Those hoping to see more on From Software’s new game may be out of luck this week, but there could be big news on FIFA 21.
The Xbox Games Showcase is set to take place at 5pm on Thursday, 23 July and will be the first time we see first party Xbox Series X games in detail. But other than Halo Infinite and Hellblade 2 it’s unclear what other games will be present.
Insiders have already suggested that the much-rumoured Fable reboot won’t be putting in an appearance and neither will the multiplayer of Halo Infinite.
Forza Motorsport 8 is a possibility, simply because it’s an Xbox regular, but there have been no specific rumours about it. There has been talk of FromSoftware’s Elden Ring though, with Phil Spencer seeming to hint at its presence, but now even those hopes have been shot down.
It was announced as a current gen game but since then there’s not been any official world on the game or any indication that it’ll be coming to the next gen formats, even though it would be inconceivable that it isn’t.
When asked by a fan about the likelihood of the game appearing on the Xbox Games Showcase, VentureBeat’s Jeff Grubb, who’s so far proven very accurate about this summer’s revelations, said, in a round about way, that there was very little chance of that happening.
(Bakugan is a reference to a recent Nintendo Treehouse livestream, where a new game announcement from Shantae developer WayForward was promised… which turned out to be a decidedly underwhelming licensed kids game called Bakugan: Champions Of Vestroia.)
If all the rumours are accurate then the list of possible big-name games that will be at the showcase is starting to get rather short, but there is a good chance FIFA 21 might be present.
A fan on Twitter noticed that a gameplay reveal trailer for FIFA 21 is set to premiere during the pre-show (which starts at 4pm) of the Xbox Games Showcase, which seems very unlikely to be a coincidence.
Microsoft has always had a close relationship with EA and has often used FIFA 21 to try and woo European fans to the Xbox, including signing deals to make it the preferred marketing partner – which could be what’s happening here.
Ultimately we’ll just have to wait and see, but the showcase might be just as notable for the games it doesn’t feature as the ones it does.
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