Apparently, like millions of other gaming fans, I used all devices, screens and keyboards, surfing every known supplier of the newest XBox Series to grab my very own. I waited hours, trying to work at the same time, listening to a variety of promotional messages or music from the 80’s. Thankfully, after having about 10 in various carts, only to be told, sorry.., I was able to grab one right before there were no more.
If you wanted to snag a pre-order for the Xbox Series X or S yesterday, you might not have gotten one. Yesterday’s first sales were sort of a mess, with retailer sites going down, technical problems, short stock and an endless procession of Amazon’s error dogs. I’d say that it could have gone better, but to be honest, I’m not really sure that’s true: We have basically never seen a launch for a major piece of hardware that didn’t have these problems, and trying to fix these problems just seems like a hopeless game of whack-a-mole that can’t get around the fact that there are fewer consoles to sell than people want to buy them. Luckily, restock is coming.
According to Microsoft, we should expect more consoles at launch, on November 10, which will likely encompass both online and in-person sales, though in-person sales will be incredibly complicated thanks to the COVID-19 restrictions that are hard to imagine dissipating by then (wear a mask). Xbox even tweeted out yesterday that they were humbled by the record breaking demand (ecstatic is more like it), and to sign up for updates with retailers as they are expecting more availability at launch on November 10th 2020.
Some of the upcoming Xbox Series X games confirmed so far
Whether you’re jumping straight into next-gen with the Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S, or sticking with the current Xbox consoles, there’s plenty in this upcoming Xbox Series X games list to excite, even before we get to things like Fable 4 – aka the new Fable game.
There is quite a line up of new games coming out, compatible with the new X series as well as much talk about almost everything coming to Xbox Game Pass, which is seriously exciting, and there’s a huge push for Xbox Series X backwards compatibility as well.
Here are a few of the new games that I am most excited about:
The Medium – Of course, there has to be a horror game at the top of the list, right? Layers of Fear and Blair Witch devs Bloober appear to be having a stab at a very Silent Hill sounding game with The Medium. And, most importantly, Akira Yamaoka is working on the soundtrack. Yes. The Silent Hill composer, Akira Yamaoka. Kind of a big deal there. The pitch even has a very familiar feel as it follows a medium called Marianne dealing with two worlds – the real one, and a spirit realm. And the story involves child murder, with Marianne visiting an abandoned hotel resort to try and unravel bad things that happened in the past. The only way it could sound more Silent Hill right now is if they added the name to the title. I think I will need to get a new heart monitor for this one. Release date is “holiday 2020” so let’s hope it is sooner than later.
Resident Evil Village – Yep, you know it. Although the expected release date is not until 2021, it will give me enough time to become much better at the current game. Resident Evil Village is Resident Evil 8 in everything but name. Resident Evil Village is set to take place a few years after the events of Resident Evil 7, and will follow Ethan and Mia. Interestingly, Chris Redfield is back on the scene and is about to set off a chain of events that will send Ethan to a mysterious village looking for answers. Just watch out for werewolves. (Picture above)
Balan Wonderworld – It is not always about scaring the bajebbers out of me, there is a lot of fun with other types of games. Balan Wonderworld is a brand new game from Square Enix and we’re loving how exciting it looks. This new action platformer is themed around the Balan Theatre, which is led by the maestro named Balan, and they are joined by the stars Emm and Leo. The latter duo use specific abilities influenced by their array of costumes in twelve different tales across Wonderworld. Each of the stages (literally) is filled with tricks and traps, but also intriguing stories. According to Microsoft’s website, it will be available March 26, 2021.
Call of the Sea – This one was very intriguing, sort of Little Mermaid, Sirens and Pandora all blended into one game. Also, we know how much we love solving clues and discovering adventures. In this game, Norah’s on the trail of her missing husband’s expedition. It’s sometime around 1930, and you’ve found yourself on a strange but beautiful island in the South Pacific, and you discover there’s more to the island than initially expected. There are secrets waiting for you to discover them as you search for the terrain, which lead you to a tale of mystery, adventure and even a little bit of self-discovery. It looks gorgeous, and it’s somehow also very, very British. This is a Raw Fury game and does not have a release date either as of yet.
I cannot wait to be able to stream these games and many more. What games are you most excited about? Were you able to get your pre-order or are you waiting? Let me know in the comments below.
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