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Best upcoming games for Xbox Series X and Series S 2022

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(Pocket-lint) – The next generation of console gaming is upon us, with the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S now having been out for over a year. Of course, no console is much without games – not even the “most powerful” in the world.

That’s why we’ve put together a list of the games that are on their way to the Xbox Series X and S.

Some will also be part of the monthly Xbox Game Pass membership scheme, which will save you a stack of money. And some will also be part of Xbox’s Smart Delivery programme, meaning that if you buy them for Xbox One you’ll get them on Series X or Series S for free. 

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Saints Row

  • Publisher: Deep Silver
  • Release date: 23 August 2022
  • Exclusive? No, also on PS5, PS4, Xbox One and PC

This will be an all-out action affair on an open-world map that looks like a vibrant recreation of a city, with plenty of rides to try out and different weapons to master. It’s a reboot of the popular franchise but looks like it’ll ditch some of the more toxic elements of the series’ humour.

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The Lord of the Rings – Gollum

  • Publisher: Daedelic Entertainment
  • Release date: 1 September 2022
  • Exclusive? No, also on PS5, Windows 10 (rumoured)

Gollum will apparently be a story-driven action adventure and from a studio well-versed in such things. We also know it’s coming to next-gen consoles, and its artistic vision looks pretty interesting so far.

Overwatch 2

  • Publisher: Activision Blizzard
  • Release date: 4 October 2022
  • Exclusive? No, also on Xbox One, PS5, PS4, Switch and PC

The next Overwatch game is going free to play, which is a brilliant change that should open it up to a huge range of new players, and it’s going to be at its best on the Series X and S, with an expanded roster of heroes compared to the previous game.

There will be new maps, too, new modes to experiment with, and the same excellent design and visuals that made Overwatch such a hit in the first place.

A Plague Tale: Requiem

  • Publisher: Focus Entertainment
  • Release date: 18 October 2022
  • Exclusive? No, also on PS5, PC and Switch

The first Plague Tale game was a sleeper hit, with story-driven stealth gameplay that really deserved to be played by more people. Its sequel looks like it will up the stakes and involve even more rats, if that’s what you were hoping for. It’ll also hit Game Pass immediately on release.

Gotham Knights

  • Publisher: Warner Bros.
  • Release date: 25 October 2022
  • Exclusive? No, also on PS4, PS5 and PC

A game that looks to bring the crunching fights and fun stealth of the Arkham games to a brand new set of characters, and a new generation of gaming machines, Gotham Knights seems like it’s going to really expand the gaming purview of Batman.

With a cast that goes way beyond the caped crusader, you’ll be able to swap between characters to enjoy different playstyles according to what each specialises in, and the game also looks superb from the gameplay we’ve seen.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

  • Publisher: Activision
  • Release date: 28 October 2022
  • Exclusive? No, also on PS4, PS5 and PC

The next COD is confirmed to be Modern Warfare 2, and might rewrite some of the rules we’ve come to know, including a substantial reworking of how Warzone looks and feels. We can’t wait to see how it switches things up.

Sonic Frontiers

  • Publisher: Sega
  • Release date: Holiday 2022
  • Exclusive? No, also on PS5, PS4, Switch and PC

Sonic is going open-world, with this interesting looking new game that will continue the blue hedgehog’s legacy. We haven’t seen much gameplay beyond the shots of the world contained in the trailer above, but it’s sure to be fast-paced as always.

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League

  • Publisher: Warner Bros.
  • Release date? 2022
  • Exclusive? No, also on PS5, PS4 and PC

We’re finally ready to get back into a Rocksteady game, years after it last dropped some Batman goodness into our laps. This game will let players take on the roles of a few nasty pieces of work in the Suicide Squad, tasked with taking down corrupted versions of the Justice League’s heroes.

Dead Space

  • Publisher: EA
  • Release Date: 27 January 2023
  • Exclusive? No, also on PS5 and PC

EA has resurrected its terrifying science-fiction franchise and is making a full remake of the original game. It should be absolutely horrifying, using the power of next-gen to summon up some sights we hoped we’d never see again.

Starfield

  • Publisher: Bethesda
  • Release date: Early 2023
  • Exclusive? No, also on PC

Starfield is the next big Bethesda franchise (or so it hopes), with a huge 1,000-planet galaxy for you to explore, bases to build and spaceships to fly. There will be a deep story that you can shape with your choices, and it looks pretty great so far.

Forza Motorsport

  • Publisher: Turn10
  • Release date: Spring 2023
  • Exclusive? No, also on Xbox One

The next Forza game is looking absolutely jaw-dropping in terms of fidelity, and it’s clear that this will end up being one of the best-looking racing games ever made. We can’t wait to dive in. 

Diablo 4

  • Publisher: Activision Blizzard
  • Release date: 2023
  • Exclusive? No, also on PS5 and PC

We’ve been waiting years for the next big Diablo game, and the fourth in the series looks like it should deliver a gory, dark campaign followed by near-endless satisfying endgame content, too. With five classes to pick from, it should have plenty of variety to offer up.

Alan Wake 2

  • Publisher: Epic Games
  • Release date: 2023
  • Exclusive? No, also on PS5 and PC

Alan Wake is back, at last, and Remedy says that his mainline sequel will be more survival-horror focussed than the last game, which sounds like it could potentially make for a pretty terrifying package. The teaser trailer is ominous so we can’t wait to learn more.

Redfall

  • Publisher: Bethesda
  • Release date: 2023
  • Exclusive? Yes

Redfall is coming from the brilliant minds at Arkane, and seems to be set in a world of vampires and magic powers. It looks like vibrant fun, with four-player co-op built into the game from the ground up, which should make it a very new sort of challenge.

Minecraft Legends

  • Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
  • Release date: 2023
  • Exclusive? No, also on PS5, PS4, Xbox One, PC and Switch

An all-new game in the Minecraft universe, Legends sees you take control of armies of followers, but also able to exert an influence over battles yourself thanks to fun hack-and-slash combat. It looks really fun and perfect for gamers with families.

Hollow Knight: Silksong

  • Publisher: Team Cherry
  • Release date: TBC
  • Exclusive? No, also on Switch and PC

Hollow Knight was a masterpiece from an indie studio, offering up a simply brilliant metroidvania action game of exploration and growth with a real challenge at its heart. The long-awaited sequel, Silksong, will be on Game Pass when it launches, which should be music to the ears of any keen indie gamer.

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2

  • Publisher: Focus Entertainment
  • Release date: TBC
  • Exclusive? No, also on PC

The first Space Marine came out a decent while ago, but was a well-like third-person action and shooter that felt like a nice way into the Warhammer 40,000 universe. Now, it’s finally getting a sequel, and from the glimpses of gameplay at the end of the announcement trailer, it should be a bloody good time.

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2

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  • Publisher: Paradox Interactive
  • Release date: TBC
  • Exclusive? No, also on Xbox One, PS4, PS5, Windows 10

A new, superb trailer has got us even more excited for this long-awaited RPG sequel. We also saw previous footage running with ray-tracing at an Nvidia event during Gamescom 2019, so have a great idea what to expect on Xbox Series X with its similarly capable graphics.

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II

  • Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
  • Release date: TBC
  • Exclusive? No, also on Xbox One and Windows 10

Ninja Theory’s first Senua game – Hallblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – not only wowed with its almost photorealistic graphics, but the clever, well-informed grasp on mental health issues was much lauded. The sequel looks even more stunning, based on a trailer made entirely using the in-game engine. The action-adventure will be available on the current generation Xbox, but we suspect it’ll be the Series X version everyone will be talking about.

Fable

  • Publisher: Playground Games
  • Release date: TBC
  • Exclusive? No, also on Windows 10

A beloved franchise is returning with the as yet simply-titled Fable, bringing players back to Albion and its topsy-turvy world of moral extremes. The teaser we got gives us almost nothing to go on, but we’re sure it’ll promise much more witty humour and fantasy tropes. 

Wonder Woman

  • Publisher: Warner Bros.
  • Release date: TBC
  • Exclusive? No, also on PS5 and PC

Diana Prince is finally getting a proper mainstream videogame adaptation, likely as a result of the recognition factor that Gal Gadot’s movie version has garnered. We can’t wait to learn more about what the game will bring to the table.

Star Wars Eclipse

  • Publisher: LucasFilm Games
  • Release date: TBC
  • Exclusive? No, also on PS5 and PC

The next game from Quantic Dream will be a story-driven multi-character Star Wars adventure set during the High Republic era, and while the trailer above has plenty of vivid imagery we don’t know a huge amount about the story this game will try to tell.

State of Decay 3

  • Publisher: Undead Labs
  • Release date: TBC
  • Exclusive? No, also on Xbox One and Windows 10

The State of Decay franchise lives on, and will drop a third iteration on Xbox Series X – the first trailer looks absolutely amazing, even if it’s got no gameplay to share. It looks like animals are getting infected, though, which could be a game-changer when it comes to making your way around. Hopefully, we’ll learn more soon. 

The Outer Worlds 2

  • Publisher: Take Two Interactive
  • Release date: TBC
  • Exclusive? No, also on PC

If you’re going to make a trailer that contains almost no details, you might as well poke fun at yourself why you do, as this great announcement teaser for The Outer Worlds 2 manages. We’ll doubtless find out plenty more about the game down the line, but for now it’s great to know that it’s on the way.

The Elder Scrolls 6

  • Publisher: Bethesda
  • Release date: TBC
  • Exclusive? No, also on PC

We’ve not heard a peep about The Elder Scrolls 6 since its tease at E3 2018. However, after the massive news of Bethesda being bought entirely by Microsoft, we know that when it does eventually appear, it’ll be on Game Pass from day one, and could even be an Xbox exclusive. 

Gothic

  • Publisher: THQ Nordic
  • Release date: TBC
  • Exclusive? No, also on PS5, Windows 10

After releasing a playable teaser for PC on Steam, which was very well received, THQ Nordic decided to greenlight a fully remastered, remade version of RPG Gothic. It also announced that it will be coming to the next-generation consoles too.

Writing by Max Freeman-Mills.





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