Xbox game releases — January 25th to 31st

By Robbie Andrews,
Next week sees 21 new games heading to the Xbox platform. There are a fair few interesting bits and bobs here, but the main event is Bloober Team’s psychological horror title, The Medium, which lands on Xbox Series X|S on January 28th and will be available with Xbox Game Pass on day one.

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!

January 26th

Cyber Shadow — Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Windows

The world has been taken over by synthetic lifeforms. A desperate plea for help sets Shadow, the sole survivor of his clan, on one last mission to uncover what started the path to perpetual ruin.

Project Winter — Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Windows

The perfect game to back-stab your friends. Project Winter is an 8 person multiplayer game focusing on social deception and survival. Communication and teamwork is essential to the survivors’ ultimate goal of escape. Gather resources, repair structures, and brave the wilderness together.

January 27th

Butterfly — Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S

Platformer puzzle game with an interesting gimmick. You can't jump, so you need to bounce off your enemies or use tubes to your advantage. Both platformer skills AND logic are required to complete 40 challenging levels! Deft fingers and quick reactions are required. Sweaty neck guaranteed.

"I am a little caterpillar. I live in a world where obstacles and enemies are waiting for me on the way to a blossoming meadow, where I will fly like a butterfly. I do not jump like a grasshopper, I can not swim like a fish and fly like a bird. But I am smart and can use the weaknesses of my enemies. Every water lily or pebble, every loophole will be my faithful helpers. The adventure begins. You can help the caterpillar to quickly turn into a butterfly."

Hyposphere: Rebirth — Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S

Hyposphere is not simply a classic "marble" platformer, it may also be the most beautiful and one of the most harcore marble ball game ever!

A cunning artificial intelligence, along with the help of a clever virus, has taken over every computer in the world! There is only one chance to fight back: pass the tests generated by this dastardly digital demon!

Dare you accept the challenge and prevent the coming of the end of the information age?

There's only one way to find out: take control of Hyposphere and dive into the adventure!

Key features:

Stunning graphics with the power of the Unreal Engine 4!
100 levels of clear gameplay!- Non-linear levels, which can be played in different ways!
During the adventure you can collect a variety of bonuses.
After you complete game we enable for you New Game + with more harcore gameplay!

Project Starship X — Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S

Project Starship is back with a wacky take on cosmic horror. In this rogue-lite shooter, you’ll take the role of the tentacled-yet-hip Swagthulhu as you CRASH-KILL comical abominations in flashy 16-bit style! With multi-purpose dodge mechanics and tons of crazy pick-ups, you’ll be able to crash your ship straight through the enemy and emerge unscathed. Project Starship X celebrates genre conventions by turning them upside-down!

The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav — Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S

Face your Destiny! In Andergast, whose inhabitants are considered to be notoriously superstitious, King Efferdan awaits a state visit from high-ranking dignitaries. For centuries the kingdom has been at odds with neighboring Nostria, but now first steps are being undertaken toward a lasting peace.

The Dark Eye: Memoria — Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S

In Memoria, players travel through different time periods, following two distinct protagonists: Sadja, a southern princess who wants to be a war hero, and Geron, a bird catcher who wants to lift a curse from his girlfriend.

Vera Blanc: Ghost In The Castle — Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S

Vera Blanc is a mystery / detective game. Take on the role of Vera Blanc, a young woman with the ability to read other people's minds. The game is a mixture of visual novel and adventure game with a collection of challenging minigames, you can also play as a pure visual novel. In this episode, our heroine travels to a small village in central Italy.

The town's legendary ghost seems like nothing more than a quaint story, but a string of murders and suicides all point to the castle's ghost, and locals are getting scared.

Will you be able to solve the mystery?

Features
* Visual novel with multiple endings
* Solve a mystery
* Variety of minigames (you can also play without them)
* Comic book inspired art style

January 28th

Disjunction — Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S

Disjunction is a cyberpunk stealth-action RPG set in the dystopian underworld of a 2048 New York. Experience a reactive, intertwining story of three playable characters, working to uncover unfortunate truths that will change the fate of their city forever.

Golden Force — Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S

Go through the Muscle Archipelago with the mercenaries of the Golden Force and defeat the Demon King and it's Generals. Slash monsters. Bring back peace in the islands. Get the reward and become rich!

Olija — Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S

Olija is a game about Faraday's quest, a man shipwrecked then trapped in the mysterious country of Terraphage. Armed with a legendary harpoon, he and other castaways try to leave this hostile country to return to their homelands.

Through adventurous exploration, narration and razor sharp combat, the player will discover a strange world and its inhabitants, including Olija, an enigmatic lady that Faraday finds himself bound to over time. Inspired by swashbuckling tales and cinematic adventure games, Olija is a story about facing the unknown in adversity.

Prison Architect — Windows

Only the world’s most ruthless Warden can contain the world’s most ruthless inmates. Design and develop your personalized penitentiary in Prison Architect.

Royal Tower Defense — Xbox One

Lands of orcs have expanded in the last few decades and defined new borders. New borders which are dangerously close to us...

They depleted resources on theirs lands and it's only a matter of time before they try to put their hands on our Kingdom. Diplomats were already send to peacefully ask orcs to back off, but they’ve never returned. The sign was clear - there is no place for negotiations…

Sword of the Necromancer — Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S

What would you do to bring back someone you love?

Sword of the Necromancer is a dungeon-crawler action RPG with Rogue-like elements where you can revive your defeated enemies to make them fight alongside you.

Turn your foes into allies using the forbidden powers of the Sword of the Necromancer and help Tama reach the dungeon's depths in order to gain enough power to bring Koko back from the dead.

Gather a little army of monsters, equip yourself with weapons and relics and level up to take on the guardians that stand between you and your objective.

- Turn your foes into allies: use the Sword of the Necromancer to revive defeated monsters and make them fight alongside you.
- Gather weapons and relics: each weapon is different from the others thanks to the procedural weapon generation system, which gives them various effects and attributes.
- Fight with all your might: defeat your enemies using a variety of weapons and objects and dominating the fluid head-to-head battle system.
- Level up: enhance your character by fighting enemies and upgrade your stats. Improve your summoned monsters by fighting alongside them.
- Death is not the end: Each try gets you closer to the Necromancer. You will lose all your equipped weapons and monsters, but you will retain half the level you achieved in your run.
- Learn the truth: Discover Tama and Koko's past as you advance through the dungeon.
- Local co-op play: Use the Flask of Homunculus to create a copy of the playable character and play with a friend in local co-op game.


"Legend says that, deep within these mountains, a heretic decided to violate the will of the gods in order to achieve eternal life.

The heretic succeeded in this aberrant attempt, and created a tool for forbidden rituals that could grant immortality… and even bring back the dead.

Over the years and centuries many have tried to get that power for themselves, but all they found in the Necromancer’s crypt was their demise.

They say that the tool the Necromancer created is also a weapon…

The Sword of the Necromancer”

Tama is a former rogue that is tasked to escort the priestess Koko in her pilgrimage around the continent. During their travel Koko dies, and Tama carries the corpse to the Necromancer's crypt, where legends say there dwells a power that may resurrect the dead.

Filled with despair, Tama will enter the dungeon with the aim of obtaining the forbidden power of necromancy, ignoring the dangers that lurk in the shadows.

The Medium — Xbox Series X|S, Windows

Pre-order for the Xbox Series X|S Edition and Windows 10 PC only.
Discover a dark mystery only a medium can solve. Travel to an old communist resort and use your unique psychic abilities to uncover its disturbing secrets, solve dual-reality puzzles, survive encounters with sinister spirits, and explore two realities at the same time.

TOHU — Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S

Experience a brand new adventure game set amongst a world of weird and wonderful fish planets. Explore beautiful environments, solve intricate puzzles and discover the truth about a mysterious little girl and her mechanical alter-ego, Cubus.

January 29th

Another Dawn — Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Windows

A quiet holiday on a tropical island suddenly becomes your worst nightmare when a ruthless criminal organization kidnaps your family. Battle against hunger, thirst, unscrupulous mercenaries and wild creatures in order to stay alive and save your beloved!

Bonkies — Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S

Bonkies is a jolly, couch co-op party game with a pinch of construction building! Gather your prime mates, equip your banana-fuelled jetpack and robo-arm, and raise wacky buildings all over the cosmos for the glory of apekind! Become the CHIMPion of space construction!

Caves and Castles: Underworld — Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S

Find adventure beyond your imagination and riches untold as you descend into the caves beneath an ancient castle! Match gems to remove obstacles, collect keys to unlock new passages and build your strength as fast as you can to break through barriers in Caves and Castles: Underworld, a sometimes relaxing, sometimes heart-racing match-three game!

Above ground, you'll become wrapped up in a quest to rebuild a castle and its grounds – only something strange is preventing you from achieving your goal! Unlock one mystery after another as you restore the stunning structure to its former glory!
Enjoy colorful hand-drawn art and animation, a charming story and hours of match-three fun as you play Caves and Castes: Underworld!

Gods Will Fall — Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S

The gods’ rule over humanity has lasted for millennia. They demand to be worshipped and to those who don't submit to the gods’ will; merciless death awaits.
Experience the trials of 8 Celtic warriors in their plight to sever the gods’ grip on humanity. Every man and woman who can muster a blade will form your clan and take on legions of beasts in each of the gods’ realms.
Succeed and see legends born. Fail, and lives turn to dust.

Pre-order to receive Hunter’s Head Gear!

Outbreak: Epidemic Definitive Edition — Xbox Series X|S

The infection goes nation-wide in Outbreak: Epidemic, an action-focused co-op survival horror adventure. Featuring the great Outbreak series gameplay with greater mobility, crushing difficulty and more camera options than ever before. Alone or in 2-player local co-op, fight through the Campaign story mode, the wave-based Onslaught Mode and all new Experiments Mode scenarios. Choose your survivor, class and level up to unlock new buffs for your survivor as you face the nightmare. You'll need to manage your inventory and supplies carefully, so make every bullet count!
Robbie Andrews
Written by Robbie Andrews
Hey. I'm Robbie! I joined the development team in 2020. I'm a huge fan of fantasy games (anything with a dragon in it) and story driven games.
Also into football and game development.