Today, Microsoft gave us a first look at the next generation of console gaming. The Xbox Series X, slated to release this Fall, has finally revealed some of its games and they look wild. Today’s Inside Xbox showed us a variety of upcoming third party titles, all “Optimized for the Xbox Series X”.
Microsoft has said that the Series X will boast standard 60 fps frame rates (up to 120 fps), super-fast load times, and immensely detailed worlds never seen on consoles before. Microsoft also labeled most of the new titles as “Smart Delivery”. This means these games will launch on the Xbox One X, but players will get their upgraded Series X copy for free. Today’s showcase, while shorter than expected, sparked new excitement for the upcoming leap in technology.
Bright Memory Infinite – FYQD Studio
The Series X debut started off with a bang with Bright Memory Infinite. The trailer looks like a mix of Crysis, Titanfall 2, and Bulletstorm all thrown into one wild ride. As far as shooters go, I’ll have my eye on this one.
Dirt 5 – Codemasters
The Dirt series is back and bigger than ever with Dirt 5! When I saw the trailer, my first thought was that I was watching the next Forza Horizon DLC trailer, but Dirt 5 brings new vehicles, new tracks, new locations and more.
Scorn – Ebb Software
With some HEAVY Alien/Prometheus vibes, Scorn promises to be a deeply unsettling first person horror shooter. Older footage from 2018 gives you a better idea of what to expect, but this trailer really gave me the chills. The trailer also states that Scorn will be on Xbox GamePass.
Chorus – Deep Silver and FishLabs
One of the few trailers that really struck me as “next-gen”, Chorus is a deep space flight simulator, like Star Fox for 2020. Some really great graphics and what looks like an intriguing story! This one is absolutely on my radar now.
Madden 2021 – EA Games
Patrick Mahomes headlines a trailer that looks back at the history of Madden but does little to set expectations for the future. It’s not particularly shocking that we can expect a next-gen Madden, but this trailer doesn’t do much to get me hyped.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 Paradox Interactive, Hardsuit Labs
Seattle has been taken over by Vampires and you have just join their ranks. Decide how you want to grow your power and become the ultimate blood-sucking killer. This trailer really freaked me out in the beginning. Younger and more sensitive viewers beware.
Call of the Sea – Out of the Blue, Raw Fury
A light, happy break from the dark and sci-fi heavy trailer set, Call of the Sea looks gorgeous. I can’t quite tell how much of this game is a walking simulator versus survival fantasy but the tone of the trailer is light and the world looks exciting. Really interested in this one.
The Ascent – Neon Giant, Curve Digital
What happens when you mix Cyberpunk 2077 with a hint of Diablo? The Ascent. An isometric action multiplayer game with all of the style and attitude I could hope for. This single-player or co-op game looks like a wild ride!
The Medium – Bloober Team
I watched this trailer and was legitimately waiting for Keanu Reaves to walk out as Constantine. The new psychological horror game looks beyond disturbing and will have the soundtrack to match. Music is being composed by Akira Yamaoka and Arkadiusz Reikowski of Silent Hill fame.
Scarlet Nexus – Bandai Namco
A new anime action adventure from Bandai Namco is here. Scarlet Nexus brings evil walking flower arrangements, psychokinesis, and tons of hack-and-slash action to the new console. I’m not sure how RPG this game is versus action adventure, but the trailer sure makes it look exciting.
Second Extinction – Systemic Reaction
Doom Eternal, but with dinosaurs. That’s pretty much all I have to say.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon – Sega
Yakuza games have been popping up on Xbox GamePass left and right lately so I guess I should have seen this coming. The next entry in the series is here with all the drama, honor, respect, and redemption we’d expect from a Yakuza game. The director made an appearance in the trailer to confirm that this will be a Series X launch title. Drama laden quest for respect and redemption.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – Ubisoft
In an unfortunate turn of events, what was supposed to be the capstone of the event ended up being it’s greatest weakness. For weeks, Ubisoft and Xbox have been telling us to look forward to the first gameplay trailer debuting today, but we got this. An abstract, fast-cut trailer with only quick glimpses of in-game cinematic. No actual gameplay was shown here so many came away less than happy with what we got.
With thirteen new trailers and apparently many more on the way, it’s great to see such a wide variety of new content slated for the next-gen release. My thoughts on the trailers we saw fit right about in the middle. The strong opening with Bright Memory was followed by quite a few games that really all seemed very much like current gen titles. Though the argument could be made that we are already making games in 4k so expecting much more in graphics may not be the way to go.
The strength of the Series X is going to be in its computing power, load times, draw distance, number of AI enemies on the field, ray tracing, and other things that we may not see as consumers. Valhalla is almost definitely going to be the first game I play on the console so I couldn’t be more excited to see “actual” gameplay hopefully soon. What did you think of the show? Let us know in the comments below!