Halo Infinite, Fable, Forza and everything else shown during the Xbox Games Showcase
Isn’t it weird to think that new consoles will be coming out in approximately three months and there’s still so much we don’t know? Well, Microsoft changed that with their latest Xbox Games Showcase, catching us up on all the new titles coming to the Xbox Series X, including Halo Infinite. Just a note, all games today will be available via Xbox Games Pass. Over 100 titles will be available for the Xbox Series X at launch. Let’s take a look.
In a particularly gutsy move, Microsoft started the showcase with Halo Infinite and not just a trailer, but a whole demo, along with a listen to Master Chief’s voice. While the game is still mission-based, it seems more open than previous installments, allowing you to take on multiple missions at once and wander huge environments. We see the standard shield system comes back with the shield bar on top of the screen, standard Halo guns like the SMG, pulse cannon, ray gun, assault rifle, and more.
Several different items such as a portable shield barrier and sticky grenades. And, of course, a grappling hook, which seems to be the locomotion of the choice in games these days. The grappling hook is definitely one of the more interesting items in the game. It can drag you to locations, to enemies, drag enemies to you, and even collect items from afar.
Halo Infinite will be coming out this holiday season for Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC.
State of Decay 3
What’s scarier than zombies? Zombie deer! That’s all. It was just a cinematic trailer. But hey! Zombie deer!
A new Xbox, a new Forza. Racing games are always a great way to show off the graphics capabilities of new consoles and, well, this trailer did not disappoint. If you are going for mind-blowing realism, the Xbox Series X has you covered. This entire trailer is using in-game graphics, not a single rendered cutscene.
Now let’s look at an upcoming project from Rare, and it’s certainly beautiful. Not all the graphics of the Xbox Series X have to be super realistic. This takes a more cartoony look at a weird and spiritual version of enchanted nature. It’s unclear exactly what the game is, but it will include a large open world to explore.
Tell Me Why
This next game from Dontnod looks harrowing. Following in the footsteps of Life is Strange, this is a cinematic mystery game where two siblings, a brother, and a sister, explore their memories and a strange psychic link. It’s not only a fantastic portrayal of a trans character but also seems to weave supernatural elements into what appears to be a story of possible abuse. Its first chapter comes out on August 27, this year.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
A new version of this game is coming out for Xbox Series X, which runs at 120FPS, one of the first 120 FPS console games ever! It will also run in full 4K with ray-tracing. It will come to the Xbox Series X with smart delivery later this year. That means you can play it on the Xbox Series X if you already own it on the Xbox One.
The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon
The new expansion for The Outer Worlds is coming September 9. It features new weapons, new beasties to kill, and plenty of corporate intrigue. What will you find on the mammoth asteroid Gorgon? Probably your death, but also possibly loot!
OK now, this is interesting. It looks like a survival, base-building strategy game based on… well… Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. You get to wander around the strange and dangerous world of a backyard as tiny little kids building bases out of leaves, firing arrows made of toothpicks, and combatting giant spiders. A game demo will be available as early as July 28 on Xbox Game Preview, and Steam Early Access.
We saw a lot of weird projects from Obsidian, but now we get a look at the next big Obsidian RPG. It’s some pretty generic dark fantasy swords and sorcery stuff, with magic and monsters, and flying skeletons. We don’t know a whole lot about it, but the plot seems to deal strongly with the idea of soldiers becoming kings on the field of battle.
As Dusk Falls
A brand-new interactive drama coming from the new studio Interior/Night. It tells the story of two families woven together. One robs the store of another, and it sends both down different paths, that eventually bring the children of each family together.
Hellblade 2: Senua’s Saga
Now, this is interesting. Instead of diving into the game during the showcase, they simply linked you up to another YouTube video for a long-form developer diary. I suppose you can do that in this weird world on direct showcases. Check it out!
For the 20th anniversary of Double Fine, they are creating a new game with Jack Black. Why are we not surprised? We just didn’t expect the game to be Psychonauts 2. Jack Black voices the mote of light in a brain in a jar, and of course, he wrote an entire song about it. In this new trailer, we got to see a lot of new psychic powers, from stopping time, to teleporting, to building bridges with perception. We also get to see Raz giant a legendary psychic guitar. How very like Jack Black.
Destiny 2 will be coming to Xbox via Xbox Game Pass. Game Pass Ultimate members will also be able to play it on mobile via streaming. A new version of the game will be coming out specifically for the Xbox Series X which will make use of the console’s new technology. We also got a look at some new ice-based abilities in the new expansion Beyond the Light coming out November 10.
We are going to see a lot of cinematic trailers from this point on. Everything shown here is going to be an Xbox console exclusive, although many will also launch on PC. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is the sequel to a lesser-known first-person horror survival shooter from the last generation, and it certainly seems to be keeping its atmosphere for this new sequel.
Warhammer 40,000: Darktide
Speaking of horror survival shooters, wanna kill some zombies? Wanna kill some zombies in the Warhammer universe? Well, you’ll get the chance in 2021 when Darktide launches for Xbox Series X and PC.
Tetris Effect: Connected
Tetris Effect is back, and it’s on Xbox platforms! Will I purchase this psychedelic Tetris experience again because it has new music and amazing new massively multiplayer modes? Yes. Yes, I will. It comes out this holiday season for the Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and Windows PC.
This is a new third-person action game about… well… gunk. It’s a mysterious ooze like substance that is taking over a planet and it’s your job to study it and clean it up. It’s a bit like if Super Mario Sunshine grew up and got grimdark. It will come to Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC via Smart Delivery.
We saw this one way back during the last game showcase. It’s a fascinating dual world style game, where you wander the world of reality and the world of the spirits at the same time. What’s really fascinating is that BOTH worlds are rendered at the same time using Xbox Series X technology. You get to choose what you see but focus on one world too much, and you might lose track of the other.
New Genesis – Phantasy Star Online 2
Phantasy Star Online is back for the franchise’s 20th anniversary and it’s coming to Xbox Series X. Explore the vast open world with your friends as you take on new threats with laser swords(!), guns, and magic. This is one of the first online console games ever, brought to a modern era with a brand new adventure. It will launch for Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC in 2021.
It wouldn’t be the Xbox without a good old fashioned shooter with some good old fashioned guns and good old fashioned military themes. This time around, Crossfire X is taking that slot, although I suppose it’s not entirely old fashioned because you do get to use a pretty amazing stealth suit. Crossfire X will launch later in 2020 for Xbox One and Xbox Series X.
And for the final sting of the show, Fable is coming back to Xbox, for Xbox Series X and PC. Taking a bit of a lighthearted tone this time around, it looks like this franchise revival will be a throwback to the original. No release date was given and more details will come as time goes on.
What Xbox Series X titles were you hyped for? Watch the entire presentation below: