With 15 studios under the Xbox Game Studios banner, 2020 and beyond is going to be packed with exclusive titles available for Xbox One, Xbox Series X and PC.
The Xbox One has been criticized throughout its lifespan for a lack of exclusives. Well, recognizing the problem, Microsoft went out and acquired a bunch of studios.
To date, Xbox Game Studios now has a total of 15 studios under its banner. And even though we don’t know what each one of these studios is working on, the games we do know of are very exciting.
If the current list of 2020 games is any indication of what’s to come, Xbox Game Studios is going to be pumping out more titles than you can handle at once. For now though, here six games that have already been confirmed. Not all of them have exact release dates, but they are all said to be coming at some point next year.
It’s also worth mentioning that each one of these first-party titles will also be available on day one from Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft’s monthly subscription service that provides access to a library of games for a monthly fee.
Halo: Infinite – Holiday 2020
Microsoft’s flagship Xbox franchise will return during the holiday 2020 season with Halo: Infinite. Not much is known about the upcoming title except that it continues the storyline from Halo 5: Guardians and “takes the franchise in ambitious, unexpected directions.”
Halo: Infinite is being developed with the all-new Slipspace Engine. While it’s coming to Xbox One and Windows PC, it will also be released for Xbox Series X.
Bleeding Edge – March 24
Microsoft acquired Ninja Theory back in 2018 and their first big title under the Xbox banner is Bleeding Edge, a multiplayer brawler. Bleeding Edge features 12 very unique characters to choose from in 4v4 team-based combat.
Gears: Tactics – April 28 (Steam, Windows 10 & Xbox Game Pass for PC Beta), TBA 2020 for Xbox One
Another flagship Xbox franchise, Gears: Tactics is a turn-based strategy game in the same vein as XCOM. Set 12 years before the events of the original Gears of War, players will recruit and command a squad to hunt down the mastermind of the monsters.
Grounded – Spring 2020
From the geniuses over at Obsidian Entertainment, developers of the critically acclaimed RPG The Outer Worlds, comes what is easily one of the Xbox’s most intriguing games of 2020. We’re used to seeing RPGs from Obsidian, but their first game for Xbox is a survival game with a “small twist.”
Grounded shrinks you down to the size of an ant and throws you into a backyard where you must survive by any means necessary. Playable solo or in four-player co-op, you’ll craft weapons and armor, cook bugs they’ve killed and build a base.
Tell Me Why – Mid-2020
From developer DONTNOD Entertainment, the studio behind the Life is Strange franchise, comes their latest narrative adventure, Tell Me Why. Their newest game looks just as emotional and deep as their others with a story that focuses on the relationship between twins Tyler and Alyson who “use their special bond to unravel the mysteries of their loving but troubled childhood.”
As per DONTNOD’s specialty, the game promises ” true-to-life characters, mature themes and gripping choices.” Tell Me Why will span three episodes, with the first arriving at some point in 2002.
Wasteland 3 – May 19
The post-apocalyptic RPG saga that inspired the Fallout franchise returns for its conclusion on May 19 with Wasteland 3. Developer inXile Entertainment takes us to the frozen lands of Colorado, where the frigid climate will make survival difficult, forcing you to make some tough moral choices and sacrifices.
Wasteland 3 is a party-based roleplaying game where your decisions and strategy will not only impact combat but the narrative as well. Playable solo or co-op, your choices will open up or close off new areas, story arcs and even possible missions.