The Best Upcoming Xbox Series X Games for 2023 and Beyond

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The Xbox Series X and Series S have been revolutionizing the gaming industry for over two years now. With better resolution, higher frame rates, and ray tracing capabilities, these consoles have taken gaming to a whole new level. And the excitement doesn’t stop there! In this article, we will dive into the world of upcoming Xbox Series X games, exploring new offerings, franchise installments, and ports of existing titles. Get ready to be amazed by the incredible experiences waiting for you on this powerful gaming hardware.

Confirmed 2023 Releases

Let’s start by taking a look at the games that have already been confirmed for release in 2023. These titles have either 100% confirmed release dates or solid release windows that we can expect them to hit this year. Prepare yourselves for the gaming adventures that lie ahead!

Atlas Fallen – August 8, 2023

Platforms: PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S

Genre: Role-playing (RPG), Adventure

Developer: Deck13 Interactive

Publisher: Focus Entertainment

Release: August 10, 2023

Embark on a mysterious journey with Atlas Fallen, an open-world action RPG that will immerse players in a captivating story. In this game, you take on the role of a character from the lowest caste in society who becomes bonded with an ancient gauntlet. Inside the gauntlet resides an amnesic spirit named Nyaal, and together, you must save the world from the gods that have left it in ruins. With a melee-focused combat system and a vast desert-filled world to explore, Atlas Fallen promises to be an unforgettable adventure.

“Atlas Fallen’s open-world action RPG puts players into the lowest caste in this world’s society who was bonded with an ancient gauntlet.” – 

Moving Out 2 – August 15, 2023

Platforms: PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S

Genre: Simulator, Indie

Developer: SMG Studio, DEVM Games

Publisher: Team17

Release: August 15, 2023

Get ready for the wackiest co-op game of the year! Moving Out 2 is finally here, and this time, it comes with online multiplayer support. Return to Packmore and put your moving skills to the test across brand-new dimensions and some old favorites. Team up with friends or go solo as you navigate crazy obstacles and hilarious situations. Moving Out 2 is bound to bring the laughs and challenge your coordination in the most entertaining way possible.

“We’re finally getting a sequel to one of the wackiest co-op games out there, and this time there’s going to be online multiplayer.” – 

Madden NFL 24 – August 18, 2023

Platforms: PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S

Genre: Simulator, Sport, Strategy

Developer: EA Tiburon

Publisher: EA Sports

Release: August 18, 2023

Get ready to hit the field again with Madden NFL 24, the next installment of the premier NFL series. Experience all your favorite game modes, improved graphics, and intense competition as you take control of your favorite teams and players. Whether you’re a seasoned Madden player or a newcomer to the franchise, Madden NFL 24 promises to deliver an immersive and exciting football experience.

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“Expect all your favorite game modes, improved graphics, and intense competition in Madden NFL 24.” – 

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre – August 18, 2023

Platforms: PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S

Genre: Indie

Developer: Sumo Nottingham

Publisher: Gun Interactive

Release: August 18, 2023

Prepare for a bone-chilling horror experience in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, a third-person asymmetrical game that puts you in the shoes of either the infamous Slaughter family or their hapless victims. Based on the iconic 1974 horror film, this game plunges you into a nightmarish world of terror. As a victim, you must rely on your wits and stealth to evade the sadistic Slaughter Family, while as a member of the family, your mission is to prevent the terrified guests from escaping. Will you survive the horror or succumb to the madness?

“Prepare to embark on a bone-chilling journey in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, a third-person asymmetrical horror experience that puts you in the shoes of either the infamous Slaughter family or their hapless victims.” – 

Immortals of Aveum – August 22, 2023

Platforms: PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S

Genre: Shooter, Adventure

Developer: Ascendant Studios

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Release: August 22, 2023

Enter the universe of Aveum, where magic and sigils can be wielded to devastating effect. Immortals of Aveum is a “first-person magic shooter” that brings the basic ideas of Call of Duty into a fantasy setting. Guns become spells, and helicopters are replaced with dragons. Prepare to unleash your magical powers and engage in intense battles as you explore the richly detailed world of Aveum.

“In the universe of Aveum, there are those who can wield magic and use sigils to focus the power within them, making it more effective and deadly in combat.” – 

The First Descendant – August 22, 2023

Platforms: PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S

Genre: Shooter, Role-playing (RPG), Adventure

Developer: Nexon Games

Publisher: Nexon Korea

Release: August 22, 2023

Prepare for an epic cooperative action RPG adventure in The First Descendant. Play as Descendants who inherit unknown powers and must make them stronger to fight against invaders and protect humanity. With a combination of intense shooting mechanics, deep role-playing elements, and a captivating story, The First Descendant promises to deliver an immersive gaming experience like no other.

“The First Descendant is a third-person cooperative action RPG shooter in which you can play as Descendants who inherit unknown powers and make them stronger to fight against invaders and protect humans.” – 

Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon – August 25, 2023

Platforms: PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S

Genre: Adventure

Developer: FromSoftware

Publisher: FromSoftware, Bandai Namco Games

Release: August 25, 2023

Prepare for intense mecha battles in Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon. FromSoftware, known for their iconic Dark Souls series, returns to their roots with a new entry in the Armored Core franchise. This intense mecha shooter will test your skills and strategy as you pilot powerful armored vehicles and engage in thrilling combat. After a long hiatus, Armored Core fans can finally rejoice and experience the adrenaline-fueled battles they’ve been waiting for.

“Before Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls became popular, Armored Core was the series FromSoftware was best known for. That’s why it was a nice surprise to see Armored Core VI announced at The Game Awards last year.” – 

Sea of Stars – August 29, 2023

Platforms: PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5

Genre: Role-playing (RPG), Turn-based strategy (TBS), Adventure, Indie

Developer: Sabotage

Publisher: Sabotage

Release: August 29, 2023

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Embark on a mesmerizing turn-based RPG adventure in Sea of Stars. Set in the same universe as the critically acclaimed game The Messenger, Sea of Stars blends traditional and modern gameplay seamlessly. As one of the Children of the Solstice, you will combine the powers of the sun and moon to perform Eclipse Magic and fend off the monstrous creations of the evil alchemist known as The Fleshmancer. With its stunning visuals, engaging gameplay, and immersive story, Sea of Stars is set to captivate RPG enthusiasts.

“Sea of Stars is a turn-based RPG that aims to blend just the right amounts of traditional and modern gameplay. A prequel story set in the same universe as The Messenger, Sea of Stars is the story of two Children of the Solstice, who will combine the powers of the sun and moon to perform Eclipse Magic, the only force capable of fending off the monstrous creations of the evil alchemist known as The Fleshmancer.” – 

Starfield – September 6, 2023

Platforms: PC (Microsoft Windows), Xbox Series X|S

Genre: Role-playing (RPG), Adventure

Developer: Bethesda Game Studios

Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

Release: September 6, 2023

Get ready to embark on an interstellar adventure in Bethesda’s highly anticipated RPG, Starfield. This game marks Bethesda’s first original RPG in 25 years and takes players into space to explore countless procedurally-generated planets. With a vast universe to discover and a compelling story to unravel, Starfield promises to be an epic journey for all sci-fi enthusiasts.

“Starfield is Bethesda’s first original RPG in 25 years and will send players into space to explore countless procedurally-generated planets.” – 

NBA 2K24 – September 8, 2023

Platforms: PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S

Genre: Simulator, Sport

Developer: Visual Concepts

Publisher: 2K

Release: September 8, 2023

The premier basketball simulator is back with NBA 2K24. With improved graphics and gameplay, this installment of the NBA 2K series promises to deliver an immersive basketball experience like no other. Take control of your favorite NBA players, compete in fan-favorite modes such as MyTeam and MyCareer, and dominate the court with your skills. NBA 2K24 is a must-have for all basketball fans.

“The next installment of the premier basketball simulator is out in September. With Kobe Bryant gracing this year’s cover, we’re ready for another exciting year of MyTeam, MyCareer, and other fan-favorite modes.” – 

The Day Before – November 10, 2023

Platforms: PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S

Genre: Shooter, Adventure

Developer: Fntastic

Publisher: MyTona

Release: November 10, 2023

If post-apocalyptic worlds intrigue you, then The Day Before is a game you won’t want to miss. Set in a deadly, post-pandemic America overrun by flesh-hungry infected and desperate survivors, this open-world MMO survival game offers a thrilling and immersive experience. Explore a world you no longer remember as you search for answers and the resources needed to survive.

“The Day Before is an open-world MMO survival set in a deadly, post-pandemic America overrun by flesh-hungry infected and survivors killing each other for food, weapons, and cars.” – 

Moving Out 2 (December 31, 2023)

Platforms: PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S

Genre: Simulator, Indie

Developer: SMG Studio, DEVM Games

Publisher: Team17

Release: December 31, 2023

The hit co-op game Moving Out is returning with a sequel that is sure to be a blast. While details about Moving Out 2 are still scarce, fans of the original game can expect more wacky moving adventures. There are even rumors that the sequel will support online multiplayer cross-platform support, making it easier than ever to team up with friends and family.

“The hit co-op game Moving Out should be getting a sequel this year. We don’t know much about it yet, but we know it’ll be a blast.” – 

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The Plucky Squire – 2023

Platforms: PC (Microsoft Windows), Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S

Genre: Platform, Adventure

Developer: All Possible Futures

Publisher: Devolver Digital

Release: December 31, 2023

Embark on a magical journey with The Plucky Squire, an enchanting Zelda-like adventure that unfolds beyond the confines of a storybook. Join Jot, a brave squire, and his friends as they discover a three-dimensional world outside the pages of their book, only to encounter the sinister Humgrump, who seeks to rewrite their destiny. Prepare for an immersive adventure where courage and friendship prevail against all odds.

“Embark on a magical journey with The Plucky Squire, an enchanting Zelda-like adventure that unfolds beyond the confines of a storybook.” – 

Sonic Superstars – Q4 2023

Platforms: PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S

Genre: Platform

Developer: Sega

Publisher: Sega

Release: December 31, 2023

The iconic blue hedgehog is back in Sonic Superstars, the latest installment in the beloved 2D Sonic series. With co-op gameplay, Emerald Powers, and brand-new levels, Sonic Superstars offers a fresh twist on the classic Sonic formula. The game’s modern art style pays homage to the Sega Genesis days, while the cooperative play allows players to control Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy as they work together to conquer stages. Prepare for an exhilarating adventure with Sonic and his friends that combines nostalgia with innovative gameplay.

“Sonic Superstars is the latest installment in the iconic 2D Sonic series. With co-op gameplay, Emerald Powers, and brand-new levels, it offers a fresh twist on the classic Sonic formula.” – 

Possible 2023 Releases

As we look into the future, there are some games that have been announced but don’t have a definitive release window yet. Let’s take a sneak peek at what might be coming our way in the near future.

Cities: Skylines II

Platforms: PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S

Genre: Simulator, Strategy

Developer: Colossal Order

Publisher: Paradox Interactive

Release: December 31, 2023

Cities: Skylines II is the highly anticipated sequel to the beloved city-building simulator. With stunning visuals and a realistic and in-depth city-building experience, this game aims to take the genre to new heights. While we don’t have a firm release date yet, we can expect Cities: Skylines II to arrive in 2023, offering hours of strategic and creative gameplay.

“This is not your father’s city-building simulator. The announcement trailer for Cities: Skylines II looks absolutely gorgeous and it’s set up to be the most realistic and in-depth city-builder yet.” 

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl

Platforms: PC (Microsoft Windows), Xbox Series X|S

Genre: Shooter, Role-playing (RPG), Adventure

Developer: GSC Game World

Publisher: GSC Game World

Release: December 08, 2022

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl is a highly anticipated survival horror shooter set in a post-apocalyptic world. This game will test your skills and courage as you navigate through a dangerous and unforgiving landscape. Originally set to release in 2022, the game has been delayed multiple times but is now predicted for a 2023 release. Prepare for an intense and atmospheric journey that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

“Microsoft didn’t show much of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 in its initial showcase, but at E3 2021, we got a new name, the first look at some gameplay, and the release date of April 28 for the Series X, which was first delayed to December 8, only to be put on indefinite hold due to the conflict in Ukraine impacting the developers.” – 

Skull and Bones

Platforms: PlayStation 5

Genre: Adventure

Developer: Ubisoft Singapore

Release: November 08, 2022

Skull and Bones, an open-world pirate game, has been delayed once again by Ubisoft. While it was initially slated for an “early 2023 to 2024” release, the game now lacks a specific release window. However, fans of pirate-themed games can still look forward to this title, which combines elements of open-world exploration, survival, and naval combat. Will Skull and Bones live up to the success of Sea of Thieves? Only time will tell.

“Skull and Bones has been delayed for a sixth time by Ubisoft after the company missed financial targets in 2022. The title now just has a vague release window of ‘early 2023 to 2024.’ But hey, at least it hasn’t been outright canceled yet?” – 

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