Xbox Partner Showcase

Here’s What We Saw At Today’s Xbox Partner Preview

As promised, Xbox held a Partner Preview Showcase this afternoon, with several games being shown by various publishers.

The Xbox Partner Preview event is available on YouTube, Twitch and ASL.

The Xbox Partner Preview event provided an opportunity to learn more about combat and traversal in Tales of Kenzera: Zau with a video narrated by Abubakar Salim. Also, we got our first in-depth gameplay of Kunitsu-Gami: Path of the Goddess, and we also saw a closer look at The First Berserker: Khazan and other upcoming titles for Xbox, Windows, or Game Pass.

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Unknown 9: Awakening

Unknown 9: Awakening by Reflector and Bandai Namco are kicking off the showcase. A brief trailer showcases many otherworldly skills your protagonist Haroona has as she searches for the truth. Unknown 9: Awakening launches in the Summer of 2024.

“You’ll step into Haroona’s shoes following a life-changing loss. At first, revenge is all you’re after, but the Unknown 9 universe has other plans. Before you know it, in addition to seeking vengeance, you find yourself on a globetrotting journey, uncovering powerful hidden knowledge. This puts you on a collision course with the Ascendants, a breakaway faction of a secret society known as the Leap Year Society. Founded by the brilliant and ruthless Vincent Lichter, Unknown 9: Awakening’s main antagonist, this dangerous splinter group intends to use the Fold in ways that could jeopardize the future of humankind,” says an Xbox Wire blog post.

Sleight of Hand

Described as a “hard-boiled third-person steal sim” during today’s presentation, the new title is coming to Xbox and Windows and is being developed over at RiffRaff Games.

Infiltrate the hardboiled, rain-slicked city of Taboo, where ritual magic and cursed artifacts set apart those with power. Sleight of Hand is a 3rd-person Stealth-Action Deckbuilder about taking down the coven you used to run with.

The Alters

Explore an emotional sci-fi game with a unique blend of adventure, survival, and base-building elements. Play as Jan Dolski, a simple worker who creates alternative versions of himself desperately trying to escape from a planet where even sun rays can prove deadly.

Think of the movie Moon, and you can begin to line up how it inspires The Alters.

Creatures of Ava

Creatures of Ava is from Inverge Studios, who joined today’s Xbox Partner Direct to reveal their upcoming game. It is expected to arrive in 2024.

Let your empathy guide you as you play an exciting action-adventure, creature-saver game. Understand and tame the Creatures of Ava and let them lead you through various ecosystems – all in the hopes of saving the planet from a life-consuming infection.

You play as Vic, a human explorer from a rescue team sent to Ava to save all living beings from a catastrophe. To keep them, you must learn the local customs of the people of Ava and build trust with them to help save them.

Roblox x Chucky

A press release from RocketRide Games says Child’s Play’s Chucky is coming to Roblox. Griefville: Survive the Nightmare! was shown today, and it is “a chilling interactive experience inspired by the beloved horror classic films of the ’80s and ’90s,” and it looks like a good time. The trailer is mainly focused on Chucky but it looks like he’s having a ton of fun tearing things apart. “It’s not just about jump scares; it’s about capturing the atmosphere, the tension, and the pure joy of getting lost in a classic horror flick. We are delighted to bring Griefville to Roblox with the best possible partners!”

“The Chucky character is synonymous with horror, and we are so excited to participate in this killer new experience on the Roblox platform,” adds Bill Kispert, SVP & GM, Games & Digital Platforms at Universal Products & Experiences. “Bringing the iconic killer doll frighteningly to life in the game, adds an unexpected twist to Griefville: Survive the Nightmare! and further solidifies the authenticity of the classic horror vibe in the experience.”

The Sinking City 2

A follow-up to The Sinking City, this Lovecraftian survival horror is set in an otherworldly rendition of the 1920s United States.

The first title was a detective game with much horror just beneath the surface of a flooded world. The sequel is looking to double down on horror and expand the combat.

The Sinking City is one of our most successful titles, because of our stronger horror genre leanings and the setting,” Frogwares Head of Publishing, Sergey Oganesyan tells me. “For us, it was kind of a breakthrough, and we are super excited to work on a full-scale horror game. We have created quite a few detective adventures in the past, so now we’re going to mix things up to keep doing what people love from us – meaning story-rich experiences – while still being able to evolve.”

Final Fantasy XIV

Square Enix is bringing Final Fantasy XIV to the Xbox Series on March 21. An open beta is currently available to test out the MMO, with the Starter Edition available to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers as a perk from March 21 to April 19, 2024.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Legends of the Zone Trilogy

GSC Game World revealed S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Legends of the Zone Trilogy is coming to Xbox One and Xbox Series via backwards compatibility, and it launches today.

The trilogy includes all three iconic games that make up the original S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Trilogy: Shadow of ChernobylClear Sky, and Call of Pripyat.

“S.T.A.L.K.E.R. has been a PC franchise for a long time, so the key priorities were concentrated around adapting the experience for consoles as a whole (including, but not limited to, native controller support for console interfaces),” explains Bocharov. “We created everything from scratch, ensuring that the game was both easy to control and comfortable to play,” says the studio.

“We wanted to bring S.T.A.L.K.E.R. to consoles for quite some time, and we worked closely with our trusted partners at Mataboo to make that happen,” Bocharov shares. “Despite the new release date for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, we decided to keep S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Legends of the Zone Trilogy in early 2024 to give the players some time to complete the originals before hopping into the sequel. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is a direct continuation of the plot and a standalone title, but obviously knowing the previous events and characters would help you to enjoy certain story moments, nods, and Easter eggs better.”

Monster Jam Showdown

Milestone and Feld Motor Sports Inc. revealed Monster Jam Showdown, a new game with 66 official Monster Jam trucks with more than 140 points to unlock. There are three categories of venues, namely American Football fields, baseball stadiums and speedways, experiencing rectangular, diamond and oval layouts faithfully recreated to compete in.

Players have the opportunity to drive their favourite Monster Jam trucks in three different environments that are inspired by the American great outdoors. These environments include the barren desert of Death Valley, Colorado’s stunning forests and crystal rivers, and the wintry wild mountains of Alaska.

Ten different game modes cater to a mix of online and offline arcade experiences, including split-screen. These modes range from official competitions such as head-to-head racing and freestyle to specially designed events.

Persona 3 Reload: Expansion Pass

It seemed inevitable that Atlus would eventually release the epilogue of Persona 3 Reload. Today, during the Xbox Partner Showcase, Atlus did just that and revealed an expansion pass to one of the studio’s biggest games.

The Persona 3 Reload: Expansion Pass features extended story content, Episode Aigis -The Answer, new costumes, and more. For those who subscribe to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, the Expansion Pass is free as part of the Perks program.

After unravelling the mysteries of the Dark Hour, fighting epic battles through Tartarus, and all the unforgettable events of Persona 3 Reload, the S.E.E.S. members find themselves trapped in a never-ending March 31st. Your journey will take you through the Abyss of Time as you now play as Aigis, a human-like android with the power of Persona. Undertake new challenges, and uncover the cause of this strange fate and the truth of what happened on that day.

Persona 3 Reload would not be complete without Episode Aigis –The Answer-,” says General Producer Kazuhisa Wada.  “The epilogue is sure to satisfy both those who have played the original Persona 3 FES and those who are just starting out.” He continues, “The Persona 3 Reload: Expansion Pass will be available on March 12th.  Episode Aigis -The Answer-, the third and final DLC wave, will be available in September. We hope you enjoy the first and second DLC waves as you wait for Episode Aigis -The Answer-. “

On March 12, players can access the Expansion Pass to add Persona 5 Royal EX BGM Set and Persona 4 Golden EX BGM Set when exploring dungeons and in battle.

The included songs are:

  • “Life Will Change”
  • “Beneath the Mask”
  • “Kichijoji 199X”
  • “Gentle Madman”
  • “I believe”
  • “Keeper of Lust”
  • “Blooming Villain”
  • “Victory”
  • “Backside of the TV”
  • “Game”
  • “Junes Theme”
  • “Heaven”
  • “Long Way”
  • “Revelations: Mitsuo”
  • “The Almighty”
  • “Results”

In May, you can unlock the Velvet Costume and BGM, which adds Velvet Room costumes for all characters and new music tracks, including:

  • “Electronica In Velvet Room (“P4D” ver.)”
  • “Battle Hymn of the Soul (t.komine REMIX “AT 1st” P3D-EDIT ver.)”
  • “Battle Hymn of the Soul (Daisuke Asakura Remix)”
  • “Battle Hymn of the Soul -USH ver.-”
  • “Dance Hymn of the Soul (Disco In Velvet Room)”

Episode Aigis will be available in September to close out the Expansion Pass.

The First Berserker: Khazan

The First Berserker: Khazan is a hardcore Action-RPG based on the Dungeon & Fighter franchise, an ongoing franchise of 18 years with more than 850 Million users worldwide. Khazan, the Great General of the Pell Los Empire, overcame death and set out to reveal the incidents that led to his downfall and seek vengeance on his enemies.

Frostpunk 2

Frostpunk 2 is a city-survival game set 30 years after an apocalyptic blizzard ravaged Earth, transforming our world into a harsh, icy wasteland. In the game you must face a new deadly threat that appears on the horizon – human nature and its unsatiated thirst for power.

Tales of Kenzera: Zau

Surgent Studios’ Abubakar Salim narrated a new trailer for Tales of Kenzera: Zau. Join Zau, a young shaman, on a journey to bring his Baba back from darkness in the beautiful yet treacherous lands of Kenzera. Experience a poignant single-player story influenced by actor Abubakar Salim’s personal experience with grief. Wield powers from the Sun and the Moon to defeat restless spirits in rhythmic combat and become a worthy Nganga.

Kunitsu-Gami: Path of the Goddess

Kunitsu-Gami: Path of the Goddess is coming later this year to Game Pass as Capcom’s latest game was shown towards the end of the Xbox Partner Showcase.

The legendary mountain, Mt. Kafuku, is defiled by an evil force that steals the 12 masks and their special powers. Soh, the protagonist, and Yoshiro, the Maiden with divine powers, join forces to purify the villages and rid them of the heresy.

Each mask, worn by Soh and the villagers, possesses a different divine power that is crucial to protect Yoshiro. As you progress through the game, you will recover more masks by cleansing additional villages and work with various villagers, each unlocked by a different mask. Together, you will bring back Mt. Kafuku’s original beauty.

During the day, you will explore the village, purge defilements, and rescue villagers to join you in battle. Repair contraptions to give you an advantage against The Seethe’s attacks at night. The rescued villagers will fight alongside Soh, and you have the power to decide which power to grant to each villager. Different masks will provide different powers, allowing some villagers to excel at close-range attacks and others to heal your crew. It is essential to think strategically about which villagers to enlist and where to station them before battle. You can use the terrain to your advantage, prepare your positions, and get ready for an epic battle once the moon rises.