Gaming News Summer Game Fest 2022: Starfield, Game Pass, Forza Motorsport… what to expect from the Xbox & Bethesda Conference?
We are nearly there ! On Sunday at 7 p.m. Phil Spencer, Todd Howard and the other representatives from Microsoft and Bethesda will show the projects that the two groups, finally united in March 2021, are preparing. The Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase is expected at the turn as it has several challenges to overcome, such as proving the first-party titles in development have what it takes to ignite the masses. Tick tock, the clock is ticking, make yourselves comfortable as we recap what to expect from the Xbox conference.
- A long look at Starfield and new Redfall details
- Want Game Pass? Here is!
- Update on the projects already announced and the service games…
- And of course surprises!
- Japan as guest of honor?
A long look at Starfield and new Redfall details
Let’s start with what’s safer because it’s already (half a word) announced as part of the program. Bethesda’s two games, Starfield and Redfall, both originally scheduled for this year but ultimately pushed back to 2023, will be present at the event. Microsoft should have been showing Starfield for quite some time, a project Phil Spencer has big ambitions for, who believes Todd Howard’s RPG will be the biggest hit of all time for Bethesda. This “Skyrim in spaceAccording to the development team, adventurers will propel us to a small corner of the Milky Way galaxy, about 50 light-years from our solar system. Thanks to his ship, the player can visit several planets to unravel the mysteries of the galaxy. As for Redfall, the Arkane Austin-designed title that “one more thing‘ from Conference 2021 is an open-world co-op FPS set on a vampire-infested island. The characters to be embodied have different powers that make it easier to hunt down blood-sucking monsters. Last year, the softw are was revealed through a rather enigmatic CGI trailer. This year, Redfall will show gameplay like Starfield and bring many details
Want Game Pass? Here is!
Without taking any risks, we can already predict that the winner of this conference will again be Game Pass, as has been the case with Microsoft since E3 2019. The subscription service, which offers an extensive catalog of games, is enough for him again. Aaron Greenberg himself, the brand’s head of marketing, explained on Twitter that we’re going to eat the whole Game Pass on Sunday. Last year, out of the 30 games shown during Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase 2021, 27 titles were included in Game Pass. If Microsoft is going to make an impact in 2022, it needs to get stronger. As a reminder, at the start of the year, the service had 25 million subscribers. It remains to be seen if the Redmond-based company will attempt to repeat the 2020 Showcase experience on a larger scale, as all games showcased at this event have been announced as part of the service. It also remains to be seen whether Microsoft will use this moment to announce a possible family sharing feature.
Update on the projects already announced and the service games…
Microsoft has many projects in the works, some of which were unveiled almost three years ago, like Everwild. Yes, the studios are numerous (23), the list of games is large (estimated at around thirty)it is therefore not easy to be sure to see this or that software this Sunday, especially since new productions are also presented. Logic would dictate that we can see what Contraband, the project released by American giant Avalanche Studios (Just Cause), looks like. All lights are also green for Avowed, Obsidian’s RPG set in the Pillars of Eternity universe. The next-gen Forza Motorsport could also come out of its garage at the Showcase to show off its shiny body and State of Decay 3. Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II was screened at The Game Awards, we’re not exactly expecting it this Sunday. Maybe Project: Mara will take the opportunity to revisit him? We’d love to hear about Playground’s Fable (reboot) and The Initiative’s Perfect Dark, but unfortunately the latest rumors left little hope for the possibility of seeing them. Will we have the opportunity to discover the future creations of Tango Gameworks, The Coalition and Double Fine? The future will show. As for partners, we will certainly have information on ARK II and Scorn (among other things). Finally, all eyes are on Machine Games, developers of the game Indiana Jones (announced early 2021). Will we see the famous adventurer on Sunday night? Hopes are allowed.
Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase 2022 will certainly highlight previously released software that will host additional content. We think of Fallout 76, The Elder Scrolls Online, Minecraft or even Flight Simulator. With any luck, we’ll see the announcement of the arrival of Age of Empires IV on Xbox consoles. Also, future updates for Halo Infinite, Sea of Thieves, and Forza Horizon 5 could be in the game.
And of course surprises!
A summer conference without surprises is like a birthday party without presents. With repeated leaks and the presence of often well-informed insiders, the most complicated thing for video game giants is to create surprises at large gatherings. Of course, there will be unannounced apps that are being talked about for the first time. Why not the InXile project? The studio has been very active on social networks lately and is developing a project on Unreal Engine 5. Compulsion Games would also have enough to make the event with its still secret game. Unless Xbox Publishing talks about its new partnerships? Fans are waiting for a return of Wolfenstein, while some rumors prepare us for the arrival of an HD version of GoldenEye 64. We are neither prophets, nor in secret, nor in the mind of Phil Spencer: we cannot predict what will surprise us on Sunday, and whether the banjo and kazooie duo will return from Limbo. We’re just hoping to see more gameplay as CGI trailers and find some exciting things.
Japan as guest of honor?
As we explained in the previous paragraph, we cannot predict surprises. Nevertheless, we note that Microsoft has been active in Asia and especially in Japan for quite some time. Efforts seem to be bearing fruit as Xbox Series X sales | S in the Land of the Rising Sun have been showing good momentum for several months. Phil Spencer knows that fans of the American brand are asking for strong partnerships with Japanese studios that once prided themselves on playing exclusive RPGs produced by Hironobu Sakaguchi (Final Fantasy).
There’s not much time to wait until we see what the Xbox and Bethesda teams have come up with for the event. Expectations are obviously high, especially after a particularly successful 2021 conference. As a reminder, the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase will take place on Sunday, June 12 at 7:00 p.m. It lasts 95 minutes and of course you can follow it with us.
About the summer game festival
What is Summer Game Fest?
No E3 this year, but we can still count on another world-class event: the Summer Game Fest, a big show dedicated to announcing video games that will come this year or the following years. In 2020, journalist and presenter Geoff Keighley launched this now essential festival for the first time. Last year the show featured stunning images of the Elden Ring; So the third iteration inevitably raises high expectations.
When does Summer Game Fest 2022 start?
The Summer Game Fest takes place this Thursday, June 9th at 8pm. The show will again be followed by a Day of the Devs session dedicated to the independent scene.
How can I follow Summer Game Fest 2022?
In particular, on JV, alongside Maxildan and Aymeric Lallée, we will be responding live to announcements from the LeStream channel. The show will also be shown directly as a teaser on JV’s homepage. And of course, for those who prefer to read, you can find our news throughout the conference. A written summary will also be available
What is the program for Summer Game Fest 2022?
Among the games not to be missed is in particular the legacy of Dead Space, The Callisto Protocol, which shows us its first gameplay images. For its part, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 presents us with its first level. Also on the programme: Gotham Knights, Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course, the first game from Aaryn Flynn’s studio (ex-Bioware) Nightingale, the JRPG One Piece Odyssey, the free-to-play Warframe or even Planet of Lana. Geoff Keighley further announced: “We have some new game announcements for this show and hopefully some surprises if all goes well. But it’s definitely a show that focuses mostly on things that have been predicted.”