We are slowly coming down with our feet on the ground after getting excited during the Microsoft and Bethesda conference all’E3 2021. It was a really hot hour and a half, which made this June even hotter. The Xbox ecosystem has returned to shine in the console landscape thanks to interesting announcements, new trailers and many confirmations related to the popular Xbox Game Pass service.
There is a lot to discuss, so we invite you to carefully follow our pages in the coming days so as not to miss any in-depth specials on the games shown. So let’s take a look at the Microsoft and Bethesda conference, analyzing the big announcements of the event and trying to take a look at what awaits us as users of the Xbox ecosystem in the future.
Many, but many games
I games Microsoft and Bethesda were the absolute protagonists of this conference. A few chats on stage and a lot, but a lot of space for gameplay videos, trailers and other insights dedicated to the announced video games. We will underline the most important ones, referring you to this page with all the games, announcements and videos of the event to discover every single protagonist. Microsoft wanted to immediately catch our attention with Starfield, a title developed by Bethesda that opened the conference of this E3 2021. In addition to having seen the potential of the graphics engine used to make it, we have finally discovered a release date for this highly anticipated sci-fi role-playing game, set for November 11, 2022. Microsoft then showed us a gameplay trailer for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl, where we have better understood the structure of this title, which can also boast an excellent technical sector.
After an interesting crossover of Sea Of Thieves and Disney characters from Pirates of the Caribbean, we moved on to other highly anticipated announcements. Electronic Arts has kept the promise made last Wednesday, finally offering gameplayers a gameplay trailer of Battlefield 2042. Subsequently it was the turn of Halo Infinite, a title much awaited by fans, which certainly did not shine last year with its announcement trailer.
After 12 months Halo Infinite, unfortunately, remains without a precise launch date, but we know that it will arrive by this Christmas on the Xbox ecosystem. We expected a greater focus on the single player campaign and a space dedicated to the technical improvements made in this year of additional work. The title was postponed precisely due to the numerous criticisms received last year to these two elements, so it was obvious that we would have liked to see some sort of revenge from the developers of 343 Industries. Instead, they preferred to pay more attention to its free-to-play multiplayer component, also arriving this fall across the Xbox ecosystem.
We were also able to admire a new gameplay trailer for Far Cry 6, learning the various approaches available in the game to tackle missions and contracts. There was not even the presence of Age Of Empires IV, where we finally saw the eagerly awaited naval battles and some new gameplay elements. Microsoft has also announced the arrival of Flight Simulator on Xbox Series X / S with new graphics updates and some additional free content coming this fall.
We were surprised by the announcement of The Outer Worlds 2, which is ready to improve on the much appreciated original chapter. In the last half hour, however, much of the time was dedicated to Forza Horizon 5, a title arriving on November 9th. The racing game made by Playground Games is nothing short of incredible, especially for its truly next-gen technical sector. As a final treat, the so-called “one more thing”, Microsoft announced the new title of Arkane Studios called Redfall. It is an action title based on the cooperation of four characters with different powers, engaged in a fight with a sort of alien vampire. We have seen very little of the Arkane game, but what was shown did not completely convince us, especially since it was shown as the final treat of the event.
The Game Pass is invincible
In addition to the games as a co-star of the event there was the inevitable Game Pass. The central service of the Xbox ecosystem is growing year after year, gaining both popularity among users, but above all growing thanks to an increasingly rich catalog of interesting content. The Microsoft and Bethesda conference further highlighted the benefits offered to Xbox Game Pass subscribers. In addition to the arrival of ten Bethesda games, Microsoft pointed out that almost all of the games shown today will be included for free in the Game Pass. All exclusives produced by Xbox Game Studios will be available at launch day for all subscribers. We are talking about products of the caliber of STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl, Halo Infinite, Forza Horizon 5 and Age Of Empires IV. Even Starfield, initially announced as a cross-platform title, will arrive exclusively on Xbox Game Pass, stealing this probable pearl from the competition.
The reasons for subscribing are now evident and we are sure that in the future more and more players will decide to embrace this service. The ability to play these games at launch without having to spend absolutely nothing (except the subscription price, of course) is a truly remarkable advantage. Furthermore, today’s presentation makes it clear that – in all likelihood – every title Bethesda will be made available exclusively on the Game Pass, without landing on other platforms. At the moment this is the case for all the new games presented, for the others we will find out only in the future.
Xbox Game Pass has always been Microsoft’s true workhorse in the gaming world. In this E3 2021 we have had further confirmation of this fact.
Let’s sum it up
We witnessed a truly excellent event, full of excellent announcements and many awaited confirmations. Microsoft had to recover for good after spending an entire subdued generation. After this conference we can say with sufficient certainty that Microsoft is back and Xbox will be a major player in the world of gaming in the coming years. The acquisition of Bethesda, combined with the other Xbox studios, is about to bear fruit, which will add value to a service like Game Pass. The future of the Xbox ecosystem is therefore in good hands with numerous major video games such as Halo Infinite and Forza Horizon 5 already arriving later this year.
However, 2022 could be the real turning point. It will be the period during which we will see the first big Xbox Series X | S games like Starfield come out. We’re sorry we didn’t see anything on The Elder Scrolls VI (maybe just the official name of the next installment in the series), Avowed, Fable, and Forza Motorsport. However, we do know that the talented development teams at Xbox Game Studios are continuously working on these games, with some of them likely to show up in the coming months. Too bad, because seeing one of these titles just mentioned as a proverbial “one more thing” would have allowed to give the Microsoft and Bethesda conference a perfect score for this E3 2021.