Xbox just wrapped up its first showcase of 2024 with its Developer Direct. Fans got a closer look at what we can expect from the Xbox platform this year. The showcase highlighted four titles: Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2, Ara: History Untold, Indiana Jones, and Avowed. Check out all the announcements and details from the Developer Direct below!
Avowed Starts the Show
Avowed continues the roleplaying tradition that Obsidian Entertainment is known for. Choices will impact the world around you while combat is diverse and full of customization options for players with different play styles. Do you want to focus on melee and magic wand attacks? Or do you want to dual-wield pistols and keep a distance from enemies? The choices are yours to make. Luckily, gamers won’t have to wait until next year to get their hands on the game as it’s slated to release this fall.
Senua’s Saga Hellblade 2 will be Released this May
Ninja Theory didn’t spare any expense when it came to Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2. From immersive audio design to visceral combat, players can expect the game to be elevated to a whole new level. Fortunately, we have a definitive release date for the game, and it’s closer than you think. Hellblade 2 will retail for $49.99 and is slated to release on May 21st.
Visions of Mana Makes a Surprise Appearance During the Developer Direct
And a surprise title has entered the Developer Direct. That’s right, Square Enix decided to surprise fans by giving fans a closer look at Visions of Mana. This is the first time the series has ever graced the Xbox platform and will likely delight JRPG fans. The game has a whimsical art style and a 100-track soundtrack that should take the series to a whole new level. Visions of Mana is slated for a summer 2024 release.
Ara: History Untold Changing the 4x Strategy Formula
Oxide Games came together to create a new and innovative 4x strategy game experience while remaining approachable. Ara: History Untold will allow players to experience civilizations from across the world and see how they paved their history.
The map reflects the choices players make. While the prestige system is the player’s score as a worthy leader. Players get to decide how they want to be perceived. Best of all, there are no set conditions to achieve victories.
The crafting system plays out on a national scale. By harvesting local resources to create the tools and equipment they need to advance their civilization. Moreover, Ara uses a real-time system where players undergo their moves simultaneously. Ara: History Untold is slated to release this fall and Oxide Games promised a lot of post-launch content to follow.
Indiana Jones and the Great Circle Unveiled During the Developer Direct
Fans got an in-depth look at Indiana Jones. Set between Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Last Crusade, the game is through MachineGames’s forte of first-person perspective. However, there are moments when the camera pans during traversal and cinematics. Of course, the famous whip is alive and well in the game. Naturally, fans the whip will be used both for combat and traversal. The game will mix stealth and puzzle-solving elements. While combat mixes brutal hand-to-hand melee bouts, whip attacks, and firearms. Indiana Jones and the Great Circle is set to be released sometime in 2024.
And there you have it, that’s our first look at Xbox’s roadmap for 2024. Do any of the announcements stand out to you? Sound off in the comment section below.