Today, Microsoft held its Developer Direct presentation, highlighting a number of new games coming to Xbox, PC, and Game Pass. We got a fresh look at some anticipated titles, as well as a nice little rhythmic surprise from the developers of The evil within. But enough talk, let’s take a look at what Microsoft showed today.
We first heard of Minecraft Legends last year. A spin-off of the highly popular sandbox survival game, Legends is, perhaps unexpectedly, a multiplayer action-strategy game. Legends will have both a narrative co-op mode and a PvP mode with procedurally generated environments, which is much like what we saw today. Watch it here:
The people at turn 10 showed something wildly beautiful images of the forthcoming Forza Motorsport, which is expected to be released this year. This presentation focused on the finer details of Motorsport‘s visual flair, including highly detailed dirt, damage and ‘battle scars’ that will build up on your digital cars, as well as additional detail added to the dynamic time of day and trackside vegetation. Cars are also expected to gain more realistic physical behavior, with improvements to the suspension and exhaust.
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Surely we’ve all thought, why can’t we take down the corporate overlords in a brightly colored action game with rhythmic action cues? Oh, and made by the people who did The evil within.” Well, think no more: Hi-Fi hurry was today’s biggest surprise and put players in the role of an aspiring rock star with a rhythmic robotic arm who kicks to the beat with a flying V guitar…which makes sense since that’s about all a flying V is good for is. It looks nice, and by the way, it’s coming out today! Even on Game Pass.
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Arkane, the studio that brought us dishonored, Prey 2017, and Deathloop currently working on redfall, an open world, sandbox FPS with four-player co-op. With a few friends, wield proper gothic firearms to take down hordes of blood-sucking vampires. Arkane describes the setting as the largest world yet. While it looks very similar Left 4 dead with vampires, today’s gameplay dive showcased Arkane’s immersive sim powers, meaning there are different ways to tackle enemies and targets, with some uncertain outcomes. redfall is expected on May 2 this year.
The Elder Scrolls online: Necrom
WHICH continues with a new expansion: Necrom. Expect an all-new class, the Arcanist, and some terrestrial and alien adventures, as there’s a new peninsula to explore in the mushroom realm of Morrowind. You can also go jogging apocrypha, one of the beautiful infernal realms of the Elder Scrolls. Coming June 5 and June 20 for PC and consolesrespectively.
While last year fell a little short on Xbox and Game Pass exclusivity, with High in life as perhaps the most notable, 2023 is certainly looking a bit more action-packed. Bethesda has been much hyped, much delayed Star field is also supposed to come out, in June no less. Do you think they’ll last this time?