The Xbox Games Showcase Extended has now wrapped up and, as intended, we got extended looks at a ton of the games featured in its main showcase on Sunday. Bethesda’s Pete Hines discussed Starfield, Redfall, and Fallout 76; Playground Games gave a deep dive into its upcoming Forza Horizon 5 Hot Wheels DLC; and we got new gameplay from small titles including Ara: History Untold and Pentiment.
GSC Game World also shared the opening of STALKER 2 alongside a developer diary showing what it’s like to work on game amid the Ukraine conflict. Another surprise announcement came in the form of confirmation that hit PC game Valheim is coming to Xbox next year following it being released on PC Game Pass this fall.
Valheim is Coming to Xbox
The show opened with an announcement trailer for Valheim on Xbox, the game’s first platform outside of PC. Valheim was confirmed to be coming to PC Game Pass yesterday but following handful of gameplay clips Microsoft also confirmed that it was coming to console.
The game will be released this fall for PC Game Pass and will later make its way to Xbox One and Series in spring 2023. The Steam, Microsoft Store, and Xbox versions of Valheim will be fully crossplay.
Bethesda’s Pete Hines talks Redfall, Fallout, and Starfield
Bethesda exec Pete Hines gave fans further insight into open world co-op shooter Red Fall, discussing how the game blends the classic Arkane Studios feeling with a new (optional) multiplayer element. Hines also discussed what’s new in Fallout 76 and how its community has stuck with and grown alongside the game itself. Starfield was the final topic of discussion as Hines defined what Bethesda calls an “epic RPG”.
Naraka: Bladepoint on Xbox Deep Dive
Naraka: Bladepoint developer 24 Entertainment gave fans a look at the game ahead of its release date on Xbox One and Series on June 23. The studio also delved into its long-awaited campaign mode that will arrive in the game at a later date.
Ara: History Untold Receives First Gameplay
Oxide Games took to the stage to discuss its upcoming historical strategy game Ara: History Untold and show off the first gameplay. A technical alpha was also announced, more details for which will follow on the game’s official website.
Obsidian Entertainment Discusses Grounded
Developers from Obsidian Entertainment appeared to discuss Grounded, a Honey I Shrunk the Kids-esque survival game, and it finally being fully released. The official launch date is coming this September following more than two years in Early Access.
How Microsoft Flight Simulator is Celebrating its 40th Anniversary
Xbox celebrated all things Microsoft Flight Simulator in an extended video clip that discussed the franchise’s 40th anniversary. While Xbox has already released free DLC after free DLC, even more is on the way for fans today with World Update X and even more down the line.
Rick and Morty Co-Creator Justin Roiland Discusses High on Life
Squanch Games, developer of the newly announced High on Life, took to the Xbox stage to discuss their comedy, first-person shooter High on Life. Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland discussed how this is his “dream game” and summed it up as “Blade Runner meets The Muppets”.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is Coming to Xbox Game Pass Day 1
A brief trailer for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre revealed that the Dead by Daylight-style game would arrive on Xbox Game Pass on its launch date. A slightly safer for all audiences trailer was shown but IGN has also been provided with the unrated, red band trailer as well (above).
Penance Gets a Behind the Scenes Look
Obsidian Entertainment shared a behind the scenes look at its upcoming historical mystery game Pentiment. The deep dive also included a few snippets of gameplay for the game following its announcement on Sunday.
As Dusk Falls Developer Explains Their “Social Experience” Game
Developer Interior Night showcased its “social experience” game As Dusk Falls, discussing how TV shows such as Breaking Bad and Fargo influenced its development. As Dusk Falls is an interactive story “with the power of video games behind it”.
Slime Rancher 2 is Coming to Xbox Game Pass on Day 1
A brief gameplay trailer was shown for Slime Rancher 2 alongside confirmation that it would arrive on Xbox Game Pass on day one. Slime Rancher 2 was first announced in during last year’s Xbox Games Showcase and is now confirmed to be coming in fall 2022.
Forza Horizon 5 Hot Wheels DLC Gets a Deep Dive
The upcoming Forza Horizon 5 Hot Wheels DLC is arriving next month and developer Playground Games gave fans a deep dive into exactly what’s coming. Player created Hot Wheels events are coming to the game alongside “the most extreme tracks yet in Forza” alongside a brand new campaign.
Master Chief is Coming to Fall Guys
A very dramatic trailer for Fall Guys revealed that Halo’s Master Chief is arriving in the game as a new skin and a Spartan Showdown event will take place to celebrate from June 30 to July 1. While the game has been out on PlayStation and PC for a while, Fall Guys officially arrives on Xbox on June 21.
Minecraft Legends developer 4J Studios gave fans more insight into the newly announced action strategy game set in the Minecraft universe.
STALKER 2’s Opening Revealed Alongside Developer Diary
GSC Game World revealed the opening cinematic for STALKER 2 alongside a touching developer diary showing what it’s like to create a game amid the Ukraine-conflict.
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