Five games we want to see during the Xbox Series X gameplay reveal

By Heidi Nicholas,
This week’s Inside Xbox event promises a first look at Xbox Series X gameplay. The fact that so many games have been delayed recently means that the end of this year and the beginning of the next are starting to pile up with major releases - some with confirmed release dates, and some that we suspect could launch around the same time as the Xbox Series X. That’s exciting in itself, but, aside from Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, we’re no closer to knowing which games will be shown off. While the Xbox team has confirmed there won’t be any first-party games shown during the event, meaning no Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II or Everwild, there’s still a number of titles which could make the cut. We’ve got a list of Xbox Series X games — along with more details on each — so we thought we’d take a look through that list and pick out some of the possible titles we’d most like to see.

Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077

This would be an ideal game to show at the event. Cyberpunk 2077 was originally planned to launch last month, on April 16th, before being delayed to September 17th. CD Projekt Red have been doing their best to maintain hype by gradually releasing more information about the game’s gangs, and most recently, with a call to fans to “break the code” on a site related to the Arasaka Corp, one of the game’s major factions. This resulted in the reveal of the Xbox One X Cyberpunk 2077 bundle, which will also be the last limited edition Xbox One X console ever. Yet there’s still several months to go before the game is released, and the most recent trailer we got for the game was at E3 last year. Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most anticipated releases of this year, even without any additional boosting, but a gameplay trailer certainly wouldn’t go amiss with fans. CDPR has already confirmed that Cyberpunk 2077 will come to Xbox Series X via Smart Delivery as a free upgrade for players who already own it on Xbox One, and the Inside Xbox event would be a great platform to discuss this feature in more detail.

Gods & Monsters

Gods & Monsters

Ubisoft’s Gods & Monsters looks hugely promising. Like Cyberpunk 2077, we were originally expecting to see it launch earlier this year, but it was delayed, along with Watch Dogs Legion and Rainbow Six Quarantine. Ubisoft hasn’t yet given a new concrete release date, but hinted at Q2 to Q3 in the financial year 2020/21. When Ubisoft announced the delay, Yves Guillemot noted the games would be optimised for Xbox Series X; the Inside Xbox event would be the prime place to show off this optimisation.

Gods & Monsters is thought to be Ubisoft’s answer to Breath of the Wild. Like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, it’s set within the mythology of Ancient Greece, but with a more story-book, “painterly” art style, as the game’s site describes it. The game’s set on the Isle of the Blessed, where the Greek gods are under attack from Typhon, a giant serpent and one of their deadliest enemies. Typhon has an army made up of some of Greek Mythology’s most fearsome monsters, and the player has to face off against these, using powers gifted from the gods. It’s a new concept from Ubisoft, with a distinctive art style and an entirely customisable protagonist. The game looks amazing, and parts of the gorgeous open world have already been shown off in screenshots and the short teaser trailer — but there’s been no news on it since last year, and the Inside Xbox event would be the perfect time to show off some more of Gods & Monsters.

Biomutant

Announcement screens

This one might be a long shot. Biomutant was announced two years ago, and then pushed to a 2019 release window, before falling mysteriously silent. No news has been shared about the game since 2018, aside from a Collector’s Edition trailer, until about three months ago, when developer Experiment 101 took to Twitter to assure fans the game was still happening. They confirmed that not only was it on the way, it was in the final stages of development. “We are doing everything we can to make this the best game all of us have ever worked on and that it will be as entertaining and great as we can possibly make it,”, it said, adding that it will “reveal the release date as soon as everyone at our studio feels confident about hitting that date and that the game is ready for it”. This confirmation that the game was in the final stages of development came about in February, so it’s possible we might see more of Biomutant at the Inside Xbox event.

Biomutant is an interesting mix of genres, billed by the developers as a “post-apocalyptic kung-fu fable”, with open world action RPG elements. The player character is entirely customisable, and all we know about the story is that it revolves around the Tree of Life, which is dying, and that the tribes living in the land around it are divided. Everything about this game is shrouded in mystery, and although it would be great to see a new gameplay trailer, even new screenshots would be very welcome. The confirmation it's in the final stages as recently as February is very promising, at the very least.

Elden Ring

Elden Ring E3 2019

This is an interesting one. Those fans waiting for The Winds of Winter book might be irritated by author George R. R. Martin’s seemingly continuous desire to do anything other than write it, but the fact that upcoming action RPG Elden Ring comes from a collaboration between Dark Souls developer FromSoftware and Martin makes the game more than worth keeping an eye on. Aside from the title, however, there’s not a whole lot known about it. It’s a third-person game, rumoured to be open-world, and with a fantasy setting. The game’s creator, Hidetaka Miyazaki, recently said that the gameplay “is not so far from Dark Souls”. “That doesn’t mean that the gameplay is identical,” Miyazaki continued, “but you could say that Elden Ring belongs to the same genre.” The gameplay is apparently designed with the more open-world experience in mind, as opposed to the “narrow and complex dungeons” of the Dark Souls games. The last we heard of this game was that it would be at the 2020 Taipei Game Show — which has since been postponed — so it’s more than possible we could get a new look at this game at the Inside Xbox event.

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum was a bit of an unexpected announcement last year. Lord of the Rings fans will always be happy for more LOTR content, but a Gollum game seemed a bit of a curveball from Daedalic Entertainment. It wasn’t all that clear what you’d actually be doing in a Gollum game, aside from using various stealth mechanics, and nor was it clear where the story could go; Gollum’s life is eventful, but it also includes a near-500 year stint in a cave. The game will serve as something of a prequel to the books, but Daedalic appears determined to make the game its own thing, separate from the movies. It's already confirmed Gollum won’t look like Andy Serkis, who played the character in the films, saying, “We started with the person he was and then evolved him. You can see that this was once something like a human being before the Ring corrupted him.”

We know it’s a stealth action-adventure game set in Middle-Earth, featuring a “narrative-driven experience”. Gollum’s split personality will be one gameplay mechanic, as will narrative choices between these personalities. “You will have maybe two, three or four conflicts per chapter that lead to a final decision point. And at this final decision point, it will be harder to pick Smeagol, for example, if you’ve always fought for the Gollum side before.” Aside from that, we don’t know much of this mysterious game about one of LOTR’s most conflicted characters, and although The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is slated for a 2021 release, it would be interesting to see some gameplay at this Inside Xbox event.

Xbox Series X Inside Xbox

In the meantime, we already know of one game we’ll definitely be seeing at this week’s Inside Xbox event. Fans had long been hoping for a Viking/Norse themed setting for the next Assassin’s Creed game, and Ubisoft subsequently caused a stir with the reveal of Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla. After months of fan rumours and silence from Ubisoft, there’s now a huge focus on the game, with only a week or so between its cinematic trailer and Thursday’s gameplay trailer.

That's just a few of the many possibilities we might see at this week's Inside Xbox event. We'll be sure to cover everything shown during the event and, in the meantime, you can check out how to watch the Inside Xbox event. What games would you like to see on Thursday? What do you think might be announced? Let us know in the comments!
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!