The Xbox Games Showcase 2023 was a big event for Microsoft and Bethesda, as they revealed a lineup of ambitious and exciting games coming to Xbox Series X|S, Xbox Game Pass, and PC in the near future and beyond. Here are some of the highlights of the show:
One of the games that was shown during the Xbox Games Showcase 2023 was Fable, the long-awaited reboot of the fantasy RPG series by Playground Games. The game is a whimsical and humorous adventure in a beautiful open world, where players can shape their own story with choices and consequences.
Fable is expected to launch sometime in 2024 for Xbox Series X|S, Windows 10 and 11 PCs via the Microsoft Store and Steam, and with Xbox Game Pass, PC Game Pass, and support for Cloud Gaming.
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II
Another game that was shown during the Xbox Games Showcase 2023 was Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, the sequel to the critically acclaimed Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice by Ninja Theory. The game is an action-adventure game that follows the journey of Senua, a Celtic warrior who suffers from psychosis, as she ventures into the myth and torment of Viking Iceland.
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II is expected to be released sometime in 2024 for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox Game Pass, and Steam.
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
Another game that was shown during the Xbox Games Showcase 2023 was Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty, the first major story expansion for Cyberpunk 2077 by CD Projekt Red. The expansion will take players to a new area of Night City, where they will face new enemies and challenges, as well as reunite with Keanu Reeves as Johnny Silverhand and meet Idris Elba as a new character.
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty will launch on September 26, 2023, for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via GOG, Steam, and Epic Games Store. The expansion will be a paid DLC that will require the base game to play.
Avowed is a first-person sword and sorcery adventure set in the world of Eora, the same setting as the Pillars of Eternity series. The game promises to deliver a rich and immersive experience with a deep narrative, branching choices and consequences, dynamic combat and exploration, and stunning visuals.
Avowed is one of the most anticipated RPGs of 2024, as it marks Obsidian’s return to the genre after the success of The Outer Worlds. Fans are also eager to see how Obsidian will leverage the power of the Xbox Series X/S and the Unreal Engine 5 to create a stunning and immersive fantasy world.
South of Midnight
South of Midnight is a new game from Compulsion Games, the developer behind We Happy Few and Contrast. The game was announced at the Xbox Games Showcase 2023, with a stunning trailer that introduced the main characters, the setting and the premise of the game.
South of Midnight is a third-person action-adventure game set in a magic realist version of the American South. The game follows Hazel, a young woman who has the ability to see and interact with supernatural creatures that have spilled into the world. Hazel is on a mission to subdue these creatures and restore the balance between the natural and the unnatural.
Clockwork Revolution is a new game announced by Microsoft at its Xbox Games Showcase 2023 on Sunday. The game is a first-person action RPG set in a steampunk world where time travel is possible and history can be changed. The game is being developed by inXile Entertainment, the studio behind Wasteland 3 and The Bard’s Tale IV.
The game takes place in the Victorian-era metropolis of Avalon, where steam trains fly overhead, wealthy industrialists replace their limbs with ornate clockwork prosthetics, and mechanical servants fulfill their masters’ every whim. But this new age of wonders holds a dark secret—it’s been carefully constructed by the ruthless Lady Ironwood, who has used a time travel device to alter key moments in Avalon’s history, keeping the working class struggling in the slums and factories, while bringing herself immense wealth and power.
Star Wars Outlaws
Another game that was shown during the Xbox Games Showcase 2023 was Star Wars Outlaws, a new open-world game set in the Star Wars universe, developed by Lucasfilm Games and Massive Studios. The game will let players create their own characters and explore different planets, while engaging in various activities such as bounty hunting, smuggling, racing, and more.
These were just some of the games that were announced or shown during the Xbox Games Showcase 2023. There were also updates on existing or previously announced games such as Sea of Thieves: The Legend of Monkey Island (a crossover with the classic adventure game series), Metaphor: ReFantazio (a new JRPG from Atlus), Dungeons of Hinterberg (a roguelike dungeon crawler), 33 Immortals (a hack-and-slash action game), Kunitsu-Gami: Path of the Goddess (a samurai action game), and more.
The Xbox Games Showcase 2023 was a showcase of Microsoft’s commitment to delivering diverse and quality games to its platforms, with many of them being available on Xbox Game Pass on day one. It also demonstrated the strength of its partnership with Bethesda, which is now part of Xbox Game Studios. With so many games to look forward to, Xbox fans have plenty of reasons to be excited for the future.
The release date and new trailer for Forza Motorsport, which will launch on October 10, 2023, for Xbox Series X|S and PC.
The first gameplay trailer and new details for Avowed, a first-person fantasy RPG by Obsidian Entertainment set in the world of Eora.
The announcement of two new games by Xbox Game Studios: South of Midnight, a dark adventure game by Compulsion Games, and Clockwork Revolution, a steampunk action game by inXile Entertainment.