With the Xbox-Bethesda Showcase over, let’s take a look at some games that weren’t present at the event but wish they were.
Summer Games Fest has come and passed, and while many felt the main show was underwhelming both. Playstation and Xbox-Bethesda had really good things to show. Xbox-Bethesda especially had an impressive showcase with a ton of games that are all due to launch within the next 12 months, including Redfall and Starfield. Still, there was a good number of series I personally was hoping to see at the presentation but were absent. So let’s go over a list of games that were missing from the showcase that could have added even more hype to the event.
1. Gears 6
I’ll be honest, when Gears 5 originally launched, it flew under my radar due to 4 not really doing it for me. It wouldn’t be a year or two later until I finally played it while looking over games on Game Pass. While I don’t know the general reception for the game, I personally really enjoyed the campaign of Gears 5. I ended up really liking where they took the story and the decisions you have to make at the end of the game had me excited to see how that will impact the story in the final of this new Gears trilogy. Part of me was expecting to see something on the next entry since it’s been 3 years since 5, which is the same amount of time it took between 4 to 5.
2. Wolfenstein III
We got to see a lot from Bethesda with Starfield from their dev team and Redfall from Arkane, but there wasn’t any word from Wolfenstein developers Machine Games. It’s been 3 years since the last game in the rebooted timeline and 5 since the mainline title. It’s been confirmed that 3 will take place after Youngblood but there’s been no confirmation on if the gameplay will be similar to it which took a bit of a shift from 2’s gameplay. We know Machine Games is working on the next installment, along with an Indiana Jones game, but considering it wasn’t mentioned at this presentation, it’s probably going to be a while before hearing anything on BJ’s next Nazi killing mission.
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With the revival of the classic mascot games like Crash Bandicoot and Spyro, and the hype around Banjo and Kazooie’s inclusion into Smash Brothers, the time to announce a new game for the fan-favorite duo was last year. But instead, Xbox has remained silent about Banjo to this day. However, all hope isn’t lost. Recently there was a rumor that a new game was in development. Of course, this is still a rumor so it should be taken with a grain of salt. Even if it is true, considering it wasn’t mentioned at the presentation which covered games coming out within the next year, it’s going to be a while before we hear anything.
4. State of Decay 3
The zombie genre has lost its luster over the years, and some of the most recent games haven’t done much to help rekindle my love for it. Back 4 Blood was fun but something I only enjoyed for a short time. Call of Duty Vanguards zombie mode was beyond disappointing. Dying Light 2 really didn’t do it for me, not to say it wasn’t a good game, but it didn’t click for me. Really the only zombie game we know is coming that could help get me back into classic zombies would be State of Decay 3. I loved the original State of Decay with its mix of community management and the idea that any character could permanently die at any point made every time I sat down to play an intense session. Undead Labs has been pretty quiet on the game since its initial announcement back in 2020, and based on some more recent reports claiming a troubled development, chances are we’re in for a long wait on this game too.
5. Killer Instinct
If you read some of my more recent articles then you know I’m a big fighting game fan. So of course whenever there is an Xbox presentation I pray we’ll get an announcement for the next installment of the high-action, combo-breaking series, Killer Instinct. The previous game launched on Xbox One and was a fantastic game. With a great roster, gameplay that is easy for casuals to pick up but still has a high skill ceiling, a netcode that many fighting games to launch after wouldn’t even come close to being as good, and a free-to-play structure that helped get many to try their first fighting game. Phil Spencer has mentioned KI in recent years after the #BringBackKI push by the popular fighting game content creator, Maximilian Dood, but beyond that, there’s been no real word on when or even if we’ll get another KI.
Although we didn’t hear anything on any of these titles at Summer Game Fest, I’ll still be holding out hope it won’t be too much longer before we get some announcements for each of these titles. Until then though, it looks like Xbox fans still have plenty to look forward to in the next 12 months. What are some games you wished were at the Xbox-Bethesda showcase, if any?