Xbox Series X fans have been given their first look at gameplay footage for next-gen releases.
The Xbox Series X 20/20 stream featured a host of third-party game reveals.
While it was disappointing to see so many “in-engine” demos and not pure gameplay, the upcoming Xbox line-up looks extremely diverse.
Multiple genres were showcased during the event, from psychological horror to cyberpunk shooters.
It all started with a look at a first-person action game called Bright Memory Infinite, which was arguably the most impressive demo in the stream.
Even more impressive is that the game was created from the ground-up by a single individual.
Next up is the Codemasters developed racing game Dirt 5, which features courses from New York, Rio de Janeiro, Greece and China.
Scorn, meanwhile, is a first-person horror game coming exclusively to Xbox Series X during the holiday 2020 launch period.
The game “lures players into a claustrophobic underworld populated with mis-shapen organic forms dripping with unnamed fluids”.
The presentation moved forward with a new game called Chorvs, which is described as a “true evolution of the space-combat shooter”.
Madden NFL 21 was one of the higher profile games shown during the event, although it’s unclear how much Xbox Series X gameplay was actually shown.
Microsoft and EA confirmed that anybody who buys the Xbox One version of Madden NFL 21 can upgrade to the Series X version for free.
“During a recent episode of Inside Xbox, Super Bowl MVP and Madden NFL 20 cover athlete Patrick Mahomes unveiled that EA SPORTS Madden NFL 21 is coming to Xbox Series X, promising to make players feel next level when the next generation console launches.
“EA SPORTS and Microsoft also announced a program for players who purchase Madden NFL 21 on Xbox One to upgrade to Xbox Series X at no additional cost, ensuring that players will not have to purchase Madden NFL 21 twice.”
EA warns that you must purchase Madden NFL 21 on Xbox One by December 31, 2020, and upgrade to Xbox Series X by March 31, 2021.
Judging by the next few trailers, the Xbox Series X will be a haven for horror games.
Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 was given a gameplay trailer, alongside footage for a colouful “Lovecraftian inspired adventure” called Call of the Sea.
After a gameplay trailer for cyberpunk shooter The Ascent, another horror game called The Medium was shown in all its glory. Inspired by Silent Hill, The Medium even features music from legendary Silent Hill composer Akira Yamaoka.
“Players will find themselves in the body of Marianne, a medium hounded by visions, living and interacting across two worlds: the real, and the spirit world,” reads a description for The Medium.
“Nothing is what it seems, everything has another side. As a medium with access to both worlds, you have a wider perspective and can see more clearly that there’s no one simple truth to what others perceive.”
Towards the end of the stream, fans were given a look at an interesting role-playing game from Bandai Namco.
Titled Scarlet Nexus, the game is developed by the team behind Tales of Vesperia.
Fans were then given a look at dino shooter Second Extinction Reclaim Earth, which could be the modern day Turok.
Another game seemingly in line with Microsoft’s bid to crack Japan, Yakuza: Like a Dragon was confirmed to be a launch game for Xbox Series X.
“Yakuza: Like a Dragon is, at its core, an underdog story about fighting for what you believe in, even when you’re at rock bottom,” reads the official description.
“Our new main protagonist, Ichiban Kasuga, a low-ranking grunt of a low-ranking yakuza family, takes the fall for a crime he didn’t commit in order to protect his patriarch and father-figure, Masumi Arakawa.
“After serving an 18-year prison sentence, he returns to society to discover that the clan he once belonged to has been destroyed, its few remaining members are being hunted in the streets, and learns that his former patriarch may be the man responsible for it all.”
The stream ended with a look at Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which you can read all about here.
Published at Thu, 07 May 2020 16:56:00 +0000