Xbox and Bethesda showcase upcoming titles from them and their partners
Xbox and Bethesda had a games showcase yesterday, June 12th, to give early looks at their upcoming titles. The show focused on gameplay, and only showed games that will release over the next 12 months. Most of the games will also be available at release on Xbox Game Pass. And with highlights like Starfield, Pentiment, and a Hideo Kojima and Xbox partnership, there’s a lot to look forward to over the next year.
Below is a list of all the trailers:
Redfall Gameplay Reveal
After the cinematic reveal last year, the Xbox and Bethesda showcase kicked off with a first look at Redfall‘s gameplay. It looks to be a squad-based co-op shooter in a similar vein to Left 4 Dead, however with more character-based skills and motive gunplay. The game is currently slated for a 2023 release after being delayed last month. However, judging by the trailer, there’s a lot to look forward to when the game does eventually hit shelves.
Hollow Knight: Silksong
The near-complete radio silence around Hollow Knight: Silksong – a sequel to 2017’s Hollow Knight – led many to believe that we’d never see this game. However, Team Cherry proved everyone wrong with this gameplay trailer and first appearance since they announced it in 2019. Given Xbox’s assertations that the games shown during the Xbox and Bethesda showcase will be available in the next 12 months, this also gives fans an idea of the game’s release window. Good news, since the trailer itself gave no release date.
High On Life
From Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland comes a humourous first person shooter where you have to take down an alien drug cartel with talking guns. So more or less what you’d expect from Roiland at this point.
A Plague Tale: Requiem
The sequel to 2019’s A Plague Tale: Innocence comes with more locations, more combat options, and more rats than its predecessor. What’s more, the game is slated for release later on this year.
Of course, no new console generation would be complete without a racing game pushing the console’s graphical fidelity. Forza Motorsport promises realtime raytracing and the most realistic physics and damage systems to date.
Keeping things in-house at Microsoft for a bit, Xbox then showed off some new things for Flight Simulator‘s 40th anniversary. With new aircraft, gliders, and helicopters, the anniversary edition is slated for a November release. Oh, and they’re also adding the Pelican from Halo.
Ahead of Overwatch 2‘s release on October 4th, Activision Blizzard gave a sneak peek at the game’s newest hero: the Junker Queen.
Ara: History Untold
Ara: History Untold is a civilization-building strategy game all about what society could have been like if you had any say in it. The website for the game describes it as “an evolution in historical grand strategy with no pre-set paths to victory”.
Elder Scrolls Online and Fallout 76 expansions
Ahead of it’s release later on this month, Bethesda showed off The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle, an expansion for the Elder Scrolls-based MMORPG. After that, they then showed off Fallout 76 Expeditions: The Pitt, a content update for Fallout 76 that takes players to the raider city of The Pitt.
Forza Horizon 5
Going back to Forza, Playground Games showed a trailer for a Forza Horizon 5 Hot Wheels DLC coming July 19th.
Up next is another trailer for ARK 2, a game which, judging by these trailers, stars Vin Diesel for whatever reason. Still no gameplay as of yet, however.
Inspired by the works of H. R. Giger and Zdzisław Beksiński, Scorn takes a very body horror approach to the survival horror genre. As well as a release date of October 21st, the trailer also showed off plenty of gore and abominations.
Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn
From the developers of action RPG Ashen comes third person action adventure game Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn. The trailer showed off the game’s combat which looks to use a combo of melee, ranged, and magic attacks to create tense and varied enemy encounters.
Following the same vein as Minecraft Dungeons, Mojang are making another game based in the world of Minecraft but using a different gameplay system. Minecraft: Legends is slated as an “action strategy” game that looks to have you commanding hordes of troops in order to save the overworld.
If you ever wanted to build a farm on an alien planet using a mecha-tractor, Lightyear Frontier has you covered.
This animal-based 4-player co-op shooter is on Steam and mobile already, and is now headed to Xbox in October.
The Last Case of Benedict Fox
From fresh developer Plot Twist comes Lovecraftian Metroidvania The Last Case of Benedict Fox. The trailer shows everything you could hope for from a Lovecraft-inspired game: mysterious mansions, psychological horrors, and eldritch beings screwing with our haphazard protagonist.
As Dusk Falls
As Dusk Falls is a narrative-driven crime drama from veterans of Quantic Dream and Sony.
Sticking with narrative-driven games, Pentiment is the latest RPG from Fallout: New Vegas director Josh Sawyer. The game follows a 16th century Bavarian artist through a period of great social unrest, and as such has a very medieval-inspired artstyle.
Also from Obsidian came the official 1.0 release trailer for Grounded, a game that has been in early access since 2020.
Ereban: Shadow Legacy
Sticking to the shadows is Ereban: Shadow Legacy, a stealth platformer that requires use of magical powers and gadgets to sneak around and take out robots.
Diablo 4, announced at Blizzcon 2019, got a new look at gameplay and the new Necromancer class.
Sea of Thieves Season 7
Sea of Thieves‘s seventh season comes with a lot of new features, mostly revolving around a new option to become a Captain. These include saving and naming your ships, customizing the captain’s cabin, and quickly selling loot at new cash-in points.
A heavily-stylized reimagining of fairytales in an action RPG coat. Between the rabbit in a top-hat and some card-themed enemies, Ravenlok takes clear inspiration from Alice in Wonderland, however is putting its own unique spin on it.
From the lead gameplay designer of Limbo and Inside comes a puzzle game that looks to be based around balls, manipulating the environment, and pocket dimensions.
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty
From teams Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja comes a dark fantasy game set in a demon infested version of the Later Han Dynasty. Much like other Team Ninja games, this is looking to be an action packed hack’n’slash game.
Coming out of left field is the announcements of Persona 3 through 5 coming to Xbox and Game Pass. The first to get released will be Persona 5 Royal on October 21st this year.
Xbox and Hideo Kojima collaboration
Another surprise comes in the form of a collaboration between legendary director Hideo Kojima and Xbox. In the reveal, Kojima states that he is making a game he always wanted to make but is now possible with Xbox’s cloud technology and “the change in the industry’s trend. He also says that it’s a “completely new game, one that no one has ever experienced or seen before.”
Following the announcement, Kojima Productions reassured fans that they will still be working with PlayStation.
Starfield gameplay reveal
The showcase ended with an extended look at Bethesda’s upcoming space-based adventure, Starfield. Announced in 2018, this is the first time we’ve seen gameplay of Bethesda’s first new IP in 25 years. In the 15 minute showing, we saw gunplay, space exploration, an introduction to the story, and ship-building and customization.
Director Todd Howard ended the reveal by saying that the game would have over 1000 planets that are all open to exploration. Whether this will be achieved through procedural generation or some other strategy remains to be seen. However either way, it’ll be a big game when it releases in 2023.
And that’s everything shown off at the Xbox and Bethesda showcase! What was your favourite reveal? Will you be watching Xbox and Bethesda’s follow-up showcase on the 14th? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments below! You can also hop over to our Discord to chat with us directly about gaming and entertainment!