Xbox game releases — December 13th to 19th

By Sean Carey,
Another 17 games are coming to Xbox next week, including Xbox console exclusive The Gunk, which also joins Xbox Game Pass on day one.

Out of the 17 games launching next week, SteamWorld's sci-fi adventure title, The Gunk, is without a doubt the biggest release on the cards. The Gunk launches exclusively for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows on December 16th and will be available to play on day one with Xbox Game Pass. For more gunky goodness, check out Heidi's Xbox Exclusive Spotlight on the action-adventure game.

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!

December 14th

Asteroids: Recharged — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One


Beyond a Steel Sky — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One


From multi-award winning Revolution comes 'Beyond a Steel Sky', a groundbreaking 3D adventure thriller, set in an AI-driven future. Subvert the world, hack the systems and solve the conspiracy to uncover the devastating truths.

Detective Di: The Silk Rose Murders — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One


Detective Di: The Silk Rose Murders is a point&click adventure with an extensive, immersive story. Take on the role of the detective in ancient China and solve the mystery of cruel serial murders.

One Hand Clapping — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One


One Hand Clapping is a 2D platformer that invites you to sing into your microphone to solve musical puzzles and discover the power of your voice as it changes the world.

December 15th

2 Synchro Hedgehogs — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One

2 Synchro Hedgehogs

A puzzle-platformer with two hedgehogs moving in sync! Polish your logic by controlling a team of twins in one move!

A pixel-art style puzzle platformer.
The level is passed when the hedgehogs collect all the apples.

2 Synchro Hedgehogs (Windows) — Windows

2 Synchro Hedgehogs

A puzzle-platformer with two hedgehogs moving in sync! Polish your logic by controlling a team of twins in one move!

A pixel-art style puzzle platformer.
The level is passed when the hedgehogs collect all the apples.

Aeterna Noctis — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One


Blind Postman (Windows) — Windows


You can see only walls. You cannot stop until you hit an obstacle. Obstacles can be dangerous. Obstacles can be helpful. You won't find out until you try.

What is it glowing in the distance? It's a letter! You have to reach it. You have to gather it and bring it to the end.

Can you die? No! It's just another try. You will try until you find an exit of the labyrinth.

Castle on the Coast — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One


Castle on the Coast is a bedazzling collectathon arcade platformer. George, a friendly giraffe, parkours through challenging levels full of crystal caverns, stone-laden halls, and trippy alternate dimensions, trying to bring together a family of the two powerful, conflicted wizards. In the co-op mode, he can use help from his squirrel friend called Swirlz. Thanks to cooperation mode, even the youngest gamers will be able to enjoy George's adventures, playing together with their friends or their sitters. Besides all the arcade fun, Castle on the Coast offers a more serious, moral angle. It will touch upon dealing with loss, conflict, and loving your enemies.

A magic castle entrenched in conflict.
Help George explore the magical Castle on the Coast, home to crystal caverns, stone-laden halls, and trippy alternate dimensions. Seamlessly wander from level to level with no loading screens in a large, interconnected world. All is not well in this land, however. Two powerful wizards bear a grudge against their fellow orphans. Can George bring this family back together again, or will he just get in the way?

A cute giraffe with XTREME PARKOUR POWERS!?
This giraffe can get anywhere, anytime! String together wall runs, wall jumps, spins, dives, rolls, and more with responsive controls. Carve new paths through levels in a quest to frustrate level designers. When cool moves aren't enough, don a jetpack or a rocket-powered car to reach new heights.

A 3D collectathon
Shove a plethora of goodies down your pockets as you explore! Flowers unlock new costumes, star keys open doors, and keystones... those unlock the looming central tower...

A nutty sidekick joins the mix.
Player 2 can control George's sidekick: Swirlz, the flying squirrel! Create helpful springy flowers, blast enemies with magic, or become a living parachute to show George's descent. When George and Swirlz work together, nothing is impossible!

The Letter: A Horror Visual Novel — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One


To what ends will one go in order to survive?

When seven people fall prey to a vicious curse, they discover that the true threat rests not within the shadows, but within their own hearts and minds. The Letter: A Horror Visual Novel is an interactive horror-themed drama inspired by classic Asian horror films. Told through an immersive branching narrative, the game casts players in the ever-shifting roles of seven characters as they find themselves entangled in a mystery that's plagued Ermengarde Mansion for centuries.

The choices you make will shape and drive the story forward. Will you mend a relationship on the verge of collapse, or will you let it fall apart? Will you risk saving someone despite the consequences you could face or leave them to meet a gruesome end? Beyond the horror themes of The Letter: A Horror Visual Novel, there is heavy emphasis on character development and interaction. The fate of each of these individuals is in your hands.

December 16th

Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One


The Gunk — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows


The Gunk stars Rani, part of our duo of gritty space haulers, struggling to make a buck as they chance upon an untouched planet brimming with life. They came in search of valuable resources, and it looks like they've hit the jackpot…

December 17th

Aspire: Ina's Tale — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One


Set out on a fantastical adventure as Ina and take a journey of self-discovery against the backdrop of dazzling landscapes in The Tower. Experience fear turn to conviction as she unravels her purpose in this world and embarks on her path to freedom

Circus Pocus — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One

Circus Pocus Xbox

Two brothers are lost in the dark and grim woods, and they accidentally stumble across the abandoned circus. Suddenly they are both attacked by a group of crazed clowns, and one of the brothers got captured. There's only way to get out of troubles for the second boy — to escape the damned woods and call the police, right? Nope, wrong — you see, our hero is not the sharpest tool in the shed. That's why he decides to save his brother on his own, and travels deep into the woods where he would only find grave danger and inevitable coulrophobia.

Murder Diaries 3 - Santa's Trail of Blood — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One

Murder Diaries 3 - Santa's Trail of Blood

In this game you abstractly follow the narration of a young man who slowly but surely becomes insane.
This leads you straight into the middle of an exciting murder case and a murder mystery unfolds while you listen to the testimonies of witness, friends and relatives.

Razerwire: Nanowars — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One


FIGHT, DIE, UPGRADE AND FIGHT AGAIN
Survive the endless waves of invading aliens, and when you lose, use the resources you've gained to upgrade RazerWire and keep fighting!
RazerWire: Nanowars is a unique bullet-hell style game where you don't so much shoot enemies as use a wire connected to a generator as a weapon, cutting through enemies with a sharp monomolecular filament.
With each wave, the difficulty level increases! Opponents with new weapons and better armour appear, and this is where upgrades come to the rescue. With the points you earn, you can upgrade your weapon and also buy useful powerups.

IN THE FUTURE, FAR, FAR AWAY
Humanity has conquered most of the galaxy. Unfortunately, a new threat has emerged in our universe, but this time he is invisible to the human eye...
This threat turned out to be nano-sized aliens, reminiscent of viruses, destroying everything in their path while being almost impossible to detect.
Scientists led by Dr.Illerotsap have created a lethal weapon based on medical tools with a monomolecular filament used for microscale surgery - they call it... RazeWire

Trophy — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One


Trophy is a brand-new action platformer created for the original 8-Bit cartridge and now available on Xbox! Take control of the robot Trophy in this exciting new homebrew game. Save the peaceful planet of Gearus 9 from the evil machinations of Lord Q as you run, jump, and blast your way to victory. Collect hidden power-ups along the way and defeat some of the largest bosses ever seen on the NES!
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Sean graduated from Southampton Solent University with a first-class honours degree in Journalism, which he uses to keep TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies topped up with the latest gaming and industry news. When not scouring the web for the latest big story, you’ll find him tearing up the streets in Forza Horizon 5, or failing miserably in Call of Duty: Warzone.