Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase Disappointments
1) Halo Infinite
Don’t get us wrong, Halo Infinite looks amazing. The brief clip from the campaign, including the new overworld, was absolutely stunning. And the multiplayer, which will be free-to-play for everyone, looks incredible. The intense level of action, with all the new abilities, is the fresh new take on Halo multiplayer real fans have been hoping for. So, why was this a disappointment? First, we still don’t have a solid release date – all they offered was “Holiday 2021”. We assume they’re playing a game of chicken with Sony – just waiting to see when Sony announces the release date for Horizon: Forbidden West. Also, we only got a brief snippet of single-player action, we just can’t help but want more! Hopefully, Microsoft will give us a full reveal in the next couple months.
2) Multiplatform Releases with No Xbox Advantage
Far Cry 6 and Battlefield 2042 look great. In fact, if you’d like an in-depth look at how great Battlefield 2042 is, we’ve got you covered. However, both games are releasing simultaneously on Xbox and PlayStation platforms and neither game will be available on Xbox Game Pass. So why did Microsoft waste precious showcase time showing off these titles? In truth, we would have preferred they dedicated that time to showing more Halo Infinite.
There were many games that we know are currently in development that were notably absent from today’s showcase. The new Fable, Rare’s Everwild, Perfect Dark, and Forza Motorsport, to name a few. And from Bethesda Games, there was no new Elder Scrolls 6 teasers or announcements for Doom and Wolfenstein sequels. Phil Spencer did take a moment to mention some of these titles in a brief montage, making it clear they’re all still actively in development – and it’s great to know the Xbox ecosystem has so many amazing games still on the horizon. Nonetheless, their absences stung a bit.
And that concludes our breakdown on the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase for E3 2021. Overall, we were thoroughly impressed with most of what Microsoft has coming, both this year and in the near future. While it would have been great to get updates on games such as Fable and Perfect Dark, hopefully, we’ll hear more about them before the end of 2021. Until then, we’ll have plenty of outstanding games to enjoy, including the incredible amount of games appearing on Xbox Game Pass. Just look at this upcoming Xbox Game Pass calendar.
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