This is a round-up of some new games coming to both Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles next year, from a press release we received earlier today:
- D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die from Microsoft Studios. The Microsoft answer to Heavy Rain, makes extensive use of the new kinect.
- Tom Clancy’s The Division from Ubisoft. Post-apocalyptic online sandbox set in New York, like GTA Online with night-vision goggles and role-playing.
- Dragon Age: Inquisition from Bioware. Pretty much identical to the last two Dragon Age games.
- Dying Light from Warner Bros. Survival horror game with zombies, which sounds really boring except it features a really interesting game mechanic where mobs get dangerous when the sun goes down.
- EA Sports UFC. Spiritual successor to the Fight Night series, uses a fancy new engine.
- Elder Scrolls Online from Bethesda. Elder Scrolls redesigned as an MMORPG.
- Kinect Sports Rivals from Microsoft Studios. The quality of this really depends on the new kinect, it’s basically the launch title showing off what the kinect 2 can do.
- Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes from Konami. This is really a Sony franchise which has been poached by Microsoft, best to get it on the PS4 if you have one.
- Minecraft: Xbox One Edition from Mojang. Includes larger maps and nondescript ‘expanded multiplayer features’. May or may not feature Herobrine 😉
- Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare from EA. Has a multiplayer mode which looks suspiciously like Battlefield, which is brilliant.
- Project Spark from Microsoft Studios. Free sandbox with a level editor & character creation, I think? It’s an “ultimate digital playground”. Also available on Windows 8.1
- Sunset Overdrive from Insomniac Games/Microsoft Studios. Open-world shooter which changes daily depending on player actions. Neat gimmick.
- Thief from Square Enix. The long-awaited new thief game, looks amazing.
- Titanfall from Respawn Entertainment. Generic multiplayer shooter developed by the people who got fired after Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 came out.
- Warface from Crytek. Free-to-play online shooter, the cryengine graphics look pretty, as always.
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from CD Projekt. Open world fantasy RPG.
- World of Tanks from Wargaming.net. The favourite tank warfare simulator ported to the Xbox 360, currently in closed beta.
So that’s the list of mainstream big-budget titles Microsoft is pushing for next year. There’s nothing new to see here, nothing which really departs from established conventions, they’re all safe games with loyal audiences behind them. Nevertheless, I’m excited by the prospect of a new Thief game, and some people are anxiously awaiting The Elder Scrolls Online. I’m also curious to see what comes out of Project Spark, it has the potential to be a great creative platform, but there are downsides in allowing users to create their own characters.