We've now seen great showcases from Ubisoft, Devolver Digital, and third parties like Summer Game Fest but now is Xbox's time to show off what they have planned. This is the first big conference since the launch of the Xbox Series X|S consoles, and the first opportunity they've had to talk about new acquisitions, games, and more. Be sure to stay tuned to this article as we update it with more news from Xbox.
Starfield Officially Revealed
Todd Howard took the stage to begin this joined Xbox + Bethesda conference. Todd spent some time talking about the different world that they’ve been able to travel through in the Elder Scrolls games and the Fallout universe and now into their new world of Starfield.
Beginning the show is a title that everyone is looking forward to. Bethesda’s new space exploration game Starfield shows off its first trailer. This trailer shows alpha footage of an astronaut walking around their ship, the daily life and preparations required, and then the faceless astronaut taking off into the stars. The teaser trailer ends with an announcement for Starfield to come to Xbox Series S|X and PC 11/11/22. It will be a Day One title on PC, Console, and via Cloud. They also confirmed Starfield is an Xbox exclusive.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl Release Date
Next is STALKER. 2 coming first to Xbox Series consoles and PC. It will target 4K and support raytracing. The upcoming trailer shows a band of Russians sitting around the fire swapping horror stories. The rest of the trailer transitions between first person gameplay of human and monster combat, and talking around the fire.
STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl will release day one on Gamepass for Xbox and PC April 28th, 2022. Check out the trailer here.
Back 4 Blood Day One on Gamepass
Back 4 Blood gameplay was shown next highlighting gameplay and some of the story that will be present. Some of the special infected were shows in locations across small towns and school campuses. There’s a PvP mode where you can play as the special infected. Back 4 Blood will be coming out day one for Xbox Gamepass when it launches
New Game from Avalanche, Contraband, Teased
Next up is another Xbox Console exclusive from Xbox Game Studios and Avalanche. The trailer teases a co-op open world game called Contraband. It will be a day one Gamepass title.
Sea of Thieves Crossover with Pirates of the Caribbean, Jack Sparrow and Davy Jones Coming
Sea of Thieves is up next to show off what’s coming new to the live game. The trailer showcases Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean. The new story will focus on players making their way through an original story of ghosts and ultimately Davy Jones. The Pirates Life dlc will arrive June 22nd.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon on Gamepass Today
Yakuza has been part of Gamepass for a while now, today Yakuza: Like a Dragon comes to Gamepass.
Battlefield 2042 Gameplay Shown Off
New pre-alpha gameplay is shown for Battlefield 2042 with the 128 person combat. Taking place on a Middle East looking map, players navigate the sand dunes and city skyscrapers. While you’re not working against enemies, you’ve also got the environment to deal with. This map showcases a dust storm sweeping through the map causing visibility issues. Battlefield 2042 will be releasing October 22nd 2021.
12 Minutes Release Date
Another Console Launch exclusive from Annapurna is 12 Minutes. The game will release 8/19/21. It will be available on Gamepass.
Psychonauts 2 Release Date
Psychonauts 2 from Double Fine is another title getting a showing at the Xbox E3 show. Gameplay shows off some of Raz’s powers to slow down enemies, exploring the different dream worlds you’ll encounter in the game. The trailer ends with an August 25th release date. It will also be coming to Gamepass.
10 More Bethesda Games Join Gamepass
Taking a break from the trailers we’re back at the main stage where Pete Hines talked for a bit about the other games they’re working on and how they’re bringing 10 more games to Gamepass today. Doom Eternal will get Series X upgrades out on June 29th.
Fallout 76 New Updated Focused on Brotherhood of Steel, Expeditions: The Pitt Next Year
A trailer for Fallout 76 shows off what’s next for the live game from Bethesda. The next expansion seems to take a focus on the Brotherhood of Steel. This DLC will have players choose between justice and duty towards the Brotherhood. July 7th is when this DLC will drop and will be free for current players.
Just when you thought you couldn’t get enough Fallout a trailer for Fallout 76 Expeditions: The Pitt will be coming 2022.
The Elder Scrolls Online Enhanced for Series X
From The Elder Scrolls Online players are enjoying the year long Gates of Oblivion adventure and this upcoming Tuesday the game will be enhanced for Series X|S. A trailer shows off the different areas of Elder Scrolls Online as well as all of the games accolades.
Party Animals Shown Off
Another console launch exclusive is Party Animals. A new Gang Beasts like game where you can pick an animal and battle against other animals in strange combat. You can beat down or pick up your foes. Some of the levels show animals fighting on trails, on top of planes, and other dangerous situations. This game will release in 2022.
Hades Coming to Gamepass
Hades will be coming to Xbox in a new trailer from SuperGiant games. This roguelite was much loved when it released last year. It will be releasing August 12th 2021 for Gamepass.
From Jumpship games a new title for Xbox was announced. The trailer shows off a family in a cozy village before the world seems to turn to chaos. The protagonist is seen exploring the world and avoiding giant needle looking structures falling from the sky. This game is called Somerville and will be releasing on Gamepass in 2022.
Halo Infinite Multiplayer Will Be Free to Play
Up next is the much anticipated Halo Infinite. For a fast and quick announcement it was confirmed that Halo Infinite multiplayer will be a free to play title. They showed off parts of the Zeta Halo ring. Master Chief won’t be alone in his battle through the Halo ring. A trailer shows Master Chief moving through a wrecked zero gravity area while trying to track down Cortana. It seems Cortana is missing, and Chief has a new AI he’s working with.
Halo Infinite will be available this holiday season.
Moving away from the story the focus shifts to the Halo multiplayer giving a sizzle reel of combat, new abilities, and new tools. We see spartans with reflective shields, grappling hooks, and range scanners. The Valhalla map has gotten a rework.
Diablo II Resurrected Release Date
The next large trailer is for Diablo II resurrected. The game will release 9/23/2021. This trailer shows off that the game will have cross progression and 4K upgrades on Series X|S consoles. Gameplay shows off all kinds of monsters and mages as the character descends further into the story.
A Plague Tale: Requiem Announced
From Asobo the next trailer that was shown off is for A Plague Tale: Requiem coming to the next gen Xbox consoles. This game will be released in 2022.
Far Cry 6 Trailer
New footage for Far Cry 6 was shown, running at the visual fidelity that the Xbox Series X will be running at. This gameplay shows Dani spending time taking out different outposts and enemies with a variety of weapons. A new pet was introduced in the form of a chicken wearing a spiked choker.
Slime Rancher 2 Announced
Getting its Console Launch Exclusive from Monomi Park is Slime Rancher 2. This new trailer shows off a variety of new species of slimes. As expected you can also make new combinations of them. Slime Rancher 2 will release on Gamepass in 2022.
Snowboarding Game Shredders Announced
From Foam Punch there’s a new trailer for a snowboarding title. Gameplay shows large terrains, big jumps, and forested mountains. This game is called Shredders and will be coming out December 2021.
Atomic Heart Trailer
Shocking everyone a trailer from Atomic Heart showing off a strange power based shooter. We see time freezing, fast paced Russian music, and mental implants on characters interacting with a number of creepy robots. This game will be coming to Gamepass too.
The next trailer showed some old fashioned computer boot screens before taking viewers into a pixelated forest. From Sad Cat and Coat Sink this trailer follows a man through a wasteland. Walking down the road and through cities we see the world is in a desolated state. Replaced will be coming to Gamepass in 2022.
Grounded Shroom & Doom Update Detailed
Grounded showed off more of what they’ll be bringing to their next year. There is more crafting, new creatures to interact with, and The Shroom & Doom update. This will bring sitting, pets, and mushrooms. There will also be a new spider enemy, that you can still tone down. Achievements have also been added to the game.
Among Us 15 Player Lobbies Announced
Among Us showed a brief trailer that they’ll be coming to Xbox June 15th and that there will be 15 player lobbies. This will also be on Gamepass.
Eiyuden Chronicles shows off a new trailer. This trailer highlights a few of the protagonists that you’ll encounter in the story. The gameplay shows off turn-based combat and a visual style similar to the 2DHD. On top of what was shown Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising was also shown off.
The Ascent Releasing in July
A new top-down twin-stick shooter is shown next. This game highlights the need for team based combat. The Ascent will be releasing July 29th.
Age of Empires IV Coming in October
The next trailer shows a mix of live action locations, and the kinds of combat that took place in the past. The trailer for Age of Empires IV shows battles between Jean D’Arc and opposing forces. This game will release October 28th for PC.
The Outer Worlds 2 Announced
The next trailer that’s shown seems to be parodying the largest tropes of game trailers from monsters, to nondescript protagonists. The trailer ends with The Outer Worlds 2 being announced.
Microsoft Flight Simulator Coming to Console in July; Free Top Gun Maverick Expansion
Microsoft shows off the new console version of Microsoft Flight Simulator. The trailer shows off everything that the game has to show off from cruising over seas to exploring cities from overhead. Microsoft Flight Simulator will launch on Xbox Series X|S July 27th 2021. The game will also get a Fall 2021 Top Gun Maverick DLC that’s free for all.
Forza Horizon 5 Announced
From simulated planes to simulated cars Forza takes the stage next with a trailer for Forza Horizon 5. Go offroading and dune bashing, you can also explore lush forests and drive through waterfalls. This game will be out November 9th.
The reveals hit the breaks as we take some time to look at real gameplay of Forza Horizon 5 set in Mexico. Particularly, the focused on the water effects, the detail in the cities, and how the environmental details have been so precisely created. New world tools include syncing up racing, bursting pinatas, and stadium events.
New Game From Arkane Studios Announced: Redfall
Phil Spencer took to the stage to highlight the monthly releases that will all be coming to Gamepass Day One. Some other games like Elder Scrolls 6 and Fable were mentioned, but nothing new was shown about them. Phil mentioned he had one last announcement, this time from Arkane Studios. This game has the option of completing the game on your own or squadding up with three other players.
A new game from Arkane is the final piece of news to come out of the Xbox showcase. This title will be an Xbox console exclusive. The trailer shows a series of characters taking on a number of humans, robots, and hellish beings. The trailer continues to track backward from the aftermath of a battle to the start of the battle, to how they were watching the battle. Redfall takes place in Redfall, Mass. and is a town under siege by a legion of vampires that have blotted out the sun.
The trailer concluded, announcing the game was Redfall and it will be coming to Gamepass in Summer 2022.
Xbox Series X Mini Fridge For Sale This Holiday
Holiday 2021 the Xbox will be publicly selling their Xbox Series X mini-fridge. There was no announced price or specs, but chances are they’ll be the same size as the ZOA branded Series X mini-fridges that influencers have been receiving recently.
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