Microsoft hasn't exactly been shy about touting the exclusives that are coming to its new system - and that's on top of a slew of multi-platform third-party games like Watch Dogs that are looming. The problem, though, is not all of these big titles are imminent. Some won't be out for a year or so. Others could be even further out. Still, each is worthy of your attention.
Titanfall: Microsoft has taken steps to ensure that demand for the Xbox One doesn't fall off after the holiday rush. Titanfall, due out March 11, was developed by Respawn Entertainment, the creative minds that launched the Call of Duty and Medal of Honor franchises. And it has been hotly anticipated since its unveiling in June.
The mech shooter won plenty of Best of E3 awards - including our own - thanks, in large part, to its slick combination of action-game styles. You’ll run around as a nimble soldier, double-jumping and scurrying about on walls while trying to take down player-controller giant mechs.
Project Spark: Microsoft's 'game maker' game brings Sony's Little Big Planet to mind. It's essentially an open canvas for creation - but one that utilizes all parts of the Xbox One ecosystem. You can use Kinect to animate models or record audio. SmartGlass lets you use touch controls to shape the world. And the Xbox controller helps you create the environment you imagine.
Once you've built your world and any gameplay elements you want, you can share it with the community through Xbox Live. It won't be for everyone, but as titles like Minecraft encourage self-expression, there's certainly a notable potential audience waiting to get its hands on this one.
Halo 5: Truth be told, we don't really know a lot about the next Halo installment. Even the name is a guess at this point. But the chill-inducing trailer Microsoft unveiled at E3 of what appears to be a grieving Master Chief faced with a new enemy emerging from the desert sand is enough to whet the appetite of any fan.
The game's due in 2014 - likely in November, if Microsoft maintains its typical release pattern.
Quantum Break: Developer Remedy Entertainment (Max Payne, Alan Wake) is known for taking risks in its new franchises. Quantum Break could be its gutsiest move yet. The game, which features protagonists who are able to manipulate time, will launch alongside a television series that will air on Xbox Live, with intersecting plot points.
It's pretty trippy stuff - and to ensure that the game doesn't veer too far into the world of the ridiculous, Remedy consulted a former CERN employee when working on the plot of the game. The only fear here is that Remedy isn't exactly known for its rapid development. Your guess is as good as ours as to when Quantum Break will hit the street.
Sunset Overdrive: Insomniac Games makes some of the wildest weapons in the gaming world, and it's looking to top itself with this open-world action game. A gun that fires vinyl records or another that runs on energy drinks? Yes, please!
Your city has been overrun by mutants and you'll face the threat with an arsenal of unusual weapons. There's also a focus on agile combat, meaning lots of wall-running, zip-lines and more. Insomniac has also promised to incorporate user ideas and memes into the game, using the Xbox One's cloud servers.
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