Following Microsoft’s extraordinarily irritating no-show at The Sport Awards final month, the oldsters at Workforce Xbox kicked off 2023’s occasions calendar by asserting its first-ever Xbox Developer_Direct, aka Microsoft Is Lastly Stealing the Nintendo Direct Format Simply Like Sony Did With State of Play As a result of This Format Simply Works. The printed is subsequent Wednesday, January 25, at 12pm PT/3pm ET, and we’ll have it stay on all of IGN’s channels. 4 video games can be highlighted, and one won’t: Redfall, Forza Motorsport, Minecraft Legends, and Elder Scrolls On-line are in, and Starfield is out – with the latter getting its personal separate Direct someday sooner or later.
First, I need to commend Microsoft for messaging Starfield’s absence up entrance. The corporate has a historical past of tarnishing its otherwise-good showcases by failing to correctly set the Xbox group’s expectations up entrance. They’ve accomplished so right here, although they might be sensible to make it possible for the identical message is communicated immediately within the, um, Direct itself, to make sure followers who aren’t on social media or studying websites like IGN don’t find yourself upset.
On that notice, my first prediction for the Xbox Direct, as I and everybody else goes to name it eternally, is that we’ll get a date for the Starfield Direct on this upcoming showcase. Xbox desperately wants launch dates proper now and if we’re not going to get that for Starfield at this occasion, then a date for a devoted Starfield broadcast – the place we in all probability will get the discharge date – is the following smartest thing.
Talking of launch dates, my second prediction for the January 25 Xbox Direct isn’t that we’re going to get launch dates for the brand new video games which can be going to be there. No, that half is apparent. If we don’t get launch dates for Redfall, Forza Motorsport, and Minecraft Legends at this occasion, I’ll print off this column and eat it. Anyway, my prediction is the place these launch dates are going to land. I feel it’ll go: Minecraft Legends in March, Redfall in April, and Forza Motorsport in Might. As for ESO’s subsequent massive enlargement that’ll be featured on the Direct? Effectively, these all the time ship in June, so you may put that one in ink.
Lastly, although the aforementioned 4 video games are promised to be featured on this broadcast and it’s greatest to imagine that nothing else can be, I nonetheless suppose we’ll get one shock sport announcement. Not a significant factor, to be clear – the likes of Gears 6 and no matter id Software program’s subsequent sport is are going to have to attend till the newly resurrected E3 in June – however I do suppose we’ll get some smaller third-party unique and/or indie unique revealed.
Whether or not I’m proper or fallacious about these predictions, I’m, above all else, rooting for Microsoft to have a very good occasion. Xbox followers have been dying of thirst in a desert for the previous year-plus, and getting launch dates and new gameplay for at the very least three main new first-party exclusives will go a great distance in direction of turning the mirage we maintain seeing forward of us into an honest-to-goodness oasis. We’ll be doing Podcast Unlocked stay instantly following the tip of the Xbox Direct, so be a part of us to get our in-the-moment reactions!
Ryan McCaffrey is IGN’s government editor of previews and host of each IGN’s weekly Xbox present, Podcast Unlocked, in addition to our month-to-month(-ish) interview present, IGN Unfiltered. He is a North Jersey man, so it is “Taylor ham,” not “pork roll.” Debate it with him on Twitter at @DMC_Ryan.
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