Article By: Jessi 7XS

If you don’t know by now, you either had to work all day, or you might have slept all day, or maybe just didn’t touch your phone or computer all day. There was a huuuuuuge Xbox Series X Showcase Thursday, and I could not be more excited to share some info from the showcase. 

Sadly I do have to report, we were not given any information of an exact release date or release price for the Xbox Series X. However, rumor has it that Xbox has another console up it’s sleeve, and it will be announced in August. This remains to be seen, and I haven’t personally seen anything specific from Xbox or Microsoft about this.

So join me as I dive into some highlighted titles that need a closer look, a game that caught my eye, and some details revealed that you might find interesting!

Halo Infinite

The most ICONIC game to us Xbox players receives a next gen facelift, in Halo Infinite. Infinite, to 343 Industries studio, is a “spiritual reboot” and brings us back to focus on MasterChief after the events in Guardians. As the 3rd part to the Reclaimer Saga [Halo 4, Guardians, Infinite], this will be the first Halo title that we have received in 5 years! Also, split screen is back baby!

343’s goal with Infinite was not only to be able to create a title that would take advantage of the technical aspects of Xbox Series X, but also be a title that new Halo players could jump into without missing a beat. When 343 announced Infinite in 2018, they also announced their Slipspace Engine tech. The Slipspace Engine which serves as the power for Halo Infinite, allows 343 to further improve camerawork as well as improving character facial animations. I’m telling you when I got to see the gameplay reveal during this showcase, I was blown away. However, is it just me or did the Warthog during the gameplay showcase sound like a bad Honda Civic?

Either way, I cannot wait to get back to my roots and get my hands on Halo Infinite. At release Infinite will be available for Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PC. Specifically optimized for Xbox Series X [Xbox One X also], gamers will be able to play in 4k Ultra HD with 60fps. Gamers with Xbox Game Pass will have Infinite available at release.

Check out the Halo Infinite gameplay release trailer here > https://youtu.be/pTp3W0mlsJA

Forza Motorsport

You can’t spell Xbox Console release without cars…actually now that I think about it you really can’t lol. Regardless, in true fashion we were blessed with the sights and sounds of the racetrack, with an all new look. As this title is still in early development, specific details are very scarce, heck we don’t have a release date or official title for this game yet. But what we do know is Turn 10 studios plans on integrating 4K HD and 60fps gameplay with ray-tracing. This for sure will enhance the visual impact of Forza. We do know that Forza Motorsport will be offered through Xbox Game Pass for the Xbox Series X and PC, but it remains to be seen whether it will be offered for Xbox One.

Check out the official Forza Motorsport announcement trailer > https://youtu.be/6bfC-vvlbHc

Destiny 2

Here we go Destiny fans. If you haven’t already gotten your hands on Destiny 2, and we aren’t going to judge you even though it’s been 3 years since release, know that Microsoft is partnering with Bungie and Destiny 2 will be brought to Xbox Game Pass in September 2020. We will see the Beyond Light expansion in November of this year as well, featuring a new location Europa, Jupiter’s icy moon. The first new elemental ability to be introduced since the release of the original Destiny title will come with the expansion, Stasis. Players will also be reintroduced to Earth’s Cosmodrome area, and see the return of the Exo Stranger as well.

We won’t see Destiny 2 come to Game Pass for PC this year, the plan is for a 2021 release on that. However, currently Xbox One and Xbox One X are seeing a 30fps rate for Destiny 2; Xbox Series X will have a version optimized to $K support with 60fps!

Check out the Stasis in gameplay > https://youtu.be/Oq8Rg9tivRQ

Fable

“Not all stories have happy endings…but yours is yet to be written”. Could that be any more vague? In the announcement trailer for Fable, it is clear that Fable is getting an update, but the question is what kind of update are we getting? The last Fable title was Fable 3, 10 years ago. There was a chance at Fable Legends which was to be set in the Age of Heroes before the events of the first game. However, 3 years after the teaser for Legends, Microsoft announced the cancellation of the title, and in tandem announced the closure of Lionhead Studios.

2018 gave us the news that Playground Games, the studio that brings us the Forza Horizon series, was working on “Fable 4”. Well, since we haven’t gotten too many details yet, I have a thought. Fable is an RPG, Playground Games produces Forza Horizon which is an open-world title…so will Fable be a brand new reboot nothing like the original? Or will Playground stick to the Fable roots and give us the classic Fable but with the next gen look and feel?

Fable will be available on Xbox Game Pass on launch of Xbox Series X, and be available for Windows PC. However this is going to be an Xbox Series X exclusive, so if you want to play, better get your hands on the new Xbox Console.

Watch the official Fable announcement trailer > https://youtu.be/oVkSZXPklQ4

Tell Me Why

Now I have never personally played Life Is Strange, but I can tell you that I am a sucker for a good story line. So I will say that the announcement trailer for Tell Me Why got my attention, well I mean when you see a mom chasing her son with a shotgun, that definitely gets your attention. Tell Me Why is a story about twins who share a supernatural bond that allows them to interact with their past memories. In order to move forward in their lives, they are looking to their troubled family past in small town Alaska. A narrative based game, choices that players make within the game, whether they are playing as Tyler or Alyson, will affect the following story and their bond as siblings.

Developer Dontnod, had released Life is Strange and Life is Strange 2 over a course of several months. That will not be the case with Tell Me Why; all 3 episodes will be released at the same time on day one. Peter Wyse, general manager of publishing at Xbox Game Studios
Was quoted stating, “We listened closely to fans of narrative adventure games, and we heard loud and clear how painful unpredictable gaps between episodes can be”.

We will actually see Tell My Why sooner rather than later as it will release for Xbox Game Pass on August 27th 2020. Tell Me Why will also be available for Windows PC and Steam as well. 

Check out the Official Chapter One trailer for Tell Me Why > https://youtu.be/DRN2VgTB-J8

These are the few games that stood out to me the most during the showcase, but there are some other great games that will be released as well. Check out the full list at the end of this article!

One cool thing that I did learn during this showcase, was Smart Delivery. Smart Delivery is a new technology that will be available to developers and will be used on new Xbox titles as well as be implemented in some already released titles. What this allows for, is a gamer to only have to buy the game they want [digitally or disc] and if the title includes Smart Delivery, they will automatically have the game version best optimized for the console they are on. So if the game is released for both Xbox Series X and Xbox One and includes Smart Delivery, when playing on XSX you will have the best version available for that console, and if you decide to go play it on X1 instead, then you have the best version available for that as well.

While we don’t have definite dates for release of the games in the showcase, it still looks like the rest of 2020 and the year 2021 are gonna be pretty lit for us on Xbox. Let us know in the comments what you thought about the showcase and what you are looking forward to the most!

XBOX SERIES X / WINDOWS PC

  • State of Decay 3 – optimized for Series X, first party
  • Forza Motorsport – optimized for Series X, first party
  • Fable – optimized for Series X, first party
  • Avowed – optimized for Series X, first party
  • As Dusk Falls – optimized for Series X, first party
  • Everwild – optimized for Series X, first party
  • Stalker 2 – optimized for Series X, console launch exclusive
  • Warhammer 40,000 Darktide – optimized for Series X, console launch exclusive
  • The Medium – optimized for Series X, console launch exclusive

XBOX SERIES X / XBOX ONE / WINDOWS PC

  • Halo Infinite – optimized for Series X, will also have optimizations for PC
  • Tell Me Why
  • Grounded – optimized for Series X
  • Psychonauts 2 – optimized for Series X
  • Destiny 2 Beyond Light – optimized for Series X
  • Tetris Effect Connected – optimized for Series X, console launch exclusive
  • The Gunk – optimized for Series X, console launch exclusive
  • New Genesis Phantasy Star Online 2 – optimized for Series X, console launch exclusive

XBOX SERIES X / XBOX ONE

  • CrossfireX – optimized for Series X, console launch exclusive
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