The ID@Xbox games showcase on March 26, 2021, featured dozens of indie games from a wide variety of publishers. The event may not have been filled with massive "AAA" game announcements, but passionate indie developers revealed updates and new trailers for over 80 new games. Many of these games are heading to Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, and PC. Even better, Microsoft confirmed over 20 new titles heading to Xbox Game Pass day one for subscribers.
To ensure you didn't miss a thing, here's everything that was announced at the ID@Xbox games showcase, including the biggest announcements, a list of every game shown, and every game confirmed for Xbox Game Pass:
All the biggest announcements at the ID@Xbox showcase
We put together the most significant announcements and most exciting games from the ID@Xbox games showcase:
Over 20 games coming to Xbox Game Pass
One of the biggest overarching news at the ID@Xbox event was that over 20 of the shown-off games are launching on Xbox Game Pass. You can check out the full list of games launching into Xbox Game Pass below.
Rust: Console Edition (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One) - May 21, 2021
You can watch the Rust: Console Edition trailer on YouTube.
At the ID@Xbox games showcase, we got another gameplay trailer for Rust: Console Edition. Rust revealed that pre-orders for Deluxe and Ultimate Editions will include 3-day early access and entrance to an upcoming beta for the game alongside the new trailer. Finally, Rust is now available for pre-order with a release date of May 21, 2021.
Rust has quickly become the quintessential multiplayer survival game and it's making its way to Xbox very soon. Grab a rock and get ready for action.
Song of Iron (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC) - 2021
Song of Iron is one of the most interesting and exciting games coming through ID@Xbox. At the ID@Xbox games showcase event, Song of Iron got a brand-new nailbiting trailer showing off new magic and Viking action. Song of Iron is heading to Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC sometime in 2021.
Last Oasis (Xbox Series X|S & Xbox One) - March 26, 2021
The Last Oasis is an incredibly unique game that has players build up a huge ship-like base that explores a dangerous and scorching desert. Last Oasis got a new trailer at the ID@Xbox showcase that showed a wide variety of terrifying enemies, combat between different bases, and a massive sandworm that looks like it can devour any but the largest bases. Last Oasis was shadow dropped at the ID@Xbox showcase, and is available for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One right now in Game Preview!
Last Oasis is a unique survival game about constantly moving away from the deadly encroaching heat of the sun while interacting with the world and other players for resources, gear, and more.
Death's Door (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC) - Summer 2021
Death's Door is an upcoming indie hit from Devolver Digital that draws inspiration from the popular Zelda series. This top-down action-adventure game got a new trailer at the ID@Xbox games showcase. Beyond that, our own Miles Dompier sat down for an interview with Death's Door developers to discuss the game and why it could be a big hit for Xbox. Death's Door is currently slated to release sometime in Summer 2021.
Second Extinction (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, & PC) - April 28, 2021
Second Extinction showed off a new gameplay trailer at the ID@Xbox showcase. Witness some dino-exploding action for this upcoming co-op shooter, which has a chance to be one of the most fun games on Xbox. During the event, Second Extinction also revealed that it's heading to Xbox Game Pass and launching for Xbox in Game Preview on April 28, 2021. Mark your calendars; the second extinction of the dinosaurs is coming.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox Cloud Gaming & PC) - 2021
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 was a bit of an oddball at the ID@Xbox showcase, forgoing releasing a new trailer to instead show off some of the textures and models coming in the game. See everyday things like character models and shiny guns, and then a bit of a weird moment that features the custom tooth tool present in S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2. We still don't have a definitive release date for this upcoming (and much-anticipated) title, but it's coming to Xbox Series X|S and PC sometime in 2021 and will launch into Xbox Game Pass for Xbox and Xbox Cloud Gaming.
Every game we saw at the ID@Xbox showcase
Here's a full list of every game we saw at the ID@Xbox games showcase:
- Aerial_Knight's Never Yield
- Airport for Aliens Run By Dogs
- Alba: A Wildlife Adventure
- Alchemic Cutie
- Among Us - 2021
- Art of Rally
- Astria Ascending - 2021
- Atrio: The Dark Wild
- Blaster Master Zero
- Chivalry 2 - June 28, 2021
- Cloud Gardens
- Dark Alliance
- Death's Door - Summer 2021
- Demon Turf
- Echo Generation
- Exo One - 2021
- Exomecha - August 2021
- Hello Neighbor 2
- Iron Corbo: Kung Fu Janitor
- Knight Squad 2
- Last Oasis - March 26, 2021
- Lawn Mowing Simulator - Summer 2021
- Little Witch in the Woods
- Loot River
- Lost Eidolons
- Mad Streets
- Moonglow Bay - 2021
- Narita Boy - March 30, 2021
- Nobody Saves the World - 2021
- Omno - Summer 2021
- Onsen Master
- Princess Farmer
- Rust: Console Edition - May 21, 2021
- Second Extinction - April 28, 2021
- Song of Iron - 2021
- Soup Pot - August 2021
- Spaceline Crew
- S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 - 2021
- Super Space Club
- The Ascent - 2021
- The Big Con
- The Forest Cathedral
- The Last Stop
- The Riftbreaker
- The Wild at Heart - May 20, 2021
- Twelve Minutes - 2021
- We are the Caretakers - 2021
Every game confirmed for Xbox Game Pass at the ID@Xbox showcase
The ID@Xbox showcase was filled with a ton of games. Out of everything showed off at the showcase, the most exciting news is that 23 games are confirmed to be heading to Xbox Game Pass day one. Here's the complete list of the games, what we know about the platforms they're heading to, and their release dates. You can also check out our full guide on everything coming and going from Xbox Game Pass for constant updates.
- Art of the Rally (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & Xbox Cloud Gaming)
- Astria Ascending (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) - 2021
- Among Us (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC) - 2021
- Backbone (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & Xbox Cloud Gaming)
- Boyfriend Dungeon (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC)
- Craftopia (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC)
- Dead Static Drive (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC)
- Edge of Eternity (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) - 2021
- Hello Neighbor 2 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & Xbox Cloud Gaming)
- Library of Ruina (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & Xbox Cloud Gaming)
- Little Witch in the Woods (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & Xbox Cloud Gaming)
- Moonglow Bay (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC) - 2021
- Narita Boy (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) - March 30, 2021
- Nobody Saves the World (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) - 2021
- Omno (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) - Summer 2021
- Recompile (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC) - 2021
- Sable (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC)
- Second Extinction (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & Xbox One) - April 28, 2021
- She Dreams Elsewhere (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC)
- S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & Xbox Cloud Gaming) - 2021
- The Ascent (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC) - 2021
- Undungeon (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC)
- Way to the Woods (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & Xbox Cloud Gaming)
- The Wild at Heart (Xbox Series X|S & Xbox One) - May 20, 2021
The ID@Xbox games showcase was long but offered a great view of many upcoming games for Xbox. Hopefully, some of these games will end up becoming some of the best games for Xbox. With over 20 games coming to Xbox Game Pass, too, it's inevitable some of those games will find their way onto our list of best games for Xbox Game Pass.
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That show was just painfully long and listening to those two ladies banter on and on was excruciating. Though there are quite a few gaming gems in there. Hopefully the next show will be less talk and more gameplay
This is why I don't watch the shows, just check articles like this after the fact. <