Microsoft came out dealing a slew of 30 games. To the surprise of nobody, 27 out of them are going to be on Game Pass day and date. Many of them exclusive to Xbox. Hey, they work. Here’s a rundown of everything that was announced.
Touted as being “25 years in the making,” this gives some No Man’s Sky vibes right from the get go. Drops on November 11th, 2022, and won’t be on Xbox One.
Stalker 2: Heart of Chernobyl
Sporting raytracing and 4K visuals, this sequel to the much-loved shooter franchise will be coming to Xbox Series X and S on April 28th, 2022. Gameplay trailer features plenty of dark hallways, radiation, shooty action, and guys talking around a campfire.
Back 4 Blood
If you were looking for a Left 4 Dead 3, this is basically it. With the creators of that franchise making the same game but not really under a different name, it’s going to sport a PVP mode and will be dropping on October 12th, 2021. If you’ve been craving a modern Left 4 Dead experience, this is what you’ve been waiting for.
If you’re looking for a co-op heist experience set in the ’70s, Contraband has you covered. No release date mentioned, but it is coming to Game Pass.
Jack Sparrow is Joining the Sea of Thieves
It just seemed natural, you know? Good ‘ol Captain Jack Sparrow will be tussling with Davy Jones in the free Sea of Thieves expansion, dubbed A Pirate’s Life. It’s coming June 22nd of this year, so ready to do some more swashbuckling shenanigans.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon is Coming to Game Pass
Microsoft is seemingly all-in on the Yakuza franchise, which is good because everyone should be running around Kamurocho as far as I’m concerned. Not only can you play the whole Kiryu saga from front to back on Game Pass, now subscribers can get their Dragon Quest fantasies on with Ichiban in Like a Dragon today. Considering that the JRPG playstyle is going to be the direction the main franchise is going in from here on out (Lost Judgment notwithstanding), it’s a great time to get this one under your belt. It’s on PC and Xbox Game Pass. Go play it!
Battlefield 2042 Gameplay Featured
Tanks! Choppers! Shooting! On the fly weapon modding! Zip lining! A giant storm! Excitement! While Battlefield fans have been hoping for something similar to Advanced Warfare, they’ll definitely be getting something like that come late October when this game drops. If you’ve played any Call of Duty or Battlefield game, you know what to expect with the gunplay.
Twelve Minutes Gets a Release Date
It’s a game about a guy stuck in a time loop. It’s been making its presence known for a while, and it finally has a release date. This Annapurna game is dropping on August 19th, 2021.
Psychonauts 2 Gameplay Shown
Not much can be said about this platformer other than the gameplay seen here is looking pretty nice, and it’s coming August 25th, 2021. The release for this one is finally in sight.
Classic Bethesda Games and Doom Eternal Coming to Game Pass
ID was along for the ride when Microsoft acquired Bethesda, so seeing more classic titles from their back catalog coming to Xbox just makes sense. What current fans might be more excited about is that the next-gen update for Doom Eternal was finally announced. Finally, now you can rip and tear in 4K!
More Fallout 76 Content is Coming
Bethesda isn’t giving up on Fallout 76 just yet, it seems. The DLC pair announced today for the game will be released in halves, as one will be released later this year and the other next year. Steel Reign will focus on the Brotherhood of Steel. The Pitt will be in…The Pitt. Steel Reign and its follow up will be free DLC, with the former dropping on July 7th.
Elder Scrolls Online Coming to X|S and PS5
If Phantasy Star Online 2 can make its way to consoles, why can’t Elder Scrolls Online? It’s coming to Series X|S and PS5, and will be available on June 15th. Nice.
Party Animals is Coming to Xbox
Released on Steam last year, Party Animals lets you duke it out with your favorite furry animal against your friends. It’s coming 2022.
Hades Getting a Physical Release, Coming to Game Pass
I might not have taken a crack at this roguelike yet, but I can’t escape the buzz about it to save my life. Now it’s coming to Game Pass and also getting a physical release. It’ll be dropping on Series X|S on August 13th, 2021.
Centered around a family and sporting a weird 2.5D/3D mix of gameplay, it looks like you’re trying to survive against an alien invasion. No release date dropped, but color me interested.
Halo Infinite Multiplayer Free to Play, Story Content Revealed
While the information surrounding Halo Infinite isn’t exactly a secret, it was nice to see the multiplayer in action. Plus throwing a cutscene of Chief interacting with another AI to take down Cortana? Maybe they can redeem the story shenanigans from 5: Guardians while they traipse around Zeta Halo. A holiday launch was announced for Xbox and PC, but no specific date.
Diablo II: Resurrected Gets a Release Date
It’s coming out to last-gen consoles, next-gen consoles, and PC on September 23rd, 2021. Gameplay and visuals look solid compared to the PC original.
A Plague Tale: Requiem Announced
If you can stomach the wave of vermin in this trailer, get excited for the follow up for A Plague Tale: Innocent that’s coming next year. I still get the jibblies just looking at it.
Far Cry 6! Again!
Sure, Ubisoft Forward gave us the skinny on this. But it’s nice to see this in a conference like this anyway. Plus Giancarlo Esposito is still a treat to deal with in anything he’s in.
We’re Getting a Slime Rancher Sequel
Did you dig the lo-fi vibes and chill atmosphere of the first game? Good. You’re getting another one. It’s coming next year.
Shred the Slopes With…Shredders
Not gonna lie, I thought this was an SSX trailer at first. Possibly off the heels of the Tony Hawk Pro Skater remakes, it’s coming later this year in December.
Atomic Heart Featured
What seems to be a Control-esque FPS is coming down the pike for PlayStation consoles, Xbox consoles, and PC. No release date was thrown in there.
I never thought I’d see a 2.5D game with ray tracing, but here we are. It’s coming in 2022.
More Grounded Content is On The Way
Dubbed the Shroom and Doom update, you’re going to be tussling with the Brood Mother with your bug companion, this time with achievements!
Among Us Getting a 15 Player Update
Time to get ready to deal with more suspicious individuals when Among Us drops on Game Pass “soon.” The increase in players will no doubt cause more chaos.
Eiyuden Chronicles Games are Coming to Scratch that Anime Sword Guy Itch
A pair of JRPGs that give me serious Bravely Default vibes are coming next year and 2023. Rising is coming next year, with Hundred Heroes given a 2023 release window.
The Ascent Announced
It looks like a twin stick shooter that wanted to hang out in Night City. It’s coming July 29th, 2021.
Age of Empires IV is Coming
This one was a surprise, for sure. But it’s coming to Game Pass for PC on October 28th, 2021.
Outer Worlds Gets a Sequel
Keeping it simple with the title and dunking on themselves throughout the trailer, this one didn’t get a release date. But the announcement alone is sure to hype up some fans.
Flight Simulator is Coming to Series X|S With Maverick in Tow
Sure, the Flight Simulator games have generally been a PC only endeavor. But those who wouldn’t mind a living room based experience are going to be happy to see Series X|S owners be able to fly anywhere in the world come July 27th, 2021. There’s some Top Gun: Maverick content coming with that, too. Neat.
The Forza Horizon Festival Comes to Mexico
Did you ever want to just drive around various locales in Mexico in 4K, raytracing, and 60FPS? Come November 9th, 2021, you’ll be able to do just that in Horizon 5. You’ll be scouting for festival spots, using the AI assistant dubbed “Forza Link,” play in the Forza Arcade with silly minigames, and you’ll be able to play in the sandbox called “Event Mode.”
Squad Up, Slay Vampires
The last game rounding out this list is Redfall. This supernatural shooter will have you taking on leigons of vampires in a cartoonish graphical style. Playable in single player or multiplayer; you’ll be playing with elemental guns, personal robots, psychic stuff, and so on in Massachusetts. It’s coming mid 2022.
Yes, the Xbox Mini Fridge is Actually Happening
In an Marvel-like stinger, the Meme That Spawned From a Twitter contest is actually going to be a real thing that you can buy this holiday season. No announcements for when you can pre-order it, but the appeal of pulling a beer out of an Xbox shaped mini fridge still makes me chuckle.
Feature image courtesy of Microsoft.