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Everything announced at the Xbox Games Showcase

All the news, announcements, reveals, updates and more from the Xbox Games Showcase

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The Xbox Games Showcase is all tied up with a bow, with Microsoft delivering updates on so many of its upcoming Xbox Series X games and even a few brand new reveals including new Doom and Gear of War titles. 

You can find everything announced at the Xbox Games Showcase directly below or carry on reading for the blow-by-blow of how it all played out. 

Everything announced at Xbox Games Showcase

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So with around two hours left to go until the Xbox Games Showcase, let's take a little walk around the Xbox gardens to see what we could expect to pop up at today's event. 

GamesRadar+ hardware editor Phil Hayton holding Steam Deck OLED with Xbox logo on screen

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Let's start with the biggest rumor but also potentially most interesting, and that's the reports that Xbox could be about to reveal an Xbox handheld console. 

Now, it's a little farfetched perhaps, but rumors of an Xbox handheld have been doing the rounds for a number of years now. 

What's not clear is what kind of form that could take. A mini Series S? An Android powered streaming device? A cloud-based dedicated console? Or a genuine Game Pass powered Steam Deck rival?

Now myself and our Hardware Editor, Phil, agree that if an Xbox handheld finally shows up during the Xbox Games Showcase, we hope it’s not a PlayStation Portal rival. I just want to be able to access my Game Pass games on a plane, train, or anywhere I damn please. Please. 

Xbox controller

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I personally think it's pretty unlikely that Xbox announces new hardware today, but hey I've been wrong before. I personally would love to see the controller refresh that was detailed in the documents that were leaked as part of the Activision acquisition. 

That is said to retain the same design as the current pads, but be quite the upgrade in terms of features. It'll allegedly have Xbox Wireless 2, Bluetooth 5.2 and Direct-to-Cloud functionality to improve overall connectivity and reduce latency regardless of what you're connected to. 

But, more importantly for my wireless loving ass, it'll apparently include a rechargeable, swappable, battery as standard. Goodbye AA batteries, be GONE. 

Xbox FTC leak – Xbox Series X refresh console

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According to that report, it's also supposedly going to include wide "build improvements" and "improved longevity", with things like new modular thumbsticks, haptic feedback, quieter buttons, and more.

The docs had it listed as a May 2024 launch, but seeing as those docs were from May 2022 no doubt things have changed since then. 

The report goes though that this snazzy new Universal Controller will be sold standalone but also debut with the Xbox Series X refresh that was also detailed in the leak. 

Xbox FTC leak – Xbox Series X refresh console

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The big takeaways from that leak were that it's going to ditch the chunky cuboid design, and opt for a tall cylindrical shape that completely ditches the disc drive.
It'll still have a power button, pairing button, and USB-C port but it's unclear how much difference there will be in size between the two from the concept designs alone. 

We also don't know what the price difference will be - good or bad. The documents say it'll be the "same great price", but again these are from 2022. The RRP of the Xbox Series X is still $499, but if you get a good deal you can get one now for around $399. 

In his predictions for this Xbox Games Showcase, our own Xbox expert (Xpert?) Josh West said he wants to see a little less conversation and a little more action, please.

Josh West, Features Editor at GamesRadar
Josh West

"Looking at the lineup of upcoming Xbox Series X games, I find myself reconnecting with why I became so drawn to the Xbox platform in its halcyon years: the promise of PC-quality play on console; the framework to take online multiplayer to new, unassailable heights; and a commitment to delivering best-in-class experiences within the 'core' shooter, role-play, and racing niches. Sadly, that message became diluted over time as Xbox waged a war for input one and spent a generation cycle dealing with the aftermath."

So now, we basically just need some games. 

So what about those games, then eh? Let's leave Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 out of this chat as we absolutely know it's getting a full reveal at its dedicated post-show Direct. 

My personal pick would be to see more of Fable. We got that epic full trailer at last year's event complete with Richard Ayoade as Dave the giant and 'vegetable enthusiast', but we've not heard anything about the game since. 

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We got some glimmers of gameplay from this trailer, some magic use and combat, but we did get a fantastic sense that new developer Playground Games (of Forza Horizon fame) is going to retain the British sense of humor that's always been a staple of the series. 

Another game that was showed off for the first time at last year's Summer Game Fest Xbox Showcase was South of Midnight

South of Midnight - Announce Trailer - YouTube South of Midnight - Announce Trailer - YouTube
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Honestly one of my favorite trailers for some time, it's got that creepy cool vibe going on with promises of "a fantastical and macabre third-person action-adventure set in the American Deep South".

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Another one from last year's showcase was Clockwork Revolution. Another very cool trailer that gave serious BioShock vibes. Again no details on this one since then either. 

Indiana Jones and the Great Circle

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Of course, all eyes will be on Indiana Jones and the Great Circle, which only got fully revealed with its title earlier this year. It's currently got a loose release window of this fall, but I'd imagine that will get fully confirmed at today's showcase. 

In development at MachineGames, the game's story will take place between the Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Last Crusade movies, around 1937. It'll start at the iconic Marshall College where Jones teaches, but from there, we'll be traveling the globe for answers, including the Vatican, Egypt, and the Himalayas.

The gameplay looks great - as you'd expect from FPS experts MachineGames - with plenty of stealth and puzzle solving in between taking out Nazis with your gun and whip. While the majority is first-person, the game will also occasionally pull back to third-person to let you take in Indy in his full splendour. 

Let's take another look at that reveal trailer shall we?

Official Gameplay Reveal Trailer: Indiana Jones and the Great Circle - YouTube Official Gameplay Reveal Trailer: Indiana Jones and the Great Circle - YouTube
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State of Decay 3 trailer screenshots

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State of Decay 3 should also be a contender to appear at the Xbox Games Showcase today. There was a leak that seemingly confirmed a trailer is set to drop today, which is good because we've not heard from developer Undead Labs for years now. 

Stalker 2

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There's also STALKER 2: Heart of Chornobyl. With its release date currently set for September 5, I wouldn't be surprised if we got a new trailer today at the Xbox Games Showcase, detailing more about this highly-anticipated new game. 

Bethesda Game Studios

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The other pretty sure bet is that Bethesda Game Studios will give us a good look at Starfield: Shattered Space, the first expansion for its space RPG. We just had a big May update for the game that introduced a tonne of quality of life features, so much so that many of us have gone back to the game - particularly for the removal of over encumbrance - but the details on the DLC have been few and far between. 

Just 5 minutes to go until the showcase now, you can tune in right here:

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It's also a wonder whether Xbox will mention any of the controversies that have occurred in recent months too. There's been a lot - mass layoffs at Activision, the cutting of ties with Toys for Bob, the cancellation of a new Blizzard survival game, and the incredibly sad and shocking closure of Arkane Austin and Tango Gameworks.

Here we go!

Oh we're starting with Call of Duty then eh? Start as we mean to end it. 

This seems to be the full reveal trailer, complete with The Prodigy as backing track. 

It's set in the 1990s, after the Cold War ends where the "truth is not what it seems".

Treyarch and Raven working on it. 10 years since COD was last in an Xbox show. 

We're getting a look at the campaign, multiplayer and zombies later. 

First COD game that's coming to Game Pass Day One.

Bethesda world premiere up first.

Doom but make it medieval?

You can load a skull into a grinder and then it turns it into bullets. Is that the most Doom thing ever? I think so.

Doom: The Dark Ages coming 2025.

State of Decay 3 up now from Undead Labs. 

Taking a softer tone with the vocals questioning who the zombies were before the whole undead thing. 

If you can call a zombie game beautiful, then that's what this trailer is. 

State of Decay 3

(Image credit: Undead Labs)

State of Decay 3

(Image credit: Undead Labs)

No release date for State of Decay 3 - not even a window.

Dragon Age: The Veilguard there with a loose Fall 2024 release date and confirmation that some of our old pals are returning. 

Starfield: Shattered Space DLC up now - and it looks like it's all about the Va'ruun.

"Until there's no more you, only us"

That's not sinister at all. 

Much more horror sci-fi vibes than the core game. 

That's coming 2024, but no details on when. 

New content coming to the base game tonight including new locations, new gear, new bounties, and new custom content from Bethesda and the community. 

Fallout 76: Skyline Valley details being outlined in a new trailer now. 

New Vault 63 details, which is how the DLC starts out with you hearing an explosion and then finding the Vault 63 door. 

You can play as a Ghoul starting 2025.

New game from Kepler Interactive here. 

Looks pretty cool actually, lots of dramatic boss fights and stunning backdrops. Fo9ur main characters, who all seem to be playable in combat at least. 

Expedition 33 coming 2025. 

South of Midnight up now with a very cool art style and 24-frame-esque animation. 

Our hero is riding on the back of a giant fish.

South of Midnight

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We're getting our first look at gameplay here. Third person, with grappling hook to get around. 

Combat is with the little hooks but seemingly with some sort of power attached. Defeating an enemy brings the flowers and nature back to an area that's otherwise full of red pustules. 

She's also got some kind of magical wing or cape? Looks badass. 

2025 on PC and Xbox Series X. 

World of Warcraft: The War Within coming 26 August 2024.

Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater now?

Naked Snake - has to find his own weapons and equipment, and food. "One man army".

Looks incredible. 

No release date. 

Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater

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New content for Sea of Thieves coming July 25. 

Brand new trailer for Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn, coming July 18, 2024. 

Game Pass, Xbox Series X, PC. 

Age of Mythology Retold - coming September 4, 2024. 

Strategy game. Game Pass, Xbox Series X, PC.

OMG IT'S PERFECT DARK

This is the first we've seen of this game since the original announcement. Very crips visuals, stealth gameplay focus as you'd hope, lots of gadgets and equipment. 

"There's only one way forward, find the truth". 

'Stop Carrington's attack' is the directive in the corner, with subobjects for finding the Black Site and escaping the ambush. 

Switches to full on combat, first person gunplay with some melee attacks. 

Perfect Dark - day one with Game Pass but no date.

Matt Booty here to talk now:

"first look at gameplay, we can't wait to share more".

Diablo 4: Vessel of Hatred coming October. 

New playable class, new region, new story content. 

Opening cinematic is all about a young woman talking to what she thinks is her dead grandmother, but obviously it's not.

That cinematic certainly isn't for the gore-phobic.

Actual date for that DLC - October 8. 

Fable now and we're got a new character introduction - who may be voiced by Super Hans from Peep Show (Matt King).

Humphrey seems to have an ex that's back and it's problematic. 

Coming 2025. Day One Game Pass, Xbox Series X, and PC. 

Definitely felt like there was a tease for a morality system in that dialogue. 

Fragpunks - 5v5 hero shooter with cards that can change gameplay. Coming 2025.

Winter Burrow coming early 2025 - a lovely looking survival game about a tiny mouse that's 100% going to make me cry. 

New Annapurna game now, which is so early 90s. Minidisc player, cutie headphones, skateboarding, references to Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

Teen angst but with flying?

"Your greatest memories are locked in music".

Game is called Mixtape. Coming 2025. 

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024 now, teasing more of its careers. 

Commercial Flight Pilot, Air Ambulance, Aerial Advertising, VIP Charter Service, Agricultural Aviation, Search and Rescue, Helicopter Cargo, Aerial Firefighting and more. 

Lots of this was already teased at the announcement last year, but there is one moment when you get out of your plane and take a pic of an animal that seems pretty brand new. 

November 19, 2024 release date for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024. 

Elder Scrolls Online - for a limited time you can play all the DLC for free. 

Reminder that Gold Road is coming June 18. 

Life is Strange 3!!!

Murder Mystery story, can shift into parallel timelines where the victim (her friend) is still alive. Can she save Sapphi? 

New Max Caulfield adventure, coming October 29, 2024. 

Indiana Jones and the Great Circle up now. 

Brand new story trailer. Mention of finding the stones. 

Himalayas segment in the freezing snow. Feels very Uncharted. 

The faces are great. Very Harrison Ford ticks on our Indy here. 

Indiana Jones and the Great Circle

(Image credit: Bethesda)

Indiana Jones and the Great Circle

(Image credit: Bethesda)

Indiana Jones and the Great Circle

(Image credit: Bethesda)

Indiana Jones and the Great Circle

(Image credit: Bethesda)

Indiana Jones and the Great Circle

(Image credit: Bethesda)

2024 window still. No Indy release date. 

Mechabreak coming 2025. Beta coming August. 

Wuchang: Fallen Feathers coming 2025. Looks interesting!

Ah here comes Avowed at last!

Lengthy trailer here showing off combat, characters, enemies and locations. 

Coming 2024 still - no release date. 

Rebellion's new game looks kinda bananas in a good way. Mechs, glowing zombies, British pomp. Phone box in the mountains. 

Atomfall coming 2025. 

Assassin's Creed: Shadows with a new trailer now - ahead of tomorrow's Ubisoft Forward which is interesting. 

Nice look at the two characters together. 

Reminder of that November 15 release date. 

STALKER 2: Heart of Chornobyl new trailer, lots of gameplay showed off, anomalies. 

September 5 reconfirmed. 

HARDWARE ALERT

All-new digital Xbox Series X and S. Also said it's "hard at work on the next generation"

New all-digital Xbox Series X and S

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Saved one more thing for the end. 

New Gears of War.

Gears of War E-Day. Looks like a prequel featuring Marcus Fenix and Augustus Cole. 

No date on that, but clearly focused on Emergence Day, which is not something we've seen in the series to date beyond callbacks. 

Right now it's over to Leon on the Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Direct live blog, and here we'll wrap up everything we saw in the Xbox Games Showcase. 

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