Microsoft took advantage of its conference at E3 to present the latest news from its first-party studios.
On this second day ofE3, Microsoft opened the festivities with a conference Xbox et Bethesda very complete since it was used to present around thirty games in total. The company kicked off its conference with one of Bethesda’s most anticipated titles, namely Starfield. The title was announced in 2019 and since then, no news has been shared. Tonight, Microsoft has lifted the veil on its official release date, which is November 11, 2022. It will be released on Xbox Series X / S and PC, with free access for subscribers of the. Xbox Game Pass from the day of its release. The space adventure game is finally seeing the end of the tunnel, after 25 years of development.
Ensuite, S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 was unveiled in a new trailer. The gameplay sequence presents a world that is sometimes desolate, sometimes teeming with enemies to destroy. Microsoft describes S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 as an experience created for the next-gen in terms of graphics and gameplay. The title will be released on Xbox Series X / S and PC on April 28, 2022. It will also be available through Xbox Game Pass on the day of its release.
Then the title Back 4 Blood by Warner Bros. Games was featured in an electric trailer. His PvP mode was presented. It unveiled a gameplay made of human and zombie opposing fights, as well as a co-op mode for up to 4 players. The title will be released this October 12 on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, Xbox Game Pass and PC.
The next game on the list is a new title from the Avalanche studio. In a very evasive teaser, we got to know the name of the game which is called Contraband. It will be an open world game set in the fictional sunny world of Bayan during the 1970s. It will be playable in co-op. It will be released on an unknown date on Xbox Series X / S and Xbox Game Pass.
In a totally different universe, Sea of Thieves A Pirate’s Life has been unveiled. This is a new free-to-play entry in the franchise Sea of thieves, with an unexpected twist. Indeed, Jack Sparrow will make his entry and he will bring with him a major supernatural disaster, as well as some of his friends, such as Davy Jones, sirens or phantom pirates. The game in collaboration with Disney will be available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, PC and Xbox Game Pass on June 22.
New arrival to the Xbox Game Pass catalog, Yakuza Like a Dragon joins from today all the other titles of the franchise. Nothing new for the title except that it will be available to more people thanks to Microsoft’s service. On top of that, 10 new Bethesda titles will also join the catalog. So there are now 30 Bethesda games available in total for Xbox Game Pass subscribers.
After this news, Battelfield 2042 was revealed a little more in a pre-alpha gameplay trailer. We were able to see very different sets from what EA has accustomed us to with the last installments of the franchise. As a reminder, Battlefield 2042 will be available on October 22, 2021 on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S and PC.
The following game is very different from any that have been shown at this conference. This is a narrative game titled Twelve Minutes and featuring a cast worthy of a Hollywood movie with at the top of the list James McAvoy et William Dafoe for example. The title depicts the life of a man stuck in a time loop, in a thriller atmosphere. It will be released on Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, and Xbox Game Pass on August 19, 2021.
Then the highly anticipated Psychonauts 2 was unveiled in a colorful and quirky trailer. As always, the title deals with the complexity of the human mind with humor. Psychonauts 2 will be available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, PC and Xbox Game Pass on August 25th.
Bethesda then unveiled some new features for the game. Fallout 76, including a new narrative chapter titled Reign of Steel. This chapter arrives in an update on July 7th. In addition, another free update will be available from 2022 and it is called Expeditions: The Pitt. For the first time in the game, you will be able to explore beyond the borders of Appalachia.
Microsoft also mentioned a few titles that have undergone optimizations for the Xbox Series X / S. Are concerned, the titles Elder Scrolls Online, which will be released on June 15, or Diablo II Resurrected, available September 23, 2021, and DOOM Eternal, available on June 29th. If next-gen updates are free for Elders Scrolls Online and DOOM Eternal, Diablo II Resurrected is actually a remastered edition of the original title and will therefore be chargeable in its full version and next-gen compatible.
We are now moving to a radically different universe, populated by animals of all kinds fighting one another for no apparent reason. This is the universe depicted by Party Animals, which will be available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, and Xbxo Game Pass in 2022.
Microsoft then announced the arrival of two ports of multi award winning titles. The first is Hades which will be released on consoles on August 13, 2021. The second is Microsoft Flight Simulator which will be released for Xbox Series X / S on July 27th. A new free expansion in homage to Top Gun will also be available this fall.
Then Microsoft introduced the title Somerville. This is an apocalyptic adventure game in which you must find a way to keep your family together as the world is plagued by natural and supernatural disasters. Somerville will be available in 2022 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, PC and Xbox Game Pass on the day of its release.
Much awaited by fans and gamers on Xbox, Halo Infinite made an appearance at the conference. A brand new gameplay trailer has been unveiled as well as a new free-to-play game mode. It is a multiplayer mode with cross-play support between Microsoft consoles and PC. In the announcement video, the infamous Master Chief can be seen in action, as he tries to find out why Cortana is missing. Halo Infinite is expected for the holiday season 2021 on Xbox One, Xbox Series and PC.
Then a brand new title was previewed and it’s a second installment for the Asobo Studio franchise. A Plague Tale. Entitled Requiem, the trailer shows us an Amicia and a Hugo more mature and still as in danger as in the first entry. The game will be available in 2022 on Xbox Series X / S, PC and Xbox Game Pass from the day of its release.
After this unexpected announcement, Far Cry 6 has come up again with a new gameplay trailer. He shows us in more detail the gameplay possibilities as well as Dani’s infiltration skills. As a reminder, Far Cry 6 will be available on October 7 on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S and PC.
Speaking of second opus, that of Slime Rancher was also unveiled. Without further details, Microsoft announced that the title will be released in 2022 on Xbox Series X / S and Xbox Game Pass in 2022.
Same thing for the next title Shredders, a snowboarding game releasing on Xbox Series X / S and Xbox Game Pass in December 2021 that featured in an all-new trailer.
Then a Russian game calledAtomic Heart was announced in a one-minute trailer. This is a first person adventure game with quirky humor and a unique gameplay experience. The title will be released on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S and PC, as well as Xbox Game Pass, at an as yet unknown date.
The following title changes completely since it is a 2D adventure game called Replaced. If the universe of this retro game seems sad and sorry, little information is available at the moment concerning its history. However, it is known to be released in 2022 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S and Xbox Game Pass on the day of its release.
On the RPG side, Eiyuden Chronicles will soon have a new entry by the name of Hundred Heroes. This new opus will be released in 2023 while the title Eiyuden Chronicle Rising will be released in 2022. More information on these two titles will be available soon.
Following this, Microsoft introduced the title The Ascent in a new trailer revealing its official release date. It will be available on July 29 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S and Xbox Game Pass.
Then it was the turn of the historical strategy game Age of Empires IV to reveal some of its gameplay before its release on October 28 on PC and Xbox Game Pass.
Microsoft has saved the best for last with the last three games announced at its conference. One of them is The Outer Worlds 2, which revealed itself in a new trailer. The title will be released on an as yet unknown date on Xbox Series X / S and Xbox Game Pass.
Then new images of the next one Forza Horizon 5 were unveiled. In a gameplay sequence explained by the developers, the title showed itself in all its glory under the Mexican sun. The developers clarified that it was the largest open world available in the entire franchise. According to these first images, the title seems to be a perfect copy of the Mexican territories, with its deserts and its colorful cities. Forza Horizon 5 will be released on November 9 for Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, PC, and Xbox Game Pass.
Finally, a brand new entry has been unveiled. This is an adventure game featuring a team of special power fighters, facing an army of vampires like never seen before. The title is entitled Redfall and is developed by the Arkane studio. He revealed himself in a stunning and impactful announcement video. It will be available on Xbox Series X / S and Xbox Game Pass in the summer of 2022, so we’ll have to wait a bit before we can discover this original world.