With the upcoming release of the Xbox Series X, there is a lot of anticipation about games and everything else in store. Xbox fans have no shortage of news, however. Xbox plans to host monthly 20/20 events in lieu of the canceled E3.
During their May event, Xbox revealed 13 third-party games that will be released for the Series X. Upcoming titles include Madden NFL 21, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Vampire: Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, and more. You can read a recap of the event here.
Unfortunately, despite claiming the 20/20 event would be monthly, there are no plans for another event until July. Until then, here’s a list of games that have been all but confirmed for the Xbox Series X.
Initially announced at E3 in 2019, Elden Ring is an upcoming fantasy RPG. The game will be collaborative work between Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki and George R.R. Martin, author of A Song of Ice and Fire series.
The game has been in development since Dark Souls 3 DLC’s development ended in 2017. Because of this, it’s possible we could see a release date for the Xbox Series X sometime soon.
So, what’s in store for this game? Miyazaki told IGN “The gameplay is not so far from Dark Souls. That doesn’t mean that the gameplay will be identical, but you could say that Elden Ring belongs to the same genre.” The game will feature strong RPG elements and will be in third-person. According to Miyazaki, players can expect to have character customization, an open-world map, boss fights, and much more.
Another expected game announcement is Starfield. Since its announcement in 2018, Bethesda has been tight-lipped about their new title. What we do know is that the game has been in development since Fallout 4‘s completion. In 2018, Todd Howard called Starfield “playable.” Howard has also said in 2018 that Starfield will be on “next-generation” consoles.
Since E3 2018 and 2019 are when we’ve learned more information about Starfield, it’s possible we’ll get a new update sometime soon. However, Bethesda fans should not expect announcements about The Elder Scrolls 6‘s release anytime soon. Starfield has taken precedence over The Elder Scrolls 6. In May, Pete Hines, Bethesda‘s senior VP of marketing and communications, said on Twitter The Elder Scrolls 6‘s release will be “after Starfield.” His full tweet reads:
It’s after Starfield, which you pretty much know nothing about. So if you’re coming at me for details now and not years from now, I’m failing to properly manage your expectations.
— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) May 10, 2020
In the meantime, we can only hope we’ll learn more about Starfield in the coming months. We can also assume it’ll be available on the Xbox Series X.
Far Cry 6
What we know about a new Far Cry game is mostly rumored. However, there seems to be a lot of people who believe we will see a new game next year. This is mainly because Ubisoft announced plans to release 5 AAA by March 2021. In their 2019-2020 sales and earnings report, Ubisoft confirmed 4 of the titles are Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Watch_Dogs Legion, Gods & Monsters, and Rainbow Six Quarantine. This leaves us with one unannounced AAA game.
Back in February Jason Schrier, who previously wrote for Kotaku, tweeted that he believed it would be Far Cry:
Anyone holding out hope for Splinter Cell is, once again, going to be disappointed. Sorry! (It’s AC and Far Cry.) https://t.co/7hKDV3y5QS
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) February 6, 2020
Others have said the rumors about Far Cry, aren’t really worth being surprised about. Forbes writer Joe Parlock said the prediction was “painfully obvious.” According to Parlock, Far Cry games tend to follow a “pretty rigid schedule” where one is released and followed by a spin-off. Since the most recent addition to the franchise was New Dawn in 2019, it makes sense that the newest addition will be the sixth title installment.
What else do we know? Not much. Most claims floating around say the game will not take place in North America. However, Ubisoft Forward is scheduled for July 12. The event was described by the company as an “E3-style showcase,” so we can expect to learn a lot more about what’s in store.
Beyond Good and Evil 2
Far Cry isn’t the Ubisoft only game rumored for next-gen release. Some people expect to see Beyond Good and Evil 2 on Xbox Series X, however, Ubisoft has listed the game’s platforms as “Pending” and the release date as “Coming soon.”
What do we know about Beyond Good and Evil 2? The game will be a prequel of the original game, which was released in 2003. The game will also feature several role-playing elements, such as character selection, freedom of choice, and exploration.
The world itself is dynamic, too. According to Michel Ancel, planets in the game will rotate around the sun, cities will grow and be destroyed, and travel will be seamless. You’ll also be able to play by yourself or with friends.
Again, since Ubisoft has an event coming up, it’s possible we’ll finally get some more information about this game.
Let Us Know What You Think
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If you’re more of a PS5 fan, be sure to check out “Six PS5 Games That Are All But Confirmed.”