2020 Xbox Games Showcase Event Highlights

Microsoft came out of the gate strong with a panoply of game reveals at this summer's Xbox Games Showcase. Titles for both the current-gen Xbox One and Xbox Series X across a wide range of genres have players slavering. Here's a rundown of everything that they showed.

Halo Infinite

Microsoft's franchise shooter is going back to its roots with a new entry that hearkens back to old-school visual styles and local co-op. Master Chief returns for a story set on a Halo ring.

State of Decay 3

The latest installment in the popular open-world survival game has players battling zombies in a frozen wasteland. Initial rumors about the game indicate that it will take place in a larger, more persistent online world akin to an MMO.

Forza Motorsport

Microsoft's racing simulation series starts anew on the Xbox Series X, featuring intense graphical upgrades including ray tracing and 4K output. Under the hood, the simulation engine has been made even more detailed, with nearly every aspect of your car digitally duplicated for incredible realism.


The new IP from British studio Rare, who has been creating unique and memorable games for six console generations, Everwild is an Xbox Series X and PC exclusive that looks to take place in a fantasy world teeming with wildlife. The gameplay is still a little mysterious, but trailers indicate that bonding with these animals might be a key element.

Tell Me Why

A new episodic adventure from the creators of Life Is Strange, Tell Me Why follows a pair of twins returning to their childhood home in Alaska. The narrative-heavy game will be released in three parts throughout the year.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

A new version of the indie platformer optimized to take advantage of the Series X's graphical capabilities. The exploration and platforming gameplay are the same, but now you can enjoy it at 120 fps at 4K high-definition video.

The Outer Worlds Peril on Gorgon

The first DLC for Obsidian's sci-fi adventure will take players to an asteroid colony where the director has gone missing amidst reports of some unusual experiments. The new content slots right into the middle of the base game, so you don't have to have finished it.


After being shrunk to the size of an ant, you must survive life in your own back yard in this unique game. Spiders and other insects will hunt you down as you gather food, water, and supplies to craft weapons and traps.


Obsidian's newest single-player role-playing game is billed as bigger than Skyrim, with first-person sword-fighting and magic casting alongside massive battles and gargantuan bosses. It's set in the same world as Pillars of Eternity.

As Dusk Falls

This unique-looking narrative game from a new studio composed of former Quantic Dreams devs tells the story of two families who meet at a desert motel in Arizona and spans three decades of events that spiral from that one night.

Psychonauts 2

The long-awaited sequel to DoubleFine's cult hit platformer has been in development for some time. Protagonist Raz will once again venture into the minds of other people to solve their problems and unravel a conspiracy.

Destiny 2: Beyond Light

The next major expansion for Bungie's online shooter series has players traveling to the moon of Europa to confront the Darkness and harness its powers. New missions, maps, weaponry, and raids will all be part of the package.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2

Taking place in the radiation-contaminated zone around the Chernobyl nuclear plant, this sequel was announced in 2010, meaning fans have been waiting a long time. First-person shooting in a bleak and ruined landscape with no mercy is the order of the day here.

Warhammer 40,000 - Darktide

This co-op FPS set in Games Workshop's brutal sci-fi universe lets players band together to fend off hordes of Nurgles while picking up weapons and loot and leveling up their characters.

Tetris Effect Connected

This Xbox and PC exclusive update to the classic Russian puzzle game, which released on the PS4 a few years ago, adds a much-needed multiplayer element to the experience. New co-op and competitive modes with cross-platform play join the Journey and Puzzle modes from the original.

The Gunk

From the creators of the SteamWorld franchise, this new IP features a pair of scavengers who travel through space cleaning up a slimy parasite. It's the first game the team has made in 3D.

The Medium Dual Reality

This psychological horror game employs a split-screen perspective to let you navigate in two worlds at the same time. Travel to an abandoned hotel to investigate a murder and get sucked into a supernatural mystery.

Phantasy Star Online 2 - New Genesis

The latest installment in Sega's online co-op action-RPG series is a reboot of the second game, which originally released in 2012. Set 1,000 years after the original, it boasts improved movement and combat systems.

Crossfire X

This first-person shooter franchise is a big deal in Asia, and Microsoft is working to bring it over to the Western market. CrossfireX sees the traditional team-based competitive multiplayer coupled with an all-new single-player campaign mode.


One of the breakthrough titles for the original Xbox returns a decade after the last main installment. As with previous games, Fable is a choice-based action role-playing adventure that sees your character change visually depending on his moral choices, which also affect how people in the world treat him.