The Xbox Bethesda Games Showcase was undoubtedly the big highlight of this year’s “Non-E3” summer. As part of the Summer Game Fest, the event was packed to the brim with new reveals, exciting announcements and of course new games.
While fans certainly missed titles like Hellblade II Senua’s Saga and Avoved at the Xbox Bethesda Games Showcase, what was presented was beyond stunning. From new games on Game Pass to Xbox exclusive consoles and the in-demand presence of Japanese titles on the platform, Phil Spencer and the company delivered on their promises. That said, let’s see what the Xbox Bethesda Games Showcase was all about.
From Kojima to Persona, everything on offer on the Xbox Bethesda Games Showcase
Redfall debuts gameplay – Xbox kicked off the event with Redfall’s gameplay debut. The co-op stealth vampire shooter developed by Arkane was also delayed until 2023 a few weeks ago alongside Starfield.
Hollow Knight Silksong Set for Day 1 Game Pass – Finally, after a long wait, fans finally got to see gameplay footage related to Hollow Knight Silksong.
It was also confirmed that the title will launch next year and will be Day 1 Game Pass.
High on Life from the creative minds behind it Rick & Morty – High on Life is another title from Squanch Games and Rick & Morty co-creator Justin Roiland. It features over-the-top satirical humor such as Trover Saves the Universe and Rick & Mortywith personalized weapons and first-person shooter action.
Massive Riot Games and Game Pass Collaboration Xbox has announced a massive partnership with Riot Games, the developer behind popular esports titles such as League of Legends and Valorant. With this partnership, Game Pass owners will be able to unlock all champions and agents and get various benefits across all five Riot titles.
A Plague Tale: Requiem gameplay – A Plague Tale: Requiem, the sequel to the great A Plague Tale: Innocence, has received a new gameplay trailer with a confirmed Day 1 Game Pass release. The story-driven game looks beautiful and seems to be in the same vein or on par with PlayStation’s Last of Us series.
Forza Motorsport brings real-time ray tracing on track – While Forza Horizon 5 wowed fans last year, this year’s Forza Motorsport took center stage. Developed by Turn 10, the beautiful simulator racing title has been fine-tuned in great detail, with more detailed car modifications. The game also offers ray tracking on the track, unlike GT7’s garage-only ray tracing.
Microsoft Flight Simulator Gets a Halo Infinite Pelican – Microsoft Flight Simulator has received a picturesque trailer for its 40th anniversary. Halo Infinite’s Pelican also comes as a free update to Microsoft Flight Simulator.
Overwatch 2 gets a release date and a new champion – Overwatch 2 has an early access release date, a free-to-play announcement, and a new champion.
The Elder Scrolls Online High Isle gets a new trailer – The Elder Scrolls Online recently launched a new expansion, The High Isle. Zenimax Studios debuted a trailer showcasing everything new in the expansion.
Fallout 76 new trailer for The Pitt – Fallout 76 is getting a new expansion called The Pitt that will take players to a familiar location from the previous title.
Forza Horizon 5 Hot Wheels Expansion Announcement – Although it was already leaked on Steam, Xbox has officially announced a Hot Wheels themed expansion for Forza Horizon 5. This marks the second time Forza Horizon has teamed up with Mattel’s Hot Wheels for an expansion since Forza Horizon 3.
ARA History Untold is a historical RTS from Oxide Games – In one of the rare CGI trailers, Xbox has revealed ARA: History Untold by Oxide Games. It is a historical real-time strategy (RTS) title similar to Humankind and Sid Meier’s Civilization.
Ark II gets a release date – Ark II shared a small trailer featuring Vin Diesel and his famous grunt, along with a release date.
Scorn shows a gruesome trailer for a Halloween release date – After a delay, Scorn is finally ready for an October release date, just in time for the Halloween season.
Flintlock: the Siege of Dawn looks amazing – Previously announced title Flintlock: the Siege of Dawn saw some great gameplay visuals and added its name to the awesome Game Pass Day 1 roster.
Lightyear Frontier is a fun survival builder with mechs – Lightyear Frontier presents itself as a mix between No Man Sky, Raft and Minecraft, with a touch of mecha building. It looks like a perfect casual title to just relax with.
Gunfire Reborn is a chaotic co-op shooter with a cool art style – Gunfine Reborn has a unique, simplistic art style with exaggerated animal action.
The Last Case of Benedict Fox is a 2D action platform with a great atmosphere – At first glance, The Last Case of Benedict Fox resembles the Ori titles, albeit in a much darker tone. However, it also adds smoother combat with accompanying weapons.
As Dusk Falls tells an interesting story set in the arid suburbs – Originally revealed last year, the narrative title As Dusk Falls had an expanded look with an interesting story to keep players hooked.
Naraka Bladepoint Coming to Xbox – Nakara Bladepoint is making its way to consoles, Xbox exclusive. It is also set to get a campaign mode in addition to the Battle Royal mode.
Minecraft Legends brings the beloved world to a new RTS genre – Mojang has unveiled a new Minecraft project called Minecraft Legends. It is an RTS title set in the world of Minecraft and follows its art style.
Pentiment of Obsidian brings a unique art to a 2D RPG – While Avoved and Outer Worlds 2 didn’t appear, Obsidian revealed a new title, Pentiment. It’s a side-scrolling RPG with a painting-like aesthetic when it comes to visuals.
Grounded 1.0 was revealed with a fun, crazy trailer – Pentiment wasn’t Obsidian’s only offering as the Grounded 1.0 trailer was also released.
Ereban: Shadow Legacy is going to be an interesting stealth game – Ereban: Shadow Legacy is a unique stealth action title that embraces shadow and light to provide a unique stealth title.
Diablo IV unveiled the Necromancer class – After Overwatch 2, Blizzard continued their hype train with Diablo IV and the unveiling of the fifth and final class, Necromancer. They also shared extended gameplay with fans’ favorite gameplay loop.
Sea of Thieves season seven showcased with shanties – Sea of Thieves shared the season seven launch trailer in the most pirate-like way possible, featuring sea shanties.
Ravenlok combines in unique colors and lights Xbox continued the indie hype train with Ravenlok, a Zelda-inspired open world with a beautiful art style.
Cocoon continues the Game Pass hype with Day 1 – Another indie game joining the roster is Cocoon, a new puzzle adventure title from the developers of Limbo and Inside. This game is also slated for a Day 1 Game Pass release.
Wo Long Fallen Dynasty, from Nioh developer Team Ninja, brings souls to Game Pass – Xbox fans have been asking for more Japanese collaborations and Xbox is finally bringing one. Developed by Team Ninja from the Nioh series, Wo Long Fallen Dynasty is a soul-like take on the Chinese dynasty. The game will launch on Game Pass Day 1.
Kojima Partnership with Xbox – One of the most legendary developers of today’s video game industry is Hideo Kojima. In addition to appearing on the show, Kojima revealed that his studio, Kojima Productions, is making a new title in partnership with Xbox.
Persona 3 Portable, 4 Golden and 5 Royal make their way to Game Pass and Xbox – One of Atlus’ most iconic JRPG series is Persona. Mostly, the series was exclusive to the PlayStation platform, but now it’s making its jump to not just the Xbox platform, but Steam and PS5 as well. Persona 3 Portable, 4 Golden and 5 Royal will also be added to the Game Pass.
Todd Howard has finally revealed Starfield – Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, fans got to see Starfield’s gameplay. And while some comparisons were made to No Man Sky, the gameplay footage was undeniably exciting. Anticipation for the title has reached new heights with the reveal of the gameplay footage.
All in all, The Xbox Bethesda Games Showcase was exciting and fans were hyped with reveals like Kojima’s.
Edited by Soumyadyuti Ghosh