Report: Xbox Developer_Direct showcase to take place later this month

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After rumour, speculation and expectation, reports have solidified around Microsoft holding an Xbox Developer_Direct showcase later this month, giving fresh looks at and making release date announcements for key Xbox exclusive titles coming out in early 2023. This should include games like Forza Motorsport, Redfall and Minecraft Legends, though Starfield might have to wait for a later, dedicated event.

According to Windows Central‘s sources, the Xbox Developer_Direct stream is expected to take place on 25th January at 12PM PT (8PM UK time), though this may change.

This showcase will come after Microsoft faced criticism for not having any presence at The Game Awards, where they previously revealed the Xbox Series X design, showcased Hellblade 2, and had other significant game announcements. After a particularly fallow 2022 for first party games, with Bethesda’s Redfall and Starfield both delayed until 2023, the lack of news was disheartening for fans.

It’s recently been confirmed by Bethesda’s support pages that Starfield is still on track for a first half 2023 release, while there’s also been reports that Redfall will launch in May. Forza Motorsport and Minecraft Legends have also both been pegged for the first half of this year, and we can also expect that Ghostwire: Tokyo will arrive on Xbox Series X and Xbox Game Pass shortly after its 1 year PS5 exclusivity ends on 25th March.

Developer_Direct seems to be a new branding effort for Microsoft streams that could become more frequent as Microsoft looks to ape Nintendo’s ‘Direct’ and Sony’s ‘State of Play’ streams. It’s not clear if this inaugural stream will feature third party exclusives like STALKER 2 and Atomic Heart, both of which are sure to be big Game Pass releases, but this is expected to be a more “intimate” look at upcoming Xbox games, instead of a broader E3-like showcase.

So, watch this space for an announcement in the next few weeks.

Source: Windows Central

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