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Big announcements from the Xbox Games Showcase 2020
By Sam Jones - 23rd Jul 2020News
Catch up on what Xbox revealed with these announcements, demos and trailers
The Xbox Games Showcase didn't disappoint, with news on upcoming releases for the Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Windows PC gamers via the Xbox Games Pass.
If you're playing catch up, we've rounded up the big announcements from the Xbox Games Showcase 2020 - enjoy!
Halo Infinite demo
343 Industries and SkyBox Labs' big launch of the year, Halo Infinite, was the first major AAA game to get some air time with footage from a brand-new campaign demo. The legendary franchise sees Master Chief, now in glorious 60fps & 4K across the entire Xbox family of devices, including Xbox Series X, Xbox One and Windows PC.
The early gameplay demo showcased weapon weapons such as a grappling hook and an automatic pistol. Both of these really got fans excited on the live stream chat, as well as the inclusion of classic enemies such as Grunts and Brutes.
State of Decay 3
The latest installment is more focused as a winter survival game, pitting players against natural and environmental threats as well as the undead.
The atmospheric trailer showcased wood carving, realistic blood, and a zombie deer. However, no gameplay was shown off for the next evolution in the hit horror franchise. Let's hope that the deer makes the cut though!
Forza Motorsport's looking fine
The world premiere of Forza Motorsport showed off IN-Engine tech, which will bring lifelike graphics to Xbox gamers with the next-gen releases.
Racing onto Xbox Series X in stunning 4K with 60FPS, Forza Motorsport is looking at a first-place finish for racing realism. The confirmed inclusion of Ray Tracing in the game will all but help this cause when the heavily-licensed hit racing game releases on a yet to be confirmed date.
Under the development of Rare in the UK, Everwild is a beautiful game that follows in the footsteps of Banjoo-Kazooie and Perfect Dark.
There's not much known about the adventure game as of yet, but the trailer shows the magic and fascinating creatures in what will be a stunning new game from the esteemed developers.
New 'Life is Strange' experience
Tell Me Why comes from DOTNOD, the developers of the popular franchise Life is Strange, and releases on Steam and Xbox One on August 27 2020.
The game puts you into a gripping story of two twins as they unravel the mysteries of their childhood in a small town in Alaska. The game will use the bond between the two protagonists to deliver their memories and solve puzzles. As with all of DONTNOD's games, it will be heavy on great, realistic storytelling that will tackle real-world issues through the choices you make in the game.
New The Outer Worlds DLC
On September 9, 2020, The Outer Worlds will get it's first DLC. Peril of the Gorgon will put you in a new-story on the new base of Gorgon.
The typically tongue in cheek trailer shows off new weapons, and a promise to solve one of the galaxy's biggest mysteries on the lawless asteroid colony. If you're still playing the base game though, make sure you are level 25 before giving it a go.
Get ready for the smallest adventure of the year with a survival game from Obsidian Entertainment that gives a serious 'Honey I Shrunk the Kids' vibe.
Featuring terrifyingly large spiders, this won't be a game for those with Arachnophobia or Entomophobia. But if you and your friends can handle this then prepare to build your way through the hordes of giant insects in this adventure game.
Pillars of Eternity and The Outer Worlds developers, Obsidian Entertainment, are back with another RPG.
Set in the Pillars of Eternity Universe, the first-person RPG is based in the fantasy world of Eora. Combining sword-fighting with magic, the game is sure to bridge the gap until the next The Elder Scrolls title for fans of Skyrim.
As Dusk Falls
As Dusk Falls is an original interactive drama that explores the entangled lives of two families across thirty years. The game starts in a small town Arizona where a robbery gone wrong has lasting implications.
The game uses stop motion graphics with a beautifully drawn art style that may not be every gamer's preference but looks great nonetheless.
Hellblade II's icey behind the scenes
Set in the land of fire and ice, developers Ninja Theory took us to Iceland in their latest development diaries for Senua's Saga: Hellblade II.
The Action/Adventure game showcased the first trailer at The Game Awards in December, in what was a creepy, but expected for the franchise, look into the new game. In the trailer, we can see the highly realistic environments that the research went into and it's safe to say their hard work paid off!
Jack Black stars in Psychonauts 2
Known for his love of games with his gaming YouTube Channel, actor/singer/comedian Jack Black graced us with the theme song for the follow up to the popular platforming game Psychonauts.
In the trailer we find protagonist Raz taking a journey through the mind of a mystery brain he found in a jar and the result is quite trippy. If you've got 3 minutes it's worth a watch!
Destiny 2 is coming to Xbox Games Pass and Xbox Series X
With Beyond Light releasing in September, Microsoft announced that Bungie's hit MMO Destiny 2 is coming to the Xbox Games Pass and the Series X.
On the Games Pass, you will be able to play the game on the cloud, meaning you can dip in and out on your friends' consoles, as well as your own, all without the need of downloading the game.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 coming to Xbox
Making it's console debut, the award-winning PC game loved by millions of players will be getting a next gen sequel!
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 looks to pick up where the first left off with atmospheric first-person shooter action with survival horror elements. In the trailer, we see a peak of Chernobyl and it's nuclear power plant, but with mysterious beings floating around. As well as an armed soldier equipped with a gas mask. There's no indication as of yet what the plot of the game will be.
New Warhammer game - Darktide
Vermintide developer Fatshark unveiled a new Warhammer 40,000 game. Darktide will be visceral 4-player co-op action set in the hive city of Tertium as you fight against hordes of enemies.
While this may sound familiar to Vermintide, the environment looks to play out differently with the trailer showing off tight catacombs rather than open space. Plus, you won't be battling giant rats called Skaven this time, instead it will be mutant-esque creatures called Chaos terrors.
Tetris Effect: Connected
2018 game Tetris Effect is getting a timed Microsoft-exclusive multiplayer expansion. Releasing on PC via the Microsoft store, and Xbox platforms, the DLC will bring co-op and competitive multiplayer for up to three players. With both local and online multiplayer, you will be able to play the classic game with friends no matter where they are in the world.
In Summer 2021, the DLC will arrive as a free update to the PS4, Epic Game Store and Oculus Quest versions too.
From the creators of Steamworld, there's a new out of this world adventure coming to Xbox Series X, Xbox One and PC.
The Gunk is a vibrant action game where you have to suck up the environment and take on enemies in an alien world. The game promises puzzles, platforming, and exploration as you look to save the forgotten planet shrouded in an ancient mystery.
Smilegate Entertainment and Remedy are bringing you action FPS . As a global conflict rages between the Global Risk and Black List mercenary factions, you will be thrust into a fast-paced, cinematic campaign where you will have to shoot to stop the war.
Alongside the single-player campaign, CrossfireX will be bringing an exhilarating multiplayer experience within the game.
A new Fable game!
A brand-new Fable game got everybody talking after the Live Stream ended. Explore a land of fantastical creatures and wondrous places in this reboot of the 2004 franchise when it lands on Xbox Series X and PC.
Little is known about the game so far, but trailer was a visual treat and was combined with the smooth voice-over work of Stephen Fry.