Microsoft today gave gamers a sneak peek at 13 games for the Xbox Series X. But while the 30-minute live stream was billed as a “gameplay” event, it actually consisted of trailers instead of live gameplay on the upcoming system.
You also won’t find too many big-name titles in today’s preview. The most recognizable names were the recently announced Assassin’s Creed Valhalla from Ubisoft, Madden NFL 21 from Electronic Arts, and a new entry in Sega’s Yakuza series. A sequel to the PC game Vampire: The Masquerade was also announced.
Despite the lack of live gameplay clips, today’s event still gives us a taste of what to expect from the next-generation Xbox. Here’s a list of all the titles and their respective footage. Expect the games to arrive during the “launch window” for the Xbox Series X, when it goes on sale this holiday season.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Be a viking, sail your boat, and kick some ass in medieval times in your pursuit for glory.
Bright Memory Infinite (Playism)
A Chinese studio is working on this first-person shooter, which felt a lot like the PC game Crysis mixed in with ninja title Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
Call of the Sea (Raw Fury)
An adventure game set in the 1930s where you try to uncover what happened to your husband, who went missing in an expedition.
Chorus (Deep Silver)
A space-combat simulator where you get to pilot a sentient starship, and fly across various sectors of the galaxy shooting down enemies on a quest for redemption.
DiRT 5 (Codemasters)
Off-road racing here we come in this latest iteration to the DiRT series. In addition to dirt roads, and pavement, you’ll get to race your car on ice.
Madden NFL 21 (Electronic Arts)
Only a 10-second clip of in-game footage was shown for this hit football game series. But the graphics were pretty sweet.
Scarlet Nexus (Bandai Namco Entertainment)
Play as a “psionic soldier” in this anime-style action game, where you get to battle creatures with your sword and slick moves.
The trailer for this first-person horror game showed some pretty disturbing imagery inspired by H.R. Giger, the artist who designed the xenomorph creature in the film Alien. Microsoft says you’ll be thrown into a nightmarish universe full of puzzles and strange characters.
Second Extinction (Systemic Reaction)
Earth is ruined and dinosaurs are back. This 3-person co-op shooter will let you work with your friends to take back the world.
The Ascent (Neon Giant / Curve Digital)
A 3D isometric cyberpunk RPG set in a dystopian world filled with aliens, where you take down gangs and corporations.
The Medium (Bloober Team)
This was mainly just a pre-rendered trailer. But it promises to be a psychological thriller with the vibe of the Silent Hill game series.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 (Paradox Interactive)
The sequel to the hit PC RPG from 2004. There was some creepy dancing in this trailer, which features a world populated by vampires and demons.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon (Sega)
In this RPG, you get to start as a low-ranking Yakuza member, who tries to rise to the top. Expect a lot over-the-top action, including magical powers, a giant lobster, and an orbital space cannon.
According to Microsoft, all the games shown today will be “Xbox Series X Optimized,” meaning they’ll be built to run at a 4K resolution and at 120 frames per second. Load times should also be fast, thanks to the SSD storage on the next-generation console.
One glaring omission from today’s preview was Halo Infinite, which is slated to launch with the Xbox Series X. However, Microsoft says it’ll release more details about the game in July, when the company will hold another live stream going over the catalog of titles coming from Xbox Game Studios.
Microsoft added: “Hundreds of titles are already in development for Xbox Series X thanks to our amazing partner community. We’ll be sharing a lot more in the coming months.”