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Xbox & Bethesda Showcase LIVE: Starfield, Forza, Halo and all the latest Xbox news

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Is Microsoft ready to showcase Halo Infinite’s Battle Royale mode?

It has now been over six months since the launch of Halo is endless, hoping the title could show up at the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase this weekend. Halo Infinite developer 343 Industries continues work on the live service for its free-to-play multiplayer, with season 2 underway and support for collaboration campaigns to test this July.

343 Industries has also partnered with Certain Affinity on future Halo Infinite content, which we understand is a new Battle Royale-inspired multiplayer experience, with a Halo twist. First in a report from Senior Xbox Editor Jez Corden in January, the situation is under development under the code name Tatankatackle giants like Fortnite and Call of Duty: Warzone.

It is currently believed that Tatanka may be focused on season 4, recently delayed until early 2023, following changes to the Halo Infinite roadmap. While 343 Industries is unlikely to announce new games this week, one earlier preview suggests that it may have something to show at the extended broadcast on June 14. – Matt Brown

Morning! We have just started our second day with coverage around this weekend’s Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase. I log in earlier than the rest of the team from London, and keep up with the latest developments overnight, ahead of what could be a hectic day ahead of tomorrow’s big show.

We were recently told that the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase will be running for about 95 minutes, which indicates that the duo has a packed event underway. While the June 12 broadcast will host the heavy hits, do not forget that Microsoft has a second event with 90 extra minutes to follow on June 14.

We also see some alleged “leaks” for the Xbox event circulating online this morning, mostly completely false. But if you want to go blind this weekend, we recommend that you go offline ASAP. We will continue to bring the latest when it happens. – Matt Brown

Indiana Jones Game Teaser

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Indiana Jones may return for the Xbox Showcase

Although it is unclear which Microsoft-owned studios will have a place during Sunday’s showcase, MachineGames, best known for its work on Wolfenstein games, may be among those featured. MachineGames has now commented on the upcoming Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase, which fuels speculation about a performance during the show. “We’re so pissed off on Sundays [sic] showcase ”, the developer stated via LinkedIn. “Hope you are all ready for it!”

MachineGames joined Xbox as part of its Bethesda acquisition, and work is underway on a licensed Indiana Jones game with Lucasfilm. The show can provide an update on the project after the revelation in 2021, if it will coincide with the next Indiana Jones movie scheduled for June next year. It is also speculated that a third part of the modern Wolfenstein series may be underway, following the 2017 release of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. – Matt Brown

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The Xbox & Bethesda Showcase will run for 95 minutes, says Microsoft

Those who have speculated about the length of the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase need look no further. The The Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase will run for approximately 95 minutes, according to a new Twitter post from Xbox Marketing Manager Aaron Greenberg. It’s just over an hour and a half of non-stop announcements and trailers for upcoming Xbox games.

Even though we now have a driving time, we still have to guess which games will appear on Sunday. Do not forget that Microsoft is hosts an extended showcase on June 14about 90 minutes long, which is expected to provide a deeper dive into some of the games shown during the main event. – Zachary Boddy

Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels

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Forza Horizon 5 Hot Wheels DLC leaks before the unveiling

A few weeks ago, I discussed what Playground Games can plan for first Forza Horizon 5 DLC expansion. Now, just days before the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase, a premature update of the game’s Steam list has been leaked. Expansion Forza Horizon 5 with Hot Wheels theme.

Although Microsoft was quick to remove the marketing assets, you can not delete them from the Internet. It seems that Playground Games is collaborating with the Mattel brand again on a Hot Wheels crossover, which goes back to the days of Forza Horizon 3.

Nothing has been officially confirmed yet, but it seems likely that Forza Horizon 5 will appear during the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase to unveil the new DLC. We can also expect more information about what is included and when the expansion will be available. – Zachary Boddy

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The Xbox Cloud Gaming TV app will be launched on Samsung TV this month

Xbox Cloud Gaming continues to expand at a steady pace, with mobiles, computers and Xbox consoles now connected to Microsoft’s streaming platform. TVs are the latest to join its growing cloud empire, thanks to one new Xbox TV app on its way to Samsung’s TV range 2022 from 30 June. Microsoft has also confirmed plans to launch an Xbox device that can only be streamed later, internally called Xbox “Keystone,” is a more affordable entrance to the Xbox ecosystem.

Microsoft continues to press Xbox Cloud Gaming as the next big innovation, streaming of Xbox games over the internet with low latency, along with the Xbox Game Pass subscription service. These now fall under “Xbox Everywhere”, an umbrella term for its upcoming ecosystem, which breaks away from traditional console hardware.

Xbox Cloud Gaming is likely to play a crucial role during the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase, helping its future game catalog to reach as wide an audience as possible. Expect Xbox Cloud Gaming to appear frequently this weekend, along with the latest Xbox Series X | S consoles. – Matt Brown

Starfield

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Xbox will “hit or surpass” 5 new games in the next 12 months

Microsoft is heading into the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase this weekend after bet on at least five new games over the next 12 months. In a statement to the press ahead of Sunday’s broadcast, the company stated that it plans to “meet or exceed” the number of new games released during the past fiscal year. This means that Xbox and Bethesda will deliver five or more projects before June 2023.

The announcement suggests that we may see more tough release dates during Microsoft’s conference on June 12, including titles scheduled for later this year. Following delays to Starfield and RedfallRedmond has found a hole in its content calendar for the rest of 2022. Forza Motorsport can help fill the gap, and we expect to learn more about other titles coming in the near future. – Matt Brown

Greetings! It’s an incredibly exciting time of year for Xbox and PC gamers, with the highly hyped Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase just around the corner. I will update this space with all the latest announcements and revelations when we receive them, and I may also share my own thoughts.

I lead a lot of the coverage for Minecraft, Forza Horizon and Forza Motorsport here on Windows Central, but I’m also a fan of everything that has to do with “video games” and especially the Xbox. I’m excited to see what’s waiting in the coming weeks. – Zachary Boddy, Windows Central Gaming News Writer

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If you missed it, Summer Game Fest, the first gaming event not-E3-but-still-sorta-E3 season, recently released a handful of new game announcements ahead of the Xbox & Bethesda showcase. You can catch up all announcements about Summer Game Fest in our full summary of the event.

Highlights of the event for Xbox owners included the first game demos for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II and The Callisto Protocol, plus a new trailer for Marvel’s Midnight Suns. Xbox Game Pass also received several new day additions, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge on June 16, and Routine, an upcoming sci-fi horror game with points from DOOM’s Mick Gordon.

Microsoft’s limited viewing also indicates that it is holding back these heavy hits, which only raises expectations ahead of the June 12 showcase. – Matt Brown

Welcome everyone – and thank you for joining! It’s that time of year again, and we’re just two days away from the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase.

We expect big revelations from Xbox Game Studios and Bethesda Softworks this weekend, including much-anticipated updates on upcoming projects like Starfield, Forza Motorsport and Redfall, plus a handful of surprises. If you’re an Xbox fan, you do not want to miss this.

We have just started with our live broadcast for the weekend. This Friday we will discuss the latest news so far, with exclusive insight into what is coming from Microsoft in the coming days. You can expect regular updates before that happens crazy during the day. – Matt Brown, Windows Central Senior Games Editor


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