Xbox Announces Its First Massive Game Showcase

Xbox Game Studios and partners are expected to reveal a number of highly-anticipated titles, starting with Xbox’s Starfield, and...

By Jason Collins | Published


Xbox Game Studios and Bethesda Softworks will hold their annual gaming showcase, which typically aligns with the now-canceled E3 Expo in June. The live-streamed showcase will begin on Sunday, June 12, and promises to feature a number of upcoming gaming titles coming to Xbox and PC and Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass, though perhaps at a different subscription price. You can check out Xbox’s announcement on Twitter below:

According to IGN, Xbox Game Studios, Bethesda Softworks, and their numerous partners are expected to reveal a number of highly-anticipated titles, starting with Xbox’s Starfield, which is set to release on November 11, meaning we’re bound to see fight gameplay footage at the showcase if it doesn’t release beforehand. In addition, arcane’s Redfall is also scheduled to release sometime this year, so a more precise release date might be revealed at the showcase, with more possible news about previously announced The Elder Scrolls VI.

The latter was announced before Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda, so it might release as an Xbox and PC exclusive. However, considering how other The Elder Scrolls titles were released for PlayStation and Switch, if the upcoming The Elder Scrolls is an Xbox/PC exclusive, it might be a timed one. During the announcement of their most recent acquisition plans, in which the tech giant is looking to acquire Activision Blizzard, Microsoft stated that it wouldn’t pull the developer’s games from its competitor’s consoles. And ultimately, why would they, when they can make a profit off their competition?

MachineGames, a subsidiary of ZeniMax Media, which is a subsidiary of Xbox Game Studios, announced last year that they’re working on a new Indiana Jones, reviving the gaming franchise after more than a decade of dormancy. 2021’s Deathloop could be announced for Xbox Game Pass this year when its timed exclusivity on PlayStation 5 expires, and of course, Bethesda, which recently announced the shuttering of its game launcher, may announce even more titles. With E3 canceled for this year, this might be Xbox’s time to really outshine its competition.

Of course, we can expect to see more from Xbox’s first-party studios, like Ninja Theory, which is working hard on Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2, the sequel to 2017’s massive hit, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice; and Undead Labs, which is currently developing State of Decay 3 — because who doesn’t like a zombie survival horrors? The list doesn’t end there either, as we didn’t mention the reboot of 2000’s Perfect Dark gaming series, as well as Playground Games’ Fable series, though these are further away from release, so we might get a status update on the game, rather than concrete details, such as a release date.

The showcase viewers, which will stream on all major social media networks, including YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok, should expect to see about a dozen different showcases. Besides the aforementioned games, most of which are scheduled for release, there are those that are still undated, including Obsidian Entertainment’s Avowed and The Outer Worlds 2, Rare’s Everwild, and Avalanche Studios’ Contraband.