Xbox Series X / S 2022 Lineup: Starfield, Redfall and more

An Xbox Series S sits on top of a table.

Photo: Mohd Syis Zulkipli (Shutterstock)

Halo infinite. Forza Horizon 5. Game Pass’ relentless march towards global dominance by indoctrinating everyone on the planet. It’s hard to imagine the Xbox having a better year than 2021 – and to be sure, the console’s upcoming tablet certainly seems less luminous than last year’s. But 2022 is not empty, thanks to a bit of enticing exclusives (now, console exclusive, ugh) games on the horizon.

Read more: Game Pass reigned in 2021, giving us a glimpse of an Xbox-less future


Shredders

Imagine a game that takes away the fine-tuned realism Skate and applies it to the style-obsessed art of snowboarding. According to pre-release footage, this is exactly what it is Shredders is. An E3 2021 trailer did not show riders spinning like a top or grinding on lift-line wires; you will find no SSX-style gravity-defying hijinks here. Instead, players hit buttery backflips, floating 180s and switched backside cork 7s – a bag of tricks you could actually tread in the real world with a little practice. Shredders, who has pregnant with prototype since 2007, was originally scheduled to run on the slopes in December 2021 – just around the start of the IRL snowboarding season – but was delayed in October last year.

Release Date: February 2022 (Before hell)

A fox holds a sword near a beach in Tunic on the Xbox 2022.

Screenshot: Finji

Tunic

If the runaway success of The door of death was any indication there is appetite for Zelda-inspired action games on Xbox. Tunic, a game about “a little fox on a big adventure”, shares much of what is made The door of death so amazing: an isometric perspective, a aww-worthy animal protagonist, striking picturesque pictures, puzzle-filled dungeons and sword-based battle against fantasy monsters. But the biggest similarity between these games is the confidence of the player – that you will find out what to do, where to go and how to get there with minimal instruction.

Release Date: March 16, 2022

A survivor points a gun at a bunch of flowers in a field in STALKER 2 on Xbox.

Screenshot: GSC Game World

STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl

STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl is not out for another three months and has already stepped in. Last month, GSC developed Game World expressed an intention to include NFTs – a huge scam and also like the most annoying trend – in its upcoming first-person shooter. The setback was fast and loud, and GSC Game World the message went back within 24 hours – but not before doubling with one almost instantly deleted “apology”. STALKER 2, a solid seemingly apocalypse shooter, is one to watch. But if the already juicy pre-release drama, including many cancellations, is any indication, the conversation around the game will also be one to watch.

Release Date: April 28, 2022

Two Spartans run with the flag in Halo Infinite.

Screenshot: 343 Industries

More Halo infinite

For the first time in the series’ history, glory‘s multiplayer part is powered by a seasonal free-to-play model. Season two will bring missing features from Halo infinite‘s current structure, in support of a co – operation campaign. The third season, scheduled to launch later this year, will add map creation to Forge mode. Speaking of total pipedreams, developer 343 Industries is also introducing some extra things to the single-player campaign. Hi, you never know! After all, at the end of last year, Microsoft filed a trademark for “Halo: the Endless.” (Here is a spoiler-packed summary what it might mean.)

Release Date: Beginning of May 2022

Four vampire hunters walk down the street in Redfall on Xbox Series S.

Picture: Arkane

Redness

Microsoft’s industry-shaking acquisition of Zenimax, the parent company of Bethesda and all its studios, is already paying off. Although the first console game was released under the new regime – Arkane’s immersive sim, Deathloop– is currently exclusive to PlayStation 5, which is already another in the chamber. It would be Redness (also developed by Arkane), an open world cooperative shooter about killing vampires. Arkane has not shown any official gameplay yet, but if Redness is something like the rest of the studio’s oeuvre, it will be beautiful and evocative and so, so genuine-feeling … and also dealing with worse than Mass effectis infamous Mako.

Release Date: Summer 2022

A lot of skull-shaped buildings in a dark room make me go no no no no no in Scorn on Xbox Series X.

Screenshot: Ebb software

Mock

Mock will finally come in 2022. Probably. Maybe. First announced in 2014, the HR Giger-inspired horror game reappeared in 2020 at. digital showcase intended to raise awareness for games launched in the Xbox Series X launch window. (This was months before the Xbox Series S became officially announced.) After one year and a change in radio silence, Mock‘s creative director announced the game’s delay via Kickstarter update, where he acknowledged with a strangely contradictory tone, practically daring backers to ask for a refund. A little on the nose if you ask me.

Release Date: October 2022

A spaceship sits on a dusty plateau in front of a moon in Starfield on the Xbox Series X.

Picture: Bethesda

Starfield

Starfield, a game about a sandwich in space, is not open world. It is open-worlds. Bethesda’s first proper RPG in two presidencies is set on several planetsAn appropriate next step when one considers the studio’s penchant for amazingly expansive playgrounds. It is also the first Bethesda-developed game released under Microsoft’s responsibility. In 2020, while describing the consequences of the acquisition, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said “[the deal] was not made to take games away from another player base that way. “I do not need to post these games on any platform other than the platforms we support.” Starfield does not come to PlayStation.

Release Date: November 11, 2022

An AI device looks gloomily at a neon-lit train in Replaced on Xbox Series X.

Picture: Sad Cat Studios

Replaced

One of the most exciting Xbox games of 2022 is also one of its smallest. Replaced, a 2.5D action platform game in a version of 1980s America that is one biiit more neon-soaked than the real thing, throws you like an artificial intelligence device stuck inside a non-artificial intelligence device (aka a human). Dramatically framed scenes and struggle out of John Wick give it a cinematic feel. Also: deadly melodies.

Release Date: TBD 2022

Two people walk in the middle of a group of silhouette people in Somerville on Xbox.

Screenshot: Jumpship

Somerville

If you’ve been in limbo waiting for a new game from Playdead, the creators of Indewell, you still have to wait. But Somerville can quench that urge. Somerville, a jigsaw puzzle platformer whose potential Google search rankings are knee-deep in Boston’s fourth-best suburb looks like world War made up in a similarly subdued, toned-down style as Limbo and Inde. Little surprise there, as one of Playdead’s co-founders is credited Somerville.

Release Date: TBD 2022


Microsoft, which has more than two dozen game development studios under its umbrella, has a wealth of iron in the fire, but has not written a release window for many of them:

  • Fresh off Forza Horizon 5, Playground Games is working on a new record in the long sleeper Fable series of fantasy RPGs.
  • Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II looks scary but beautiful.
  • Awowed is a dark fantasy RPG cooking from Obsidian.
  • Obsidian is too working on a successor to 2019’s capitalism spear The outer worlds.
  • ONE Perfect darkness restart is coming, worked on by a new studio called The Initiative. Crystal Dynamics, known for the latest Tomb Raider games and uh, Marvel’s Avengers, also helps with development.
  • Light memory infinite, a first-person shooter and the first game publicly displayed which runs on an Xbox Series X, hit PC last year but still does not have an Xbox release date.
  • Rare Everwild, announced in 2019, will not be published this year – the venerable study reportedly delayed it internally until 2024– but maybe 2022 is the year where we finally get an insight into what this very beautiful game is all about.

Some could definitely get out of nowhere. More likely, they are potentially years away. Instead of a deep portfolio of proprietary exclusives, Microsoft expects to continue its proven strategy of convincing everyone on the planet to sign up for Game Pass; Rainbow Six Extraction, No one saves the world, Atomic heart, Slime Rancher 2, A Plague Tale: Requiem, A memories blue, and Edge of Eternity, among other expected games, are all confirmed in coming to the service the same day as they are available elsewhere.

Read more: Xbox Game Pass starts adding games without announcing them

It’s everyone’s guess at what’s actually happening with the service itself. Microsoft is not pale in switching up its offerings for a dime; over the last few years, the price of the Xbox Game Pass for PC, renamed, has risen Xbox Game Pass for PC to PC Game Pass, reversed its long-standing policy about having to pay for Xbox Live to play free online games on Xbox, and withdrew the Xbox Live name in general.

Meanwhile, Microsoft has made the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate – the more expensive level – more enticing by adding perks, such as an accompanying subscription to EA Play, which are not available to those who subscribe at the basic level. At what point does such a sharp skeleton result in a price increase?

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