Xbox announced its plans for this year and the future at the Xbox Games Showcase today. This year will be headlined by Starfield and Forza Motorsport, both of which received new trailers, and the following year is packed with Fable and Avowed. The showcase also featured Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty, Hellblade 2, Ubisoft’s Star Wars Outlaws, Persona 3 Reload and Persona 5 Tactica, and more.
Biggest announcements from Xbox Games Showcase 2023
Fable Gets a First Look
Xbox and Playground Games finally showed off the first proper look at the Fable reboot. The IT Crowd’s Richard Ayoade looked to be playing a starring role in the game and was heavily featured in the trailer (also, apparently, he is a human giant?). The game has no release date yet, but from what we can tell, it seems to be a Fable experience, complete with the dry British humour the series is known for.
Avowed Gets a Release Window
Obsidian gave us a first proper non-CGI look at its upcoming fantasy RPG, Avowed. The trailer showed the game’s spellcasting, sword combat, and other fantasy elements, as well as spiders, bears and lots of caves to explore. The game is set to release exclusively on Xbox platforms next year.
New Starfield Story Trailer
We got yet another look at Bethesda Game Studios and Todd Howard’s Starfield. The trailer highlighted the game’s story and had many establishing shots of planets, ships and all the sci-fi space stuff you would expect—the game releases on September 6, 2023, for Xbox Series X/S.
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Libery Dated
Keanu Reeves took the digital stage to give us a first look at CDPR’s Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty, the first expansion pack for 2020’s Cyberpunk 2077. Besides the interesting fact that this was shown at the Xbox Games Showcase (I guess CDPR is miffed at Playstation, eh?), the game also got a release date: September 26, 2023. It will be out on PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S.
Ubisoft’s Star Wars Outlaws Announced
Ubisoft’s Massive Entertainment (the developers behind The Division games) is making a brand new Star Wars game. The game is called Star Wars Outlaws, and if we go by the trailer, it seems to be a third-person action adventure. We will see more of it in the Ubisoft Forward on June 12. As for now, all we know is that the game is scheduled to release in 2024.
Forza Motorsport Has a Release Date
Along with a brand new trailer, Xbox has announced a release date for Forza Motorsport – October 10, 2023. The game will release for Xbox Series X/S.
PayDay 3 Gameplay and Release Date Revealed
We got a brand new look at the four-player co-op heist game, PayDay 3 at the Xbox Games Showcase. The trailer shows a car chase, rooftop gunfights and all the shenanigans from a heist that has gone bad. The game is out on September 21 for PC, PlayStation and Xbox platforms (including GamePass).
Persona 3 Reload is Real…
After multiple leaks (from the publisher, Atlus, no less!), Xbox today made it official: Persona 3 Reload is in the works and is scheduled to release next year, and will also land on Xbox Game Pass.
…And so is Persona 5 Tactica
Persona 5 Tactica is a Fire Emblem-style tactics take on the world of Persona 5. The game features a new chibi art style and will release on November 17 on Xbox Game Pass.
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024 Announced
Asobo Studios today announced Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024. Besides looking absolutely gorgeous, the new version seems to add several modes like Aerial Firefighting, Search and Rescue, Helicopter Cargo Transport, Air Ambulance, Agricultural Aviation, and more.
The developers also announced that the current Microsoft Flight Simulator is getting a Dune crossover, bringing the ‘thopter’ from the books to the game. The crossover will release on November 3.
Senua’s Saga Gets a Weird New Trailer
A new trailer for Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 was shown at Xbox Games Showcase, and it’s a dozzy. While the trailer doesn’t go in-depth with what Senua has been up to, the developers did drop a release window for the game – 2024.
Like a Dragon Infinite Wealth Revealed
The follow-up to Yakuza: Like a Dragon has been officially announced. The game is called Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth, and the new trailer shows Ichiban washing up on the shores of Hawaii completely naked. The game releases on Xbox and Windows next year.
Still Wakes The Deep Announced
The Chinese Room, the developers behind the terrific Dear Esther and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, has revealed their new game: Still Wakes The Deep. The game is about exploring an underwater oil rig and looks like a chilling experience. It’s out on PC and consoles in 2024.
Don’t Nod’s Next Announced
The developers behind Life is Strange, Don’t Nod, have announced Jusant, a rock climbing game that will release on Xbox and GamePass this fall. The trailer shows a loner climber struggling to conquer a mountain. The climber also seems to have a strange blue creature in his backpack, and yes, it is very cute. We are sold.
And that’s a wrap from Xbox Games Showcase 2023. Which announcement was your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.