
So far, what we know is that the game will bring back three traditional miltiplayer game modes. There’s “Team Deathmatch”, which a typical 6v6 shootout, and “Kill Confirmed”, which switches things up by requiring players to pick up proof of their frags from the bodies of their kills. Then, there’s “Domination”, a more objective type of game mode.
But, just like “Kill Confirmed”, the objective-based game mode will have a different variation in “Combination Arms: Domination” as well.
In this game mode, the squad size doubles to 12 people each as players take control of more powerful arsenal. We’re not just talking about weapons this time around. We’re talking about bringing tanks and gunboats into the foray, as well as a much larger battlefield to play in, which seems like a step in the right direction.
Call of Duty: Warzone
Call of Duty: Warzone is Activision’s take on the battle royale formula, and is arguably the biggest contender to Fortnite’s claim as the king of its genre.
Straight off of the bat, Warzone plays like a true Call of Duty title. The main difference? It’s much larger. Instead of the traditional 6v6 setting, Warzone supports as many as 150 players in a single match. This goes up to 200 players for limited-time game modes, albeit other game modes with fewer players are also available.
Warzone also separates itself by filling the large map with tons of objectives for players to complete. This includes hunting other specific players down for a reward, or something as simple as successfully going from one place to another.
Warzone’s handling of downed players is also different. In addition to the revival mechanic, it has the “Gulag”. There, players who’ve already been taken out of the game gets a second a chance to come back if they can win a one-on-one fight in a very tight and close area against another downed player.
The looter-shooter Destiny 2 will be making its way to the Xbox Series X and just like in previous generations, it’ll have you obssessed about going through one instanced dungeon after another in the pursuit of the next best piece of equipment. But, of course, it has a plot, as its set in a futuristic world where games take control of a “Guardian”.
Ultimately, the story isn’t really highlighted in Destiny 2. It’s the loot, as already mentioned. Either that, or It’s the never-ending chase for just one more dungeon run.
Destiny 2 also features a more traditional player-versus-player combat for those who prefer something like that.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege’s unprecedented levels of open-ended gameplay and combat where players can basically destroy the entire environment as they please depending on their strategy will make its way to the Xbox Series X.
As we’ve mentioned, what sets Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege apart is how it lets players alter the maps. In other titles, when you see a wall, you have to find your way around it. But, in this squad-based shooter, as long as it fits your strategy and you have the necessary operators, you’re free to take down that wall if in ensures you the victory.
Speaking of operators, each one comes with its own unique set of abilities but all of them complement each other so well.
Thanks to this synergy, randomness, and chaos, every game played in Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is unlike any other.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantineputs players in the shoes of any one of the three operators tasked to save the world from an unknown threat.
The 3-player co-op shooter is a standalone title inspired by the “Outbreak” mode from Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. Similar to the said mode, three players will pair up as they fight off one wave of monstrosity after another. The alien mutations will return too, albeit, being that it is its own game, expect the enemies to be more fleshed out and the levels more detailed.
Little else is known if there are other game modes in Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine.
Warhammer 40,000: Darktide (Exclusive)
After the success of the Warhammer 40,000: Vermintide titles, Fatshark returns with another similar type of game in Warhammer 40,000: Darktide.
The co-op first-person title is set in Tertium, a Hive City established on a world known as Atoma Prime. Similar to their namesake, these cities are densely packed with people and factories alike. It is often used as by the Imperium as their source of materials for their various needs and is safeguarded by members of the Imperial Guard.
Deep in bowels are places where no ordinary citizens usually dare to go and it is up to players, who will control a member of an Imperial Guard, to try and investigate what’s happening in the city’s depths as they investigate the Admonition, a cult who wants to seize control of the city.
Warframe is on its way to establishing itself as the best Xbox Series X multiplayer game that most people don’t know about.
A third-perosn shooter with RPG elements, Warframe shares a lot of similiraties with more popular shooters like Destiny. But, unlike Destiny, which was actually released after it, the gameplay experience of Warframe is less streamlined and more open-world. The game doesn’t require you to follow a straight line, or so to speak, although it does have its own story.
Even though Warframe is a multiplayer title, this free-to-play shooter is just as enjoyable to play as a solo gamer as you’re free to grind as you please without relying on others.
State of Decay 3 (Exclusive)
The open-world zombie survival game series is set to receive its third installment in State of Decay 3 for the Xbox Series X.
Two years after the release of State of Decay 2, the trailer for the follow-up reveals little at first glance. But, a deeper inspection shows that the third game will see more than just more sinister undead creatures outside of that dreaded zombie deer.
Case in point, Undead Labs used the trailer to tease the possibility of adding live animals and weather effects. Although the trailer doesn’t reveal much by itself, it’s clear indication that the developers wants to work closely together with fans. This is because live animals and weather are both features that fans have long wanted to see in the game.
The latter, especially, should add a layer of challenge to the survival and stealth aspects of State of Decay 3.
EA Sports FIFA 21
FIFA 21 feels a lot like FIFA 21, but with all the little things fixed and improved. Among these include many more multiplayer components to encourage players to play with each other and against each other. A good example of this is the “Ultimate Team” co-op, as players are now able to work together and play in “FUT Friendlies” and other game modes.
Madden NFL 2021
Madden NFL 2021 isn’t the substantial generational leap that a lot of players have been asking for since the Xbox Series X was first confirmed, but it does make improvements where it counts. This includes minute adjustments to the “Madden Ultimate Team” mode, the game’s online multiplayer feature.
Another new addition is “The Yard”, which feels a lot like the lovechild of Madden NFL and NFL Blitz. It’s backyard football at its finest yet, and the game is all the better for it.
NBA 2K21 might not necessarily feel different from NBA 2K20, but the differences are there. The online multiplayer component of NBA 2K21, for example, doesn’t feel like a quick cash grab, and thus, feels more fun and fair to play because of it.
Unlike in previous years, “MyTeam” and “MyCareer” doesn’t heavily punish players who don’t want to spend real-world money to improve their in-game teams and players. Instead, it allows players to grind their way to earning everything there is to earn in the game. Or, at least, most of it anyway.
Paired with the fact that NBA 2K21 has continued to refine how the series has managed to perfectly capture the feeling of what it’s like to be your favourite player and it remains one of the must-have sports simulation titles on this side of the planet.
Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis (Exclusive)
Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis is one of the more peculiar releases for the Xbox Series X. Arreviated as PSO2:NGS, the new game was initially thought of as an expansion. Then, later on, fans started to speculate that it was an overhaul of Phantasy Star Online 2 to prepare it for the Xbox Series X.
But, the truth is, it’s neither. Instead, it will run simultaneously with PSO2 and players will be able to carry across the same character/s on both games albeit with understandable limitations.
If it’s any consolation, PSO2:NG is indeed a inext-gen title. The “open-field” online RPG will give players more freedom to explore the world environment. The graphics will also see an improvement, along with other in-game systems and gameplay features, all to make them more suited for the next generation.
A main highlight is the new character creation engine built specifically for PSO2:NG that will afford players unprecedented control on the most minute of details of their character.
One of the biggest issues with recent titles is the lack of split-screen multiplayer gameplay. It just didn’t make for developers to remove it. But, they did, and for years, gamers asked for it. Finally, one developer listened, and with Dirt 5, players will be able to throw back to the good old days of split-screen racing where up to four players can join in and play.
Of course, we are still in the year 2020. Although split screen is nice, players still want to prove themselves against the best there is. To that end, Dirt 5’s online multiplayer component delivers, and then some.
Second Extinction (Exclusive)
Dinosaurs feel like the most obvious thing to feature in a video game. Yet, outside of the first two Dino Crisis games released two decades ago, we haven’t really had a good dinosaur game in a while.
Enter Second Extinction.
A three-player co-op shooter, Second Extinction puts players in the shoes of one of the planet’s remaining survivors as they use their unique set of abilities and skills, as well as a combinationf weapons, and work together to overcome the mutated dinosaurs that have essentially wiped out the rest of humanity.
TLDR; in Second Extinction, you’ll be fighting together against hordes of dinosaurs.
Crossfire is the biggest competitive FPS title that you’ve probably never heard about. It’s not big in the west, but in China, it’s had a massive following for more than a decade. However, because it was released in 2007, it has started to feel dated. This is probably why a remastered CrossfireHD is being made available for pre-registration in China, with CrossFireX being made available for the rest of the world.
Made from the same mold as Counter-Strike and Call of Duty, this free-to-play first-person shooter Xbox exclusive puts two opposing private military factions against each other.
Who they are and what they are fighting for are not as important in the multiplayer component of CrossFireX. (Yes. It’s got a single-player campaign that’s admittedly showing a lot of promise). Instead, the focus is on how important skill-based aim and teamwork is for teams to win as they are given a very limited time limit to take each other out, one way or another.
Just Dance 2021
Live out your wildest dancing dreams in Just Dance 2021, which comes with a lot of content to bring the longtime franchise to next-gen consoles.
In addition to solo play, Just Dance 2021 will have a “co-op” where players can either dance together or against each other. It also has a “Kids” mode that’s more friendly towards the younger audiences without exactly toning everything too much down to make it feel like a “lesser” version of the game.
Just Dance 2021 will feature tunes from modern artists like Lizzo, Dua Lipa, and Billie Elish, but it’s also got classics like “In the Navy” and “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”.
Regardless of your age and your preference, Just Dance 2021’s 40 chart-topping hits will guarantee that you’ll find the right kind of tune to dance to your heart’s content.
Ride 4 is set to arrive on the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S to satisfy the 2-wheel lovers and speed demons out there. Naturally, it’s not just a solo player campaign. It’s also got a multiplayer component to it as well. More importantly, Ride 4 will improve on its predecessor. It’ll feature dedicated servers for lag-free and smooth online play.
Overcooked!: All You Can Eat
Overcooked: All You Can Eat is a remastered version of the first two Overcooked! Titles, made specifically for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. It will feature all of the original levels of the first two Overcooked games, as well as 7 new ones, and many more chefs, and costumes for players to choose from.
Speaking of players, Overcooked! All You Can Eat remains the ultimate culinary party game as it forces gamers to work together to try and keep their wits about as they make sure that their restaurant is running well.
And, oh, your restaurant will be looking good too in Overcooked!: All You Can Eat, as it will support 60fps at 4k resolution on the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.
Hood: Outlaws and Legends
Hood: Outlaws and Legends is showing off some serious Assassin’s Creed vibes with its tone and how it features hooded figures stealing treasures. But, instead of being a single-player campaign, this is a purely multiplayer title with both PvP (Player Versus Player) and PvE (Player vs Environment) elements.
In Hood: Outlaws and Legends, players from competing teams will try to outwit each other to see who are the best thieves. They can use either stealth and sneak their way past AI-controlled guards. Or, they can work together to try and take out all of the guards up front and march to the treasures.
Either way, players will need to get to know the environment and themselves to pull the heist off properly, as each character they can choose from comes with its own skillset featuring mystical abilities.
There’s a glaring lack of mech-based multiplayer titles. Some have admittedly dabbled on it. Hawken, for one, looked like it was getting big for a while. Meanwhile, the Titanfall franchise does feature mechs a lot. But, none of those feature mech-based combat quite like ExoMecha will for the Xbox Series X.
ExoMecha is set in a planet called Omecha where players will have to fight each other for control over various resources. It will feature an ever-changing planet with environments and landscapes constantly changing a players duke it out in their personalized mechs using their own choice of melee weapons and guns.
The former is an especially intriguing prospect since, unlike in typical shooters, in ExoMecha, it’s the melee weapons that deal the highest level of damage and destruction.
In addition to the mecha, players will also have their own abilities and gadgets to play with. Also in the game are movement abilities, as well as defensive abilities, and that’s on top of a grappling hook that players will have access to, presumably, for them to work around in.
And, oh, there’s an AI-controlled dragon in ExoMecha that will give a pretty nice reward for those who took it down.
So far, ExoMecha will have three game modes at launch. The first is a battle royale mode, a small-scale objective-based mode, and a team battle for those who prefer something large in scale.
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2
What do you get when you combine two of the most popular tile-matching games of all time? You get Puyo Puyo Tetris 2.
The sequel to the original Puyo Puyo Tetris title, this next-gen tile-matching game lets players choose to play either the Tetris game or a game of Puyo Puyo. But, what makes Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 unique is how it combines both tile-matching games together as a mixed puzzler for some added challenge and fun.
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 will also feature a multiplayer component, either via local LAN co-op or split-screen or online play.
Poker Club claims that it’s the “most immersive Poker game ever made” and with next-gen visuals backing it up, we’re inclined to agree.
But, Poker Club isn’t just all about eye-candy. The multiplayer experience is integral to gameplay. It will feature multiple tournaments featuring dozens if not hundreds of players competing and vying for a substantial total prize pool. Players can even band together to create their own clubs and engage in private games.
With cross-play enabled right from the get go, Poker Club won’t be left wanting in terms of its playerbase.
For those who are new to poker, don’t worry. The game has a single-player campaign or a “Career” mode, as well as a tutorial, that will teach you the basics and some of the ins and outs of the game.
As you can see from our round-up of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S multiplayer games, there’s a game here for everybody.
It doesn’t matter what kind of genre you like. You can be a racing fan or a casual gamer who likes something relaxing and fun. It even has its fair share of titles for the non-gaming crowd, which just proves that the next-gen console is going to be quite the versatile gaming system.
With that said, we can expect the list of Xbox Series X multiplayer games to grow.
For now, these are some of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S multiplayer games that we all can look forward to playing.