Microsoft’s annual Xbox showcase had plenty to reveal today, as the 90-minute extravaganza showed what’s on the horizon from the company’s console division, its first-party studios, and third-party partners. If you missed out, we’ve got a roundup of all the games shown at the event.
You can find a breakdown below of big news, new game announcements, and more from the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase. There’s plenty to dig into, as the event saw the first gameplay reveals for Redfall and Starfield, several new games, and a whole lot of big Game Pass announcements.
And if that’s still not enough, you can tune in on June 14 for Xbox Games Showcase Extended, an even deeper dive into everything that was streamed in the original showcase. This event will also run for about 90 minutes and will be available on the same YouTube and Twitch channels as the main showcase.
Redfall’s first gameplay trailer is bloody and brutal
Microsoft has kept a tight lid on Arkane’s upcoming co-op shooter Redfall since it was first announced with a fancy CGI teaser trailer, but the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase kicked off with a proper look at how the game will play. Looking like a cross between Borderlands and a Stephen King novel, Redfall pits you and several friends against a horde of vampires who have blocked out the sun and happen to have an army of human cultists to throw at you.
Four characters were shown off; expert marksman Jacob Boyer, ingenious engineer Remi De La Rosa, cryptid hunter Devinder Crousley, and telekinetic threat Layla Ellison. Redfall is currently scheduled for a 2023 release on Xbox, PC, PC, and Cloud-compatible devices.
We’ve also got a new Redfall interview with Arkane Austin studio director Harvey Smith and Redfall co-creative director Ricardo Bare that sheds more light on the game.
Hollow Knight: Silksong will be available day one on Game Pass
While an exact release date wasn’t revealed–it’ll launch within the next 12 months–Microsoft did confirm that Team Cherry’s Hollow Knight: Silksong will be coming to Xbox Game Pass on its launch day. Some new gameplay was shown off as well, giving fans of the long-in-development a glimpse at some slick and smooth action set in the gothic world of Hollow Knight.
High On Life is a new game from Rick and Morty’s Juston Roiland
Developer Squanch Games and Justin Roiland have teamed up for a new weird and wacky game called High on Life. A first-person shooter where you play as a high school graduate who protects the planet from alien invaders, the game definitely has a Rick and Morty feel to it. For starters, the aliens are using humans as a drug, you’re armed with talking guns, and you do some bounty hunting on the side.
High on Life will release later this year for PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. On PC, it will be available on Steam and the Epic Games Store.
Riot Games on Game Pass
Riot Games has partnered up with Microsoft to bring Valorant, League of Legends, League of Legends: Wild Rift, Legends of Runeterra, and Teamfight Tactics to Game Pass for PC and mobile this winter. All Valorant, League, Wild Rift, and Valorant champions will be unlocked, while you can access select Little Legends in Teamfight Tactics and the Foundations set in Legends of Runeterra.
A Plague Tale: Requiem summons a rat-infested new gameplay trailer, coming to Game Pass
A new look at A Plague Tale: Requiem showed off more of the game’s brutal feudal setting, as Amicia de Rune and her brother Hugo encounter more hardship in their journey. It’ll be out later in 2022, and will be available day one on Game Pass.
Forza Motorsport revealed
It has been a good number of years since Forza Motorsport, a more serious racing simulator when compared to Forza Horizon, has made an appearance. That long wait is almost over, as Forza Motorsport is launching next spring on Xbox Series X|S, PC, and Cloud. The new game has plenty of impressive visual features, and developer Turn 10 Studios is calling it the “most technically advanced racing game ever made.”
Overwatch 2 PvP launches on October 4
Blizzard’s sequel to its best-selling 2016 hero shooter game will finally be out on October 4 for PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, and Switch. Only Overwatch 2’s PvP mode will launch in October though as a free-to-play game, as its campaign content will come at a later date. The game will also open up early access in October.
A new playable hero, the Junker Queen, was briefly shown off and a new Tank-class hero packing a massive axe and a powerful shotgun was also teased.
ARA: History Untold is a new turn-based strategy game from Ashes of Singularity developer
From developer Oxide Games, ARA: History Untold is a turn-based strategy game where you’ll lead a nation through history and chart its cultural, military, and diplomatic development. No gameplay was shown off, but the cinematic teaser trailer did tease a variety of historical periods and structures to explore.
The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle launches this month
The next big expansion for The Elder Scrolls Online, High Isle, will release on June 21 for consoles. This new expansion is focused on a brand-new area that hasn’t been featured in any Elder Scrolls game before.
Fallout 76: The Pitt launches in September
Sticking with Bethesda’s online games, Fallout 76’s next big expansion The Pitt will be out in September. Based on the iconic location from Fallout 3, The Pitt will see you venture beyond Appalachia and explore the ruins of Pittsburgh.
Forza Horizon 5 is getting Hot Wheels DLC
Get ready for some topsy-turvy racing, as Forza Horizon 5 is going all in on its Hot Wheels-themed DLC. Expect new cars based on the classic toys and massive circuits when the DLC launches on July 19.
Microsoft Flight Simulator is adding Halo’s Pelican
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Microsoft Flight Simulator, the game will re-introduce some classic airports and several of the most famous planes from earlier versions of its history.
As another neat bonus, a detailed replica of the Halo Infinite Pelican is now available in the game’s marketplace as a free add-on.
Not too much was shown off in Ark 2‘s new cinematic trailer, but as you’d expect for a game that stars Vin Diesel in it, family is everything. What was confirmed is that Ark 2 is being developed in Unreal Engine 5, is aiming for a 2023 launch, and will be headed to Game Pass.
Scorn gets a new gameplay trailer and October release date, still looks gross
A new look at Scorn showed off more of the game’s spooky atmosphere and bioweapons that look a little too slimy. You can get your hands on the game and its fleshy weapons when Scorn releases on October 21, and it’ll also be available through Game Pass.
Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn launches early 2023
This new game from Ashen developer A44 is a third-person combat title where you’ll be given the difficult task of standing against an undead army that has invaded the world of the living. Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn will be coming to Xbox, PlayStation, and PC in 2023, and will also be available on Game Pass.
Minecraft Legends mixes action with strategy
Mojang Studios unveiled Minecraft Legends at the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase, an all-new action strategy game developed in partnership with Blackbird Interactive. Mojang says the game will feature a campaign, co-op, and competitive multiplayer when it launches in 2023.
Lightyear Frontier brings mechs and farming your way in 2023
Another game with vibrant visuals and a relaxing vibe, Lightyear Frontier is an open-world farming game with mechs, where you’ll also uncover a few mysteries along the way. You can expect to engage in some robotic agriculture in Spring 2023, and the game will be available day one on Game Pass as well.
Gunfire Reborn launches this October
Pick a hero and dive into the action with this cute roguelite romp. Gunfire Reborn is an adorable adventure is playable in single-player or you can up to three friends for some co-op fun.
The Last Case of Benedict Fox is a supernatural murder mystery
Prepare to investigate a twisted world of secret organizations, forbidden rituals, and cold-blooded murders in a hand-crafted metroidvania when The Last Case of Benedict Fox arrives. The protagonist has a supernatural trick up his sleeve, as he can enter the consciousness of murder victims and explore their memories in search of clues.
As Dusk Falls brings interactive drama to your screen in July
A game that has been eight years in the making, As Dusk Falls tells a cinematic story that is brought to life by actors and technology that renders the game as a digital graphic novel.
Starting in 1998 with a robbery-gone-wrong in a small town in Arizona, it’ll be up to you to make crucial decisions in a decades-spanning story when the game launches on July 19 through Game Pass.
Naraka Bladepoint is coming to Xbox consoles in June
NetEase is bringing its best-selling PC game Naraka: Bladepoint to Xbox on June 23. It combines melee combat and world exploration with a rich roster of heroes and an arsenal of exotic weapons.
Pentiment is a narrative-heavy adventure that stays on script
Pentiment is described as a 16th-century narrative-adventure game that’s inspired by illuminated manuscripts, woodcut prints, and history itself. Developed by Obsidian Games, you’ll take control of a journeyman artist working in the bygone scriptorium of Kiersau Abbey during a time of great social unrest.
Pentiment will be out in November on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC, as well as through Game Pass on launch day.
Grounded 1.0 arrives in September
Grounded is leaving Game Preview this September as it launches its full 1.0 release. The full version of the game will include a fully playable campaign that can be experienced in co-op and also opens an entirely new part of the world, the upper yard. Expect new armor recipes, new weapon recipes, and the giant Mantis to try your new gear out on.
Ereban: Shadow Legacy defies the light in its debut trailer
Described as a fast-paced story-driven stealth platformer game, you’ll take on the role of Ayana as you harness mystical shadow powers and high-tech gadgets to save a dying universe.
Diablo 4’s fifth and final class is the Necromancer
Microsoft says that Diablo IV will launch in 2023 on PC and consoles, and will feature cross-play, console couch co-op, and cross-progression for all platforms. The game’s fifth and final class, the Necromancer was revealed, and a few other details on dungeons, strongholds, and the game’s grand story were also in the spotlight.
For more details, check out GameSpot’s Diablo 4 interview with game director Joe Shely and general manager of the Diablo franchise Rod Fergusson about the current state of Diablo and what their ambitions are for the game.
Sea of Thieves Season 7 adds Captaincy skills
Sea of Thieves is entering its seventh season, and for its next update you can expect plenty of new content. Captaincy offers players the ability to name and customize their ships, save loadouts between sessions, and much more.
Ravenlok looks like Alice in Wonderlands meets The Legend of Zelda
From developer Cococucumber, Ravenlok tells a dark and twisted fairy tale about a young girl’s destiny to fulfill a dangerous prophecy. To find her way back home, she’ll need to battle sinister jesters, depressed fungi monsters, and explore dangerous realms in an action-packed adventure.
Cocoon is a new game from Limbo’s Jeppe Carlsen
From Limbo and Inside lead gameplay designer Jeppe Carlsen, Cocoon is a trippy adventure through worlds within worlds. You’ll need to master world-leaping mechanics to unravel a cosmic mystery in this intriguing title.
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty is Team Ninja’s new game
Team Ninja is back with a new action-packed story starring a nameless soldier fighting for survival in a dark fantasy version of the Later Han Dynasty. Demons plague the Three Kingdoms in Wo-Long: Fallen Dynasty, and it’ll be up to you to use swordplay based on Chinese martial arts to drive them back.
Plenty of Persona is coming to Xbox
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Persona series, several of the Atlus-developed games are headed to Xbox. Persona 5 Royal is coming to Xbox this year, while Persona 4 Golden and Persona 3 Portable will be available later in 2023 through console, PC, and cloud.
Hideo Kojima’s next game will be on Xbox
Microsoft is partnering up with Hideo Kojima to bring the legendary game director’s next title to Xbox. In typical Kojima fashion, this announcement was brief and cryptic, as nothing else about the project was revealed other than the developer mentioning that Xbox’s cloud gaming technology will make the title possible.
To close out the show, Bethesda revealed the very first Starfield gameplay footage. Game director Todd Howard took to the stage, to showcase the studio’s role-playing game set amongst the stars, which will allow you to create any character you want to explore a universe teeming with life.
Starting out as a space miner, your journey will see you join up with Constellation–the last group of space explorers seeking rare artifacts throughout the galaxy–as you navigate the vast expanse of the Settled Systems.
Source: Game Spot Mashup