Even with only a few months in the year, there are still plenty of games on the horizon to fuel our excitement. While there are undoubtedly a ton of amazing games out there that we don’t have time to cover, we’ll focus on a selection of the ten biggest and most anticipated titles coming to Xbox in the fall and summer. winter 2021. They follow below in chronological order, listed by expected release dates, dictating when you can get your hands on the launch. Check out our featured video below for our full roster with gameplay!
Life is Strange: True Colors (September 10, 2021)
First up, the next chapter in the critically acclaimed storytelling adventure series Life is Strange. In Life is Strange: True Colors, players take control of Alex Chen, who can use his supernatural abilities to absorb and manipulate the emotions of others. Set in the beautiful mountain town of Haven Springs, Colorado, this title promises both emotional and scenic beauty. Fans of the series can look forward to this new story on September 10, 2021.
Diablo II: Risen (September 23, 2021)
Diablo II is easily one of the most beloved action RPGs of all time. For over 20 years, this nightmarish dungeon-crawler was exclusively PC-bound. However, on September 23, 2021, a whole new generation of gamers can enjoy this masterpiece on PC and console with Diablo II: Resurrected. This incredible remaster hosts a suite of remarkable quality of life changes along with vastly improved graphics with widescreen support. Going down to hell should be more beautiful than ever.
Back 4 Blood (October 12, 2021)
Serving as a spiritual reimagining of the iconic Left 4 Dead zombie shooter, the aptly named Back 4 Blood aims to reinvigorate the undead formula originally popularized by Turtle Rock Studios. With the addition of a compelling deck-building mechanic for characters and some rogue-lite elements, Back 4 Blood promises more playability than ever. Fans of co-op horror shooters can prepare to slay hordes of Ridden on October 12, 2021. Just in time for Halloween!
Battlefield 2042 (October 22, 2021)
The long-running military shooter franchise takes fans back to the future with Battlefield 2042. After an impressive first reveal featuring extreme weather events, wingsuits, and the biggest maps yet, players are eager to engage in large-scale combat. Battlefield 2042 may ditch the traditional campaign this time around. However, the team looks set to deliver an amazing multiplayer experience. Prepare for all-out war on October 22, 2021.
Call of Duty: Vanguard (November 5, 2021)
While Battlefield 2042 promotes warfare in a near-future fictional environment, Call of Duty: Vanguard takes a slightly different approach. Returning to the franchise’s roots, this upcoming first-person shooter revisits World War II. Call of Duty: Vanguard explores unique stories in legendary settings through the lens of various factions. With epic battlegrounds and legendary weapons from decades past, classic Call of Duty fans are probably thrilled to November 5, 2021.
Forza Horizon 5 (November 9, 2021)
Forza Horizon 5 is absolutely stunning. The beautiful and diverse locations of Mexico featured in the game’s trailers so far have painted a startling picture of what gamers can expect from the latest entry from the team at Playground Games. With the most comprehensive map in series history and photorealistic environments, there’s no doubt that Forza Horizon will be a significant hit for Xbox when it launches on November 9, 2021. And if the wait is too long, players who pre-order the Premium Edition can play on November 5.
Dying Light 2: Stay Human (December 7, 2021)
Set 20 years after the events of the original game, Dying Light 2: Stay Human follows the story of a wanderer struggling to survive the modern dark ages. Wield makeshift weapons to battle zombies as well as rival human factions. With vastly improved mobility and melee combat, Dying Light 2: Stay Human looks to offer far more flexibility and customization than its predecessor. Get your zombie-parkour fix when this ambitious sequel arrives December 7, 2021.
Infinite Halo (December 8, 2021)
343 Industries did. They finally gave us a release date for the highly anticipated next chapter in the Master Chief story. Halo Infinite launches on December 8, 2021. With this serving as a spiritual reboot for the franchise, many fans are eager to see what’s in store for the game’s campaign. Halo Infinite will still deliver both the campaign and the free-to-play multiplayer sequel this holiday despite some feature delays. Here’s hoping Halo Infinite will be worth the wait.
CrossfireX is an upcoming competitive first-person shooter that combines classic Counter-Strike elements with the modern sensibilities of games like Call of Duty. Along with an impressive array of online multiplayer game modes, CrossfireX will also feature a full-fledged campaign from Remedy Entertainment, best known as the studio behind Alan Wake and Control. We don’t have a release date at this time, but an update from Gamescom assures players that the game is “coming soon”.
Dirt (December 2021)
The Gunk takes the last spot on our list, which is firmly one of the most exciting Xbox exclusives of 2021. Stranded on an alien planet covered in a mysterious slime, players use their bionic arm to repurpose this liquid and this platform in hostile environments. . The artistic direction and the fascinating mystery make it a title watch. While we don’t have a firm release date for Image and Form’s next puzzle-platformer, players should get a chance to experience The Gunk for themselves someday. this month of December.
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Which of these games are you most looking forward to playing this year? Would you be interested in seeing another list with some hidden Xbox gems as well? Let us know in the comment section below. And if you’re looking for something to play while you wait for your most anticipated titles, check out our list of the best games on Xbox Game Pass.
It’s also worth noting that two of the games on our list are published by Activision/Blizzard, which is currently embroiled in a lawsuit with the State of California. Check out our full coverage to better understand the fees and updates related to this developing situation.
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