Xbox Games Showcase Overview | July 2020

Back in May, Xbox shared a first look at Xbox Series X gameplay. While the games shown were interesting, such as The Medium and Bright Memory: Infinite, the event itself received a lot of backlash, gathering 41k dislikes to its 38k likes. Fans were upset and Xbox listened, promising an even better event in July.

And here we are now, on July 23, the day of the big showcase. There have been lots of rumors leading up to the event with games like Perfect Dark expected to be brought back. Needless to say, the expectations for the showcase are high, so let's take a look at everything that was shown during the hour-long event.

During the pre-show leading up to the showcase, a few smaller games were announced and previewed including Hello Neighbor 2Echo GenerationBalan Wonderworld, and more. We also got a look at some of the big third party games coming later this year such as Watch Dogs: Legion.

Before we dive into the list of all the big announcements, here are some of the key points of the showcase. Keep in mind that the games that were shown during the event will be available to play for Xbox GamePass subscribers.

As promised the event started with 9 minutes gameplay of Halo Infinite and its new open world. The game will run at a smooth 60fps on Series X and is set to be larger than 343's last two Halo games combined. However, no infinite release date was given.

The next big game is Forza Motorsport. That's right, no number. The new Forza is currently in early development for Xbox Series X.

From Don't Nod, the developers of Life is Strange, comes a new episodic story game called Tell Me Why. The first chapter of the game will be available next month. Ori and the Will of the Wisps gets Smart Delivery to take advantage of the Series X increased power to provide a more vibrant and smoother experience. 

Obsidian's The Outer Worlds gets the first of its two planned DLC in the form of Peril on Gorgon which comes out September 9. Speaking Obsidian, they also showed off a bit of Grounded which comes out on July 28. Obsidian also announced their next big RPG called Avowed.

Other than the fact that the game is built on Unreal Engine 5 there was not music information given about the sequel to Senau's Sacrifice. Today we got a little more information about Senua's Saga which was announced previously for Series X. The game will be set in Iceland. For more information than that you can watch the behind the scenes developer diary on Ninja Theory's YouTube channel.

Bungie will release a new version of Destiny 2 for the Series X and the game will also be made available on Xbox GamePass. The popular international first-person shooter, CrossfireX gets a high-octane singleplayer campaign from Remedy. The Medium, which was revealed back in May with the Series X first look, got a new trailer that shows it's split-screen dual-reality gameplay. 

Lastly, the "one more thing" of the showcase was the long-rumored Fable sequel. Developed by Playground Games, the game seems to only be coming to Series X and PC. No other information was revealed about the game.

With that said, here is the list of games showcased during the event:

Halo Infinite | Holiday 2020
Everwild | TBA
Tell Me Why | August 27, 2020
Avowed | TBA
Tetris Effect: Connected | Holiday 2020
The Gunk | TBA
The Medium | TBA
CrossfireX | TBA

No news was given regarding the recent disappearance of the Xbox Gold subscription off the Xbox Marketplace with rumors stating that the service will either be removed entirely or will only be available through Xbox GamePass Ultimate. Whatever the reason, it's clear that GamePass is a big part of Xbox's future and with the first 3 months only costing $1, it remains one of the best deals in gaming.

Xbox did end the event stating that they had more games to announce and that there will be another Games Showcase in the near future.

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