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.

Article last updated: 27 July, 2021

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Lemnis Gate

Lemnis Gate is an award-winning first-person shooter game coming to PC, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S. The game is produced by Ratloop Games Canada and published by Frontier Foundry.

Lemnis Gate is unlike anything else in the shooter market! The game is a turn-based first-person shooter that adds time travel to the mix! This will train you to think in the past, present and future, giving each match a unique outcome and many unforgettable moments.

The best way to describe this game is as an FPS chess or a Christopher Nolan video game. It’s an FPS where each player plays the same 25 seconds in turns. As each player has their turn, the actions of the previous players are repeated. This adds an exciting element of strategy to the game. Confused? Check out this video!

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Life is Strange True Colors

Life is Strange True Colors is a graphic narrative adventure game developed by Deck Nine Games and published by Square Enix. The story is centered around Alex Chen, who after 8 years in foster care, moves to Haven Springs to reunite with her brother. Not long after tragedy strikes and Alex is forced to embrace her curse to find answers and reveal dark secrets buried by the town.

Life is Strange true colors will be available on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and Microsoft Windows this Autumn.

Alex through her abilities can absorb and manipulate the emotions of those around her. This allows her to understand and determine what someone is feeling or why someone is behaving in a type of way.

What sets this apart from previous installments in the franchise is the move away from episodic content. This allows you to play through the entire story without waiting for periodical releases.

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Dying Light 2 Stay Human

Dying Light 2 Stay Human is the second entry in the Dying Light series of games. It is a first-person survival-horror game developed by Techland Studios and Warner bros. The game will be coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Windows PC this winter.

A deadly virus has its hold on mankind pushing humanity to the verge of extinction. Zombies outnumber humans forcing them into hiding. The last stronghold of mankind, “The City,” is where our protagonist Aiden Caldwell’s, story begins.

Use your parkour skills to explore the world and interact with different characters. Shape your story to fit your playstyle as your choices will have consequences and will affect the game world

Experience unforgiving combat as you face hordes of zombies that roam the streets. Use weapons, traps and your surroundings to level the playing field to survive the long days and the even longer nights.

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Scarlet Nexus

Scarlet Nexus is an upcoming JRPG developed by the talent behind Tales of Vesperia and published by Bandai Namco. Players assume the role of Yuito Sumeragi, a new recruit to the Other Suppression Force (OSF), which is humanity’s last line of defense against deranged mutants known as Others. While Others are immune to conventional weaponry, the OSF wield psionic abilities that allow them to go toe-to-toe with them. Yuito himself possesses the power of psycho-kinesis that enables him to lift or break anything in his vicinity and hurl it at the enemy.

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Rainbow Six Extraction

A new threat has emerged and it’s up to the operators to take on an unknown enemy in Rainbow Six Extraction. An elite team of past operators from Rainbow Six Siege have come together to form the Rainbow Exogenous Analysis and Containment Team (REACT). Assemble your elite squad of operators to fight and contain the alien threat that is the Archæans.

Rainbow Six Extraction is a cooperative multiplayer tactical shooter developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. Rainbow Six Extraction will be released on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox series X|S, and Windows PC.

Pick your team taking into account each operator’s unique weapons and abilities to give yourself an advantage over the evolving alien threat.

The game has a strong emphasis on tactical gameplay and teamwork. Each squad must coordinate and work together to eliminate any hostile threats.

Archæans are the alien species you will encounter. They come in up to 10 different variants with each variation posing a unique threat to the operators.

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Elden Ring

Elden Ring is an upcoming RPG game coming out in early 2022. The video game is developed by FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco. The game will be available to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

You are the tarnished one! You’ve been exiled from the Lands Between and your mission is to follow the guidance of an Elden Ring. Only this way, will you be able to become an Elden Lord. However, your quest won’t be easy as the source of the Erdtree has been shattered. This has triggered a war, so be ready to slice your enemies with a sword.

As you progress through the story, you’ll journey through the above-mentioned Lands Between. The world is dark and rocky with vibrantly colored skies with complex dungeons inside it. So take in the beauty of this world on foot, on horseback, or with your friends.

Elden ring also lets you play as you wish. With more weapons and magical abilities than ever, you can create a variety of combinations that suit your playstyle. No matter if you like to stay in the shadows or charge the enemy with brute force.

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Heart of Chernobyl

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Heart of Chernobyl is a long-awaited sequel to the horror survival S.T.A.L.K.E.R franchise. The game is produced by GSC Game World and is coming to PC, Xbox Series X/S.

After the second massive explosion in 2006, you once again enter the post-apocalyptic world of Chernobyl. You play as a lone stalker on a mission to cover valuable artifacts. But be warned as Chernobyl isn’t a forgiving place!

In the massive 64-km² radioactive zone, you must be ready to face hostile mutants and deadly anomalies. And to top it all off, there are many warring factions. So to survive and thrive, you need to pick your side and engage in battle!

To defeat the various enemies, you should pick out the right rifle. The game comes with over 30+ weapons, each one having numerous modifications to suit your playstyle.

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Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is a direct sequel to Troika’s acclaimed but troubled 2004 title. Published by Paradox Interactive, who acquired White Wolf and thus the rights to Bloodlines in 2015, the game places the player into the role of a recently-turned fledgling vampire who finds themselves in the middle of a blood trade war in modern-day Seattle.

The Bloodlines‘ lead designer and writer Brian Mitsoda has worked as lead narrative designer of the sequel. The game promises the same open-ended play and freedom of choice as the original, from the way the protagonist uses (or abuses) their newfound vampiric powers, to which of the city’s factions they curry favor with.

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