Microsoft is bringing out the big guns come November 10, 2020.
They’re moving into the next generation of console gaming with the arrival of two new pieces of hardware – the Xbox Series X|S. Both devices will offer vast improvements in the visuals, audio, and technical performance departments for a multitude of current and soon to be released titles. On the very same day that the next generation of Xbox console gaming arrives, a satisfying lineup of must-have games will launch right alongside it. The titles listed below will most likely be in your possession if you choose to bring an Xbox Series X|S home and add it to your console lineup.
So without further ado, let’s take a look at the full listing of Xbox Series X|S launch titles.
Note – the Xbox Series S won’t be able to run Xbox One X enhanced versions of backward compatible games.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
The next chapter in the lengthy Assasins’s Creed saga will transport players to the age of the Vikings. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla puts players in the role of a male/female warrior named Eivor, who must embark upon a bloody campaign against the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. This newfound assassin’s journey will feature the same action RPG elements featured in the past two Assassin’s Creed games and also bring back some fan-favorite features. Conquest Battles, the presence of settlements, and naval navigation will thankfully make their return. Plus fans can look forward to engaging in all sorts of Viking themed activities, such as drinking contests and their own version of roast battles! Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be an eye-opening experience, no doubt.
Not to be confused with the full-length version (Bright Memory: Infinite) arriving on Xbox Series consoles in 2021, Bright Memory comes into play as the first episode within publisher Playism and developer FYQD-Studio’s FPS gem. In the year 2020 (go figure!), you’ll adopt the top-notch combat skills of a young woman named Shelia. You’ll need to put those shooting and melee abilities to good use as you clash with an army of reincarnated beasts that have been reanimated by a mysterious substance. Bright Memory’s plush visual presentation and incredibly fast-paced action puts it a step above most modern-day first-person shooters.
Developer: Phoenix Labs
Publisher: Epic Games
Phoenix Labs’ monster hunting escapade is going big with its move to next-gen consoles. The big battles that erupt as you and your fellow Slayers go to war with massive Behemoths will look even better this time around. The base game and its many updates will arrive on day one, of course. But the future of Dauntless looks even brighter now that we know a major update is coming in December. Dauntless is an already awesome alternative for Monster Hunter fans and will get even better a month later. The next-gen hunt has begun.
Dead by Daylight
Developer: Behaviour Interactive
Publisher: Behavior Interactive
The asymmetric survival horror video game that’s morphed into a smash hit is now on its way to Xbox Series X|S. And if you already own it on Xbox One, then you’ll get to upgrade to the Xbox Series X|S version for free with all your progress intact. Dead by Daylight splits players into one of two camps – either as a member of a survival group or the maniacal killer that’s hunting them all down. Since launch, the game has gone on to feature additional horror icons from all forms of entertainment. New survivors have been thrown into the fray to deal with maniacal killers such as Michael Myers, Freddy Kruger, Ghostface, Pyramid Head, etc. Get ready to confront your fears or live out your horror movie fantasies in the next-gen version of Dead by Daylight.
Destiny 2: Beyond Light
Destiny 2’s upcoming expansion is going big by bringing a wealth of new content with it. Entitled Beyond Light, this major DLC update will take players to the frozen locale of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa. The Darkness will step into the role of the main opposition you’ll be dealing with, plus you’ll be able to beat them at their own game as you get to wield their power. That newfound power is called Stasis, which will go a long way towards helping you freeze the foes that come your way. The Beyond Light expansion will come to Xbox Series X|S day one and also be available to Xbox Game Pass subscribers.
Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition
Devil May Cry 5 was a fine return to form for Capcom’s demon-slaying slick talker Dante. It also marked a triumphant comeback for Devil May Cry 4’s Nero and introduced longtime fans to the quirky yet powerful V. Capcom isn’t leaving this quality sequel behind for next-gen devices, which is why Xbox Series X|S owners will get to digitally own Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition on day one. Dante’s brother Vergil will come along for all the action-packed festivities as a playable character, plus the Legendary Dark Knight difficulty and Turbo Mode boost are also arriving with this definitive edition. Along with all those bonuses are graphical enhancements that will make Devil May Cry 5 look and feel even better than before.
Developer: Codemasters Cheshire
Offroad racing fans can hop right into a next-gen DiRT experience with the release of the fifth entry in the series. DiRT 5 fills players’ digital garages with all manner of Rallycross, GT, unlimited trucks, buggies, muscle cars, and rock bouncers for some nail-bitingly fast challenges. The game’s global racing will take players to a variety of locales that test your racing prowess via varying weather conditions. DiRT 5’s mode suite contains a story-driven career mode that features the voice acting talents of Troy Baker and Nolan North, plus a Playgrounds mode that lets you create/share your own insane race track designs. This next-gen racer is feature-rich and definitely worth a spin on launch day for the Xbox Series X|S.
Developer: Darkflow Software
Publisher: Gaijin Entertainment
World War II-themed first-person shooters may have been readily available back in the day, but they are sorely missing these days. Developer Darkflow Software is looking to fill the void of that sorely missed FPS sub-genre with their title, Enlisted. Enlisted offers both ground and air battles in an online setting that’s powered by the latest version of the Dagor video game development engine. Each of the game’s factions, squads, weapons, gear, ground vehicles, and aircraft stick to their assorted WWII campaigns. So players will be able to engage in some explosive firefights across a myriad of key WWII battles. Enlisted will be available on Xbox Series X|S at launch as a Game Preview release.
Developer: Stone Lantern Games
Evergate should be approachable to those who enjoyed their time spent with the Ori adventure games. Like those two titles, Evergate lets you command the otherworldly abilities of a pint-sized spirit and navigate a 2D platforming realm full of puzzle mechanics. The game’s gorgeously animated backdrops challenges you to wield the power of the Solflame in order to slow down time and manipulate mysterious crystal energies. Evergate pushes you to recover memories, uncover the connection between two kindred spirits, and maneuver through a bevy of uniquely designed platforming brain teasers.
Developer: Epic Games
Publisher: Epic Games
The battle royale shooter that millions of gamers log into on a daily basis is coming to Xbox Series X|S. Fortnite has grown exponentially thanks to a wealth of content updates that arrived via exciting seasons. Things are looking up for the mega-popular third-person shooter more than they usually do since Epic Games announced that Fortnite will launch right alongside next-gen consoles. And of course, that means the Xbox Series X|S will play host to the last generation’s definitive battle royale experience. There’s a lot to look forward to in Fortnite as it makes the transition to Unreal Engine 5 sometime in 2021, a move that will assuredly take advantage of the Xbox Series X|S hardware.
Developers: Splash Damage, The Coalition
Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
What was once a Microsoft Windows PC-only release will now become available on current- and next-gen Xbox consoles on November 10, 2020. Which means this real-time strategy take on Gears of War is slated for a day one launch on the Xbox Series X|S. For those who still haven’t played it, Gears Tactics adopts the stick and move gunplay seen in the most recent iterations of XCOM games. You’ll need to weigh your options and carefully move your COG soldiers across the battlefield as they engage in bloody battles with the Locust Horde. Upgrade your character classes, keep your soldiers alive, and take the fight to the Locust Horde once Gears Tactics hits Xbox consoles real soon.
Developer: Blindside Interactive
Publishers: Tripwire Interactive, Deep Silver
Blindside Interactive’s “SharkPG” Maneater is getting the next-gen upgrade treatment. And if you happen to already own it on your last-gen Xbox One console, then you’ll be able to move on to the next-gen version free of charge. This new and improved version of the quirky underwater action RPG will arrive with the benefit of supporting ray tracing, native 4K HDR resolution at 60 frames per second, and new lighting effects. That means surfing the seas as a rabid shark and leaving all sorts of bloody carnage in your wake will look even better on your Xbox Series X|S.
Developer: William Chyr Studio
Publisher: William Chyr
The indie first-person puzzler known as Manifold Garden is coming to Xbox Series X|S as a launch day title with some notable enhancements. This next-gen version of the game will run at a native 4K resolution and delivers 60 frames per second (Xbox Series X). As for the Xbox Series S version, you can expect it to run at a 1440p resolution at 60 frames per second. Manifold Garden’s central concept circles around a complex universe where players must solve a variety of mind-bending puzzles. Getting to the solution of those puzzles entails the ability to manipulate gravity and even transition walls into floors. Manifold Garden’s striking visuals will attract you and its unique approach to puzzle-solving will keep you.
Developer: Visual Concepts
Publisher: 2K Sports
Just like EA with its Madden NFL franchise, 2K Sports is going all-in on next-gen consoles with its trademark sports simulation series. NBA 2K21 is going above and beyond past iterations’ graphical realism and is looking to make a big impression on launch day Xbox Series X|S owners. All the bells and whistles featured in the current-gen version, such as a new MyCareer story, big MyTeam changes, and an entirely new next-gen city to play around in online, will make the move to next-gen. Keep this in mind, though – your MyCareer progress won’t carry over from the current-gen version. However, your MyTeam progress will.
No Man’s Sky
Developer: Hello Games
Publisher: Hello Games
Hello Games’ No Man’s Sky has evolved from an experience unable to fulfill its lofty goals to an amazing galaxy explorer that’s content-rich and rewarding. Now that it’s being ported to Xbox Series X|S, the game’s 3.10 update will incorporate next-gen improvements for all incoming and veteran players. The visuals will receive a noticeable improvement, which means No Man’s Sky will now feature a 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. Plus the game’s warp and start-up speeds will get a huge boost, which will allow players to get into all its engrossing space action at a much quicker pace. No Man’s Sky already offers an amazing suite of gameplay options for single-player and multiplayer fans. And now all of it will look even more amazing on Xbox Series X|S.
Observer: System Redux
Developer: Bloober Team
Publisher: Bloober Team USA
The first version of Observer garnered plenty of adoration from those who experienced its dark cyberpunk stylings. Now, this first-person indie adventure game is making its way to Xbox Series X|S with a host of improvements and even more story content to boot. Observer: System Redux places you back into the role of a future police detective who’s looking to get to the bottom of a murder mystery by hacking into the minds of others. And through these hacks is where you’ll gather all the clues you require by actively reliving people’s final moments. Observer: System Redux improves upon the base game by offering three new sidequests, gameplay enhancements, and a slew of quality of life improvements.
Overcooked! All You Can Eat
Developer: Ghost Town Games
The culinary party game that’s become a smash hit is coming to Xbox Series X|S in the most content-rich version yet. Overcooked! All You Can Eat features all the rambunctious action from the first two games, which means you and your fellow next-gen cooks will go crazy trying to finish dishes across 200+ levels. This definitive edition of the game also features a new adventure to hop into called The Peckish Rises. This horror-themed add-on campaign features three new playable chefs, kitchens, and even crazier methods towards making an assortment of tasty dishes.
Planet Coaster: Console Edition
Developer: Frontier Developments
Publisher: Frontier Developments
Running a theme park can be an overwhelming undertaking. Not everyone’s built to manage the day to day operations of a massive setting jam-packed with park patron pleasing attractions. But if you think you have the creative and business-minded know-how needed to succeed at such a job, Planet Coaster: Console Edition will let you live out your real-world aspirations. This PC to next-gen console port eases gamers into its complex experience with redesigned interfaces and controls. Players can choose to enjoy a less stressful casual mode, engage in a fast-paced challenge mode, or get fully immersed in all their theme park construction duties via the game’s extensive career mode. Planet Coaster: Console Edition is the ultimate thrill ride for old school fans of Theme Park World.
Developer: First Watch Games
Publisher: Hi-Rez Studios
The third-person multiplayer shooter that’s been gaining steam lately is the free-to-play title known as Rogue Company. Players get to run around huge maps and knock off the competition as a myriad of Rogues. Skydiving into the battlefield kicks off the action and rounds consist of hotly contested objectives. And while both teams are looking to nab the win, plenty of gunfire and special Rouge abilities come into play. As the game gets even better over time, new Rouges come into play and provide everyone with new character archetypes to master. This version of Rogue Company will sport spiffier visuals as it runs in native 4K at 120fps (Xbox Series X) and 1440p at 120fps (Xbox Series S).
Tetris Effect: Connected
Developers: Monstars, Resonair
Publisher: Enhance Games
One of the most immersive VR experiences gamers have been treated to is Tetris Effect, a puzzler that emphasizes clearing blocks along to the beat of a booming soundtrack. You’ll be able to enjoy its trippy visuals, catchy tunes, and addictive gameplay on Xbox Series X|S once it arrives in an updated fashion as Tetris Effect: Connected. No need to worry about playing this one in VR – you can get immersed in Tetris Effect’s euphoric puzzle-solving gameplay without a VR headset onhand. This upcoming expansion will add a multiplayer mode to the game, which will give you and your friends a new way to connect via fast-paced block matching.
Developer: Tomas Sala
Publisher: Wired Productions
One of the most intriguing new IP’s coming to the next generation of Xbox consoles is The Falconeer, a unique open-world air combat experience. While atop your battle-ready Warbird, you’ll surf the turbulent skies of The Great Ursee and engage in battle with all sorts of vicious beasts. The Falconeer’s intense dogfighting mechanics test your mettle and let you down the opposition with multiple Warbird battle classes in two. The Falconeer looks like a natural evolution of the Panzer Dragoon series, which should give gamers plenty of reasons to get excited about its impending release.
Warhammer: Chaosbane – Slayer Edition
Developer: Exo Software
Publisher: Bigben Interactive
Warhammer: Chaosbane should certainly scratch that Diablo itch some Xbox Series X|S owners will want to cater to at launch. It lets you choose from a myriad of character classes and attempt to save an empire stricken by the demons of Chaos. This Warhammer Fantasy-inspired action RPG gives you a huge assortment of baddies to smash and bash solo or alongside a co-op buddy. The Slayer Edition throws in even more worthwhile content to wade through since it features all of the game’s previously released DLC. Then there’s the addition of a new Witch Hunter character, who slays demons with gun and blade in hand. Warhammer: Chaosbane – Slayer Edition has everything it needs to become your first next-gen dungeon-crawling addiction.
Watch Dogs: Legion
Developer: Ubisoft Toronto
The latest Watch Dogs sequel is going even bigger than before. DedSec is back to fight the power and this time, their clash with the powers that be will take place within a fictionalized rendition of London. What makes Watch Dogs: Legion such a huge step up above its predecessors is the ability to recruit a huge array of NPC’s and utilize their skillset in a multitude of ways. Hacking, shooting, and driving will be a part of your mission objective as you liberate London’s freedom-seeking populace. Watch Dogs: Legion is giving players more of a reason to care about NPC’s and take on every side quest imaginable in order to bring them to DedSec’s cause.
Developer: KT Racing
The next entry in the FIA World Rally Championship simulation series is going big in 2020. Not only is it slated to launch on current-gen consoles, but it’s also making its way over to next-gen machines. WR9 is making sure its cross-gen release comes with all the bells and whistles fans have become accustomed to but in an even more refined fashion. This sequel’s career mode is getting even better, three new events are being added to the game’s racing calendar, classic tracks are making their welcome return, and retro automobiles will be added to the rotation. WR9’s simulation feel will expectedly hit on all cylinders once again as you compete on your favorite tracks and hop into the game’s three new rallies along the way (Kenya, New Zealand, and Japan).
Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Developer: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
Yakuza frontman Kazuma Kiryu’s epic journey is now complete. Enter the series’ newest main protagonist, Ichiban Kasuga. After being betrayed by the very same crime family that asked him to take the jail sentence meant for a fellow gang member, Ichiban looks for answers as to why he was treated in such a horrible manner. This revenge tale will pit him against yakuza, triad, and Korean gangsters in a turn-based RPG combat system, which is a huge departure from Yakzuza’s beat ’em up mechanics. Ichiban will be joined by a wily cast of characters and pull off plenty of zany attacks as they all look to find out the truth behind the Tojo Clan’s Arakawa Family.
Check out the list posted below for a number of previously released Xbox One console games that will be optimized for the Xbox Series S/X on launch day:
• Borderlands 3 (via Smart Delivery; buy it here)
• Cuisine Royale (via Smart Delivery)
• Forza Horion 4 (via Xbox Game Pass and Smart Delivery; buy it here)
• Gears 5 (via Xbox Game Pass and Smart Delivery; buy it here)
• Grounded (via Xbox Game Pass and Smart Delivery)
• King Oddball (via Smart Delivery)
• Ori and the Will of the Wisps (via Xbox Game Pass and Smart Delivery; buy it here)
• Sea of Thieves (via Xbox Game Pass and Smart Delivery; buy it here)
• The Touryst (via Xbox Game Pass and Smart Delivery)
• War Thunder (via Smart Delivery)
• Yes, Your Grace (via Smart Delivery)
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