Xbox & Bethesda Showcase LIVE: Starfield, Forza, Halo and all the latest Xbox news
Is Microsoft ready to show Halo Infinite’s Battle Royale mode?
It’s now been over six months since the launch of Halo Infinite, with hopes the title could make an appearance at the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase this weekend. Halo Infinite developer 343 Industries continues to work on the live service for its free-to-play multiplayer, with Season 2 currently underway and co-op campaign support set to go into testing in July.
343 Industries has also partnered with Certain Affinity on future Halo Infinite content, which we understand to be a new battle royale-inspired multiplayer experience with a Halo twist. First detailed in a report by Senior Xbox Editor Jez Corden in January, the mode is in development under the codename Tatanka, taking on behemoths like Fortnite and Call of Duty: Warzone.
It’s currently believed that Tatanka could be targeting Season 4, which was recently delayed to early 2023, following changes to the Halo Infinite roadmap. While 343 Industries likely won’t be announcing any new games this week, a precedent teasing implies that he might have something to show on the June 14 extended broadcast. — Matte brown
Morning! We’re just beginning our second day of coverage around this weekend’s Xbox and Bethesda games showcase. I log in earlier than the rest of the London team, catching up on the latest developments overnight, ahead of what could be a busy day before tomorrow’s big show.
We recently learned that the Xbox and Bethesda games showcase will last around 95 minutes, which suggests the duo have a busy event in the works. While the June 12 broadcast will welcome the heavyweights, don’t forget that Microsoft has a second event with an additional 90 minutes to follow on June 14.
We’re also seeing alleged “leaks” for the Xbox event circulating online this morning, most of them entirely untrue. However, if you want to go blind this weekend, we recommend that you log out as soon as possible. We’ll continue to bring the latest, as we go. — Matte brown
Indiana Jones could be back for the Xbox Showcase
While it’s unclear which Microsoft-owned studios have a spot at Sunday’s showcase, MachineGames, best known for its work on Wolfenstein games, could be among those featured. MachineGames has now commented on the upcoming Xbox and Bethesda games showcase, fueling speculation of an appearance during the show. “We are so excited for Sundays [sic] showcase,” the developer said via LinkedIn. “Hope you’re all ready for this!”
MachineGames has joined Xbox as part of its acquisition of Bethesda, with work underway on an Indiana Jones game licensed with Lucasfilm. The show could provide an update on the project after its reveal in 2021, if it coincides with the next Indiana Jones movie slated for next June. It’s also speculated that a third installment in the modern Wolfenstein series may be in the works, following the 2017 release of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. — Matte brown
Xbox and Bethesda showcase will last 95 minutes, Microsoft says
Those who have been speculating about how long the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase will last need wonder no more. The Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase will last approximately 95 minutes, according to a new Twitter post from Xbox Chief Marketing Officer Aaron Greenberg. That’s just over an hour and a half of non-stop announcements and trailers for upcoming Xbox games.
Although we now have a running time, we still have to guess which games will appear this Sunday. Don’t forget that Microsoft is hosting an extended showcase on June 14, lasting around 90 minutes, which should provide a deeper dive into some of the games shown during the main event. —Zachary Boddy
Forza Horizon 5 Hot Wheels DLC leaks ahead of reveal
A few weeks ago, I discussed what Playground Games might be planning for Forza Horizon 5’s first DLC expansion. Now, days before the Xbox and Bethesda games showcase, a premature Steam listing update from the game has leaked a Hot Wheels-themed Forza Horizon 5 expansion.
Although Microsoft quickly removed the promotional items, you cannot remove them from the Internet. It looks like Playground Games is once again teaming up with the Mattel brand on a Hot Wheels crossover, reminiscent of the days of Forza Horizon 3.
Nothing has been officially confirmed yet, but it seems likely that Forza Horizon 5 will make an appearance during the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase to unveil the new DLC. We can also expect more details on what’s included and when the expansion will be available. —Zachary Boddy
Xbox Cloud Gaming TV app launching on Samsung TVs this month
Xbox Cloud Gaming continues to grow at a rapid pace, with mobile, PC and Xbox consoles now connected to Microsoft’s streaming platform. The TVs are the latest to join its growing cloud empire, thanks to a new Xbox TV app coming to Samsung’s 2022 TV lineup from June 30. “, posing a more affordable entry point into the Xbox ecosystem.
Microsoft continues to make Xbox Cloud Gaming its next major innovation, delivering Xbox games over the internet with low latency, in tandem with its Xbox Game Pass subscription service. These now fall under “Xbox Everywhere,” an umbrella term for its burgeoning ecosystem, a break from traditional console hardware.
Xbox Cloud Gaming will likely play a pivotal role during the Xbox and Bethesda games showcase, helping its future catalog of games reach the widest possible audience. Expect Xbox Cloud Gaming to make frequent appearances this weekend, alongside its latest Xbox Series X|S consoles. — Matte brown
Xbox will “meet or exceed” 5 new games in the next 12 months
Microsoft is heading to the Xbox and Bethesda games showcase this weekend after committing to at least five new games over the next 12 months. In a statement released ahead of Sunday’s broadcast, the company said it expects to “match or exceed” the number of new games released in its last fiscal year. This implies that Xbox and Bethesda will deliver five or more projects before June 2023.
The announcement suggests we could see more firm release dates at Microsoft’s June 12 conference, including titles slated for later this year. Following the Starfield and Redfall delays, Redmond has found itself with a hole in its content schedule for the rest of 2022. Forza Motorsport could help fill the void, and we hope to hear more about other titles to come in a near future. — Matte brown
Cheers! It’s an incredibly exhilarating time of year for Xbox and PC gamers, with the highly hyped Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase just around the corner. I’ll update this space with all the latest announcements and reveals as we receive them, and I might also share some of my own thoughts.
I lead much of the Minecraft, Forza Horizon, and Forza Motorsport coverage here at Windows Central, but I’m also a fan of all things “video games,” and in particular Xbox. I can’t wait to see what awaits us in the weeks to come. — Zachary Boddy, Windows Central Gaming News Editor
In case you missed it, Summer Game Fest, the not-E3-but-still-sort-of-E3 season’s inaugural gaming event, recently brought a handful of new game announcements ahead of the Xbox and Bethesda showcase. . You can keep up to date with all the Summer Game Fest announcements in our full event roundup.
Highlights of the event for Xbox owners included the first gameplay demos for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II and The Callisto Protocol, as well as a new trailer for Marvel’s Midnight Suns. Xbox Game Pass also received several new additions from day one, 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 display also suggests it’s holding back those heavy hitters, only raising expectations for the June 12 showcase. — Matte brown
Welcome everyone and thank you for joining us! It’s that time of year again, and we’re just two days away from the Xbox and Bethesda games showcase.
We’re expecting some big reveals from Xbox Game Studios and Bethesda Softworks this weekend, including highly anticipated updates on upcoming projects like Starfield, Forza Motorsport, and Redfall, plus a handful of surprises. If you’re an Xbox fan, you don’t want to miss this.
We are just beginning our live coverage for the weekend. This Friday, we’ll be discussing the latest news so far, with an exclusive look at what’s to come from Microsoft over the next few days. You can expect regular updates to follow before things get mad day. — Matt Brown, Windows Central Senior Game Editor