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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab).
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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.
🎮 Xbox Games Showcase📅 July 23rd⏰ 9am PT@SummerGameFest Pre-Show at 8am PT with @GeoffKeighley on @YouTubeGaming#XboxGamesShowcase pic.twitter.com/zGr5AnFwicJuly 6, 2020
And those games could include Everwild, a nature-centric game from Sea of Thieves (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab).
At least that going by a leak from Klobrille (opens in new tab), a reasonably credible Xbox Game Studios insider.
I still remember how much I smiled,the last time I saw Everwild. You go to bed and dream about J. Lo,I have dreams as well — playing Halo. Obsidian is a confirmed go as well,oh I love that fresh RPG smell!I just wanted to confirm I’m still bad at this 🐿July 6, 2020
Obsidian’s last game was The Outer Wilds (opens in new tab), 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 (opens in new tab) and Gran Turismo 7 (opens in new tab), so Xbox will have to hit back with some other titles that show off impressive visuals as well as kinetic gaming action and adventure.