Tokyo Game Show, an annual event that brings all the latest games and tech to center stage, has officially kicked off. And what better way to see in a new year than to host Microsoft Studios as one of its opening headliners? Seems to us, of course, that this is but one of the many humble beginnings of an action-packed year, and as they say: there's plenty more where that came from.
Microsoft Studios' stay might've been relatively short compared to its home-brewed Xbox & Bethesda Showcases, but the gaming giant was still able to shed light on enough content to tide over its streamers. But in case you missed the slot, then you needn't worry, as we've taken the liberty of plucking out the five best announcements. So, here's what you need to know about Microsoft.
5. Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty
Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja have come together to orchestrate a brand new hack and slash RPG that will come under the name of Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty. In this fresh spin on the Three Kingdoms period, players take on the role of an unnamed soldier during the late Han Dynasty. Coined as a “dark fantasy survival version” of the iconic era, players will enrol in a variety of epic battles, worlds in which fantasy and mythology jolt to life.
Koei Tecmo, having spent decades carving up the bones of the Dynasty Warriors saga, have more than enough knowledge of the era and the necessary expertise to bring such a concept to fulfilment. And honestly, we're super excited to see what comes of it when it releases next year. But as far as an official release date goes, that's anybody's guess.
4. Xbox Game Pass Announcements
Game Pass has just received another truckload of announcements, meaning subscribers can, as of today, access a variety of fresh flicks on console, PC, and via the Cloud. These games include the following:
- Assassin's Creed Odyssey
- Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered
- Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
- Fuga: Melodies of Steel
Anyone who's subscribed to PC Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass will be able to access the above four titles later today (September 15th.) It's also worth taking into account that Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom Remastered will also be coming to Game Pass at some point in 2023. To add, Deathloop will be making its Xbox Game Pass debut on September 20th, followed by Dyson Sphere Program on October 13th. BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Special Edition, and Guilty Gear: Strive, will also be coming at an undisclosed date next year.
Capcom's latest action-heavy dinosaur title Exoprimal made short work of the showcase earlier, revealing a full-length story trailer to help whet potential buyers' appetites. Although it only received a rough 2023 release window, the latest venture certainly turned a few heads, and it most definitely added a little extra paint to the canvas.
Exoprimal is, in essence, the product of an Anthem-meets-Dino Crysis merger, and it's honestly difficult to see it as anything other than a spiritual successor to the long-awaited Capcom series. Although it casts a heavy focus on a rich and immersive sci-fi setting, the core ingredients are well and truly there. As for what the final product will look like is anybody's guess, though it's certainly shaping up to be one of the most anticipated games of 2023.
If you add a slight infusion of Pokémon Legends Arceus' beastly inhabitants to Breath of the Wild's vibrant open world setting, you'll have the basic premise of Palworld, an all-new multiplayer survival game that stems from the same minds that brought you Craftopia. In this latest venture, however, players can tailor the narrative, whether it be through farming, fighting, or fiddling around with factory work.
Palworld is, in short, a life simulation game, one that draws various elements from other titles of its kind, and ultimately meshes them into one fully comprehensive sandbox world. There's monsters, which are referred to as “Pals,” and a whole lot of farming, and, you know, living your best life. This cutesy title will be heading to Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S in 2023.
1. Persona Is Coming to Xbox Game Pass
ATLUS' universally acclaimed action role-playing series, Persona, is coming to Xbox Game Pass over a slew of day one releases. Or at least, three of the remastered entries will be: Persona 3 Portable, Persona 4 Golden, and Persona 5 Royal. It's unclear whether or not the beloved JRPG saga will be unleashing its earlier entries or spin-offs to the Game Pass front just yet. Nevertheless, this announcement alone is a big step in the right direction for Xbox.
Persona is an absolutely jam-packed JRPG that combines life simulation elements with bullet hell dungeon crawling. As students in a Japanese school, you're tasked with running the day-to-day by dusk, and a demon-infested underworld through twilight. Boasting thousands of hours of content, these cherry-picked RPGs will bring a whole new universe to the Game Pass library. And the best part is, Persona 5 Royal will be coming to Xbox Game Pass on October 21st.
Tokyo Game Show 2022 will continue through to Sunday 18th. You can tune in to the event over on the official YouTube channel here.
So, what's your take? Have you been able to watch any of the Tokyo Game Show yet? Are there any announcements that won you over? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.