Best Upcoming Xbox Series X Games 2021 (And Beyond)

Wondering what games are coming to Xbox Series X in 2021? We have you covered with the best upcoming games for Xbox Series X and Series S.

The Xbox Series X and its less-beefy counterpart, the Series S, have already ushered in a new wave of generation-defining titles for players who prefer to play on Xbox first.

From action-packed shooters to robust RPGs and everything in between, there’s something new for every kind of Xbox fan.

In this list, we’ll highlight the best upcoming Xbox Series X games of 2021, including the best new Xbox Series X games.

Lastly, we’ll be updating this list with new titles in the future, so make sure to check back and let us know if we missed any games!

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16 years after the original platforming adventure was released, Psychonauts 2 will finally release for Xbox, PC, and Game Pass.

The sequel once again focuses on Raz, who’s since graduated from school and working as an intern at Psychonauts Headquarters.

However, after his team’s leader is rescued from a kidnapping, his mind is not quite the same; and to make matters worse, there’s a mole hiding in the organization.

Psychonauts 2 will combine the quirky gameplay and mysteries the series is known for while injecting a new cinematic style and tons of customizable psychic powers.

Inspired by classic 3D stealth games like Tenchu and The Mark of Kri, Lince Works’ third-person action-stealth game Aragami is criminally underrated as far as indie releases go.

Thankfully, the developer plans on revisiting its mystical world in a sequel, Aragami 2, currently in development for Xbox consoles and PC.

In it, you play as a supernatural assassin with the ability to bend shadows to your will in order to sneak up on enemies and take charge in battle.

Aragami 2 will introduce weapon and armor crafting along with an expanded skill tree and co-op support for up to three players.  

Diablo fans eager to return to the mystical realm of Sanctuary will finally have a chance to in Diablo II: Resurrected just a few months from now.

Updated for Xbox consoles and PC, Resurrected includes many quality-of-life improvements despite retaining the original’s structure, gameplay, and save format.

This means you’ll be able to transfer an old save and pick up right where you last left off.

Diablo II casts you as a hero on a quest to eliminate the titular prime evil Diablo once and for all, though we have a hunch things won’t go so smoothly considering Diablo III and IV already exist.

Releasing the same day as Resurrected, Sable is an upcoming adventure game from UK studio Shedworks and indie game publisher Raw Fury.

The story is described as a “coming-of-age tale of discovery,” and sees you guiding Sable through a rite of passage known as the Gliding.

Your journey sees you navigating across a vast, tranquil alien planet filled with captivating vistas, mysterious spaceships, and other remnants of the past.

There’s also a cool-looking hoverbike you can ride and (hopefully) upgrade as you make new discoveries and experience Sable’s story unfold.

Blood Bowl has never shied away from doing its own thing, blending turn-based strategy, Warhammer lore, and American football into a neat little package.

While among the more niche titles coming to Xbox, Blood Bowl 3 includes a number of improvements and new features that fans of the series will appreciate.

For one, gameplay adheres to the official rules of the latest edition of the board game, complete with new skills and redesigned passing mechanics.

There’s also a new competitive PVP mode that offers new league management tools and a solo campaign open to all 12 included races, with room for customization.

In contrast to Far Cry 5’s rural American setting, Far Cry 6 revisits the lush tropical paradise trope of previous entries while telling a new politically charged story.

You play as Dani, a rebel soldier fighting against Yara’s corrupt dictatorship lead by Anton Castillo (performed by Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito).

Along with new environments and characters, it features a ton of exciting weapons, vehicles, and animal companions to bring along for the ride, including a baby alligator you can pet.

Like previous entries, Far Cry 6 will include a co-op mode that lets two players experience the story via local and online multiplayer.

With Valve pretty much flat-out refusing to make a new Left 4 Dead, Back 4 Blood is the closest we’ll ever get to a new installment in the zombie shooter franchise.

Thankfully, development is being handled by Turtle Rock Studios, the team behind the original L4D, whose credits also include the asymmetrical multiplayer title Evolve.

Described as a spiritual successor to TR’s game, Back 4 Blood will include genre staples such as local and online four-player co-op along with a replayable campaign.

Additionally, the game will feature a PvP mode where you can play as the monster and attack other players.

The seventeenth installment in the Battlefield series is due out later this year and brings with it a host of new features and shiny tech.

Battlefield 2042 sees players competing across various modes including staples like Conquest and Breakthrough along with the co-op-centric Hazard Mode and another that’s yet to be revealed.

Since the game is set in the near future, players can expect an abundance of futuristic weapons and gadgets such as deployable turrets, drones, and vehicles.

2042’s new Plus system will allow players to customize their weapons on the spot and the overhauled class system lets you pick from four unique specializations: Assault, Engineer, Medic, and Recon.

Square Enix and Marvel have partnered for another game about a band of heroes, albeit one with a loose interpretation of the term “heroes.”

Guardians of the Galaxy reimagines the spacefaring gang of misfits as they travel to different planets hatching schemes that will no doubt land them in cosmic trouble.

You play as the Guardians’ leader, Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, as he attempts to wrangle his teammates into shape and uncover mysteries surrounding his past.

There will be plenty of opportunities to collaborate with your fellow Guardians in and out of combat, from combining powers to settling petty debates among the crew.

Playground Games’ next take on Forza’s open-world racing series is slated to release this Fall for PC and console, this time transporting players to Mexico.

Touted as the biggest and most varied Forza map to date, FH5 will include an abundance of biomes including rainforests, deserts, waterfalls, and even volcanos.

Additionally, areas such as Guanajuato will offer a sprawling network of tunnels to explore and there are numerous towns decorated with murals by local Mexican artists.

Getting from place to place should be no issue since FH5 is set to feature even more vehicles designed for both off-road exploration and high-speed street races.

Dying Light 2 Stay Human is a first-person action RPG set after the events of the first game and centers on a completely new protagonist.

Aiden Caldwell is an infected survivor who uses his superb dexterity and combat prowess to gain allies and constantly escape the clutches of the undead. 

The game features streamlined parkour traversal complemented by interactive environments that let you swing from ropes and ride on the roofs of vehicles.

This time around, Techland is including more player-choice, promising to deliver a dynamic open-world that reacts to your actions and evolves throughout the story.

The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games are known for getting nitty-gritty with their approach to post-apocalyptic open-worlds.

While they’ve always been reminiscent of games like Metro and even Fallout RPGs to some extent, the series suddenly disappeared after just three releases.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 will see players venturing into “The Zone,” an irradiated wasteland surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site.

The area stands out for its high radiation levels, which causes scavengers to develop supernatural abilities that affect traversal and combat.

Originally announced as Rainbow Six Quarantine, Extraction is a co-op spin-off to Siege that sees players working together to defeat parasitic aliens called the Archaeans.

Designed for up to 3-player teams, gameplay revolves around infiltrating locations overrun with aliens and completing various tasks before escaping.

Missions, referred to as Incursions, will range from collecting biosamples to gathering intel, all while exploring interconnected sub-maps with randomly assigned objectives.

Players can choose from a pool of 18 operators based on Siege characters, each with their own arsenal of weapons and gadgets to combat the alien threat.

Microsoft has been surprisingly tight-lipped following the recent delay of the next Halo game.

Halo: Infinite will be the sixth mainline entry in the first-person shooter franchise and will utilize the Xbox Series X’s improved capabilities.

Current speculation suggests the game’s story is set during the “Reclaimer Saga” of Halo and plans to tell a more serious story centered around Master Chief and Cortana’s relationship.

Additionally, it will see the debut of 343’s new Slipspace Engine, which was developed alongside Halo: Infinite. 

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II was announced during the Game Awards 2019 following the reveal of the Xbox Series X’s name and design.

The sequel sees Ninja Theory back at the helm for a much more thematically dark and atmospheric game, which is saying a lot for anyone who played the original.

The announcement trailer doesn’t give away too much besides confirming the game will be coming to both Series X and PC.

There’s an emphasis on rituals being performed, traveling across stunning landscapes, and an encounter with a massive creature.

Hello Neighbor was a pretty experimental title for the Xbox platform that was critically panned but still ended up catching on thanks to YouTube let’s plays.

At the very least, the game was successful enough to warrant Microsoft greenlighting a sequel currently in production by tinyBuild and Eerie Guest.

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Hello Neighbor 2 maintains the survival horror stealth gameplay of the original while fleshing out its lore and introducing new mechanics.

This includes improvements to enemy AI, a new setting, and new combinable items littered throughout environments that can be used to progress and/or deter the Neighbor.

Image & Form is primarily known for 2D turn-based games like SteamWorld Heist and Quest along with the action-platformer SteamWorld Dig and its sequel.

However, the Swedish-based developer appears to be branching out and producing their first 3D game exclusively for Xbox’s new console.

The Gunk casts you as a gritty space hauler who stumbles upon a collapsed civilization and discovers a corrupt parasite has been feeding on the planet.

With help from your partner, you’ll investigate the gunk’s origin and try to find a way to stop it from consuming everything in its path.

Forza fans can look forward to a soft reboot of sorts as we were treated to a new in-engine trailer for the next entry in Microsoft’s racing series.

For Series X, developer Turn 10 Studios appears to be ditching numbered releases in favor of a live service model.

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Simply-titled Forza Motorsport, the next entry is still early in development but is slated for an Xbox Series X, PC, and Game Pass release. 

We’re happy to report that the game will run at a smooth 4K resolution with 60fps on both console and PC. 

The Warhammer franchise is no stranger to co-op-centric experiences, with many citing the Vermintide games as worthy alternatives to the Left 4 Dead games.

Set in the war-ravaged futuristic city of Tertium, Warhammer 40,000: Darktide has up to four players working together to defeat hordes of enemies called Poxwalkers.

Much like Vermintie, the game presents itself as a first-person action game with visceral combat and unique character classes.

A recent gameplay trailer shows off just a few of the weapons we can expect to wield in Darktide, which includes laser-powered rifles and a badass-looking chainsword.

If someone were to invent an H.R. Giger video game-making machine and crank it to its maximum settings, Scorn is the game that would come out the other end.

The first-person horror adventure sees you exploring nightmarish world whose architecture and inhabitants are all constructed entirely of flesh.

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You’re tossed into the game’s maze-like open-world and must progress through each of it’s regions by solving puzzles, connecting doorways, and battling enemies.

It has a strong sense of atmosphere going for it, which is good since it’s being touted as an immersive experience with full character movement, limited inventory, and ammo scarcity.

Echo Generation is a turn-based adventure game from Riverbond developer Cococumber that’s being touted as an Xbox Series X exclusive.

It’s sure to take advantage of the console’s hardware capabilities due to the high fidelity of its voxel-based graphics and detailed environments.

The game takes place during the summer of 1993 and sees a group of friends investigating a mysterious crash in their hometown.

Combat employs a mix of both real-time and turn-based battles using each character’s unique abilities to earn XP and unlock new skills.

Soup Pot made its debut during E3 2021 and is expected to release by the end of the year, giving you ample time to get through many of the other games already mentioned.

It’s a cooking sim that focuses on creativity and capturing the open-ended nature of home cooking by letting you experiment with different ingredients across 100+ unique recipes.

Unlike other cooking sims that want you to follow specific instructions, Soup Pot keeps things pretty loose, allowing you to see your dishes through to the end, even if they turn out looking like a hot mess.

This includes the option to plate dishes how you see fit and snap pics to share with an in-game social media platform where you can grow an audience and get feedback on your latest creations.

Best described as Starfox for grown-ups, Chorus has you taking control of an ace pilot as she sets out to destroy the cult that created her.

To reach her targets, Nara will have to rely on her skills as a space-combat pilot and sentient starfighter, aptly named Forsaken.

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Gameplay revolves around exploring ancient temples, engaging in energetic zero-g combat, and traveling to distant galaxies just beyond our reach.

It’s unclear where Nara’s rageful journey will end up taking her, but we’re more than happy to come along for the ride, cosmic dogfighting and all.

When life gets us down, sometimes the only remedy is to hop inside a giant mech and blow stuff up until we feel better.

ExoMecha is sure to fill that void while putting its own free-to-play spin on competitive online shooters.

The game boasts next-gen graphics, specialized mech classes, and an assortment of game-changing abilities and gadgets to wield in both PvP and AI boss battles.

Mechs are afforded both close and long-range weapons to help you tackle any challenge while exploring the planet Omecha.

Xbox has always built its brand off of shooters and this generation appears to be no different as CrossFireX makes its way to the Series X as a console exclusive.

While the CrossFire franchise has been around long enough to know what to expect, the fact that the game is being co-developed by two wildly different developers has us intrigued.

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Control developer Remedy Entertainment is posed to work on the game’s single-player campaign while the series’ creator Smilegate focuses on the multiplayer component.

Similar to titles like CS: GO, the game sees two opposing teams competing in a variety of objective-based game modes.

Everwild is a brand-new IP from Rare that we first caught wind of during X019, where a cinematic trailer introduced us to the game’s vibrant art style and fantasy-inspired setting.

The trailer depicts a world where humans share a deep connection with magical creatures that can manipulate the physical world.

It’s not clear yet what kind of game it’ll end up being, but there’s clearly a background threat acting in opposition to the natural order.

Rare is known for its charming characters and the worlds they inhabit, so we’ll be keeping our eye on this one. 

A third entry in the zombie survival horror series State of Decay is currently in development for Xbox Series X.

State of Decay 3 intends to offer the ‘ultimate’ zombie survival simulation and judging by the announcement trailer, Undead Labs is off to a great start. 

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Fans can look forward to battling even more human zombies along with a new contender: zombie deers.

We anticipate the game’s graphics benefitting greatly from next-gen hardware and overall shorter load times.

While it may not be the long-rumored Fable 4 sequel we had in mind, a new Fable game is confirmed to be in development at Playground Games, best known for the Forza Horizon.

Intended to be a reboot for the series, Fable will retain the spirit of the original trilogy, which saw players engaging with magical creatures throughout fantasy-inspired locales. 

Other than a cinematic reveal trailer, we don’t have much to go off of in terms of gameplay or even story.

The game is still a long way off but is expected to launch on Xbox Series X, PC, and Xbox Game Pass.

Avowed is a brand-new IP from developer Obsidian that’s currently in development. It’s described as a first-person RPG set in a fantasy-inspired world called Eora.

In it, you play as an unknown hero who wields a sword and casts magical spells using some really cool-looking hand gestures.

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It’s not surprising to see Obsidian racing to make another RPG when you consider it’s their bread and butter. Fallout: New Vegas, KOTR2, Pillars of Eternity, the list goes on and on.

Thematically, Avowed gives off a much darker tone than we’ve seen Obsidian explore in the past, so it’ll be interesting to see what they come up with. 

It’s been exciting to see developer Arkane branch out from the Dishonored series and explore new ideas and themes with games like Prey, Deathloop, and now Redfall.

The company’s Austin-based studio is currently working on an open-world co-op shooter centered on a team of survivors battling supernatural forces.

Players will be able to choose their character from a diverse cast with unique abilities before setting off to liberate the small town of Redfall, Massachusetts from vampires.

Considering Arkane Austin has primarily focused on single-player affairs, it’ll be interesting to see how the team approaches a co-op shooter in a post Left 4 Dead world.

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