Xbox Games Showcase: Everything announced including Halo Infinite, Forza, more for Xbox Series X

Microsoft showed off new games planned for its Xbox Series X console, including fan favorites Halo, Forza Motorsport and State of Decay.

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Microsoft's  held an event Thursday to show off new titles for its upcoming Xbox Series X console. It's the latest large event Microsoft's held around its Xbox Series X this year, following earlier showcases to reveal the console's design and show off new games made by its partners.

This time, the event focused primarily on games Microsoft's making for its new Xbox, including Halo Infinite, the newest entrant in its popular space war epic series.

Microsoft operates 15 game studios, and all of them are working on titles for Xbox Series X. In addition to Halo Infinite, Microsoft announced a new action game, Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 from its Ninja Theory studio and a fantasy game, Everwild, from Rare. Additionally, Microsoft's new studio, The Initiative, has teased a new game from the writer of the hit cowboy saga Red Dead Redemption. Some of the rumored games for Xbox Series X include a new installment in Microsoft's fantasy series Fable, and a new Forza car racing title.

Halo Infinite

Microsoft showed off gameplay for its new Halo Infinite, which it says will include worlds larger than the past two Halo games together.

Watch this: Microsoft debuts Halo Infinite gameplay


The popular fairytale adventure series is getting another installment, though Microsoft didn't say when it'll launch.

State of Decay 3

Microsoft announced the next chapter in its popular zombie survival game, but didn't reveal a launch date.

Forza Motorsport

Microsoft's latest installment in its popular car racing franchise was announced as being developed for Xbox Series X and PC, though the company didn't say when it will launch.

Watch this: Forza Motorsport trailer revealed


Microsoft didn't discuss much about this magical game, but it's being made for Xbox Series X and PC. No launch date announced, though.

Tell Me Why

A new game from the studio that created the well-received 2015 drama game Life is Strange. The game will be released in three chapters, the first of which will be available Aug. 27.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Microsoft said this adventure game, first released in March of 2020, is being remade with more detailed visuals to take advantage of the Xbox Series X.

The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon

This expansion to the popular sci-fi action adventure shooting game will be released September 9, 2020.


This survival game will be released July 28, 2020.

Destiny 2: Beyond Light

The latest update for Bungie's popular online shooting game will be made available to Xbox Games Pass users for free when it launches Nov. 10.

Psychonauts 2

The sequel to the popular adventure game will feature comedian Jack Black as a character, and also singer for the game's theme.

Stalker 2

The sequel to the popular survival game from more than a decade ago, and set in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, is getting a sequel. Microsoft didn't say when it'll be released though.

Watch this: Microsoft reveals Stalker 2 trailer for Xbox Series X


Obsidian certainly had the most to show at the event, including its next big first-person role-playing game. With magic. We saw a premiere trailer for it, and were told that it's being developed from scratch to take advantage of the Xbox Series X's new capabilities. 

The Gunk

The creators of SteamWorld brought us this new game, a launch exclusive with a visual style about as different from its SteamWorld 2D aesthetic as you can get. It's in 3D, for one thing, and it looks like you collect Gunk in a constantly shifting landscape populated with enemies.


We've seen it before, but we got a better sense of the dual-reality gameplay in which a Medium navigates reality and a nightmare to solve a murder. 

Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis

A launch exclusive from Sega coming in 2021, the Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis expansion adds a new world and more combat. 


Microsoft premiered the CrossfireX campaign, developed in conjunction with Remedy Entertainment, known most recently for its trippy paranormal game, Control. Coming later this year, the game looks like it has much of the story-driven characteristics of its other games, with a lot more first-person shooting.

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