On Wednesday, Xbox held an showcase called the Developer Direct, where developers of five games set to release in 2023 were able to speak directly to viewers about their games through a pre-recorded event — think Nintendo Direct, but less trailers and more conversation. The result was a pretty interesting showcase where we were able to hear from the creators themselves what they felt about the games they were working on.
Of course, while hearing from the developers was a nice part of the show, what everyone was really looking at was finding out what Xbox had planned for everyone in 2023. While all but one of the games on the list weren’t really a surprise, we can still say that the event left us anticipating a big year for Xbox in 2023. Especially since we know they have even bigger titles on the way that haven’t been shown yet.
Minecraft Legends – April 18
The event started with minecraft legendsa minecraft real time strategy game that sounds a bit strange until you start hearing them talk about it, then it becomes clear that no franchise needed an RTS more than Minecraft. Think about it. What is the point of RTS games? Gathering resources, building bases and destroying opposing forces by being better at gathering resources and building bases. The only no-Minecraft What was there was the Player vs. Player element and that’s basically what minecraft legends is adding. It should be out in April and I’m much more excited about it now than I was before the showcase.
Forza Motorsport – 2023
Probably the big disappointment of the day was Forza Motorsport. There was nothing wrong with the game itself! It looks great, sounds great and will probably be another fantastic entry in the Forza Motorsport franchise. The disappointment is that it was the only game shown that didn’t get an official release date, and could even be delayed beyond the expected spring release it was initially announced for. Is Forza Motorsport so we know it’s going to be a great game, but it was an odd game among a series of release dates to be excited about.
Hi-Fi Rush – January 25 (today)
Well, it was a nice surprise! Usually, when a new game is announced, the best you can hope for is a release date within the same year. However, hifi fever it was announced and shown to an increasingly excited audience before we were surprised by the announcement that it was ready to go and would be released shortly after the end of the presentation. So if you go to the Microsoft Store or GamePass right now, the game is available to buy or download. Now this is how you make an entry.
Elder Scrolls Online – June 20
It’s kind of hard to believe that this is the same franchise that, upon its release, was quickly ignored by many as they moved on to better games. Give credit to the developers at ZeniMax Online Studios, they have stood their ground and created an MMO that many fans have kept coming back to over the years. For fans of the series, a huge expansion was announced during the keynote and introduced a new class and story for fans to dive into. For those of us who have never played before, perhaps this is the catalyst we need to jump into the series this June.
Red Fall – May 2
red drop, Arkane Studios’ vampire FPS game has been a point of intrigue ever since it was first announced. It had trouble capturing the interest of fans through most of its trailers, and perhaps the developers noticed that because the game was delayed along with star field back in may. As it turns out, this May will be the time for redemption when the game hopefully launches. There is a lot of potential with the multiplayer aspects of the game, and perhaps the gameplay we saw today is what pushes people to finally get excited about it as a AAA title.