The recently aired Xbox Developer Direct (stylized as Developer_Direct) gave updates on some upcoming games as well as incoming expansions. Here’s everything announced at Xbox Developer Direct in January 2023.
Officially announced last year, Minecraft Legends is the newest entry in the Minecraft universe. Unlike the original game, Minecraft Legends is an action-strategy game where players spawn in a randomly generated world, similar to the original. There they must gather resources to build bases, recruit allies and defeat their enemies. However, unlike regular Minecraft, you don’t have to build the bases block by block. As in a typical real-time strategy game, players can quickly build walls, gates, defensive structures, and more as long as resources are available. Mojang’s presentation on the show focused more on the game’s PvP mode. In this mode, two teams of four fight each other with the aim of destroying the enemy base. PvP arenas are also randomized, so no two PvP matches are the same.
Perhaps the most important news is that Minecraft Legends finally has a release date. The game will be released on April 18, 2023, just a few months away. Interested players can already pre-order the game for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch and PC.
Turn 10 Studios presented Forza Motorsport with a great focus on the realism of the game. This includes damage and dirt on the cars, as well as the general graphics of the game. The materials for the cars as well as the shaders were all “built from the ground up”. This helps the studio make this game look even better than before. They are also taking steps to make the game sound better than before since even their sound systems have been built from the ground up. The game will also have dynamic weather, time and cloud systems ensuring that the racetracks will always have something different.
They also mentioned that the game will have over 500 cars, over 100 of which are new to the series. There are also tracks in five different locations including the Kyalami track in South Africa. Although there was no exact release date, at least we know that Forza Motorsport will be released this year.
Tango Gameworks, the developers behind The Evil Within 1 and 2 and Ghostwire: Tokyo, recently released Hi-Fi Rush. Hi-Fi Rush is a rhythm action game where everything from combat to cutscenes moves to the rhythm. Players take control of Chai, an aspiring rock star who has become a victim of experimentation. The experiment lets him feel the rhythm of the world. Chai uses this power to fight back against the evil company that experimented on him.
Hi-Fi Rush is available now on PC via Steam as well as on Xbox Series X|S. The game is also available in Game Pass.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Necrom
Zenimax Online Studios unveiled Necrom, the next DLC for MMORPG The Elder Scrolls Online. Necrom sees the player return to Morrowind, the location of the third Elder Scrolls game, and is part of the Shadow Over Morrowind update. Fans have been excited for a return to Morrowind, so this is good news for players of the game. Before Necrom arrives, The Elder Scrolls Online will first receive a small expansion, Scribes of Fate, which introduces new dungeons for players to explore. This is due out on March 13, 2023 for PC and March 28, 2023 for the console ports of the game.
Necrom, on the other hand, will bring over 30 hours of story content, two Morrowind locations, two companions, and the new Arcanist class. This DLC will be released on June 5, 2023 for the PC and June 20, 2023 for the console ports.
Arkane Austin revealed details about Redfall, his open-world first-person shooter. Players can play solo or in groups of four as they attempt to retake Redfall, Massachusettes, from vampires. The Redfall presentation focused on the game’s various enemy types, ranging from simple vampires to those with special powers. You mentioned that the more vampires you kill, the harder the game gets, so pay attention. The studio also took a look at the game’s weapon and customization system, which allows players to modify weapons to their liking. Not only that, they also showcased the skills players have access to in their fight against vampires.
After suffering a release date delay, we finally know when Redfall is coming out. Arkane gave us a release date of May 2nd, 2023 for Xbox Series X|S, PC and Game Pass.
That’s all for the games announced during Xbox Developer Direct in January 2023. For more gaming news from us, check out our gaming news articles.