Microsoft held its latest Xbox Games Showcase, and as it promised, it was primarily about Xbox Game Studios projects that will be coming to the Xbox Series X. Nine games were showcased from its first party studios, five of which were brand new announcements, but that wasn’t all that was shown off.
After a cinematic trailer that showed Halo protagonist Master Chief’s armor being made out of some liquid substance, the show began with a demo of Halo Infinite, which basically picked up right after the trailer E3 2019 trailer where Master Chief was found drifting through space. A lot of the trailer showed Chief doing standard Halo things, but there was also the addition of a grappling hook, which can be used to hook enemies, objects in the environment, and throw them and pull them to your liking. Chief can also use it to pull himself to higher levels, which will let you traverse the game’s bigger environments. From the looks of it, it’s not quite open-world, but it’s certainly larger in scope than previous games in the series.
State of Decay 3
Next up was State of Decay 3, which got a brief cinematic trailer.
For those who like to drive cars, Turn 10 unveiled the next entry in the Forza Motorsport series, which doesn’t appear to have a number or subtitle associated with it. Turn 10 usually develops the mainline games in the series while the Forza Horizon subseries is handled by Playground Games, so you can probably expect a more traditional racing experience from whatever this is.
Rare is working on an new IP called Everwild, and the trailer the studio showed off, while beautiful, didn’t give an all-encompassing view of what the game actually is. But it’s definitely gorgeous to look at.
Tell Me Why
Dontnod’s next supernatural adventure game has been a known quantity for awhile, but the studio showed off a new trailer that announced the first episode will be available on August 27.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
The sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest is coming to Xbox Series X, and will be getting some technical updates along the way, including running at 120 frames-per-second and at 4K resolution. It wasn’t confirmed as a launch game, but it will be coming to the new console before the end of the year.
The Outer Worlds
Obsidian, now a Microsoft company, is bringing out new DLC for The Outer Worlds called “Peril on Gorgon,” and it will be coming out on September 9.
Just five days from now, Obsidian is releasing a survival game starring children who are the size of small bugs just trying to vibe in their backyard. Ants and other seemingly harmless things become some of their biggest threats, and Obsidian says it wants to tell a story in line with the studio’s RPGs in a survival setting. The game will launch in Early Access on Xbox One and PC on July 28 and will also be available on Xbox Series X.
While it wasn’t much, Obsidian also showed off a brief glimpse of its next RPG called Avowed. The fantasy RPG is being built from the ground up for Xbox Series X.
As Dusk Falls
Independent developer Interior/Night has partnered with Microsoft to launch its first game called As Dusk Falls. The interactive drama has a hand-drawn art style, and looks like a motion graphic novel.
Hellblade II: Senua’s Saga
While the Hellblade sequel didn’t get the same spotlight as other games during the presentation, after it was over, developer Ninja Theory released a new behind-the-scenes video to show how the studio is capturing the setting of Iceland.
Actor and singer Jack Black made an appearance in a behind-the-scenes video lending his voice to music in Psychonauts 2. Which checks out, as Black has collaborated with developer Double Fine before for Brutal Legend, which he stared in. Black’s vocals accompanied a new trailer for Psychonauts 2, which showed protagonist Raz jumping through a horrifying and trippy mindscape like he hasn’t in 15 years.
Bungie is bringing Destiny 2 to Xbox Series X, including an optimized version that will run at 4K resolution and 60 frames-per-second. The game and all its DLC will be coming to Xbox Game Pass, as well.
After being gone for over a decade, a new game in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. franchise is coming in 2021 to PC and Xbox Series X.
Warhammer 40K Darktide
A new expansion in the Warhammer 40K series was revealed with a cinematic trailer.
Tetris Effect Connected
An expansion to Tetris Effect is coming, and with it comes a new multiplayer mode. This will finally bring the game to Xbox systems, as it’s been a PlayStation exclusive up until now.
While there wasn’t much to give a sense of what the game is like, a cinematic trailer for The Gunk was shown during the presentation.
Okay, we’ve definitely moved out of the demo section of the show and are strictly in CG trailer hour. The Medium looks spooky, and lets you go back and forth between two version of reality: one that looks pretty much normal, one that looks haunted and supernatural.
Phantasy Star Online 2
Phantasy Star Online 2 took its time getting to Xbox One, but it won’t be wasting as much time getting to Xbox Series X. Along with confirmation that the game would be coming to the next-gen system, a new expansion called “New Genesis” was also revealed.
Closing out this section of the show was CrossFireX, which is getting a campaign in collaboration with Control developer Remedy.
SHUT THE FUCK UP FABLE IS BACK. THIS IS ALL I CARE ABOUT. DO NOT TALK TO ME ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE. It was just a teaser trailer and confirmation that whatever this is will come to Xbox Series X and PC. But it’s enough. For now. Hopefully Playground Games won’t drag us along like a certain other developer of a fantasy RPG franchise, yeah?