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Xbox One Launch Day Release List Revealed

Xbox OnePreordering a new console is part of the process for early adopter gaming fans, but what good is a shiny new box without games to play on it?  Microsoft has a list of games that are intended to release on launch day with the Xbox One.  Featuring a variety of genres from action to puzzle to fighting to sports and beyond, these are the first games headed to the new console.  Here's the list:

  • Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag (Ubisoft, Ubisoft)
  • Battlefield 4 (DICE, Electronic Arts)
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts (Infinity Ward, Activision)
  • Crimson Dragon (Grounding/Land Ho!, Microsoft Studios)
  • Dead Rising 3 (Capcom Vancouver, Microsoft)
  • FIFA 14 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
  • Fighter Within (AMA Ltd., Ubisoft)
  • Forza Motorsport 5 (Turn 10 Studios, Microsoft Studios)
  • Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft)
  • Killer Instinct (Double Helix, Microsoft Studios)
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (TT Games, Warner Bros. Interactive)
  • Lococycle (Twisted Pixel, Microsoft Studios)
  • Madden NFL 25 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
  • NBA 2K14 (Visual Concepts, 2K Sports)
  • NBA LIVE 14 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
  • Need for Speed: Rivals (Ghost Games, Electronic Arts)
  • Peggle 2 (Popcap, Electronic Arts)
  • Powerstar Golf (Zoe Mode, Microsoft Studios)
  • Ryse: Son of Rome (Crytek, Microsoft Studios)
  • Skylanders: Swap Force (Vicarious Visions, Activision)
  • Watch Dogs (Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft)
  • Zoo Tycoon (Frontier Developments Ltd., Microsoft Studios)
  • Zumba Fitness: World Party (Zoë Mode, Majesco)

FIFA 14 is actually included with all Xbox One console preorders in Europe, while Killer Instinct will be offered in several varieties at different price points depending on how much of the game you want to buy up front and how much you prefer to put off as future individual content purchases.  Free FIFA will do wonders in Europe where soccer is king, while making Killer Instinct available at the price of a normal game where all content is available without further charge is a smart move that will hopefully throw off some of the game's free-to-play stigma.  Peggle 2 is a Xbox One exclusive for now.  That about sums it up; there's some good stuff on this list, although most of it is destined for a multi-platform release, so don't feel too left out if you're pining for Watch Dogs or Need For Speed: Rivals and aren't joining the Xbox party.  We've come a long way from the days when a list of launch titles included only one or two games, so no matter what you're feeling are about the Xbox One, I'm happy that Microsoft and its partners have put together such a varied list of options for launch.