Upcoming Xbox Series X games 2021 and beyond

All the Xbox Series X games confirmed for release in the next few months

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Now that the dust has had time to settle on the new generation of consoles, many fans are looking ahead to the future and keeping their eyes firmly on upcoming Xbox Series X games for this year and the next.

It’s hardly surprising fans are looking forward when the future of the Xbox Series X|S is looking so bright. With highly-anticiapted triple-A games on the way, along with some real indie game of the year contenders, it’s no wonder why so many people are excited for the next big release.

But with so many games on the horizon, it can be tricky to keep track of when and where games will drop. Well, that’s where we come in. In this list below, you’ll find all the upcoming Xbox Series X games worth your salt in 2021 and beyond, complete with their release dates, and where you’ll be able to find them.

Here are all the upcoming Xbox Series X games: 


In this open-world exploration game, you’ll need to guide Sable through her Gliding – a rite of passage that takes her across vast deserts and landscapes on a hoverbike. Here you’ll get the chance to explore sand dunes, climb big, dusty ruins, and solve puzzles, all to the sound of a stunning original soundtrack.

  • Sable release date: September 23, 2021
  • Xbox Game Pass: Yes (buy here)

A heavily armoured man stands gripping a weapon

Diablo II: Resurrected

If you fell in love with RPG games as a result of Diablo II, you’ll love this game. Diablo II: Resurrected is the faithful remaster of the original game and its Lord of Destruction expansion, allowing players to climb the Forgotten Tower, work their way through the jungle of Kurast, and through the gates of Hell for the first time in 20 years.

  • Diablo II: Resurrected release date: September 23, 2021
  • Xbox Game Pass: No
  • Pre-order: Amazon

Yagami can be seen with a piece of evidence in his hand.


Lost Judgment brings Yagami and his cast of supporting characters back with a collection of new cases to solve as well as a murder mystery that is at the heart of the story. Mini-games from the first game and a collection of barmy and wild activities will undoubtedly make an impression in September.

  • Lost Judgement release date: September 24, 2021
  • Xbox Game Pass: No
  • Pre-orderAmazon

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Now a staple of the sports games calendar, EA returns with yet another entry to the FIFA franchise. FIFA 22 comes jam-packed with all the regular features like Career Mode and Ultimate Team, allowing you to go all the way in both an offline and an online setting.

EA Play subscribers will have ten hours of early access gameplay from September 22. Ultimate Edition owners will be able to access the game from September 27.

Alan Wake Remastered

Alan Wake returns to Xbox with the remaster that enhances the visuals of the game and packages in all the content released. Wake’s journey became a cult classic and now is the best chance to jump in before the rumoured Alan Wake sequel shows up on store shelves.

  • Alan Wake Remastered release date: October 5, 2021
  • Xbox Game Pass: No
  • Pre-order: TBC

Resistance fighter Dani Rojas slings a gun over her back

Far Cry 6

Far Cry games traditionally feature some sort of oppressive force and Far Cry 6 is no different. In this game, you’ll take the role of Dani Rojas, a resistance fighter looking to free the island of Yara from the grips of dictator Anton Castillo.

  • Far Cry 6 release date: October 7, 2021
  • Xbox Game Pass: No
  • Pre-order: Ubisoft

Four Cleaners prepare to open a door to a room filled with zombies

Back 4 Blood

Move over Left 4 Dead, there’s a new zombie co-op king in town. Back 4 Blood pulls all of the best bits from Left 4 Dead and creates something special. Expect a story-driven PvE mode, complete with a rogue-like system, and a competitive PvP mode that’ll have you creeping up on your friends as the Ridden.

Star-Lord poses while surrounded by the rest of the Guardians squad

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

The band of misfits are back for a new game and this time you’ll be playing as Star-Lord in his quest to lead the guardians and save the universe from one of their many mistakes.

You’ll also have to keep Rocket happy through one of many dialogue options – good luck.

  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy release date: October 26, 2021
  • Xbox Game Pass: No
  • Pre-order: Microsoft

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Riders Republic

If you’re an adrenaline junkie, you’ll love Riders Republic. This extreme sports game will allow you to chuck yourself off high-places online with friends. From snowy mountains to arid canyons, you’ll be able to roam around a number of US national parks doing stunts, tricks, and races along the way.

  • Riders Republic release date: October 28, 2021
  • Xbox Game Pass: No
  • Pre-order: Ubisoft

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This four-player cooperative first-person shooter will have you teaming up to defeat aliens on a spaceship stranded at the edge of explored space. This wave-based game will see you unlock perks, weapons, and locations time and time again.

  • Anacrusis release date: Fall 2021
  • Xbox Game Pass: Yes (buy here)


Call of Duty: Vanguard is officially the next Call of Duty game and it’s hitting our shelves this year. With an action-packed campaign following special forces in the Second World War, a comprehensive multiplayer, and a Zombie crossover, it looks like there’s plenty of fun to be had by all.

Two sports cars kick up smoke as they start a race on tarmac

Forza Horizon 5

Forza Horizon 4 quickly established itself as the best racing game on Xbox, but we expect Forza Horizon 5 to quickly eclipse that. In this Playground Games game, the Festival is headed to Mexico for its biggest adventure yet.

  • Forza Horizon 5 release date: November 9, 2021
  • Xbox Game Pass: Yes (buy here)

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Jurassic World Evolution 2 lets you once again create and cutomise a dinosaur park to your liking with facilities, attractions, and more. The new Chaos Theory mode adds to the suite of options here, allowing you to try unique “what if?” scenarios.

  • Jurassic World Evolution 2 release date: November 9, 2021
  • Xbox Game Pass: No
  • Pre-order: Microsoft Store

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GTA 5 remastered

The world of Los Santos is about to get a whole lot better with the GTA 5 next-gen upgrade. Rockstar has been talking about this remaster for a long-time now, which is expected to bring new features to both the campaign and GTA Online.

We’re still yet to hear the exact details but expect graphical and performance improvements too.

  • GTA 5 remastered release date: November 11, 2021
  • Xbox Game Pass: No
  • Pre-order: Amazon

Battlefield 2042

In this online-only game, players will have the choice of three modes to play: All-Out Warfare, Battlefield Portal, and Hazard Zone. All-Out Warfare is the standard Conquest-style matches we’ve learned to love, but with 128-players, Battlefield Portal will allow your creative juices to flow, and Hazard Zone will put your survival skills to the test.

Despite initially being slated for on October release, Battlefield 2042 has been pushed back a few weeks to November 19.

A person raises a machete in a faction fight

Dying Light 2

After surviving the first Dying Light game, Techland wants you to do it all again. Except Dying Light 2 is set 20 years after the original game and stars a new protagonist called Aiden Caldwell. Although there are plenty of zombies to contend with, the real threat comes from the factions who rule various parts of the city.

  • Dying Light 2 release date: December 7, 2021
  • Xbox Game Pass: No
  • Pre-order: Amazon

Master Chief clutches a purple gun

Halo Infinite

Probably one of the most exciting games on this list, Halo Infinite is set to release at the end of this year. While we still don’t have a concrete date, 343 Industries has made plenty of strides with the development of this game, and early playtests suggest we’re in for one hell of a ride.

A person grabs the bottom of their snowboard while getting some air in a snowy setting


Shredders is basically a love letter to SSX games, helping you get some air to pull off some of the most insane tricks imaginable. In this open-world game, you’ll need to prove you can ride the slopes and the rails to ride with the best.

  • Shredders release date: December 2021
  • Xbox Game Pass: Yes (buy here)


Scorn is possibly the most anticipated Xbox horror game in a long time. While we don’t have a concrete release date just yet, we do know that the game is coming this year and it’ll bring your worst nightmares to life. With location-specific puzzles, themes, and characters, there’ll be plenty to dig into on release.

  • Scorn release date: 2021
  • Xbox Game Pass: Yes (buy here)

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Elden Ring

Elden Ring is real and it’s coming to Xbox Series X. Say it with me: Elden Ring is real and it’s coming to Xbox Series X. This FromSoftware open-world game is partly written by Game of Thrones’ George R. R. Martin and looks a bit like Dark Souls.

Three operators breach into a room

Rainbow Six Extraction

With its origins in a limited-time mode once available in Rainbow Six Siege, Rainbow Six Extraction feels like a Siege expansion. While it uses some of the same operators and gadgets, this PvE experience is all about fighting the common enemy – the Archaens, a zombie-type beast that roam the levels.

  • Rainbow Six Extraction release date: January 2022
  • Xbox Game Pass: No
  • Pre-order: Ubisoft

One of the main characters from Saints Row is sitting on a motel sign.


Earn the title of Self Made in this reboot of Saints Row that takes the franchise back to its crime roots. With an all-new cast of characters but the same gameplay the series is know for, Saints Row looks like a blast.

  • Saints Row release date: February 25, 2022
  • Xbox Game Pass: No
  • Pre-orderMicrosoft Store

A number of heroes under the Midnight Suns are pictured walking towards the camera.


Marvel gets dark with Firaxis’ tactical RPG Marvel’s Midnight Suns. Coming face to face with Supernatural forces. Offering a fresh and exciting take on the franchise we are excited to see more of what 2K and Firaxis have up their sleeves.

  • Marvel’s Midnight Suns release date: March 2022
  • Xbox Game Pass: No
  • Pre-orderMicrosoft Store

A man wearing a gasmask stands on a car in the middle of Chernobyl

Stalker 2

Stalker 2 is the long-awaited sequel to the original game and the fourth in its series. The game is only one of a few to be developed using Unreal Engine 5 and follows a survivor’s journey through the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

  • Stalker 2 release date: April 28, 2022
  • Xbox Game Pass: Yes (buy here)

Some of the game's characters are pictured including Darth Vader.


All nine films in the franchise come together in the biggest and most ambitious LEGO game to date. Evolving the gameplay formula with set-pieces, an over-the-shoulder camera and a number of other changes LEGO: Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga lets you explore all of the films in any order you wish.

  • LEGO: Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga: Spring 2022
  • Xbox Game Pass: No
  • Pre-order: Amazon

Four Redfall characters walking through the streets with weapons and gadgets


Arkane Studio’s new game pits a bunch of misfits against a whole load of vampires. We’re not sure why, but based on the weaponry and the powers alone, Redfall is looking to blow the game of the year race right open.

  • Redfall release date: Summer 2022
  • Xbox Game Pass: Yes (buy here)

An astronaut sits at the flight deck of a ship


Starfield is the first new universe from Bethesda Game Studios in 25 years, and if that’s not enough to get you excited, we don’t know what is. This action RPG  was announced during E3 2018 and follows a member of the Constellation, an organisation of space explorers.

  • Starfield release date: November 11, 2022
  • Xbox Game Pass: Yes (buy here)

Senua screams as the figures of others loom over her

Hellblade 2: Senua’s Saga

Ninja Theory’s highly anticipated sequel to its 2017 game is just around the corner and it’s exclusive to Xbox and PC players. We don’t know much about the game, but we do know it’ll be set in Iceland and run on Unreal Engine 5.

  • Hellblade 2 release date: TBC
  • Xbox Game Pass: Yes

Overwatch characters charge forwards, guns blazing

Overwatch 2

Very little is known about Overwatch 2 still and its release date is still very much up in the air. We do know however it’ll share a multiplayer environment with the new game and that it’ll move to a 5v5 PvP format. Several PvE modes will also be available.

So there you have it, our list of the upcoming Xbox Series X games. As you can see, there’s plenty to look forward to, but if you’re feeling you need to scratch an itch, you can take a look at our best Xbox Series X games, our best Xbox Game Pass games, and our best Xbox Series X strategy games.

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