The 2023 Microsoft Xbox Games Showcase was a thrilling event for gamers everywhere. We’re here to share the best of what the showcase had to offer, focusing primarily on the highly-anticipated Starfield and Cyberpunk 2077. Let’s dive into the top moments from this epic gaming event!
1. Fable Returns
The showcase kicked off with a delightful reveal of the return of Fable, a fan-favorite franchise. Although specific details were sparse, the charming trailer showcased a hero on a journey with a lovable vegetable enthusiast/giant. This new Fable installment is one to keep an eye on!
2. South of Midnight
From the creators of We Happy Few, Compulsion Games introduced South of Midnight, a Southern fantasy game with a promising premise. With the developer’s track record for unique and engaging titles, South of Midnight is sure to capture gamers’ imaginations.
3. Star Wars Outlaws: Scoundrels Unite
Ubisoft Massive revealed an action-driven game set in the Star Wars universe, called Star Wars Outlaws. As scoundrels and outlaws, players can expect thrilling adventures in 2024 on Xbox Series X|S. More gameplay will be unveiled at Ubisoft Forward.
4. Co-op Madness with 33 Immortals
Thunder Lotus, known for the cozy afterlife sim Spiritfarer, unveiled a top-down action game called 33 Immortals. Featuring a large number of players in a raid party format, 33 Immortals is set to bring co-op madness to Xbox Series X|S in 2024.
5. Heisting Fun Continues with Payday 3
Long-awaited by fans of the co-op heist series, Payday 3 was announced for a September 21 release. With more heisting and stealing action, Payday 3 is sure to satisfy the cravings of its dedicated fanbase.
6. Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty Expansion
Keanu Reeves returned to the spotlight with the announcement of the Cyberpunk 2077 expansion, Phantom Liberty. Taking place during the events of the main game, players will venture into Dogtown with V and encounter a new character played by Idris Elba. The expansion promises to add more depth to V’s story and is set to release on September 26.
7. Starfield: A Deep Dive into the Cosmos
Bethesda’s Starfield was the showcase’s crown jewel, with an extensive look at gameplay, worlds, and characters. As Microsoft’s major upcoming release, the Starfield Direct segment left no stone unturned. Here are the highlights:
7.1 First and Third-Person Gameplay
Starfield will offer both first and third-person gameplay, allowing players to choose their preferred perspective while exploring the cosmos.
7.2 Resource Collecting and Customization
Featuring a handy scanner and resource collecting system, players will have the ability to customize their experience in the vast universe of Starfield.
7.3 Living, Breathing Worlds
Starfield promises to deliver a truly immersive experience with its massive, lived-in cities, such as New Atlantis.
7.4 Factions and Characters
The game will feature various factions and characters that play significant roles in the unfolding story. Bethesda seems to have put a lot of effort into creating a rich narrative for players to enjoy.
7.5 Character Creation and Abilities
Starfield boasts an extensive character creation system with various abilities to suit different playstyles, including stealth, jetpacks, and animal training.
7.6 Ship Customization
Players will be able to customize their spaceships with various parts and configurations, offering a unique experience for each player.
7.7 Romance Options
What’s a space adventure without a little romance? Starfield will feature romance options for players to explore throughout their journey.
Other Notable Announcements
The showcase also featured announcements for Persona 5 Tactica, Metaphor: ReFantazio, Clockwork Revolution, and a new Xbox Series S with a 1TB SSD priced at $349.99, releasing on September 1.
The 2023 Microsoft Xbox Games Showcase was an exciting event filled with thrilling game announcements, particularly those of Starfield and Cyberpunk 2077. With such a diverse lineup of titles, there’s plenty for gamers to look forward to in the coming years. We can’t wait to see what else Xbox and its partners have in store for us.
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