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 this 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 you can play now.
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 multiplayer 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 a 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.
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 platform 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.
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” don’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 favorite player and it remains one of the must-have sports simulation titles on this side of the planet.
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 go 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate
A follow up to 2015’s Mortal Kombat X, the latest installment in the Mortal Kombat franchise picks up just where the previous game left off. It brings back many of the elements that fans loved from the brutal fighting game but added more as well. This includes new mechanics, a better storyline, more characters, stages, and others. Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate takes all that has been released for Mortal Kombat 11 and packages it into one game for next-gen consoles, the Xbox Series S and X. The upgrade doesn’t just improve the graphics to 4K resolution, but it also comes with cross-platform play as well.
Gears 5 (Exclusive)
The Gears of War franchise is synonymous with 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 it’s 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.
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 for being able to sail on the high seas and entertain yourself for countless hours.
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 obsessed 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 it’s 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 it 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.
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-person shooter with RPG elements, Warframe shares a lot of similarities 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.
Published by Square Enix with People Can Flay at the helm, Outriders is a next-gen third-person shooter that feels a lot more like a more grounded sci-fi version of Borderlands 3, complete with different classes to choose from (four) and a whole lot of looting as well as customizable and doable weapons.
On top of it all, Outriders will also have cross-play multiplayer. In it, up to three players can jump in and out of each other’s game. Players can work together to take out harder missions on higher World Tiers or just go exploring more difficult areas and/or side missions for better chances of high-level loot.
F1 2021 will serve as Codemasters first game after being acquired by Electronic Arts. The latest installment in the popular F1 racing sim series will be the official game of the Formula One and Two champions, as were its predecessors. However, new to F1 2021 are massive improvements to the multiplayer experience.
To address the growing popularity of F1 esports, F1 2021 will let players create their own lobbies that will allow them to measure up against racers of similar skill and level. This makes it easier for players who are just beginners or casuals and those looking for a challenge to find something better suited to their proverbial speed.
F1 2021 will also feature a two-player co-op career mode. In this mode, players can start off on different teams or team up together from the start or team up only two diverge later on. It’ll be just like the single-player campaign. The only difference is that you’ll be playing it and against someone else.
No Man’s Sky: The Next Generation
No Man’s Sky: The Next Generation takes advantage of the powerful hardware of the Xbox Series S/X to give players the ideal version of the 2016 title. Not only does playing on the Xbox Series S/X make the game look better and more realistic, but it also is bigger. It supports 32-player multiplayer and 60 frames per second at resolutions of up to 4K.
This little-known third-person RPG title with a two-player co-op component casts players as the couple Yu and Kay who are stranded after escaping to a foreign planet. With nowhere to go, they’ll have to forage, scavenge, and fight hostile creatures in a completely alien terrain to survive.
Combat, in particular, requires a lot of coordination. Two players will really have to use the unique skills of Yu and Kay to get through some of the game’s tougher enemies.
The Elder Scrolls Online
The Elder Scrolls Online’s highly anticipated next-gen update, ESO: Console Enhanced, brings a laundry list of graphical improvements set to make the popular MMORPG even more immersive than it was before. When played on the Xbox Series X, players can choose to run the game at 60 frames per second or at a native 4K resolution at 30fps.
As you can see from our round-up of the Xbox Series X 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 Xbox Series X console is going to be quite the versatile gaming system, especially for multiplayer games.
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 to play.