By my count, there are nearly 20 Xbox One games that we know about. Most of them are cross-generational, but there are a few Xbox One exclusives that we are at least aware of, and Microsoft has promised a whopping 15 exclusives for Xbox One within its first year of release, with eight of those being brand new IP. We’ll learn more about those games at E3, but in the meantime, these are the five games we know are coming for Xbox One that have me most excited.
For a complete list of every confirmed Xbox One game, check out our complete recap. Our list in the Complete Recap is updated every single day as new Xbox One games are announced and confirmed.
Oh, and in the meantime, checkout what kind of boxes these Xbox One games will come in, starting with Forza Motorsport 5!:
5. Black Tusk Game
Black Tusk Studios has a super cool logo, but that isn’t the reason why I’m excited to see what they create. I’m excited because Microsoft obviously has a lot invested in the studio, and I am also excited because Black Tusk is being entrusted with Microsoft’s flagship Halo franchise.
343 Industries is in charge of the core Reclaimer trilogy for the Halo franchise. So, the Halo game Black Tusk is working on could be just about anything. It could be another side-story FPS game in the vein of ODST and Reach meant to tide people over until the next main Halo game release. It could be another strategy game like Halo Wars on 360. Or it could also be a genre entirely new to the Halo franchise.
Of course, it could also be that Black Tusk has changed its development from a Halo game to a new IP, which could be Microsoft’s flagship IP for the Xbox One. In the past, Halo defined the original Xbox, and Gears of War was the defining title on Xbox 360. It will be interesting to see if Microsoft leans on one of those franchises or a brand new IP to lead the charge with Xbox One.
We won’t have to wait long; Microsoft has promised that Black Tusk’s game will be revealed at this year’s E3 event.
Speaking of Halo and stuff, the dudes that brought us the original Halo trilogy, Bungie, has moved on from Microsoft to seek new horizons. That being said, they are still developing games for the big M, but they are also releasing games for a variety of other platforms as well. Multi-platform Bungie is a very exciting prospect, but let’s see if they can pull it off with their first game since they’ve been free from Microsoft, a hugely unique and innovative shooter called Destiny.
The concept of Destiny is kind of hard to explain, as Bungie themselves have had a hard time conveying it to people. They promise that at E3, Destiny will “speak for itself”, but allow me to attempt a little explanation, if at all possible. Destiny is attempting to be a shooter as part of a brand new sub-genre that blends elements of MMOs with more traditional FPS games, that Bungie has dubbed a “shared world FPS”.
Destiny is going to take full advantage of Xbox One’s 300,000 Xbox Live servers. The game allows players to explore a shared online universe, either ignoring other players, questing with them, or whatever else. From what we’ve heard, the game seems to share a lot in common with Halo, but we won’t see any actual gameplay footage until E3 in a couple of weeks.
3. Quantum Break
Microsoft promises 15 Xbox One exclusives in the first year, with eight of these being brand new IPs. We only got a glimpse at one of those brand new IPs at the Xbox One reveal event, and it turned out to be a unique game from the creators of Max Payne and Alan Wake called Quantum Break.
Quantum Break was introduced with a very interesting trailer that blended live-action footage with in-game footage running on the Xbox One. I will post the trailer below this entry so you can see for yourself, but basically, the game first showed live-action footage of a little girl that is “special” in some way. She then touches a woman’s neck, and suddenly that woman has a vision of a huge ship crashing through a bridge, with cars and concrete and everything just being completely ripped to shreds, showing off the graphical capabilities of Xbox One in the process, if only briefly.
Remedy has a history of blending live-action content with their games, especially in Alan Wake, with a live-action actor appearing on television screens throughout the game on multiple occasions. A heavier blend of live-action and in-game graphics could be very interesting if pulled off successfully. Expect to find out much more about Quantum Break at this year’s E3!
2. Watch Dogs
E3 2012 was notable for the fact that both Microsoft and Sony had the perfect opportunity to outshine Wii U, but neither of them took the chance. While Sony had a pretty good press conference, I was disappointed with what Microsoft brought to the table at E3. Ubisoft managed to surprise everyone by announcing a brand new IP that looked incredibly cool, and Watch Dogs came away as one of the most talked-about games after E3 2012 wrapped up last summer.
We’ve seen more and more about Watch Dogs since its reveal at E3, but now we know that the game is coming out for basically every major console around. It will be a cross-generational game, so don’t expect it to push the new hardware to its limits, but Watch Dogs should prove to be an adequate launch title PS4 and Xbox One, and it should also bolster Wii U’s library considerably, as well as serving as a great title for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.
Watch Dogs is like Grand Theft Auto mixed together with a little bit of Assassin’s Creed and a whole ton of originality. It promises to blend the distinction between single player and multiplayer, and it looks to provide a compelling conspiracy-based plot set in a world where cyber terrorists run rampant. Watch Dogs has been on everyone’s radar since E3 2012, and when it releases later this year, it is sure to be one of the most talked about games of 2013.
1. Historic Rare Game
Rare used to do great things for Nintendo. They created some of the most critically-acclaimed and important games of all time, such as the fantastic Donkey Kong Country SNES platformers, one of the greatest FPS games of all time with GoldenEye 007 on Nintendo 64, and damn it, I loved Star Fox Adventures on GameCube.
Microsoft looked at Rare and saw dollar signs. They saw Rare gave Nintendo even more high quality IPs and first-party exclusives that kept their system selling, and they wanted that for themselves. Unfortunately for Microsoft, their acquisition of Rare has not led to the successes they hoped. Perfect Dark Zero and Kameo: Elements of Power on Xbox 360, while two games I really enjoyed, did not meet the same success as any of Rare’s Nintendo games.
The Viva Pinata franchise, while cutesy and unique, also did not reach the same heights as Rare’s previous creations. Eventually, Microsoft regulated Rare to creating Xbox Live Avatars and working on Kinect. Once again, I will admit to enjoying what I’ve played of Kinect Sports, but with Rare capable of so much more, it’s just a little disappointing to see them not working on their greatest IPs that Microsoft paid so much money to acquire a decade or so ago.
Microsoft has promised that Rare will unveil a “historic” IP for Xbox One at E3. This has led to a lot of speculation. Personally, I am hoping for a sequel to Conker’s Bad Fur Day or a traditional Banjo-Kazooie game, but the latest rumors are that Rare is going to be pushing out an eighth generation Killer Instinct game, the third game in that critically-acclaimed fighting franchise.
Whatever Rare produces, I’m sure it will be great. Unless Microsoft is just trolling us and by “historic” Rare IP, they are referring to Kinect Sports, and we are just going to get Kinect Sports: Season Three.
They wouldn’t do that…right?