The most exciting Xbox One games coming soon
Deliver Us The Moon Screenshot

As we barrel ever past the 2016 midway point, thoughts inevitably turn to the end of year release schedule

The Autumn and early Winter line-up gets pretty busy as the gaming industry gears itself up for a usually lucrative Christmas period, with titles out there to suit each and every taste.

All the platforms have got some intriguing titles, both eagerly-anticipated and slightly under-the-radar to look forward to. And Microsoft’s is certainly tantalising.

You can head here for our PS4 guide, but here’s nine exciting Xbox One exclusives (either console or timed) coming before the end of the year.

ReCore

ReCore Screenshot

Released: September 13
Console exclusive

It’s not often we get a brand new IP debuting as a big release, so you should be excited for ReCore, which is being worked on in part by Armature Studio.

Not a familiar name perhaps, but when you consider the team has worked on the design of games like Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate and it’s from the director of the Metroid Prime series, this cool-looking sci-fi experience promises some supreme action-adventuring.

Forza Horizon 3

Forza Horizon 3 Screenshot

Released: September 27
Console exclusive

The Forza Horizon games are perfect fodder for those who want a graphically superior racing experience on their Xbox, but feel the Forza Motorsport entries are a little too focused on simulation.

The Horizon strand of the franchise swaps world famous racing courses for more varied terrain, and this time it’s Australia’s time to shine as the game’s setting. Chucking a supercar around the outback looks heaps of fun.

Gears of War 4

Gears of War 4 Screenshot

Released: October 11
Console exclusive

The Gears of War series has lain dormant for three years since 2013’s much underatted Judgement spin-off, but Microsoft will be hoping this fourth entry proper will kick new life into the franchise.

Early footage suggests they’ve managed to make the already gritty men-versus-underground-monsters scenario even grittier, and the darker tone looks intriguing indeed.

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Dead Rising 4

Dead Rising 4 Screenshot

Released: December 6
Timed exclusive

The fourth entry in the frankly insane Dead Rising series comes just in time for Christmas, being set in a festive themed Colorado as you once again assume the role of Frank West to take on the zombie horde.

The Dead Rising games have become renowned for their anarchic improvised weapon nonsense, and we’re sure more of the same will be afoot this time around.

Sombrero

Sombrero Screenshot

Released: TBC 2016
Console exclusive

This rapid-fire party game of spaghetti western mayhem supports 2-4 players for some ludicrous cowboy-themed action.

Sombrero keeps its tongue firmly in its cheek, with the officla blurb from the developers promising “totally authentic weaponry…they had exploding rocket-powered fists back then, right?”

Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine Screenshot

Released: TBC 2016
Timed exclusive

This arcade shooter comes from the brilliantly named Super Awesome Hyper Dimensional Mega Team, members of whom previously worked on classics including Plants VS Zombies and Worms. It blends old-skool blasting with unique weaponry and add-ons built to tackle “any and every problem”.

You play as Rise, who lives in the world of classic video game characters, Gamearth. Players are thrust in to the middle of a war against the ‘Space Grunts’, and the craziness commences.

The Culling

The Culling Screenshot

Released: TBC 2016
Console exclusive

While Hunger Games fans wait for an official video game version , they might want to try their hand at The Culling: a first-person-shooter that sees you plonked into an environment with a multitude of different weapons and one simple goal. Survive.

It’s already proven a hit over on Steam, so should generate a fair amount of buzz with its Xbox release later this year.

Book of Demons

Book of Demons Screenshot

Released: TBC 2016
Console exclusive

Book of Demons is a deck-building hack and slash adventure, with a dark theme reminiscent of PC ARPG classics. It mixes together card collecting mechanics with an isometric, top-down view in the vein of seminal dungeon crawlers.

Currently doing the rounds as an Early Access release on Steam, it’s slated to be polished off enough for an Xbox One release in the coming months.

Deliver Us The Moon

Deliver Us The Moon Screenshot

Released: TBC 2016
Timed exclusive

Set in the near future where the earth’s resources are all but depleted, this slice of intrigue from young Dutch indie developers KeokeN Interactive sees you play as a brave astronaut gone rogue – and sent to the moon to take on a life or death secret mission to save humanity. No pressure then.

With your robotic companion ASE, you’ll explore abandoned facilities and perhaps even uncover hidden secrets. A cool concept for sure.

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