Xbox Series X launch lineup comes into focus

The Xbox Series X — and its less powerful sibling, the Xbox Series S — arrives Nov. 10. Microsoft confirmed the launch date and prices of its next-gen Xboxes on Wednesday, and in the wake of that news, game publishers announced or adjusted game release dates to match the console launch.

While Xbox Game Studios’ own Halo Infinite is no longer an Xbox Series X launch game, there are still plenty of next-gen and cross-gen games hitting Nov. 10. Microsoft is also touting a massive library of backward-compatible and “Optimized for Xbox Series X/S” games that were originally released on Xbox One.

Here’s a look at the Xbox Series X launch lineup so far:

Xbox Series X launch-day games

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

https://youtube.com/watch?v=W8g96oJKLk8%3Frel%3D0

Ubisoft’s next major Assassin’s Creed game, set during the Viking age, had its release date moved up by a week to launch in time with the next Xbox.

Destiny 2: Beyond Light

https://youtube.com/watch?v=0yLU7nPqvZ4%3Frel%3D0

Bungie’s next big expansion is coming to next-gen platforms, and the release just happened to line up nicely with the Xbox Series X/S launch.

Dirt 5

https://youtube.com/watch?v=WFw752sJEhI%3Frel%3D0

Codemasters’ next racing game was originally scheduled to arrive in October, but was recently pushed to early November. Current-gen consoles and Windows PC will get Dirt 5 on Nov. 6.

Gears Tactics

https://youtube.com/watch?v=s225ZVmUdGo%3Frel%3D0

Already available on Windows PC, the Gears of War strategy game crab-walks over to Xbox Series X/S on Nov. 10 — making it the only Xbox Game Studios-published title confirmed for launch.

Tetris Effect: Connected

https://youtube.com/watch?v=CCBpwyS0E1o%3Frel%3D0

Tetris Effect makes the leap to Xbox, now with multiplayer, on day one.

Watch Dogs: Legion

https://youtube.com/watch?v=e3WcHOLHHwM%3Frel%3D0

On other platforms, Watch Dogs: Legion arrives on Oct. 29. But the Xbox Series X/S version is timed for the next-gen console’s launch day.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon

https://youtube.com/watch?v=kAvNnRuuG6o%3Frel%3D0

Microsoft locked down next-gen timed exclusivity for Yakuza: Like a Dragon, a turn-based role-playing game set in the Yakuza franchise.

Xbox Series X launch-window games

A handful of games are within spitting distance of the Xbox Series X/S launch, including Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (Nov. 13) and Cyberpunk 2077 (Nov. 19), the latter of which will be playable on the new console via Xbox One backward compatibility, but won’t get a next-gen update until 2021. A number of other games, such as Puyo Puyo Tetris 2, CrossfireX, and Outriders are expected shortly after the Xbox Series X/S release date, likely close enough to be considered within the next-gen console’s “launch window.”

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