It is no secret that the Xbox One library of exclusive first-party games is lacking when compared to the PlayStation 4. At the beginning of the current generation, the games that were meant to make a big impact like Halo 5: Guardians and Sea of Thieves ended up disappointing in the former and lacking content in the latter. Phil Spencer and the Xbox team have been diligent about acquiring quality development studios to bolster their offering. Here are the top five upcoming Xbox Game Studio games we are the most excited for.
5. Minecraft Dungeons
Minecraft Dungeons is a dungeon crawling game in the style of Diablo with the classic Minecraft block aesthetic. The game leaves behind Minecraft’s open-world sandbox game in favor of exploring randomly-generated dungeons filled with monsters, traps, and treasures. It is refreshing to see Mojang continue to bring new ideas to the Minecraft IP. They are also working on the AR mobile title Minecraft Earth and are continuously pushing out new updates for the game they are best known for.
Minecraft Dungeons can be played in up to four-player cooperative gameplay with friends dropping in and out of the action as they please. Unlike a Diablo game, there will be no classes to choose from. Instead, the weapons and enchantments you find throughout dungeons will alter your fight against the brand-new mobs. Minecraft Dungeons is Mojang’s first stand-alone game in the Minecraft universe since the original. It should be exciting to fans who are looking for something new to the series as well as fans of classic dungeon crawling games. Minecraft Dungeons releases in April 2020.
4. Bleeding Edge
Ninja Theory’s first game since being acquired by Microsoft is Bleeding Edge. It is a team melee game focused on capturing objectives. This is quite the contrast from their work on the brilliant Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. The game hosts a cast of colorful, unique characters that all play differently from each other, but can combine their moves like Overwatch is famous for. Every character can be customized as well with cybernetic mods that make them perfect for your style of play.
As of now, there are 12 characters shown on the Bleeding Edge official website. It is unknown if they will be adding more down the line, but one would think that that is the plan. Bleeding Edge releases on March 24th, 2020, but if you are lucky, you can get into the closed alpha and give the game a try early on one of their playdates.
3. The RPG that Playground Games is Working on
Playground Games, the developers of the widely successful Forza Horizon series, have been staffing up for an unannounced RPG since at least 2018. A common rumor surrounding the project is the game is a revival of the Fable franchise. Fable has laid dormant since the closure of Lionhead Studios and the cancellation of the Fable Legends. Fans of the series were heartbroken, so an announcement that it is coming back would give Microsoft even more goodwill.
While there is no confirmation a new Fable is being made, a new Xbox RPG is an exciting idea. Playground Games has more than proven their skills in making racing games. Seeing how that translates to a new game genre will be interesting.
2. Halo: Infinite
As stated in the intro, Halo 5: Guardians was a disappointment to fans of the franchise. The marketing completely misled people for what the game was doing, and the campaign was mediocre at best. There is no definitive idea of where the story is going in the next game, but 343 Industries needs to knock it out of the park to win the fans back. Halo 5 turned a lot of people away.
The multiplayer in the Halo franchise is proven to work already. The Master Chief Collection is a testament to that, and even Halo 5 had a good multiplayer with a fun mode called Warzone. Halo: Infinite needs to blow everyone away to put the series back in the spotlight. That makes it one of the most anticipated games of 2020 when it launches alongside Project Scarlett.
1. Whatever The Initiative is Making
At the beginning of Microsoft’s drive towards acquiring more game developers, they opened a new studio in Santa Monica, California. “The Initiative” has been staffing up since then with some big-time talent from the gaming industry. Employees for the company have worked on past projects such as Red Dead Redemption II, God of War, Mass Effect, and more.
Nothing has been revealed about the project so far, but the studio is classified as a “AAAA” studio set on making one of the biggest games to date. It is highly doubtful the game is coming in 2020, but there is potential to find out what it is finally, maybe at E3. It is the most exciting project Xbox Game Studios has in its pipeline.
The five games listed above have our attention the most because of the new experiences they are sure to bring to Xbox. They are not the only exciting projects coming down the line, though. Forza Motorsport is set to return after taking 2019 off, and Gears Tactics is still in development for RTS fans. Inxile is also working on Wasteland 3, which has its own set of loyal fans. Obsidian and Rare recently announced brand new projects called Grounded and Everwild. Offerings outside of Xbox Game Studios include the new Battletoads and Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Both are set to release in 2019.