Xbox Series X July 23 event confirmed — here's what to expect

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Mark your calendars, Xbox fans: Microsoft has officially confirmed that its Xbox Games Showcase will take place on July 23.

The official Xbox Twitter account posted that from 8 a.m. Pacific Time (11 a.m. Eastern Time and 4 p.m. UK time), a pre-show event will take place with game presenter Geoff Keighley. This will be followed by the full Xbox Series X games showcase an hour later at 9 a.m. PT. At the showcase, we expect to see a whole slew of first-party Xbox games, most notably a proper look at Halo Infinite

While third-party games will also be showcased (possibly including the recently leaked Assassin's Creed Valhalla footage), first-party games from developers under the Xbox Game Studios banner will take center stage.  

And those games could include Everwild, a nature-centric game from Sea of Thieves developer Rare, and a new RPG by Obsidian Entertainment, the studio behind the likes of Pillars of Eternity, Fallout: New Vegas, and the rather underrated Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II

At least that going by a leak from Klobrille, a reasonably credible Xbox Game Studios insider.  

Obsidian’s last game was The Outer Wilds, which received a fairly positive section. But we’ve had no hint at what it might be working on next, though the developer has a pedigree in making strong fantasy RPGs, so we’d not be surprised to see something of that ilk in the works. 

And we know very little about Everwild, so we’re expecting Rare to go into detail on its next game. Whether we’ll see game footage or just trailers of these aforementioned games hasn’t been hinted at.

Microsoft will have to bring its Xbox A-game to the July 23 event, as Sony set a reasonably high bar with its June 4 PS5 games showcase. Sony showed off the likes of Horizon Forbidden West and Gran Turismo 7, so Xbox will have to hit back with some other titles that show off impressive visuals as well as kinetic gaming action and adventure. 

Roland Moore-Colyer

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