Manage Expectations for Today’s Second Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase

Microsoft announced a while ago that it was going to have not one, but two Xbox and Bethesda game showcases, one that already aired last Sunday and another that will take place today at 1 pm ET. But while both are 90 minutes long, it sounds like fans should manage expectations about what this second show actually contains.

Microsoft surprised viewers when it opened its storefront on Sunday by saying it would only feature games coming out in the next twelve months. While that meant a lot more gameplay and some hopeful notes like the fact that Diablo 4 should be out next year, it also meant we didn’t see or hear from later projects like Fable, Perfect Dark, and Avowed.

To this day I was wondering if part of the giveaway for this second showcase would be to break that “12 month” rule and maybe East it’s where we’d get a preview of one of those remote projects.

But that is not happening. Xbox’s Aaron Greenberg is being very forthright about setting expectations for this showcase, something that perhaps could have been done with the 12 months before the first showcase:

It’s not often you hear a marketing person explicitly state that “all the news” has already happened before on a different show, but here we are. Not to say that nothing here isn’t worth looking at, as I’d certainly like to see some deeper dives into Redfall, Diablo 4, and Starfield, for example, but no, we shouldn’t be talking about any game that hasn’t already been. displayed.

As for whether Sony will have an “answer” for three hours of gaming information, that doesn’t seem to be on the cards. They already had a much shorter showcase event before this one, which had some good stuff in it, even if it wasn’t quite as extensive as what Xbox has put out here. The main question now is what Sony’s plans are for God of War Ragnarok, as all we have is the nebulous date of 2022 and outside reports that it’s supposed to come in November. If so, that should require some kind of separate storefront, no doubt. Xbox, meanwhile, for all its streaming time lately, doesn’t have any really big releases for 2022, with all of its heavy weapons landing in 2023 after Redfall and Starfield were recently delayed.

I don’t know if I’m going to spend 90 minutes to watch this show live. If there ends up being something worthwhile afterwards, I might return, but now that there are no guaranteed surprises, I’m happy with what I already saw in the first showcase, for the most part.

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