Despite its uphill struggle, the Xbox Series X is slowly amassing a respectable game library. It’s not uncommon for consoles to have a rough start before their libraries start to flourish, but Microsoft has a lot of games coming that should keep gamers busy once the new year kicks in. From major Xbox exclusives to indie hits-in-waiting, there are a lot of good options for the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S.
2023 will see the release of a few big, high-profile games that are sure to show off all the bells and whistles that the Xbox Series X has to offer. From a sequel to the popular space sandbox to a new installment in the long-running mecha franchise, there’s a lot to look forward to this year.
Fans of the Persona series will be able to play Metaphor Re Fantazio, which takes place in an alternate universe version of Tokyo. The game will feature a similar style of gameplay to the series and will allow gamers to take on the role of a character named Hornet, who is sent on a quest to find a sacred book.
Another title that was announced at the Xbox Games Showcase 2023 is S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2. While Microsoft didn’t provide a whole lot of information on the game, it will once again let players explore a haunted kingdom while taking on the role of a hero. Players will be able to use weapons, skills and abilities to fight off enemies in this action-adventure.
Gamers who are in the mood to blast their way through hordes of zombies should check out State of Decay 2, which is set to launch this month. This zombie shooter will once again be developed by Undead Labs and will once again allow gamers to play as a squad of heroes who can work together to kill off all the undead that stand in their way.
A sequel to the popular survival MMO Dune: Awakening will also be released this month. The 2023 release of Dune: Awakening will be the first time that the game has been made available on Xbox. The game will let players experience the harsh environment of Arrakis on a massive scale with thousands of other gamers. They will be tasked with building shelters to weather sandstorms, fighting off sandworms and hunting for spice on the desert planet.
Fans of the Yakuza series will be able to check out Ichiban Kasuga’s latest adventure in Yakuza 7. The announcement trailer showed the protagonist washing up on a beach naked, but aside from that it didn’t really give much away. A new entry in the mecha franchise was also announced, with FromSoftware releasing a long-awaited mecha sequel called Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon. It will be the company’s first game in the series to utilize magic instead of guns, and it will definitely push the capabilities of the Xbox Series X.