Update (5th Feb, 2024): This list has been updated for February 2024! We've added a few more games to the lineup.

Original story: Yes, in a tradition that's been rigorously upheld for way too long now, one year (2023) has given way to the next (2024) and, as a result, the games industry has made the brave decision to continue to churn out its wondrous wares for yet another 12 months.

Not the kind of folk to be easily surprised - or defeated in mortal combat - here at Pure Xbox we've been anticipating this move, putting together the following comprehensive guide as to what we reckon are the most exciting Xbox Series X|S games announced for 2024 thus far. Of course there are tons more projects still to be announced as the year progresses, and we'll be keeping this one updated with all the most exciting prospects as they reveal themselves further down the line.

We've also made sure to note whether each game highlighted here is coming to Xbox Game Pass in 2024 or not. You can find out more information about the latest 2024 Xbox games in our exhaustive "New Xbox Games Release Dates In 2024" guide elsewhere on Pure Xbox, and we also have a complete guide to everything joining Xbox Game Pass in February 2024.

So, without further ado, let's take a look at over 40 of the biggest, brightest and best Xbox Series X|S games headed our way over the next 12 months!

Tomb Raider 1-3 Remastered (Xbox Series X|S)

With all three of the original Tomb Raider adventures and all of their previously released expansions enhanced and polished to a modern sheen, there's enough Lara Crofting here to last us until 2025.

It's been a very long time since we played these games, (this writer hasn't touched them since originally completing them upon release), and so we're eager to return, with all of Tomb Raider 1-3 Remastered's modern conveniences applied, to rediscover what made these adventures so special to so many players back in the day.

Dialing back the bombast and cutscenes of thew recent reboots, this is tomb-raiding in the old-school style and we are here for it, Lara.

  • Release Date: 14th February 2024
  • Xbox Game Pass? No

Skull & Bones (Xbox Series X|S)

Ubisoft's Skull & Bones finally arrives on consoles this year after eleven years in development and multiple delays to its expected release date.

This multiplayer-focused pirate extravaganza sees players rise from scurvy dog to infamous pirate captain, indulging in multiplayer ship-to-ship battles that are based off the sea combat we all know and love from Assassin's Creed Black Flag.

You can check out the gameplay trailer here, we reckon the action looks like it's got plenty of depth to it and that open world looks gorgeous. Of course, Ubisoft has had a lot of time to add depth/refine so we're expecting big things and, with a huge open world set in the Indian Ocean and single player elements for those who wish to go it alone, it seems there's plenty to look forward to when this one finally makes land.

  • Release Date: 16th February 2024
  • Xbox Game Pass? No

Final Fantasy XIV Online (Xbox Series X|S)

It may have taken a while to find its feet - and even longer to direct itself onto Xbox consoles - but Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is finally coming to Microsoft's consoles, and it's an experience that's gone from strength to strength since its original release back in 2010.

With a clever "duty support system" ensuring solo players can get involved in the epic quests on offer, there's something for everyone here, as proven by the almost 30 million folk already regularly enjoying everything Eorzea has to offer on other platforms. There'll be a free trial at launch no doubt, so there's nothing to lose by checking it out before committing, and with enough expansions included to keep you playing until your blloody head falls off, spring is looking well springy for RPG fans in 2024.

  • Release Date: 21st February 2024 (Open Beta)
  • Xbox Game Pass? No

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Remake (Xbox Series X|S)

Well, there's not much to say about this one really is there? Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is a bonafide classic and its clever dual-control puzzling is getting a sweet revamp this year in a remake that upgrades visuals, controls and more in order to fully modernize the OG 2013 adventure.

If you missed this one first time around this is a fantastic opportunity to play one of the best puzzle games around. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Remake is bringing all the emotion, joy and straight-up dread of the original in a pimped out package and we are here for it.

Now...what's the chances they've added two player co-op?

  • Release Date: 28th February 2024
  • Xbox Game Pass? No

The Outlast Trials (Xbox Series X|S)

The Outlast Trials is already out on various other platforms, where it's been warmly received, and we're looking forward to finally getting stuck into this one on Xbox consoles. Pitting you - either solo or co-op - against a gauntlet of twisted and horrific trials, it's up to you and your buddies to work as a team and escape Murkoff Facility by completing all of its terrifying challenges.

Strong stomachs and a love of all things blood-soaked are essential for this savage co-operative horror experience!

  • Release Date: 5th March 2024
  • Xbox Game Pass? No

Taxi Life: A City Driving Simulator (Xbox Series X|S)

If you've been hankering for a calmer version of Crazy Taxi on Xbox, this might be the game for you! Taxi Life: A City Driving Simulator allows you to get behind the wheel of your own taxi business set within a 286-mile version of Barcelona, requiring you to drive with speed and accuracy in order to grow your company into a juggernaut.

We're definitely getting some Police Simulator vibes from this one already, and although that game certainly isn't a 10/10 by any means, it's definitely a lot of fun - and it's always selling really well on the Xbox Store. Will Taxi Life: A City Driving Simulator be the next hit along those lines? It certainly looks like it's shaping up to be!

  • Release Date: 7th March 2024
  • Xbox Game Pass? No

WWE 2K24 (Xbox Series X|S)

There was a time not too long ago when WWE games were getting a bad reputation within the industry, but in recent years they've picked up massively, and it's safe to say we're pretty darn excited for WWE 2K24. The highlight feature this year is the 40 Years of WrestleMania Showcase mode, which blends real-life footage with gameplay to give us a fun walk down memory lane, but there's plenty of other great stuff to look forward to as well.

If you liked last year's WWE game, it seems almost certain WWE 2K24 will be up your alley as well.

  • Release Date: 8th March 2024
  • Xbox Game Pass? No

Alone in the Dark (Xbox Series X|S)

1992's Alone in the Dark gets a modern reimagining in what's shaping up to be one of the more exciting prospects for horror fans in 2024.

Let's hope all of the slick pre-release footage we've seen of this return to 1920's Lousiana so far comes packing gameplay to match. With Pieces Interactive ditching the static camera angles of the original, modernising combat and doubling down on the survival aspects of the series, could we be looking at a rejuvenated Resi rival when this one hits shelves in March?

It's certainly got a stellar cast in place with the likes of Jodie Comer and David Harbour present and correct, and everything we've seen and heard so far points to this being a bit of a belter, so let's keep those blood-soaked fingers crossed!

  • Release Date? 20th March 2024
  • Xbox Game Pass? No

Dragon's Dogma 2 (Xbox Series X|S)

We still can't quite believe this is happening in all honesty but we're here for it. Fans of the first Dragon's Dogma are a passionate bunch and, if you've played the game, you'll likely understand why.

At first glance Capcom's 2012 RPG may have seemed like a bit of a slow-moving and awkward chore, but players who stuck with it were rewarded with deep combat, a cracking narrative and the game's clever pawn system.

With that unique system returning in Dragon's Dogma 2, alongside a seamless game world that's rumoured to be four times bigger than that of its predecessor, it seems we're in for a treat when this one drops in March. Director Hideaki Itsuno says his team has been focusing on refining the gameplay, getting rid of the clunk and embracing tech that was unavailable for the original in order to ensure the Arisen's return is something special. Our bodies are ready.

  • Release Date: 22nd March 2024
  • Xbox Game Pass? No

South Park: Snow Day! (Xbox Series X|S)

"From South Park Digital Studios, the studio that brought you South Park: The Stick of Truth, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, and South Park: Phone Destroyer!"

Well now, if that sentence has got you all worked up in your trousers then you'll no doubt be looking forward to South Park: Snow Day just as much as we (me) are (is)! This latest RPG offering from the creators of...oh they've already done that bit. Ok. It's looking like more of the same, the same hilarious dialogue, the same surprisingly engrossing combat, and it's all playable in co-op with your pals so you get to enjoy the crass comedy together, just like Saddam Hussein would have wanted.

The game's official press release warns of "frequent depictions of fart clouds, feces, urine..." which is everything we needed to get our excitement levels dialled up to the number that the speaker goes up to in the movie Spinal Tap. As long as Cartman is in it, we're golden.

  • Release Date: 26th March 2024
  • Xbox Game Pass? No

Open Roads (Xbox Series X|S)

Open Roads is an interactive murder mystery thriller from Open Roads Team (previously Fullbright) that was first announced back in 2020. With both Gone Home and Tacoma in their back catalogue, we already know this is a super talented dev studio, but can they hit another one out of the park?

Despite some major setbacks, this team has pulled through, and what we've got here looks set to be an emotionally charged game that delves into long lost family secrets, the power of memories and a mother and daughter's journey into the truth of their shared pasts. We're 100% into the art style, it looks every bit as riveting as its predecessors, and we can't wait to get stuck in when it finally drops!

  • Release Date: 28th March 2024
  • Xbox Game Pass? Yes