Microsoft held its first Xbox + Bethesda Developer Direct this morning, highlighting five games coming to Xbox and PC consoles this year. It was a decent mix of release dates, longer gameplay segments, and a stealth drop.
REDFALL GOT A RELEASED DATE
We finally know that Redfall will release on May 2 for Xbox Series X|S and PC.
We got to see some gameplay from a mission to recover a lighthouse lamp from cultists, where Arkane explained some of the game’s terrifying vampiric enemies. It looks pretty intense, especially when it gets dark and claustrophobic indoors. Procedural encounters and dungeons, surprise attacks from super strong enemies and more all seem to add to the danger and excitement of the Redfall experience.
HI-FI RUSH IS TANGO GAMEWORKS NEW GAME AND IT’S OUT TODAY
Who doesn’t love a good stealth drop. It’s a new game called Hi-Fi Rush from Tango Gameworks and it’s out today.
HI-FI RUSH is paired with a “rhythm action game”, where your movements are all in sync with the music to create an amazing soundscape as you fight, similar to 2020’s excellent No Straight Roads. Performing more to the beat will bring you more success in battle, and all the music and pulsating environments come together to look great in the moment.
WE HAVE A DIFFERENT VIEW OF FORZA MOTORSPORTS
While we didn’t get a release date, we did get an extended look at Forza Motorsport.
The studio says the game features over 500 cars with over 800 unique upgrades, driving physics more advanced than the last three games combined, more realistic paint model than ever, damage per car and dirt accumulation, and a bunch of other super impressive technical feats.
All 20 environments in the game have also been built from the ground up for the new generation of consoles, with up to 10 times more detail than previous generations, including fully dynamic time of day and weather.
MINECRAFT LEGENDS GET A RELEASED DATE
We now know that the next Minecraft games will launch on April 18 for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, Switch, and PC.
The team showed off much of the gameplay of Minecraft Legends’ 4v4 PVP battles, talking about the importance of strategy and how skirmishes can change in an instant as players get creative with the game’s systems. Of course, there will also be a story-driven campaign where players reclaim the Overworld from a Piglin invasion.
THE OLDER SCROLLS ONLINE NECROM GOT A RELEASED DATE
ZeniMax Online Studios revealed that The Elder Scrolls Online: Necrom will release in June, taking players to the land of Morrowind.
It was also announced that starting today and for a limited time, you can get ESO Plus, which includes all chapters and previous DLC for any player playing on Xbox Game Pass.