The Xbox Showcase is less than a week away, with the event being scheduled for June 11. Like in previous years, the Xbox fandom and gaming industry is looking forward to learning more about Microsoft’s future first-party line-up of games at the event.
Recently, PlayStation also held its first showcase in nearly two years. However, the event was disappointing, with one of the major reasons being the heavy reliance on CGI trailers for new IP announcements.
However, it seems like Xbox is not following this route, with the gaming giant confirming that no full CGI trailers will be shown for first-party games.
Why it matters: Gaming fans are usually more interested in gameplay footage indicative of the final product, but CGI can often be wildly different from the final product.
None of our first party games in the show are full CG trailers. Everything is either in-game footage, in-engine footage, or in-game footage with some cinematics. Each of our trailers will be labeled so it is hopefully clear for our fans.
— Aaron Greenberg 🙅🏼♂️💚U (@aarongreenberg) June 4, 2023
Aaron Greenberg from Xbox took to Twitter, replying to a fan who asked about CGI trailers for unannounced games. However, Aaron Greenberg clarified that full CGI trailers will not be shown for first-party reveals.
This means that Xbox could be gearing up to reveal gameplay for several titles that were announced in previous years. This includes games like Fable, Indiana Jones, Hellblade 2, and more.
The tweet also mentions that Xbox will showcase first-party titles using in-game footage, in-engine footage, or gameplay combined with cinematics. This should give fans a good mix of everything, and Xbox will also label the footage to avoid confusion.
In another tweet, Aaron Greenberg confirmed that Microsoft would not limit the showcase to games being released in the next 12 months. This was a theme with last year’s showcase, and many games, including Microsoft’s first-party, Redfall and Starfield, could not be released within this window.
This also opens up possibilities for surprise teases and reveals for games that might be a few years away but would be exciting for the fans.
Recently, Microsoft was seemingly teasing Fable for the Xbox Games Showcase. This led to speculation about gameplay, and the latest tweet makes an even stronger case for gameplay footage at the showcase.
The Xbox Games Showcase will also be followed by the Starfield Direct, ensuring 2 hours of Xbox updates for the industry.
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