A total of 17 new Xbox games release next week, including Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition for console, Inculinati, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake, We Were Here Forever, and Deliver Us Mars.
Arguably the most notable release next week is Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One — the real-time strategy game is finally coming to the consoles on January 31st and is included with Xbox Game Pass. Elsewhere, we have Inculinati, which also joins Game Pass on the same day as AoE, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake, We Were Here Forever, Deliver Us Mars, and The Pathless all launching on Xbox. For more games confirmed for Game Pass, check out our list of all the announced games coming to Game Pass.
From this page, you can view a game’s achievement list if it’s been released, subscribe to a game for news updates, add them to your wishlist, and even click through to the Microsoft Store to preorder or purchase. Here’s a breakdown of everything coming to the world of Xbox next week. Let us know which of these you’re planning on picking up in the comments!
Backfirewall_ — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One
Backfirewall_ is a first-person tragicomic adventure that takes place inside a smartphone. As the update assistant, you hold the fate of the system in your hands. Will you counter the update and save the chatty operating system OS9 from deletion?
Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One
Inculinati — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One
Raiden IV x MIKADO remix — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One
Buckle up and blast off with Raiden IV x MIKADO remix! This classic arcade shoot ’em up comes fully equipped with new music, battle modes, vertical screen play, and more!
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One
Preorder SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake NOW and receive the Official Costume Pack, including 7 additional SpongeBob costumes for FREE!
We Were Here Forever — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One
Return to the sinister Castle Rock in the latest co-op puzzle adventure in the We Were Here Series! Do you and your partner have what it takes to escape, or will you be trapped… forever?
Albacete Warrior — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One
Take the role of Spanish ninja Benito, his chicken pal Pepito and his sensei Paco as they embark on a bizarre adventure across the globe! Presented in a mix of 3D environments and 2D pixel art sprites, Albacete Warrior takes traditional side-scrolling beat ’em up combat into a new dimension, allowing players to “cockslap” hordes of enemies with Benito’s feathered buddy Pepito while running and wall jumping through a huge variety of 3D stages.
With the speed and agility of a fearsome warrior and armed with satirical street-smart humor, Benito might just have what it takes to become the chosen one. Charge into battle solo or team up with a friend for brutal cooperative play!
Rhythm Sprout — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One
– Step to the rhythm / Fight to the beat
– Remix levels with modifiers
– Follow a quirky self-aware story in between
Every music track goes together with a unique 3D environment designed around its theme and story. Keep an eye out for little events and easter eggs throughout the levels!
All the music is created exclusively for the game with creative beatmaps in mind. It results in high sync between sound and gameplay – you will feel it! Music themes are inspired by different genres such as EDM, K-POP, Drum’n’Bass, Disco, Lo-fi hip-hop, even Metal, and much more.
A WACKY STORY TO FOLLOW
Follow Sprout – the Chosen Onion – on his lightweight and self-aware adventure between musical levels. Make funny dialogue interactions, full of silly jokes and pop culture references. Help the adorable inhabitants of the Vegetable Kingdom and face a charming cast of Sweet Villains.
INFINITE REPLAYABILITY AND CHALLENGE
Mix different level modifiers to get unique results:
– Speed up any song with the Turbo Mode
– Refresh your muscle memory using the Mirror Mode
– Shuffle the notes to get a unique beatmap – and share it with friends to challenge them!
– Or wing it entirely with the always-changing Totally Random Mode
On top of that, Rhythm Sprout features hardcore remixes, highscore challenges and gimmicky bonus levels for extra fun.
Did we mention the unlockable outfits for Sprout?
As well as skins for your sword!
Deliver Us Mars — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One
Deliver Us Mars is an atmospheric sci-fi adventure taking you on a suspense-fuelled, high-stakes mission to recover the ARK colony ships stolen by the mysterious Outward.
ExitMan Deluxe — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One
The sky is falling!
Quickly run into the gap as the ceiling comes crashing down from above. If you make it in time the ceiling will rise up again and then crash down again and again, each time with the gap in a random place. How long can you survive?
If you can squeeze into the yellow Exit area you’ll earn coins that you can use to buy new costumes.
Test yourself in 4 intense game modes:
Endless Run, 100-to-1 Sole Survivor, Vs CPU Head-to-head, and Challenge Mode with 150 rapid fire stages!
There are online rankings too so you can compete with others around the world for the best scores.
There’s also a 2-4P local multiplayer mode so you can go up against your friends to see who is the best ExitMan/Woman! It’s a squid-like survival drama!
Fashion Police Squad — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One
Fashion Police Squad is a humorous Retro FPS where you fight against fashion crime using attire enhancing weaponry. Clean the streets of socks in sandals as Sergeant Des, and experience a single-player story full of fabulous characters, dazzling encounters, and fierce runway shows!
-Pit yourself against all kinds of Fashion Crimes, from saggy pants to neon brights
-Utilize a specialized weapons arsenal, including weaponized Sock Gnomes
-Jump, climb and swing your way around Trendopolis to uncover its secrets
-Fight against the biggest, baddest bosses in the fashion industry
-Solve the mystery of the resurgence of Fashion Crime and take out the villains at the top
Each fashion crime has a fashion solution, and you’ll need to choose between your weapons carefully to fix each fashion faux pas! Each enemy needs something, be it a splash of color or all the seams taken in, so you’ll need to switch to and use the right weapons for the right situations! Picking the wrong weapon will do nothing to your enemies, so time to choose wisely!
Metal Black S-Tribute — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One
Puzzle Bobble 2X/BUST-A-MOVE Arcade Edition & Puzzle Bobble/BUST-A-MOVE 3 S-Tribute — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One
The Pathless — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One
Debtor: Enhanced Edition — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One
In order to escape each level, you need to collect all coins and create a path to the exit of the level. It is a dangerous place full of traps and ruthless enemies, be careful!
Solve 30 rooms in the 3 different biomes.
Move boxes, crush blocks with your head or use explosives for that – create your own path using the environment.
Heirs of the Kings — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows
How can Laura use such high-level magic? This is a story of destiny, and encounters between those with the blood of the rulers in them!
Strengthen character abilities as you desire with unique Soul Maps, and customize weapons to be prepared for turn-based battles. Arenas are available around the world to test your strength and tactics!
Speedway Racing — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows
In Speedway Racing, you will enjoy the fastest, most spectacular races at over 350 Km/h, avoiding multiple collisions against 20 rivals.
There are several modes available, including Championship, Arcade and 4-player multiplayer.