Boy the time is just flying past in 2021 as I swear the last time I looked we were in E3 mode and now here we are at the end of August 2021 ready for another Gamescom 2021 which again is digital due to the ongoing Pandemic and COVID. Now the E3 Xbox Showcase was just incredible but we have been told by top Xbox peeps like Aaron Greenberg not to expect any big reveals or new information from tonight’s 90minute show but you never know, I do feel if any surprises are to come then they will be Xbox Game Pass Ultimate news and additions.
But here we are, below you will find all the news and trailers as it happened during the stream and my final thoughts afterwards:
Dying Light 2: Stay Human – New Gameplay Trailer
Villedor was one of the first few places where the infection started. Walls surrounding the city were supposed to lock the danger inside, now, they protect from what’s out there. Check out the brand new gameplay trailer for Dying Light 2: Stay Human
MS Flight Simulator: Spotlight with Jorg Neumann, Head of MS Flight Simulator, mentioning the Top Gun content but no details as the film itself has not released, but did talk about the monthly updates schedule that will still continue for the game on PC and Xbox Series X and S consoles and we also got some new trailers for content to come including Air Races which brings competitive MP to Flight Simulator:
COMING SOON! Microsoft Flight Simulator is partnering with the Reno Air Racing Association to bring the famous STIHL National Championship Air Races, the world’s fastest motorsport, to the sim! The Reno Air Races represent the first major expansion for Microsoft Flight Simulator.
Humble Games coming to Xbox Game Pass Trailer
Humble Games is excited to announce that these indie games are available to play day one on PC, console, and cloud with Xbox Game Pass: Archvale, Bushiden, Chinatown Detective Agency, Dodgeball Academia, Flynn: Son of Crimson, Midnight Fight Express, Next Space Rebels, Signalis, Unpacking, and Unsighted. Learn more at humblegames.com
In to the Pit – Gamescom Trailer (Day One Game Pass)
A fast-paced retro-FPS roguelite! As a member of a family of lore-hunting mystics you are summoned to a cursed village, drawn by rumors of a demonic portal. Dark magics have overwhelmed the village, It’s up to you to rescue the survivors, grow your powers, and journey forth INTO THE PIT.
Age of Empires IV – Sit Down chat with Adam Isgreen, Creative Director and a new gameplay trailer
Play Age of Empires IV day one with Xbox Game Pass for PC on October 28, 2021. The pages of history are filled with defining moments. What will yours be? One of the most beloved real-time strategy games returns to glory with Age of Empires IV on Xbox Game Pass for PC, Windows Store, and Steam, putting you at the center of epic historical battles that shaped the world. Featuring both familiar and innovative new ways to expand your empire in vast landscapes with stunning 4K visual fidelity, Age of Empires IV brings an evolved real-time strategy game to a new generation.
Xbox Cloud Gaming for Xbox Console – Coming Holiday 2021
Play right from the cloud on your console with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Join friends faster, easily discover new games without waiting for downloads, and experience next gen games on Xbox One.* Xbox Cloud Gaming coming to Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One holiday 2021. *Supported games only. Game features and availability will vary by console. Occasional wait times may occur.
Wasteland 3: The Cult of the Holy Detonation Trailer
Wasteland 3: Cult of the Holy Detonation Cult of the Holy Detonation expands the Wasteland 3 experience with entry into the Cheyenne Mountain complex, crammed with new characters, enemies, challenging combat encounters, and powerful new weapons and armor. Your squad of Rangers will be tested like never before in objective-based encounters that put a creative spin on the already deeply tactical turn-based combat. As they face overwhelming odds, the Rangers will need to shut down reactors, clear ventilation systems, and engage defensive countermeasures to stem an unending tide of dangerous mutants and machines within the dilapidated military bunker.
Sea of Thieves: Borderlands Crossover
Explosion noise here! Fans of death, explosions, quality workmanship and explosions can sail the seas with some Pandorian panache thanks to the Mayhem Ship Set, available to earn now in Sea of Thieves. Pirates and bandits alike can earn this sunny symbol of chaos by accruing enough Favour in the Making Mayhem Event before 10am BST Sept 7th 2021.
State of Decay 2: Homecoming Trailer
The original Trumbull Valley map is coming to State of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition. Available September 1st in the Homecoming update.
Stray Blade: Gamescom Trailer
Prove yourself in this action RPG and master intense combat while exploring the ancient ruins of a mysterious civilization. Legends tell of Acrea the Lost Valley, a wild and overgrown place but unmistakably powerful. You found this forgotten land yet died. Time passes, and miraculously you are brought back to life. The price you pay: You are bound to this land.
Crusader Kings III: Gamescom Trailer
Paradox Interactive’s hit grand strategy role playing game Crusader Kings III is coming to Xbox for the first time in franchise history. Paradox will bring the majesty and intrigue of medieval court politics to an entirely new audience on Xbox Series X|S. Coming Soon!
Psychonauts 2: Launch Trailer
Play Psychonauts 2 from August 25th With Xbox Game Pass! https://www.xbox.com/games/psychonauts-2 Combining quirky missions and mysterious conspiracies, Psychonauts 2 is a platform-adventure game with cinematic style and tons of customizable psychic powers. Psychonauts 2 serves up danger, excitement, and laughs in equal measure as players guide Raz on a journey through the minds of friends and foes on a quest to defeat a murderous psychic villain. Optimized for Xbox Series X|S
The Gunk: Gameplay Gamescom Trailer
Get a first look at The Gunk gameplay – A new Xbox exclusive from the makers of SteamWorld. Hits day one on Game Pass for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows PC December 2021.
Forza Horizon 5: Custom Xbox Wireless Controller
Grab the Xbox Wireless Controller – Forza Horizon 5 Limited Edition for the ultimate Horizon adventure, featuring racing inspired custom grips and a first-ever transparent yellow finish.
Forza Horizon 5: Cover Art Reveal
Introducing the cover cars of Forza Horizon 5, the Mercedes-AMG ONE and the 2021 Ford Bronco Badlands. Whether in the Mercedes-AMG One with its Formula 1 hybrid technology or the rugged, off-roading experience of the 2021 Ford Bronco Badlands, we wanted to bring diverse vehicles to the game to take advantage of what the beautiful land of Mexico has to offer.
Forza Horizon 5: 8 Minutes of New Gameplay
Presenting the first eight minutes of Forza Horizon 5, exploring our expansive version of Mexico. Featuring Forza Horizon 5’s cover cars, the Mercedes-AMG ONE and the 2021 Ford Bronco Badlands, and landscapes such as the active, snow-capped Gran Caldera volcano, a dust storm in the Mexican farmland, and dense jungle tree canopy. Forza Horizon 5 is available November 9 on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC on Windows and Steam, and Xbox Game Pass including console, PC and Cloud Gaming (Beta).
and that is a wrap…..
…. My Thoughts
Just as Aaron Greenberg said in his tweets and in the preshow intro, there was nothing massive or huge revealed in this show. Other than updating on the titles coming to Game Pass and Xbox for the rest of the year, the only real big focus was on Forza Horizon 5 with the ending dedicated to it before handing over to their very own showcase stream right as this show ended and boy does it look amazing, also really like the Custom Controller which can be pre-ordered now.
Xbox Cloud Gaming coming to Xbox One and Xbox Series Consoles for December this year will please many who have been unable to secure Xbox’s New Generation of consoles which will please many. This was a fairly low-key, slow paced showcase which was expected but the biggest surprise to me was still no release date for HALO Infinite, which considering the backlash from the news of no Co-Op campaign until 3 months after launch and no Forge until 6 months post launch, maybe they chose to just let HALO news rest before revealing anything else but it was disappointing none the less.
So yeah, rather lacklustre but a solid show that did exactly what Xbox said it would do just without any bells and whistles yet Xbox is still in a very healthy place right now for fans with Xbox Game Pass fuelling gaming on Xbox brand for months and maybe years to come!