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Exciting Xbox One games to look forward to in 2018 and beyond

Written by  May 20, 2018
You might have an Xbox One S, 4K-ready Xbox One X or even an original Xbox One, but no matter which version there are come amazing games coming out throughout 2018 and beyond.

That's why 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.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

  • Release date: 12 October
  • Xbox One exclusive: No, also on PS4 and PC
  • Publisher: Activision

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is the first in the franchise that will not feature a single-player campaign mode. Instead, it focuses on competitive play in Multiplayer as the bedrock for the game. Then there is a new Zombies mode with three distinct locations to play co-op in. And finally, COD embraces the battle royale genre with Blackout.

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Pro Evolution Soccer 2018

  • Release date: 30 August 2018
  • Xbox One exclusive: No, also on PS4
  • Publisher: Konami

PES returns with a number of new features, new licences and graphical updates. It features Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho as the cover star but you can also splash out more for a special edition with footy legend David Beckham represented in different versions from throughout his career.

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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

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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

Strange Brigade

  • Release date: TBC
  • Xbox One exclusive: No, also on PS4 and PC
  • Publisher: Rebellion

With its lick of British charm, Strange Brigade introduces an "exotic safari" of forgotten lands in a way that only publisher Rebellion could deliver. It's tongue-in-cheek 1930s-style trailer shifts direction not long in, introducing a rosta of enemy types - from the undead to armoured minotaurs - which look like they'll ensure it's no picnic.

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Red Dead Redemption 2

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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