The Next Year’s Lineup For Xbox Games

by Anastasia Deripaska

Microsoft has unveiled its latest batch of games coming to the Xbox.

During the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase, Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer wowed the audience with an expansive slate of soon-to-be-released games.

Spencer revealed over 40 games that will be available on the Xbox Store and through Xbox Game Pass over the next 12 months.

After a year without any major first-party games being released, Microsoft’s in-house studios like Bethesda Softworks and Mojang are finally ready to share their newest games with the world alongside third-party developers such as Blizzard Entertainment.

With so many games en route to fans, there is something for everyone to get excited over, from FPS games to ranching simulators.

Results Of The Xbox And Bethesda Showcase

The official announcements for Microsoft’s upcoming plans came during the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase on June 12th, which was followed by an extended showcase on the 14th taking a closer behind-the-scenes look at several games.

All the announced games were compiled in one convenient Twitter post that dropped just after the showcase ended.

Other than the 40+ confirmed games, a few other big names were announced. Hollow Knight: Silksong, the long-awaited sequel to the popular Metroidvania indie game, will be coming to Xbox Game Pass as soon as it’s released.

Additionally, gaming auteur Hideo Kojima was announced to have partnered with Xbox Game Studios to create a new game using the Xbox’s cloud gaming technology. Kojima is known for directing games such as Death Stranding and the Metal Gear series.

Games Old And New

As for the new games with confirmed release windows, Xbox fans can expect a mix of old and new.

Some Xbox classics—Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Resident Evil 4, and Halo Infinite—will be getting remastered, rebooted, or expanded for release in the next year.

Other established titles like Elder Scrolls: Online and Fallout 76 will have DLC expansions released.

The biggest bombshells were several games that fans have been begging for. These include Redfall and Starfield from Bethesda (soothing fears after their recent delay), Minecraft Legends, A Plague Tale: Requiem, Hogwarts Legacy, Slime Rancher 2, and Diablo IV.

Microsoft’s 2021 acquisition of ZeniMax Media brought many big-name studios into the company, such as Bethesda and Arkane studios. They join other acquisitions such as Obsidian Entertainment in 2018, known for Fallout: New Vegas and Pillars of Eternity, and Mojang in 2014, known for the insanely popular Minecraft series.

There are also many games finally coming to Xbox Series X/S that have long been available on other platforms. The biggest of these are Valorant, League of Legends, and Persona 5 Royal.

While Microsoft warned that all listed release dates are just targets (it seems they are still struggling to get their release schedule back on track), fans now have plenty to get hyped for over the next year.

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