Have you recovered from yesterday's Xbox and Bethesda E3 2021 Showcase yet? We polled the Pure Xbox community immediately following the event, and the majority of votes gave the show a top-marks A, suggesting 40% of Pure Xbox readers felt it was outstanding, while another 33% (B) were still very impressed.
And here on staff, we have to agree! Personally, this writer felt it was Xbox's strongest E3 showcase in a number of years, featuring some major game announcements in the form of Starfield, Forza Horizon 5, The Outer Worlds 2 and Redfall, along with loads of release dates for the likes of Microsoft Flight Simulator, Psychonauts 2 and Stalker 2.
But the real highlight of the show, as most of us probably expected ahead of time, was Xbox Game Pass. We were treated to a barrage of titles coming to the subscription service either this year or next year, and the vast majority are arriving at launch, including Hades, Back 4 Blood, A Plague Tale: Requiem, and many more.
What's perhaps most surprising about this year's E3 event is that we barely saw anything of Halo Infinite outside of a snippet of multiplayer gameplay, and Starfield only took up a couple of minutes with its teaser trailer, and yet Microsoft still managed to keep us enthralled with upcoming releases for an hour and a half - with many arriving in 2021.
And because of that Xbox Game Pass connection, it automatically raises the interest levels in practically everything included in the event. Games like Twelve Minutes, Party Animals, Atomic Heart, Shredders and Replaced are all games that perhaps might have been glossed over by a certain portion of the Xbox community in previous years, but because they're coming to Game Pass at launch, they can command that widespread attention.
So, that was Xbox and Bethesda's E3 2021 Showcase, and we've come away extremely excited for the rest of the year (and beyond) on consoles, and even bigger believers that Xbox Game Pass is undoubtedly the best deal in gaming today. It's going to be a busy next few months of major releases, and there are plenty of fun times ahead!
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