It’s been 4 months since the Xbox One hit stores and as readers know, I’ve been loving every minute of it. The Xbox One had a pretty strong starting lineup of great games, ranging from Forza 5, to Ryse: Son of Rome and Dead Rising 3 as well as lots of other awesome games, and there’s more to come. So without further ado, here’s the top 5 upcoming single player exclusives.
Halo (working title)
So I figured I’d get Microsoft’s powerhouse exclusives out of the way first, starting with the unnamed Halo project. Last time we saw this bad boy was at E3 2013 and at that point we were expecting Halo 5. Since then, however, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has come forward and stated that the next entry isn’t Halo 5 but instead will be a “legitimate entry” into the series and not a spinoff. He also stated the the Reclaimer trilogy was being expanded into a larger series of games so that the Reclaimer story wasn’t limited to a trilogy. It was also confirmed that the next Halo would be only on the Xbox One and run at 60 frames per second.
There’s not much to go on aside from that I’m afraid, but whatever it is we can definitely expect to see more of the “30 seconds of fun” formula that has worked so well in the past for the franchise. Fingers crossed that we get back into our Mjölnir armor as soon as possible.
Let me just get this out of the way…. Yay Canada! Toronto based indie studio, Capybara Games is working on a top down adventure game where players will take the role of a “tiny warrior exploring the depths of a remote island.” Microsoft’s Phil Spencer described Below by saying “the game is about exploration, though that goal is contingent upon the character’s survival.” Below is also described as being difficult with brutal combat and permanent death. There’s no release date as of yet but hopefully there will be updates soon on when we can get our hands on Below.
Here’s a cool one that I’m personally very excited for. Quantum Break is the game from Remedy, the creators of Max Payne and Alan Wake. Quantum Break is proving to be an ambitious project, releasing both as a game on the Xbox One and as a TV show that will affect how you play the game while at the same time being affected by how others play the game.
Quantum Break itself is a third person shooter with time manipulation powers. These powers will be a key feature to the success or failure of Quantum Break as the story will feature branching timelines that will affect player choices and determine the outcome of the TV sequences that turn up after each choice. Quantum Break even allows you to play as the main villain of the game during these breaks in time. Remedy has hit the ball out of the park with every new game that I’ve played from them so I can’t wait until release day…. which hasn’t been announced.
D4 (Dark Dreams Don’t Die)
If you enjoy episodic adventure games like The Walking Dead or The Wolf Among Us then you are going to love this next entry. Hidetaka Suehiro, writer and director of Deadly Premonition on the Xbox 360, is working with Access Games to develop D4 for the Xbox One.
In D4, players take the role of a Private Investigator whose wife has been murdered and as a result of the trauma, he is unable to remember it. During the story, the character develops the ability to travel through time to try and undo the murder. It’s not an ability that can be activated at will however, instead being activated by interacting with objects that trigger his memory. The game will feature cell shaded animations and uses Kinect voice and motion controls to navigate the investigation.
Gears of War (Working title)
As of the 27th of January, Microsoft has acquired the rights to Gears of War from Epic games and announced that a new game would be developed by Black Tusk Studios for the Xbox One. As of yet there’s been nothing announced about story, setting or characters so we really have nothing to go on aside from Gears of Wars track record. Phil Spencer and Microsoft seem to be very confident in Black Tusk’s ability work on the franchise, especially considering they’ve reacquired one of the granddaddy’s of the franchise, Rod Fergusson.
Black Tusk was previously working on a new original IP utilizing Unreal Engine 4, but since the acquisition has shifted the entirety of their focus to creating the next Gears of War. Work has literally just begun on the project, so it may be a while before we see anything tangible from the game. Either way, we’re excited to add a new Gears of War to our next-gen libraries.
I know this list is all of games that have no release date announced and some that have next to no details, but with this console generation just starting and E3 just a few months away we should expect to hear some new details very soon. Also, as the year goes by, we can expect to hear about more exclusive announcements as well. The Xbox One has shown to be a force to be reckoned with in this generation and its future is looking very bright.
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