Today saw one of E3 2021’s bigger press events take place in the form of a combined showcase for Microsoft Xbox and Bethesda Game Studios. You can check out this three-minute video for just the highlights from the over 80-minute-long event.
The showcase brought one of its biggest guns to bear right at the start by debuting the first-ever in-game footage of Bethesda’s spacefaring RPG Starfield. In development for a number of years before its initial tease in 2018, this single-player adventure promises a massive scope. Bethesda, of course, was recently acquired by Microsoft, so many of its future games will be console-exclusive to Xbox. Starfield looks to be one of them, though it will also come to Windows 10.
Another highly anticipated game debuted its first-ever gameplay footage in the form of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl. Yes, GSC Game World is finally set to deliver a sequel to the cult-classic trilogy it started with 2007’s S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl. This first footage is pretty impressive, looking unmistakably S.T.A.L.K.E.R. even while showing off its fancy new ray-traced graphics. And true to series form, it looks creepy af.
You may have also heard that yes, flagship Xbox Series X shooter Halo Infinite finally ended its long absence from the public eye. 343 Studios’ sci-fi sequel showed off both multiplayer and single-player narrative content, including a touching moment between Master Chief and his possibly corrupted AI companion Cortana. The grapple hook looks super fun in multiplayer, too. Both single- and multiplayer are slated for holiday 2021.
The presser showed off a lot of new surprises and smaller treats as well, including Arkane Austin’s four-player co-op vampire shooter Redfall, footage from the just-announced Battlefield 2042, the absolutely incredible-looking Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes (a spiritual successor to beloved JRPG Suikoden), expansions for Sea of Thieves and Fallout 76, and a lot more.
Between the two companies they showed off 30 games in total, and Xbox Game Pass members will be pleased to hear that a full-on 27 of those are headed right to Game Pass upon release. (Shots fired, PS Now.) Anyway, check out the vid for footage from most of the above and more.