June 28, 2022

Summer Game Fest – Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase Round-up

Let’s check out the fallout (geddit) of the Xbox & Bethesda Showcase

The 2022 Summer Game Fest event has been in full swing for a number of days, already.

However, as the temperature rises, so too does the number of games announced.

And it doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.

Here is the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase round-up;

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Redfall, by Arkane Austin

The first-person vampire-killing action-romp kicked things off with a tasty gameplay trailer. Expect plenty of Arkane’s gunplay mechanics coupled with the studio’s supernatural sensibilities going on.

Plenty to sink your teeth into. Sorry.

Coming 2023 to Xbox Game Pass Day One, PC, and cloud.

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Hollow Knight: Silksong, by Team Cherry

ABG‘s resident Jambagger, Rudy Manchego’s favourite game of all time is getting a long-awaited sequel. And we have some new footage of it. There’s going to be a lot of Silksong chatter on the next Jambag podcast, mark my words!

Coming to Xbox Game Pass Day One, PC, and cloud. And, presumably, other platforms besides.

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High on Life, by Squanch Games

From the team behind Solar Opposites and Rick and Morty comes a new first-person shooter where your guns are alive. Expect the usual comedy and calamity that the minds behind Rick Sanchez and co. bring.

A console launch exclusive coming October 2022 to Xbox Game Pass, PC, and cloud. I might even make this one a future ABG Let’s Play series.

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Riot Games Xbox exclusive bonuses

Whilst not a new game announcement, Riot and Xbox are entering into a new partnership. Xbox Game Pass subscribers will get exclusive bonuses across five of Riot’s games.

Included in the bonuses will be;

  • League of Legends all Champions unlocked – PC
  • League of Legends: Wild Rift all Champions unlocked – mobile
  • Legends of Runeterra – Foundations Set unlocked – PC and mobile
  • Teamfight Tactics – Select “Little Legends” unlocked – PC and mobile
  • Valorant all Agents unlocked – PC
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A Plague Tale: Requiem, by Asobo Studio

One of the long-awaited titles for this generation, Requiem follows Amicia and Hugo as they continue their journey across France. Stealth, the supernatural, and plenty of stabbing will see Requiem‘s heroes through a bleak, Black Plague-ridden Europe.

Expect rats.

Coming to Xbox Game Pass Day One, PC, and, possibly, cloud.

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Forza Motorsport, by Turn 10

A new entry into the Forza mainline series, this new game is lacking the numerical sequencing seen on previous entries. Whether this is a reboot or not is not quite clear. What is clear, however, is that this is a thing of beauty! The genre’s best racing mechanics are now coupled with dynamic day-and-night lighting, ambient temperatures affecting tyres, and more.

Coming Spring 2023 to Xbox Game Pass, PC, and cloud.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator, by Asobo Studio

The series’ 40th anniversary sees the game soar to new heights! Microsoft Flight Simulator is getting an update later this year. Helicopters and gliders will be making their debut, and, most interestingly, Halo content will be dropping in – literally.

The 40th-anniversary update is coming this November, to Xbox Game Pass, PC. Meanwhile, the Halo content is already available.

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Overwatch 2, by Blizzard Entertainment

As part of that acquisition, Xbox has access to all of Activision Blizzard King’s IP. As such, the Xbox (& Bethesda) event was the perfect space to showcase the upcoming Overwatch 2 with a brand-new trailer. What’s more, the game is going free-to-play this October.

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Ara: History Untold, by Oxide Games

An upcoming, Xbox Game Studios-published strategy game from the team behind Ashes of the Singularity. Recreate the history of the Earth in this turn-based Civ-like, coming to Xbox Game Pass for PC.

Join the game’s Insider programme here.

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The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle, by Zenimax

The latest update to the hugely successful Bethesda MMO comes later this month (21st June). Bring your A-game as you travel to up-to-now unseen locations and save the Bretons.

Coming to Xbox Game Pass and PC

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Fallout 76 – Expeditions: The Pitt, by Bethesda

The other Bethesda MMO also has a new update coming. This time around, get ready to explore The Pitt!

Not going to lie, anytime I hear Petula Clark’s Downtown, I smile. So The Pitt can’t be that bad. Right?

Coming to Xbox Game Pass and PC later this year.

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Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels DLC, by Playground Games

Motorsports? Check. Music festival? Check. Over-the-top Nonsensical Mayhem Fun? Check. The Hot Wheels brand returns to the Forza Horizon music festival, bringing all manner of cars, stunts, and crazy tracks with it.

Coming 19th July to Xbox Game Pass, PC, and cloud

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Ark 2, by Studio Wildcard

The sequel to the dinosaur-taming, society-farming Online RPG franchise is coming. And this time, it’s a console launch exclusive.

Also, the trailer (see below) features Vin Diesel. Nothing says “family” more than dinosaurs, evidently.

Coming in 2023 to Xbox Game Pass, and PC (most likely cloud as well, but not yet confirmed).

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Scorn, by Ebb Software

The H R Geiger-inspired biopunk horror survival game is another Xbox console launch exclusive. I know ABG‘s Commander-in-Chief, Darren Colley is eager for this one. It looks gruesome!

Coming October 2022 to Xbox Game Pass

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Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn, by A44 Games

A cool-looking, fantasy action-RPG where you’re tasked with defeating gods. The combat looks fluid enough that certain obsessive fans out there might want to take note.

Coming “early” 2023 to Xbox Game Pass

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Minecraft Legends, by Mojang

A new entry into the ever-expanding Minecraft franchise, Legends is classified as being an “action strategy game”. I instantly thought of Overlord when I saw the gameplay footage, but, obviously, with Minecraft graphics and mechanics.

Coming in 2023 to Xbox Game Pass, PC, and other platforms

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Lightyear Frontier, by Frame Break and Amplifier Game Invest

If you’ve ever wondered what Stardew Valley would look like in 3D and set in space with mechs, this is the answer. A gorgeous-looking farming sim with a healthy dose of explorative intrigue.

Coming Spring 2023 to Xbox Game Pass and PC

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Gunfire Reborn, by Duoyi Interactive

A mad-cap mix of FPS and roguelite, Gunfire Reborn boasts up to four-player co-op and a wonderful cel-shaded aesthetic. And plenty of ability-based heroes to boot.

Coming October 2022 to Xbox Game Pass

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The Last Case of Benedict Fox, by Plot Twist

A stunningly good-looking Lovecraftian Metroidvania, this one is a definite future Let’s Play series! There’s action, detective-ing, and just a small slither of Tim Burton-esque going on.

Coming Spring 2023 to Xbox Game Pass and PC.

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As Dusk Falls, by INTERIOR/NIGHT

This one is so good-looking. The aesthetic is simply beautiful! An original, interactive drama that sees the intertwined lives of two families play out over the space of thirty years. As Dusk Falls can be played solo or with up to eight-person co-op.

Coming 19th July to Xbox Game Pass, PC, and cloud

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Naraka Bladepoint, by 24 Entertainment

The melee/martial arts-centric 60-player battle royale has already been a hit on PC. However, when it comes to Xbox console, it is boasting cross-play and a new campaign mode

Coming 23 June to Xbox Game Pass (and PC, obviously)

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Pentiment, by Obsidian Entertainment

Obsidian’s newest IP takes the form of a 2D, Olde English textbook narrative affair. That description doesn’t really do the game justice, however. Think the Bayeux Tapestry brought to life with the RPG-knowhow of Obsidian.

Coming November 2022 to Xbox Game Pass, PC, and cloud

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Grounded Full Release, by Obsidian Entertainment

Double-dose of Obsidian! The team’s Honey, I Shrunk the Kids-esque video game is finally launching out of Game Preview status. Featuring everything the game had to offer – including base-building, crafting, and bugs galore – Grounded: Full Release now also features the full Grounded story. That’s right, you get to see this madness through to its end.

Coming September 2022 to Xbox Game Pass, PC, and cloud

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Ereban: Shadow Legacy, by Baby Robot Games

The illegitimate cyberpunk love-child of Aragami and Contrast. Ereban sees you take to the shadows to fight an army of robots and uncover your past. Another console launch exclusive.

Coming in 2023 to Xbox Game Pass, PC, and cloud

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Diablo IV, by Blizzard Entertainment

After the recent launch of Diablo Immortal Blizzard is not sleeping. The fourth entry into the mainline series is official and will be launching next year. Look forward to all the usual bells and whistles of a Diablo game, plus character customisation, a shared, open world, and PvP

Coming 2023 to Xbox console and PC

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Sea of Thieves: Season 7 – “The Captaincy”, by Rare

The pirate-themed MMO simply keeps going. To celebrate the upcoming seventh season of Rare’s Sea of Thieves, the team released a trailer. I say a trailer it’s more akin to a musical number. The new update/season sees all wayward pirates be able to buy their own ships, customise cabins, name your ship – as long as there’s no profanity – and much more.

Coming 21st July to Xbox Game Pass, PC, and cloud

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Ravenlok, by Cococucumber

The dark twisted Canadian minds that brought us Echo Generation are back again. This time, they’ve done away with turn-based RPG and focused on a more action-RPG set-up for combat. Does that mean it’ll be any easier to win fights? Frick knows! WIll I still be playing it as part of a new Let’s Play series? I mean I’ve finally got over my voxel-demon-creature nightmares, so heck yeah!

Coming 2023 to Xbox Game Pass

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Cocoon, by Geometric Interactive

From the creative mind that brought us Limbo and Inside comes a…relatively pleasant looking adventure. Of course, there’s always a catch with Jeppe Carlson. What we can say about Cocoon is that there’s plenty of world-bending physics at play. Literally, as Cocoon sees you adventure across worlds within worlds.

Coming 2023 to Xbox Game Pass

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Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty, by Team Ninja

A dark and deeply atmospheric game featuring Later Han Dynasty militia and demonic forces. Fans of Nioh are bound to get a kick out of this.

Coming “early” 2023 to Xbox Game Pass and PC

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The Persona Collection, by Atlus

Another forbidden door akin to the Yakuza series, Phil Spencer took to the stage to make this grand announcement. After a number of years and releases that have alluded the Green Team, the series will now be available on Xbox. That includes Persona 3 Portable, Persona 4 Golden, and Persona 5 Royal. But it wasn’t the only quasi-PlayStation exclusive Big Phil announced would have a presence on Xbox…

Persona 5 Royal (the first of the three games to get the Xbox treatment) is coming this October to Xbox Game Pass and PC.

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Xbox and Kojima Productions partnership

Yep, from one brain-melter to another. Big Phil is partnering up with Kojima himself to work on a new project that will revolutionise cloud streaming… Or something. Whatever it is, PlayStation fanboys have already spat their dummies out and made a petition to cancel the project. Because that’s how things work.

On the proposed project, Kojima said;

“…there is a game I have always wanted to make. It’s a completely new game, one that no one has ever experienced or seen before. I’ve waited very long for the day when I could finally start to create it.

With Microsoft’s cutting-edge cloud technology and the change in the industry’s trend, it has now become possible to challenge myself to make this never-before-seen concept.

It may take some time, but I’m looking forward to teaming up with Xbox Game Studios and hope to bring you some exciting news in the future!”

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Starfield, by Bethesda

The show concluded with Phil passing the reigns over to Todd Howard. Howard then proceeded to introduce the world to the first gameplay footage of Starfield. Boasting massive character creation and ship customisation options as well as the ability to explore over 1,000 planets in over a hundred star systems. That last bit will remain to be seen. But there’s gunplay and ship combat, as well as that classic Bethesda first-person dialogue.

But that’s enough talking.

Coming 2023 to Xbox Game Pass, PC, and console

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And that’s it. What did you think about the event? How many games are you definitely going to play? Sound off in the comments section.


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