Game News Summer Game Fest 2022: Starfield, Game Pass, Forza Motorsport … what to expect from the Xbox and Bethesda conference?
We’re almost there! Sunday at 7 p.m., Phil Spencer, Todd Howard and other representatives of Microsoft and Bethesda will showcase projects prepared by the two groups in March 2021. The Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase is expected in turn as it has many challenges to face, such as reassuring players about what awaits them at the end of the year after the Starfield postponement, convincing the refractory of the quality of the Game Pass, and proving that the first titles in development parties have what it takes to ignite the crowds. Tick tock, the clock is ticking, make yourself comfortable, we recap what we can expect from the Xbox conference.
- A long look at Starfield and new Redfall details
- Do you like Game Pass? Ania!
- Update on already announced projects and service games…
- And, of course, surprises!
- Japan as a guest of honor?
A long look at Starfield and new Redfall details
Let’s start with what’s safer than already announced (half a word) as part of the program. The two games made by Bethesda, Starfield and Redfall, both originally set to be released this year but will eventually return in 2023, will be at the event. Microsoft will have to showcase Starfield for a long time, a project for which Phil Spencer has a lot of ambition, who believes Todd Howard’s RPG is the biggest hit since Bethesda. Now “skyrim in space”According to the development team will push us adventurers into a small corner of the Milky Way galaxy located about 50 light years from our solar system. Thanks to his ship, the player will be able to visit many planets to unlock the secrets of the galaxy. As for Redfall, the title Arkane Austin created is “one more thing”From the 2021 conference is an open-world co-op FPS set on a vampire-infested island. The characters to be included have a variety of powers that speed up the search for blood -sucking monsters. Last year, the software was revealed through a somewhat mysterious CGI trailer. This year, Redfall like Starfield will showcase the game and bring a lot of details.
Do you like Game Pass? Ania!
Without taking any risks, we can now predict that the winner of this conference will once again be Game Pass, as has happened with Microsoft since E3 2019. The subscription service offers an extensive catalog in games from talking about him again. Aaron Greenberg himself, the brand’s marketing manager, meant on Twitter that we will eat and Game Pass until Sunday. Last year, of the 30 games featured at Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase 2021, 27 titles were included in Game Pass. If Microsoft wants to make an impression in 2022, it needs to be even stronger. As a reminder, at the beginning of the year, the service had 25 million subscribers. It remains to be seen if the Redmond company will try to replicate the 2020 Showcase experience on a larger scale, as all games presented at this event will be announced as part of the service. It also remains to be seen whether Microsoft will take this opportunity to announce a possible Family Sharing feature.
Update on already announced projects and service games…
Microsoft has a number of projects underway, some of which were unveiled almost three years ago, such as Everwild. Yes, the studios are many (23), the list of games is huge (estimated at almost thirty)so it’s not easy to be sure to see this or that software this Sunday, especially since new productions will also be presented. Logic will dictate that we’ll see what Contraband, the Avalanche Studios (Just Cause) project published by the American giant, will look like. All lights are green too for the arrival of Avowed, Obsidian’s RPG set in the universe of Pillars of Eternity. The next -generation Forza Motorsport may also be coming out of its Showcase garage to showcase its glittering bodywork, as well as State of Decay 3. Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II featured at The Game Awards, we didn’t expect it . not necessary for this Sunday. Maybe Project: Will Mara take the chance to talk to him again? We’d love to hear from Playground’s Fable (reboot) and The Initiative’s Perfect Dark, but sadly the latest rumors leave little hope for the possibility of seeing them. Will we have a chance to discover future creations of Tango Gameworks, The Coalition and Double Fine? The future will tell. As for the companions, we definitely have information on ARK II and Scorn (among others). Finally, all eyes are on Machine Games, the game’s developers Indiana Jones (announced in early 2021). Will we see the famous adventurer on Sunday night? Expectations are allowed.
The Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase 2022 will definitely feature released software that will host more content. We’re thinking of Fallout 76, The Elder Scrolls Online, Minecraft, or even Flight Simulator. With any luck, we’ll see the announcement of the arrival of Age of Empires IV on Xbox consoles. Also, upcoming updates to Halo Infinite, Sea of Thieves, and Forza Horizon 5 may be in the game.
And, of course, surprises!
A founder’s summer conference with no surprises is like a birthday party without gifts. With repeated leaks and the presence of ever-known insiders, the most complicated thing for video game giants is managing to keep up with surprises at large gatherings. Of course there are apps that haven’t been announced yet to be discussed for the very first time. Why not the InXile project? The studio has been very active on social networks recently, and is developing a project under Unreal Engine 5. Compulsion Games also has enough activity creation with a hidden secret game. Unless Xbox Publishing is talking about its new partnership? Fans are waiting for Wolfenstein’s return, while some rumors are preparing us for the arrival of an HD version of GoldenEye 64. We are not prophets, nor in secret, nor in the head of Phil Spencer : we can’t predict what will surprise us on Sunday, and when the Banjo and Kazooie duo will return from limbo. We just hope to see more games than CGI trailers, and find some exciting stuff.
Japan as a guest of honor?
As we explained in the previous paragraph, we cannot predict surprises. However, we have noticed that Microsoft has long been active in Asia, and especially in Japan. Efforts seem to be starting to bear fruit, with sales of the Xbox Series X | S that has been in good dynamics for a few months on earth at sunrise. Phil Spencer knows that fans of the American brand need for a strong partnership with Japanese studios, they who, at one time, can be proud to play exclusive RPGs created by Hironobu Sakaguchi ( Final Fantasy). Xbox gamers who love Japanese games are expecting two things from this Showcase. The first is that titles like Persona 5 and Final Fantasy VII Remake will finally arrive on their console. The second is that Microsoft directly builds projects in Japan, such as the Mistwalker era on the Xbox 360, by collaborating, acquiring, or creating studios. A few months ago doubts were raised about the possibility of an Xbox project with Hideo Kojima. Apparently an announcement of this type could burn the Internet.
There wasn’t much time to wait until we could see what the Xbox and Bethesda teams had cooked up for the event. Expectations are clearly high, especially after a more successful conference in 2021. As a reminder, the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase will take place on Sunday, June 12 at 7 p.m. It will last 95 minutes and you can, of course, follow it up with us.
About Summer Game Fest
What is Summer Game Fest?
There’s no E3 this year, but we can still count on another world-class event: the Summer Game Fest, a big show dedicated to video game announcements coming this year or in the following years. It was 2020 that journalist and host Geoff Keighley launched this unforgettable festival for the first time. Last year, the show featured stunning images from Elden Ring; so inevitably, the third comeback raised high expectations.
When does Summer Game Fest 2022 start?
Summer Game Fest this Thursday, June 9 at 8 p.m. The show will be followed again by a Dev’s Day session dedicated to the independent scene.
How to keep track of Summer Game Fest 2022?
At JV, we will react live to announcements from the LeStream channel with Maxildan and Aymeric Lallée in particular. The program will also be directly visible as a teaser on JV’s homepage. And for those who want to read, of course you can find our news throughout the conference. A written summary is also available
What is the program for Summer Game Fest 2022?
Among the unforgettable games, there is a particular successor to Dead Space, The Callisto Protocol, which shows us the first images of the game. In this regard Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 presents us with its first level. Also on the program: Gotham Knights, Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course, the first game from the studio of Aaryn Flynn (ex-Bioware) Nightingale, the JRPG One Piece Odyssey, the free-to-play Warframe or even Planet of Lana. Geoff Keighley added: “We have some new game announcements for this show and hopefully there will be some surprises if all goes well. But it’s definitely a show that mostly focuses on the things that are predicted. ”