This year might not have gifted us with E3, but the 2023 gaming calendar is packed with exciting showcases to make up for it. The following article covers The Xbox Games Showcase and Starfield Direct 2023: All Game Announcements.
Xbox Games Showcase 2023 and Starfield Direct: All Game Announcements
We've seen Sony's PlayStation Showcase, the Summer Game Fest Live, and now, Microsoft steps up to the stage with two consecutive events on June 11th: the Xbox Games Showcase and Starfield Direct.
Microsoft Reveals Xbox Series S with 1TB SSD Storage
In a move that further expands their gaming console line, Microsoft announced a new black version of the Xbox Series S with a whopping 1TB of built-in storage at the Xbox Games Showcase. Apart from the sleek black paint job and a significant boost in storage, the console largely mirrors the original Xbox Series S.
The black Xbox Series S was unveiled by Xbox chief Phil Spencer, who announced that it will hit the shelves on September 1st with a price tag of $349. This new variant aims to offer players more space to install their favorite games while enhancing the aesthetic appeal of their gaming setup.
Additionally, in response to the robust demand for the Xbox Series X, Spencer mentioned that Microsoft has ramped up the shipments of the high-end console. With this announcement, it's clear that Microsoft is committed to catering to a wide range of player preferences, providing more options for gamers in terms of design, storage, and console choice.
There were a LOT of games unveiled. Here's everything BIG that was announced:
Starfield is Absolutely MASSIVE
Starfield is so absolutely MASSIVE, it got it's own Direct following the show. Above is a quick trailer overview of what is sure to be one of the biggest games ever made.
Playground Games' Fable Reboot Debuts at Xbox Games Showcase
Microsoft began the Xbox Games Showcase with a grand introduction to Playground Games' much-anticipated Fable reboot. The trailer gave us our first substantial glimpse into the revamped world of Fable, with the iconic British humor the series is celebrated for being upheld brilliantly by narrator Richard Ayoade, famed for his role in The IT Crowd.
While the release date of the game remains a mystery, Xbox confirmed that it would be available on Game Pass from the day of launch. This announcement is a significant nod to the commitment Microsoft is showing towards its subscription service, providing an inclusive platform for gamers to enjoy their highly awaited titles.
With its tongue-in-cheek humor, enchanting world, and fascinating characters, the Fable reboot is eagerly anticipated by both veteran fans of the series and newcomers. By offering it on Game Pass from day one, Microsoft ensures that this whimsical fantasy experience will be accessible to a broad audience.
Compulsion Games Announces South of Midnight
In an exciting announcement at the Xbox Games Showcase, Compulsion Games, the creative team behind We Happy Few, revealed their next project titled South of Midnight. This new title will be available on Xbox Series X|S via Game Pass and on PC through Steam.
The enigmatic teaser trailer for South of Midnight transported us to a fascinating world featuring a mysterious character strumming a guitar by the river. The central protagonist seems to be on a quest to hunt down a monster described to have teeth like knives.
South of Midnight looks set to carry forward the compelling narrative design that Compulsion Games is renowned for, offering players another intriguing universe to explore. As with the developer's previous titles, players can likely anticipate rich storytelling, captivating visuals, and a uniquely immersive gaming experience with South of Midnight.
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II's Spellbinding New Trailer
Microsoft kicked off the Xbox Games Showcase with a captivating new trailer for Ninja Theory's Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II. This trailer, impressively captured on an Xbox Series X, boasts astounding visuals and immersive audio that would make wearing headphones a worthwhile endeavor. Microsoft also gave fans a release window to look forward to - 2024.
This highly anticipated sequel was first announced back in December 2019 with a gripping trailer that showcased mind-blowing graphics, and the game's graphics have been raising the bar ever since.
Payday 3: Gameplay and Release Date Revealed
Fans of high-octane heist games received an exhilarating surprise at the Xbox Games Showcase. A fresh look at Payday 3 gameplay was provided, showcasing adrenaline-filled bank heist scenes, thrilling car chases, and action-packed rooftop gunfights. We also got a glimpse at an array of innovative tools designed to assist players in securing their payday. The game will make its grand entrance on Game Pass for Xbox Series X|S on September 21.
Clockwork Revolution: A Steampunk RPG from Microsoft's inXile Entertainment
Microsoft introduced a new venture into the realm of role-playing games (RPGs) with the announcement of Clockwork Revolution at the Xbox Games Showcase. Developed by Microsoft's inXile Entertainment studio, Clockwork Revolution invites players into a vibrant steampunk universe.
The teaser trailer provided at the showcase served as a tantalizing glimpse into the richly detailed and imaginative world of this new RPG. Steampunk, a genre known for its fusion of technology and aesthetic design inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery, offers a wealth of creative possibilities that could translate into a truly unique gaming experience.
Further details about gameplay, characters, and narrative are awaited, but the initial reveal has undoubtedly set expectations high for this new offering from inXile Entertainment. Clockwork Revolution's unique steampunk setting could be a refreshing addition to the RPG genre, bringing a dash of Victorian-era industrial charm to the gaming world.
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024 Soars to New Heights
Next on the docket was Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024, promising an upgraded virtual flight experience. The new trailer unveiled at the Xbox Games Showcase revealed exciting inclusions like hot air balloon adventures, skydive aviation, aerial firefighting, and much more.
Developers at Asobo seem to have gone the extra mile in making the 2024 edition a dream come true for virtual pilots, offering an array of novel experiences such as flying an air ambulance, joining a mountain rescue team, or taking on search and rescue missions.
Overwatch 2: Official Update Release Date and Details Revealed
Blizzard Entertainment showcased an engaging preview of their upcoming update to the much-anticipated Overwatch 2 at the Xbox Games Showcase. The official release date for this major update is slated for August 10, as announced during the event.
In the showcased trailer, fans were treated to an exciting display of the various features they can look forward to in Overwatch 2. From engaging in battles against giant robots to participating in cooperative events and taking on challenging story missions, the update promises to introduce a host of new elements to the popular team-based multiplayer game.
One of the noteworthy features revealed is a firing range - a dedicated space where players can fine-tune their skills and experiment with different characters and abilities. This could significantly enrich the game's strategic depth, allowing players to discover new strategies and better understand their chosen heroes.
The upcoming Overwatch 2 update also appears to put a stronger emphasis on narrative content than its predecessor, introducing story-driven missions that allow players to delve deeper into the world and lore of Overwatch.
With this blend of new features, Overwatch 2 is shaping up to deliver a rich, multiplayer experience that adds depth and variety to the fast-paced, strategic gameplay the franchise is renowned for.
Avowed Unveils a New Trailer and Release Window
The Xbox Games Showcase also featured a new trailer for Avowed, an upcoming first-person RPG from Obsidian. The developers have made combat a central focus in Avowed, arming players with an extensive arsenal that includes swords, shields, pistols, magical spells, and the freedom to dual wield. Avowed, set in the same universe as the Pillars of Eternity games, promises a thrilling RPG experience for the fans.
Forza Motorsport Races towards its Fall Release Date
Racing sim enthusiasts were treated to some thrilling news at the Xbox Games Showcase. Forza Motorsport, which was first teased back in 2020 and once again earlier this year, finally received an official release date. This highly-anticipated game will hit Xbox and PC platforms on October 10th.
The Forza trailer gave a glimpse of the exciting partnership with General Motors. Two incredibly sleek vehicles, the Cadillac V series R and the Corvette E-Ray, are set to join the car roster in Forza Motorsport. These high-performance machines will be available to players this fall.
Star Wars: Outlaws: Ubisoft’s New Open-World Star Wars Game
Star Wars: Outlaws, a new open-world game set to launch in 2024 is described as the "first-ever open-world Star Wars game," it takes place between the events of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Players can explore iconic and new planets across the galaxy as Kay Vess, a scoundrel in the making, striving for freedom and a new life with her companion, Nix. The game promises a riveting journey as players fight, steal, and outwit the galaxy's crime syndicates.
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
Fans of the futuristic dystopian world of Cyberpunk 2077 received a tantalizing update at Microsoft's Xbox Games Showcase. CD Projekt Red (CDPR), the creative powerhouse behind the hit sci-fi game, revealed new information about their upcoming expansion, Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty.
In an adrenaline-charged new trailer, CDPR revealed that the expansion would introduce players to Dogtown, a fresh location within Night City. The expansion's narrative takes an exhilarating turn as players are tasked with rescuing the president of the New United States.
Adding to the anticipation is a glimpse of a new character portrayed by Idris Elba, amplifying the star power of the game that already boasts Keanu Reeves in its roster. Fans will be delighted to know that Reeves is also returning for the expansion.
As per the trailer, the release date for Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty has been set for September 26th. The forthcoming expansion looks set to enhance the thrill and intrigue of the Cyberpunk 2077 universe, promising fans an immersive experience that will keep them hooked to their screens.
Persona 3 Reload: Official Announcement
After multiple leaks and anticipatory rumors, Persona 3 Reload was finally confirmed, with an expected release in early 2024 on Xbox Game Pass. The unveiled gameplay gives players their first look at the remake, suggesting a major shift in Persona 3’s gameplay and visuals to align more closely with the style of Persona 5.
Persona 5 Tactica: A Tactical Take on a Beloved Universe
Atlus officially announced Persona 5 Tactica, another game that experienced its fair share of accidental early leaks. Showcased at the Xbox Games Showcase, this game offers a Fire Emblem-style tactical spin on the beloved Persona 5 universe, featuring a delightful chibi art style. Players can look forward to exploring this tactical world on Game Pass starting from November 17.
Monkey Island Characters Join the Sea of Thieves
In an exciting crossover, the iconic characters of Monkey Island are sailing their way into Sea of Thieves. This perfect marriage of two pirate-themed universes was unveiled with a trailer showcasing classic Monkey Island characters brought to life in 3D. Players can expect to embark on these fresh adventures from July 20.
Cities Skylines 2 Landing on Game Pass This Fall
The sequel to the popular city-building simulation game, Cities Skylines, is set to make its much-anticipated arrival on Game Pass. In an exciting reveal at the Xbox Games Showcase, the release date for Cities Skylines 2 was announced as October 24.
With this sequel, players can expect a continuation of the intricate urban planning, management, and creativity that made the original Cities Skylines a hit among simulation game enthusiasts. The addition of this eagerly awaited title to Game Pass further underscores Microsoft's commitment to providing a diverse and rich lineup of games to its subscribers.
Too many games, not enough time!
The Xbox Games Showcase 2023 and Starfield Direct prove once again that gaming is an ever-evolving medium that continues to surprise, delight, and captivate. The next couple of years promise a stellar line-up of games that will no doubt redefine the boundaries of what is possible in interactive entertainment. What caught your eye?