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The 2023 edition of the Xbox Games Showcase has been and gone, and was a pretty strong showing for the console maker, all being told.
We got updates on some long awaited titles in development, a first look at some brand new games we’d never seen before and the highlight – a meaty 30 minute deep dive into Bethesda’s eagerly anticipated new RPG. But if you missed the show, or if you just like having all the reveals in once place, not to worry because we’ve got you covered. Here then is everything from this year’s Xbox Games Showcase.
The show opened up with a virtual Richard Ayoade as a gardening loving giant. It doesn’t sound like the most bombastic start to a show, but this was an update on Fable – the very British RPG that’s back and under the new eye of Playground Games. There was still no ETA though, which was disappointing.
South of Midnight
The first new IP of the show was South of Midnight from We Happy Few developers Compulsion Games. While we didn’t get a massive idea of the gameplay, the striking visual style of the announcement trailer had plenty of Xbox fans intrigued to see more.
Star Wars Outlaws
We got the surprise reveal of Star Wars Outlaws, Ubisoft’s open world game from The Division developers Massive Entertainment. Following the recent brilliance of Star Wars Jedi Survivor, expectations for a heist adventure in the universe is very tantalising indeed – we’ll find out more during tonight’s Ubisoft Forward.
The intriguing 33 Immortals has an unusual premise, in that it’ll see a whopping 33 players teaming up for mass-scale battles against hordes of monsters. It also comes from the teams behind the wonderfully Spiritfarer, sharing that game’s beautiful and distinct art style.
We’d not seen much of Payday 3 so far, so it was a lovely surprise to see the first gameplay trailer of the multiplayer heist-em-up during the show. The game will be coming out in September, and will be available on Game Pass from Day One.
Persona 3 Reload
While it may have been leaked just a couple of days before the show, the news of a Persona 3 remake was no less welcomed by fans. It’s coming in Early 2024, and thanks to Xbox’s current relationship with Sega Atlus, will be available from Day One on Xbox Game Pass.
Another Xbox RPG in the category of “previously announced games we hadn’t seen in a while,” the showcase gave us a fresh look at Obsidian RPG Avowed. There’s a good deal of warranted excitement, and while the comparisons to Fable are to be expected, it’ll be a big part of Xbox’s 2024 plans.
Sea of Thieves The Legend of Monkey Island
While a five year old game wouldn’t usually be a headline grabber, Rare giving fans the dream crossover they’ve wanted since the game launched was worthy of ringing the ship’s bell. Monkey Island will finally be getting a crossover with Sea of Thieves in a new expansion, coming for free as soon as next month.
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024
As quietly successful as Flight Simulator’s return has been, it’s still safe to say people weren’t expecting a sequel as opposed to more regular updates to the existing game. Well, we’re getting one anyway, and it looks like there’ll be a lot more to do than just take a series of flights when it arrives in 2024.
Senua’s Saga Hellblade 2
Two years removed from the game’s last showing, Senua’s Saga Hellblade 2 got some new footage at this year’s event alongside a launch window for Ninja Theory’s next title. It’s finally coming next year, and it’s looking as darkly intriguing as ever.
Like A Dragon Infinite Wealth
Ichiban Kasuga. Naked. On a beach in the US. The trailer for Yakuza 8 – or to give it its new official title, Like A Dragon Infinite Wealth – posed a lot of intriguing questions for fans of the series to ponder on. Hopefully we’ll get some answers (and Ichiban will get some underwear) by the time it arrives early next year.
Kunitsu-Gami Path of the Goddess
A new game from Capcom, Kunitsu-Gami Path of the Goddess seems to be blending traditional Japanese aesthetics with a touch of the supernatural, and uses the developer’s famous RE Engine to bring the game to life. We’re promised an epic clash between morals and spirits in this action strategy game.
Forza returns to its simulation roots, and we now know when to expect the latest entry in the Forza Motorsport series as it burns some rubber in October. There’ll also be a five day early access period for those who pick up the game’s deluxe edition.
The Elder Scrolls Online Journey to Necrom
The next Elder Scrolls Online expansion is entitled Journey to Necrom, and will see Elder Scrolls fans given the opportunity to return to a very different version of Morrowind than they might remember. There’s not long to wait here, as the expansion drops on June 20.
Overwatch 2 Invasion
Despite dropping most of their PvE plans for Overwatch 2, a bunch of story content is still coming to the free-to-play title in the upcoming Invasion event. As a bonus, Overwatch 2 will be offering Game Pass Ultimate subscribers every new hero so far for no additional cost this August.
Persona 5 Tactica
The other Persona game unfortunately leaked a couple of days prior, Persona 5 Tactica might not be what you’re expecting – taking the Phantom Thieves into their own strategy title. The chibi-visuals and grid-based strategy gives this spin-off a unique twist. We’ll see if it pays off in November.
A new game from the makers of Life is Strange, Jusant is a marked departure from that series, being as it is a climbing-themed narrative adventure that has no dialogue at all. If you’re as intrigued as we are, you’ll be pleased to know it’ll be arriving later this year.
Still Wakes the Deep
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture developers The Chinese Room are back with an all-new first person horror narrative adventure. You’re playing as a Scottish oil rig worker, who must escape the isolated location after it’s been taken over by a terrifyingly evil entity.
Dungeons of Hinterberg
As you’ve probably gathered from the title, Dungeons of Hinterberg is a dungeon crawler, but set in a magical version of the Austrian Alps. Slay monsters, hunt for loot and take in the sights of this striking cel-shaded adventure.
Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty
Keanu! The breathtaking star playing Johnny Silverhand was back to introduce a new trailer for Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty. While Idris Elba wasn’t around to join him, he does make a brief appearance in the trailer, which also confirmed the expansion will arrive in September.
Cities Skylines 2
The strategy game sequel looks as comprehensive and bold as ever, with plenty on offer to make your city building dreams come to life. The gameplay trailer also managed to make sure October looks an absolutely stacked month for games, with this one joining the pile on the 24th of the month.
While the name might be hard to remember, Metaphor Refantazio is a brand new fantasy RPG from the creators of the Persona series. So if the remake of Persona 3 and the tactical spin-off of 5 aren’t enough, or you just want something new from the same hands – this may be worth a look.
A new game from the minds behind The Banner Saga, Towerborne sees you take on the role of a hero defending a tower from an oncoming evil. You won’t be alone though, as you’ll get to fight alongside three other players in this side-scroller that has a touch of the Castle Crashers about it.
Understandably, there were a lot of warranted comparisons to Bioshock Infinite when this trailer appeared. But Clockwork Revolution comes from RPG veterans inXile Entertainment, and a time twisting action RPG set in a steampunk city sounds the perfect pallet for the veterans to get their teeth stuck into.
Xbox Series S Carbon Black
Pretty simple this one – a new model Xbox Series S is on the way this September with a welcome increase to storage size. 1TB is double the current offering before having to buy expansion cards, so there’ll be plenty of demand for this one when it appears in September.
And of course, the show closed with a 45-minute deep dive into Starfield, the upcoming RPG from Bethesda. There’s a lot more to say on this of course, but our first two takeaways were how combat has been overhauled, and just how much it resembles No Man’s Sky.
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