Console exclusives are one of the major reasons to own any particular console over another. With that said, what does the Xbox One bring to the table in 2018?
I should probably start this off by saying that of course not all of these games are confirmed for a 2018 release. Most of them are, and yet more have been teased or even outright said they will release in the calendar year while not begin given a firm date. However, as is common in the video game industry, titles are likely to slip past their initial release dates and potentially fall into the 2019 timeframe. These, however, are likely to release and are ones you should consider putting onto your playlist.
Something I should probably note is that just as the title says, these are console exclusives. Not necessarily platform exclusive. Which means one or more of these titles may release on PC or even mobile in the extreme case, but not for one of the other 2 systems. It will also include timed exclusives if those games have yet to be confirmed for a different platform.
So, shall we?
Ashen is a game that is set in a sunless world and tells the story of a character seeking a home. Gameplay is described as including open world exploration, co-operation with other players, and combat with monsters. The game is has a distinct look and is definitely one to keep your eyes on.
Black Desert Online
This one took just about everyone by surprise. The immensely popular action adventure MMO with a super fast combat system, and notoriously unoptimized coming to consoles exclusively to Xbox One. While news released recently that it is, in fact, a timed deal, it’s still a big win for Microsoft. Expect to play this one early 2018.
This game was set to be the crown jewel of the Xbox One X when it launched earlier this month. However, with the controversy around its quality seemingly turning out to be true, Microsoft delayed it to give it extra time in development to really showcase what the game and Xbox One X can do. With Terry Crews on the team, what could go wrong?
Deep Rock Galactic
Deep Rock Galactic is a first-person co-operative sci-fi shooter for up to 4 players, featuring fully procedural and destructible environments to explore, mine, and explode your way through to reach your objectives.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
This is a direct sequel to one of Xbox One’s biggest indie games that is beloved by many. Sadly, not much is yet known about the game other than the original team is working on the sequel, it’s supposed to be a huge sequel, and that it will be Xbox One X enhanced, and release sometime in 2018.
This is another early access game, but this time brought to you by the guys who made Castle Crashers. In ‘The Behemoth’ fashion, it combines crazy antics with silly humor and it doesn’t disappoint. You can check out our early access review on PC here.
Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days
Reservoir Dogs: Bloody Days was originally released as a PC exclusive, and is an action-packed shooter inspired by the cult-favorite film that combines all the drama and tension of the movie with a unique “Time Back” gameplay mechanic. No release date is known about the Xbox One version just yet, but we can expect it sometime in 2018.
Sea of Thieves
Ah Sea of Thieves, the game that will bring Rare back into the hearts of everyone. While they have never really left our hearts, they just took a vacation with the likes of Kinectimals and other not so iconic games. Sea of Thieves is a pirate themed MMO that sees you sailing the high seas with your buddies in search of treasure and adventure.
Starpoint Gemeni: Warlords
Starpoint Gemini Warlords is a space sim coupled with role-playing and strategy elements. Feel free to do as you wish and become a trader of rare goods, or become a bounty hunter, or, as the title suggests, become a warlord. Want to command an army? Go for it. Or, you can lead the charge yourself if you’re feeling up to it, the choice is yours.
State of Decay 2
Another survival game on the list, this time a huge sequel with 4 player co-op in a huge open world. Yet another game delayed, but just another game to help make 2018 a great year for the Xbox One.
Yet another early access game, but this one sets itself apart by being set in an alien world… completely underwater. Another survival game, but one worth looking into. You need to build your underwater base while keeping the water out of it, and fending for your life from the unfamiliar aquatic life.
The Darwin Project
The Darwin Project takes place in a post-apocalyptic landscape in the Northern Canadian Rockies. As preparation for an impending Ice Age, a new project, half science experiment half live-entertainment, is launched. It’s called the “Darwin Project” and it challenges participants to survive the cold and fight to the death in a treacherous arena.
The Last Night
The Last Night is cinematic platform game where the player controls Charlie, a person living a lower-class existence among the rest of society that has an “era of leisure” and where computers and machinery have taken over all menial work. The player & Charlie explore his city, talk with citizens, get in gunfights, and includes elements of stealth.
If you missed our PlayStation 4 exclusives list, you can find it here.
The Switch exclusives list can be found here.