These first two games are Xbox exclusive, day one Game Pass releases that have quite a bit of buzz around them: Starfield and Redfall. They are also the first two on this list that do not have a solid release date, but are still confirmed for sometime in 2023 as of this video’s recording. But as awesome as those games look, let’s talk about two games that you can play sooner. In February, you’ll have Atomic Heart on the 21st and Destiny 2: Lightfall a week later on the 28th.
In March, you can look forward to exploring the world of The Day Before, an open-world MMO survival game set in a post-pandemic America. The entire package looks like a cross between The Last of Us and The Division, so fans looking forward to The Division Heartland–a free to play spin off–can get lost in The Day Before while they wait for new information from Ubisoft.
And if that isn’t enough zombies for you, Dead Island 2 has you covered and will release on April 28. This sequel, which was originally announced in 2014, does not seem to veer too far away from what the first game was like. Keeping with this survival theme: S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2: Heart of Chornobyl. Stalker 2 is the long-awaited mainline sequel to the cult classic original Stalker: Shadow of Chornobyl from 2007.
If you’re looking for more ways to spend time with your friends, check out Hyenas, Exoprimal or Payday 3. If you need a heist game sooner–that isn’t GTA related–then you might be interested in Crime Boss: Rockay City which releases on March 28. Looking for more of an old school feeling game? Keep your eyes peeled for Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun. On the more modern side of things is Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2.
Some other notable titles include: RoboCop: Rogue City, a first person shooter in which you uphold the law in the crime riddled streets of Old Detroit. Wanted: Dead, a hybrid slasher-shooter from the makers of Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive. The Finals, a free to play first person shooter with destructible areas. ARC Raiders, a free to play third person co-op shooter that has you fighting waves of mechanized enemies. And my favorite: Anger Foot, a fast paced first person shooter about kicking ass to kick ass beats.