Clocking in at over 90 minutes the XBox & Bethesda Games Showcase was jam packed with gaming goodness. The standout announcements were more information about Redfall, Forza Motorsport, Overwatch 2 (now Free to Play and launches in October), Ark 2, Minecraft Legends, Diablo IV (launching in 2023), Flight Simulator free Halo update & Starfield.

It was a really fun event to watch but there were almost too many games to process and by the end some games ran together in my mind too much. That said, I am excited about a few games and we got a few news bits that were new.

Diablo IV Necromancer Diablo IV showed it final character in the Necromancer. So far no characters in Diablo IV are original and that's disappointing. I'm not saying the characters we are getting won't be incredibly fun but it would have been nice to get some new class in Diablo. Say what you will about Diablo III but it introduced a few new characters at launch and it's expansion. We also got a 2023 launch year for Diablo IV which is exciting.

Minecraft Legends There isn't much more information available about Minecraft Legends except whats in the trailer. That said, the official website has this information about the game.

"Discover the mysteries of Minecraft Legends, a new action strategy game. Lead your allies in heroic battles to defend the Overworld from the destructive piglins."

Minecraft strategy game? I'm totally in.

Starfield Possibly the most anticipated game in the upcoming XBox release lineup, Starfield dropped a ton of gameplay and information. While not trying to be dismissive, Starfield seems like the best story aspects of Fallout and Skyrim and are adding an entirely new space flight and dogfighting system along with the ability to travel to and explore over 1,000 planets! This game looks huge and while I was watching it with friends they noted that this looks very similar to No Mans Sky. No Mans Sky with a Bethesda coat of paint sounds awesome to me and I hope that you can go beyond upgrading the ship you start with and maybe purchase or steal other ships. Also, it would be totally awesome to get your own starbase somewhere, or build a base on an asteroid or a small moon.

With that, I'm curious what more Bethesda has to show off about what Starfield will be. I would have thought Starfield would launch with some form of Multiplayer mode and I wonder if they are going to reveal that at some point?

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 06/13/2022 at 01:04am

I have Ark 2 info with a new second trailer (the first was released some time ago)! It's linked in my Ark post, which is right before this one.

I read about Minecraft Legends and I'm really not sure about it. While I like RTS games, it's difficult to imagine Minecraft as one without just being a Minecraft skin. I'll have to wait and see it. Minecraft Dungeons didn't appeal to me as much as I thought it would. (It's like a Minecraft Diablo game.)

It seems like we could possibly get some posts written detailing these. Starfield sounds interesting, I'm interested in learning more about it. I could easily write about Ark 2. I'm just not sure the interest is there (or rather here. I'm certainly interested.).

Will_Ball   Game Mod   Super Member wrote on 06/13/2022 at 06:14pm

It needed more hugging sims. WHERE WERE THE HUGGING SIMS?

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 06/15/2022 at 08:11am

"Fallout in space." "What if Fallout and No Man's Sky had a kid?" That's the way I see it, though I'd say more specifically Fallout 4.

Guns in space. Not all of those are laser guns. I THOUGHT shooting a gun (with bullets) wasn't possible in space, but a quick Google proves I was incorrect. Still it's not like laser guns are any more logical, yet we buy into the fantasy.

I wish he didn't give a 30-40 hour campaign estimate. I feel this way often when I see people mention hours of gameplay. I grew used to spending 100+ hours on a game, so when I see <100, I get disappointed. However, that doesn't include all the exploration and side quests. 100+ seems like an easy enough milestone to reach. When I do see I've spent 100 hours on a game, I feel like I got a good amount of entertainment out of it. (Now I'm seeing games with 3,500+ hours I've spent on Steam.)

ICYMI check out the 15 minute gameplay video with Todd Howard.

Here's an article I found with some recently revealed details:

Travis   Admin wrote on 06/15/2022 at 08:48pm

30-40 campaign is pretty generous considering there will probably be hundreds of side quests to pad that out to well over 100 hours I imagine

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 06/16/2022 at 12:01am

Yeah. While writing that, I talked myself into accepting it. No Man's Sky, I'd say is definitely different in that way. Heck, I've never made it to the center. I even began to feel like it's pretty much impossible. I got tired of jumping all the time.

Travis   Admin wrote on 06/16/2022 at 12:35am

I’ve gone to the center a couple times, but honestly it doesn’t feel worth it with everything else they added

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 06/16/2022 at 04:18am

If there are 1,000 planets in Starfield and those planets are procedurally created and at least marginally fun we should have content for ages.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 06/16/2022 at 04:19am

Hopefully the planet creation algorithm is as good as the one in Terraria. And if they add bee keeping, I’m fairly certain it will be my game of the year.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 06/16/2022 at 04:21am

LOL! Jon, you're the bee's knees! Did you (plural!) see what he said about how some is procedural and some is crafted? Also that we can't just land anywhere we want on the surface like No Man's Sky? I think it'll be ok and make sense.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 06/16/2022 at 04:25am

> Did you (plural!) see what he said about how some is procedural and some is crafted?

I just read that interview. I hope they get the generation algorithm right. I wonder if you personal galaxy will be different or if they will generate the same 1k planets for everyone?

Travis   Admin wrote on 06/16/2022 at 01:35pm

No Man’s Skyrim amirite?

Not that I’m complaining 😂

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