Each month, Microsoft publishes an “Xbox 20/20”, which takes a look at the future of the platform and begins planting seeds of hype. Today’s unveiling was pretty surprising, as there were a couple of notable announcements, as well as new trailers dropping for some much-anticipated upcoming titles. While all of these announcements revolve around the Xbox platform, many of the games are going to be made available on the PC, as well. Those include Dirt 5, Second Extinction, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Bright Memory Infinite, and Scorn.
For those who like their racing games to be more arcade than sim, and don’t mind going off-road, the next Dirt game looks downright fantastic – even if it does seem to carry some serious Forza Horizon vibes. The trailer does well to highlight the available environments and vehicles, and we must say the ice racing looks particularly slick (no pun, of course.)
Second Extinction is the second game announced today, and it looks simply stunning in some of its teaser below. It’s a fast-paced 3-person co-op game that has friends hunt down “all” of the dinosaurs roaming the landscape, with a large assortment of weapons to get the job done effectively. The fact that this game is co-op is pretty keen, and gives us hope that game developers on the whole are starting to treat co-op as more than an afterthought.
The latest Assassin’s Creed, the Viking-focused Valhalla, has already been announced, but a new video dropped today showing some “gameplay”. It’s not actually gameplay, though, but rather pans of the beautiful environments you’d expect to see out of an AC title.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon hasn’t only already been announced, it’s actually been released – at least in Japan, and only for PlayStation 4. Once it hits stateside later this year, this RPG will hit the Xbox and PC platforms at the same time, and naturally include upgraded resolutions and details. It’s the first Yakuza title to break from a Tokyo focus, so this could feel like a fresh take on the series.
Bright Memory: Infinite is an episodic hack-and-slash that takes place in a bustling metropolis in 2036. Bright Memory released early last year on the PC, having been developed only by a single person. Infinite is an expansion of the original title, and like the other games above, it looks seriously good.
Scorn is the last game that caught our eye with today’s deluge of unveiling, and by design, it’s downright creepy. As if the abstract and strange environments weren’t enough to make you feel uneasy, the game’s audio track should seal the deal.
The great thing about all of these trailers is that every single one of the games look amazing. The sad thing, of course, is that we’ll be waiting a while for some of them to arrive – but by all appearances, the wait should be worth it.
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