Welcome to Next Week on Xbox! In this weekly feature we cover all the games coming soon to Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows, and Game Pass! Get more details on these upcoming games below and click their profiles for further info (release dates subject to change). Let’s jump in!
A blend of influences from Gauntlet and Smash TV to The Legend of Zelda and a dash of Angband, this is a handcrafted adventure with much appeal to fans of roguelites. A labor of love from a solo developer, Ampersat distills some favorite childhood gaming experiences into a fresh, fun hybrid that sees you killing a lot of monsters, finding a lot of loot, and growing from a world-weary warrior mage into a powerful smashing/blasting machine!
An augmented reality game called Dragon Connection (DraCo) allows players to collect and battle with hundreds of dragons! Dulce, after spending a few weeks saving up for a new phone, can finally participate in the craze! As she builds her collection of virtual dragons, and a circle of new friends grows with it, how will her summer vacation unfold?
An unconventional point-and-click adventure game that puts you at the center of an abstract world. Nod and shake your head to chat with new friends and solve their mysteries to cheer them up. The people are bizarre, the puzzles are wacky, and the world hides a sinister secret.
A planet survival sim placing the fate of a small, marooned group in your hands. Forge your story through compelling and immersive strategic gameplay as you make vital decisions to protect your survivors from starvation, disease, extreme weather, and more. From basic camps to fortified bases, create a stronghold to defend the survivors from attacks by alien creatures that roam an expansive and deadly alien world.
Strayed Lights – April 25
Optimized for Xbox Series X|S / Smart Delivery
An atmospheric action-adventure with fluid combat and an intricate world imbued with mystery. You are a tiny, growing light seeking transcendence. Explore a land of otherworldly ruins and glowing trees, where entities of flickering lights and luminescent shadows reside.
Discover the heart of gorgeous Vienna, Austria, across 2 lines, full of greenery and classic buildings aboard the modern Flexity and retro Type E2 trams, and transport passengers with the unique R2.2b tram through Munich, Germany, rich with historic structures spread throughout 3 lines.
An isometric real-time tactics game which takes place on the eastern front of World War II. Its story-driven campaign takes inspiration in the grim events that took place and the real stories that arose from them.
Create and observe Aqua World! Learn more about fish and their behavior and take responsibility for their lives. Control the temperature, environment, and nourishment to provide a suitable environment. Don’t forget to develop your aquarium and after a while, you will be able to open an aquarist shop.
Cassette Beasts – April 26
PC Game Pass
Bring your cassette player and get ready to press play! Collect awesome monsters to use during turn-based battles as you adventure into the open-world RPG, Cassette Beasts. Get ready to experience an incredible retro vibe with unique innovations to the genre.
Discover four interconnected psychological horror stories in retro pixel art environments. In a mysterious and strange consultation with the psychiatrist, play disturbing video games with different endings to experience past traumas, the occult, a cursed bunker, and much more. Each of them has a meaning and as you progress through his analysis, everything gets creepier.
A little kitty’s friend has gone missing and it’s up to you to guide the frisky feline to rescue them! Presented in side-scrolling pixel art style, Neko Rescue Tale is a traditional action platformer where you guide a heroic cat through seasonally themed stages filled with enemies, traps, pitfalls, and more.
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Special Edition – April 27
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle lets you create your own cross-over dream team with the beloved characters from a total of 8 titles! Fight with your favorite characters from the popular titles BlazBlue, Persona 4 Arena, Under Night In-Birth, RWBY, and more. Get ready for a dream tag battle crossing series lines! Playable on Cloud, Console, and PC.
Take on the role of Olle, a young boy setting off to rescue his sister, kidnapped by a dreaded troll. Not everything in Bramble is exactly how it seems. In this strange land with creatures big and small, you must be careful when to approach and when to hide. Many hungry and spiteful beasts lurk in these forests and caves so watch your step.
Experience the creepy tension of a Brothers Grimm fairy tale in this puzzle adventure game. Follow the young and brave Lars as he embarks on a dangerous journey to save his sister.
As a random member of your colony’s space program, you leave Mars aboard a large transport ship only for its reactor to go critical in the middle of your journey to new horizons. Now, drifting in your escape pod, without any FTL capabilities, you realize that an easy way out was not included. Use your own wits to fix systems in a similar way you would fix and build your own PC, by swapping and fixing individual components. With a bit of luck, you might be able to finally find a haven.
The Last Case of Benedict Fox – April 27
Take on the last case of Benedict Fox and dive into a twisted world of secret organizations, forbidden rituals, and cold-blooded murders. Explore the memories of deceased victims as you search for clues and fight demons in this fantastical Lovecraftian Metroidvania. Playable on Console and PC.
Explore a living nightmare in this ever-changing bone-chilling survival horror game. Can you survive the horrors lurking in Henrietta Kedward’s dark past? Experience a twisted tale of paranormal terror and mystery.
Shovel your way to success! This game describes itself as the perfect blend of laziness and ambition. Your job is to sit back, relax, and let your hired diggers do the dirty work while you search for those sweet gems and diamonds. If you become the best miner around, you can even hire more gold diggers to expand your mining tycoon empire.
After witnessing the gruesome deaths of her parents, a peculiar young girl named Fran is imprisoned in Oswald Asylum. To survive the asylum’s cruel experiments, Fran self-medicates, giving her the ability to see a sinister alternate world, the Ultrareality. Follow Fran on her epic journey to uncover who killed her parents, reunite with her missing cat Mr. Midnight, and return home to Aunt Grace, her only living relative.
Challenge your friends or follow pandora and the daemons on their adventures. Launch the ball to hit and break consecutive gems of the same color to achieve incredible chain reactions! Overwhelm your opponents to crush them or maximize your chain combos and clear your screen area of gems to win with a Gematombe!
The world of Monster Hunter Rise gets bigger and deeper with this massive expansion featuring new monsters, new locations, and more! Renowned as the “Fierce Flame of Kamura” since the events of Monster Hunter Rise, you must set sail to uncover the cause of a terrible threat facing a kingdom across the sea.
A huge fire is raging, and you are sent on the spot to stop it. Business as usual for a highly trained and experienced firefighter such as yourself. Air dropped right in the middle of this blazing inferno, your main mission objectives are to contain the fire, investigate its causes and look for survivors.
28 years after the events of Franko: The Crazy Revenge, titular anti-hero Franko returns to Poland to get his old friend out of trouble. This time he will not go easy on his enemies. Now, with the help of his pal Skinny, Franko will wreak havoc in the streets of Szczecin once again.
The story of Cal Kestis continues in this third-person, galaxy-spanning action-adventure game from Respawn Entertainment, developed in collaboration with Lucasfilm Games. This narrative driven, single-player game picks up five years after the events of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and follows Cal’s increasingly desperate fight as the galaxy descends further into darkness. Pushed to the edges of the galaxy by the Empire, Cal will find himself surrounded by threats new and familiar.
Create and manage the bakery of your dreams as you bake mouthwatering cakes for your clients. Test your skills across 90 scrumptious levels, serving up 60+ cakes and fruit cocktails in four unique locations. Personalize your bakery with countless upgrades and unlockable items and strive for 40 tasty achievements.
During the long, hot summer, Jimmy, Doug, and Christine are spending their fourth vacation together at Varney Lake. Teenage crushes, pranks and card tricks, long days of adventure, a pipe dream of saving the local drive-in from demolition; they’re kids, coming of age. Until they find the Vampire.