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Today Xbox held their annual E3 conference and unveiled its biggest exclusive lineup of video games ever. The Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase unveiled 30 games of which 27 are included with Xbox Game Pass. Here are the highlights from today’s massive showcase!

Xbox exclusive Starfield gets a release date and trailer

Xbox blew the doors open during today’s Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase with the announcement that Starfield will be arriving exclusively on Xbox Series X|S and PC on November 11, 2022. Even better, you’ll be able to play it day one with Xbox Game Pass.

Developed by Bethesda Game Studios, Starfield is the first new universe in 25 years from the studio. Starfield harnesses the power of the Xbox Series X|S and is built on the all-new Creation Engine 2, to take you on a journey through space as you strive to answer humanity’s greatest mystery.

Pre-orders for Starfield are coming soon to Best Buy Canada


Psychonauts 2 launches August 25, 2021

A brand-new, never-before-seen trailer was shown today for Psychonauts 2. In Psychonauts 2 you play as a trained acrobat and powerful young psychic, who has realized his lifelong dream of joining the international psychic espionage organization known as the Psychonauts. However, these psychic super spies are in trouble. You must use your powers to bring the murderous psychic villain, Maligula, back from the dead!

During the Xbox & Bethesda presentation, it was announced that the game will launch on August 25. And, it will be available on Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, Xbox Cloud Gaming, PS4 and PS5 (with backwards compatibility).

Pre-orders for Psychonauts 2 are coming to Best Buy Canada soon


A first look at Halo Infinite free-to-play multiplayer gameplay

During the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase show, 343 Industries gave us a look at Halo Infinite multiplayer gameplay. The legendary Halo multiplayer combat that you know and love returns. Multiplayer combat will evolve over time with seasonal updates, new modes, new maps and community focused content.

There will be endless combat possibilities with a rich variety of on-map weapons and equipment. Halo Infinite is coming on day one to Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Cloud Gaming this fall. And for the first time, Halo multiplayer goes free-to-play with crossplay between Xbox consoles, Xbox Cloud Gaming and PC.

Pre-orders for Halo Infinite are coming soon to Best Buy Canada


Microsoft Flight Simulator launches on Xbox Series X|S July 27, 2021

Today we learned that the highly anticipated, and most authentic and realistic flight simulator by Microsoft to date, Microsoft Flight Simulator releases on Xbox Series X|S on July 27, 2021. And, you guessed it, will be included with Xbox Game Pass.

The team also announced that a free Top Gun: Maverick expansion is launching alongside the new Top Gun: Maverick movie on November 19, 2021. And, the team reassured that all the free World Updates, themed DLCs, and true-to-life aircraft will come to Xbox Series X|S as well.

Pre-orders for Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox Series X|S are coming soon to Best Buy Canada

Forza Horizon 5 and release date announced

The next entry on the Forza Horizon series along with a release date was announced today at the Xbox & Bethesda showcase. The game will take place in Mexico and feature the largest and most diverse open world ever in the series. Gamers won’t have to wait long either! Forza Horizon 5 releases on November 9, 2021 on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Cloud Gaming.

Forza Horizon 5 will feature a deep campaign that is filled with challenges, which reward you for engaging in activities. And, you’ll meet new characters and choose the outcomes of their Horizon Story missions. Additionally, Forza Horizon 5 features awe-inspiring weather events such as towering dust storms and intense tropical storms as Mexico’s unique, dynamic seasons change the world every week. No two seasons will ever be the same.

Pre-orders for Forza Horizon 5 are coming soon to Best Buy Canada


A new co-op open-world first-person shooter Redfall revealed

Closing out today’s showcase was a surprise announcement from the team behind Prey and Dishonored. Redfall is an open-world first-person shooter that is exclusive to Xbox Series X|S. You’ll be able to play Redfall either solo or co-op with up to four players as you fight against a legion of vampires.

In Redfall, you’ll be able to choose your path across the island as you discover the cause behind the vampire’s appearances. The game will feature a number of characters to choose from, each with unique skills. Redfall is coming exclusively to Xbox X|S and PC in Summer 2022 and will be available with Game Pass on day one.

Pre-orders for Redfall are coming soon to Best Buy Canada

The Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase was filled with many surprises 

Today’s Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase was amazing! Xbox came out in full force and put to rest any complaint about a lack of exclusive games. Out of the 30 games shown today, 27 are included with Xbox Game Pass, which reinforces the extreme value that the subscription offers.

Another interesting note from today’s showcase is the support from Xbox behind Xbox Cloud Gaming. Many of the announced titles will also be available on Xbox Cloud Gaming. Let me know what your favourite announcement from today’s event was in the comments below.

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  1. Gamepass is definitely the best value in gaming compared to all of the competition. The fact that every first party game comes to Gamepass day one is insane considering you can play through $80-90 games for a month for $12, meanwhile PS Now really only has games that are years old. It seems like Gamepass has become a sort of replacement for renting games since places like Blockbuster are long past gone and since availability of titles is unlimited, this is a really good substitute.

    Having the online aspect of Halo Infinite be free to play seems like a pretty good decision too since the player counts are much more likely to remain high and, I assume, it will have online microtransations to make up for the money they are missing out on. I have to think they saw the success of Fortnite and thought that they would try and follow that model with a massive IP like Halo. Hopefully it works out.

  2. I’ve got dibs on the character with the robot companion in Redfall!

    Also Back 4 Blood is day one GamePass! I am ready.

  3. Although I’m excited for a new Forza Horizon, I think I’ll just keep riding out my Horizon 4 until I eventually upgrade my Xbox. And then it looks like I’ll be picking up Starfield while I’m at it!

  4. Interesting to see how hard GamePass is getting pushed these days.

    The games announced seem pretty interesting, but it’s the co-op games again that catch my eye the most.
    Still too early to say, but Redfall looks like something up my alley – especially with the vampire lore.

  5. There were so many great games showed off in this presentation! I’m definitely going to have to buy an Xbox Series X before Halo Infinite arrives this fall!

    My favourite trailer in the presentation was for Party Animals. This looks like a game filled with extreme craziness.

    Thanks Jon! I’m excited for what else E3 is going to deliver this year!

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