Unveiling the plans via Xbox News, Microsoft will be releasing a batch of new games early next week.
The games range from a wide array of genres, from exploration-adventure to immersive strategy RPG. Overall, it’s safe to say that there will be something for everyone.
Here’s an overview of the new games set to release next week for the Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows 10 PC, with a close look at some of the bigger releases on the way.
Arkham Horror: Mother’s Embrace (23 March)
Arkham Horror: Mother’s Embrace looks to be one of the more interesting titles to launch on Xbox consoles this month. Asmodee Digital and developer Luckyhammers officially bring their adaptation of the award-winning board game Arkham Horror to the Microsoft platforms.
Featuring an original story from the board game company’s video games adaptations studio, Fantasy Flight Interactive, Mother’s Embrace takes the form of an investigation infused with turn-based combat.
Players will be given the opportunity to choose from a batch of 12 investigators, each of which has their own unique set of skills to vary the gameplay. They are then required to assemble an investigator team to solve mysterious deaths.
The board game really comes to life in Mother’s Embrace; players will find clues and perform interrogations as they progress through the different levels of the story. Players will get to experience using a wide variety of melee and ranged weapons. Additionally, magic spells can be utilised in turn-based combat situations to defeat opponents.
Arkham Horror: Mother’s Embrace officially begins on Xbox One, Series X|S, and PC on 23 March.
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (25 March)
Perhaps one of the more mature games on this list, the historic Japanese series returns on 25 March with Yakuza 6: The Song of Life.
In this instalment, players take on the role of the legendary Kazuma Kiryu: a yakuza seeking to find the truth behind the tragic event that ended with his daughter being left in a coma.
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life blends a gritty crime story with explosive combat action, which is all set in an incredibly detailed game world. It features a dense world of life-like animations and interactive storefronts to explore.
On top of that, The Song of Life offers a wide array of revamped mini-games, including darts, karaoke, and batting cages, for even more hours of enjoyment for its players.
As a nice contrast from the intense storyline, players will get the opportunity to experience new additions to the storied game series, including the Cat Café, RIZAP Gym, and Clan Creator, to name a few.
The seventh main entry to the Yakuza series, The Song of Life originally found great success on the PlayStation platform and was nominated for Best Storytelling and PlayStation Game of the Year accolades at the 2018 Golden Joystick Awards.
This week, 25 March, to be precise, marks the first time that the action-adventure game will be available on Microsoft Windows and Xbox consoles (Series X|S, Xbox One). Better still, it’ll join the Xbox Game Pass library.
Black Legend (25 March)
Black Legend is another title that could be on the radar for those looking for a dark, immersive strategy RPG game to add to their collection.
Players will be tasked with leading a squad of mercenaries into an accursed 17th-Century city, Grant. The main objective is to fight against a deadly cult of fanatics to free the city. Through the process, players will have to master the skill of tactical combat and liberate the city by fighting against the Mephistian Cultists and other beasts drawn from regional folklore.
Moreover, players will have to master the art of Catalyst Attacks and unlock 15 playable classes, each of which can learn unique abilities to handle different equipment. Once mastered, they can be synergised with other units to become the liberator of Grant.
Finally, players will be able to customise their own journey within the story but must also face the challenges brought by making bad mistakes.
As detailed on Black Legend’s official Steam Store page, the game puts the player’s decision-making at the forefront of the experience. Players can approach battles as they see fit, being able to freely explore before choosing to partake in the tactical, turn-based combat.
The decisions commence before entering the game. There are more accessible modes available for those who want to coast through combat to experience the story, as well as much more challenging difficulties for those happy to punished for their mistakes.
Black Legend will be available on 25 March for Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, and PlayStation 4.
Full list of Xbox and PC releases to come 23-26 March
Excitingly for Xbox and PC users, those games featured above aren’t the only titles coming to the platforms at the end of this month. Along with the three titles mentioned above, here’s a full list of games set to release for Microsoft platforms from 23 to 26 March.
- Arkham Horror: Mother’s Embrace (Luckyhammers) – 23 March
- Sanity of Morris (Alterego Games) – 23 March
- Rip Them Off (Lozange Lab) – 24 March
- Paradise Lost (PolyAmorous) – 24 March
- Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio) – 25 March
- Clea 2 (InvertMouse) – 25 March
- Die with Glory (Castle) – 25 March
- Animal Doctor (Caipirinha Games) – 25 March
- Genesis Noir (Feral Cat Den) – 25 March
- Tank Brawl 2: Armor Fury (Phung Games) – 25 March
- Tinker Racers (Rumbora Party Games) – 25 March
- Black Legend (Warcave) – 25 March
- Kaze and the Wild Masks (PixelHive) – 25 March
- Octopath Traveler (Square Enix) – 25 March
- It Takes Two (Hazelight Studios) – 26 March
- Ruvato: Original Complex (REMIMORY) – 26 March
- Balan Wonderworld (Arzest) – 26 March
- Evil Inside (JanduSoft) – 26 March
There are loads of games coming to Microsoft gaming platforms next week, with Genesis Noir, Octopath Traveler, and Yakuza 6: The Song of Life arriving on the Xbox Game Pass.