Microsoft had already announced their annual not-E3 Xbox Games Showcase, but now we know when exactly to tune in: June 11th at 10am PT/6pm BST/7pm CEST. Microsoft are promising “new surprises and first-looks” from both Xbox-owned studios and third-party teams, but I’m sure most people will be tuning in for the (also previously announced) Starfield Direct, which is airing immediately after the Xbox show.
On the subject of the Starfield Direct, director Todd Howard teased that “there’s so much that we still have to show you… the game has many of the hallmarks you’d expect from us. But it’s also a very unique experience.” Starfield has over 100 systems and over 1000 planets, so there’s a lot to show off.
The Xbox Games Showcase itself should be packed with games new and old, as Microsoft says: “This is the day gamers have been waiting for to see what is coming to Xbox, PC, and Game Pass.” Forza Motorsport made a showing at the publisher’s trailer-fest back in January, putting the racer on track for another appearance, and maybe even a release by the end of the year. Scary sequel Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II has also popped up with increasing frequency lately, including the Game Pass ad embedded in this article, making it another likely candidate for this June show.
The rest of their roster might include Obsidian’s first-person RPG Avowed, zombie survival sim State Of Decay 3, and the Fable reboot – all of which were shown off three years ago now. Hopefully, at least one of them makes a reappearance, although I’m personally crossing my fingers for more Fable, please.
Microsoft has a lot to prove as their proposed Activision Blizzard acquisition is now in hot waterand their most recent release Redfall seems a bit hollow, according to Ed’s early impressions. We’ll find out soon.
The Xbox Games Showcase and the Starfield Direct can be streamed on the Twitch swear YouTube channels on June 11th. Another Xbox Games Extended Showcase featuring even more developer interviews will air on June 13th as well. For more local time zones, check out the Xbox Wire blog post.