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Post E3 2021, Xbox held a 2 hour long digital showcase entitled, Xbox Games Showcase Extended. With a focus on select games and conversations with developers, we got a more in-depth look and some of the upcoming games for Xbox Series X|S. Here is a summary of some of the exciting news from the event including Forza Horizon 5, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2, Age of Empires IV and Battlefield 2042.

Details on Forza Horizon 5

News on the open world racer Forza Horizon 5 came from Creative Director Mike Brown during the Xbox Games Showcase Extended. Brown shared how Forza Horizon 5 is a love letter to Mexico. Players will make their way across Mexico discovering living deserts, lush jungles, historic cities, hidden ruins, pristine beaches and a towering snow-capped volcano.

Brown went on to say that Forza Horizon 5 is being developed in collaboration with Mexican artists to produce mural artwork, music acts to produce original compositions and voice actors. Finally, Brown spoke of a mode in Forza Horizon 5 called EventLab. It is similar to previous modes like Super7 and Blueprint races. However, EventLab is bigger and includes custom races, challenges, stunts, new game modes and more.

You can expect to hear more info on Forza Horizon 5 in the next several months leading up to launch on November 9, 2021.

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Update on Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2

Next, we got an update on the highly anticipated sequel to Hellblade, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2. This action-adventure game is in development at Ninja Theory who is hard at work recreating 9th century Iceland. They are trying their hardest to bring a sense of authenticity to its land and costumes from that time.

A montage video was shown featuring members of the development team at work, either through motion capture, animation, or on-the-scene audio recording. Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 is still a ways off, there will be more info in the future about the game.

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Launch civilizations and campaigns revealed for Age of Empires IV

World’s Edge Creative Director and Director of Customer Voice gave a brief recap of the Age of Empires IV content shown during the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase at E3 2021. Moreover, they talked about two additional civilizations that you can lead in battle in this strategy game, the Abbasid Dynasty and the French; the Hundred Years War campaign, featuring Joan of Arc, also revealed as one of the hero characters in the game; and naval combat.

Most importantly, the remaining launch civilizations, the Holy Roman Empire and the Rus were revealed. And, the remaining launch campaigns, The Rise of Moscow and The Mongol Empire were revealed as well. Age of Empires IV launches October 28, 2021.

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A deeper look at Battlefield 2042

Details about EA’s upcoming  first-person shooter multiplayer game Battlefield 2042 were discussed during the Xbox Games Showcase Extended. Thanks to the power of the Xbox Series X|S, Battlefield 2042 will feature up to 128 players on a single map. Additionally, we learned that the Conquest game mode can feature many different battles across the game’s massive maps

Furthermore, we learned new details on Breakthrough, which will be a more guided experience that takes you on a journey through the entire map with an attacker and defender team. You can expect more news in the coming months leading up to the launch of Battlefield 2042 on October 22, 2021.

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  1. Great to see that we get to find a little more about Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2. The first game was really gripping – I could do more of the same for this next one!

  2. Forza Horizon 5 looks really good. It is pretty cool that we are basically at the point where we can explore real world places in a video game and the graphics are good enough that it practically looks real. Adding a bunch of authentic music and art from the region is also a really cool idea that adds immersion to the setting. I really appreciate that there are a bunch of different landscapes in Mexico that can be explored like the desert, jungles and snow-capped volcanoes so that there is visual and gameplay variety.

    It is pretty impressive to me that they can put these games out with such a high frequency and it does not appear to affect the quality negatively. Hopefully Forza Horizon 5 is good too; it looks like it will be.

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