Microsoft took some time on Thursday morning to show off a bunch of its upcoming games, including Halo Infinite and a brief teaser for a brand-new Fable game. Here’s a quick overview of everything we saw during the hour-long show, along with the trailer Microsoft offered. There was some gameplay, some in-engine footage, and lots of no-gameplay teasers. In other words, it felt a lot like Sony’s PlayStation 5 reveal.
Microsoft spent the most time, appropriately, on its biggest franchise, Halo. Halo Infinite is a launch game for the Xbox Series X that will also be appearing on Xbox One and Windows 10. While the show generally lacked gameplay, the Halo Infinite segement had plenty. The game looks like Halo almost to its detriment. Master Chief wields some classic Halo guns, but he has a world map to explore and a grappling hook to get around. It looks like an interesting shift for the series while still maintaining the classic look.
After starting its show with Halo Infinite, Microsoft closed out the show with a classic “one more thing” moment. Rumors have been flying around for years that Forza Horizon developer Playground Games is working on a Fable reboot, and now we know that’s true. The trailer is purely a teaser, and offers nothing in the way of gameplay or release window–this one is likely a couple years out.
It wouldn’t be a Microsoft show without a Forza game. The next game is currently titled Forza Motorsport. There was no “8” to be found anywhere in the trailer. Xbox boss Phil Spencer said before the trailer that the game is in early development. That’s surprising considering that 2019 was without a mainline Forza game of any kind. It looks like 2020 will be, too. The game will feature ray-traced reflections on Series X and appropriate graphics cards, so it should be a looker when it does come out.
Obsidian became a Microsoft studio back in November of 2018. While the studio was already deep in development on The Outer Worlds, apparently Microsoft asked the team at Obsidian what they wanted to do, but couldn’t–and then let them. That game is Avowed, an Obsidian-original first-person fantasy RPG. The game is set in Eora, the same world the developer used for its Pillars of Eternity games.
The game is coming to Xbox Series X and PC for sure. Interestingly, though, the game’s site showed Xbox One as a platform for the game for a short time before any mention of Microsoft’s current console disappeared.
Along with Avowed, Obsidian showed off the upcoming Outer Worlds expansion, “Peril on Gorgon,” and another trailer–a very funny one–for its survival game, Grounded, which has you playing as miniaturized kids in a now-massive back yard.
One of the pleasant surprises of the show was a trailer for STALKER 2, the long-awaited sequel to STALKER. The trailer doesn’t have gameplay per se, but it looks decidedly in-engine. The series, based loosely on the Sturgatsky Brothers’ Roadside Picnic novel, first came out in 2007, and we haven’t seen a new game in the series since 2009. The game looks every bit as spooky and desolate as you could want. Like a surprising number of other games, STALKER 2 lists Series X and PC, but not Xbox One.
Psychonauts is back with a gameplay trailer that mixes in footage of actor Jack Black, who provides not only a voice in the game, but also sings the game’s theme. The game’s mix of 2D and 3D art is looking especially crisp in this trailer.
The Other Stuff
Along with those games, Microsoft showed off a bunch of other stuff. State of Decay 3 is in very early development. Everwild, like Sea of Thieves, proves again that Rare Ltd. still has what it takes when it comes to gorgeous game art. The Medium‘s new gameplay trailer shows how the game renders both the real world and a dark, twisted version of it, simultaneously. Destiny 2 is coming to Xbox Game Pass on Xbox One, PC, and Series X with all current expansion packs. that means that you can also play it on Project xCloud this fall. Stadia‘s looking pretty rough these days in comparison to xCloud. Tetris Effect Connected brings Tetris Effect to Xbox, but adds a great-looking new multiplayer mode. Hellblade II: Senua’s Saga made a brief appearance, but only for developer Ninja Theory to say that the game is being developed in Unreal Engine 5.