Xbox is hoping to have a strong 2023 in terms of big game releases after a relatively quiet 2022. Starfield, Redfall and Forza Motorsport are all expected to launch this year with other first-party games on the horizon. A new report claims that Hellblade 2 and Avowed will release after Starfield but also states that the Fable reboot is several years away as it only recently went into full production.
The report originates from Video Games Chronicle’s Andy Robinson who spoke about Xbox’s plans on a recent podcast. While Forza Motorsport is still pinned to release after Starfield in late 2023, the bigger exclusives like Ninja Theory’s Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 and Obsidian Entertainment’s Avowed are the nearest Xbox games to release after Bethesda’s sci-fi RPG. However, Fable fans will have to wait a lot longer since the reboot from Playground Games only recently entered full production despite being announced a couple of years ago.
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Additionally, other anticipated exclusives like Perfect Dark and Everwild are apparently much further away from release than we think. Hellblade 2 has been in development for several years now so it makes sense that Ninja Theory would be nearing the game’s completion. Fans hope that the sequel will release sometime in 2024 alongside Obsidian’s Avowed, a fantasy RPG that seems to be taking a few notes from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
A gameplay demonstration of Hellblade 2 was released last year showing some incredible visuals. Unfortunately, Avowed has only received a short announcement trailer with no gameplay so far. That might all change in the coming months as Xbox reportedly still plans to host a showcase around E3 this year, despite the publisher suggesting that it won’t have a major presence at the show like previous events.
Starfield is also facing its own uphill battles. Microsoft is planning to host a dedicated showcase for the game soon though there has been a handful of reports claiming that it could be delayed even further. We’ll just have to wait for some official confirmation.
Source: Video Games Chronicle Podcast (via Reddit)