Xbox and Bethesda E3 2021 showcase: All the news, updates, and game announcements

Amora R Jelo

Starfield opened up for the Xbox and Bethesda E3 2021 showcase. It was a show led by Bethesda and many of the studios Microsoft have recently bought, with new games from Arkane showing off a new vampire shooter called Redfall, new Fallout 76 content, Doom Eternal and more. There were also some actual Microsoft games too with new details on Halo Infinite, Forza Horizon 5, a strong showing for new Game Pass Titles and more from the Xbox Game Studios stable. 

Unfortunately, there were no shows for Perfect Dark, Fable 4, or The Elder Scrolls 6, although the last one did at least get a name check during the E3 2021 show. To see what was revealed and all the details, here’s everything that happened at the Xbox and Bethesda E3 2021 showcase.

Starfield

Starfield

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Well, Starfield is an Xbox exclusive. Something half the people were hoping wouldn’t be the case, and the rest had no doubt would be. It’ll be out on Xbox Series X and PC November 11, 2022. While we’ve only had a CG mood trailer we do have some details to go with it – you play as a pilot for Constellation, the last organisation exploring space and… that’s all we really have on what Bethesda is calling it’s first new universe in 25 years. We know it’s an RPG built around player choice; spaceships are obviously a thing, as are mechs. As for the rest, Bethesda revealed a range of planets, settlements and outposts with a worn world feel of realism rather than shiny sci-fi slickness.  

Redfall

Redfall

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Arkane Austin is turning its immersive guns and powers skill set to a vampire shooter with Redfall. The trailer revealed a tech-heavy battle against the undead, first revealed as ‘cult activity’, involving magic, stake-firing guns and a limping robot that we all absolutely have to protect. It was presented as a single player game you can play with friends, as a team of up to four using a range of abilities to fight elongated, inhuman vamps. Powers include a magic elevator that lets you reach the rooftops, an umbrella that generates a shield, some sort of magic sniper eye, a UV gun that turns enemies to ash and plenty more. All with a vibe that feels more Overwatch than Dishonored. It’ll be out Summer 2022. 

S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2

Stalker 2: Heart of Chernobyl

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If you think STALKER 2 had a Metro vibe that’s because it does. There’s a whole genre of post-Chernobyl Russian fiction that sprung up following one of the world’s largest nuclear disasters in a country that tends to not tell you what’s going on. Hence the supernatural mix of supernatural mysteries and monsters that populate both games. The original STALKER however was much more focused on a tough survival experience, something the sequel is keeping alive. This is a game about scavengers, called Stalkers, who brave the cursed Chernobyl radiation zone for fun and profit. Braving mutated monsters and anomalies – barely visible energy vortexes that liquidise organic matter and see you throwing bolts out to locate. While the main story is still a bit of a mystery, the gameplay shows a world filled with tough mercenary characters in a dog eat dog story to uncover whatever the wasteland has to offer. STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl is expected to launch April 22, 2022.

Back 4 Blood

Back 4 Blood

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We got a fresh trailer for co-op zombie shooter Back 4 Blood at the Microsoft showcase, just ahead of the full Back 4 Blood session the same day. But, it wasn’t just a showcase of the different zombie types, extensive weapons, or our heroes – it was in fact a showcase for its Swarm PvP mode, where players can choose to play as a zombie or the usual heroes. 

Contraband

Contraband

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Although it was a tiny teaser that didn’t really reveal much about the game itself, the showcase revealed that Avalanche Studios is working on co-op open-world game called Contraband. Coming to Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC – with Game Pass availability from Day One – it’s not quite clear what Contraband is about beyond, well, something contraband. We got a several looks at an ornate red and gold box, some trucks, and a small group of characters – including one doing mechanic work. Apart from that though, it does look a little post-apocalyptic from the small Polaroid shoots it lingered on. No word on a release date yet.

Jack Sparrow coming to Sea of Thieves

Sea of Thieve's A Pirate's Life Pirates of the Caribbean

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Rare announced a collaboration with Disney for Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life that will be launching June 22 and will be free to all players as part of the game’s third season. A Pirate’s Life will include 5 Tall Tales for players to embark on while sailing alongside Captain Jack Sparrow and meeting other faces from the movie franchise from Disney. There will also be more enemies to battle against and secrets to uncover across the world as players explore new areas. There are more details to be revealed closer to the launch of Season 3, but it certainly looks like an epic journey ahead.

Yakuza Like a Dragon

Yakuza 7 exam answers

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The latest in the Yakuza Series, Yakuza: Like a Dragon is coming to Xbox Game Pass. In fact, it’s coming to Game Pass so soon that it’s actually already available right now. So get playing!

Battlefield 2042

Battlefield 2042

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Just days after the reveal of Battlefield 2042, DICE used the Xbox games showcase to give us a first look at the game in action. The Battlefield 2042 gameplay trailer took us inside the wild scope of the multiplayer-only experience, giving us some insight into what the action will look like as Battlefield scales up to support 128 players across the largest multiplayer maps ever seen in the series. Huge firefights, impressive real-time weather, and the ability to customise your loadouts while out in the field. Battlefield 2042 is coming out October 22 and, if this gameplay trailer is any indication, it’s going to be a wild ride. 

12 Minutes

12 Minutes

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Annapurna title, 12 Minutes, finally got a release date of 19 August 2021 at the Xbox and Bethesda showcase. Plus, it’s also coming to Game Pass on that date too. The game sees a man living in a time loop to try and save his wife as the police break down their door to arrest him for the murder of his family. The game lops every 12 minutes, as the title suggests. It’ll arrive on Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC.

Psychonauts 2

Psychonauts 2 release date announced

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Double Fine’s highly anticipated Psychonauts 2 also got a release date during the showcase. The game will arrive on August 25, and will be available on Game Pass from Day One. 

Fallout 76

Fallout 76

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Bethesda continues to build on Fallout 76’s ongoing restoration with a new update that continues the Brotherhood of Steel’s story after the battle for Fort Atlas. The new free questline, called Steal Reign, arrives on July 7 and will let you ‘decide the fate of the Brotherhood’ as you take sides from within the group – between Paladin Rahmani and Knight Shin – in a battle against the mutant threat. On top of that Expeditions: The Pitt will let players revisit the Fallout 3 location of Pittsburg later in 2022.

Elder Scrolls Online

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The Elder Scrolls Online: Console Enhanced edition is coming on June 15, so just a few days away. The upgrade will enhance the game’s visuals and performance, adding performance and fidelity modes, increased draw distance, faster loading times, and more. 

Party Animals

Party Animals

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There’s a new multiplayer game on the way and it’s seriously fuzzy. Party Animals is coming in 2022 to Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC, and will see you pick one of the game’s fuzzy fighters before going head to head in various brawls across several multiplayer modes. 

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