Overnight, Xbox presented their Gamescom showcase and, although they’d set expectations early on about what to expect, there was definitely some cool stuff to come out of it.
We got extended looks at games coming soon, more titles coming to Game Pass as well as a look at a gorgeous limited edition controller.
Here’s everything that was shown at Xbox’s Gamescom conference.
Forza Horizon 5 Still Looks Gorgeous
It doesn’t need repeating, but Forza Horizon 5 is looking to be the visual showcase for the Xbox platform this holiday when it launches on November 9. The game’s first eight minutes serve as a great indicator of this, as we’re transported across many regions of this diverse Mexican biome.
Xbox also announced the cover cars for the game, the Mercedes-AMG ONE, and the 2021 Ford Bronco Badlands.
As if that wasn’t enough, they revealed a beautiful limited edition controller for the game, inspired by the powder fireworks that pop off during the Horizon Festival. It has a translucent yellow shell, a visible rumble motor, and cool lighting effects. You can pre-order the controller from the Microsoft Store HERE.
Xbox Cloud Gaming Is Coming To Xbox Consoles
Xbox has confirmed that Xbox Cloud Streaming will come to Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and Xbox One this Holiday.
This means that not only will you be able to play Xbox games from the cloud on your Xbox Series X and S, those with an Xbox One will also be able to play Xbox Series X exclusive games such as Microsoft Slight Simulator (for example) on their Xbox One over the Cloud without downloading anything. Microsoft has said that it plans to make “many” Xbox Series X|S games playable on the Xbox One using this method.
The Gunk Is Also Landing This Holiday
After its reveal a year ago, it’s been radio silence on this darling adventure from the creators of the SteamWorld series. But the game has reemerged, with the team confirming that the game will launch this December for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.
Crusader Kings III Is Coming To Consoles
Despite it being proven in the past that strategy games can work on console, it still came as a surprise when it was revealed that Paradox’s in-depth title Crusader Kings III would be coming to consoles with completely reworked UI and controls.
Stray Blade Is A Fantasy Adventure Coming Next Year
It’s an action role-playing game that sees you switch between two adventurers as the world surrounding you shifts and adapts depending on your successes or failures. It’s releasing in 2022.
State Of Decay 2 Is Going Back To Where It All Began
Microsoft announced that, while we’re waiting for State of Decay 3, State of Decay 2 would receive an update next week which will reintroduce to players to Trumbull Valley, the map featured in the original game’s campaign.
It’ll be remastered and be full to the brim of new people to meet and new zombies to kill.
Sea of Thieves Crosses Over With Borderlands
In what I’d say is a rather unlikely coming together, Sea of Thieves and Borderlands cross paths in the seafaring game’s Making Mayhem event which is live now and runs until September 7.
Take to the seas to get your sweet Borderlands-themed cosmetics, including the Mayhem ship set.
The Wasteland 3 Is Getting An Expansion In October
It’s called The Cult of Holy Detonation and it involves venturing into the Cheyenne Mountain military complex to deal with a cult who worships a nuclear explosion being held in stasis. If that isn’t the most metal thing you’ve ever heard?
Age Of Empires IV Aims To Be Our New History Teacher
The team behind Age of Empires IV gave us a good look at the “Hands on History” feature coming to the game.
It’s a series of almost thirty videos to unlock that’ll give context, history, and a deeper look into how people lived and fought at the time.
Into The Pit Is A Hellish Roguelite Coming To Game Pass
Into the Pit is a roguelite set in a hellish nightmare. It has a retro aesthetic that makes it feel very much like a Dave Oshry game, we’re loving the style of it. It launches on Xbox and PC on October 19 and joins Xbox Game Pass on day one.
Ten Humble Games Are Coming To Xbox Game Pass In The Future
With Dodgeball Academia already ruling my life at the moment, it’s terrific to hear that even more indies are making their way to Game Pass via the Humble Games team. There’s ten in all, including Dodgeball Academia, here they are:
Chinatown Detective Agency
Flynn: Son of Crimson
Midnight Fight Express
Next Space Rebels
We’re particularly excited to see Unpacking on the list, having spent some time with that last year.
Microsoft Flight Simulator Is Rolling Out A Lot Of Content
In addition to the game’s next World Update improving upon Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, adding over one hundred points of interest and several airports, the game’s first major expansion will feature the Reno Air Races, along with planes that can top out at 500mph.
Dying Light 2 Is Dying 2 Impress
Xbox opened the show with a good look at Dying Light 2 gameplay ahead of its launch later this year.