Xbox Games Showcase Extended 2023 Roundup

Here’s the Xbox Games Showcase Extended 2023 roundup. For 80 minutes on June 13th, 2023 at 10:00AM PDT (Pacific USA) / 1:00PM EDT (Eastern USA) / 6:00PM BST (London) / 3:00AM AEST (Sydney, Australia). It featured behind-the-scenes details and up close and personal conversations with the developers at Xbox and indie studios about their recent E3 2023-replacement Summer Game Fest 2023 announcements.

After Xbox and Bethesda had their 2023 showcase, for the third year in a row, Xbox announced an extended showcase diving deeper into games from their first- and third- party studios.

Here’s the full Xbox Games Showcase Extended 2023 livestream video:

Xbox Games Showcase Extended 2023

Xbox Games Showcase Extended 2023 Press Conference Roundup:

  • Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty DLC more in-depth gameplay. Plus a long interview with Johnny actor Keanu Reeves. Goes into Idris Elba’s soldier character, both are fighting for freedom. People are hyped into this expansion! Release date is September 26, 2023.
  • High on Life: High on Knife Expansion announcement trailer shown. Knife is sorry for drawing you all into this. While the main game is available on Game Pass, you can only get this Expansion if you pay for it. No release date given.
  • The Lamplighters League announcement trailer shown for the tactical game. Release date is October 3, 2023.
  • Avowed trailer breakdown with the game’s director. It takes place in the Pillars of Eternity 1 & 2 world. You’re not a Watcher this time.
  • The First Descendant gameplay trailer shown for the looter shooter. Up to 4-player co-op raids. Grappling hook traversing looks smooth. PC, Xbox One & Xbox Series X Crossplay Beta Test runs from August 22-28, 2023. Sign-ups open now on: tfd.nexon.com.
  • Towerborne welcome trailer. Developers show off gameplay for the couch co-op adventure. Coming to Xbox Series X (Game Pass) & PC (Steam).
  • Fallout 76: Once in a Blue Moon DLC coming June 20, 2023.
  • Hi-Fi Rush: Arcade Challenge Update trailer. Tango Gameworks promises plenty of content to come in this update. Finish the main game to unlock an Arcade Cabinet to access the new content. A high-speed mode will challenge you to slowly work your way up to 200 Beats Per Minute! Update coming soon.
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Necrom Expansion details given by the developers as gameplay shows off what’s new. Available on Game Pass.
  • Phasmophobia coming to Xbox Series X. Announcement trailer shown. Get ready to go ghost hunting. 24 ghost types can be found in 10 different locations. Features 4-player online co-op! Release date is August 2023.
  • Exoprimal gameplay trailer shown. Kill lots of dinosaurs in the Savage Gauntlet mode. Exosuit variants with different weapons shown off. Release date is July 14, 2023.
  • Developer Accelleration Program (DAP) trailer shows lots of indie games in development for Xbox & PC.
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator – Dune Expansion presentation of the ornicopter and parts of Dune the developers rebuilt. Releases alongside the Dune Part 2 movie on November 3, 2023.
  • Go Mecha Ball announcement trailer. Looks like Marble Madness. Coming in 2024.
  • Lies of P new soulslike gameplay footage shown. Summon a spectre to assist you in tough boss battles. Day One on Game Pass. Release date is September 19, 2023.
  • Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 developer interviews at the Ninja Theory studio. Senua and the Furies inner dialogue scene shown again.
  • Lightyear Frontier trailer shown. Mech, crafting, farming & house building game? Coming early 2024.
  • Indie games trailer: Another Crab’s Treasure, Little Kitty Big City, Techtonica, Sea of Stars, Harold Halibut, Galacticare, Neon White, Mineko’s Night Market, The Book Walker, The Wandering Village. All 10 coming to Game Pass.
  • 33 Immortals game demo walkthrough. Co-op action roguelike where you rebel against God’s final judgment to survive. Ze French accent is very difficult and funny to understand in English. Pre-alpha gameplay. From the team that made Spiritfarer.
  • The End. 1 Hour and 20 minutes did fly by. But it seemed odd to end it on so many new pre-alpha indie games. Xbox fans were mostly asking to see anything from the next Halo, Gears and of course Hollow Knight: Silksong. As for Silksong, a month ago the development team announced the delay, saying: “We had planned to release in the 1st half of 2023, but development is still continuing. We’re excited by how the game is shaping up, and it’s gotten quite big, so we want to take the time to make the game as good as we can. Expect more details from us once we get closer to release.” So there you have it. 🙂

Video Timeline:

  • 0:54:11 — Beginning of Stream
  • 0:56:55 — Introduction to the show
  • 0:58:10 — CyberPunk 2077: Phantom Liberty DLC
  • 1:07:57 — High On Life: High On Knife DLC
  • 1:08:39 — The Lamplighters League
  • 1:10:25 — Avowed
  • 1:15:39 — The First Descendant
  • 1:19:00 — Towerborne
  • 1:22:12 — Fallout 76 DLC
  • 1:24:45 — Hi-Fi Rush – Arcade Challenge Update
  • 1:31:25 — Elder Scrolls Online DLC
  • 1:35:43 — Phasmophobia
  • 1:36:58 — Exoprimal
  • 1:43:00 — Developer Accelerated Program
  • 1:44:15 — Microsoft Flight Simulator: Dune DLC
  • 1:50:18 — Go Mecha Ball
  • 1:51:23 — Lies of P
  • 1:54:30 — Hellblade II
  • 1:59:37 — Fan Fest
  • 2:02:25 — Lightyear Frontier
  • 2:05:22 — Gamepass 10 new games
  • 2:06:58 — 33 Immortals

Here’s everything Microsoft revealed in today’s Xbox Games Showcase Extended:


Developer Deep Dives


Avowed: Taking a Deeper Dive into the Showcase Trailer

Avowed Screenshot

Those wishing to discover more about Avowed are invited to join us as we talk to Carrie Patel, Game Director on Avowed, as she gives an introduction to the Living Lands, a mysterious island filled with adventure and danger in the fictional world of Eora. Learn about Kai, the first companion introduced to the player, and find out more about your adventures in the upcoming first-person fantasy-RPG from Obsidian Entertainment.

Platforms: Xbox Series X|S, Windows, Steam, Xbox Cloud Gaming – Available day one with Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass


Discover Towerborne

Towerborne Key Art

Go behind the scenes of Towerborne, the newest adventure from Stoic, the creators of the Banner Saga. Learn more from the development team about what inspired Stoic to make Towerborne, along with more details around the art style, seasonality, and lore.  New gameplay footage shows the player journey from The Belfry to the world map, then into combat. See how combos can make your Ace even more powerful in battle and multiplayer allows friends to join in on the fun. Towerborne has something for everyone, and seasons will bring even more content post-launch. Watch to learn more and sign up for Towerborne Insiders Program today!

Platforms: Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows, Steam, Xbox Cloud Gaming – Available day one with Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass


Phil Spencer Joins Thunder Lotus for a 33 Immortals Gameplay Deep-Dive

33 Immortals Key Art

“Every year in our Showcase, there’s one game that kind of pops for me – something I’m very interested in. This year, we got to announce 33 Immortals from Thunder Lotus.” So began Head of Xbox Phil Spencer in a very special Let’s Play of this new action game from the creators of Spiritfarer. Spencer was joined by two developers from Thunder Lotus… and 30 other players to take a dive into this deeply unusual new roguelike. They discussed the shift from releasing Spiritfarer to a very different experience, how you create a 33-player co-op game, and much more.

Platforms: Xbox Series X|S, Windows, Xbox Cloud Gaming – Available day one with Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass


Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty Brings Exclusive Gameplay – and a Keanu Reeves Interview!

Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty Media Asset

Exclusive footage from CD Projekt Red showed off Dogtown’s black market, one of the many locations to discover in Phantom Liberty, the upcoming expansion to Cyberpunk 2077. Quest Director Pawe? Sasko introduced players to the chromed-out vendors who hawk their wares here and gave some more insight into just what players can expect from the expansion. Afterwards, Keanu Reeves joined for an interview, sharing his (and Johnny Silverhand’s) thoughts on Dogtown, its ruler Colonel Hansen, secret agent Solomon Reed, and more.

Platforms: Xbox Series X|S


High on Life Is Getting Horror-Comedy DLC: High on Knife

Squanch Games appeared to show us High on Knife, a DLC expansion for the acclaimed High on Life. Taking the game in a horror-comedy direction, High on Knife stars Knifey, the bloodthirsty melee weapon voiced by Michael Cusack. The trailer shows off new characters, enemies and biomes – and also introduces us to a brand new character/gun. Enter Harper, the newest gun of the High on Life universe, voiced by Sarah Sherman (“Saturday Night Live”)! Check out more about High on Knife in the full article.

Platforms: Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows


Lies of P Gets a Deep-Dive, Shows Off New Gameplay

Neowiz just gave an exclusive look at Lies of P during the Xbox Extended Showcase today, highlighting several of the core features that are unique to the game. Fans were treated to never-before-seen content that gave a closer look at the weapon combination system, Legion Arms and P’s Organ just to name a few. Follow the game on Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok, or join the community on the official Discord server for the latest updates. Also, test your mettle with the demo, which is available now!

Platforms: Xbox Series X|S, Windows – Available day one with Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass


Get an Exclusive Look Behind the Scenes of the Microsoft Flight Simulator – Dune Expansion

Microsoft Flight Simulator Dune Screenshot

Head of the Microsoft Flight Simulator team, Jorg Neumann, host Parris Lilly and Academy Award-winning production designer of the Dune film franchise, Patrice Vermette, took us behind the scenes of the Microsoft Flight Simulator  Dune Expansion and provide exciting details coming in this free content update.

See “Dune: Part Two” in theaters and experience Microsoft Flight Simulator – Dune Expansion on November 3, 2023. Microsoft Flight Simulator  Dune Expansion is free for all Game Pass subscribers and owners of Microsoft Flight Simulator. For the latest information on Microsoft Flight Simulator, stay tuned to @MSFSOfficial on Twitter. For the latest information on ‘Dune: Part Two’, please follow @dunemovie.


Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II – Go Behind the Scenes of the Latest Trailer

Senua's Saga: Hellblade II Key Art

Ninja Theory take us behind the scenes of Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, exploring how their use of performance capture is bringing the story of Senua to life. From humble beginnings in a converted board room, to a state-of-the-art performance capture stage at their Cambridge studio, Ninja Theory aim to suspend your disbelief and sink you into Senua’s world and story.

Platforms: Xbox Series X|S, Windows, Xbox Cloud Gaming, and Steam – Available day one with Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass


New Reveals


Variant Exosuits and Savage Gauntlet Bring Even More Customization and Player Choice to Exoprimal

Exoprimal Screenshot

Attention, Exofighters – new variant Exosuits have been approved for use in the wargames! Revealed in detail during Xbox Games Showcase Extended, these “Alpha” variants change the way each suit plays. In addition, Exoprimal Director Takuro Hiraoka showcased an additional high-octane co-op mode, Savage Gauntlet. This mode tasks players with clearing missions efficiently rather than racing against another team, giving players a new way to test their skills against dino hordes. Finally, an additional Open Beta Test will begin soon — you can learn more here on Xbox WireCheck out the official Exoprimal website for more details about start time for your region.

Platforms: Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows, Xbox Cloud Gaming — Available day one with Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass


The First Descendant Announces Crossplay Beta

The First Descendant, a next-generation third-person looter shooter, revealed a never-before-seen Xbox Series gameplay trailer, and announced a crossplay beta. With high-quality graphics developed using Unreal Engine 5, it presents fun, strategic boss fights through 4-player co-op, unique characters, exciting gunplay, and looting. Available on PC and consoles, including Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One, The First Descendant Crossplay Beta will start Tuesday, August 22, 2023, and run for a week until Monday, August 28, 2023.

Platforms: Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows


Mech Mash-up, Go Mecha Ball Coming to PC and Xbox in Early 2024

Go Mecha Ball Key Art

Get ready to roll, shoot and dash through an action-packed roguelite extravaganza in Go Mecha Ball, coming exclusively to PC and Xbox in early 2024 from indie supergroup Whale Peak Games and Super Rare Originals! Switch between a gun-toting walking mech and an agile, rolling ball while blasting your way through four distinct worlds, filled with angry sons of glitches, relentless boss battles and increasingly wacky tools and obstacles! Unlock several dozen new weapons, abilities and upgrades alongside four unique mechs in a never-ending explosion of punchy, acrobatic action that heralds a new generation of physics-based, 3D platform roguelite fun!

Platforms: Xbox Series X|S, Windows, Game Pass


The Lamplighters League Shows More of Its Alternate 1930s Setting

Developed by Harebrained Schemes, the creators of The Shadowrun Trilogy and BattleTechThe Lamplighters League is an original pulp adventure set in an alternate 1930s, challenging players to use a mix of real-time infiltration, tactical turn-based combat, and team management to thwart the plans of the Banished Court, a tyrannical cult on the cusp of world domination. The best of the best are all gone, so now it’s up to the best of the worst! The Lamplighters League will be available on October 3 this year.

Platforms: Xbox Series X|S, Windows, Xbox Cloud Gaming – Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass


Lightyear Frontier Shows Off Its Mech-Based Multiplayer Farming

Lightyear Frontier Key Art

Join Kelly, Carolina, Sebastian, and Anita as they start their homestead together on the Lightyear Frontier, complete with an overhauled new design for the mech! At the beginning of a new dawn, follow their journeys as they split up for different tasks. Throughout the day, you’ll see them rejoin each other to gather resources, farm alien crops, construct buildings, and explore the wilds of the Frontier. In their explorations, they discover a hidden ancient structure, seeking answers to the questions around the planet’s past. What story will this foreboding monolith tell?

Platforms: Xbox Series X|S, Windows, Xbox Cloud Gaming – Available day one with Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass


Cult Horror Game Phasmophobia to Haunt Xbox Soon

Phasmophobia is now coming to the Xbox Series X|S in August 2023. Phasmophobia is a 4-player, online co-op, psychological horror game. You and your team of paranormal investigators will enter haunted locations filled with paranormal activity and try to gather as much evidence as you can. Use your ghost-hunting equipment to find and record evidence to sell on to a ghost removal team.

Platforms: Xbox Series X|S


ID@Xbox Reveals 10 Games Coming to Game Pass

An ID@Xbox montage showed off 10 new games coming through the Microsoft Xbox indie program, all of which will come to Game Pass on their Xbox launch day. The games included were: Galacticare, Techtonica, Another Crab’s Treasure, The Wandering Village, Neon White, Harold Halibut, Mineko’s Night Market, The Bookwalker, Sea of Stars and Little Kitty, Big CityYou can read more about all of the games, including hands-on impressions, in a full round-up of the montage here on Xbox Wire.


ID@Xbox Developer Accelerator Program Introduces Its Games

ID@Xbox Developer Accelerator Program

We announced the ID@Xbox Developer Accelerator Program earlier this year, with a key mission to bring games to life from underrepresented creators through funding, support, and more. Today, in Xbox Games Showcase Extended, we showed 11 of the games that have already come through the program: Despelote, Drag Her!, El Paso, Elsewhere, Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical, Naiad, Spirit Swap: Lofi Beats to Match-3 To, Island of Winds, Sonzai, Psychroma, Botany Manor, and Slime Heroes. You can find out more about every single one – and the people who made them – in the full rundown on Xbox Wire.


Updates Coming Soon


The Elder Scrolls Online – Why Now is a Perfect Time for New Players to Check Out Necrom

TESO Necrom Key Art

The Elder Scrolls Online Creative Director Rich Lambert and Art Director CJ Grebb break down footage of the latest Necrom Chapter and discuss all the reasons why ESO and the latest Chapter is worth jumping into today for new and returning players. The Elder Scrolls Online: Necrom is now available on PC/Mac and will launch on consoles June 20, 2023. Find out why Necrom is the perfect time to join the game for new players on Xbox Wire.

Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Windows, Game Pass (Base Game)


Fallout 76 – Once in a Blue Moon Trailer

Gather ‘round the campfire and watch Bethesda Games Studio’s newest trailer for the upcoming Fallout 76update, Once in a Blue Moon, launching on June 20 across all platforms. Brave two new Public Events, Safe and Sound and Beasts of Burden, uncover the Blue Devil and the Ogua, two new cryptids spotted in Appalachia and much more in this free update for all Fallout 76 players. Learn more about all of Fallout 76’s most recent announcements on Xbox Wire.

Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Windows, Game Pass


Hi-Fi Rush – Arcade Challenge! Update! Announced

Tango Gameworks revealed their hit game Hi-Fi Rush will be getting new content next month, with the Arcade Challenge! Update! This update will include a variety of new content, including two new game modes: BMP RUSH! and Power Up! Tower Up!, featuring new music as well as a grab bag of new player customizations and Special Attacks. The Arcade Challenge! Update! will be coming on July 5, free for all players who already own the game. Hi-Fi Rush is available now on Xbox Series.

What was your favorite Xbox & Bethesda 2023 coverage?