Xbox Games Showcase Highlights: The games, trailers, and release dates

Xbox Games Showcase

Microsoft today unveiled a diverse collection of first-party games during its Xbox Games Showcase.

Most of the games are coming to Xbox Series X and PC, although Xbox One was not left out of the mix. More importantly, all of the games featured as part of the event are free to play for Xbox Game Pass subscribers.

If you missed the Xbox Games Showcase or just don’t have time to watch the whole thing, here are the highlights from the event. We’ve included release dates (if known) and a trailer for each game.

Halo Infinite

Microsoft showed off the first gameplay from the upcoming game’s campaign. It actually looks quite similar to the second mission in Halo: Combat Evolved with an open design that lets you roam the map freely. Of course, Infinite is infinitely larger (well… almost). It’s coming out this year on PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.

State of Decay 3

State of Decay 3 is a bit of a surprise. The trailer shows a survivor living in the wilderness. The main character appears to be a relatively young female with a crossbow. While hunting, she stumbles across a deer that just so happens to be a zombie.

Forza Motorsport

This trailer was captured completely in-engine, according to Phil Spencer. It’s not clear if it is an Xbox Series X launch title, but I certainly hope so!

Everwild

Everwild is a new franchise from Rare. The game was previously announced, but this trailer shows off more of its highly stylized graphics and nature theme. It’s coming to PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.

Tell Me Why

This is another game that we previously heard about, but now we have a release date. Tell Me Why is going to be episodic. Chapter 1 is coming out on August 27 for PC and Xbox One.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Moon Studios is bringing Ori and the Will of the Wisps to Xbox Series X. The game supports 120 frames per second in 4K with “silky smooth” animations.

The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon

The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon is one of two new expansions that are planned. It releases on September 9 for PC and Xbox One.

Grounded

Grounded looks like a game inspired by Honey I Shrunk the Kids. You will be able to play both solo or co-op. The game is coming to Xbox Game Preview for Xbox One and Steam Early Access on July 28. It is also coming to Xbox Series X.

Avowed

Avowed is a new open-world first-person RPG from Obsidian. The game looks like it has a medieval setting with archers, skeletons, and sorcery. It’s being described as “built from the ground up” for Xbox Series X.

As Dusk Falls

As Dusk Falls is described as an “original interactive drama,” so expect a story-heavy game. This probably won’t win a lot of fans from those looking for beefed-up graphics (some commenters compared the style to GTA‘s load screens). But the intertwined story of two families living in the American southwest sounds like it might be interesting.

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 is shaping up to be one of Microsoft’s strongest exclusives. The development team at Ninja Theory announced that 3.5 million players have now played the original game across all platforms. So it has a fairly large fanbase.

Hellblade 2 is set in Iceland. They didn’t show much new during the Showcase, but there’s a new development diary from Ninja Theory that they uploaded today. Check it out below!

Psychonauts 2

As we’d expect, Psychonauts 2 looks trippy. The game from Double Fine Productions – which is now part of Xbox Game Studios – is coming to PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. The Showcase trailer features music from composer Peter McConnell with comedian Jack Black on vocals.

Destiny 2

Okay, so it’s not going to excite a lot of people to hear that Destiny 2 is coming to Xbox Series X. It’s already on basically everything. But… the game is coming to Xbox Game Pass with all of the expansions starting in September.

That’s not all, though. On November 10, Destiny 2: Beyond Light is coming to Xbox Game Pass. Plus, Game Pass Ultimate members can play on mobile devices through Project xCloud. That’s pretty good news, right?

Stalker 2

This one was a bit of a surprise. The Stalker franchise is back. Did you miss it?

Warhammer 40,000: Dark Tide

Warhammer 40,000: Dark Tide is coming first to PC and Xbox Series X in 2021.

Tetris Effect Connected

Tetris Effect was first released on PS4 and later came to PC. Now the Xbox is getting its own version. Tetris Effect Connected is coming to PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X in holiday 2020.

The Gunk

The Gunk comes from the creators of SteamWorld. It looks like you go on an adventure on a desolate planet and along the way help revitalize it.

The Medium

The Medium is described as a dual-reality psychological horror game.

Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis

Sega is bringing Phantasy Star Online 2 to the Xbox Series X along with the New Genesis expansion in 2021. It’s described as a “brand new, expansive world” in the trailer. The expansion is also coming to PC and Xbox One.

CrossfireX

Remedy (yeah, Microsoft owns everyone now) is bringing CrossfireX to Xbox One and Xbox Series X. The first-person shooter has both multi-player and cinematic single-player experience. During the Xbox Games Showcase, they showed off a campaign reveal. It’s coming out in 2020.

Fable

Fans of the Fable series will be pleased to hear that Microsoft teased a new game in the series. This was the last reveal.

What did you think of the Xbox Games Showcase? What games are you most looking forward to playing on Xbox Series X? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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