ByKen McDonnell, writer at Creators.co
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The Xbox One didn't have a great year when it came to exclusive titles in 2015. Thankfully it had Halo 5 and Rise of the Tomb Raider just before the year wrapped up, but Sony had a great number of exclusives peppered throughout. However, it looks like 2016 is to give XBOX owners a few more games that only they can enjoy this year.

If you're a fan of indie games, the last few years have been incredible. Huge publishers have invested time into supporting smaller scale projects as they tap into our desire for more personal and innovative projects. Thus, Microsoft have a line-up that you really should be excited for. Here are some of the best indie games that are to be released in 2016 for XBOX One.

Xbox One - 2016 In Indie Games

Indie Games We Love
Indie Games We Love

While the Xbox didn't exactly have an abundance of exclusive games on its roster in 2015, it had one game that quickly became an essential purchase for the 8th generation console: Ori and the Blind Forest. We sincerely hope that this beautiful game can be matched if not improved upon by the indie titles that 2016 has in store. Which of these are you looking forward to the most?

Lovely Planet

Lovely Planet
Lovely Planet

While critics were (on average) less than kind to tinyBuild Games' Lovely Planet, the game was welcomed by the community that purchased it.

  • Yiiiieeeeeeah bro this is awesome. The most frenetic and colorful and fun FPS I've seen up to this point.

  • Fast, Fun and Amazing. 3 words I could use to describe it. I enjoyed every second I spent with this game I wish It never had to end.

  • Simple mechanics with enough to wrap your mind around - like discovering new ways to shave milliseconds off your best times and climbing leader-boards - to make you not want to stop playing.

The game is due to arrive on the Xbox One in 2016 and we hope this mad little FPS will be welcomed by the Xbox One crowd like it was with the PC's.

Cuphead

Cuphead
Cuphead

This is one of the most anticipated indie games for 2016 - regardless of platform. Cuphead is channelling the animation style of the 1930s, what most of us consider to be synonymous with the style of very early Disney cartoons. Additionally, the game is sensationally difficult. I played about 20 minutes of it at Gamescom last year and the person I was playing with was infuriated by the end of it. You and a friend are sure to find a great challenge in this stunning indie title.

Unravel

Yarny in Unravel
Yarny in Unravel

This game, along with its creator, captured the hearts of everyone present and watching Microsoft's E3 conference last Summer. The game is a metaphor for the lives that we all live and the various connections we make along the way. The trail of yarn that Yarny leaves behind him is a metaphor for his life and we can't wait to see if this little guy will bring us an emotional adventure while gifting us some great puzzles in this beautiful platformer.

We Happy Few

We Happy Few
We Happy Few

This game has "BioShock" written all over it, what with the similar graphic style to that of Infinity, and all of the creepy masks that remind us of the inhabitants of Rapture. You must navigate your way through an alternative-history English town in the 60s among creepy face-painted people who are dosed up on a drug called ‘Joy’. As a ‘Downer’, you’re part of a resistance movement that stands against the mind-altering drug. Yep, this game looks amazing!

Below

Absolutely stunning. There's very little I can say about Below that can emphasize that point. Just watch the trailer above and bask in its startling beauty.

Have any other indie games you're excited for in 2016? Let us know in the comments below!

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