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Where to watch (and what to expect)

An astronaut stares into space at Starfield.

Image: Bethesda

For Xbox, a lot hinges on its big non-E3 press conference. Right now, after a number of notable delays, the mega-publisher’s 2022 edition is devoid of any major exclusives. Along with required announcements of games coming to Game Pass and announcements about other devices you can stream those games on, Xbox might actually share news about, you know, real video games.

where to watch

The event begins at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 12. You can stream it on Xbox Youtube and Tic canals. If you’d rather see it with cuts so heavy it looks like you’re look through a kaleidoscope, it will also be broadcast on Twitter. Bethesda will also co-stream on its Youtube and Tic canals. Xbox’s Aaron Greenberg said it will last 95 minutes.

Xbox will follow the showcase with an “extended” showcase at 1:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, June 14. This stream will not feature any new announcements but will offer more details on the games featured during the main event.

What to expect

Ahead of Thursday’s Summer Game Fest kick-off event, publishers and developers – in a marketing act for even more marketing – openly stated whether their games would appear during the show; some surprises there. Many of the reveals during Sony’s big State of Play showcase, meanwhile, had been rumored beforehand; some surprises there too. The Xbox event, however, is a bit more of an enigma.

It’s a safe bet that something, anythinginvolving Infinite Halo will appear. Halo is the xbox mario. And right now the latest iteration is the multiplayer shooter which also happens to be Microsoft’s big live service game, with a regular round of updates and a ton of previously announced additions slated for future releases. up to date. Infinite Halo still lacks multiplayer features, including support for a co-op campaign, as well as creative level-building Forge mode, which were featured in previous games and promised to be released later this year. Last year, Microsoft trademark “The Endless”, an obvious reference to the events that occur at the end of Infiniteof the campaign, foreshadowing a possible expansion. Certain Affinity studio is also working on the game in an incalculable capacity; some fans believe it is developing a battle royale mode.

Fans are also convinced of a kind of Banjo-Kazooie renewal is on the way. Via Achievements, some people spotted Xbox chief Phil Spencer play the Xbox 360 version of Banjo-Kazooie earlier this month. (Some say it’s a sign, others say he’s just playing a game he likes.) Yes, it’s the result of three degrees of hearsay, but a developer claimed that something related to Super Smash Bros Ultimate the fighters are on their way. spencer already said Kotaku that any revival of the series is a call to be made by original developer Rare, now an Xbox studio.

Two explorers look at a mountain in Everwild.

If nothing else, always wild is very, very pretty.
Screenshot: Rare

Speaking of Rare, the venerable studio has another game in the works that’s only been shown in screenshots and brief cinematic trailers: always wild. Last June, after always wild was absent from the Xbox presence at E3, VGC reported for the first time that the game had been rebooted internally and was now aiming for a 2024 release. Perhaps this year’s non-E3 show is when we finally learn of its deal?

Xbox’s slate has a bunch of other titles announced in the works. Many have been teased during last year’s Xbox E3 showcase but no information has been revealed in the meantime. A selection:

  • The Outer WorldsObsidian’s first-person sci-fi RPG that feels like To fall in space, gets a sequel.
  • Obsidian is also developing a first-party fantasy RPG called Declared.
  • The horror game Contempt, inspired by the work of HR Giger, has been delayed a few times. It’s currently slated for a wide October 2022 release on Xbox and PC.
  • The manufacturers of just cause Are growing Smugglinga cooperative game set in the 70s.
  • atomic heart is another game like modern To falls, set in an alternate version of the Soviet Union where the robotics industry has proliferated. It looks crazy.
  • Somerville is a Limbo-like where you flee from aliens while being accompanied by a dog.
  • Due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, GSC Game World has delayed its doomsday shooter STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl from April 28 to December 8, 2022.

Two long-dormant Xbox series are also resurrected. The Initiative, a new studio, is working on a reboot of perfect dark. Playground Games, which has just released the magnificent Forza Horizon 5 in November, has another entry in the Fable fantasy RPG series on the horizon. Anyone can guess whether either of these games will show up or not. (For what it’s worth, I wouldn’t be surprised if Playground shared some details about a Forza Horizon 5 expansion. Its predecessor, 2018 Forza Horizon 4seen the Island of Fortune DLC just a few months after the release of the main game.)

But the bigger one, the only Microsoft-owned studio that shares billing for titles with Xbox, is Bethesda. Last month, Bethesda delayed its two biggest upcoming games: the vampire shooter red falldevelopped by Prey Arkane studio and open world sandwich hunting RPG star field. (Kotaku recently reported that Bethesda is no stranger to creak and overdrive, with the development of Fallout 76 being particularly an arduous process.) Originally slated for release on November 11, 2022, star field is now slated for release in the first half of 2023. It’s been in the works for years, though, and so far Bethesda has only shown…eight whole seconds of gameplay footage.

In fact, you know what? Let’s face it. We do not see star field playability. Bethesda will probably announce another one Skyrim port instead.

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