Microsoft held its E3 2021 Xbox event today, showing new games coming to Game Pass, what Bethesda’s working on, and games to look forward to this holiday season. Here’s everything we saw in the press conference.
Bethesda showed off Starfield, the sci-fi RPG it first teased in 2018 (the trailer went live a little earlier than planned, courtesy of The Washington Post). It will be a single-player game that will feature space travel. It launches November 11, 2022 for Xbox and PC, coming to Game Pass day one.
We saw more Stalker 2, subtitled Heart of Chernobyl, which is looking very dark and Stalker-y. The gameplay featured some buddies goofing around, a sure sign they’ll come to a bad end. It comes out April 28, 2022.
We saw a short teaser for a new game, which describes itself as“a co-op smuggler’s paradise set in the fictional world of 1970s Bayan.”
In case life couldn’t get weirder, Pirates of the Caribbean’s Jack Sparrow is in online pirate game Sea of Thieves. It’s an “epic original story” coming June 22.
Always a good time to get into Yakuza, I’m told.
As promised, EA showed off gameplay from the upcoming Battlefield 2042, which is set in the future and can host up to 128 players on next-gen consoles. Unlike previous entries in the series, this one won’t feature a campaign, focusing instead on telling its story through live-service elements.
The Anapurna game looks like a lot of fun.
At last. We saw some gameplay, which reminds me I never finished the first Psychonauts. For shame.
Game Pass has been surpassing Sony’s rival PS Now service from the off. Since Microsoft bought Bethesda parent company ZeniMax, it’s added numerous Bethesda games to its Game Pass service, and questions have swirled about which Bethesda games might be Xbox exclusives. Today, Microsoft revealed a slate of new games for the service. Doom Eternal is coming to Game Pass, along with some Fallouts, Wolfenstein 2, and more.
We knew we’d see more about Fallout 76 at today’s show, and so we did. The Steel Reign update, available July 7, wraps up the Brotherhood of Steel storyline. After a rough 2018 launch, the online multiplayer game got copious updates, with Bethesda tweaking and adjusting the MMO into something far more playable. It recently lost its unpopular battle royale mode, and hopefully these upcoming changes, which will also include a future update that lets you visit Fallout 3's The Pitt, will add more stuff players want.
We saw a trailer of rabbits, cats, and dogs battling each other in a sort of zoo-looking Fall Guys game. Fun!
Everybody’s favorite game comes to Xbox August 13.
Halo Infinite was intended to be an Xbox Series X launch title before getting delayed through the year. We’ve seen bits and pieces of the latest game in the long-running series since, with the project losing its creative director Tim Longo and studio head Chris Lee along the way. It’s nice to see it on track, with its first multiplayer trailer showing how you’ll use the grappling hook. Multiplayer will be free at launch.
From the description, it follows “Follow Amicia and her brother Hugo on a perilous new quest,” which will certainly feature far too many kids in peril for me to handle. It comes out in 2022.
Slime Rancher 2 is a sequel to the cute animal wrangling game, coming out in 2022.
The description says it’s inspired by snowboarding movies, which I love, so I think I’ll love this. It comes out in December 2021.
You can play Diablo II: Resurrected on September 23. Alongside all the Xboxes, it’ll be on PS4, PS5, Switch, and PC.
Atomic Heart takes place in an alternate reality past Soviet Union that has the internet and other technologies.
Can’t go wrong with pixel art. According to its description, you’ll discover dark secrets.
Called Shroom and Doom, it adds achievements.
More people to lie to you.
It’s a new RPG “featuring a traditional 6-character battle system utilizing painstakingly created 2D sprites and gorgeous 3D backgrounds.”
Game Pass remains a good deal.
You can play it day one on Game Pass.
The excellent 2019 role-playing game that explored capitalism in space is getting a sequel. If you can’t wait that long, the original Outer Worlds has two very good expansions, Peril on Gorgon and Murder on Eridanos.
You can check out the world July 27. There’s also going to be a Top Gun expansion.
There’s off-roading and some impressive vistas. It comes out November 9 for Xbox One, Xbox X and S, and PC. We saw a lot of gameplay for it, too, which looks very pretty and a lot of fun.
In Redfall, you squad up and fight vampires in a cartoonish world. It’s a co-op shooter coming out Summer 2022 and will be exclusive to Xbox and PC, from the people who brought you the excellent Prey.
Update, 6/18/21, 3:18pm—I totally spaced on the moody trailer for Somerville, out 2022, which has some Inside vibes and also a dog.