In June, we were entreated to a host of first-party games coming to the PlayStation 5 in a scintillating hour-long showcase. This month, it’ll be Microsoft’s turn to show just what’s coming to the Xbox Series X.
Recently, Microsoft revealed that it will be hosting a new Xbox Games Showcase that will feature new first-party games coming to the new console that’s launching this Holiday 2020. The digital event will be happening on 23 July at 9am PT / 24 July at 12am GMT+8, with a Summer Game Fest pre-show hosted by Geoff Keighley taking place an hour prior.
While we’re not sure just exactly what will be featured at the Xbox Games Showcase, it probably won’t be far off to assume that the likes of Xbox Game Studios’ various branches, including Obsidian Entertainment, Ninja Theory, and Double Fine could all be present.
Also, we could even expect more footage from the likes of Halo Infinite and Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II. Both of which are confirmed first-party exclusives to the Xbox Series X, and were teased very lightly during last year’s The Game Awards.
A long shot (but not an impossible dream) could be that of a new game in the Fable franchise, after an application for a renewal of the series trademark was sent over by Microsoft recently.
An even longer shot is the potential reveal of the long-rumoured Xbox Series S a.k.a Project Lockhart, a slightly more affordable version of the Xbox Series X, though all signs point to an August reveal for that one.
Recently, the company was reported to have been on the lookout to acquire Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, which has been rumoured to be going up for sale by its parent company AT&T. However, since this potential acquisition is still up in the air, it looks even less likely that any first-party game from that developer could even be considered for a reveal at the Xbox Games Showcase.
Whatever the case, all eyes are now on Microsoft to deliver something similar to, if not better than, what Sony did last month.
Marion has a serious RPG addiction. Sometimes it bleeds into real life; he forgets to sleep because he thinks he has a Witcher’s body clock. Forgive him in advance if he suddenly blurts out terms such as “Mind Flayer” and “Magic Missile”, because never once does he stop thinking about his next Dungeons & Dragons game.