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Live Blog: Xbox And Bethesda Showcase Hones In On ESO, Redfall And More

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Xbox and Bethesda are hosting a Developer_Direct showcase today, highlighting upcoming games for Microsoft's platform in 2023. Among those we know to be included are Redfall, The Elder Scrolls Online, and more. Starfield will not be included in this reveal event, instead have its own at a later date.

Immediately after this event. ZeniMax Online Studios will host their own showcase, showing off more of what players can expect in 2023. Follow along here with us as we live blog all the announcements to come from the showcases. 

Joseph Bradford @ Jan 25, 2023 4:19 PM

ESO announced late last year that they are changing up their release cadence, with Rich talking about it a bit more in detail during today's event. The roadmap will see the first half of the year stay about the same. But the second half will see QOL improvements and bug fixes, as well as a massive new update with update 40, which was teased to be an "endless dungeon with a buddy."

Joseph Bradford @ Jan 25, 2023 4:15 PM

Two new companions are coming to ESO with Necrom: An Argonian Warden named Sharp-As-Night a Warden. Azander, a Redguard male who is an Arcanist is described as a mix between "Willy Wonka and Dumbledore."

The first DLC, Scribes of Fate, is coming in March, which sees the first bit of story around its dungeons.

Joseph Bradford @ Jan 25, 2023 4:12 PM

The Arcanist itself is a new class, the first one since ESO's Elsewyr's Necromancer in 2019. Players can use the cosmic powers of Apocrypha to sling magical spells, teleport around the battlefield and much more. 

Joseph Bradford @ Jan 25, 2023 4:06 PM

Elder Scrolls Online meets cosmic horror as the new Necrom chapter brings players back to Morrowind and Apocrypha. Check out the new trailer:

Joseph Bradford @ Jan 25, 2023 3:43 PM

Redfall will also see players take back the city of Redfall neighborhood by neighborhood. This involves finding safe houses and liberating the neighborhood from the grips of the Vampire threat. Underbosses are the last step to liberate the neighborhood, each with their own unique abilities. These also set up climactic battles with the Vampire Gods.

Each character also features a unique skill tree allowing players to customize them to their playstyle, as well as customize a large swathe of equipment, from military grade hardware to unique, new technology aimed squarely at the vampire threat.

Redfall launches on PC and Xbox consoles May 2nd.

Joseph Bradford @ Jan 25, 2023 3:40 PM

Redfall will include both a story mission, but also side events you can take part in. Keeping with true Arkane fashion these missions can be approached from a multitude of ways, helping to create an experience that feels unique to each encounter and reward creative thinking while trying to avoid the vampires. 

Each character has their own unique abilities, such as Jacob's raven which can count, while Dev can use a teleporter to get you where you need to be quick. Redfall will also have vampire nests, which change each time you enter one. 

Joseph Bradford @ Jan 25, 2023 3:33 PM

For a limited time, ZeniMax is going to be letting players hop into pretty much every adventure the MMO has released for free, so long as they own the base game. High Isle isn't included in this, but that is still a stacked roster of content to work through. 

Joseph Bradford @ Jan 25, 2023 3:29 PM

ESO Necrom is coming in June, alongside a new class: The Arcanist.

Joseph Bradford @ Jan 25, 2023 3:27 PM

So Hi-Fi Rush releases today on PC, Xbox and Game Pass.

Joseph Bradford @ Jan 25, 2023 3:24 PM

Hi-Fi Rush is the latest title coming from Tango Gameworks, the studio who brought The Evil Within and Ghostwire Tokyo.

The new title brings a cell shaded look to its rhythm action game. Each attack helps to create a unique soundtrack, thanks to a main character who can sense the rhythm of the world. Everythig in the world of Hi-Fi Rush operates on the beat of the soundtrack, from the way the world works, to combat itself. The music doesn't constrain you, though, as you can still jump dodge and you need. A floating cat companion acts as a metronome, helping to stay on beat.

Hi-Fi Rush

Joseph Bradford @ Jan 25, 2023 3:18 PM

Forza Motorsport is getting some incredibly good looking upgrades, from dynamic time of day and weather, Ray Traced Global Illumination, rendering everything at 4K60 with RT on track during gameplay. The team has made improvements to its already impressive car models, integrating these enhancements down to how the paint model on each car behaves with light. 

The new online racing mode will be coming with the game, as well as a new build-focused career mode, which will launch later this year.

Joseph Bradford @ Jan 25, 2023 3:11 PM

And we have a release date for Minecraft Legends, which will release on April 18th.

Joseph Bradford @ Jan 25, 2023 3:10 PM

Minecraft Legends is partnering with Blackbird Interactive to develop the title. Minecraft Legends will feature PvP with procedurally generated maps, PvPvE, and more. Players will need to work together to explore, collect resources, build and attack the enemy team.

Players will need to defend their own base by adding walls, base, towers and more to upgrade. Setting traps and setting up a strategy with your teammates to adjust to what your enemies are going to do.Minecraft Legends

Joseph Bradford @ Jan 25, 2023 3:06 PM

Looks like Microsoft and Bethesda snuck in one more title in this event, announcing a redacted game from Tango Gameworks.


Joseph Bradford

Joseph has been writing or podcasting about games in some form since about 2012. Having written for multiple major outlets such as IGN, Playboy, and more, Joseph started writing for MMORPG in 2015. When he's not writing or talking about games, you can typically find him hanging out with his 10-year old or playing Magic: The Gathering with his family. Also, don't get him started on why Balrogs *don't* have wings. You can find him on Twitter @LotrLore