Everything announced during the May Inside Xbox livestream

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The first of the Xbox 20/20 monthly livestreams kicked off today with our very first glimpse of Xbox Series X gameplay, plus a special sneak peek at the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. We also got a look at a ton of upcoming Xbox games, from creepy horror sequels to brand new shooters.

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The first of the Xbox 20/20 monthly livestreams kicked off today with our very first glimpse of Xbox Series X gameplay, plus a special sneak peek at the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

If you didn’t manage to catch the livestream, here’s all the major announcements and trailers.

If you didn’t manage to catch the livestream, here’s all the major announcements and trailers.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

We’ve had a sneak peek already at what Valhalla has in store for us through the recent cinematic trailer (which was stuffed full of amazing details), and now we’ve had a brand new glimpse of the game, from actual gameplay to a sneak peek at the stunning environments of both Norway and England (did you spot Stonehenge in there?).

You’ll be living the Viking life in an England that the developers describe as a “Dark Age tangle of broken, warring kingdoms”. Playing as Viking raider Eivor (who you can play as male or female), you’ve abandoned snowy Norway in favour of the lush landscapes of this fractured England, where you’ll be building a settlement and taking over as its leader. But this being the Dark Ages, life here isn’t as easy as it could be, so you’ll need to launch raids, assault fortifications, and take part in epic battles for precious resources if you’re going to thrive. Making alliances will be crucial too, be that with kings or with legendary Vikings.

Combat will be a lot more visceral, with a revamped combat system that includes dual wielding and (of course) your Assassin’s hidden blade, and there’ll be changes to the progression system too, though for now the details are still a mystery.

Bright Memory Infinite

A spectacular blend of sword-slicing, sci-fi gunplay, and East Asia-inspired architecture that’s being developed by a single individual, and an incredible showcase of the Xbox Series X’s ability to empower independent creators.

Dirt 5

Love fast cars? Love wet mud? Well, boy oh boy, do Codemasters have just the game for you. Experience white-knuckle speed in a range of racers in one of the most graphically impressive racing games you’ve ever slapped eyes on.

Scorn

This trailer gave us a glimpse of a grotesque, and decidedly dark and slimy world filled with alien-like creatures and creepy biological architecture. While we didn’t get much of a hint about the game’s story here, the visuals are super reminiscent of H. R. Giger (he’s the artist behind Alien, if you didn’t know), and we’re very excited to see what kind of creepiness Scorn has to offer.

Chorus

Exploding planets, slick geometric spaceships, epic pitched battles in space… in Chorus you’ll play as Nara, a pilot with a sentient starfighter named Forsaken, as she embarks on an epic journey of redemption.

Madden 21

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EA announced the latest instalment in the long-running Madden series is coming to Xbox Series X. Yes, the ball’s still the wrong shape, but you can expect some of the most immersive and impactful American football when Madden 21 launches.

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2

The latest trailer for this supernatural sequel certainly showed the darker side of vampirism, with strong horror elements as well as all the fangs and fights you’d expect.

Call of the Sea

This gorgeous archeological treasure combines bold, colourful visuals with a sense of globetrotting adventure among ancient ruins.

The Ascent

A top-down shooter that takes place in a cruel, Cyberpunk world, The Ascent promises intense action against unforgiving odds.

The Medium

Everything starts out normal enough, but this trailer for the latest game from the makers of Layers of Fear soon takes a turn for the disturbing. The Medium is due to launch Holiday 2020, and the developers have roped in the composer responsible for scoring the Silent HIll series, just to make things extra creepy.

Scarlet Nexus

Take control of a protagonist armed with psycho-kinetic powers in a colourful anime world. The action is so over the top that you may need to sit down with a calming cup of chamomile after watching this one.

Second Extinction

The world has fallen to savage mutated dinosaurs, and you’ll be teaming up with up to 3 allies to reclaim Earth in this fast-paced co-op shooter.

Yakuza: Like A Dragon

Microsoft’s event featured great news for fans of madcap streetside scuffles – Yakuza: Like A Dragon, will be available as part of the Xbox Series X launch lineup. The trailer even featured a glimpse of Majima, which is always a treat as far as we’re concerned.

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