Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase: the 10 big absentees from the conference | Xbox One

With most of the Summer Game Fest conferences over, it’s now time to look back and give a first hint at the games we’ve been eagerly awaiting and would have loved to see, but sadly didn’t deign to to refer to the tip of their noses.

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2

Despite an initial gameplay sequence revealed at the 2021 Games Awards, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 has remained far too discreet for our tastes since its announcement in 2019 and would have benefited greatly from being part of the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase . In fact, aside from its intriguing plasticity and heroine still suffering from auditory hallucinations, we don’t know much more about Ninja Theory’s next title, which could also be a bit more action-oriented than its predecessor. Unfortunately, you still have to be a patient to be sure…

At the moment, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 for PC and Xbox Series X|S is planned for an unknown release date, but will be available directly in Game Pass.

fable

Just like Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2, the next Fable remains as mysterious as ever. After three canonical episodes developed by Lionhead, it is now Playground Games, the studio behind Forza Horizon, that is leading the design of this new work. That’s about all we know about the game, which is subject to rumors rather than real information lately. These hallway noises thus conjure up an open-world structure that offers a larger playing field than the first two episodes, an important multiplayer component, the absence of firearms, but also the possibility of first and third-person perspectives in To be able to play line of sight and found cities. We therefore hope to learn more about this highly anticipated title very soon.

Despite the lack of crisp information, Fable is still available for PC and Xbox Series X | S planned and will integrate Game Pass as soon as it is released.

confesses

Obsidian’s next RPG, announced in 2020, is obviously one of the big projects underway on the Xbox Games Studios side, but it’s also one of the big absentees from the event. Set in the world of Pillars of Eternity, Avowed will revisit different elements present in the original saga that players can take advantage of: in particular, we’re talking about the possibility of using different spells and wielding enchanted swords to perform powerful combos and double daggers reach, which are useful for stealth but also to deliver fierce kicks and shields. With Obisdian working on The Outer Worlds 2 and Pentiment in a similar vein, we don’t know when Avowed will have an update…

Like other games from Xbox Games Studios, Avowed will be included in Game Pass upon release on PC and Xbox Series X|S.

Perfectly dark

Developed by The Initiative, one of the new Xbox Game Studios, Perfect Dark marks the return of the franchise of the same name. At least when it is revealed in more depth… Like the original sequel released for Nintendo 64 in 2000, this opus will let us embody Johanna Dark in a plot that has all the codes of spy movies with secret agents and high-tech gadgets and of course infiltration. Whether you prefer sneaking through the levels trying to silently eliminate your targets, or prefer to enjoy first-person gunfights, you should have plenty to do!

Perfect Dark will therefore be released on PC and Xbox Series X|S and will be available directly in Game Pass.

STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl

Although development has been severely disrupted by recent events in Ukraine, STALKER 2 remains highly anticipated by players and we were really hoping to see it at the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase. This title, once again taking place in the exclusion zone of the Chernobyl power plant, will continue to offer multiple locations to explore and will also feature many sequences of armed clashes against different human factions and mutant creatures that will lead to some failed experiments.

After several postponements, STALKER 2: Heart of Chornobyl is now slated for 2023 on PC and Xbox Series and will be accessible via Game Pass on day one.

machine games

It’s been official for a few months, the Machine Games studio is working on the new installment of the Wolfenstein franchise, but also on the video game adaptation of the next adventures of Indiana Jones. Unfortunately, neither of these two titles were shown during the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase and we still haven’t received any interesting information about them.

Wolfenstein and Indiana Jones will therefore be available exclusively on PC and Xbox Series X | S appear and as soon as they appear, integrated into Game Pass.

contraband

The Contraband brand was only registered by Microsoft a few days before the conference, so the chances of seeing Avalanches Studios’ next title were pretty good. It wasn’t… As a reminder, the game is set in the fictional world of Bayan in the 70’s and offers a solo and cooperative playable adventure in a gigantic open world with notably vehicles and various weapons to personalize.

Contraband doesn’t have an exact release date yet, but is planned for 2023 exclusively on Xbox Series X|S and PC. It will be available directly in Xbox Game Pass on the day of its release.

silent Hill

Despite Hideo Kojima’s quick intervention during the Xbox & Bethesda conference, which was about the development of a title based on Microsoft’s cloud gaming, we are not entitled to any details about the Silent Hill franchise. Is Kojima-san working on the license? Is a remake currently in development? Unfortunately, these questions are the same as before the start of Summer Game Fest and it will therefore be necessary to wait until you know more.

Ubisoft

In addition to games, some major publishers are also missing, above all Ubisoft. We knew the French company wouldn’t be offering a conference early in the summer, but that didn’t mean none of their projects would be featured, be it at the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase or even Summer Game Fest. A total absence that could worry players hoping for news from Skull & Bones, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora or The Heartland Division, for example. It seems, therefore, that we will have to wait for a next Ubisoft Forward, which according to certain rumors could also be offered a new sequel at the end of 2022.

Electronic Arts

Like Ubisoft, EA is a major absentee from the various conferences. After the presentation of the Dead Space remake a few weeks ago and the first revealed details about Season 1 of Battlefield 2042, Electronic Arts did not want to show any more titles. It is therefore a safe bet that the American publisher will offer an EA Play in the summer, if only to reveal more fully FIFA 23 and Star Wars Jedi: Survivor: two titles eagerly awaited by players. .

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