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Best upcoming Xbox One games to look forward this year

Written by  Apr 13, 2018
This generation of gaming has, by far and away, been the most exciting, with some awesome games released in the last few years.
But when you look at the schedules for the next 12 months, it seems that things will get even better.

You might have an Xbox One S, 4K-ready Xbox One X or even an original Xbox One. No matter which version though, there will be something spectacular for you to get your teeth into in 2018 or beyond.

We've rounded up the Xbox One games we're looking forward to the most and hopefully they'll be on your wish list too. There are release dates where possible and a trailer for each. We'll also be updating the round-up throughout the year so come back wherever possible.

On with the show.

Crackdown 3

Release date: TBC 2018
Xbox One exclusive: Yes (also on Windows 10)
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Pre-order: See price drop on Amazon UK

Pushed back from a late 2017 release date and subsequently also shifted from an expected spring 2018 launch, Crackdown 3 is now more likely to hit the stores in the summer. It will be fully 4K and in 60fps on Xbox One X, which explains some of the release slippage. One thing that's very exciting though is that it will be part of the Xbox Game Pass subscription scheme, so anybody with monthly membership will get it for free when it finally does arrive.

Beyond Good And Evil 2

Release date: TBC
Xbox One exclusive: No, also on PS4 and PC
Publisher: Ubisoft
Pre-order: See price drop on ShopTo.net

It's been more than 15 years since the original game, so when Ubisoft pulled this one out of the bag at its E3 2017 pre-show conference it was one of those fuzzy stomach, happy moments. The game's other-world setting - where multiple species communicate and interact - is quirky, cheeky and stunning. Think The Fifth Element in video game form and you're halfway there.

Tennis World Tour

Release date: 22 May 2018
Xbox One exclusive: No, also on PS4, PC and Switch
Publisher: Bigben

Made by much of the same development team behind the much-loved Top Spin series, Tennis World Tour brings the sport back to console with deep customisation, tournaments, a career mode and much more. Unlike tennis games before it, you must plan your season cleverly in order to avoid burnout - only entering tournaments that will help you progress. If it's half as good as Top Spin 4 was, we cannot wait.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Release date: 14 September 2018
Xbox One exclusive: No, also on PS4, PC and Switch
Publisher: Square Enix

Lara Croft is back in the third and final part of her origin story. You finally find out exactly how she became the Tomb Raider we all know and love. More will be revealed on 27 April.

Skull & Bones

Release date: 2018
Xbox One exclusive: No, also on PS4 and PC
Publisher: Ubisoft

If there's a game to starkly contrast the jovial pirates of the recently released Sea of Thieves then, well, Ubisoft has hit the nail on the head with Skull & Bones. This multiplayer battle game takes you to the seas where you'll need to use co-operative play to sink your competitors' ships and get the best loot possible. With Assassin's Creed: Black Flag already under its belt, Ubi is no stranger to the world of pirates - which gives us more than an inkling that this is going to be one very well received game indeed.

Jurassic World Evolution

Release date: 12 June 2018
Xbox One exclusive: No, also on PS4 and PC
Publisher: Frontier

A full theme park simulation game, albeit one with dinosaurs and, potentially, running and screaming, Jurassic World Evolution is full of depth and micromanagement. Not surprising from the team behind Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 and Planet Coaster. The fact that Jeff Goldblum provides a lot of voice over for the game is icing on the cake.

Ori and The Will of the Wisps

Release date: TBC
Xbox One exclusive: Yes (also on Windows 10)
Publisher: Microsoft Studios

The visual style of the original Ori was simply gorgeous, a trait which is carried forward into the sequel, The Will of the Wisps. Also, that owl, it makes us want to cry.

Metro: Exodus

Release date: 2018
Xbox One exclusive: No, also on PS4 and PC
Publisher: Deep Silver
Pre order: See price drop on Amazon UK

The follow-up to Metro: Last Light proves that we can't keep our gaming hands off the post-apocalyptic future. First shown at the E3 2017 Xbox pre-show conference, Metro: Exodus looks stunning - while ensuring its fair share of frightening scares too.

OnRush

Release date: 5 June 2018
Xbox One exclusive: No, also on PS4
Publisher: Codemasters

While Codemasters is better known for its simulation driving games, OnRush looks a blast. It's a multiplayer speed fest with true arcade properties and comes across, to us, as a mix between TrackMania and Motorstorm. That's no bad thing at all.

Anthem

Release date: Early 2019
Xbox One exclusive: No, also on PS4 and PC
Publisher: EA / BioWare

Perhaps the first "wow" game to be unveiled at E3 2017, the new IP from BioWare mixes robots and monsters together in a third-person mission-based adventure which looks like a mixing pot of Fallout 4, Titanfall 2, Horizon: Zero Dawn and Mass Effect. And we mean that in a good way. Just watch the trailer and try to keep your jaw closed.

State Of Decay 2

Release date: 22 May 2018
Xbox One exclusive: Yes (also on Windows 10)
Publisher: Undead Labs
Pre order: See price drop on Amazon UK 

We loved the original State of Decay and its Xbox One remaster and cannot wait for the sequel. Like Sea of Thieves and Crackdown 3, it'll even be part of Xbox Game Pass - so a day and date release to monthly members means they will be able to play it from the bat as part of their subscriptions.

The Crew 2

Release date: 29 June 2018
Xbox One exclusive: No, also on PS4 and PC
Publisher: Ubisoft

Ubisoft's sequel to its multiplayer driving game adds all manner of brand new vehicles to race in, including boats and aeroplanes. There will be a massive open world environment to explore and a single-player mode, but once again you are encouraged to hook up with friends old and new and play massive game sessions online.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Release date: 26 October 2018
Xbox One exclusive: No, also on PS4
Publisher: Rockstar/Take-Two

We already had an inkling Red Dead Redemption 2 was on the cards before the official reveal at the end of 2016. And, considering what we've seen of it so far, it's looking every bit the game we've wanted for years. The only issue is that it has been delayed a couple of times; this time to 26 October 2018. Rockstar is keeping us sure a-waiting.

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