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The best upcoming Xbox One games of 2020 and beyond

GamesRadar logo GamesRadar 30/07/2020 Leon Hurley
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The upcoming xbox One games list is a fantastic space, partly in due to the Xbox Series X and all of the upcoming Xbox Series X games on the horizon. Microsoft is committing to making sure anything you buy on Xbox One can be played on the next-generation console via the power of Xbox Series X Smart Delivery, and there's tonnes of support for Xbox Series X backwards compatibility too.  

We've highlighted all of the upcoming Xbox One games we're most looking forward to, ordered by launch date, followed by a list of all the known Xbox One release dates. 

If you haven't tried the best games of 2019 or the majority of the best Xbox One games, there's a lot to pick from as you wait for the next big thing to roll around. You can also get a deeper insight into the best upcoming Xbox One games by subscribing to Official Xbox Magazine for a saving of up to 54% on a print and digital bundle.

Tell Me Why

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Release date: August 27, 2020

Genre: RPG

What is it? A brand new IP from Dontnod Entertainment.

What to look out for: The studio that brought you Life is Strange is back with a brand new, narrative-driven, slightly supernatural adventure called Tell Me Why. It tells the story of a pair of twins who are reuniting in their home town after a long time apart. A huge event shaped their childhood, and you'll be able to relive it through their re-experiencing of the events, and decide which of their stories to believe. The game will be told across two chapters, with just the first releasing next month.

Wasteland 3

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Release date: August 28, 2020

Genre: RPG

What is it? The latest in the RPG Wasteland series from inXile. 

What to look out for: The fate of Arizona relies on you, and the fate of Colorado. It's weird, but roll with it. You're a desert ranger, fighting a losing battle to keep Arizona alive. And then the self-proclaimed Patriarch of Colorado gets in touch, offering you aid if you do just one thing for him - rescue his land from three of his bloodthirsty children. You'll have to travel from scorching desert to frozen mountains and start again, building a new base, finding an appropriate vehicle, and fight through a hostile wilderness. The things you'll do to save Arizona knows no bounds. This squad-based RPG features tactical combat, exploration, a reactive story, and brutal ethical decisions, and you can play in single-player or co-op. 

Marvel's Avengers

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Release date: September 4, 2020

Genre: Action adventure

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What is it? Crystal Dynamics' own take on Marvel's Avengers.

What to look out for: Who doesn't want to be a superhero? With a cast of playable characters including Iron Man, Ms Marvel, Hulk and more, Marvel's Avengers looks super awesome. It's going to play a bit like Destiny, but with superheroes instead of Guardian classes, with multiplayer content releasing for months, if not years, after release. These might not be the faces of the MCU's Avengers, but we're intrigued to see what Crystal Dynamics does with the Marvel crew. 

Cyberpunk 2077

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Release date: November 19, 2020

Genre: RPG

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What is it? The Witcher meets Deus Ex in a sci-fi RPG where advanced technology has both cured and cursed humanity.

What to look out for: And you thought The Witcher was big. CD Projekt RED has already confirmed that Cyberpunk 2077 "far, far bigger" than Geralt's last hurrah, another open-world RPG taken from an unusual source - in this case a pen-and-paper role playing game last heard of a decade ago. You'll explore an open world called Night City in the first-person perspective, encountering all kinds of friendly or hostile NPCs and trying to fend for yourself in this technologically advanced future.

Halo Infinite

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Release date: Holiday 2020

Genre: Action adventure

What is it? The next-gen, next stage adventure for Master Chief and co.

What to look out for: It's still a few months off, but 343 Industries' follow-up to 2015's Halo 5 is coming, and it'll be a simultaneous release on Xbox One and Xbox Series X. The first Halo Infinite trailer almost seems to suggest that Master Chief's next adventure will have touches of MMO and sandbox gameplay, or at least be more open-ended. We can't wait.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla

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Release date: November, 2020

Genre: Open-world RPG

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What is it? The Viking-centric next entry in the long-running Assassin's Creed series.

What to look out for: The latest Assassin's Creed epic puts you in the boots of viking raider Eivor, who's leading a Viking expansion into Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. Valhalla will be another open-world RPG with a parallel story running in modern times, focusing on Layla Hassan from Origins and Odyssey. Set to address some of the feedback on Origins and Odyssey while implementing new features all its own, Valhalla looks to be another promising evolution of the series. It's also one of a list of confirmed games supported by the Xbox Series X Smart Delivery program, so it'll be a nice bump in visuals and performance for the next-gen hardware.

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2

Release date: Holiday 2020

Genre: Adventure

What is it? A surprise sequel to Hellblade coming to Xbox Series X. 

What to look out for: Okay, so technically this is really for our list of upcoming Xbox Series X games, but we have a sneaking suspicion it may well also launch across the Xbox One family too. The sequel, called Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 is a bit of a mystery right now, as all we've had for it is a slightly unnerving teaser trailer, which involves face paint / blood, scary singing and chanting, and more disembodied arms with fingers trying to grab at you. Nightmarish. It all suggests another harrowing journey for our troubled hero.

Gods and Monsters

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Release date: TBC 2020

Genre: Adventure

What is it? A new adventure set in a Greek world of mythology from the creators of Assassin's Creed Odyssey

What to look out for: Announced at E3 2019, Gods and Monsters is a brand new storybook adventure from the team behind Assassin's Creed Odyssey, which will bring us a brand new, fantastical adventure based on the stories found in Greek mythology. The Gods of Olympus have turned to you for help, embuing you with their powers to take on the mythological creatures that have invaded the Isle of the Blessed. Saving Gods and killing Monsters is your focus, and this adventure will be wrapped up in a beautiful art style that could be one of the most interesting open-world adventures to date. 

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Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2

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Release date: TBC 2020

Genre: RPG

What is it? A vampire RPG - need we say more?

What to look out for: Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 throws you into the seedy underbelly of Seattle where creatures roam, but thankfully you're a vampire. Turned as an act of vampire terrorism during the 'Mass Embrace', you'll soon get caught up in vampire faction politics, where you're still just trying to deal with your new way of life. This is an RPG at its core too, filled with player choices, a strong narrative, and branching dialogue options too. 

Watch Dogs Legion

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Release date: October 29 2020

Genre: Action adventure

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What is it? An action-packed hacking adventure set in post-Brexit London, in a hopefully alt-future for Blighty. 

What to look out for: Years after the UK pulls out of the EU, London is facing quite the dystopian future, and Watch Dogs Legion puts you straight in the middle of it. You're building a Dedsec team in a city where hackers and drone run rife, but you'll have your pick of whoever you want for your own crew. Yes, literally everyone. Absolutely every NPC in London is available to recruit, and then become a playable character, ranging from a slick East London geezer, to a parkouring grandma. This could be in the most interesting game in years. 

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Release date: October 20, 2020

Genre: Action adventure / Lego

What is it? All nine Star Wars films remade in one Lego game. Epic. 

What to look out for: The Star Wars / Lego crossovers have consistently delivered blocky brilliance, but this is going to be something else. Being able to play every Star Wars movie in one ultimate compendium is going to be amazing, especially when you consider that this isn't a remaster of the original Lego Star Wars game, but brand new games with graphics that blend realistic elements with Lego blocks and figures, with constant splashes of developer TT Games' trademark humour. Just watch the trailer and tell me I'm wrong.

Rainbow Six Quarantine

Release date: TBC 2020

Genre: Action

What is it? A brand new three-player tactical co-op FPS set within the Rainbow Six universe. 

What to look out for: Rather than existing as a spin-off of the highly successful Rainbow Six Siege, this is actually a new game entirely. Rainbow Six Quarantine is is a brand new three-player co-op PVE multiplayer title, where you play as Rainbow Operators facing off against a mutated alien parasite that's started infecting the human race. Yum. 

Twin Mirror

Release date: TBC 2020

Genre: Psychological thriller

What is it? A new narrative-led game from Dontnod Entertainment, the developer behind Life is Strange.

What to look out for: There's something unusual about Sam, and it's not just the fact he's just found his shirt covered in blood in his hotel room. He's also got an alter-ego, known as The Double, who acts as his advisor, representing the self-confidence he himself lacks. But, wait, there's more. As Sam tries to work out what happened on the night of his best friend's funeral, he uses his unique memory visualisation ability - entering his own mind palace - to reconstruct locations and crime scenes, to solve puzzles, find solutions to mysteries, and more as he comes across them and pieces together the story. You'll switch between real locations and Sam's mind to uncover the full story.

Spiritfarer

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Release date: TBC 2020

Genre: Management sim

What is it? A management game about helping the deceased reach the afterlife. 

What to look out for: A management sim about helping dead people find a way into the afterlife sounds like it should either be really morbid, or really dull. But it's neither. It's a sweet, wholesome game where you play as Stella, the ferrymaster for the deceased who must build a boat to home the spirits on their final journey, befriend them, understand their stories, care for them and eventually see them on their way. And there are times where you'll just be going about your own business too, fishing, collecting lightning, farming and more. Spiritfarer has got it all.

Skull and Bones

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Release date: TBC 2021

Genre: Pirate ship sim

What is it? A naval combat game themed around pirates and being a pirate. 

What to look out for: Although it's been delayed, and delayed, into 2020, you should still be excited about Skull and Bones. Taking inspiration, and source material, from the naval combat sections of Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, Skull and Bones is all about making masts crumble into matchsticks, bringing multiplayer to that watery combat with big boats and a lot of loot. There's a single-player campaign too, where you can practice your best Jack Sparrow impression, we're just not sure when you'll actually get to play it.

Dying Light 2

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Release date: TBC

Genre: RPG / Survival horror

What is it? A sequel to the ever-popular Dying Light. 

What to look out for: Parkouring zombie killing is the name of the game in Dying Light, and you're about to do it all again in Dying Light 2. Building on the success of the original, this game takes place 15 years after the first, with one human settlement still standing amongst the infected world. This one is leaning heavier into the RPG elements, with difficult choices to make that result in sacrifices and locking off parts of the map. You'll help some, and hinder others, but it'll be an exciting journey nonetheless. It's bigger, better and more brutal. 

Beyond Good & Evil 2 

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Release date: TBC

Genre: Action-adventure, space exploration    

What is it? The long (looooooong) awaited prequel to the last-last-gen classic. 

What to look out for: Space monkeys. A vast sector of the universe to explore with your ever-expanding ship crew. Gameplay that scales from ground-level, action-adventure to full-scale, interstellar flight. A densely textured, philosophically fuelled civilisation that explores slavery, control, genetic engineering, cultural cross-pollination, and all the long-term, spiralling knock-on effects that come with that. Beyond Good & Evil 2 might have taken the best part of 15 years to appear, but Michel Ancel’s follow-up looks so, so much grander, more exciting, and more thoughtful than we ever imagined it could be. 

Looking to upgrade your Xbox to take full advantage of all these new games? Here are the best Xbox One X deals. Or if you're thinking more about next-gen, be sure to check out our rundown on everything we know about the upcoming Xbox Series X price, pre-orders and bundles.

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