Xbox Series X Third Party Inside Xbox Overview
Today we got the first look at some of the games running on the Xbox Series X, and the announcement of a couple brand new games coming in the near future. Here is a basic overview of every game announced, as well as small details about what to expect in the coming months.
Bright Memory Infinite
Currently announced for PC, Bright Memory Infinite gets an official Xbox Announcement with the game running on the Xbox Series X. The game is a fast pace action FPS taking place in the year 2036. A strange phenomena is occurring in the skies around the world, and players are going to figure out what exactly is going on. Players take on the role of Sheila, who uses a wide range of guns, swords, and supernatural abilities. The game has no set release date at this time.
(This was the Game of the Show for both MCFixer and Kreshnik)
The newest game in the Dirt Franchise set to release this October was first showcased during the event. It's the 5th in a long line of Rally-Racing themed games, with better enhanced visuals and mechanic changes, this newest installment appears to take inspiration from modern racing games like Forza Horizon while still staying true to what makes Dirt it's own thing.
Scorn is a first person atmospheric horror adventure game taking place in a creepy alien themed world. The game is designed to be unsettling, and offers a unique world for players to feel lost in. Players will traverse through areas solving puzzles acquiring various skills, weapons, and items needed to survive. The game takes "A living world" to a whole new extreme as everything from the humanoid creature the player controls, to the environment, and even the weapons appear to be organic or living in some way. The game has no set release window.
Chorus is a brand new space-flight combat shooter announced during the showcase. Players take on the role of Nora, an ace pilot with a dark past who is looking for redemption. The other main character players are giving control over is her ship, Forsaken; a sentient ship with it's own set of motivations. Engage enemies in this Zero-G dog fighting space adventure coming 2021 and supports Xbox Smart Delivery.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2
The sequel to 2004's Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines gets officially announced today and coming to Xbox Series X. Set to release later this year and launch with Smart Delivery enabled, Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 is a hardcore first person action RPG where players play as a vampire in 21st Century Seattle. The dark Vampire Society is rising and your character has a huge role in the events to come, with various choices needed to be made. Players will have a wide range of abilities greatly expanded upon from the first game, while holding true to the game's core RPG elements.
Call of the Sea
Call of the Sea is a nonviolent Action Adventure game taking place on a myserteous island in the South Pacific sometime in the 1930s. Players take on the role of Norah, who's out on the hunt to locate her missing husband Harry. Her search brings her to this new mysterious land with various puzzles and obstacles she must overcome if she wants to find out what happened to husband. The game is set to release in 2020 and support Smart Delivery.
Not much is known currently about The Ascent as this was the game's first ever announcement, but from the trailer we can gather that The Ascent is a top down action RPG that can be played Solo or with friends. It's gameplay looking similar to Diablo, but with a cyberpunk ascetic. The game is to launch late 2020 on all xbox platforms, as well as PC and will support Smart Delivery. The Ascent will be IGN's first game of may with more announcements and details coming tomorrow.
The Medium is a next generation psychological horror game that gives off a Silent Hills vibe. the game is made by the same studio that brought Layers of Fear, Observer, and the recently release Blair Witch. You play as Marianne, a medium who lives in both the real world, and the spirit world, who's haunted by a child's murder. A big factor as to why the game has a Silent Hills feel to is is because one of the game's composers is Akira Yamaoka, who famously worked on Silent Hills prior. The game is set to release in 2020.
Scarlet Nexus is a brand new Action RPG announced today, developed by Bandai Namco with creative leads who previously worked on such games as Tales of Vesperia. The game takes place in a futuristic Japan that is being attacked by invincible creatures referred to as "Others". The only hope is an elite team of psionic warriors. Players take on the role of Yuito Sumeragi, a new recruit who must use his psycho-kinesis powers to help humanity in dealing with the "Others". The game takes inspiration from Bandai Namco's previous title Code Vein, in it's apocalypse aesthetic, but mixes it with a futuristic japan and western sci-fi to create a completely unique experience. Scarlet Nexus has no set release window, but will support Smart Delivery.
(This was Xyger's Game of the Show)
Second Extinction is an intense 3 player co-op FPS that looks like a mix of Left 4 Dead and Turok. Dinosaurs have returned and took over the planet, forcing the remnants of humanity to flee into orbital stations. Players must take on the role of hunters and kill hoards of mutated dinosaurs using various weapons in an effort to reclaim Earth. Players will have a roaster of selectable characters and various loadouts to choose from before embarking on missions to hunt and kill various mutated dinosaurs. There is no release date, however the game will support Smart Delivery.
Yakuza: Like A Dragon
Yakuza 7, or Yakuza Like A Dragon, is the next game in the highly popular Yakuza franchise and will be a launch title for the Xbox Series X. Unlike previous Yakuza Games, which feature beat em up combat, Like A Dragon will feature turn base RPG combat, taking inspiration from games such as Persona 5. Unlike most turn base combat games though, Yakuza 7 will allow players to take elements from the surround environment to enhance combat, such as using a nearby bike as a weapon instead of dealing an ordinary attack. Also the game will feature a brand new protagonist, Ichiban Kasuga, as well as take place in a new city of Kamurocho. Yakuza 7 will support Smart Delivery at launch.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
Assassin's Creed Valhalla is the newest game in the Assassin's Creed franchise, this time using vikings as it's main story element and old London as the game environment. The game appears to expand upon the gameplay elements found in the more recent Assassin's Creed Games like Origins and Odyssey. Though the announcement was designed to showcase gameplay for the first time, we didn't get to see much actual gameplay, so it's hard to see how similar or different it will be from their recent release, Odyssey. Though graphically stunning, and with more mature tones, Assassin's Creed Valhalla is set to be a Series X launch title and will also support Smart Delivery when it releases late 2020.
Games Are Coming
As part of their announcements today, Microsoft also showed off this teaser image displaying dozens of studios that are currently developing games for the Xbox Series X and insured more are on the way. Developers big and small are all included and what was shown today was just a small taste of what's to come.
That wraps up all the big announcements from today's Inside Xbox event. Microsoft has already announced they are planning big reveals for the Xbox Series X every month through November, so expect another series of announcements next month as well, and the eventual first look at first party games using the power of Xbox Series X. For more thoughts and impressions from the showcase, check out the My Xbox And Me Podcast and Youtube Pages for reactions, coverage, impressions, thoughts, and other content.