Xbox’s Aaron Greenberg (VP of Xbox Games Marketing) appeared as part of the Community Indie Showcase 2023 event on YouTube over the weekend, where he picked out four upcoming Xbox Game Pass titles to look forward to.
Specifically, the point here is to highlight upcoming ID@Xbox games, so there’s a reason why Aaron isn’t namedropping the likes of Starfield and Redfall! All four of these are indie titles, and some of them are arriving extremely soon.
We’ll throw some trailers and dates below, along with quotes from Aaron about each game:
Ravenlok – May 4 (Console, PC)
“This is from the makers of Echo Generation, which is a masterpiece. This is what we call a Voxel Art action-RPG, it’s set in a fantastical world… it’s coming very soon, you should definitely add it to your list.”
Cassette Beasts – April 26 (PC), Spring TBD (Console)
“This is a turn-based open world RPG where you can combine two monsters together to create new, unique ones. Who wouldn’t want to do that?”
The Last Case Of Benedict Fox – April 27 (Console, PC)
“This is a lovecraftian metroidvania game that’s made by a new team in Poland called Plot Twist. It’s super unique, it’s been getting a lot of great praise, and we’re excited for you to get hands on it soon.”
Hollow Knight: Silksong – 2023 TBD (Console, PC)
“The small team that are working on the sequel, we know are going to make sure they get it exactly right. We don’t yet have a date on that, just like me you’re probably waiting for that moment. Really excited about Silksong.”
You’ll find all of these, along with a massive selection of other confirmed Xbox Game Pass titles for 2023 elsewhere on Pure Xbox, and don’t forget to check out the highlights from the recent ID@Xbox April 2023 Showcase as well.
Since Xbox’s first ever Developer Direct event back in January, we’ve not heard much about the new Forza Motorsport game. During that event, Turn 10 Studios delivered a fairly chunky deep dive on the title, but unfortunately no release date was given. However, we might be pretty close to finding out when the upcoming racer will launch.
In a new community blog post from the Forza team, we get a short but sweet update on the upcoming Forza Motorsport. Here’s the full quote from the developer:
“While we’re focused on polishing and preparing Forza Motorsport for release later this year, we’re still keen to hear your feature and track requests, we can keep in mind what you want to see most for the future.
Track Voting is a Motorsport-specific category, and we’re seeing strong passion from racing fans globally for Interlagos, which is the #1 voted track, followed by Fujimi Kaido in the runner-up position. While we’ll be revealing the full list of our 20 locations featured in Forza Motorsport closer to release, we want to hear from you which other tracks you’d like to see later on.”
It sounds like Forza is staying on track for a 2023 release then, which is great to see! We’re intrigued to hear about these 20 base game locations as well to know exactly what we’ll be racing on later this year.
Xbox has locked in the date for its big 2023 summer showcase already, and we’re fully expecting Forza to show up in a big way this June. Is that the time we get a solid release date from Turn 10? We’re certainly hoping so!