As part of the Xbox Developer_Direct 2024, 5 games were shown, including an Indiana Jones game
Xbox held its Developer_Direct 2024 event, which showcased 5 games, 4 of which will be immediately available on Game Pass upon release. The main title of the presentation was a game from the MachineGames studio called Indiana Jones and the Great Circle. As you know, the game will be dedicated to the adventures of archaeologist Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones, Jr.
Opened by Xbox Developer_Direct 2024 game Avowed from studio Obsidian. The video showed the new gameplay of the new role-playing game: the combat system, the variety of locations, dialogues, etc. Avowed is announced for Fall 2024. The game will be available with a Game Pass subscription.
Next, the new gameplay of Senua’s Saga Hellblade 2, announced back in 2019 by the Ninja Theory studio, was shown. The game is being developed on the Unreal Engine 5 game engine and will be available on Xbox Series X/S and PC on May 21, 2024. As part of the presentation, the process of capturing the movements of actress Melina Jurgens, who played the main character in the first part of the game, was shown. The developers also stated that the neo-folk group Heilung participates in the musical accompaniment to the game. Senua’s Saga Hellblade 2 will be available with a Game Pass subscription.
After announcing the release date of Senua’s Saga Hellblade 2, Square Enix has unveiled Visions of Mana, announced for December 2023. Visions of Mana is a JRPG (Japanese Role-Playing Game) set in the Mana universe and the first game in this universe in 15 years. The presentation of the game itself was in Japanese with English subtitles. Visions of Mana will not be available through Game Pass. As previously announced, the game will be released for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and PC on Steam in the summer of 2024.
Next, the Oxide Games studio presented a new gameplay demo of the Ara: History Untold strategy, which is similar in mechanics to the games in the Civilization and Age Of Empires series. In addition to another gameplay demonstration, the developers talked about their project. For example, the game has a procedural world that allows you to see the residents’ reactions to changes. The game will have a craft that will help train new units, send gifts to other peoples, or build trade routes. Ara: History Untold runs on a new engine created by Oxide Games. The game is scheduled for release on PC in the fall of 2024. This game will also be included with Game Pass.
The last game shown at Xbox Developer_Direct 2024 was voiced by Indiana Jones and the Great Circle. Judging by the longest presentation (about 14 minutes), this is the game that Xbox is making the biggest bet of all presented. As already mentioned, the game is developed by the MachineGames studio, known for the Wolfeinstein game series (starting with Wolfenstein: The New Order). The executive producer of the action was Todd Howard, who said that he always dreamed of creating a game about Indiana Jones. In 2009, he almost offered George Lucas to make a game about Dr. Jones.
The action of the game takes place in 1937 between the events of the films “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “The Last Crusade”. The game will mainly be played from the first person, but there will be scenes from the third person. The developers have added many puzzles and battles with opponents to the game. Interestingly, instead of a hook-cat, the character will use the famous whip. And although the main character has the appearance of a young Harrison Ford, the role of Indiana Jones in the game was played by Troy Baker (Joel in The Last of Us).
In addition to Dr. Jones, another central character will be journalist Gina, who will have her own interest in this story. According to the description of the game on Steam, the title will have subtitles in Russian. The game will be released on PC and Xbox Series in 2024, the developers have not announced the exact date. This game will also be included with Game Pass.