Microsoft kicked off the showcase with a new cinematic trailer for Starfield. The trailer doesn’t give too much away but does confirm that the sci-fi RPG will be exclusive to Xbox Series X|S and Windows 10 and launches on November 11th, 2022. The game will also be available with Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass for PC.
Next up was a new gameplay trailer for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl, which showcased some of the unsettling and desolate environments you’ll come across in the Exclusion Zone, horrifying creatures, and intense firefights. The game launches in 2022 for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows 10 and is included with Xbox Game Pass.
WB Games confirmed its co-op zombie shooter Back 4 Blood will join Xbox Game Pass when it launches on October 12th. The new trailer showcased Back 4 Blood’s Swarm PvP mode and co-op gameplay.
Contraband, Developed by Avalanche Studios, is a “co-op smuggler’s paradise set in the fictional world of 1970s Bayan.” The cinematic trailer doesn’t give much away, but Contraband has been confirmed for Xbox Series X|S and Windows 10 and is coming to Xbox Game Pass when it launches.
Here’s something we didn’t see coming: a Sea of Thieves and Pirates of the Caribbean crossover. Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s life, which features none other than Jack Sparrow himself, is a new campaign that’s coming to the swashbuckling multiplayer adventure game later this month.
Microsoft announced that Yakuza: Like a Dragon is now available with Xbox Game Pass.
Next, we had the gameplay reveal for Battlefield 2042, which showcased some of the game’s vehicular combat, intense firefights, a dynamic weather system, an awesome-looking grappling hook, and much, much more. Battlefield 2042 launches on October 22nd.
12 Minutes, starring Willem Dafoe, Daisy Ridley, and James McAvoy, received a new gameplay trailer and release date. The game launches for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows 10 on August 19th and will be included with Xbox Game Pass on day one.
Microsoft and Double Fine showcased some Psychonauts 2 gameplay with a new trailer and also confirmed the game’s release date. Psychonauts 2 launches for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows 10 on August 25 and is included with Xbox Game Pass.
Ten Bethesda games join Xbox Game Pass today
Microsoft announced that Ten Bethesda games, including Fallout 3, Rage, and Doom, were added to the Xbox Game Pass library today.
Doom Eternal is getting a free next-gen update that offers improved visuals and performance, and three performance modes. On Xbox Series X you’ll get: Ray Tracing Mode (1800p at 60fps), Balanced Mode (2160p at 60fps), and Performance Mode (1800p at 120fps). On Xbox Series S, you can expect: Balanced Mode (1440p at 60fps) and Performance Mode (1080p at 120fps). The update is also coming to PC and will roll out on all platforms on June 29th.
Bethesda revealed Fallout 76‘s next big update, Fallout 76: Steel Reign. This free expansion concludes the Brotherhood of Steel storyline, launching July 7th.
Bethesda released a launch trailer for The Elder Scrolls Online’s big next-gen upgrade, which launches on June 15th.
Party Animals is a party game similar to Gang Beasts; you’ll choose a character from a diverse cast of animals and battle it out against your pals across multiple game modes. Party Animals launches in 2022 and has been confirmed for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One, and is coming to Xbox Game Pass.
Hades, one of the best games of 2020, is finally heading to Xbox consoles on August 13th. In the roguelike, you play as Hades’ son Zagreus who is attempting to escape the depths of hell. Hades is also coming to Xbox Game Pass the day it launches.
Sci-fi adventure Somerville sees you attempting to make your family whole again in the wake of a catastrophe and large scale conflict. Somerville launches in 2022 and comes to Xbox Game Pass on day one.
Microsoft and 343 Industries not only confirmed a holiday 2021 release window for Halo Infinite but also revealed some multiplayer gameplay, which showed off a bunch of new weapons, the grappling hook, and, of course, the Capture the Flag game mode.
We were then treated to a new gameplay trailer and release date for Diablo II: Resurrected. The dungeon crawler launches for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One on September 23rd.
Developer Asobo Studio and publisher Focus Home Interactive announced a sequel to the stealth game A Plague Tale: Innocence. A Plague Tale: Requiem launches in 2022 for Xbox Series X|S and Windows 10 and is coming to Xbox Game Pass on day one.
Ubisoft showcased a new gameplay trailer for Far Cry 6 running on an Xbox Series X. The trailer looked fantastic running on the Xbox console and highlighted various mission types, such as stealth, demolition, and target elimination missions. There’s also a rooster wearing a spiked collar, because why not? Far Cry 6 launches on October 7th.
Beatrix LeBeau continues her adventures in Slime Rancher 2, which this time around is set on Rainbow Island — a land filled with ancient mysteries, and, of course, new slimes to wrangle. The sequel doesn’t have a release date but has been confirmed for Xbox Series X|S, Windows 10, and Xbox Game Pass.
Shredders is a new snowboarding game from developer Foam Punch, which takes inspiration from “snowboarding movies, the Amped games from the original Xbox, and the snowboarding heroes on social media.” Shredders is coming to Xbox Series X|S and Windows 10 in December and Xbox Game Pass on day one.
Atomic Heart is an open-world action-RPG set in “the Soviet Union in an alternative reality sometime in 1955, where technology like the internet, holograms and robots have already been invented.” No release date was shown, but Atomic Heart has been confirmed for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows 10, and Xbox Game Pass.
Replaced, with its gorgeous pixel art visuals, is a 2.5D action platformer where you play as an artificial intelligence trapped in a human body against its will. Replaced is coming to Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Xbox Game Pass at launch in 2022.
Obsidian revealed the next big update for Grounded. The Shroom & Doom update adds pets, mushrooms, the option to build freaking castles, and achievements! The update rolls out on June 30th.
A big update is coming to Among Us that adds 15 player lobbies on June 15th. We still don’t have a console release date for the popular social deception game — all we know is that it’s coming sometime this year and will be included in Xbox Game Pass.
Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes is a new JRPG adventure that features a “traditional six-character battle system utilizing painstakingly created 2D sprites and gorgeous 3D backgrounds.” The JRPG launches for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows 10 and will be coming to Xbox Game Pass sometime in 2023.
Action-shooter RPG The Ascent got a new trailer showing some intense co-op gameplay. The Ascent comes to Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows 10, and Xbox Game Pass on July 29th.
Microsoft finally announced a release date for Age of Empires IV. The real-time strategy game launches for Windows 10 on October 28th and joins Xbox Game Pass for PC on day one.
Out of nowhere, Obsidian announced The Outer Worlds 2 with a new cinematic trailer. Nothing was revealed about the game, but the trailer was pretty neat.
Microsoft and Asobo Studio finally announced a release date for the Xbox Series X|S version of Microsoft Flight Simulator. The flight sim launches on July 27th and is coming to Xbox Game Pass on day one. If that wasn’t enough, Microsoft Flight Simulator is getting an awesome free Top Gun expansion, launching this fall.
We then got a big announcement in the form of Forza Horizon 5. The open-world racing game is set in Mexico and features the “largest, most diverse open world ever,” according to Playground Games. Forza Horizon 5 launches for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows 10 on November 9th and is included with Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass for PC.
Redfall is a new IP from Arkane Austin. It’s an open-world co-op first-person shooter that’s set in the quaint island town of Redfall, Massachusetts. The town is under siege by a legion of vampires who have blocked out the sun. You’ll need to team up with other vampire slayers and bring down the vampire enemies. Redfall is exclusive to Xbox Series X|S and PC. and launches during summer 2022. The FPS is also coming to Xbox Game Pass on day one.
Xbox Mini Fridge
Microsoft played into the meme and closed the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase by announcing the Xbox Mini Fridge. That’s right, there’s a mini fridge that looks like an Xbox Series X launching sometime this year, so if you still can’t get an Xbox Series X by then, you might able to play pretend with the mini fridge.
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