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Starfield was meant to be Microsoft’s huge November launch (pic: Microsoft) Microsoft’s launch schedule for...
Starfield was meant to be Microsoft’s huge November launch (pic: Microsoft)

Microsoft’s launch schedule for the Xbox Sequence X and S is getting busier and busier however what’s popping out when?

Microsoft’s 2022 took a little bit of a success when it was compelled to delay both Starfield and Redfall into subsequent yr, and sure main releases had been disappointingly absent from its June showcase.

Nonetheless, it’s not missing in third social gathering assist and there are a couple of upcoming first social gathering video games to maintain followers satiated till the larger releases observe in 2023.

The acquisition of Bethesda, and doubtlessly Activision Blizzard, has additionally helped pad out the schedules, even when the latter’s video games aren’t supposed to be unique to the Xbox platform.

Though Sony does have God Of Conflict Ragnarök this yr it solely has a handful of other games announced, whereas Microsoft is within the reverse place the place it doesn’t have a lot in the best way of huge title titles this yr however does have a number of video games past that.

Identical to we did with Sony and Nintendo, we’ll run by all the main first and third social gathering releases we all know are coming to Xbox all through the approaching months. Though that doesn’t imply there gained’t be extra on high of this…

As Nightfall Falls

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Though it’s being developed by an unbiased studio, it being printed by Xbox Sport Studios makes this narrative pushed journey sport the console’s subsequent foremost unique. We’re nonetheless not bought on its graphic novel impressed visuals, however we’re curious to see the way it will fare in opposition to the likes of Life Is Unusual when it launches on July 19.


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Obsidian Leisure’s Honey, I Shrunk The Children impressed survival sport has been in early entry since 2020, however the full launch is now confirmed to reach in September. It would function the complete marketing campaign and possibly twice as many spiders.

A Plague Story: Requiem

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The sequel to 2019’s A Plague Tale: Innocence, this one’s a multiplatform title, however Microsoft clearly has some particular deal going with it, because it was announced during the company’s E3 2021 presentation and noticed a second trailer at this yr’s showcase. It releases October 18.


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This survival horror sport with visuals influenced by the works of H. R. Giger fell off the map for a bit after its 2020 unveiling, nevertheless it’s now set to launch as an Xbox unique on October 21. Positively one for individuals who love disturbing imagery that might make most different folks sick.

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Excessive On Life

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Introduced throughout final month’s Xbox showcase, first person shooter Excessive On Life is just not solely unique however is releasing in only a few months on October 25. Rick & Morty followers can be selecting this one up because it comes from sequence co-creator Justin Roiland and appears to have the same type of humour, as you wield dwelling alien weapons.


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This one leaked last year, however the June showcase marked our first take a look at Pentiment, and it was one of the vital visually distinctive video games of the bunch. A smaller finances title from Obsidian, it’s an journey role-playing homicide thriller sport and is slated for a November launch.

Diablo 4

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One in every of two outstanding Activision video games to be featured within the June showcase, Diablo Four is slated for 2023. It wasn’t confirmed throughout the showcase however it is going to stay multiplatform regardless of the Microsoft buyout, as Blizzard goals to win again favour from followers upset with the microtransaction-laden Diablo Immortal.

Overwatch 2

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The second Activision sport of the June showcase, Overwatch 2 isn’t Xbox unique both, which is sensible contemplating how a lot of the primary sport’s player-base is break up throughout a number of platforms. It’s at the moment out there in beta, with the complete launch approaching October Four as a free-to-play title.

Forza Motorsport

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We’re nonetheless unsure why Microsoft appears to be rebooting Forza Motorsport, fairly than simply calling it Forza Motorsport 8, however we are able to confidently say that subsequent yr’s entry will boast presumably the very best graphics on the Xbox Sequence X/S.

STALKER 2: Coronary heart Of Chornobyl

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Had it not been for the Russia-Ukraine Conflict, STALKER 2 can be out this December. Whereas the battle continues to be ongoing, and developer GSC Sport World continues to lift consciousness of it, it’s resumed development and the sport is now slated for 2023.


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Initially one in all Microsoft’s key video games for the top of 2022, this co-op vampire shooter from Arkane will now arrive throughout the first half of 2023. We acquired to see a brand new trailer on the June showcase, demonstrating the co-op gameplay and fairly obnoxious solid of characters. Hopefully, they’ll be a bit extra tight-lipped within the remaining launch.

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Starfield’s delay was a far larger blow for Microsoft contemplating it’s the following main launch from Bethesda. Thankfully, followers had been handled to loads of new gameplay footage and the promise of over 1,000 planets to explore when it launches subsequent yr.


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One in every of many absentees from the June showcase, fantasy sport Avowed hasn’t had any updates since its 2020 announcement. That is probably as a result of developer Obsidian is busy with each Grounded and Pentiment. Past its fantasy setting, we all know little else about it, nevertheless it does appear to be ploughing very comparable floor to Skyrim.


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Simply Trigger developer Avalanche Studios has an Xbox unique within the works known as Contraband. Very similar to Avowed, nevertheless, all now we have to go on is a imprecise pre-rendered trailer and its description of ‘a co-op smuggler’s paradise set within the fictional world of 1970s Bayan.’

The Elder Scrolls 6

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The Elder Scrolls 6 is probably going years away from launch, with Bethesda’s Todd Howard admitting just lately that it’s still in pre-production. Though it lacks formal launch platforms, comments from Phil Spencer strongly level to it being an Xbox unique – regardless of Howard’s own comments on the contrary.


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Uncommon made an look on the June showcase with a brand new replace for Sea Of Thieves, however there was zero phrase on Everwild. Regardless of being announced in 2019, we nonetheless couldn’t let you know what kind of sport it’s and insider experiences describe an incredibly messy development cycle.


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The massive Fable reboot from Forza Horizon studio Playground Video games is outwardly progressing just fine regardless of some followers’ assumptions. Its absence on the June showcase, nevertheless, means we are able to rule out a shock 2022 launch.

Indiana Jones

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With a brand new film releasing subsequent yr, Bethesda and MachineGames should be planning to have their Indiana Jones game launch across the identical time, even when it’s not a direct tie-in. But the sport wasn’t even talked about throughout the June showcase, with the one latest bit of information being a hearsay that it won’t be an Xbox exclusive.

The Outer Worlds 2

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Obsidian actually has lots on its plate, doesn’t it? Even the teaser trailer from final yr was self-aware sufficient to know that the announcement was far too early. The Outer Worlds 2 was initially scheduled for this yr however now it’s not clear when it’ll be out, or whether or not it’ll be an Xbox unique, given Microsoft now has the publishing rights.

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Good Darkish

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Though introduced some time in the past, the percentages of the Good Darkish reboot popping out anytime quickly are virtually nil. This may be attributed to its supposedly troubled growth; half of the staff at studio The Initiative have left and it seems that Crystal Dynamics has virtually taken over. Hardly a very good look contemplating that is imagined to be The Initiative’s first sport.

Hideo Kojima’s sport

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After so many rumours, Hideo Kojima lastly admitted that he’s working with Microsoft on an Xbox sport, one that can make use of Microsoft’s cloud know-how. Though Kojima’s retaining mum about it, its id as survival horror game Overdose might have leaked beforehand.

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2

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Regardless of getting a brand new trailer ultimately yr’s The Sport Awards, Hellblade 2 was one other absent unique on the June showcase. Whereas there’s no denying it has phenomenal visuals, many had been unimpressed on the preliminary gameplay reveal. All we all know is that it’ll launch for Xbox Sequence X/S and PC, so no Xbox One model.

Every thing else

Two Level Campus – August 9
Saints Row – August 23
The Lord Of The Rings: Gollum – September 1
Warhammer 40,000: Darktide – September 13
Marvel’s Midnight Suns – October 7
Persona 5 Royal – October 21
Gotham Knights – October 25
Name Of Obligation: Fashionable Warfare 2 – October 28
The Callisto Protocol – December 2
Sonic Frontiers – winter 2022
Lifeless Area – January 27, 2023
Resident Evil Four remake – March 24
Alan Wake 2 – 2023
Disney Dreamlight Valley – 2023
Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes – 2023
Ereban: Shadow Legacy – 2023
Exoprimal – 2023
Flintlock: The Siege of Daybreak – 2023
Hyenas – 2023
The Final Case of Benedict Fox – first half of 2023
Minecraft Legends – 2023
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor – 2023
Avenue Fighter 6 – 2023
Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League – 2023
Valheim – 2023
The Wolf Amongst Us 2 – 2023
WWE 2K23 – 2023

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