E3 Day 2 Recap: Xbox Brings The Heat And More Big Announcements

The party’s just getting started. E3 Day 2 is over, and as we prepare for another day of announcements and reveals, here is the biggest news from E3’s second day.

Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase

Xbox and Bethesda opened up the festivities with their showcase. Things started off strong when Todd Howard appeared on stage to announce the long-awaited Bethesda title, Starfield. Bethesda’s first new IP in 25 years will be exclusive to Xbox and available on Game Pass at launch on November 11, 2022.

How do you follow that act? S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl got a gameplay trailer which showed off the game’s beautiful visuals and ominous atmosphere. Xbox fans will be able to play the game via Game Pass when it launches on April 28, 2022.

We also learned that Microsoft Studios, Rare, and Disney teamed up to create Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life, which introduce none other than Captain Jack Sparrow to the game. Split across five Tall Tales, players will be swept up in an adventure with the Pirates of The Caribbean protagonist. The free update coincides with Sea of Thieve‘s third season which begins on June 22.

Battlefield 2042‘s official gameplay reveal took place during the showcase. The reveal highlighted the game’s modern, near-future setting and put an emphasis on action. We got to see boots on the ground fighting, vehicular warfare, zip lining, and much more. Unfortunately, Battlefield 2042 will not be on Game Pass.

Forza Horizon 5 came crashing into the show. It flaunted incredible graphics and new gameplay mechanics. Set in Mexico, the game will feature the largest and most diverse open-world in the Horizon series yet. The game will be available on Game Pass when it launches on November 9.

Of course, the event wouldn’t be complete without Halo Infinite news. The relatively short presentation gave fans a lot of new info. We learned a little more about the campaign and got our first real look at multiplayer. Halo Infinite is on track for a Holiday 2021 release and will be available on Game Pass at launch. While the game’s campaign will have a price tag, the multiplayer portion will be free-to-play.

Beyond those titles, there were many more announcements, including:

  • A Plague Tale: Requiem (TBA)
  • Atomic Heart (TBA)
  • Slime Rancher 2 (2022)
  • The Outer Worlds 2 (TBA)
  • Twelve Minutes (August 19)
  • And more

Square Enix

Square Enix set out to show the world that Marvel games are a priority for the publisher. Those who tuned in got to see the official reveal Square Enix Montreal’s Guardians of the Galaxy , a single-player focused game.

As for Marvel’s Avengers, get ready to head to Wakanda. The War for Wakanda expansion is the latest addition to the game. It will see Wakanda’s heroes push back an AIM invasion led by Ulysses Klaw.

Square Enix also showed that Final Fantasy is alive and well. It closed its show with a look at Final Fantasy Origin: Stranger of Paradise. The chaotic (pun absolutely intended) game is a collaboration between Team Ninja and Square Enix that brings back classic Final Fantasy villain Garland.

Between these announcements, fans also got to see the trailer for Life is Strange Remastered. Featuring remastered visuals, improved animations with full facial motion capture, and refined puzzles, the award-winning game will return in what is sure to be the definitive way to play it. The remaster will be available September 30, 2021.

Speaking of Life is Strange, fans got to see the impact of Alex’s powers (and their consequences) in a Life is Strange: True Colors video.

PC Gaming Show

PC Gamer’s PC Gaming Show highlighted a whole lot of upcoming games. To detail all the announced games would be an impossible task, but here are some of the highlights.

Vampire: The Masquerade – Swan Song (2021)

Project Warlock 2

The original Project Warlock is a gem of old-school FPS action. Fans of games like Doom, Blood, Hexen, and Wolfenstein will certainly enjoy the gory, old-school action on display. The Gaming Couch gave the original an 8/10.

Killing Floor 2

Killing Floor 2 keeps on giving. Check out the Interstellar Insanity trailer here:

It would be impossible to list every game showcased during the PC Gaming Show. While these are some of the highlights, make sure to check out all the announcements here.

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