“This is the year.” It feels as though we’re stuck in a loop of saying it year in, year out. Following a few aggressive years of acquisition, including the mega-purchase that saw them absorb Bethesda, Xbox has enough skin in the game for this to actually be their year.
We got a first look at some pre-alpha gameplay. The game runs on a brand new version of Bethesda’s own internal engine, Creation Engine 2. It’s launching on Xbox Series X/S and PC on November 11, 2022.
The lengthy trailer showed off some of the story footage and looks remarkably better than what was first shown last year. The multiplayer will also be playable in 120fps on the newer Xbox consoles, and it was confirmed to be releasing this year still.
Forza Horizon 5 is said to be the largest and most diverse world ever created for a Forza game and it takes place in Mexico this time around. There’s juicy ray tracing too. It’s launching on November 9 for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.
The lengthy reveal trailer implied some kind of co-op gameplay elements and sees a band of hunters going up against a band of supernatural ghoulish vampires. It’s called Redfall and it’s coming to Xbox Series X/S and PC in the Australian winter of 2022.
The trailer opened with a group of people discussing something over a campfire, interspersed with in-game footage. While incredibly bleak, it’s pushing some seriously impressive graphical tech. It’s coming first to the Xbox Series X|S and PC and is launching on April 28, 2022.
The trailer has come real soul and looks to be a heist game of some sort. It’s called Contraband and it’s coming to Xbox Series X/S and PC. It’s also coming to Game Pass when it launches.
JACK SPARROW IS COMING TO SEA OF THIEVES IN A NEW STORY EXPANSION
It looks to be a whole bunch of new story content that is an odd fit for the series I didn’t know I needed until now. The expansion looks to be adding a whole bunch of new enemies, including Davy Jones himself. You can play through the “A Pirate’s Life” expansion for free when Season 3 of Sea of Thieves launches on June 22.
YAKUZA: LIKE A DRAGON IS COMING TO GAME PASS TOO
It joins pretty much every other mainline Yakuza game on the service and is supposedly a fantastic turn-based RPG. I even saw a woman fighting with a corded telephone which is totally what I need in my life.
THE FIRST FOOTAGE OF THE 128 PLAYER MODE OF BATTLEFIELD 2042 WAS SHOWN
With all these tornadoes I hope there will be a Wizard of Oz expansion at some point. It’s looking pretty fantastic regardless, and I can’t wait to give it a whirl on October 22, 2021.
Thoughtcrabatics sounds like what I do when I decide what to order on Uber Eats. The game launches for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC on August 25, 2021.
DOOM ETERNAL IS GETTING A NEXT-GEN UPDATE
The update will offer various different modes – whether it be a 60fps mode with raytracing, a true 4K mode, or a 120fps mode. It’s releasing in late June.
TWO NEW MAJOR UPDATES WERE SHOWN FOR FALLOUT 76
Both expansions are available for free to players of Fallout 76. Steel Reign, which launches on July 7th, sees you deciding the fate of the brotherhood. There’s even going to be a new expedition that takes place in The Pitt, but that’s not out until 2022.
PARTY ANIMALS LOOKS ADORABLE AND GENTLY CHAOTIC
The game sees cute creatures brawling in colourful locations. An animal-filled Fall Guys, if you will. It launches for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC in 2022.
A Plague Tale: Requiem follows A Plague Tale: Innocence and it’s coming to Game Pass when it launches next year for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.
EVEN MORE FAR CRY 6 FOOTAGE WAS SHOWN OFF
It’s going to appear at every conference ever isn’t it? But it’s looking great and as per usual, Giancarlo Esposito is bae. It’s still launching in October.
SHREDDERS IS A TRANQUIL SNOWBOARDING GAME THAT I TOTALLY VIBED WITH
It’s got a super cool air to it and it’s releasing on December 2021 for Xbox Series X/S and PC. It’s also coming to Game Pass.
SOVIET ERA ACTION RPG ATOMIC HEART WAS SHOWN AGAIN
A bizarrely upbeat trailer for a game so brim, the game looks to have a great tongue-in-cheek vibe and takes place in the alternate Soviet Union in the 50s. It’s releasing for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.
It’s an incredibly stylish, cyberpunk flavoured platformer that’s coming in 2022. You play as an AI stuck inside a human body against its own will. It hits Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC on Game Pass too.
MUSHROOMS OF THE NON-MAGIC KIND ARE COMING TO GROUNDED
The new update is called Shroom and Doom. It adds sitting, pets, mushrooms to harvest and a giant spider called the brood mother. No psychedelic drugs, unfortunately, but you can play Psychonauts 2 for that. There are even achievements being added, which melts my butter.
AMONG US IS EXPANDING AND COMING TO CONSOLES TOO
The game will eventually expand to support fifteen player lobbies on June 15. It’s also not only coming to Xbox consoles but also on Game Pass for both console and PC.
EIYUDEN CHRONICLE: HUNDRED HEROES IS A BRAND NEW RPG FROM TALENTED RPG PEDIGREE
The game is a throwback to classic Japanese RPGs and has a similar look to games like Octopath Traveler.
There’s some fancy dynamic camera work in the battles, which support up to six players. Developed by people who worked on the Suikoden games, it’s coming to Game Pass when it launches in 2023.
A prequel of some sort, called Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising, launches in 2022.
THE ASCENT IS COMING TO GAME PASS AND GOT A SOLID RELEASE DATE