Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase: the 10 big absentees from the conference

Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase: the 10 big absentees from the conference

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The bulk of the Summer Game Fest conferences having passed, it is now time to look back and make a first point on the games that we are waiting for and that we would have loved to see, but which unfortunately did not deigned to point the tip of their noses.

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2

Despite a first gameplay sequence unveiled at the Game Awards 2021, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 has remained far too discreet for our taste since its announcement in 2019 and it would have greatly benefited from being part of the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase . Indeed, in addition to its captivating plastic and its heroine still suffering from auditory hallucinations, we do not know much more about the next title of Ninja Theory which could also be a little more action-oriented than its predecessor. Unfortunately, you will have to be a little patient to get to the bottom of it…

For the moment, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 is planned for PC and Xbox Series X|S at an undisclosed release date, but will be directly available in the Game Pass.

Fable

Just like Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2, the next Fable remains as mysterious as ever. After three canonical episodes developed by Lionhead, it is now Playground Games, the studio behind Forza Horizon, which is leading the design of this new opus. That’s about all we know about the game, lately more subject to rumors than real information. These hallway noises thus evoke an open-world structure offering a larger playing field than that of the first two episodes, an important multiplayer component, the absence of firearms, but also the possibility of being able to play in sight at the first and third person and create cities. We therefore hope to learn more very quickly about this ultra-awaited title.

Despite the lack of crisp information, Fable is still planned for PC and Xbox Series X | S and will integrate the Game Pass as soon as it is released.

Avowed

Announced in 2020, Obsidian’s next RPG is obviously one of the big projects underway on the Xbox Game Studios side, but it too is one of the big absentees from the event. Taking place in the world of Pillars of Eternity, Avowed will take up various elements present in the original saga and which players will be able to take advantage of: we are talking in particular about the possibility of using various spells, of wielding enchanted swords allowing to achieve powerful combos and double daggers useful for stealth, but also to deliver violent kicks and shields. Obsidian being similarly at work on The Outer Worlds 2 and Pentiment, we don’t know when Avowed will give an update…

Like other games from Xbox Game Studios, Avowed will be included in Game Pass upon release on PC and Xbox Series X|S.

Perfect Dark

Developed by The Initiative, one of the new Xbox Game Studios, Perfect Dark will mark the return of the franchise of the same name. At least, when it shows itself in more depth… Like the original episode released in 2000 on Nintendo 64, this opus will have us embody Johanna Dark in a plot incorporating all the codes of spy films with secret agents, tech-packed gadgets and of course infiltration. Whether you prefer stealthily pacing the levels trying to silently eliminate your targets or rather want to enjoy first-person gunfights, you should have plenty to do!

Perfect Dark will therefore be released on PC and Xbox Series X|S and will be directly available in the Game Pass.

STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl

Despite development largely disrupted by recent events in Ukraine, STALKER 2 remains highly anticipated by gamers and we were very much hoping to see it at the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase. Once again taking place in the exclusion zone of the Chernobyl power plant, this title will still offer multiple settings to explore and will also host many sequences of armed clashes against various human factions and mutant creatures resulting for some of failed experiments.

After several postponements, STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl is now scheduled for 2023 on PC and Xbox Series and will be accessible Day One via the Game Pass.

Machine Games

It’s been official for a few months now, the Machine Games studio has been working on the new installment of the Wolfenstein franchise, but also on the video game adaptation of Indiana Jones’ next adventures. Unfortunately, neither of these two titles were shown during the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase and we still haven’t received any interesting information about them.

Wolfenstein and Indiana Jones will therefore appear exclusively on PC and Xbox Series X | S at an as yet unknown release date, and will be integrated into Game Pass as soon as they are released.

contraband

The Contraband trademark having been registered by Microsoft only a few days before the conference, the chances of seeing the next title from Avalanches Studios were therefore quite high. It was not… As a reminder, the game takes place in the fictional world of Bayan, in the 70s, and will offer a playable adventure in solo and cooperation in a gigantic open world with in particular vehicles and various weapons. to personalize.

Contraband still doesn’t have an exact release date, but is slated for 2023 exclusively on Xbox Series X|S and PC. It will be available the day of its release directly in the Xbox Game Pass.

silent Hill

Despite Hideo Kojima’s quick intervention during the Xbox & Bethesda conference referring to the development of a title based on cloud gaming provided by Microsoft, we were not entitled to any details about the Silent Hill franchise. Is Kojima-San working on the license? Is a remake currently in development? These questions are unfortunately the same as before the start of the Summer Game Fest and it will therefore be necessary to be patient before knowing more.

Ubisoft

In addition to games, some big publishers are also missing, and this is particularly the case of Ubisoft. We knew that the French company would not be offering a conference at the start of the summer, but that did not mean that none of their projects would be shown, whether at the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase. or even the Summer Game Fest. A total absence which could thus worry the players, those who hoped for example to have news of Skull & Bones, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, or The Division Heartland. It would therefore seem that we have to wait for a next Ubisoft Forward, of which a new episode could also be offered at the end of 2022 according to certain rumors.

Electronic Arts

Like Ubisoft, EA is a big absentee from the various conferences. After the presentation of the remake of Dead Space a few weeks ago and the first details revealed on Season 1 of Battlefield 2042, Electronic Arts did not wish to show other titles. It is therefore a safe bet that the American publisher will offer an EA Play during the summer, if only to reveal more in depth FIFA 23 and Star Wars Jedi: Survivor: two titles eagerly awaited by players. .

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