Xbox’s Most Anticipated Games of 2020

2020 is going to be a great year for gamers on Xbox. In the first half of the year, Xbox are looking forward to launching a diverse lineup of titles from Xbox Game Studios and their partners, expanding the Project xCloud preview to new markets and devices, and a growing catalog of titles available with Xbox Game Pass on both console and PC!

And arriving in Holiday 2020 alongside “Halo Infinite,” Xbox Series X will be Xbox’s fastest, most powerful console ever and set a new bar for performance, speed and compatibility, allowing you to bring your gaming career, thousands of games from three generations and more forward with you. With Xbox Series X, we will deliver a level of fidelity and immersion unlike anything that’s been achieved in previous console generations.

Below is a quick look at some of the amazing games from Xbox Game Studios and their partners, with titles like “Bleeding Edge,” “Minecraft Dungeons,” “Microsoft Flight Simulator,” “Ori and the Will of the Wisps,” “Gears Tactics” and “Tell Me Why” launching with Xbox Game Pass the same date as their global release.

  • “12 MINUTES” (ANNAPURNA INTERACTIVE)
    Availability: Xbox One, Windows 10 PC
    “12 Minutes” is a real-time top-down interactive thriller with an accessible click and drag interface. What should be a romantic evening with your wife turns into a nightmare when a police detective breaks into your home, accuses your wife of murder and beats you to death, only for you to find yourself immediately returned to the exact moment you opened the front door, stuck in a TWELVE-MINUTE time loop, doomed to relive the same terror again and again, unless you can find a way to use the knowledge of what’s coming to change the outcome and break the loop.
  • “Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition” (TANTALUS MEDIA, WORLD’S EDGE)
    Availability: Windows 10 PC, Steam, Xbox Game Pass
    Immerse yourself in the award-winning strategy experience, remastered for 2020 with all new 4K Ultra HD graphics, new sounds and more. Command mighty European powers looking to explore new lands in the New World, or jump eastward to Asia and determine the outcome of its struggles for power.
  • “BATTLETOADS” (RARE, DLALA STUDIOS)
    Availability: Xbox One, Xbox Game Pass
    Rare and DLaLa Studios are bringing the beloved brawler to Xbox with a unique animation style, wild side-scrolling action and team-focused gameplay that’s perfect for couch co-op.
  • “BLEEDING EDGE” (NINJA THEORY)
    Availability: Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, Steam, Xbox Game Pass
    “Bleeding Edge” is a brand-new 4v4 brawler that combines 3rd person action combat with online team multiplayer. “Bleeding Edge” features a diverse roster of fighters with a mix of ranged and melee combat styles as well as moment to moment gameplay that is all about combos, dodging, timing, dexterity and good teamwork to secure the win! “Bleeding Edge” will launch on March 24, 2020 on Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, Steam and with Xbox Game Pass.
  • “CROSSFIREX” (SMILEGATE ENTERTAINMENT)
    Availability: Xbox One; Xbox Game Pass
    Coming first to console on Xbox One in 2020 with unique content for Xbox Game pass members, “CrossfireX” is an all-new, free-to-play instalment of the world’s most-played PC gaming franchise, “Crossfire.” Built from the ground up, “CrossfireX” delivers a wide variety of high-quality FPS experiences, with new multiplayer maps and modes from developer Smilegate Entertainment, and an all-new single-player campaign developed in partnership with Remedy Entertainment.
  • “CUPHEAD: THE DELICIOUS LAST COURSE” (STUDIO MDHR)
    Availability: Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, Nintendo Switch
    In Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course, Cuphead and Mugman are joined by Ms. Chalice for a DLC add-on adventure on a brand-new island! With new weapons, new charms, and Ms. Chalice’s brand-new abilities, take on a new cast of multi-faceted, screen-filling bosses to assist Chef Saltbaker in Cuphead’s final challenging quest.
  • “CYBERPUNK 2077” (CD PROJEKT RED)
    Availability: Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, PlayStation 4, Google Stadia, Steam
    “Cyberpunk 2077” is an open-world, action-adventure story set in Night City, a megalopolis obsessed with power, glamour and body modification. You play as V, a mercenary outlaw going after a one-of-a-kind implant that is the key to immortality. You can customize your character’s cyberware, skillset and playstyle, and explore a vast city where the choices you make shape the story and the world around you.
  • “DOOM ETERNAL” (ID SOFTWARE)
    Availability: Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Steam
    As the DOOM Slayer you return to find Earth has suffered a demonic invasion. Discover the Slayer’s origins and his enduring mission to RAZE HELL. Experience the ultimate combination of speed and power as you battle your way across dimensions with the next leap in push-forward, first-person combat.
  • “DRAKE HOLLOW” (THE MOLASSES FLOOD)
    Availability: Xbox Game Pass, Xbox One, Windows 10 PC
    Explore a blighted world with your friends. Gather supplies, battle savage creatures, and build villages to protect the local innocent vegetable folks known as Drakes.
  • “GEARS TACTICS” (THE COALITION, SPLASH DAMAGE)
    Availability: Windows 10 PC, Steam, Xbox Game Pass
    “Gears Tactics” is the fast-paced, turn-based strategy game set 12 years before the first “Gears of War.” Cities on the planet Sera are beginning to fall to the monstrous threat rising from underground – the Locust Horde. With the government in disarray, a squad of survivors emerge as humanity’s last hope. Play as Gabe Diaz, recruiting, equipping and commanding your squads on a desperate mission to hunt down the relentless and powerful leader of the Locust army: Ukkon, the evil mastermind who makes monsters. Against all odds and fighting for survival, outsmart your enemy in uniquely brutal, turn-based tactical combat. Experience the intensity of one of the most-acclaimed video game sagas in an exciting new way.
  • “GROUNDED” (OBSIDIAN ENTERTAINMENT)
    Availability: Xbox Game Preview, Xbox Game Pass, Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, Steam Early Access
    In “Grounded,” players are shrunken to the size of an ant and tasked with surviving in the unique micro-world of a suburban backyard. This harsh and dangerous landscape can be navigated solo or with up to three additional players in co-operative multiplayer, working together to progress through story missions or exploring the intricately detailed game world. Players must gather, craft and build bases with everyday objects found within the yard, searching for life-saving resources, while living alongside peaceful and giant hostile insects, all fighting to survive. Launching in Xbox Game Preview with Xbox Game Pass, Grounded will evolve and change based on community feedback to enhance player experiences.
  • “HALO INFINITE” (343 INDUSTRIES)
    Availability: Xbox Series X, Xbox Game Pass, Xbox One, Windows 10 PC
    The Master Chief returns in 2020 when Halo Infinite releases globally with Xbox Series X. This next chapter in 343 Industries’ legendary Halo franchise invites players to join the venerable Master Chief on an all-new adventure as he faces new threats and gains new allies on a mysterious Halo ring. Halo Infinite is powered by the studio’s next-generation Slipspace Engine.
  • “KINGDOM HEARTS III REMIND” (SQUARE ENIX)
    Availability: Xbox One, PlayStation 4
    Determined to rescue Kairi, Sora travels to the Keyblade Graveyard a short time before the final battle was to take place. Lacking a corporeal form, he traces the hearts of the seven guardians of light. Through experiencing their personal battles firsthand, Sora is about to discover truths that he has never imagined.
  • “LAST STOP” (VARIABLE STATE)
    Availability: Xbox One
    “Last Stop” is a single-player third-person adventure set-in present-day London, where you play as three separate characters whose worlds collide in the midst of a supernatural crisis. Last Stop is an anthology connecting three stories in one, centered on secret lives, the ties that bind, and how magic can be found in the mundane.
  • “MARVELS AVENGERS” (SQUARE ENIX)
    Availability: Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, PlayStation 4, Google Stadia
    “Marvel’s Avengers” begins at A-Day, where Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk, Black Widow, and Thor are unveiling a hi-tech Avengers Headquarters in San Francisco — including the reveal of their own helicarrier powered by an experimental energy source. The celebration turns deadly when a catastrophic accident results in massive devastation. Blamed for the tragedy, the Avengers disband. Five years later, with all Super Heroes outlawed and the world in peril, the only hope is to reassemble Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
  • “MICROSOFT FLIGHT SIMULATOR” (ASOBO STUDIO)
    Availability: Windows 10 PC, Xbox Game Pass for PC
    “Microsoft Flight Simulator” is the next generation of one of the most beloved simulation franchises and is specifically designed for flight simulation fans through a focus on the authenticity of flying and visually stunning environments. From light planes to wide-body jets, players can create their own flight plan and fly anywhere on the planet in highly detailed aircraft. Players can experience an incredibly realistic world in day or night and face realistic, challenging weather conditions.
  • “MINECRAFT DUNGEONS” (MOJANG)
    Availability: Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, Xbox Game Pass, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch
    “Minecraft Dungeons” is an all-new action-adventure game set in the Minecraft universe that will be launching in April 2020. Created in the classic dungeon crawler style, “Minecraft Dungeons” takes players on an epic quest full of new characters and environments to discover with single player or in co-op multiplayer for up to four players – including couch co-op.
  • “MINECRAFT EARTH” (MOJANG)
    Availability: iOS, Android
    Discover a new dimension of Minecraft as you create, explore, and survive in the real world. Join a community of builders and explorers spanning the planet, collect resources for your builds, craft in augmented reality and then place them at life-size. You can even team up with others for adventures! “Minecraft Earth” early access continues into 2020 and looks toward new features and experiences in the spring.
  • “ORI AND THE WILL OF THE WISPS” (MOON STUDIOS)
    Availability: Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, Steam, Xbox Game Pass
    Available March 11, “Ori and the Will of the Wisps” will have you embark on an all-new adventure in a vast, exotic world where you’ll encounter towering enemies and challenging puzzles on your quest to unravel Ori’s destiny.
  • “PSYCHONAUTS 2” (DOUBLE FINE PRODUCTIONS)
    Availability: Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, Xbox Game Pass
    Razputin Aquato, trained acrobat and powerful young psychic, has realized his lifelong dream of joining the international psychic espionage organization known as the Psychonauts! But these psychic super spies are in trouble. Their leader hasn’t been the same since he was kidnapped, and what’s worse, there’s a mole hiding in headquarters. Raz must use his powers to stop the mole before they execute their secret plan–to bring the murderous psychic villain, Maligula, back from the dead!
  • “RUST” (FACEPUNCH STUDIOS)
    Availability: Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, PlayStation 4, Steam
    The only aim in Rust is to survive. To do this you will need to overcome struggles such as hunger, thirst and cold. Build a fire. Build a shelter. Kill animals for meat. Protect yourself from other players and kill them for meat. Create alliances with other players and form a town. Do whatever it takes to survive.
  • “TELL ME WHY” (DONTNOD ENTERTAINMENT)
    Availability: Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, Steam, Xbox Game Pass
    “Tell Me Why” is a new Xbox Game Studios exclusive game from DONTNOD Entertainment, the studio who created the beloved and award-winning franchise “Life is Strange.” With a true-to-life story and authentic characters, “Tell Me Why” embodies Xbox’s Gaming for Everyone values to help create an inclusive gaming experience. “Tell Me Why” is a single-player narrative adventure game with a story unfolding across three chapters.
  • “THE ARTFUL ESCAPE” (BEETHOVEN AND DINOSAUR)
    Availability: Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, Apple Arcade
    On the eve of his first performance, Francis Vendetti battles with the legacy of a dead folk legend and the cosmic wanderings of his own imagination. Francis, a teenage guitar prodigy, sets out on a psychedelic, multidimensional journey to inspire his stage persona.
  • “VAMPIRE: THE MASQUERADE – BLOODLINES 2” (HARDSUIT LABS)
    Availability: Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, PlayStation 4, Steam
    Sired in an act of vampire terrorism, your existence ignites the war for Seattle’s blood trade. Enter uneasy alliances with the creatures who control the city and uncover the sprawling conspiracy which plunged Seattle into a bloody civil war between powerful vampire factions. You and your unique disciplines are a weapon in our forward-driving, fast-moving, melee-focused combat system. Your power will grow as you advance but remember to uphold the Masquerade and guard your humanity… or face the consequences.
  • “WASTELAND 3” (DEEP SILVER)
    Availability: Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, PlayStation 4, Steam
    “Wasteland 3” is a post-apocalyptic RPG from inXile entertainment, featuring challenging tactical combat, hours of exploration, and a deep, reactive story full of twists, turns, and brutal ethical decisions. Play in single-player or co-op as you customize your squad with perks and abilities geared to your playstyle and customize your vehicle—the Kodiak—turning it into a hardened war beast. Saving Colorado isn’t going to be easy, but Arizona is counting on you, so… don’t screw it up.
  • “WEST OF DEAD” (RAW FURY)
    Availability: Xbox Game Pass, Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Steam
    Purgatory, Wyoming, 1888. A place of gun smoke and darkness, sin and damnation, wendigos and witches. Step into the boots of the dead man William Mason (voiced by Ron Perlman) in this fast-paced twin-stick shooter. Dodge behind cover as you try to outgun your enemies in the unknown procedurally generated hunting grounds. The Wild West has never been this dark.
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