series x gameplay reveal

Xbox fans have been clamouring for a proper look at some Series X gameplay since the system’s announcement and last Thursday their prayers were (mostly) answered. In a 30 minute livestream, Microsoft gave fans a glimpse of what Series X gameplay would look like through a bevy of trailers for previously known and newly announced titles.

In case you missed the Series X gameplay reveal, this article will provide a quick TLDR of every game shown alongside some details on each one.

A few titles on the list below are part of Microsoft’s Smart Delivery initiative. This allows players to buy the game for their Xbox One and immediately have access to the improved Series X version if and when they upgrade their console. I’ll make a note for each title that has currently confirmed this as a feature.

Bright Memory: Infinite

Bright Memory: Infinite is the follow up to Bright Memory; a proof of concept and a prequel to this fully-fledged release. This shooter combines visceral first-person melee combat with fast-paced FPS gameplay and RPG progression. The game looks visually stunning and the combination of science-fiction and Chinese culture should make for an interesting world to play in.

What makes this title even more impressive is the fact it is currently being developed by one man; Zeng “FYQD” Xiancheng. If you’re a shooter fan this is definitely one to keep an eye on. There is currently no confirmed release date for Bright Memory: Infinite.

Dirt 5

Long time fans of Codemasters rally franchise will be pleased to know the fifth installment will be coming in October 2020 and will be fully optimised for the Series X.

Dirt 5 looks to be harnessing all the power of the Series X, featuring two performance modes. By default, the game will run at 4K 60FPS but it will also offer players a 120FPS option in favour of a lower resolution. During the stream, Codemasters announced the career mode will star the voices of two of the most well-known actors in the industry: Troy Baker and Nolan North.

This game will feature Smart Delivery.

Scorn

First announced way back in 2014 and initially funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign, Scorn is a first-person horror game with an art style inspired by the works of H. R. Giger and Zdzisław Beksiński. Whilst the trailer itself did not show any actual gameplay (only in-engine footage), it did give us a good glimpse into the game’s art direction. The fleshy architecture and character design seem to be enough to give any trypophobe nightmares.

Early gameplay footage can be found online for Scorn, however, it is from over two years ago so it is likely some aspects and mechanics will be changed for the full release. No release date has been announced for Scorn just yet, but it will release on PC alongside the Series X.

Chorus

Chorus is a newly-announced space combat game developed by Deep Silver. The game will focus on Nora and her sentient starfighter, Forsaken. Players will be able to upgrade Forsaken with powerful weapons and combat upgrades throughout their journey.

I’ve never been a big fan of space-combat games, however Chorus seems to be doubling down on its story and the idea of exploring a personal relationship between a pilot and their ship leaves me excited and intrigued to see more.

Chorus is set to release some time in 2021.

Madden 21

It shouldn’t come as a shock to most people that Madden 21 will be coming to the Series X later this year. Whilst not a lot of details are known at this time, it is likely the game will include most of the features fans have come to expect such as a career mode and multiplayer.

It is likely that Madden 21 will release in August given previous titles. A Series X version will be available later into the year.

Whilst Madden 21 doesn’t feature Smart Delivery, EA has assured players who purchase the game for their Xbox One won’t need to fork out again for the Series X version, albeit with a few caveats. To be able to claim a copy for the Series X, players must have purchased the game before 31/12/2020 and claimed their upgrade before 31/03/2021.

Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines 2

A new trailer for the follow up to the 2004 cult classic Vampire the Masquerade – Bloodlines (what a mouthful) was revealed during the livestream. The trailer showed off some of the vampiric abilities players will have access to as well some new locations in the games dystopian take on Seattle.

The game does not have a final release date yet, however if the trailer has gotten you thirsty for blood, the original can be played right now on PC.

Call of the Sea

Call of the Sea is the debut title from Madrid-based developers Out of the Blue. This first-person puzzle adventure game follows the story of Norah as she explores a remote tropical island in the 1930s. Whilst the game sports similar art-style to a previous Xbox title, Sea of Thieves, this will be a more story focussed, single-player experience centered around Norah’s journey of the island and her own self-discovery.

Call of the Sea currently has no confirmed release date.

This game will feature Smart Delivery.

The Ascent

If like myself you’re a fan of ARPGs you’ll be excited to hear of the announcement of The Ascent. The gritty cyberpunk setting lends itself nicely to the genre and the game seems to have a strong cast of playable characters.

The Ascent will feature all the mechanics fans of the genre know and love; playable in solo or co-op, plenty of loot drops and customisable characters and builds to mess around with. The lighting and visual effects from the weapons and abilities particularly impressed me. I’m excited to see more the closer we get to launch.

The Ascent is planned to launch sometime in 2020.

The Medium

This psychological horror game puts you in control of a medium; a person with access to two plains of reality: the real one and the spirit one. The trailer shows the world suddenly changing around the player. There are no details as to whether the two worlds can be jumped between on a whim or if the shifts are part of scripted events.

Horror fans can expect a suspenseful and atmospheric soundtrack as the music is in parts being composed by Akira Yamaoka of Silent Hill fame. The soundtrack is sure to add another layer of fear to an already scary looking game.

The Medium has a planned release of holiday 2020.

Scarlet Nexus

This upcoming action/adventure game has a heavy reliance on third-person melee combat and powerful abilities. Featuring destructible environments, players are encouraged to make use of not only their weapons and abilities but also the levels around them.

Scarlet Nexus will have a strong focus on narrative and will see players explore and protect New Himuka; a Japanese city in a Brain Punk future, one that is caught between psychic and technological abilities.

There is currently no announcement of a planned release date.

This game will feature Smart Delivery.

Second Extinction

If you’ve ever wanted to face off against large hoards of dinosaurs (who hasn’t?) then Second Extinction might just be the game for you. Up to 3 players can work together to defend against mutated versions of familiar Jurassic foes.

Second Extinction will have multiple classes to choose from that will directly influence different playstyles. The developers have said the actions of the community will have an impact on the game world and will help shape the course of the war against the dinosaurs. Putting a ‘living-world’ spin on an extremely competitive genre could help Second Extinction stand out from similar games. It will be interesting to see how it develops and how they explore this idea.

Whilst there is no solid release date, anyone interested can sign up for a closed beta which is planned to take place later in the summer.

This game will feature Smart Delivery.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon

The next instalment in the hugely popular Yakuza series will be hitting the Series X on day one. Yakuza: Like a Dragon will put players in control of a low ranking grunt on the brink of death. We should expect a lot of skull smashing and a whacky sense of humour form this game when it launches holiday this year.

This game will feature Smart Delivery.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Perhaps the most controversial part of the stream was the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla “gameplay reveal”. Whilst we didn’t get direct gameplay, the in-game trailer did give us a better look into the setting, the main protagonist Eivor and what we can expect the game to look like on the Series X.

Previous interviews have revealed the game will have a smaller map than  Origins and  Odyssey which I personally see as a good thing – I’d much rather have a richer and more detailed world than a larger and more sparse one to explore. As well as this, players will be able to expand and upgrade their own settlements throughout the course of the game.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be available holiday 2020.

For more details feel free to check out our in-depth article on everything we know so far.

This game will feature Smart Delivery.

More Series X Gameplay to Come

Thursday’s stream marked just the start of a series of livestreams Microsoft has planned.  Like most fans, the reveal stream left me a bit underwhelmed. The lack of gameplay that we were expecting was a bit of a shock. However, I was impressed with the wide range of genres on show as well as the amount of new titles and ones that were receiving Smart Delivery support.

Are you excited for any of the games that were announced? What Series X gameplay do you want to see from the next stream? We would love to hear your thoughts below!