In addition to its house exclusives, Xbox also relies on third-party publishers to provide it with preview titles on Xbox One and Xbox Series X. Several “exclusive console launches” were confirmed during the Xbox Games Showcase from this week, but even before the start of the event, the manufacturer presented 15 independents who would also be entitled to a temporary exclusive launch on consoles.
All these titles will therefore be first playable on Xbox One (console available from from € 195.49 on Amazon) and on Xbox Series X before arriving on PS5, PS4 or Switch. This is the case of The Artful Escape, Tunic or Last Stop. The full list of affected games can be seen below, along with a small summary for each.
12 Minutes (Luis Antonio / Annapurna, 2020)
A romantic evening with your wife turns into a drama when a man breaks into your house, accuses your wife of murder, and leaves you for dead. Until you wake up stuck in a 12 minute time loop and doomed to relive that terrible evening over and over again.
Dead Static Drive (Team Fanclub, 2021)
Dead Static Drive tells the story of a road trip that turns into a nightmare, but also of the reaction of its main characters when they have to face their personal problems. You will have to choose who to trust while facing the horrors that may lie behind your daily life.
Exo One (Future Friends Games, 2020)
A strange signal, an alien vessel… Exo One offers you an interplanetary journey through space and time. Master an alien means of locomotion and explore distant, enigmatic and desolate landscapes like you’ve never done before. Use gravity and your momentum to reach impressive speeds and dizzying heights.
Lake (Whitehorn, 2021)
The year is 1986. Meredith Weiss takes a career break and leaves town to become a letter carrier in her hometown. How are these two weeks going to be in the beautiful city of Providence Oaks, with its illustrious lake and eccentric inhabitants? And what will she do next? It’s up to you to decide.
Last Stop (Annapurna, 2021)
Last Stop is a third-person adventure game set in present day London. You play three different characters whose destinies will intersect as a supernatural crisis erupts. This is a title on the hidden lives that everyone can lead, on the links that unite us, but which also shows that magic can find its place in the ordinary.
Mad Streets (Craftshop Arts, 2020)
Mad Streets is a wacky multiplayer fighting game where the physics engine plays a major role. Its gameplay revolves around brutal clashes, but also gives pride of place to humor, all sublimated by a unique artistic direction. But it is above all his physique that sets Mad Streets apart, for sensations that players have never experienced.
Sable (Shedwords / Raw Fury)
Join Sable, who must pass his “gliding”, a rite of passage that will take him right in the middle of immense deserts and make him cross landscapes sparse with the carcasses of ships. Explore the desert at your own pace on your hoverbike, climb monumental ruins and meet other nomads as you unearth long forgotten mysteries.
Shredders (FoamPunch BV / I-Illusions, 2021)
Shredders puts you at the top of the best slopes, freeride spots and other snowparks. The title simply seeks to transcribe the pleasant feeling of hitting a track. In addition to its gorgeous graphics, next-gen physics, and the perfect blend of arcade and realism, Shredders puts the social aspect first. See you on the slopes in 2021!
Song of Iron (Escape, 2021)
Song of Iron is a racy action adventure game, which likes to be provocative. It immerses you in a Nordic world filled with mystery and danger. Your epic will take you beyond mystical lands, to the realm of the gods. You will have to face men, monsters and nature itself to achieve your ends.
The Artful Escape (Beethoven and Dinosaur / Annapurna, 2020)
On the evening of his very first performance, Francis Vendetti must live up to a folk legend and fight against the cosmic wanderings of his own imagination. Francis is a young guitar prodigy who will undertake a psychedelic journey through dimensions, to finally find his stage character.
The Ascent (Curve Digital/Neon Giant, 2021)
A single player and co-op action RPG set in a cyberpunk world. The mega-corporation that owns you and everyone else, The Ascent Group, has just collapsed. Can you survive without his support? Stop hostile gangs and corporations, stop them from taking over and find out what really happened.
The Big Con (Mighty Yell Studios, 2021)
The Big Con is an adventure game that awakens the teenager in you and tells the story of a scam pro crossing the country to save her family’s video store. Like in the 90s movies, you will always find a trick to persuade others to help you or to steal what you need.
The Falconeer (Wired Productions/Tomas Sala, 2020)
The Falconeer is an open-world aerial combat game with frenzied dogfights, but also eyeing the exploration of the mysterious world of the Great Ursee. In the background, generations of toxic decisions and betrayals lie dormant and different factions fight to preserve the past or flee its terrible consequences.
Tunic (Finji/Andrew Shouldice)
In Tunic, you play as a little fox in a huge world, which must explore the countryside, fight monsters and uncover secrets. The title pays homage to action-adventure classics, but also features unique items, advanced combat techniques, and uncovering the mysteries of the arcane. Our hero will have to forge his own destiny in this fascinating new world.
Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer’s Legacy (Big Sugar, 2021)
Unexplored 2 is an action-oriented RPG that seeks to recreate the sensations of adventure and magic of the paper role-playing game. The title is filled with magnificent landscapes, hidden wonders, magical creatures as well as dangerous enemies, mythical weapons and historical objects. Unexplored 2 leverages an advanced generation of content so that each player, each player, can live their own story in a unique world, taking on unique challenges.
To accompany this announcement, Sable got a new trailer showing his universe recalling the works of Moebius. Better, The Falconeer has confirmed that it will be playable upon launch of the Xbox Series X, with in particular a Day One Edition at 39.99 € including a reversible jacket, a lenticular map and download codes for the guide and theOST. It will be playable on Xbox One, but on Xbox Series X it will be compatible Smart Delivery, HDR and 4K Ultra HD, and can shoot up to 60 fps.