Xbox & Bethesda Showcase LIVE: Starfield, Forza, Halo, and all the latest Xbox news

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Indiana Jones Game Teaser

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Although it’s unclear which Microsoft -owned studio had the space during Sunday’s show, MachineGames, best known for its work on the Wolfenstein game, may be among those on display. MachineGames has now commented on the upcoming Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase, sparking speculation about its appearance during the show. “We are very excited for Sunday [sic] showcase, “the developer said via LinkedIn.” I hope you’re all ready! “

MachineGames joined Xbox as part of its Bethesda acquisition, by working on an Indiana Jones game licensed with Lucasfilm. The show could provide an update on the project after it is revealed in 2021, if it is set to coincide with the next Indiana Jones film scheduled for next June. It’s also speculated that the third installment in the modern Wolfenstein series may be in the pipeline, following the 2017 release of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. – Matt Brown

Image from Aaron Greenberg's tweet on Twitter.

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Those who have long speculated the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase need not be surprised anymore. The Xbox & Bethesda Game Showcase will run for about 95 minutes, according to a recent Twitter post from Xbox marketing GM, Aaron Greenberg. Just over half an hour of announcements and a non-stop trailer for the upcoming Xbox game.

While we now have a runtime, we can still predict what the game will look like this Sunday. Don’t forget that Microsoft is holding a full show on June 14, about 90 minutes away, which is expected to dive deeper into some of the games featured during the main event. – Zachary Boddy

Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels

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A few weeks ago, I was discussing what Game Playground would be planning for the first Forza Horizon 5 DLC expansion. Now, just days before the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase, a premature update to the Steam list of games has leaked the Forza Horizon 5 expansion with a Hot Wheels theme.

While Microsoft is quick to remove promotional assets, you can’t remove them from the internet. It looks like Playground Games is teaming up with the Mattel brand on the Hot Wheels crossover, back in the days of Forza Horizon 3.

Nothing has been officially confirmed, but it looks like Forza Horizon 5 will appear during the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase to unveil new DLC. We can also expect more details on what is included and when the expansion will be available. – Zachary Boddy

Samsung Xbox Cloud Gaming TV app

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Xbox Cloud Gaming continues to grow rapidly, with mobiles, PCs, and Xbox consoles now connected to Microsoft’s streaming platform. TV is the latest to join the growing virtual kingdom, thanks to a new Xbox TV app heading to Samsung TV 2022 starting June 30th. Microsoft has also confirmed plans to launch the following streaming -only Xbox device, dubbed the Xbox “Keystone,” indicating a more affordable entry point into the Xbox ecosystem.

Microsoft continues to push Xbox Cloud Gaming as its next major innovation, streaming Xbox games over the internet with minimal latency, along with the Xbox Game Pass subscription service. This is now on “Xbox Everywhere,” an umbrella term for the upcoming ecosystem, separate from traditional console hardware.

Xbox Cloud Gaming will likely play an important role during the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase, helping the upcoming game catalog reach the widest possible audience. Expect Xbox Cloud Gaming to appear frequently this weekend, along with the latest Xbox Series X | S console. – Matt Brown

Starfield

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Microsoft is going to the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase this weekend after launching at least five new games over the next 12 months. In a claim to be made before Sunday’s release, the company plans to “meet or exceed” the number of new games released in the last fiscal year. This means Xbox and Bethesda will submit five or more jobs before June 2023.

The announcement suggests that we may see a tougher release date during Microsoft’s June 12 conference, including a title planned for later this year. After being late to Starfield and Redfall, Redmond has found a hole in the content calendar for the rest of 2022. Forza Motorsport can help fill that gap, and we hope to learn more about more titles to come in the future. – Matt Brown

hello! This is a fun time for Xbox and PC gamers, with the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase in full swing. I’ll update this space with all the latest announcements and open when we get it, and I’ll also share some of my own thoughts.

I drive a lot of coverage for Minecraft, Forza Horizon, and Forza Motorsport here on Windows Central, but I’m also a fan of all things “video games,” and especially of the Xbox. I’m excited to see what’s in store in the coming weeks. – Zachary Boddy, Windows Central Gaming News Writer

Picture of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Red Team 141

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If you missed it, Summer Game Fest, the not-E3-but-still-sorta-E3 season premiere game event, recently brought some new game announcements ahead of the Xbox & Bethesda show. You can find out all the Summer Game Fest announcements at the full event.

Highlights of the event for Xbox owners include the first gameplay demo for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II and The Callisto Protocol, plus a new trailer for Marvel’s Midnight Suns. The Xbox Game Pass also received several extras today, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge on June 16, and Routine, an upcoming sci-fi horror game with a score from DOOM’s Mick Gordon.

Microsoft’s limited show also showed that it held up its heavy hitting, only raising expectations for the June 12 show. – Matt Brown

Welcome everyone – and thank you for joining! It’s that time of year again, and we’re just two days away from the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase.

We expect big announcements from Xbox Game Studios and Bethesda Softworks this weekend, including anticipated updates on upcoming projects like Starfield, Forza Motorsport, and Redfall, plus some surprises. If you’re an Xbox fan, you don’t want to miss this.

We’re starting live coverage for the weekend. This Friday, we’ll discuss the current news, with an exclusive insight into what’s to come from Microsoft over the next few days. You can expect regular updates to be done before they happen insane on the day. – Matt Brown, Windows Central Senior Games Editor

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