Today, Microsoft held the first of several planned presentations showcasing the Xbox Series X leading up to its holiday launch, with most of the time being spent showing off third-party games running on the console. A significant amount of these games will support smart delivery, which means if you buy them on Xbox One you’ll get the Xbox Series X version for free. Here’s a breakdown of everything we learned from today’s First Look:
- As previously announced, Xbox Game Studios are holding off most of their announcements for a planned July presentation, including Halo: Infinite.
- Every game shown during the stream is being optimized for Xbox Series X.
- Bright Memory: Infinite from Playism is a game created by a single individual. Combines a lot of parkour, melee, and shooting elements, and there was a driving segment at the end.
- Codemasters showed off Dirt 5 and it had cars and they certainly got dirty thanks to the dirt rendering power of the Xbox Series X. The game will support Smart Delivery.
- This next trailer is spooky, and kind of gross, too. Just a lot of panning over gross looking creatures and environments. Why do they look like Mass Effect husks? What is this? It’s called Scorn…and that was remarkably non-informative. Whatever it is, the game will come to Xbox Game Pass.
- Chorvs: Rise As One is coming in 2021, and looks like a modern day Star Fox with a dark, Star Wars twist. Will support Smart Delivery.
- Madden 21 is, predictably, coming to Xbox Series X. And now we’re watching a montage of the football franchise’s history. The game will support Smart Delivery. Update: According to a press release, Madden 21 will only support Smart Delivery for a limited time. The game has to be purchased before December 31, and will only redeemable on another system until March 31 of next year. So, that’s a thing.
- Probably could have gone the rest of my life without seeing the news trailer for trailer for Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines 2, which showed a man dancing around a living room with corpses he had strung up and mutilated. But too late to turn back now.
- Call of the Sea was revealed and will support Smart Delivery and come to Xbox Game Pass.
- The Ascent revealed and will support Smart Delivery.
- The Medium, described as a “next-gen psychological horror game,” is coming Holiday 2020, and will feature a score by Akira Yamaoka, known for his work on the Silent Hill series.
- Bandai Namco announced Scarlet Nexus, an action game with psychokinetic powers at the forefront. Will support Smart Delivery.
- Second Extinction, a shooter where you’re shooting dinosaurs (wasn’t the meteorite enough) will support Smart Delivery.
- Yakuza: Like A Dragon is coming to Xbox Series X as a launch title, as well as Xbox One and Windows 10. Will support Smart Delivery.
- The show’s announcements and trailers ended with the world premiere gameplay of Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, and by gameplay I mean the game running in engine, not actual gameplay. Okay. Cool.
If you couldn’t catch the presentation live, here’s the full video:
In other news:
- ESRB Rating Says Cyberpunk 2077 Lets You Fiddle With Your Diddle
- RoboCop is Coming to Mortal Kombat 11, I Guess
- EA Play Is Going Digital, and It Better Bring Dragon Age News, So Help Me God
That’s it for the first of Microsoft’s Xbox Series X presentations. In July we’ll pick back up where we left off and talk about first-party studios and get updates on games like Halo: Infinite and Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II.