There are currently nine launch titles expected for the release of the Xbox One. Four of those are exclusive to the console. There may be other digital-only titles but there isn’t yet a way to pre-order them from any retailer. The release date is a little over four months away so, unless you plan on ordering everything available, here is what to expect alongside your shiny new console purchase.
Call of Duty: Ghosts
The apparent sure thing, Call of Duty: Ghosts from Activision and developer Infinity Ward, makes its yearly Call of Duty release available to shooter fans everywhere. The question is, on what generation of consoles will the majority of its players get the game on? Want to see some gameplay? Yeah, you do!
The other shooter game from EA and DICE, Battlefield 4, takes advantage of the next-gen Frostbite 3 engine. The raw power provides 60 frames-per-second gameplay, real-time landscape changing with Levolution, and up to 64 players online. The Battlefield franchise got its start on the PC, and these upcoming consoles can finally provide an experience mouse and keyboard users have known for years.
Turn 10 Studios and publisher Microsoft are doing it again “Forza” fifth time with Forza Motorsport 5. See what I did there? There’s not much convincing needed for racing fans to pick this one up. The game was built from the ground up for the Xbox One and the awe-inspiring Cloud services.
Dead Rising 3
Zombies? Check. Ability to use anything and everything as a weapon? Check. Dead Rising 3 has it all. Published and developed by Microsoft Game Studios, this next jump in the Dead Rising series is exclusive to the Xbox One. They promise more zombies, an open world, and SmartGlass / Kinect support. Bring on the zombie horde!
Ryse: Son of Rome
Another Xbox One exclusive published and developed by Microsoft Game Studios, Ryse: Son of Rome aims to provide realism only possible on next-gen systems. It’s gonna be brutal and intense so the squeamish need not apply.
Ubisoft is making sure everyone gets an opportunity to play this one. WATCH_DOGS is coming to almost all platforms, current and next-gen, to immerse gamers everywhere in Aiden Pearce’s world of hacking. It’s an apparently seamless multiplayer experience that does away with menus and loading screens, and merges with the single player mode in an open world almost like no other.
Madden NFL 25
The Madden series is turning 25, and people still love it. John Madden may not be as big a part of the franchise anymore but his legacy continues to keep fans interested. The next-gen version of Madden NFL 25 promises ten times more detail. If you get aches and pain watching the real NFL, imagine cringing at a pro game you’re controlling!
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
Pirates, Blackbeard, and a rebel assassin fill this open-world, next iteration of a beloved franchise with Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Some feel a multiplayer experience isn’t necessary in all types of games; Ubisoft wishes to prove to you otherwise.
Kinect Sports Rivals
If you loved the original Kinect Sports series with the first generation of Kinect hardware, this next generation of hardware and games will probably hook you once again with Kinect Sports Rivals. Online tournaments, rivalries, and a Cloud network that learns your strategy, this Xbox One exclusive will be hard to put down.
Excited for anything in particular? Picking up everything? Waiting to see what happens and which manufacturer comes out on top? Shout in the comments, and maybe someone will shout back or with you! I’m excited for next-gen, are you?