Xbox’s big event is this week and with it we find out what games Microsoft has in store for us for the next generation Xbox Series X.
Kicking off on July 23 at 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET the Xbox Games Showcase provide us with world reveals of Xbox’s next generation catalogue of games.
The Xbox One reveal set the tone for this generation. A generation in which Xbox fell behind and never recovered. A generation in which Playstation dominated.
Xbox just didn’t have the games to compete this generation. But that is behind us and Xbox now has an opportunity to start the Series X off on the right path.
With that said, here are the top 5 game announcements I am most looking forward to seeing during the Xbox event.
5. Halo Infinite
Nothing says Xbox like Halo and no Xbox event would be complete without Master Chief making an appearance. However, Halo hasn’t necessarily been winning over new fans, at least not since the 360 days. The franchise has become stale. I’m very curious to see what is done to maintain the classic Halo feel while pushing it forward for a new generation of gamers. This is no easy task, and with the hype that always surrounds the Halo franchise this unveil will ultimately set the tone for the entire event.
4. Forza Motorsport 8
We haven’t had a new Motorsport in a few years and this is a perfect time to unveil the preeminent racing simulator on the console to date. Forza has always been a beautiful game and I would imagine Xbox will use this opportunity to show off how good games like Forza can look on the Series X. Forza has been at the forefront of pushing the boundaries of the racing genre and I’m sure this year will be no different. I’ve missed the motorsport series and I’m excited to see what the next generation of racing games will look like.
3. Hellblade II
Arguably one of the best pick ups by Microsoft. Ninja Theory’s Hellblade II has the gritty, hardcore single play feel that Xbox has been missing. We did get a sneak peak of this at the last game awards and what we saw was amazing. I’m looking forward to see where this franchise goes. I can’t wait to see and hear gameplay as this is exactly the type of game that Xbox needs in it’s library. I couldn’t be more excited to see what’s been done with it.
We have had rumors of a new Fable game for awhile and now seems like the perfect time to show it off. Here is another style of game that Xbox has missed having in it’s library. This beloved series has been missed by Xbox fans for over a decade. A reboot on the Series X would be amazing. Rumors are that it’s coming and if it shows up it’s sure to make some noise. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us!
1. New IP
New games, new series, new worlds to explore and stories to be told. This is what ultimately will make or break the Xbox event. Microsoft has spent the last couple of years buying up new studios in an effort to solidify their first party library. This week they have the opportunity to show us whether or not that has paid off in the form of new IPs. It might be one of these new games that launches us into the future with the series X. It will be these new IPs that show us whether Xbox is here to compete for top spot or if they’re comfortable simply sitting in 2nd or 3rd. What new AAA game does Xbox have in store for us? This is what I want to see, and what I find most interesting about this event.
Regardless of what we see, it’s an exciting time to be a gamer. The start of every new generation is memorable, fun and exciting. Xbox has an opportunity to hit the ground running with the right games. Let’s hope they do and avoid repeating the mistakes they made with the Xbox One launch.
What are you most looking forward to seeing? Let me know in the comments below and enjoy the Xbox conference.