Update: So looking further into details the event will focus on the third party showcases, so maybe we'll still see some first party. Regardless, these games are still expected to be showcased at upcoming events. Just keep in mind the original email I was sent didn't show many details. The big event is almost here, the Xbox Series X games reveal on May 7th and I thought it would be interesting to compile what to expect from the event. Focusing on this, and other events down the road.
While I’m disappointed that I won’t be able to see these sort of reveals in person at the Xbox E3 conference, it certainly will be interesting to cover them from home for the first time in many, many years. Anyways, here’s a sort of broken down list by expectations and how safe certain games are in terms of being something you’ll see at the show.
The biggest one that I’d be shocked not to see with great reveal depth, would be Halo Infinite. This is the flagship franchise for the platform, and it’s supposed to launch alongside the console though that is up in the air due to the whole virus situation at the moment. The next fairly safe title to see would be Grounded, it was supposed to have a Game Preview release in the spring and I imagine it’s a safe bet.
Another fairly safe one would be Minecraft Dungeons, it is releasing this month and while not necessarily a showcase for Series X, I do imagine they’ll show a small clip just for hype building marketing wise. We’re also safe on seeing Cyberpunk 2077 and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, the latter confirmed and the former Xbox has the confirmed marketing on.
Might See Games
After the first showcase of Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2, I feel there might be more presented from that, or Ninja Theory’s other title Project Mara. The latter being a sort of psychologically weird horror type of experience, at least that’s what I got from the initial tease of it. Rare might be bringing in Everwild since that was teased recently and has been worked on for a period of time. This is a large scale cooperative experience that could be a big hit for the platforms, it certainly looks lovely.
I would honestly place high bets that Forza Motorsport 8 will be present, they teased racing at the first reveal in their video and it’s that time for Turn10 to jump in cycle wise since they took an extra year off. I’d be shocked if there wasn’t a Forza for launch, considering the premium style of the series and how much it could push the technology.
Outriders might be present, not too sure on the marketing for that one at this point. Warframe has also been noted as having a new generation version, and I believe we’ll see a reel of updated older games including Gears 5 within that section. Might tease better looking Original Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One games in general.
Other possible games to quickly list some off include Ubisoft’s Gods & Monsters, Watch Dogs Legion, Rainbow Six Quarantine, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, Gothic Remake, Elden Ring and Dying Light 2. I put Dying Light last as that one has been delayed indefinitely, though it seems like an impressive offering from what I’ve viewed over the last couple E3 events, one to watch out for. The others are all sort of known, we just don’t have too much on their timing or presentations.
Rumored Games and More
Here we jump into more of the fun thoughts, of what could be there. While we’re all eagerly awaiting the next Viva Pinata, there are more confirmed details out there. We’ll start with a more likely candidate since we know it exists and it’s been revealed, Age of Empires IV. I note this one in this area, as we’ll see it on PC though we have no idea if it’s make the jump to console at all. It would be great to see, considering how iconic this RTS franchise is. The next big one is always called the company’s worst kept secret, that being Fable IV from Playground Games. I think we’ll see it there, I have a high confidence and can’t wait to see this brand new iteration of the beloved RPG series.
There have also been recent rumors of The Coalition possibly secretly working on a gadgets futuristic game which could be Perfect Dark. That IP has been dormant for a very long time, and now seems like a good point to try it again. That title could very well be one of the surprises. Another game that seems likely based on development time, would be State of Decay 3. The second game has been out for awhile, the next generation seems like a great time to truly push this open world zombie survival title. Other first party games that might have a surprise showcase include inXile Entertainment, Compulsion Games and Double Fine.
All recent acquisitions that have a few existing projects on the way, while also working on future Xbox Game Studio releases. That’s about it for what to expect, let me know if I missed anything big as I think I got the essentials down. It should be a great reveal event, and I look forward to covering it from a different situation this time. It’s not something I’m typically able to do, and hopefully this does deliver some unique new surprises that are completely out of nowhere. Read our write-up about this great year for the Halo franchise, or check out the general hub for the Xbox Series X platform below.
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