This is not the first time that Microsoft’s event at E3 turns out to be the largest – this year, the company also decided not to change traditions, presenting a sea of new content. And, most importantly, after the purchase of Bethesda and the announcement of some projects, the Xbox platform began to look even more attractive and competitive.
Release date and Starfield storyline
At the beginning of the event, as gamers expected, Microsoft presented a trailer for its space RPG Starfield, which is responsible for the development of Bethesda. The head of the studio said that the video itself was recorded in the game itself. That is, it is not rendered but real gameplay and graphics. No details were given about the plot, but the developers said that the events of Starfield unfold in the 24th century, when humanity went to conquer space. It is on the exploration of the planets that the plot and gameplay will be tied, and, as was very expected, Starfield is an Xbox console exclusive – the game will be released on November 11, 2022, on PC and Xbox Series X | S.
Details for STALKER 2
At the event, Microsoft showed several key artworks of STALKER 2, announced that the project would be released with the subtitle Heart of Chernobyl, named a release date, and, best of all, demonstrated the first gameplay video of the game. In it, the developers showed anomalies, various mutants (the bloodsucker was demonstrated in all its glory), as well as a classic scene with stalkers who sit by the fire and tell each other interesting stories. It is important to note that STALKER 2 will indeed be a Microsoft console exclusive – the game will only be released on the Xbox Series X | S, and Sony was left out. And, of course, the game will be coming to PC – on Steam, Epic Games Store, and Microsoft Store. The release is scheduled for April 28, 2022.
Back 4 Blood for co-op fans
The once-legendary Left 4 Dead authors have unveiled a new co-op shooter, which will be released this year on October 12. And best of all, Back 4 Blood will already be available at the release in the Xbox Game Pass library by subscription.
Avalanche Studios (Just Cause and RAGE 2) and Xbox Game Studios are working on a new cooperative action game about smugglers. Still, so far, no details about the gameplay, plot, or other project elements have been reported – only a very short trailer was shown at the presentation.
Sea of Thieves and Pirates of the Caribbean
On June 22nd, Sea of Thieves fans will receive a major update, in which they will be able to play as the heroes of the popular pirate movie series.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon by subscription
Like a Dragon, the developers of Yakuza announced that the project would go to the Xbox Game Pass library on June 13 of this year.
Battlefield 2042 gameplay
Surprisingly, EA showed the first gameplay trailer for Battlefield 2042 not on its resources or a separate presentation but at a Microsoft event. In the trailer, gamers were shown a shooter interface, huge maps, tank battles, sandstorms, helicopter landing, and much more. It looks very atmospheric, and the locations are awe-inspiring.
Psychonauts 2 release date
The developers from Double Fine have officially announced the release date of the second numbered part of the famous action-platformer – Psychonauts 2 will be released on August 25th. Together with the announcement of the release date, the developers have released a rather bright and rich gameplay trailer.
Game Pass and Bethesda Games
As expected, Microsoft will add Bethesda games to its library of subscription projects – in total, the service’s arsenal will expand to ten new projects, including even Arx Fatalis, three Fallout games, and DOOM. Moreover, on June 29, the developers will release the next-gen version of DOOM Eternal to support higher frame rates and 4K resolution.
New content for Fallout 76
Even though the MMO from Bethesda clearly did not turn the market, as the developers expected, no one plans to abandon the game’s development – the authors have officially announced a major update called Steel Reign, which will go on release on July 7.
The Elder Scrolls Online for the next gene
Bethesda representatives have officially announced that an updated version of The Elder Scrolls Online for the next generation consoles (Xbox Series X | S and PS5) will be released on June 15.
Party Animals directly into Game Pass
The cooperative action game with elements of the royal battle Party Animals promised to release in 2022 – immediately on release, the novelty will go to Game Pass.
Hades on console
The game from independent developers, which collected a sea of awards and prizes at one time, will be released on Microsoft consoles on August 13 this year. And, unsurprisingly, it will be available on the same day with a Game Pass subscription.
The author’s Limbo and Inside presented a new project, which will be released in 2022 – the game is very similar stylistically and gameplay to its predecessors. As you know, the audience really liked them.
Shareware Halo Infinite
The project authors confirmed rumors that Halo Infinite multiplayer will be shareware and said that the shooter would support 120 FPS. The first season of multiplayer (apparently, there will be a battle pass) will be presented at the release of the story campaign. During the presentation, gamers were also shown plot footage with the Master Chief and the analog of Cortana.
Diablo II: Resurrected Release
There is no surprise regarding this announcement – the release date of the updated version of the cult RPG was leaked a few days before the presentation. Blizzard’s remaster of the project will be released on September 23, 2021.
A Plague Tale: Requiem
The creators of an excellent A Plague Tale: Innocence has officially presented the sequel A Plague Tale: Requiem in the same setting, tone, and atmosphere. With a sea of rats, naturally, beautiful locations, and familiar characters.
New trailer for Far Cry 6
At its own presentation, Ubisoft showed only a small story trailer, but they showed plenty of gameplay at the Microsoft event. There will be stealth missions, shooting from a sniper rifle in the spirit of Hitman, trips to an armored personnel carrier with a huge cannon, shooting from large-caliber rifles, and more.
For fans of space and farms – Slime Rancher 2
The second numbered part of the space Vermeer simulator should be released in 2022 with more colorful graphics, advanced mechanics, and many innovations.
Although few expected this, Microsoft has officially unveiled the snowboarder simulator, which will be released quite a in time – in December 2021. Physics, graphics, and snow look pretty good.
Atomic Heart again without a release date
The highly anticipated shooter Atomic Heart developers presented the next project trailer for the song of the Mirage group – “Music Bond Us.” Still, the release date was not named again. But it was reported that the game at the time of release would be available in the Game Pass library.
More Among Us Players
The game, which is very popular at the moment, will receive a major update with an expanded lobby for 15 people – the developers do not say when the update will be released.
Age of empires iv
The strategy has acquired a fresh gameplay trailer, in which they partially talked about the creation of the game and showed colorful (as far as possible in this project) battles. The release will take place on October 28 – there is not so long to wait.
The outer worlds 2
The first part of the role-playing game from Obsidian turned out to be very solid and sold well, so the sequel was not long in coming, but so far, The Outer Worlds 2 is at an early stage of development, and it’s too early to talk about a release or gameplay. But it has already become known that the launch of the second part of the series will be a console exclusive Xbox.
Microsoft Flight Simulator on new consoles
The best flight simulator to date will be released on the next-generation consoles (Xbox Series X | S) on June 27. In the fall of the same year, the developers will release a crossover update with the Top Gun: Maverick movie elements.
Forza Horizon 5 in Mexico and a new part of Motorsport
The official announcement of the new part of the most popular racing simulator took place – this time, the events take place in Mexico, which was created as accurately as possible using modern technologies. They also added improved dynamic lighting, a smart assistant, and even more detailed cars. Forza Horizon 5 will take place on November 9 on PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X | S, and Microsoft also announced that the studio is already working on a new part of Forza Motorsport.
Redfall about hunting vampires
Studio Arkane Austin, which gave the world Prey, announced a new cooperative action game that will allow you to hunt vampires in the open world. It will be possible to control characters with unique skills, gather a team of loyal comrades, and fight off enemies, saving the city of Redfall (the game is named after him) from the invasion of bloodsuckers. Redfall will also be an Xbox console exclusive, with a release in summer 2022.