The E3-but-not-E3 season is going strong, and one of the most anticipated showcases was the Xbox and Bethesda lineup of reveals. From Starfield to the new Forza Motorsport, here are the 11 biggest reveals from the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase.
Redfall is the upcoming FPS from Arkane Austin, the team behind Dishonored and Prey. The studio unveiled the first gameplay trailer for Redfall, showing off the game’s creepy antagonists and environments. The game was initially planned for a 2022 release but was pushed back to the first half of 2023.
Hollow Knight: Silksong
Hollow Knight: Silksong, the sequel to the 2017 platformer, will be coming out on Xbox. While there is no official release date yet, all games announced during the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase will release in the next 12 months, so Hollow Knight: Silksong should be available before June 2023.
High on Life
The creators of Rick and Morty introduced High on Life, an upcoming FPS with funny guns that talk to you. The game is set in a whacky world and your goal is to take out an alien cartel ring. High on Life will be available on Xbox Game Pass day one, but Squanch Games didn’t reveal its release date yet.
Riot Games on Xbox Game Pass
The biggest titles of Riot Games will be coming to Xbox Game Pass this year. According to the trailer revealed during the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase, this list includes League of Legends, League of Legends: Wild Rift, Valorant, Legends of Runterra, and Teamfight Tactics. These games were only available on PC or mobile, and will be available for the first time on Xbox consoles. The Xbox Game Pass will feature these games with all champions, agents, and extra decks of cards unlocked.
Six years after the latest installment in the series, a new Forza Motorsport will finally be coming out in Spring 2023. Xbox shared the first look at this new game, which now supports raytracing lighting. The new Forza Motorsport features dynamic time of day that will impact temperature and how tires feel on different track surfaces at different speeds.
Overwatch 2 release date and new hero
After years of anticipation and rumors, Overwatch 2 finally has an official release date. The game will be available on October 4 for all players on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch. The PvP mode of the game will be free-to-play, unlike the original game. A new tank hero is joining the roster of Overwatch 2: Junker Queen, the leader of Junkertown.
Vin Diesel is back with a new trailer for Ark 2. This game is widely different from its popular predecessor and seems to focus more on PvE exploration than raw survival among dinosaurs. The first-person view of the original game is replaced by a third-person perspective, and the characters have more mobility options like mantling, free-climbing, parkour, sliding, and swinging. So far, Ark 2 looks more like Horizon Forbidden West than the original Ark: Survival Evolved.
Microsoft Flight Simulator
The flagship title of the Xbox Series X/S, Microsoft Flight Simulator, celebrates its 40th anniversary. For the occasion, the game adds a variety of new aircraft, including helicopters and gliders. Microsoft Flight Simulator also makes a crossover with Halo Infinite and adds the UNSC Pelican to the game in a free add-on.
Hideo Kojima & Xbox Partnership
Hideo Kojima, the creator of Metal Gear Solid and Death Stranding, made an appearance during the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase. The video game creator announced that his company Kojima Productions will be teaming up with Xbox to deliver a new cloud-based game.
Activision Blizzard shared a new gameplay trailer for Diablo 4. The studio unveiled the fifth and final class available in the game: the Necromancer. This new class joins the previously announced Barbarian, Druid, Rogue, and Sorcerer. Players can already pre-register for the beta of Diablo 4, even if Activision Blizzard didn’t yet reveal its starting date.
The most anticipated game of this Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase was Starfield. This new game from Bethesda was pretty mysterious – all we knew is that it was an RPG set in space by the creators of Skyrim and Fallout. During the showcase, Bethesda unveiled the first gameplay trailer for Starfield. The game features a rich story with branching paths and over 1,000 planets to explore.
Xbox and Bethesda also unveiled a variety of new trailers for popular games. Xbox shared a new trailer for A Plague Tale: Requiem, which will be available on Xbox Game Pass day one. Oxide Games premiered Ara: History Untold, a new turn-based strategy game. The Elder Scrolls Online and Fallout 76 both get new content, respectively with the High Isles expansion and The Pitt. Forza Horizon 5 brings in Hot Wheels in a new DLC coming out on July 19. Xbox also shared the trailers of Scorn, Flintlock: Siege of Dawn, Minecraft Legends, Lightyear Frontier, Gunfire Reborn, The Last Case of Benedict Fox, As Dusk Falls, Pentiment, Grounded, Ereban: Shadow Legacy, Ravenlok, Cocoon, and Wo Long: Final Dynasty. Three Persona games and Naraka: Bladepoint will be available on Xbox later this year.
All the games announced during the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase will be available in the next 12 months.
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