Expectations for Xbox have never been higher. The upcoming Xbox Series X carries with it the weight of an entire generation of Microsoft playing catch-up. But where Xbox failed over previous years in messaging and lack of exclusives, they are now making it all up with their huge push toward the Game Pass. Every game shown during the main event today will be available to subscribers and the value there is unprecedented.
Today’s show brought with it a HUGE swathe of world premier trailers, updates from respected franchises, and more than a few surprises. Here is everything announced during the July 2020 Xbox Games Showcase and the preshow:
Dragon Quest XI S Echos of an Elusive Age S – Square Enix
For the first time in history, Dragon Quest has come to Xbox. Dragon Quest XI, the hugely popular JRPG previously exclusive to the Nintendo Switch, will be available for Xbox and Xbox Game Pass players everywhere on December 4th 2020. The game is a turn-based adventure that tells and amazing, fantasy story in the world of Dundrasil. The game will also include a new retro 2D mode that allows you to experience highlights from earlier entries in the series.
ExoMecha 2021 – Twistedred
ExoMecha is a free-to-play game that mixes first person shooting with Transformers-style melee combat. Players of the Titanfall series might feel right at home with this one. Included in the trailer were clips of RPGs, sword-wielding mechs, vehicle combat, jet-powered surfboards, and fire breathing mech dragons! What even IS this game!?
Watchdogs Legion – Ubisoft Toronto
The city of London has been taken over by private security contractors. You must recruit an army of everyday citizens to fight the power. Legion has no main character, no singular focus. Every NPC in the game is recruitable with unique skills and backgrounds. Approach missions in many different ways according to who you decide to send in. Watchdogs Legion is the first of its kind and hits Xbox one on October 29th. A Series X version will also be released with the new console.
Echo Generation – Cococucumber
Echo Generation is a new open-world, turn-based RPG coming to Xbox in 2021. The graphics have a blocky texture that will feel familiar for players of Minecraft. But with these blocks, developer Cococumber have created some intensely cool boss battle models.
Hello Neighbor 2 – Dynamic Pixels
The happiest horror game I’ve ever seen, Hello Neighbor had players infiltrate their creepy neighbor’s crazy and loopy home while constantly worried about being caught. This time around, it seems the neighbor has gone off the deep end. New systems, cameras, crowbars and more make this look like it will be even happier and even scarier than ever.
Balan Wonderworld – Square Enix
The “action game of action games” Balan Wonderworld has players traverse through a multitude of imaginary worlds solving puzzles with a wide range of different costumes and abilities. In truth, this seems to have a lot in common with something like Mario Odyssey in how players progress. The game comes from the creators of Sonic and will be released on both Xbox One and Series X next year.
Halo Infinite – 343 Industries
Halo has a lot to prove. The series did not have any mic-drop releases during the entire Xbox One generation and for an IP that is supposed to be on the pillars of the Microsoft brand, that is saying something.
By dropping the “6” in favor of “Infinite”, Halo seems to be looking to rebrand itself a la God of War. In today’s demonstration, it looks like they have, but really haven’t. The demo looked very much like a Halo game including Warthog driving, Pulse Carbines, Brutes, and standard Master Chief awesomeness. At the same time, it looks like they’ve taken a page out of the Borderlands 3 playbook and greatly updated how players interact with the world. Dynamic sliding and a very useful grappling hook were prominent in the trailer and these are huge departures for purists of the series.
According to 343, Halo Infinite takes place on a new Halo that is larger than both Halo 4 and Halo 5 combined. They didn’t flat out say it, but by the looks of the map shown in the demo, Halo Infinite will likely have some open world elements as well. The trailer concludes with an extremely badass speech from an enemy Banished Brute to honor the great Atriox from Halo Wars. I’m very excited to learn more in the next few months.
State of Decay 3 – Undead Labs
The second sequel to the fan-favorite zombie survival game State of Decay is here! This entire trailer was cinematic and didn’t really reveal anything about what players can expect, but Undead Labs rarely puts out bad games. SoD 2 struggled with not being a huge leap forward for the series so let’s hope that this third installment takes some risks and tries something new.
Forza Motorsport – Turn 10 Studios
Xbox has always loved its racing fans. Forza has been a staple on the Xbox lineup for years and it’s no shock at all that we’re getting the latest entry as a part of the new Xbox Series X. The Motorsport series is known for its realism in racing simulation so it’s time to dust off those steering wheels and hit the track.
Everwild – Rare Studios
Once again, Everwild has shown off their beautiful fantasy world full of new creatures and mystical secrets. We came in to today expecting to learn more about what this game is or how it plays. Unfortunately we did not really get any of that at all. It looks gorgeous but it’s difficult to understand what type of game it is outside of some sort of open world.
Tell Me Why – Dontnod
A new episodic dramatic adventure from the makes of Life is Strange, Tell Me Why follows a brother and sister revisiting their old home searching for answers about their mother.
Ori & The Will of The Wisps – Moon Studios
Ori & The Will of the Wisps is getting upgraded for Xbox Series X to run at 120 frames per second on top of 4k HDR. Will of the Wisps is the incredibly well received sequel to the groundbreaking Ori and the Blind Forest. This upgrade will be coming later in 2020.
The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon – Private Division
One of my games of the year for 2019, the Outer Worlds was an extremely fun, interesting RPG that allowed for multiple playthroughs due to their being many choices that fundamentally changed the outcome of the story. Obsidian and Private Division have 2 planned DLCs of which Peril on Gorgon is the first.
Grounded – Obsidian Entertainment
Originally announced at E3 2019, Grounded is a multiplayer survival game with the heart of Honey I Shrunk The Kids. Players have been shrunk down smaller than ants and are tasked with not just surviving, but thriving. The game includes combat, crafting, building and more. Grounded comes to early access later in July.
Avowed – Obsidian Entertainment
A new medieval fantasy RPG, Avowed lets players take control of both magic and might. According to Obsidian, this is the game “they want to make.” Expect a massive first person RPG with great writing and wonderful adventures.
As Dusk Falls – Interior/Night
Self proclaimed “interactive drama”, As Dusk Falls tells the story of a family, crime, danger, and heartbreak in the American Southwest.
Psychonauts 2 – DoubleFine
Led by an absolute BANGER of a song performed by the one and only Jack Black, Psychonauts returns. The gravity-defying 3D adventure brings mountains of color and personality with the platforming and mechanics you love.
Destiny 2: Beyond Light – Bungie
Destiny 2 is getting added to Xbox Game Pass. Players will be able to play all previous content and have instant access to Beyond Light, Destiny’s newest expansion coming November 10th. This means that Destiny will also be included in the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate access to xCloud coming in September. Unfortunately, for now, this will only be available to Android users. Maybe this is one of the drivers behind the recent delay for Beyond Light?
Stalker 2 – Game World
The paranormal horror FPS returns with Stalker 2. The trailer shows some weird things happening in and underneath the Chernobyl disaster area. Best of luck to all players brave enough to dive in.
Warhammer 40,000: Darktide – Fatshark
I’ll be honest. I know basically nothing about the Warhammer series. It’s a huge blindspot for me. That being said, this trailer screams Metro: Last Light to me, mixed with a touch of Wolfenstein. I’ll be keeping a close eye on this one to learn more.
Tetris Effect: Connected – Enhance Games
Tetris Effect took what made the world’s most popular game so great and turned it beautiful. Last year, the formula was turned on its head with the introduction of Tetris 99, basically a battle royale for tetris. Tetris Effect Connected seems to have taken the best of both worlds to create a sensory overload of sights, sounds, and competition.
The Gunk – Image & Form Games
The Gunk is a new 3D sci-fi platforming adventure with mega Mario Sunshine vibes. Character models look darn near identical to Grounded from Obsidian, but this really looks like it will be an extremely interesting world to explore.
The Medium – Bloober Team
The Medium looks like a mindbender. Fans of Stranger Things should be familiar with the concept of the Upside Down. Bloober team has created a game where both our world and its alternate dimension are being rendered at the same time and players can willfully swap back and forth. The technical implications of this game are staggering. I can’t wait to try it out.
Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis – Sega
The hugely popular MMO game is finally coming to Xbox! Fast, dynamic combat in an awesome mech-fantasy world. Xbox players have shown that they are always looking for more online multiplayer games and it felt like only a matter of time before PSO made its appearance. Coming 2021.
CrossfireX (Campaign) – Smilegate + Remedy
While extremely popular on an international scale, CrossfireX has yet to really take off in the states. The multiplayer mode feels fairly close to a CS:GO type experience which have become very popular in the last year. Shown today was the new single-player campaign mode developed by Smilegate and Remedy. The trailer kind of seemed like “every COD campaign ever” but I doubt Remedy, makers of Control and Alan Wake, would do me dirty like that.
Fable – Playground Games
The mad lads actually did it. Fable has returned. The rumor has been that Playground was working on the next entry in the series for many months now and I’m extremely happy that they were correct. The trailer tells us exactly nothing about what the game is going to look like, but I’m just happy that this exists.
Xbox has put on a heck of a show. New games and IPs left and right. Solid Halo gameplay. New RPG from Obsidian. There seems to be no stone unturned for audiences after this show. Thanks to the Xbox Game Pass, the release library for Xbox Series X will be over 100 games strong. I’m thrilled to see all the new software that will be available day one on the service, and excited that so many will be able to experience top-tier games for the price of a Netflix account. What was your favorite trailer?