The lights are on
Sure, streaming, television, and video recording are great features to have in a console platform. They aren’t what gets you to open your wallet and bring home an expensive piece of gaming hardware. We’ve heard your pleas. You want games.
That’s why we’ve put together a quick rundown of the games to look forward to. We'll continue to update this list, and if you see something missing, please let us know. Here is everything we know that's planned for the Xbox One in 2014.
Diablo III Ultimate Evil Edition - August 19The Xbox One version of Diablo III will include the Reaper of Souls expansion and new social features not currently found in the PC original. If you’ve been playing on Xbox 360, you’ll also be able to port your character over and keep playing.
Madden NFL 15 - August 26This year brings the first Madden designed with new-gen hardware in mind.
Metro Redux - August 26Both Metro titles are getting the new-gen overhaul with a bunch of new features, including options to play both in the style of either game.
Dance Central Spotlight - September 2Harmonix is bringing its popular dance title to the Xbox One with a new, lower up front cost and lots of DLC options.
Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate - September 2Tecmo Koei's hack-and-slash Musou series will see re-release on Xbox One this fall.
Destiny - September 9One of this year’s most anticipated games, Bungie is promising to revolutionize the way we look at shooters. With deep social integration and an open world, we’re looking forward to getting our hands on this when it’s done.
NHL 15 - September 9New announcers, new arenas, and retouched physics bring NHL into the new generation.
Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes - September 23This year's installment focuses on Marvel Comics' pantheon of heroes. It will be out this fall.
FIFA 15 - September 23EA Sports returns to the pitch this year with a host of improvements for its football franchise.
Forza Horizon 2 - September 30Playground is building the Xbox One version of this game on the Forza Motorsport 5 engine.
Skylanders: Trap Team - October 5The fourth Skylanders game will let players trap over 40 villains and then use them in battle.
Alien: Isolation - October 7The last Alien game wasn’t terribly good. OK. It was downright bad. However, Creative Assembly is taking the franchise back to its roots. One, super powerful, terrifying alien will stalk you throughout the entire game.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - October 7Shadow of Mordor’s most compelling feature is the “nemesis” system. Major enemies will have memories of their past encounters with Talion (and bear the scars of those meetings). The hero also controls wraith abilities, giving him an edge in combat.
NBA 2K15 - October 7After last year's strong first outing on new consoles, NBA 2K15 should be hitting all its jump shots.
NBA Live 15 - October 7EA is giving its basketball title another shot this year. This time, it's going head-to-head with 2K Sports.
Project Spark - October 7Currently in beta, Team Dakota’s game creation sandbox is already giving players the chance to make their own interactive experiences. We expect the title will be officially released later this year.
The Evil Within - October 14When we previewed The Evil Within at PAX East, things were looking a little rocky. This is Shinji Mikami’s return to survival horror, and we want it to be great.
Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved - October 21Harmonix has made better use of the Kinect hardware than any other developer. The studio’s upcoming music and movement game will hopefully be the title that justifies the inclusion of the camera in the box.
Evolve - October 21Turtle Rock’s experience with Left 4 Dead has evolved. Instead of four players against an AI director, a fifth person takes control of a giant monster in a battle to the death.
Assassin’s Creed Unity - October 28This Assassin’s Creed title will be PC and new-gen only. After a leak forced Ubisoft’s hand, we got our first look at Assassins during the French revolution.
Lords of the Fallen - October 28Players will take on the role of Harkin, humanity's last hope against a crushing tide of demons
.Sunset Overdrive - October 28Insomniac’s first Xbox One title is a traversal-based shooter with bright colors, tons of customization, and crazy weapons.
WWE 2K15 - October 28Wrestlng fans step into the ring on Xbox One for the first time this fall.
Costume Quest 2 - "Halloween"While not tagged with a specific date, Double Fine has promised to deliver the game around Halloween. Whether that means right on the day or shortly before, we don't know yet, but we're confident the studio will hit the mark.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - November 4Sledgehammer Games takes the reins for the first time in this year's Call of Duty title. The game takes place in 2054 and stars Kevin Spacey as the leader of the world's largest PMC.
The Crew - November 11Ubisoft’s open-world racer will finally be making an appearance this fall. Will the social features be the hook that the publisher hopes?
Halo: The Master Chief Collection - November 11Microsoft is updating and bundling all four Halo games starring the Master Chief. All of the previously released multiplayer maps are included.
Dragon Age: Inquisition - November 18BioWare's upcoming return to Thedas is one of this fall's most anticipated titles.
Far Cry 4 - November 18The action moves from the tropics to the Himalayas this year.
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris - December 9Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics are working on a sequel to last-generation's Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
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