Xbox and Bethesda put on a fantastic show yesterday, with over 30 games on display. With so many announcements, it was certainly hard to keep track of what was going on. If you got caught up in the spectacle and can’t quite remember it, or just happened to miss the show, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a full summary of everything shown at the first ever Xbox Bethesda showcase.
Bethesda kicked off with an earlier-than-expected appearance from Todd Howard, who unveiled a new teaser for Starfield. You can find out everything we know so far here, and find our reactions above. Starfield’s gameplay still isn’t clear from the trailer, but there were a few important details revealed. It was confirmed that Starfield launches exclusively for Xbox Series X|S and PC on 11 November 2022, exactly 11 years after Skyrim launched. We also know that it will be the first game to ever run on Creation Engine 2, Bethesda’s new game engine. You can find the Starfield trailer here.
Stalker 2 & Back 4 Blood
Xbox bounced into two subsequent trailers. Stalker 2: Heart of Chernobyl and Back 4 Blood were both shown, with one piece of key information. Both titles will be launching on to Xbox Game Pass at launch. We also got a look at Back 4 Blood’s PVP Swarm mode, in which you can become one of the zombies. Back 4 Blood is scheduled for 12 October 2021, whilst Stalker 2: Heart of Chernobyl arrives 28 April 2022. You can find the Back 4 Blood trailer above, and watch Stalker 2’s latest reveal here.
Avalanche Studios then took the spotlight to reveal Contraband, a new, co-op open world action game that they are developing in collaboration with Xbox Games Studios. Avalanche Studios have previously worked on the Just Cause franchise, and this appears to be more of the same, but in co-op. It seems that your wishes for multiplayer Just Cause have finally come true, but it’s under a different name: Contraband. It will be launching on Xbox Game Pass, although we didn’t get a release date at the showcase.
Sea Of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life
Disney seem to be collaborating with everyone lately, and Rare made the list. Between MachineGames’ Indiana Jones title, Ubisoft working on Star Wars and Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, and the plethora of Star Wars content coming from EA with both Jedi: Fallen Order 2 and Battlefront 3 rumored to be in the works, we were unsure what Disney could show here, but of course they found a way. Disney and Rare are collaborating on Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life, a new Pirates of the Caribbean themed season. We thought it looked amazing, and the best news is that it launches very soon. Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life launches on 22 June 2021. You can watch the reveal trailer here.
All of the mainline Yakuza entries are now on Game Pass, including Yakuza: Like A Dragon starting today. Ichiban’s story comes to Game Pass just a few months after it launched, showing that Xbox are dedicated to bringing AAA titles to the service soon after launch.
Battlefield 2042 was formally revealed on 09 June, and now we’ve seen some exceptional gameplay. The reveal, which showcased a 128 player match, highlighted vehicular combat, tornadoes, and an awesome grappling hook. We didn’t actually see many infantry firefights, but everything else looked exceptional. That attachment system also looks incredible, allowing you to switch out attachments without needing to respawn.
Battlefield 2042 launches on 22 October 2021 for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.
Twelve Minutes & Psychonauts 2
Twelve Minutes and Psychonauts 2 followed, with a double whammy of release dates. Twelve Minutes launches on 19 August 2021, whilst Psychonauts 2 arrives the following week on 25 August. With both coming to Game Pass at launch, it’s time to start getting excited about these intriguing adventures.
Bethesda returned to show us some of the updates coming to Fallout 76 over the next year. Whilst the trailer for upcoming expansion Steel Reign looked interesting, it was the Expeditions: The Pitt reveal that swept me off my feet. The Pitt was one of my favorite Fallout 3 locations, and I can’t wait to return next year.
Fallout 76: Steel Reign launches 07 July 2021, whilst Expeditions: The Pitt arrives in 2022. You can find the trailer for The Pitt above, and see the new Steel Reign trailer here.
Party Animals & Somerville
Cute animals, slapstick gameplay, and beating up friends. What’s not to love? Party Animals was a fun surprise for the team that we are eagerly anticipating. It looks set to compete with Gang Beasts, but those cute animal skins put it a few steps above its competitor. You can watch the Party Animals trailer here.
Somerville completely changed the tune, with a slower, more thoughtful tone. The gameplay seems reminiscent of Inside and Limbo, and the tone seems similar too. Somerville is a sci-fi adventure that seems to explore the aftermath of a catastrophe, in which you must make your family whole again. You can watch the Somerville trailer here.
Party Animals and Somerville are both launching in 2022.
The god-like rogue-like that dominated the awards season in 2020 is finally making its way to Xbox, and it’s coming to Game Pass at launch. There’s not much to say here that hasn’t already been said: it’s Hades with achievements. We couldn’t be more excited.
Hades launches on 13 August 2021 on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, and it’s coming straight to Xbox Game Pass.
Halo Infinite had a surprisingly small slot in the E3 showcase. After a short story cinematic, the team at 343 jumped into some multiplayer gameplay. You can see our reactions to the gameplay reveal in the video above. The team also revealed that Halo Infinite’s multiplayer will be free to play for everyone. The campaign will still be fully priced, but it is of course coming to Xbox Game Pass at launch. You can see the multiplayer reveal trailer below:
Halo Infinite still doesn’t have a concrete release date, but there’s plenty to enjoy in these new trailers. Check out everything you may have missed here.
Diablo 2 Resurrected
Whilst we already knew a lot about Diablo 2 Resurrected, the release date remained a secret. That is, until Xbox gave us a new trailer at their showcase with a release date slapped at the end. Diablo 2 Resurrected launches on 23 September 2021, offering 4K 60 FPS on Xbox Series X, cross progression, and 8 player co-op. You can watch the new Diablo 2 Resurrected trailer here.
Far Cry 6
More Anton Castillo. Ubisoft are really proud that they got Giancarlo Esposito in Far Cry 6. In the new trailer, we got a closer look at stealth gameplay with bows and crossbows, as well as some sniping action. Our favorite part was the punk rooster, obviously. You can watch the new gameplay trailer here.
A Plague Tale: Requiem
If you’ve only seen A Plague Tale: Requiem’s reveal during the showcase, go watch it again now. Whilst the trailer suffered from some technical errors whilst shown live, it’s actually quite stunning. Amicia and Hugo will take on a new adventure, “doing whatever it takes to survive a brutal, uncaring world”, as the official site reads.
A Plague Tale: Requiem launches in 2022 on Xbox and PC, and it’s coming straight to Xbox Game Pass.
Slime Rancher 2 & Shredders
Whether you enjoy farming wiggly slimes or doing gnarly tricks in the snow, there’ll be plenty to keep you entertained on Xbox Game Pass. Slime Rancher 2 was officially unveiled during the showcase, as well as snowboarding game Shredders. It isn’t clear whether Shredders focuses more on arcade or simulator aspects, but the team have said that it takes inspiration from the Amped games on the original Xbox.
Slime Rancher 2 is much more adorable, with plenty of vibrant, new environments in the works. We don’t know much more just yet, but it is slated for 2022, so hopefully we hear more soon. Shredders is scheduled for December 2021. Both titles will be coming to Game Pass at launch.
Atomic Heart & Replaced
The Xbox show had cyberpunk galore, with new trailers for both Atomic Heart and Replaced. They are drastically different experiences – Atomic Heart is an open world action RPG, whilst Replaced is a pixelated 2D sidescroller. There are some similarities though. Of course, they both have a cyberpunk theme, and both are launching on Xbox Game Pass!
You can watch the Replaced trailer above, and find the Atomic Heart trailer here.
As Grounded approaches its first anniversary, the biggest update yet is set to drop. The Doom & Shroom update brings some highly anticipated features, like sitting, pets, and mushrooms. There will also be a scary new beast: the Brood Mother. This is a giant new spider boss that encapsulates the update’s doom aspect. Achievements are also coming, which many will be excited for.
Grounded’s Doom & Shroom update launches on 30 June 2021.
Among Us is coming to Xbox consoles later this year, but there’s something else to look forward to much sooner. 15 player matches are making their way into Among Us on 15 June 2021, just days after the showcase.
Eiyuden Chronicles Rising & Eiyuden Chronicles: Hundred
If you’re a fan of JRPGs, Xbox have you covered with Eiyuden Chronicles: Hundred Heroes and Eiyuden Chronicles Rising. These games are both coming to Xbox Game Pass at launch, with Rising coming in 2022 and Hundred Heroes in 2023. They seem to inherit some of Octopath Traveller’s art style and gameplay, although there weren’t many details in the trailer. We’ll have to wait for more on these, but the trailer was beautiful. You can find it above.
The Ascent & Age Of Empires IV
Xbox aim to have plenty of big Game Pass launches through 2021, and The Ascent and Age of Empires IV are some key players in that strategy. The Ascent’s new trailer confirmed its release date for 29 July, while Age of Empires is scheduled for 28 October 2021. Age of Empires IV is coming to Game Pass on PC, whilst The Ascent is coming to Xbox and PC.
The Outer Worlds 2
Xbox shocked us all with The Outer Worlds 2 reveal. The trailer didn’t show much, but it seems the comedic tone from the first is returning. Other than that, we don’t know a whole lot yet. Since the trailer didn’t have a release date, this is definitely one to watch out for, but don’t expect anything soon.
We do know that The Outer Worlds 2 will launch on to Xbox Game Pass. As we hear more, we’ll be sure to share it with you.
Microsoft Flight Simulator
Microsoft Flight Simulator is coming to Xbox Series X|S on 27 July 2021, but that isn’t all. Flight Sim is getting a Top Gun: Maverick pack later this year to coincide with the release of the new movie. The Top Gun pack is a free expansion launching in Fall 2021.
Forza Horizon 5
One of the biggest surprises of the showcase was the Forza Horizon 5 reveal. The open world racing franchise makes its return on 09 November 2021. Set in Mexico, Horizon 5 is set to be the biggest Horizon world ever. It features an adventurous campaign alongside the multiplayer that we all know and love. The gameplay is exactly what you’d expect, but the graphics are awe-inspiring. You can see our reactions to the reveal above, and find out more here.
To close the show, Phil Spencer dropped the bombshell reveal of Redfall, an immersive co-op, open world, FPS game from Arkane Austin. You can see our reactions to Redfall above, and watch the full trailer here. The trailer features four heroes battling against swarms of vampires, which seem to be the main enemy in Redfall.
Redfall launches in Summer 2022 exclusively on Xbox Series X|S and PC. You can find out more here.
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