The Xbox Series X promises to push gaming into the next generation with its impressive specs and powerful hardware. This opens the door for developers to create immersive, ambitious games that fully utilize the Xbox Series X capabilities. Several highly anticipated upcoming titles for the console exemplify this potential.
Assassin’s Creed Infinity represents the future of the long-running historical action series. Ubisoft describes Infinity as a “massive online platform” that will evolve over time. Multiple settings will interact to form an expansive Assassin’s Creed universe bound together. Though details remain scarce, Infinity aims to build on the RPG mechanics of recent games while introducing live elements. With its iterative structure, Infinity has the chance to become the definitive Assassin’s Creed experience. The Xbox Series X can fully realize the scale and interconnectivity Ubisoft envisions.
As a new chapter in the legendary Baldur’s Gate saga, Baldur’s Gate 3 generates huge expectations. The talent at Larian Studios plans to deliver unprecedented player freedom in shaping your journey. Deep character creation tools, environmental interactions, branching dialogues, and diverging quests aim to capture tabletop role-playing essence. Baldur’s Gate 3 early access already revealed sprawling medieval cities, tactical turn-based combat, and sinister mind flayers. When completed, Baldur’s Gate 3 could sit comfortably alongside classics like Planescape: Torment. The Xbox Series X will help render these intimidatingly large worlds in stunning detail.
Beyond Good and Evil 2 also adopts a more online focus. Serving as a prequel to the cult classic, BG&E2 enables players to freely roam its solar system while undertaking space piracy. You can also team up with friends for co-op heists and ship battles. Given the ability to seamlessly travel from planets to space, BG&E2’s scope is shaping up to be immense. Ray tracing and advanced particle effects help sell the intergalactic setting. If it can finally release in the next few years, BG&E2 may fulfill its lofty ambition of creating an unforgettable space opera.
Several Xbox mainstays also plan next-gen debuts. Turn 10 Studios is revamping Forza Motorsport to showcase the Series X’s graphical prowess. Providing photorealistic car models and lifelike damage, Forza will blow past previous installments. Meanwhile, Rare’s Everwild represents a whimsical, nature-focused departure for the trusted studio. With otherworldly environments and an emphasis on lore, Everwild could be an artistic triumph. And Obsidian’s Avowed gives Xbox an open-world answer to Skyrim’s first-person fantasy.
The indie scene will thrive on the powerful Xbox Series X too. After the touching predecessor A Memoir Blue, Cloisters Interactive’s Tunic has all the makings of another artistic marvel. Tunic’s adorable fox protagonist explores melancholy ruins and fights colossal creatures. Its nostalgic action-adventure charm already shines through. For challenging 2D combat, no indie currently tops Hollow Knight: Silksong. Hornet’s acrobatic moves and unique bosses should delight fans. And for retro RPG goodness, Octopath Traveler 2 expands the gorgeous HD-2D world.
Existing franchises will keep evolving as well. Halo Infinite proves the iconic shooter plays and looks better than ever on new hardware. For horror fans, Scorn’s nightmarish biomechanical setting jars your senses. And Stalker 2’s irradiated wasteland shows how Series X powers can create immersive settings. Even Microsoft Flight Simulator’s real-world replication awes on capable systems.
Cloud-based initiatives provide another showcase for the Xbox Series X. Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard gives them access to blockbuster series like Call of Duty. Integrating these popular franchises with Xbox Game Pass and Cloud Gaming opens exciting possibilities. And streaming could expand Xbox’s audience reach worldwide.
With advanced processing, ray tracing, and SSD speeds, the Xbox Series X is ready to make good on next-gen’s lofty promises. Assassin’s Creed Infinity, Baldur’s Gate 3, Beyond Good and Evil 2 and more exemplify the scope we can expect. Both AAA powerhouses and imaginative indies will thrive on Microsoft’s premium hardware. If developers tap into the full potential, the Xbox Series X generation could deliver truly groundbreaking experiences.