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All the important news from X018’s Inside Xbox

Yesterday saw the latest Inside Xbox stream and the return of the X0 fan events. The Xbox team shared lots of new information about upcoming games, updates, and additions to the Xbox family. Here are the most important updates from the event for anyone who missed it.

Studio Acquisitions
The biggest news of the event (which was held until the very end) was the heavily rumoured addition of new game studios to the Microsoft family. The first studio announced was inXile Entertainment. This US developer, formed in 2002, is best known for the Wasteland games as well as The Bard’s Tale titles. They shared a video talking about them Microsoft which you can check out below –

The bigger news was something that has been rumoured for a couple of months now. Obsidian Entertainment (the RPG specialists behind Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith LordsAlpha ProtocolFallout: New VegasSouth Park: The Stick of Truth, and the Pillars of Eternity games) has also joined the Xbox family. Here’s the video that they shared about the move –

 

New additions to Game Pass
While we were watching this edition of Inside Xbox, we came up with a new drinking game at Enthusiast Towers. Take a drink everytime that Game Pass is mentioned. We guarantee that you will be inebriated in no time at all. There were a ton of new games announced to be coming to the subscription service. The first announcement was for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (aka PUBG) and that was accompanied with a trailer –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6B9KA8flOVg

The next title announced to be coming to the service is the latest game from Jonathan Chey, best known for Bioshock and System Shock 2Void Bastards is a cell-shaded sci-fi shooter and will be joining Game Pass when it launches early next year. Here’s the announcement trailer that was shown for that game –

The other game to get a trailer to promote its addition to the service was Hellblade: Sunua’s Sacrifice. The latest action-adventure game, with a strong psychological component, from Ninja Theory has received rave reviews and will join Game Pass alongside the physical release of the game. You can check out the the Hellblade: Sunua’s Sacrifice Game Pass Trailer below –

The other titles announced to be joining Game Pass are –
Thief of Thieves – A stealth game based on the Robert Kirkland comic, developed by Rival Games
Agents of Mayhem – An open-world action-adventure game from Deep Silver, developers of the Saints Row franchise
MXGP3
– The latest motocross game in the officially licensed series from Milestone S.r.l.
Thomas was Alone – The indie darling puzzle platformer from Mike Bithell
Ori and the Blind Forest – The gorgeous Metroidvania-style platformer from Moon Studios
Ori and the Will of the Wisps – The upcoming sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest, also from Moon Studios
Aftercharge – A team-based multiplayer shooter from Chainsawesome Games
The Good Life – A “debt repayment daily life RPG” co-developed by SWERY and Yukio Futatsugi
Kingdom Two Crowns
– The third game in the Kingdom series from Noio and Coatsink
Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden – A tactical adventure game from The Bearded Ladies
Pathologic 2  – An open-world, narrative driven, survival horror game from Ice-pick lodge
Secret Neighbor – A multiplayer follow-up to Hello Neighbor from Hologryph and Dynamic Pixels
Supermarket Shriek – A “unique (shopping) kart racer” from Billy Goat Entertainment

Crackdown 3
With Crackdown 3 nearing release, Microsoft have begun the push to market the game. In fact, the game is closer to release than we thought as the release date for the game has been brought forward. It was going to launch on 22nd February but that date is already crowded with AnthemMetro Exodus, and Days Gone (though that one is a PlayStation exclusive). To avoid this, the game is now going to be on sale on 15th February. Here’s the release date announcement trailer featuring the brilliant Terry Crews –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulPrpqAOA7U&has_verified=1

That wasn’t the only Crackdown 3 video that was released, though. A video featuring the multiplayer mode, Wecking Zone, was also shown off. As the name suggests, this mode is all about desctruction and utilises the game’s much talked about cloud support. Using Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing service, the game can really amp up the destruction on display. Anyway, here’s the trailer showcasing this new game mode –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90bS4Ngjgcs&has_verified=1

 

Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy
Kingdom Hearts III
graced the Xbox stage once again. Shinji Hashimoto, Executive Producer on the game, was at hand to show off some new footage featuring Winnie The Pooh and Hundred Acre Woods. You can watch the footage below –

This wasn’t the only news from Shinji Hashimoto, though. He also brought news on another franchise to which he is attached. This series is Final Fantasy and the news was that some classic games in the franchise will be making an appearance on Xbox One next year. The titles we can expect to see are –
Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy IX
Final Fantasy X
Final Fantasy X-2
Final Fantasy XII

 

Sea of Thieves
Since its launch back in March, Sea of Thieves has seen a regular stream of updates. The new update that was being teased at X018 is The Arena. This new mode will allow people to shoot it out in a sort of . . . Arena. This will apparently be a different mode to seperate players from the standard adventure style gameplay. You can check out the video down below –

 

Devil May Cry V
Devil May Cry V game director, Hideaki Itsuno, appeared on the Xbox stage once again and showed off the new Void mode. This new addition to the franchise will allow you to try out your moves and different weapon combinations in a safe space. You can check out the video showcasing this new mode down below –

 

During the Inside Xbox broadcast there were also a selection of trailers for . . .

State of Decay 2‘s new Zedhunter update –

 

New Just Cause 4 trailer showcasing some of the crazy weather effects that you can expect in the game when it arrives in December –

 

Cute Minecraft video announcing the addition of cats and pandas to the game –

 

Trailer for Shadow of the Tomb Raider‘s new DLC, The Forge –

 

Video showcasing the Spartan Collector’s Edition of Metro Exodus

 

And finally, a video introducing ten new Gymkhana cars coming to Forza Horizon 4

Steve Clist
Joint Editor-in-Chief at our sister site XboxEnthusiast, Steve also has a serious love for Nintendo. His first console was an N64 and it was love at first sight. He may specialise in racing games but will give anything a shot. He's also a serious guitar player and musician. Basically, Steve rocks. Need we say more?

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