Xbox and Bethesda’s showcase this year, more than 30 games featured. Some brand new and surprising, while others were expected but really delivered. While there were some disappointments like the lack of Fable, Microsoft and Bethesda certainly delivered. We saw lots of new information on previously announced games, as well as all new announcements.

Forza Horizon 5

Probably the most visually stunning game of E3 this year, Forza Horizon 5 came out of nowhere. While most expected the next instalment in the Forza Motorsport series, we got the next Horizon instead. And there are no complaints here. Set in Mexico, FH5 boasts the largest map to date for the series along with the ever massive list of cars and new game modes.

New for the racing of this game however is the inclusion of extreme weather which looks to be a mechanic to affect races. During the gameplay reveal, we see two cars racing through a sandstorm. Forza Horizon 5 looks like heaps of fun as always which should pass the time until Forza 8 releases. For now though, Forza Horizon 5 releases on the 9th of November 2021.

Redfall

From Bethesda and Arkane Austin, Redfall is an open world co-op FPS where players take control of various heroes to hunt vampires. So far we’ve just seen four of these heroes, but we will undoubtedly see more revealed soon. It’s not totally clear what powers the heroes have just yet either.

So far, we know that Redfall will be primarily co-op based gameplay but the player can go solo if they wish. Unlike traditional vampires, Redfall’s have been created by a science experiment gone wrong. Now they are taking over the fictional town of Redfall, Massachusetts where they are evolving and growing stronger. But vampires aren’t the only enemy. As you’d expect, there are cultists who have taken to worshipping the new vampires hoping to join them.

Replaced

After the long wait for The Last Night since it’s reveal in 2017, it looked like we were finally seeing more about it. But instead, we got a completely new game that has the same art style. And it looks great. The 2.5D art style is amazing to look at. It makes everything look miniature.

It’s uncertain whether what we saw was all gameplay or a mix with cutscenes. If it is all gameplay, then I am very excited as the combat looks very fluid and stylish. Replaced is set for release at some point in 2022. Hopefully this game actually comes out.

The Outer Worlds 2

Not a huge amount of time has passed since Obsidian released The Outer Worlds in 2019. But now we have a sequel on the horizon. The Outer Worlds 2 had the funniest reveal of E3. In typical fashion for the series, it was a very self aware and honest trailer. It’s great to see more of The Outer Worlds again so soon after the first.

No release date yet though. All we know is that it is going to be a new setting with new characters.

Contraband

We saw a new IP from Avalanche Studios, the creators of Just Cause. Another open world co-op game, but with a slightly different setting. Contraband looks to be a game about smuggling set in the 70s. No gameplay was shown, but you can tell it’s going to be fun as it uses the same engine Just Cause. So expect some wild ways in which we will be able to smuggle this contraband.

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