Avowed, Fable, Everwild, the list goes on and on. Most of these games were revealed to us years ago, and yet we’re still largely in the dark about them. We hear the occasional rumor and such, but at the 2023 Xbox Games Showcase, hopefully that will change.
As we did for Summer Games Fest 2023, we put together a list of what we hope will appear at the Xbox Games Showcase and what we expect to appear. Among the more measured expectations, we’ll throw in a few crazy ideas in hopes that we can get some real surprises that will make the show worth talking about.
For starters, let’s talk about the main act and get it out of the way. Starfield technically gets its own show, but since it’s an Xbox exclusive, it’s best treated as part of the whole Microsoft presentation experience. We get a lot of time with Starfield here, much more than last year, and hopefully it will be more than just Todd Howard and friends making promises about what we may or may not see in the final product.
In short, it would be good to just see a lot of gameplay here. Looking at environments, characters, the stories we can get lost in and the galaxy we can explore. It will no doubt be a dressed-up experience, but with the shocker that Redfall proved to be, there is far too much riding on Starfield being a success to make it seem like a disappointment. Hopefully Bethesda can give us plenty to talk about here, and make those final months of waiting for release feel truly exciting instead of full of fear that it could all go wrong.
Aside from the biggest stress test of the year, there are many more great games we hope to see at least as part of this year’s Xbox Games Showcase. Going from the depths of the galaxy to the magical mystery of fantasy, Obsidian’s Avowed still remains largely a mystery to us. It looks to be an interesting sword and spell action RPG, and with it being led by Obsidian we can’t help but be a little excited, but in the case of Avowed as with most games we’ll talk about, Xbox hasn’t shown us much. This should change so Xbox can have a great RPG for us to look forward to when Starfield is in our hands. A release window and even a hint of gameplay would be enough, really.
Still sticking to the fantasy theme, Xbox recently teased that Fable will indeed be at the showcase. Rumors about Fable’s development have been largely disastrous, but things seem to be getting somewhat back on track lately. Fable is a particularly interesting title, as it was revealed in 2020, and so work has hopefully been underway for a while, but with that work reportedly being confused, we may not see it for a while, even if there is a reminder that it exists on June 11. Phil Spencer has said that Fable will appear before Elder Scrolls 6, but right now that’s like saying I’ll be dead before the sun explodes.
Forza Motorsport recently revealed its cover cars, and with the racing game coming out this year, it’s possible we could see a release date confirmed, along with some gameplay to keep fans happy. We know it will come out, and since it’s one of the most important Xbox releases left for the year, the only thing left to see is how much of it we’ll watch.
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II is something we are definitely expecting more of. Since it was first revealed, we’ve seen more and more small titbits at major events, with the most recent showing at GDC this year. Now that Xbox posted a tweet pointing to Senua’s Saga coming out this year, there’s a chance we could see something regarding a release window during the Xbox Games Showcase to clarify when we’ll continue with Ninja Theory’s Celtic epic.
In what is hopefully the last game we should have heard more about by now, Rare’s Everwild should make an appearance at the Xbox Games Showcase. The fact that most of the games mentioned so far don’t have release information and a cinematic trailer to their name is pretty embarrassing for Xbox. It puts even more pressure on Starfield, a game that already has a decade of Bethesda hype behind it.
The above largely contains what we expect to see, but among those expectations there is certainly room for a few surprises. There have been rumblings of a new Wolfenstein game, so there is a chance that an appearance could come if it is being worked on. Machine Games is also currently working on the Indiana Jones game to be announced in 2021, so perhaps we could see that instead or both in a dream world.
Another game recently announced that we have heard almost nothing about is Perfect Dark. Now, due to rumors the game is far from ready to release, but if Xbox has something in store to show us on the Perfect Dark reboot, it would definitely be something to talk about and would surprise many fans who are starting to lose faith that it will see the light of day.
Looking at the monumental roster of developers Xbox has, and the IPs now under its control, there’s no reason why we can’t aim for the moon with our predictions, so if we’re thinking outside the box, why not hope for some kind of new Battletoads title? It would certainly surprise a lot of people, and if Xbox went for a classic vibe with it, a new Battletoads would certainly stand out from the other games coming to the green brand.
Killer Instinct is another classic franchise that could use a little bump. The last Killer Instinct game was incredibly well received, so why not try to bring that fighting game goodness to Xbox? With Mortal Kombat 1, Tekken 8 and Street Fighter 6 in this year alone, this may not be the time to add another fighting game to a stacked market.
There really is this last one, but since Obsidian’s co-founder recently indicated that he’d like to work on Fallout again, there’s the slightest chance that there could be something in there, and to make the 10-year wait until Bethesda can come around to making Fallout 5 a little easier, maybe we could see Obsidian step in with another Fallout spin-off or a New Vegas remaster.
The Xbox Games Showcase simply cannot spend another lot of time looking at projects that have not shown release dates or good gameplay. Sony’s PlayStation Showcase was disappointing, but at least we had Spider-Man 2 gameplay to keep it from being a complete disaster. With the standard recently set by other Xbox exclusives, we can’t put that same faith in Starfield, at least not yet. So we need to see more substantial displays from the green team this time around.