With Starfield dominating the proceedings and Redfall quite firmly in the rear view, it’s easy to forget that, at Xbox Game Studios, there’s still a batch Developing. I’m not talking about those secret projects we haven’t been told about yet, the mysteries that may or may not be revealed this June. For me, it’s all about the gems that were shown off and revealed at the stellar Xbox Games Showcase 2020, and now I’d love for the 2023 Showcase to be that again.
Now there are many many There were reasons to forget about 2020, but the Xbox E3 2020 showcase was not one of them. If you think back three years, it was the summer before Xbox Series X launched and fans were ready to see what that big summer unveiling would reveal for their new incoming machines at that time. Microsoft did not disappoint. It showcased titles from nine of its (then) 15 Xbox Game Studios, with five new first-party game reveals, and this also predated the Bethesda purchase.
good memories of 2020
In just an hour (and change), Xbox gave a great preview of what it had cooking. First up was the third entry in the zombie survival series, State of Decay 3, with an excellently tense trailer featuring a screaming zombie stag and a blood-stained winter wonderland. But that was followed by a very early look at Forza Motorsport from Turn 10, with all its shiny cars and hyper-real tracks. Without missing a beat, it showcased the transition from asphalt to wilderness as Rare gave us our first taste of Everwild, a game inspired by the natural world and our connection to it.
Later, however, Xbox released the world premiere of Obsidian’s next game. The seemingly expansive RPG Avowed wowed fans with its Skyrim/Game of Thrones vibe, even if the trailer was enticingly short. This was followed soon after by another brief but sweet reveal in Stalker 2: Heart of Chernobyl, from Ukrainian developers GSC Game World. And that last thing? Fable. The long-awaited return to the beloved series made famous by Lionhead and now under the control of PlayGround Games.
It was a great showcase, and one that really built buzz for the then-unreleased Xbox Series X (and Xbox Series S, of course). But while some of the games featured have since been released (such as Halo Infinite, Grounded, and Interior/Night’s As Dusk Falls, just to name a few), the vast majority have yet to appear on our Xbox Series X hard drive. , almost all, beyond the appearance of Forza Motorsport in the recent Xbox Developer Direct and the development of Stalker 2 affected by the ongoing war in Ukraine, have hardly been mentioned since.
That’s why we need a repeat of 2020’s excellent showcase. Please bring us updates on these first-party titles and how they’re doing so far down the development pipeline. Radio silence on such big titles feels neglectful now that we don’t have release dates for any big Xbox exclusives except Starfield. It’s time for Xbox Games Showcase 2023 to fill in some gaps.
Even just updates to those 2020 titles would be a potentially stellar lineup without even getting involved with other Xbox Game Studios we know are in development, like Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2, which also appeared in the 2020 lineup. Of course, we also know that Contraband is also being developed at Avalanche Studios, a new Perfect Dark at the new studio, The Initiative, The Outer Worlds 2 coming from Obsidian Entertainment and of course The Elder Scrolls 6 coming after Starfield, although everyone knows that it’s too early for an update on that yet.
All of these titles are among the games we want to see at the Xbox Games Showcase, and if Microsoft wants to succeed this year, it should start by giving us the latest on its projects in progress rather than focusing on something new.
For now, let’s take a look at all the upcoming Xbox Series X games confirmed so far, and pin our hopes on what we want to see on June 11 when the Xbox showcase duo hits the E3 2023 Schedule.