The rumoured Xbox One exclusives

As a follow on from the article a few days back, I thought it might be nice to list and briefly talk about those Xbox One exclusives that have been rumoured over the past few months. There are a lot of rumours out there, so it’s not the worst thing to have them all in one place! Some of these titles will be mere here-say, others will be pretty much confirmed. I often find that rumours in the gaming industry sometimes hide an element of truth. It might not be that exactly what’s being rumoured comes to threwition, but there’s usually a degree of truthfulness to be found within the hype. Granted, some of these stories will be a little old. But we’ve not heard anything saying no as of yet, so I’m sticking with them as viable sources of rumour (if there is such a thing).

Gears of War 4

I loved the first two Gears of War games, but by the third I was a little disillusioned with the franchise. It’s not that number 3 was a bad game, it was just that I was a little bored of those pesky locusts constantly rearing their ugly, buggy heads. The rumours of a fourth Gears game are coming in thick and fast – the jury’s out for me as to whether or not it’s a good thing. In the January of this year, Microsoft announced that they had purchased the rights of the franchise from Epic Games, and that a new game will be developed by Black Tusk Studios for the Xbox One. What this game is going to be is a little less clear. Will it be Gears of War 4, or will it be another instalment along the lines of ‘Judgment’? (I really hope not). Nonetheless, I have a feeling that we’ll be waiting a while for this one, as they’ve come out and said that a new game could take over two years. Still, it’s something to look out for as the rumours grow, plus E3 is coming up soon, so maybe we’ll hear something more solid then.

Halo 5

This one is pretty much a no-brainer. Yes it will be an Xbox One exclusive (though it might make its way to the 360) and yes it will be released. Halo is the Xbox’s biggest hitter and not making a next-gen Halo would be ridiculous. They’ve thrown about a few video teasers and they’ve outright said that Halo will be coming to the Xbox One. They’ve not yet said that it will be Halo 5, though. What they have confirmed isn’t going to be Halo 5, but rather another instalment – perhaps a prequel type game. That means that it won’t be an actual sequel. Instead it will be a “legitimate entry” (in the words of MS) in to the Halo series. As to what that means, I haven’t got a clue. I’d say that it at least means we’ll be getting more than just the Halo remake and Halo: Spartan Assault. So when we can expect a new addition to the series (rather than just a remake or a segway), I couldn’t tell you.

Ryse 2: Knights of England

This one has been floating around the internet for a little while now, and I for one am intrigued. I, like many an Xbox One owner, thoroughly enjoyed Ryse: Son of Rome, despite the bad reviews. The prospect of a sequel set in Medieval England (with the possibility of dragons too), is something that I’d love to be true. Perhaps something set during the mythical times of King Arthur? That would go down a treat, especially for an historically fascinated Brit like myself!

Crackdown 3

If you’ve not heard of Crackdown, you’ve probably never owned an Xbox 360. Crackdown 1 was an absolutely incredible game, Crackdown 2 wasn’t too bad. So, by that logic, Crackdown 3 will be overly average. I highly doubt that, however. I would love a next-gen Crackdown, for obvious reasons. Here’s the thinking behind this likely exclusive.

Lost Odyssey 2

One thing that I really miss on the Xbox One are decent Japanese RPGs … that and Games with Gold, but that’s a different complaint all together. Last year there were a good few rumours about LO2 being an Xbox One exclusive. Since then they’ve died down a bit. Still, the original Lost Odyssey was an Xbox 360 exclusive, so we can be pretty sure that a sequel would be at least exclusive to Microsoft. Plus, it was a pretty decent game and a sequel would go down incredibly well in my books, exclusive or not.

The next two are pretty unlikely to be solely on the Xbox One, but there have been rumours suggesting that they could.

Resident Evil 7

This one is an incredibly rumourish rumour, and has very little evidence other than a random German website and a few threads dotted around the inter-webs. I will say this though, Dead Rising 3 was also developed by Capcom and was an Xbox One exclusives. So there’s a glimmer of possibility there, even if it is the tiniest of glimmers. You can check out one of the threads here, it also contains a link to the website.

Fallout 4

I am crossing absolutely everything that this game is in development. I couldn’t care less if it’s only on the One or not, I just want to play it! Recently though, there have been rumours that this could be an Xbox One exclusive. If they’re true then I’d be incredibly surprised. I mean, Bethesda did team up with Microsoft to ensure the early releases of DLC packs on the Xbox 360 before the PS3 or PC, and I guess this could have set a precedence for future releases. But keeping Fallout 4 solely on the Xbox One would be a poor move by Bethesda in my opinion. Perhaps a Microsoft only exclusive would make more sense?

So there are a few possible Xbox One exclusives for you (with one or two that could be Microsoft exclusives). Obviously, these were mostly rumours and the likelihood is the majority will be false. If anyone has any others, jot them down in the comments section below!

  • jb225

    Hopefully the last two rumors won’t pan out….if Microsoft’s idea for “exclusives” this gen still involves money hatting titles to an even larger degree then that’s a serious shame. I highly doubt titles w/ that kind of cache will be buyable but I might not care about RE7 if 6 is anything to go by. Evil Within will be the actual worthy successor to that series, not anything capcom decides to quickly push out. Exclusives should come from first party studios, otherwise it’s not a company working to innovate and create, it’s a company willing to throw some money around to punish the people who didn’t buy their platform, no more, no less.

    • Alecs Pillik

      I couldn’t agree more. Even as an Xbox One owner I’d hate to see some of these games (Fallout especially) become Xbox One only just because it would seem like Bethesda would be punishing their fan base.

      • jb225

        That’s definitely true, it just creates ill will all around. I’m all for the Xbox One being a successful console, I’m on the fence as to what next gen console I’ll be getting at this point, I lean towards the PS4 because I predominantly play single player story driven games and the ps3 released a lot of great games in that realm. I am really hoping that MS uses that trend from last gen to course correct & build up their ip & first party studio portfolio so we get more compelling new properties. I’m still holding out hope they will do just that & win me over, but the move to bring more Gears over Black Tusk’s potential ip was a bit off putting but I can still at least understand it. Money hatting a great franchise like Fallout would be a shame though, I can get behind timed exclusive components, or even timed exclusivity for the full game at the most, but these are resources that would serve gaming better by being funneled towards new experiences for sure.

        Great write up, love this site, such a clean interface & all of the content I’ve read on it has been very fair, interesting & informative, keep up the good work!

        • Alecs Pillik

          I’ve got the Xbox One at the moment, and I absolutely love it. But that’s not to say that I wouldn’t love the PS4 if I had that as well / instead. The only reason I got the Xbox One is because I’ve had a 360 since release, and it was tough to give up my hard earned Gamerscore! I was pretty much on the fence otherwise. MS recently released a list of upcoming indie games for the One which is worth checking out! http://metro.co.uk/2014/03/19/15-indie-games-confirmed-for-xbox-one-including-guacamelee-and-contrast-4652065/. I’m also working on an article on a untitled game in development by Undead Labs (if you’re in to zombie games)

          Thanks for the nice words about the site! Glad that you like what we’re doing. We try to be as balanced as we can. Don’t forget to check us out on the Facebook / Twitter if you haven’t yet, we love having discussions about games on our social media profiles.

  • jb225

    Hopefully the last two rumors won’t pan out….if Microsoft’s idea for “exclusives” this gen still involves money hatting titles to an even larger degree then that’s a serious shame. I highly doubt titles w/ that kind of cache will be buyable but I might not care about RE7 if 6 is anything to go by. Evil Within will be the actual worthy successor to that series, not anything capcom decides to quickly push out. Exclusives should come from first party studios, otherwise it’s not a company working to innovate and create, it’s a company willing to throw some money around to punish the people who didn’t buy their platform, no more, no less.

    • Alecs Pillik

      I couldn’t agree more. Even as an Xbox One owner I’d hate to see some of these games (Fallout especially) become Xbox One only just because it would seem like Bethesda would be punishing their fan base.

      • jb225

        That’s definitely true, it just creates ill will all around. I’m all for the Xbox One being a successful console, I’m on the fence as to what next gen console I’ll be getting at this point, I lean towards the PS4 because I predominantly play single player story driven games and the ps3 released a lot of great games in that realm. I am really hoping that MS uses that trend from last gen to course correct & build up their ip & first party studio portfolio so we get more compelling new properties. I’m still holding out hope they will do just that & win me over, but the move to bring more Gears over Black Tusk’s potential ip was a bit off putting but I can still at least understand it. Money hatting a great franchise like Fallout would be a shame though, I can get behind timed exclusive components, or even timed exclusivity for the full game at the most, but these are resources that would serve gaming better by being funneled towards new experiences for sure.

        Great write up, love this site, such a clean interface & all of the content I’ve read on it has been very fair, interesting & informative, keep up the good work!

        • Alecs Pillik

          I’ve got the Xbox One at the moment, and I absolutely love it. But that’s not to say that I wouldn’t love the PS4 if I had that as well / instead. The only reason I got the Xbox One is because I’ve had a 360 since release, and it was tough to give up my hard earned Gamerscore! I was pretty much on the fence otherwise. MS recently released a list of upcoming indie games for the One which is worth checking out! http://metro.co.uk/2014/03/19/15-indie-games-confirmed-for-xbox-one-including-guacamelee-and-contrast-4652065/. I’m also working on an article on a untitled game in development by Undead Labs (if you’re in to zombie games)

          Thanks for the nice words about the site! Glad that you like what we’re doing. We try to be as balanced as we can. Don’t forget to check us out on the Facebook / Twitter if you haven’t yet, we love having discussions about games on our social media profiles.