After a recent leak that claimed Xbox and Bethesda would host a new games showcase later this month, Microsoft has now confirmed a Developer Direct livestream set to take place on 25 January. According to Xbox, the event will provide “an inside look at some of the games coming to Xbox, PC and Game Pass over the next few months.”
We can expect updates on Minecraft Legends, Forza Motorsport, Redfall and The Elder Scrolls Online at this showcase. However, Starfield will not be featured at the event as Microsoft is planning to host its own dedicated presentation sometime soon, but no date was given.
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Since Xbox describes these games as releasing “over the next few months”, it seems like Forza Motorsport may launch much earlier than fans expected (it was previously speculated to launch in later in the year as is tradition for most Forza titles). Redfall, the upcoming vampire-slaying open-world game from Arkane Studios, is reportedly aiming for a release in the first week of May.
Microsoft provided a breakdown of what players can expect to see at this Developer Direct:
- The Elder Scrolls Online: Studio Director Matt Firor will unveil 2023’s major Chapter update, including the latest regions of Tamriel to become playable in ESO, as well as a major new feature coming in the game’s biggest update this year. The Developer_Direct will be immediately followed by the full, standalone ESO Chapter Reveal Event, hosted by Zenimax Online Studios, which will provide all the in-depth details ESO players will be keen to know.
- Forza Motorsport: The team at Turn 10 Studios have been hard at work, bringing fans the next generation of Forza Motorsport, built from the ground up to take advantage of Xbox Series X|S. Forza Motorsport is back, and we can’t wait to share more gameplay and exciting new details.
- Minecraft Legends: Mojang Studios will showcase an insider’s look into the PvP multiplayer experience in Minecraft Legends – the upcoming action-strategy game from the makers of Minecraft. Developed in partnership with Blackbird Interactive and launching this spring, don’t miss exclusive gameplay footage at the Developer_Direct.
- Redfall: The minds behind Dishonored and Prey, Arkane Austin, will showcase several minutes of gameplay from their upcoming FPS. The Developer_Direct will reveal single and multiplayer gameplay, showing more of how you and your friends will take down bloodthirsty Vampires on the picturesque island of Redfall, Massachusetts. Fans can expect to learn more about combat, customization, bosses, the open world, and more.
It seems like Microsoft is finally delivering some games after having a quiet 2022 in terms of big releases. With Starfield also on the table, we can hopefully expect good things from Xbox in the next six months.
The Xbox and Bethesda Developer Direct showcase will air on 25 January 2023 at 12pm PT/3pm ET/8pm GMT or 10pm CAT.