Play news Xbox Bethesda Conference: Starfield, Riot, Forza Motorsport, Diablo, Kojima, Everything You Need to Know
The Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase has just finished, and the least we can say is that it was packed with games! For this second edition with Bethesda, Microsoft played it safe. The American giant has made an unprecedented promise to only present games arriving within the next 12 months. We have therefore witnessed the arrival of around thirty apps, the release of which is planned between now and the first half of 2023. All sprinkled with a good dose of Game Pass and a pinch of Kojima. The winning formula for a successful show?
Starfield, Forza Motorsport, Diablo IV, Redfall: Xbox shows gameplay and nothing but gameplay
The four big takeaways from the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase showed off their best side by showing long gameplay footage. The show first opened with the title ending the 2021 conference with Redfall, a co-op PvE FPS where players hunt fearsome vampires, scheduled for 2023. The heroes stuck on an island infested with bloodsuckers hiding the sun must use their different skills to survive. Redfall, which could be played solo or with others, showed a successful technique as well as a level design that visibly played on verticality.
Forza Motorsport, meanwhile, was there to pinch its jaws. Selected by Dan Greenawalt and Chris Esaki from Turn 10, the app is marketed as “the most technically advanced racing gameNever created. Captured on the Xbox Series X, gameplay in Forza Motorsport-exposed environments as well as excellent cars, magnified by the contribution of ray tracing. The demo was held at Maple Valley, a track available in the first Forza Motorsport released in 2005. The two friends had fun walking around with the camera in the countryside to prove the precision of the graphics capable of showing beautiful panoramas as well as the smallest engine details. With a day-night cycle that changes the ambient temperature (which affects the surface of the track), Forza Motorsport promises a revised and corrected collision engine.
One of the surprises at the conference came neither from an Xbox studio nor from a Bethesda team, but from Blizzard developers! While the acquisition of Activision-Blizzard is still underway on Microsoft’s side, it’s Diablo IV that has come to enchant the Showcase. Rod Fergusson, general manager of the Diablo franchise (and formerly Xbox), came to show off some gameplay captured on Xbox Series X. The opportunity to see an artistic direction that takes pride in bad details served by a technical , which seems to be level. This Diablo IV is scheduled for 2023 “takes up all the basics of the license and enriches them, We are assured. We were able to witness the alignment of the avatars, a battle against a giant boss and the promise of an endgame that is only the beginning of a new journey with a host of things to unlock.
Finally, the event hosted by Microsoft ended with a long Starfield demo. Todd Howard, game director at Bethesda, came to talk about the freedom that the player wants in the adventure. Realize that it will be possible to create your ship down to the smallest detail to explore 1000 planets, with the option to land anywhere. The final video revealed landscapes as magnificent as they are varied. Ranging from arid lands to crowded metropolises. Of course, the faces were a bit robotic in their animations, and the fights did not feel the most dynamic. Nevertheless, we do not remember a 100% single player game as ambitious in its specifications. 2023 seems to be a long way off …
Small and (some) big surprises
Despite the large cartridges we just talked about, the majority of the Showcase was actually dependent on smaller projects. First there was High on Life, a crazy FPS (temporary exclusive), designed by Squanch Games, where weapons and ammunition are alive. The title, coming out in October 2022, comes from the brain of Justin Roiland, whom we owe to Rick & Morty and Solar Opposites. Oxide Games, which counts in its ranks veterans who developed Civilization, came to present a turn-based strategy game released by Microsoft with Ara: History Untold. The Strange Mock has been talked about again with an exciting and repulsive new trailer revealing a release date set for October 21, 2022 for Xbox and PC gamers.
Other apps of different genres have been released like Flintlock, Lightyear Frontier, Gunfire Reborn, Naraka: Bladepoint, Ereban: Shadow Legacy or even Ravenlok, some of which have temporary exclusivity. We especially remember the interactive drama developed by INT / NIGHT and released by Microsoft titled As Dusk Falls, coming in July, Pentiment, an Obsidian investigative game with RPG mechanics scheduled for November, The Last Case of Benedict Fox, a slightly terrifying action -Platforms that do not land before the spring of 2023 and finally Cocoon, a special original adventure / puzzle title imagined by the creator of Limbo, scheduled for 2023.
As for Mojang, the studio has announced a new Minecraft with the subtitle Legends, a strategic action game also announced for 2023. F2P Overwatch 2 showed the end of its polygons with a release date set for October 4, 2022. The US giant, of course, took advantage of the spotlight to unveil future updates of Flight Simulator (which will welcome helicopters as well as Pelican from Halo), The Elder Scrolls Online (High Isle June 21 on consoles), Fallout 76 (The Pitt in September 2022), Forza Horizon 5 (and its Hot Wheels DLC on July 19), Grounded (which finally releases 1.0 in September 2022 after a long period of early access) and Sea of Thieves (with additions to season 7, scheduled for July 21).
On the gaming side, the big surprises were pretty rare in the end. They can even be counted on the finger of one hand. They were announced by Phil Spencer, the great boss of the Xbox, at the end of the show. The first was the announcement of a merger with Tecmo and Team Ninja, which develops Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty, an action game reminiscent of both Nioh and Ninja Gaiden. The title will arrive from the day of launch in Game Pass. The second was the formalization of a project still kept secret, developed by Hideo Kojima based on Microsoft Cloud technologies.. Yes, you read that right, Hideo Kojima is actually developing an exclusive Xbox. However, we will have to wait a little longer to know other details. Finally, the Persona series is finally coming to Xbox and Game Pass on October 21st.
Noticeable absence, but an unsurpassed Game Pass with the strength of Riot
By choosing to only show games arriving within the next 12 months, Microsoft has necessarily closed a few doors in the scope of its Showcase. It’s especially unfortunate not to have had information about Everwild, Contraband, Indiana Jones, Avowed, Project: Mara, Fable, State of Decay 3 or even Perfect Dark, especially when some of these projects were announced more than two years ago. We still have no news on the future creation of Compulsion Games or the projects from InXile and The Coalition. The HD version of GoldenEye 007 has not reappeared, nor has the remake in its Xbox version of Final Fantasy VII.
Once again, the big winner of the Showcase Game Pass. Almost all games shown at the conference will be included in the service, with a few exceptions (such as Diablo IV, so far). The very promising A Plague Tale Requiem will be available “day one”, As well as Ark II and Hollow Knight: Silksong. Tonight’s big news comes mainly from the partnership entered into with Riot Games. From this winter, Game Pass subscribers will have access to all League of Legends masters, maps from the Legends of Runeterra Foundations set, and all Valorant agents. Usually paid content that Game Pass subscribers can enjoy without paying anything. We remind you that these games are currently only available on PC and mobile devices.
In this E3, which is not one, Microsoft is the last manufacturer to host an event of this scale. In this context, to say that the Redmond company “won E3”Is not really of interest. Once again the pace was high, the announcements were generally interesting, but this year there was also enough to keep you hungry. What is certain is that Game Pass subscribers will have hours of fun over the next 12 months. Is not that the most important thing?
About the summer games party
What is Summer Game Fest?
No E3 this year, but we can still count on yet another world-class event: Summer Game Fest, a big show dedicated to announcing video games coming this year or the following years. It was in 2020 that journalist and host Geoff Keighley launched this now inevitable festival for the first time. Last year, the show featured amazing photos from the Elden Ring; so inevitably the third iteration raises high expectations.
When does Summer Game Fest 2022 start?
The summer game party is on Thursday 9 June at 20.00. The show will again be followed by a Day of the Devs session dedicated to the independent scene.
How to follow Summer Game Fest 2022?
At JV, we will respond live to announcements from the LeStream channel along with especially Maxildan and Aymeric Lallée. The show will also be directly visible as a teaser on JV’s website. And for those who prefer to read, you will of course find our news throughout the conference. There will also be a written summary
What is the program for Summer Game Fest 2022?
Among the games you must not miss, there is especially the heir to Dead Space, The Callisto Protocol, which shows us his first gameplay images. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 introduces us to its first level. Also on the program: Gotham Knights, Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course, the first game from Aaryn Flynn’s studio (ex-Bioware) Nightingale, JRPG One Piece Odyssey, Free-to-play Warframe or even Planet of Lana. Geoff Keighley further announced: “We have a few new game announcements for this show and hopefully a few surprises if all goes well. But it’s definitely a show that mostly focuses on things that are predicted. ”