Microsoft has released news through Xbox Wire that they will host their first “developer direct” on January 25th. The studios that will be updating us on their games are Arkane Austin, Mojang Studios, Turn 10 Studios, and ZeniMax Online Studios. If you are keen on catching all the latest news, be sure to tune in on the official Xbox and Bethesda channels (Twitch or Youtube) at 12pm PT/3pm ET.
In an attempt to set expectations, Xbox was kind enough to provide an outline on what games fans can expect to hear about. This level of transparency is something that publishers and studios are improving upon. It wasn’t long ago that vague teasers would send shockwaves through the industry, only for them to end up major letdowns. Let’s hope that Microsoft continues its announcements in this fashion, and lets the fans hear about their games from those that have the most passion for them – their creators.
–The Elder Scrolls Online: Studio Director Matt Firor will unveil 2023’s major Chapter update, including the latest regions of Tamriel to become playable in ESO, as well as a major new feature coming in the game’s biggest update this year. The Developer_Direct will be immediately followed by the full, standalone ESO Chapter Reveal Event, hosted by Zenimax Online Studios, which will provide all the in-depth details ESO players will be keen to know.
–Forza Motorsport: The team at Turn 10 Studios have been hard at work, bringing fans the next generation of Forza Motorsport, built from the ground up to take advantage of Xbox Series X|S. Forza Motorsport is back, and we can’t wait to share more gameplay and exciting new details.
–Minecraft Legends: Mojang Studios will showcase an insider’s look into the PvP multiplayer experience in Minecraft Legends – the upcoming action-strategy game from the makers of Minecraft. Developed in partnership with Blackbird Interactive and launching this spring, don’t miss exclusive gameplay footage at the Developer_Direct.
–Redfall: The minds behind Dishonored and Prey, Arkane Austin, will showcase several minutes of gameplay from their upcoming FPS. The Developer_Direct will reveal single and multiplayer gameplay, showing more of how you and your friends will take down bloodthirsty Vampires on the picturesque island of Redfall, Massachusetts. Fans can expect to learn more about combat, customization, bosses, the open world, and more.
But where is Starfield? You’re not the only one to think this, and Bethesda saw it coming. Almost immediately after tweeting the announcement on their official Twitter account, they posted again to clarify that Starfield news was coming soon.
It would seem that we will have to wait a bit longer for an update on the highly anticipated title. However, time is of the essence — Starfield is scheduled for release in the first half of 2023.