It's 2016, and that means a fresh lineup of killer games arriving in the months to come. Though the Xbox One exclusive Scalebound has been delayed into 2017, Microsoft isn't letting that get it down.
The console maker and game publisher has updated its list of exclusive games coming to Xbox One in 2016, and it's definitely got some heavy hitters on the schedule. Up first is the third season of Killer Instinct, set to arrive in March. Then comes Quantum Break, the mysterious new game from the creators of Max Payne and Alan Wake. That will be arriving on April 5.
Halo Wars 2 and Gears of War 4 are both slated for fall 2016 releases, with Gears of War 4 getting a multiplayer beta in the spring. Fable Legends will also get an open beta in the spring, though Microsoft isn't saying when the full game may arrive. Crackdown 3's multiplayer will be releasing over the summer, which may indicate the game may be part of Xbox One's new early access Game Preview feature.
Then, there are a number of titles that don't yet have definitive release dates but that Microsoft says will be arriving later this year. Those games include ReCore, Sea of Thieves and the free-to-play MOBA Gigantic. Rounding out the list is the arrival of a few previously-published games in new forms, such as Gears of War: Ultimate Edition launching for PC and Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition. Both those titles will be arriving in the spring.
Microsoft has also confirmed that a number of exclusive indie games are set to release this year as well. Though none of them have locked-in release dates, Microsoft says gamers can expect to play Cuphead, Inside and Below sometime this year. Cuphead is a permanent Xbox One exclusive, whereas Inside and Below will eventually be released on other platforms.
All in all, it seems like a solid lineup from the company, if in fact all these titles do release this year. We'll have to wait and see, but Xbox One owners should have plenty to look forward to.