The Summer Game Fest kicked off today with a very special episode of Inside Xbox, promising exciting third-party reveals, news about the Xbox Series X, and a look into the near future of gaming on Xbox. Needless to say, that promise was more than delivered upon, so let’s take a quick look into all the announcements and reveals that took place during the show.
The show opened with Team Xbox’s Aaron Greenberg giving the rundown of what to expect, which was primarily the first Series X gameplay. Very exciting stuff. He was joined by the head of Xbox Studios, Matt Booty, who stated that all Xbox Game Studios employees were working from home, which is very commendable. He also revealed that we can expect announcements from Xbox Game Studios beginning in July, and that we would also be seeing next-gen titles from developers like Tim Schafer’s Doublefine, Obsidian, Deep Silver, and 343 Industries. Following these announcements, we launched right into the game reveals. Listen below are the games shown.
- Bright Memory: Infinite, developed by FYQD-Studio
- DiRT 5, developed by Codemasters
- Scorn, developed by Ebb Software
- Madden NFL 21, developed by EA Tiburon
- Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, developed by Hardsuit Labs
- Call of the Sea, developed by Out of the Blue
- The Ascent, developed by Neon Giant
- The Medium, developed by Bloober Team
- SCARLET NEXUS, developed by Bandai Namco
- Second Extinction, developed by Systemic Reaction
- Yakuza: Like a Dragon, developed by Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
- Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, developed by Ubisoft Montreal
Expect more in-depth looks at each of these titles very soon.
Something that was brought up many times was the Xbox Smart Delivery feature. This system allows you to play games purchased on either your Xbox One, or the Xbox Series X, and be able to download and play your games on either console, without having to buy more than one copy. This signifies a dedication to focusing on accommodating the player, something that is a big focus surrounding the release of the Series X. Continued support for Game Pass was also talked about. Many of the developers interviewed emphasized reduced load times for games, with all of the games shown being optimized for the Xbox Series X.
The tech advancements in store with the release of the Series X are very exciting, and we’re greatly looking forward to the upcoming announcements throughout the summer. Stay tuned to GameRVW for deep looks at all the new games and other exciting developments in the gaming world.