So far this generation, Microsoft is known for bringing some of the biggest games to home consoles everywhere. Every holiday season the company has brought out a stellar slate of Xbox One games. Looking into 2017, Xbox One doesn’t look like it’ll be slacking in the games department either. Here are five Xbox One games worth keeping your eyes on in 2017.
A game I’ve been extremely excited about for years now is Crackdown 3. It is a title that was originally shown off during Microsoft’s massive 2014 press conference, but it has yet to be released. Despite the lengthy development period, many believe a release will come at some point during 2017.
Crackdown 3 will be an open-world game with titanic action and a highly reactive world. Its gameplay is as alluring as its setting is. The game is set within a futuristic city, one that possesses shades of the city found in the film series Tron. The landmass will serve as a huge, destructible playground for gamers.
Cooperative gameplay will be at the heart of Crackdown 3. Full destructibility is a feature previously touted for the game, and multiplayer will be where that can happen. The Microsoft Cloud is the tool that will enable such a high level of destructibility in Crackdown 3.
Microsoft is still holding off on tossing an exact release date or timeframe on Crackdown 3. Many expect the game to make its debut sometime this year. When the game does launch, it’ll arrive on Xbox One and Windows 10. Perhaps, it’ll even be one of the first games to give us a peek at Project Scorpio’s capability.
Bethesda Softworks and Arkane are teaming up to bring a new vision for the Prey series. This new look will not resemble the one players saw over a decade ago. Instead, Arkane is creating a world, similar in its horror nature, but totally different in its lore, characters, weapons and narrative.
Talos I is one of Prey’s settings, and it will be an open environment for players to explore. Neuromod will be how players upgrade their powers throughout the game. Some powers come from the realm of aliens, while others are more human. In order to learn an alien power, you will need to acquire it, you guessed it, from an alien.
Enemies in Prey will be varied and unique, depending on where you are. Mimic is an example of one, which is a small spider that’s capable of blending into environments. Phantom enemies are ones you will briefly see, but will quickly move through environments because of their hasty pace. Finally, Nightmare is a third enemy type and its name says it all.
Prey will be the newest game from developer Arkane Studios. It’ll be interesting to see how much Dishonored has dripped into the world and gameplay of Prey. The new game will debut sometime during 2017, though many expect it in the first half of the year. It will be available on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Sea of Thieves
What could be the most intriguing Xbox One game is Sea of Thieves. This Xbox One exclusive is in development from the folks at Rare, and it looks to be a new way to experience a massive world and do so with many, many friends. Exact details are sort of thin on the game as of now, but Rare has progressively released new information.
In their latest video below, Rare talks about a few of the roles gamers will assume. Players at the wheel of a ship will obviously steer it along. Folks who are minding the world map will be able to give directions to the driver about where to go next. Map mechanics will also be interesting when you’re on land. Whoever has the map will show it to their shipmates and they can then read it.
Digging for buried treasure is obviously an important part of being a pirate. Gamers will be able to team up with their friends and all dig at once. When you have the treasure, if you can get it back to an outpost, then you can sell it to the shipwright for a plunder of gold. Rare went onto point out that if an enemy player is nearby, they can come kill you and take your treasure. Treasure that is sold is a shared benefit for the whole crew.
There is so much more to know and explore in Sea of Thieves. Microsoft and Rare will surely be hosting a beta once the game inches closer to release. That date is not known at this time, however, we do know the game will launch on Xbox One and Windows 10.
Dontnod Entertainment is a studio I’m very fond of, particularly because of their excellent work on the Life is Strange series as well as their intriguing IP Remember Me. The next project Dontnod is working on is a new RPG known as Vampyr. Morality will be sent to the land of ambiguity, and a player’s choices will have dire consequences.
Choice is a common catalyst for consequence in games nowadays, and with good reason. It personalizes an experience to you and to you alone. Gamers assume the role of Jonathan Reid and must fight the urge to kill, or give in to it. It is absolutely possible to make it through Vampyr without killing anyone, however, this will be no easy task.
As Jonathan Reid, players will have a number of abilities at their disposal. Through the game’s progression system, killing will be the ideal way to level-up. Choosing new abilities to unlock will depend on your play style. For those who wish to control a weak targets’ actions, the Mesmerize ability is king. There are plenty more powers to become familiar with, but if those aren’t your cup of tea, then there is always engaging in combat with melee and ranged weapons.
Vampyr will make its debut sometime during 2017. However, Dontnod and Focus Home Interactive are not sharing exact details on when that’ll be. Vampyr will be available on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Last, but not least, is Rockstar’s newest iteration in the Red Dead franchise, Red Dead Redemption 2. The game was long rumored to be in development, and finally this past October it was confirmed. The publisher sent out the trailer confirming the game’s existence and now the real waiting game is on.
While Rockstar is taking its usual quiet approach when talking about a new title, the game is set for a fall 2017 release date. The upcoming game will illustrate “an epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland.” The game world is being described as vast with immersive atmospheric visuals.
Fans who are familiar with GTA Online will surely be hoping for some sort of online experience in Red Dead 2. While details are very, very scarce, it is clear that Red Dead Online will be the game’s online multiplayer, most likely built in the same vein as GTA Online. Given how successful GTA Online is, Rockstar is smart to bring an immersive online experience into Red Dead 2.
There is still so much to learn about the upcoming open-world title. Rockstar will hopefully be showing off new footage and providing new information on Red Dead Redemption 2 in the coming weeks. The game is set to launch this fall and will arrive on PS4 and Xbox One.