The latest-gen consoles are already in the hands of thousands of players, but now the competition is set to really heat up in 2021, as the first major waves of exclusives start to release throughout the years. So, what can we expect to come to X-Box Series X, and how strong a lineup does it look?
Let’s start with the big one, first, the one that most are going to be most actively waiting for. Halo Infinite might have had a rocky start, with sub-par graphics and a fairly uninspired open-world being shown first and foremost after two fantastic cinematic trailers, but the recent delays have shown a lot of gamers that they are, indeed, putting in the work to get it up to the standards of the expectations of the fans.
We don’t have a release date for this one just yet, or anything beyond a very Fable-y humorous trailer in which a fairy gets eaten by a frog. However, that’s enough for a lot of people who have missed the banter, the action gameplay, and the butterfly effect nature that has always come with the decision making and role-playing side of Fable. Here’s hoping we get a glimpse of actual gameplay from the game sometime soon.
You might have even forgotten that this one was announced as a timed exclusive. The sequel to the somewhat janky but thoroughly immersive S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is set to have us explore one of the largest in-game worlds ever created, fighting off other stalkers, all manner of irradiated wildlife, and the otherworld phenomena that populate The Zone, an area surrounding Chernobyl where just about anything can happen. Most definitely one to watch and set to release by the end of the year.
After the phenomenal open-world adventures of Horizon 4, it’s time to go back to what many consider to be the pinnacle in simulation racing games, alongside the Gran Turismo series. Forza 8, or Forza Motorsports as it is currently titled, sees us tackling all manner of tracks developed by the team at Turn 10 Studios. It is interestingly one of the most awaited Forza games in years, being the first to break the once-every-two-years release schedule the series has had up until now.
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2
There original Hellbade: Senua’s Sacrifice was a gripping and gritty dive into the intersection with the magic of myth and the actual experience of delusions meet and the sequel looks to be no less visceral an experience. So far, we’ve only had the single announcement trailer that played at The Game Awards 2019, but it’s always worth watching again if you’re looking to get hype.
Needless to say, there are going to be some pretty exciting months for X-Box players throughout 2021. Whether or not it’s enough to help it break out as the standout console of the generation isn’t clear yer but there will be no shortage of games to play while we find out.