Microsoft finally reveals its hand with an impressive showcase of games for the Xbox Series X and Xbox One.
Today’s hour-long presentation from Microsoft wasted no time in getting down to business, opening with an extended look at 343 Industries’ upcoming sci-fi shooter, Halo: Infinite.
The presentation featured nine exclusive Xbox Game Studio titles, including a first look at the next games in the Forza and Fable franchises.
Every Xbox Game Studios title was confirmed to be included as Microsoft’s game subscription service, Xbox Game Pass. And next-gen upgrades were also promised for many existing Xbox One exclusives, including Forza Horizons 4 and Sea of Thieves.
A bunch of third-party Xbox launch exclusives were also confirmed, including Tetris Effect Connected, Stalker 2, and The Gunk.
It was hard to get a sense of how good this lineup of games will look and play on Xbox Series X. Every game on show will also be released on Xbox One, of course, and a live YouTube stream is never the best way to judge graphical fidelity. Nonetheless, and whatever the underlying technology, there was an impressive breadth of experiences on display and some stunning visuals to savour.
Here’s our quick rundown of everything announced on today’s Xbox Games Showcase.
Xbox Series X Games Showcase Announcements
- Halo Infinite – An extended gameplay demo showed Halo: Infinite‘s combat, Warthog traversal, and some vast, seemingly open environments. It looks like a welcome cavalcade of colour and chaos set on a Halo ring twice as large as the last two combined. It’s coming Holiday 2020.
- State of Decay 3 – A teaser trailer for the next game in Undead Labs’ zombie sandbox franchise. Release date TBC.
- Forza Motorsport – An impressive in-engine trailer showing a glimpse of the next Forza game, currently early in development at Turn10. Release date TBC.
- Everwild – Another look at the beautiful open-world game from Rare, developers of Kameo. Release date TBC.
- Tell Me Why – Life is Strange developer Dontnod returns with another tale of adolescent angst and supernatural strife. The first episodes debuts on Xbox One this August.
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps – Moon Studios is bringing an updated 120 FPS version of the game to Xbox Series X later this year.
- The Outer Worlds: Peril of the Gorgon – Obsidian Entertainment’s sci-fi RPG gets the first of two story expansions in September. It’s also coming to PlayStation 4 and PC.
- Grounded – Obsidian Entertainment’s micro-sized co-op survival adventure is heading to Xbox Game Preview and Steam Early Access on July 28, 2020.
- Avowed – Blimey, Obsidian Entertainment is busy. The studio’s next big RPG is Avowed. The teaser trailer features skeletons, fire arrows, and rocky landscapes! Release date TBC.
- As Dusk Falls – The first game from new studio Int./Night is an interactive drama set in the US South West. Release date TBC.
- Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II – An update on Ninja Theory’s sequel, which is confirmed to be set in Iceland. The country, not the UK supermarket, we assume.
- Psychonauts 2 – Double Fine! Jack Black! This is the stuff. Release date unknown.
- Destiny 2: Beyond Light – Confirmed for Xbox Series X (running at 4K60FPS) and Xbox Game Pass. Debuts on Xbox One on November 10.
- STALKER 2 – GSC Game World’s sequel will be an Xbox Series X console launch exclusive.
- Warhammer 40,000 Darktide – Another console launch exclusive coming in 2021.
- Tetris Effect Connected – The next game from Enhance is a multiplayer update of the wonderful Tetris Effect. It’s an Xbox console exclusive at launch later this year.
- The Gunk – A vibrant and quirky sci-fi adventure from SteamWorld creators, Image and Form. Released date TBC.
- The Medium – Bloober Team will bring its dual reality horror game first to Xbox consoles.
- New Genesis Phantasy Star Online 2 – Sega’s classic RPG franchise comes to Xbox first with a trailer that promises “Unknown Threats”. Exciting times to be alive. It’s due next year.
- CrossfireX – Another look at the forgettable looking shooter coming to PC and console later this year.
- Fable – Playground Games finally confirms the long-rumoured new Fable game with a fancy cinematic trailer.