The secret Xbox One games you need to know about
Whether unannounced or simply hiding away in the background waiting for their moment to strike, there are so many games coming to Xbox One that have yet to fully reveal themselves. From classic franchises waiting for a next-gen sequel to new IP from established developers, we’ve tracked down the latest on all of them.
Resident Evil 7
There’s no doubt that Resident Evil 7 will happen at some point, and a batch of rumours have suggested that the next Resi will feature three returning heroes, teasing that two will be female and one will be male – and that two of these characters haven’t been seen in over a decade. The same set of rumours debunked the previous rumour that Alice – from the movies – was expected to make an appearance, while adding that Resi 7 is more likely to be a spin-off (like Revelations) than a ‘true’ sequel. With that said, the rumour suggested that this game was going to be unveiled E3 2014 – and that never happened. So now we don’t know what to think.
Developed by one of 2K Games’ many, many offshoots, Mafia III is a dead cert. After 2K Czech closed its doors unexpectedly, however, we found out that Mafia III is likely to be set in Louisiana (perhaps an open world New Orleans) and feature three central characters – Franklin, Tony and Mickey. And with names like that, they’re quite clearly 1920s gangsters. It’s not clear who’s developing this now 2K Czech has gone, but it’s going to be exciting.
Street Fighter V
A furore happened during E3 2014 around a comment that led many to believe that the next Street Fighter game would have in-game microtransactions to make it easier to win. The hubbub was so intense, despite the rumour being 100% false, that famed series developer Yoshinori Ono had to confirm that SFV is happening but, no, it won’t be pay-to-win.
We know it’s happening. You know it’s happening. Hell, your mum probably knows it’s happening. The inevitable sequel to Fallout 3 has been rumoured for years, beginning with talk of the game being set in Boston and culminating with the voice actor of Fallout 3 radio host Three Dog practically confirming it’s happening – before going quiet. With the Massachussetts Institute of Technology playing a key part with secretive Fallout faction The Institute, this one’s practically guaranteed.
Bethesda managed a surprise success with Dishonored, and it’s clearly a world that’s rich and ready for exposing in a sequel. The latest secrets surrounding Dishonored 2: Darkness Of Tyvia (to give it the rumoured full title) suggests the game will be built on id Tech 5 (that powered Rage and Wolfenstein), is set in new location Tyvia with a new main character, have all-new abilities and features and even include versus multiplayer.
Deus Ex 4
Eidos Montreal has talked briefly about the exciting sequel to many gamers’ GOTY 2011, confirming that it’ll be coming to next-gen, made by the same developers who made Human Revolution and even offering some titbits of info about the story. This time around the focus will be on the class war between humans and trans-humans, or those actively changing their bodies through cybernetic implants. It’s an interesting angle which could lead to some pretty interesting moral dilemmas – especially since our hero, whoever that will be, is likely to be half machine.
Joe Madureira – the ‘name’ associated with Darksiders and the guy in charge of its unique art direction – recently revealed that Darksiders 3 is not dead after Vigil Games moved on to Crytek. It’ll be a long way off, no doubt, but new franchise owners Nordic Games is “very committed” to the series and will “have exciting news” to share soon.
Ryse: Knights Of England
Crytek had already openly spoken about how it is prepared to push the franchise further if its success warrants it, and while the launch title sold just shy of 1 million, that’s still a fifth of the Xbox One’s owners. How plans for a sequel could have been affected by the recent changes at Crytek we’ll have to wait and see. It’s possible that this proposed follow-up is all but dead now. We hope that’s not the case.
Red Dead Rebellion
Even for a developer notorious for making smash-hit successes, Red Dead Redemption was something of a runaway victory for Rockstar. Yet while Rockstar is a developer who likes to take its time with its franchises, parent company Take Two and its CEO Strauss Zelnick suggested we might not have to wait so long for a sequel to Red Dead Redemption. But even Rockstar itself has suggested work is being done on the next Red Dead, adding that we should “stay tuned”.
We’ll post even more projects that are waiting in the wings for Xbox One tomorrow.