E3 2021 Recap: Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase Crushed it

Zombies, Spaceships, and Jack Sparrow? This E3 showcase had it all and we are still left frothing at the mouth.

Ever since it was announced that Bethesda had been purchased by Microsoft for over $7billion, it was inevitable that some of the more highly anticipated titles teased or revealed before the acquisition would likely be confirmed to be Microsoft exclusives. Among those is Starfield.

Starfield is a game that we have been dying to hear more about. And yes, it is indeed an exclusive to Xbox and PC which will undoubtedly be irritating to some. For others, the news of more details on the game’s premise and release window will make them happy.

Starfield

Starfield is the first new universe in 25 years from Bethesda Game Studios, the award-winning creators of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Fallout 4. In this next-generation role-playing game set amongst the stars, create any character you want and explore with unparalleled freedom as you embark on an epic journey to answer humanity’s greatest mystery.

Launching November 11, 2022 exclusively on Xbox Series X|S and PC. Become a member of Constellation at StarfieldGame.com and be among the first to receive Starfield news and updates.

Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life

Split across five incredible Tall Tales packed with secrets and side-quests, Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life sees Captain Jack Sparrow sailing in from beyond the horizon to sweep players into an epic new adventure!

Free Jack from his prison and witness the power of the world’s greatest Pirate Treasure, which he just so happens to have stolen, before joining him on an unforgettable quest to stop dark forces from dominating this pirate paradise.

This lovingly crafted story will be available to play alone or with a crew and will be a free update for all players with the arrival of Sea of Thieves: Season Three on June 22.

The Outer Worlds 2

New solar system, new crew, same Outer Worlds. The Outer Worlds 2 is coming…and when that day is closer we will show you more…but until then enjoy this (trailer).

Contraband

From Avalanche Studios and Xbox Game Studios, a co-op smuggler’s paradise set in the fictional world of 1970s Bayan.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl

From epic cutscenes and underground labs to open-world fields, here is the first look at the gameplay of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl. The game is next-gen only (PC, Xbox Series X|S) and will be available on day one on Xbox Game Pass (both console and PC) on April 28, 2022.

Back 4 Blood

Back 4 Blood is a thrilling cooperative first-person shooter from the creators of the critically acclaimed Left 4 Dead franchise. You are at the center of a war against the Ridden. These once-human hosts of a deadly parasite have turned into terrifying creatures bent on devouring what remains of civilization. With humanity’s extinction on the line, it’s up to you and your friends to take the fight to the enemy, eradicate the Ridden, and reclaim the world.

Coming October 12th, you can play Back 4 Blood day one with Xbox Game Pass.

Halo: Infinite | Multiplayer Reveal

Halo Infinite’s free-to-play multiplayer experience is dynamic, ever-evolving, and arrives later this year on Xbox and PC. Whether you’re a returning player ready to check out the Master Chief’s new campaign or brand new to the franchise, Halo Infinite builds on the legacy foundations of the series’ sandbox-driven gameplay, including Big Team Battle and Arena. Offering something that’s equal parts fresh and familiar, with a personalized Spartan journey that’s only just beginning at launch – Halo Infinite’s multiplayer will deliver continuous content releases, finely tuned combat, unique modes, and community-driven content for years to come.

Battlefield 2042

Fight to define the future in a world transformed by disorder. For the first time in Battlefield’s history, 128 players can join the all-out war at the same time* – giving you the chance to take part in massive-scale battles where anything can happen. Get an even greater sense of spectacular, large-scale war on seven massive maps where you’ll experience ever-changing battle conditions and gameplay challenges.

Psychonauts 2

Combining quirky missions and mysterious conspiracies, Psychonauts 2 is a platform-adventure game with cinematic style and tons of customizable psychic powers. Psychonauts 2 serves up danger, excitement, and laughs in equal measure as players guide Raz on a journey through the minds of friends and foes on a quest to defeat a murderous psychic villain. Optimized for Xbox Series X|S.

Diablo II Resurrected

A dark figure wanders in the East and he must be stopped at all costs. Own the definitive remastering of Diablo ® II and its Lord of Destruction ® expansion on 9/23/21 for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One.

Atomic Heart

Atomic Heart takes place in the Soviet Union in an alternative reality sometime in 1955, where technology like the internet, holograms and robots have already been invented. The main protagonist is a special agent called P-3, who is sent by the government to investigate a manufacturing facility that has fallen silent.

Atomic Heart is coming day one to Xbox Game Pass on console, PC, and cloud.

Redfall

The quaint island town of Redfall, Massachusetts, is under siege by a legion of vampires who have blocked out the sun and cut the island off from the outside world. Trapped with a handful of survivors against diabolical enemies threatening to bleed the town dry, choose your hero from a diverse roster, grouping up with others to create the perfect team of vampire slayers.

Redfall is an open-world co-op FPS being developed by Arkane Austin and will launch exclusively on Xbox Series X|S and PC in Summer 2022.

Play it Day One with Xbox Game Pass.

Forza Horizon 5

Mike Brown, creative director of Forza Horizon 5 debuts an extended first look at gameplay. Join Mike and a few friends as they showcase a taste of what Forza Horizon 5 has to offer. Beautiful, diverse landscapes are on display as our players dip into a game of Piñata Pop through Horizon Arcade. Be sure to stick around until the end to check out a few possibilities of EventLab including custom races, challenges, stunts, and entirely new game modes.

Your ultimate Horizon adventure awaits! Explore the vibrant and ever-evolving open-world landscapes of Mexico with limitless, fun driving action in hundreds of the world’s greatest cars.

Available on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, and PC on Windows 10 and Steam.

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A handful of other reveals were also shared including some updates to Fallout 76 (which we hear is a pretty average/decent game now, apparently). Fallout 76 is getting a free story update called Steel Reign and a new content update that will bring the dozen or so gamers still playing Fallout 76 to Pittsburgh. Hades, the critically acclaimed dungeon crawler is coming to Xbox Game Pass, along with many others like Among Us, and pretty much everything listed above.

In addition, you can get your first looks into games like Slime Rancher 2, Shredders, Replaced, and Microsoft Flight Simulator. Unfortunately, nothing new for Elder Scrolls VI or Dishonored.

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