Microsoft is holding its Xbox first-party games showcase event today, July 23 right now. Unlike the May presentation that was devoted exclusively to third-party games, this event focuses primarily on Xbox Series X games from Microsoft’s own studios, including launch title Halo Infinite. GameSpot will also be hosting a pre- and post-show livestream to discuss everything surrounding the big reveals, so be sure to tune in early and then stick around afterward. We have the starting time for several regions listed below.
Prior to the main Xbox Showcase, there was a Summer Game Fest Pre-Show at 8 AM PT / 11 AM ET. The Summer Game Fest Post-Show will follow at 10:30 AM PT / 1:30 PM ET. The pre-show will include game announcements and world premieres while the post-show will include developer interviews and analysis from YouTube producers.
Xbox Series X Stream Start Times
- 9 AM PT
- 12 PM ET
- 5 PM BST
- 2 AM AET (Friday)
What Was Announced
State of Decay 3
Undead Labs premiered State of Decay 3 during the Xbox Games Showcase. The next entry in its open-ended zombie survival series looks to be just as dark, and the teaser we saw focused on a survivor scouting through the wilderness until she comes upon an undead deer. State of Decay 3 will be on Xbox Series X and PC.
Halo Infinite was the first game shown during the Xbox Games Showcase. Narrated by Cortana–or possibly Dr. Halsey–as we see the Master Chief’s armor constructed, the teaser led directly into a gameplay demo. It featured the same pilot featured in the teaser at E3 2019, with the Master Chief crashing for an emergency landing. The Banished have taken over the ring world and they’ll need a slipspace drive to leave.
Yuji Naka appeared during the pre-show with Square Enix to premiere his Balan Company division’s new project. The action game Balan Wonderworld makes use of a single button to perform several different abilities. Your action changes depending on the costume you’re wearing. It supports 24 languages and will be on Xbox One and Series X with Smart Delivery.
Hello Neighbor 2
Hello Neighbor 2 was announced during the pre-show with a look at gameplay featuring a mysterious bird-like creature. The game expands on the systems from the first game and will feature more advanced AI and more areas to explore. You’ll be able to visit the surrounding environments for even more horror potential. It’s coming to Xbox and PC in 2021.
A gorgeous adventure game made by a smaller studio in Ontario Canada, CocoCucumber’s Echo Generation was shown during the pre-show. It uses a card system for battling and has a unique aesthetic that almost resembles voxel art.
Watch Dogs: Legion
We got a new look at Watch Dogs: Legion during the pre-show, and it focused on the permanent death mechanic. A super-spy is immediately killed and DedSec must look to other London citizens in order to replenish their ranks.
TwistedRed revealed a new first-person shooter called ExoMecha during the pre-show, and it looks to be an action-packed game that mixes vehicular combat with battles against enormous weapon-wielding mechs. There are even fire-breathing mechanical creatures and it will be free when it arrives later this year.
Dragon Quest 11 S
Dragon Quest 11 is coming to Xbox and will be available on Xbox Game Pass. This is the first time the series has even come to an Xbox platform. It appears to be mostly unchanged from previous versions, and it even includes the retro mode that turns the game into a retro-style RPG. It will launch on December 4
Streams Setting Stage For Fall Launch
Typically, Microsoft would hold an event like its first-party games showcase as part of a larger E3 press conference in June, but E3’s cancellation due to COVID-19 meant it had to pivot to something else. PlayStation had already decided not to participate in E3 before its full cancellation, and it instead held a PS5 reveal event in June. Neither Sony nor Microsoft have announced an exact release date or price for the PS5 or Xbox Series X.
Xbox Series X will launch this holiday season and features Halo Infinite as a launch game. The game will also release on Xbox One and PC, with all three versions supporting cross-platform play. It will be the first time a core Halo game has ever released on more than one platform at the same time.
Xbox Series X And Xbox One News
- Halo Infinite Gameplay Debuts At Xbox Series X Stream
- Xbox Series X Stream: How To Watch The Showcase
- All The Xbox Series X Games Confirmed (And Expected) So Far
- All The Xbox Series X Games With Free "Smart Delivery" Upgrades
- Xbox Series X: Release Date, Specs, Price, And Everything We Know
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