Xbox Games Showcase 2023 Review

Unlock a World of Gaming Excitement: Why Now is the Perfect Time to Embrace Xbox Game Pass

Mason Moeller

6/13/20234 min read

Last weekend, Xbox treated gaming enthusiasts to a thrilling showcase, unveiling a lineup of highly anticipated games coming to Xbox Series X|S, Xbox Game Pass, and PC. From long-awaited sequels to surprise announcements, the event offered a tantalizing glimpse into the future of gaming. Let's delve into the highlights of this exciting showcase.

The show commenced with an eagerly awaited treat: a proper look at Playground Games' reboot of the beloved Fable series. With the charismatic Richard Ayoade as the narrator, the trailer hinted at the series' trademark cheeky humor. While the trailer looked great, fans eagerly await gameplay details to see how this iconic franchise has evolved. Plus there was no announcement about a release date or if it would come to game pass.

In a similar vein, Compulsion Games, known for We Happy Few, tantalized fans with a teaser for their next project, South of Midnight. The cinematic trailer showcased a mysterious character playing guitar by the river while the protagonist, Hazel, embarked on a quest to find a monstrous creature. The captivating art style and animation left a lasting impression, leaving fans eager for more details on this promising title because we have no ideas what this game will be like.

Continuing in RPG’s, fans of Obsidian Entertainment's RPG prowess were finally rewarded with a glimpse of Avowed. The trailer showcased a mesmerizing fantasy world, complete with caves, spiders, bears, and enchanting spellcasting. Departing slightly from the medieval aesthetics of its initial reveal, Avowed now showcases an art style reminiscent of Outer Wilds. Expect Avowed to enchant players when it arrives on Xbox Series X|S and Game Pass in 2024.

Star Wars fans were elated as Massive Entertainment revealed their open-world Star Wars game, Star Wars Outlaws. The trailer showcased familiar Star Wars elements, including cantinas, Stormtroopers, and even an adorable animal companion. Anticipated for 2024, this game is set to immerse players in a vast and immersive Star Wars universe.

Starfield, Bethesda's highly anticipated space exploration game, took center stage. The showcase included both a trailer and a dedicated Direct that delved deep into the game's mechanics. From character creation and progression systems to spaceship building and immersive world exploration, Starfield promises an immensely ambitious project. Gamers can eagerly anticipate embarking on this cosmic adventure in the fall.

In a thrilling announcement, the showcase revealed the release date for Cyberpunk 2077's much-anticipated story expansion, Phantom Liberty. Scheduled for September 26, the trailer showcased the return of Keanu Reeves and the introduction of Idris Elba. Players will explore a new area of Night City, brimming with intrigue and thrilling missions.

Addressing feedback, Xbox head Phil Spencer unveiled the new 1TB Xbox Series S in black, set to launch on September 1. Priced at $349, this updated model aims to provide ample storage, resolving previous concerns. This improvement caters to players' needs, ensuring a seamless gaming experience.

The long-awaited Forza Motorsport reboot finally received a release date: October 10. Building upon the success of Forza Motorsport 7, the game promises stunning next-gen visuals and exhilarating racing action. The trailer left fans eagerly awaiting the opportunity to hit the virtual tracks once again.

The worlds of Monkey Island and Sea of Thieves will collide in a crossover. Classic Monkey Island characters will make their 3D debut in Sea of Thieves. This exciting collaboration is set to arrive on July 20, offering pirates a delightful fusion of two beloved franchises.

The highly acclaimed Microsoft Flight Simulator received a significant update with Flight Simulator 2024. Showcasing an array of updates and improvements, the game promises an even more immersive and realistic flying experience. Additionally, the announcement of a Dune crossover thrilled fans, bringing the iconic thopter to Flight Simulator on November 3.

The long-awaited sequel to Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, aptly titled Senua's Saga: Hellblade II, finally received a release window. Scheduled for release in the upcoming year, this highly anticipated game is set to continue Senua's haunting journey. Continuing the trend of other announcements, while the new trailer showcased the impressive visuals, details regarding gameplay remained scarce, leaving fans eager for more information.

Following the success of Yakuza: Like a Dragon, the next installment, Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth, was officially announced. The trailer depicted protagonist Ichiban washed up on the shores of Hawaii, albeit in a hilariously precarious situation. We know it will be a dual protagonist game but we have not information on Kiryu’s abouts. Set to release on Xbox and Windows in early 2024, fans can expect another thrilling chapter in Ichiban's escapades.

Fallout 76, the online multiplayer installment in the Fallout series, announced its new expansion: Atlantic City. Set in the iconic gambling haven, this expansion promises new adventures and challenges for players to undertake. Details regarding the release date and specific content remain to be unveiled.

Capcom introduced a brand new game, Path of the Goddess, at the showcase. With a focus on action and horror themes, this captivating title boasts a colorful aesthetic. While gameplay appeared unconventional, the stunning visuals left a lasting impression on viewers.

The creators of the renowned Banner Saga trilogy presented their latest endeavor, Towerborne. This co-op adventure takes players through an ever-changing world, adorned with vibrant and colorful visuals. Towerborne is slated to arrive on Xbox Game Pass sometime in 2024, offering a promising cooperative experience.

Still Wakes the Deep offered a teaser trailer featuring an eerie abandoned oil rig ripe for exploration. Scheduled for release early next year, this intriguing game promises an atmospheric and immersive experience from day one on Xbox Game Pass.

Boasting a stunning, cel-shaded painterly art style, Dungeons of Hinterberg captivated viewers with its gorgeous visuals. The trailer showcased fast-paced combat, exploration, towns, and a variety of scenic environments. This captivating adventure is set to arrive on Xbox Game Pass in early 2024.

Fans of The Elder Scrolls Online rejoiced as the newest expansion, Necrom: Shadow Over Morrowind, received a new trailer. Delving into the dark corners of Morrowind, this expansion promises new quests, challenges, and captivating lore. Players won't have to wait long, as Necrom arrives in the world of ESO on June 20.

Cities Skylines, the popular city-building simulation game, announced its sequel with a release date of October 24. Building upon the success of its predecessor, the sequel is set to bring a host of new features and enhancements to the beloved franchise. Excitement runs high as fans eagerly anticipate the arrival of this highly anticipated title.

Developed by Dontnod Entertainment, Jusant introduces players to a gorgeous, colorful art style and a focus on scaling cliffs and traversal mechanics. The game emphasizes a realistic approach to climbing, providing players with a unique and thrilling experience. Jusant is set to arrive on Xbox Game Pass this Fall, offering a visually stunning adventure.

The Xbox Games Showcase 2023 delivered a plethora of exciting announcements, igniting the enthusiasm of gamers worldwide. From the revival of beloved franchises to new and innovative titles, the showcase showcased the gaming industry's vibrant future. With an array of games coming to Xbox Series X|S, Xbox Game Pass, and PC, gamers have a thrilling journey ahead. As the anticipation builds, it's time to prepare for an extraordinary gaming experience in the months and years to come.