Xbox Series X|S: Best Upcoming & New Games for 2021

List of upcoming Xbox Series X|S games with pre-order bonuses or special editions sorted by release date. Click the game’s title for more information or the cover image for pre-order details. Games eligible for Microsoft’s “Smart Delivery” program will be playable on both Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S with a single purchase. (Looking for Upcoming Xbox One games instead?)

Article last updated: 12 September, 2022

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The Callisto Protocol

From the studio led by Dead Space’s Glen Schofield, Dive into the deepest depths of horror in The Callisto Protocol. A brand new survival horror title that promises to reinvent its genre ushering in the next generation of horror. Developed by Striking Distance Studios and published by KRAFTON, The Callisto Protocol will be available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Windows PC this Winter.

The year is 2320 on the moon, Callisto. You are Jacob Lee, an inmate at the black iron maximum security prison serving his sentence when a mysterious occurrence transforms your fellow inmates into horrific bloodthirsty creatures.

As Jacob, you must try and escape the prison under the most intense conditions. Experience horror, dread, and hopelessness at a pulse-pounding rate on your journey out of the dead moon, Callisto.

With horrors lurking around every corner, The Callisto Protocol challenges players to jumble between close range and ranged combat in life or death situations against enemies of an unholy nature.

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Hello Neighbor 2

The much-awaited sequel to the cult classic “Hello Neighbor” is finally here in Hello Neighbor 2, a stealth horror-thriller game developed by Eerie quest studios and published by tinyBuild LLC. In Hello Neighbor 2, set out on a mission as an investigative journalist looking to uncover the hidden secrets of the eerie town of Raven Brooks.

The residents of the town seem quite off and the recent disappearances and murders don’t help the situation much. It is up to you to get to the bottom of it even if it may involve sneaking into your neighbor’s houses and stalking their every move to find clues and solve the puzzle.

NPCs in the game are powered by a neural network AI that allows them to adapt to your playstyle and learn from your patterns forcing you to find new interesting ways to outsmart them after extended play.

With a larger character roster this time around, every resident is a potential suspect and has their own unique stories and narratives that may shift based on your actions in the game.

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The Rumble Fish 2

In The Rumble Fish 2, participate in an underground competition known as the Fight For Survival tournament endorsed by the mega-corporation PROBE-NEXUS. The Rumble Fish 2 is a classic 2D fighting game initially developed by Dimps and published by Sammy with the reworked version being done by a reputable game developer 3goo K.K.

A natural disaster devastates a large part of an East Asian country during the 20th century prompting a rebuild with PROBE-NEXUS at the forefront. The neglected parts of the country known as the slums open up and create a perfect setting for the F.F.F tournament.

For the first time outside of Japan, The Rumble Fish 2 will be available to play on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, Switch, and Windows PC this winter.

The game features strategic high-intensity fights that force you to balance offensive plays with defensive plays through the 2-gauge system.

The new console and PC releases include new additional features such as an online versus mode which lets you take part in seamless online matchups against real players.

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Need for Speed Unbound

Criterion is back at the helm of Need for Speed in Need for Speed Unbound, an upcoming racing game developed by Criterion Software and published by Electronic Arts. With a new stylized approach to the game adding cartoon effects over ultra-realistic cars, Need for Speed Unbound looks to separate itself from other racing sims and does so in remarkable fashion

Rev up your engines this winter when the game arrives on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S, and Microsoft Windows.

The game is set in the open world city known as lakeshore and embraces the old Need for Speed games with an emphasis on street racing and street culture.

The campaign sets you out on a journey of two friends who split paths after a robbery at your family auto shop leads to a priceless car being stolen from you. This event triggers your drive to rise up the ranks of the street racing underworld to win back your car.

Watch and hear Rapper A$AP Rocky’s influence on the game’s soundtrack and aesthetic with a whole game mode being dedicated to him known as the Takeover Scene.

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Crisis Core Final Fantasy VII Reunion

Crisis Core Final Fantasy VII Reunion takes place before the events of Final Fantasy VII and puts you in the shoes of Zack Fair, the previous owner of the Buster Sword. The game is a turn-based action RPG and is a HD remaster of the original Crisis Core Final Fantasy VII. Follow Zack Fair’s story as a soldier as he takes on the villainous soldier defector Genesis Rhapsodos and the forces of the Jenova Project.

Developed and published by Square Enix, Crisis Core Final Fantasy VII Reunion will be available to play on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Microsoft Windows this autumn.

The game features a rapid turn-based combat system that makes combat appear as if it’s taking place in real time.

With a story spanning 15 hours and side quests totaling to 50+ hours of gameplay, immerse yourself in the story of the revered zack Fair.

Experience the story once more with fully overhauled graphics redone in high fidelity, fully voiced dialogue, and all-new soundtrack arrangements.

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Destiny 2 Lightfall

Align yourself with the Cloud Striders to take down Calus and his army in Destiny 2 Lightfall, an action-adventure first-person shooter developed and published by Bungie. inc. Explore the Neptunian city of Neomuna, a neon-soaked world none like you’ve ever seen before.

The big bad of Destiny, The Witness, has unleashed the “Shadow Legion”, a cabal that works under Emperor Calus to enforce his rule. Devastation awaits the world of Neomuna under the hand of the Shadow Legion unless you, along with the Cloud Striders, put a stop to their plans.

Destiny 2 Lightfall will be available to play this winter on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft Windows, and Google Stadia.

You and the Cloud Striders must face off against the horrid Tormentors, unsettling scythe-wielding humanoids of remarkable power who pose a direct threat to the fate of the planet.

Harness a new ability known as “The Strand”, a dark power that allows you to weave the threads of reality to form a grappling hook that will aid you in traveling the world.

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Destiny 2 Lightfall Standard Edition ($49.99)

Destiny 2 Lightfall

The Standard Edition of Destiny 2 comes with a preorder bonus that includes a Quicksilver Storm Exotic weapon, a new Exotic Ghost, Exotic emote, and Legendary emblem. The Standard Edition comes with all these included as well:

  • New Campaign + Legendary Mode
  • New Power: Strand
  • Grappling hooks for each class
    • Warlock Architects can create sentient allies
    • Hunter Threadrunners can form a kunai-rope dart
    • Titan Tyrants can manifest large sharp claws
  • New Raid
    • New weapons, armor, and Exotic
  • New Exotic Gear
  • Season 20 Season Pass
    • Provides access to Season Pass-exclusive Season 20 content
    • Provides access to the Season Pass premium rewards track

Destiny 2 Lightfall Annual Pass ($99.99)

Destiny 2 Lightfall

The Annual Pass for Destiny 2 Lightfall is the edition with the most digital content and contains the preorder bonus plus everything down below:

  • New Campaign + Legendary Mode
  • New Power: Strand
    • Grappling hooks for each class
    • Warlock Architects can create sentient allies
    • Hunter Threadrunners can form a kunai-rope dart
    • Titan Tyrants can manifest large sharp claws
  • New Raid
    • New weapons, armor, and Exotic
  • New Exotic Gear
  • Annual Pass
    • Provides access to Season Passes 20-23
    • Includes Lightfall Dungeon Key (access to two Y6 Dungeons)
    • Rahool’s Secret Stash x4 (one per season)
  • Quicksilver Storm Exotic catalyst and ornament
  • Lightfall Exotic Sparrow

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Destiny 2 Lightfall will be released on February 28th, 2023, and will be playable on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia, and Windows PC.

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Skull and Bones

Command the high seas as you embark on a perilous voyage in Skull and Bones, an action-adventure game that sets you on a journey from an outcast to a pirate of legend. It is the 17th century and a band of young men and women lured by the prospect of riches that lie in the seas come together from far and wide in search of said riches.

Developed by Ubisoft Singapore and published by Ubisoft, Skull, and Bones will be available this autumn and will be playable on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Windows PC.

Complete contracts and quests given to you by the locals, vendors, and kingpins from all over as you gain experience and loot along the way making a name for yourself in the pirating world.

Shower your enemies in canon fire as you take part in high-stakes naval battles. Adorn your vessel in the strongest of armor and equip it with powerful weapons to outgun enemy ships.

Ship customization allows you to craft a ship that fits your playstyle and gives you the freedom to explore different strategies that will make you a force to be reckoned with out in the sea.

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