The Xbox and Bethesda Developer Direct for January 2023 aired earlier today, as Microsoft and its partners shared updates on games including Redfall, The Elder Scrolls Online, Forza Motorsport, Minecraft Legends, and more. Read on to learn about everything announced at today’s event.
Redfall Gets Extended Gameplay Showcase, Coming May 2
Redfall finally has a release date. The co-op vampire shooter from Arkane and Bethesda is coming on May 2. We also got a look at some extended gameplay, showing Arkane’s trademark level design that allows players to take on combat situations in multiple ways.
Minecraft Legends Gets April Release Date, PVP Details Revealed
Minecraft Legends is the upcoming action strategy game set in the Minecraft universe, and today we learned the game is coming out on April 18. Xbox also shared a look at the game’s PVP mode, which takes place in the same procedurally-generated worlds as the single player campaign. The gameplay showed off a lot of different strategies, including base building, mob recruiting, and using redstone to take the enemy team down.
Forza Motorsport Gameplay and Details Revealed
Turn 10 Studios showed off new gameplay for Forza Motorsport, which is still set for sometime in 2023. The developers said Forza Motorsport will feature 20 locations to race at, including returning favorites and five that are brand-new to this entry. We also saw lots of beautiful shots of the racing, which will run at 4K 60fps with ray tracing. Forza Motorsport will feature more than 500 cars, including over 100 cars that are new to the game.
Tango Gameworks’ Hi-Fi Rush Is a Rhythm Action Game, Out Today
In Hi-Fi Rush, everything moves to the beat. This vibrant, rhythm action game is coming to Game Pass later today. It comes from Tango Gameworks, the studio behind horror games like The Evil Within and Ghostwire: Tokyo. It’s a big departure for the studio, with bright, upbeat gameplay and a rocking soundtrack. Playing to the beat isn’t a requirement, but you get rewarded the better you are at staying in time.
You Can Try All Previous Elder Scrolls Online Chapters for Free
Xbox shared a look at Elder Scrolls Online’s newest class, the Arcanist, and talked about its next major content update. Titled Necrom, the chapter is taking players back to Morrowind. Plus, Xbox revealed that it is making all 20 previous chapters and DLC free to play for a limited time, so you can jump into the world of Elder Scrolls Online as long as you have access to the base game.
Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN covering video game and entertainment news. He has over six years of experience in the gaming industry with bylines at IGN, Nintendo Wire, Switch Player Magazine, and Lifewire. Find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.