Xbox and Bethesda Showcase 2022 just wrapped up and just like last year there was plenty of stuff to see. Almost every minute was dedicated to the words “Coming to Game Pass,” and I’m glad I didn’t push through with my plans to make a drinking game out of it because I would have been dead drunk ten minutes in.
But the most exciting part of the Showcase was the commitment to lots of gameplay footage for big titles as well as lifting the veil on other projects. Here’re the best announcements and reveals from this year’s Xbox and Bethesda Showcase.
Redfall gets a gameplay trailer
The Showcase kicked off with Redfall, Arkane Austin’s co-op vampire shooter, but this time with actual gameplay rather than a CGI hype and sizzle reel like what was shown last year. It’s looking pretty much like Left 4 Dead, Vampire Cultist Edition.
Overwatch 2 is going free-to-play
Blizzard is now a part of the big Xbox show it seems, and it had Overwatch 2 to present. The upcoming team shooter is getting an early access this October and will be going free-to-play. They also announced a new hero, The Junker Queen.
Diablo IV announces its final class
Rod Fergusson, famously known as the videogame ‘closer,’ took the stage to talk about Diablo IV, with plenty of details about the game’s world and its final class, the Necromancer, who returns from Diablo II to confront evil with undead power.
Three Persona games coming to Xbox
Coming to Xbox for the first time are three Persona games. Persona 3 Portable, Persona 4 Golden and Persona 5 Royal are all coming to Game Pass, potentially introducing an entire audience of Xbox players to the beloved JRPG series.
Team Ninja has an Xbox exclusive called Wo Long Fallen Dynasty
Phil Spencer himself proudly presented a new game from Team Ninja, the makers of the beloved Nioh series. Wo Long Fallen Dynasty got a splashy cinematic action trailer. It’s set in a fantastical rendition of Three Kingdoms-era China, plagued by demons and monsters.
Hideo Kojima confirms his secret cloud tech game
The man who made Metal Gear made a special appearance at the Showcase to reveal that he has a “completely new game.” Hideo Kojima said that his next game will use the power of “Microsoft’s cutting-edge cloud technology” as has been previously rumored.
Starfield gets an extensive gameplay presentation
Bethesda Game Studios’ own Todd Howard took the stage to close Xbox and Bethesda Showcase 2022 out with Starfield, as expected. He delivered some long-awaited gameplay footage and details regarding the upcoming space exploration and action RPG.