It’s here: the most anticipated show of not-E3 2022: the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase.
If you’ve missed it, don’t worry. You can watch the whole show right here in the embedded video above. Or you can simply read through our round-up. We’ve listed each and every announcement in the order they were shown off, so you won’t miss a thing.
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Opening the show is a new extended gameplay trailer for Redfall, a first person horror-shooter from Bethesda. Fight your way through vampires on the historic island of Redfall, which isn’t quite the place it used to be. It’s up to you, a plucky group of friends, to uncover the secrets of the island and maybe, just maybe, get life back to normal. It looks suitably gory and very tense, so we reckon you’re going to need nerves of steel to get through this one. It’s coming in 2023.
Hollow Knight: Silksong
The long-awaited sequel to Hollow Knight finally gets a showing. Silksong brings back the the gorgeous visuals of its predecessor alongside engaging side-scrolling metroidvania action, fearsome boss fights and more. No release date, but it’ll be available on Game Pass on day one.
High on Life
Here’s a world premiere, with Xbox having a console launch exclusive. From the creators of Rick & Morty, it’s a first person shooter that sees you play with, er, talking alien guns. It’s ridiculously colourful, and looks ridiculously… ridiculous. It’s coming October 2022 to Xbox consoles, PC and cloud. Since this is a launch exclusive, we can expect it to come to other formats at a later date.
Riot Games coming to Game Pass
Riot Games’ biggest titles – including League of Legends, League of Legends: Wild Rift, Valorant, Teamfight Tactics and Legends of Runeterra – are coming to Xbox Game Pass for PC and mobile. All games will have bonus content and/or characters unlocked.
A Plague Tale: Requiem
Here’s another trailer for the upcoming sequel to A Plague Tale: Innocence. Hugo and Amicia’s journey is set to continue, blending stealth, action and exploration. If the first game is anything to go by, this is one worth getting excited for. Still no release date, but it’s scheduled to come before the end of the year.
The new Forza sim game is finally getting revealed. Rather than being Forza 8, it’s relaunching itself as Forza Motorsport. This isn’t to be confused with sister franchise Forza Horizon; rather, the Motorsport series focuses on serious track races rather than arcade open world action. It’ll support a fully dynamic day and night cycle and better visuals than ever. It does look rather stunning. It’s coming spring 2023 to Xbox consoles, PC and cloud.
Did you know? Flight Simulator is Microsoft’s longest-running franchise, and it’s just about to celebrate its 40th anniversary. As such, a new 40th Anniversary version of the game is set to release in November. And, as a bonus, the Halo craft is available in the game from today.
Finally: a new trailer for the long-awaited Overwatch 2. It’ll be free to play, and early access begins on 4th October. There’s also a new hero joining the ranks: the Wastelander.
ARA: History Untold
Here’s a world premiere. From Oxide Games, it’s a turn-based strategy game all about rewriting history. It’s coming to Steam and PC Game Pass.
The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle
Here’s a trailer for the upcoming Elder Scrolls expansion, High Isle. It’s already on PC, and it’ll be coming to Xbox (and PlayStation) consoles on 21st June. You can read more about it here.
New content is coming to Fallout 76: The Pitt. It’s coming to Xbox consoles and PC in September 2022.
Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels Expansion
Forza Horizon 5 is getting a Hot Wheels expansion. No, you’re not the only one getting deja vu: we had Hot Wheels back in Forza Horizon 3. If they were going to redo one, they should have done another LEGO one. Not that we’re bitter or anything. Still, it looks great fun, and we’re glad for another reason to jump into Forza Horizon 5. It’ll be available 19th July.
ARK: Survival Evolved 2
Here’s a trailer for ARK: Survival Evolved 2, coming to Xbox consoles, cloud and PC in 2023. And it stars Vin Diesel. Cool?
Another Xbox console launch exclusive. It’s Scorn, a game we’ve seen before and it looks absolutely brutal. This is gore incarnate, and it’s coming to Xbox consoles, PC and cloud on 21st October.
Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn
A third-person fantasy action game, this looks rather interesting. Expect lots of close combat against weird and wonderful monsters. It’s coming early 2023, and you can play day one with Game Pass.
A new game from Mojang, the creators of Minecraft. The ever-popular voxel world is getting another spin-off, this time a real-time strategy game. It’s scheduled to release in 2023.
Another Xbox console launch exclusive: Lightyear Frontier. It’s a cosy farming simulator game with a difference: it’s set in space. Its coming to consoles, cloud and PC in spring 2023. You can read more about it here.
Gunfire Reborn is a four-player roguelike action game. It’s been out on PC for a while, but it’s coming to Xbox consoles (and Game Pass) in October.
The Last Case of Benedict Fox
Yet another console launch exclusive for Xbox. It’s a spooky-looking side-scrolling action platformer, which seems to be packed with Lovecraftian lore. It’s coming in spring 2023.
As Dusk Falls
A story-driven adventure, As Dusk Falls is written like a TV drama, following the lives of five very different characters. It’s designed to be an emotional, thought-provoking adventure that can be played alone or with friends. It certainly looks and sounds intriguing, thanks to its comic book style art and excellent acting. It’s coming to Xbox consoles, cloud and PC on 19th July.
Here’s another console launch exclusive: Naraka Bladepoint, a multiplayer samurai battle royale which has been popular on PC for quite some time. It also has a new campaign mode incoming, which will be included with Game Pass at launch. It’ll be available from 23rd June.
World Premiere time! A narrative adventure set in medieval times, Pentiment is from Obsidian Entertainment – quite a departure for the studio. It looks rather interesting though, and we’ll be able to play it in November.
Another one from Obsidian Entertainment. Grounded has been available for some time in Game Preview, and now it’s finally getting a full release. New content is on its way, along with the “full story”. It’s launching in September.
Ereban: Shadow Legacy
Another World Premiere, and a console launch exclusive. It looks to be a stealth action game set in a futuristic world overrun by robots. Play as a woman fighting against them, trying to make her way through the world. It looks rather cool. It’s coming in 2023.
Mmm, blood and guts. This can only be one thing: a cinematic trailer for Diablo IV. It introduces the Necromancer, the fifth and final class for the game. We also get a glimpse of Xbox Series X gameplay, and it’s looking fantastic; character models and locations are more detailed than ever before. It also touched on endgame content, where we got a glimpse of a new ‘Paragon board’. And the promise that Blizzard will be supporting it for years to come. Just give it to us now, Blizzard, please. Still no release date, but finally a window: 2023. Presumably before June, since Xbox announced everything shown here is coming in ‘the next 12 months’.
Sea of Thieves
A new trailer for Sea of Theives is here, showing off ship and cabin customisation coming to season 7. It starts on 21st July.
Another World Premiere, and this one looks gorgeous. A fantastical adventure, Ravenlok sees you take on the role of a young girl stepping foot in a magical universe. There’s a serious Alice in Wonderland vibe here. It’s coming 2023 to Xbox consoles, PC and cloud, and Game Pass on day one.
Here’s a new game from Annapurna, and it’s an Xbox console launch exclusive. Take control of a tiny humanoid bug, solve environmental puzzles and explore a big, wide world. It’s coming in 2023.
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty
Something new from Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja, and it’s Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty. The trailer doesn’t give much gameplay away, but it looks very cool. Think darkness, blood and dragons. It’s coming in early 2023, and will be on Game Pass on day one.
Persona is coming to Xbox
The Persona series is finally coming to Xbox. Persona 3 Portable, Persona 4 Golden and Persona 5 Royal are all landing on Xbox Game Pass. The first one to land is Persona 5 Royale, coming on 21st October.
Kojima is working with Xbox Game Studios
Hideo Kojima is working with Microsoft on a brand new experience. It’s a “completely new game that nobody has seen or experienced before”. Kojima himself says it may take some time, so don’t expect to see any gameplay (or even a title) any time soon.
We got our first look at extended gameplay for Starfield, a game that Phil Spencer likes to remind us is one of the most anticipated games in Xbox history. The gameplay begins with our character making their way across a very barren planet on the hunt for an abandoned research facility. Once we get inside, though, it’s not so abandoned; there are some pirates to shoot as we make our way around. Interestingly, the perspective of the gameplay keeps switching between first and third person, so it’s likely players will have a choice. Later on, we get a glimpse of some bigger, deadlier alien enemies, huge space ships we’ll get to fly, and more.