Video Games

Recap of Inside Xbox Livestream

Microsoft has been a little open about revealing their next console as of late. They officially revealed Xbox Series X at The Game Awards (2019) event. Microsoft then revealed some tech specs of Xbox Series X. Then, out of nowhere, Microsoft dropped most, if not all tech specs for Xbox Series X. Many Xbox players were asking “What about the games? Where are the Xbox Series X games?” Well, recently, Microsoft’s Xbox division had an answer with a tweet. They said they’ll reveal Xbox Series X games on May 7, 2020. They did in fact reveal it, but it did not show much in the way of gameplay…

We’ll take a look at the 15 games revealed at the event. Microsoft said that most of the games revealed during “Xbox 20/20” are third party developers/publishers. They’ll show off more Xbox Series X games as the year goes on… In fact, expect the first party reveals to arrive in July. (That’s what Microsoft said, anyway.)

Optimized For Xbox Series X

Some games in this list are listed as 3 things: Xbox Series X Optimized (Pictured above), Smart Delivery, and Xbox Game Pass. Microsoft trademarked the “Series X” logo, to stamp on a box to say “Optimized for Series X” and other styling for Xbox box arts.

Alright, so the games revealed are:

Name: Bright Memory Infinite
Release Date: TBA 2021
Genre: First Person Shooter
Developer: FYQD-Studio
Publisher: PLAYISM

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X

Name: DIRT 5
Release Date: Early 2021
Genre: Racing
Developer: Codemasters
Publisher: Codemasters

Platforms: PlayStation 5 (Early 2021), PlayStation 4 (October 2020), Xbox Series X (Early 2021), Xbox One (October 2020), Google Stadia and PC

Name: Scorn
Release Date: TBA
Genre: Horror/Adventure/First Person Shooter
Developer: Ebb Software
Publisher: Ebb Software

Platforms: Xbox Series X and PC

Name: Chorus: Rise As One
Release Date: TBA 2021
Genre: Action-adventure/Shooter/Racing & Flying
Developer: FISHLABS
Publisher: Deep Silver

Platforms: Currently announced for Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC, but the developer plans to expand to other platforms eventually.

Name: Madden 21
Release Date: TBA
Genre: Sports
Developer:
Publisher: Electronic Arts

Platforms: During the livestream, it was announced that it’s coming to Xbox Series X. And, if you buy the Xbox One version of the game, you can play the Xbox Series X version via “Smart Delivery.” However, this is EA, it’s coming to PlayStation4/5.

I tried finding a stand-alone, or trailer for the game, EA Sports did not release it to their channel. Just watch the livestream above to see it. Not much gameplay, though. More to come about Madden 21, according to EA.

Name: Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
Release Date: Holiday 2020
Genre: Action/RPG
Developer: Hardsuit Labs
Publisher: Paradox Interactive

Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC

Name: Call of the Sea
Release Date: Early 2021
Genre: First-Person Adventure/Puzzle
Developer: Out of the Blue
Publisher: Raw Fury

Platforms: Xbox Series X, Xbox One and PC

Name: The Ascent
Release Date: TBA 2020
Genre: Action/RPG
Developer: Curve Digital
Publisher: Neon Giant

Platforms: Xbox Series X, Xbox One and PC

Name: The Medium
Release Date: Holiday 2020
Genre: Horror
Developer: Bloober Team SA
Publisher: Bloober Team

Platforms: Xbox Series X and PC

Name: Scarlet Nexus
Release Date: Holiday 2020
Genre: Action/RPG?
Developer: Bandai Namco Studios
Publisher: Bandai Namco

Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC

Name: Second Extinction
Release Date: Holiday 2020
Genre: Action/FPS/Hack and Slash
Developer: Systemic Reaction
Publisher: Systemic Reaction

Platforms: Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC

Name: Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Release Date: Holiday 2020
Genre: Action/RPG
Developer: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
Publisher: SEGA

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC

In this case, Yakuza: Like a Dragon has been available on PlayStation 4 in Japan for a while now. It’s a launch title for Xbox Series X, and is launching worldwide in 2020. In fact, if you buy the Xbox One version, and decide to upgrade to Xbox Series X, its “Smart Delivery” enabled. So, if you buy the Xbox One version, you can play it on Xbox Series X with no need to buy it again.

The above video is their announcement trailer, which is the first thing you see on the official Yakuza: Like a Dragon page. No word of a PlayStation 5 version. Here’s the trailer that was shown during the livestream…

Name: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Release Date: Holiday 2020
Genre: Open World Action
Developer: All Ubisoft studios
Publisher: Ubisoft

Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Google Stadia, and PC

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla was revealed days before the livestream. Here’s the trailer…

And here’s the “Gameplay” trailer of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla…

Both PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X do not have a firm release date at this time, but both do have a Holiday 2020 release window.