All the big reveals from the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase

The Xbox and Bethesda Showcase 2022 took place last night and it was filled with new announcements, reveals, and trailers.

Xbox corporate vice president Sarah Bond said that all games shown in the Xbox and Bethesda showcase will release sometime within the next 12 months.

For your convenience, we have listed all the major takeaways from the showcase below.

Redfall — gameplay reveal trailer

The showcase started strongly with a gameplay reveal for Arkane’s vampire-themed first-person shooter Redfall.

The trailer showcased both single-player and co-op action with the game’s awesome vampire-slaying weaponry and combat.

It also introduced us to the four playable characters and their unique abilities — which are tailored for different playstyles.

There seems to be a lot going on with this game and this is unsurprising as Arkane titles are always full of interesting ideas.

While no release window has been confirmed, Redfall is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2023 on PC and XBox Series X/S.


Starfield — gameplay reveal trailer

Fans of the highly anticipated Bethesda title, Starfield, finally got a deeper look at its gameplay

The trailer shows a player freely roaming around while mining valuable resources, conducting research projects, crafting weapon and spacesuit mods, and discovering ominous creatures that are also scavenging on Starfield’s many planets.

The game promises over 1,000 planets for players to explore and will allow players to customise their character in multiple ways, build their own spacecraft (including crew members, internal layout, and weapon systems) and so much more.

While no release window has been confirmed, Starfield is expected in the first quarter of 2023 and the game is set to launch exclusively on PC and Xbox Series X/S.


Hollow Knight: Silksong — gameplay reveal trailer

Hollow Knight: Silksong finally came out of hiding during the showcase last night with an unexpected gameplay reveal trailer.

The game is a follow-up to 2017’s Hollow Knight, a Dark Souls-inspired Metroidvania filled with bug people.

However, Silksong will follow a new protagonist, Hornet, who played both friend and foe to the Knight in the original game.

In Hollow Knight: Silksong, players will control Hornet as you navigate a completely new world while using new powers.

While the developers confirmed that the title will come to Game Pass on day one, there is no confirmed release date.

The game is expected to launch on Xbox, Switch, and PC.


High on Life trailer

Fans of Rick and Morty’s bizarre and zany worlds have a new video game to look forward to, as Squash Games announced a new first-person shooter called High on Life.

Much like Rick and Morty, this game is filled with dark humour as players take on the role of a high school grad who defends Earth from a horde of aliens trying to “use humanity to make drugs”.

Instead of using a regular old gun, players will use talking guns that have unique personalities and attributes, including one that literally shoots its children at the enemy.

Everything just seems pretty nutty, so it looks like it will be a suitably subversive experience.

High on Life will release in October 2022 and launch on Xbox and PC.


A Plague Tale: Requiem trailer

A surprise addition to the showcase, developer Asobo Studio revealed brand new gameplay for A Plague Tale: Requiem — a sequel to A Plague Tale: Innocence, the 2019 stealth game set in 14th Century France.

Players will follow Amica de Rune as she must use stealth and fire to navigate past a plague of rats spreading across Europe while taking down enemy soldiers during the war between England and France.

The game is expected sometime in 2022 but will also be playable via the cloud on PS5 and Nintendo Switch.


Overwatch 2 — release date trailer

While the reactions to the Overwatch sequel have been mixed, Activision Blizzard announced during the showcase that Overwatch 2 will be launching “in early access” on 4 October 2022.

The game will also be free-to-play, which is a big change considering the original game was a paid title.

“We can’t wait to roll out the beginning of the Overwatch 2 experience and introduce an exciting new competitive vision, featuring amazing new content and a reimagining of the iconic heroes, maps, and gameplay that made the original game so compelling,” said Blizzard president Mike Ybarra.

Overwatch 2 will launch on PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS5, PS4, and Nintendo Switch.


Scorn — new gameplay and release date trailer

The survival horror game Scorn will be released on 21 October 2022, and the showcase gave horror fans a sneak peek at the title’s gameplay.

There’s nothing much to say about this title other than if you like having your stomach churned just by looking at the game, then this is your dream (nightmare) title.

Scorn is set to launch on Xbox and PC.


Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn — gameplay reveal trailer

The new game from the makers of Ashen was announced at an Xbox indie showcase back in March but it wasn’t clear what type of game it would be at the time.

However, the new trailer changes this as we see that video games’ next foray into a magic-meets-gunpowder setting is Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn, an open-world RPG adventure.

Players will follow Nor Vanek and her companion Enki as they explore a dangerous open world and defeat the most powerful beings in creation.

Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn will release exclusively on Xbox Game Pass and PC in early 2023.


Minecraft Legends — announcement trailer

In Minecraft Legends, you’ll need to protect the Overworld, with its rich nature and resources, from an invading army of piglins.

It seems to feature both base-building and controlling large armies of followers, so it’s ticking all the old Command and Conquer boxes.

The game was developed in partnership with Blackbird Interactive and will feature an online co-op campaign and a competitive multiplayer mode.

Minecraft Legends is expected to release sometime in 2023 and will launch on PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS5, PS4, and Nintendo Switch.


Lightyear Frontier — announcement trailer

Giant robots and a space farming simulator weren’t a pairing I’d have put together, but Lightyear Frontier quickly sells the idea of a space farming sim.

Lightyear Frontier is a peaceful open-world farming adventure on a planet at the far edge of the galaxy.

Start your new home on a distant planet with up to three friends as you farm alien crops, build your own homestead, and explore the untamed wilderness of the world.

A release date has not yet been confirmed, but the game is set to launch on Xbox and PC.


Ereban: Shadow Legacy — announcement trailer

Another surprise that came during the showcase was the announcement of Ereban: Shadow Legacy, a cyberstealth-inspired title.

Ereban: Shadow Legacy is a fast-paced stealth platformer game where you become Ayana, the last descendant of a forgotten race.

You will harness mystical shadow powers and high-tech gadgets while either avoiding or killing your enemies as you attempt to uncover the truth about your past – and save the dying, morally-grey universe.

While a release date has not yet been confirmed, the game is set to launch on Xbox and PC.


Diablo IV — gameplay reveal trailer

The Diablo IV gameplay showcase focused on the new necromancer class, and it looked really good.

Developers have also promised fans almost 150 new dungeons and the ability to build your own outposts, as well as a shared world where you can take on bosses with lots of other players.

Despite the attractive gameplay, many fans are worried that the microtransactions that have plagued Diablo Immortals will do the same to Diablo IV and will also overshadow Diablo IV’s alluring features.

The game is expected to release early in 2023 on PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. Sign-ups for Diablo IV’s beta test are now open – click here to register.


Sea of Thieves — Season 7 trailer

The seventh season of Rare’s MMO pirate adventure game will allow players to save ship – provided they choose something PG.

The new season is coming on 21 July 2022 and will also feature some new cosmetics, Captain’s Voyages, as well as new “cash-in points” which are meant to further streamline the process of turning in loot.

Sea of Thieves is available on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC, and it is also available on Xbox Game Pass.


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