The biggest games from the Xbox Games Showcase

The biggest games from the Xbox Games Showcase
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Katie Memmott

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23rd Jul 2020 17:35

Microsoft's hour-long virtual event showcased some of the best new titles coming to the Xbox Series X console. The Xbox Games Showcase featured not only Halo Infinite, but a clutch of new games, footage, and sneak peeks - ten world premieres, and 22 console launch exclusives, to be exact.

Microsoft confirmed that the showcase would only focus on games, so don't expect any hardware info or prices.

Take a look at the best bits of the Xbox Games Showcase below.

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Halo Infinite

Microsoft treated us to an extended trailer, taking place on the 28th of May, 2560 - "167 days after we lost."  An adrenaline-fuelled trailer showed a pilot making an emergency landing, only to be awoken by Master Chief. 

Here we learned you must stop The Banished, but are outgunned and outnumbered. The trailer meshed seamlessly into Campaign gameplay – where we saw those familiar Halo landscapes, vehicles and guns. Not only this, but we also got to see a Warthog drive over rolling hills. We also caught a glimpse of the UI, including the map, which looks way more sophisticated than any previous Halo title. 

Launch Date: Holiday 2020

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State of Decay 3

The trailer opened with a female character whittling, who screamed when she notices a presence in the woods beyond. Fast forward to a snowy landscape and a crossbow and a rickety log bridge, the (assumed) protagonist followed the signs of blood in the snow. The hunt begins. She comes across a deer.... eating a wolf. That ain't right.

The survival series is sure to bring more intrigue and bloodshed in its third iteration.

Launch Date: TBC

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Psychonauts 2

Jack Black provides the soundtrack to this epically cute space adventure.  A veritable kaleidoscope of colour and endearing style in a trippy universe. The platformer-meets-adventure game is receiving a long-awaited sequel, given the first game was released way back in 2005.

Launch Date: TBC

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Avowed

The world premiere of the trailer for Avowed did not disappoint. The Obsidian Entertainment title is an immersive, fantasy RPG, built from the ground up. 

Face monsters with magic and swords (Skyrim, anyone?).

Launch Date: TBC

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Grounded

If you’re ready for the smallest game of the year, Obsidian Entertainment have you covered. From the makers of games that are nothing like this one, go on a tiny adventure as kids in a land populated by massive bugs in a backyard survival game.

Launch Date: TBC

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The Outer Worlds: Peril On Gorgon

From the furthest reaches of the universe comes the biggest mystery in the galaxy. The Gorgon asteroid and all its secrets are yours to explore in this DLC for The Outer Worlds.

Launch Date: September 9, 2020

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The Medium

A butterfly flaps its wings, only to be incinerated by a flame shortly after.

A female protagonist will take us on her nightmarish journey of self-discovery, as her powers to seemingly dimension jump transport us to horror-meets-sci-fi parallel universes. 

With dual reality gameplay, and two worlds being rendered simultaneously, The Medium looks like one not to be missed.

Launch Date: TBC

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The Gunk

From the creators of Steamworld, comes a sci-fi adventure game with graphics akin to Small Soldiers meets Outer Worlds. Explore neon-lit caves and lava-seamed ground, on the hunt for a mysterious black substance we can only assume is a rare fuel.

You’re not alone on that planet, however...

Launch Date: TBC

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Everwild

Rare Studios present beautiful animated graphics, leading us into a world full of new and beguiling creatures, wonder, and spirituality. 

Launch Date: TBC

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Tell Me Why

Dontnod Studios presents a family kept apart, reunited, and on a search for the truth. A brother and sister having visions triggered by emotions which will help them uncover the dark secrets of their childhood.

Launch Date: (Chapter One) August 27

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New Genesis: Phantasy Star Online 2

Sega presents a PSO 20th Anniversary game, with a brand new expansive world, and unknown threats. The trailer presented us with high-octane hack-and-slash gameplay, sure to pique the interest of any PSO fans.

Launch Date: 2021

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Fable 4

The trailer we all hoped for - delivered. Fable is back and is being developed by the Forza Horizon studio Playground Games.

Launch Date: TBC

Katie is the former Sub Editor and Freelancer Coordinator at GGRecon.

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