A new generation of consoles is upon us new consoles means new titles. Xbox is parking the heat on exclusives with the new, the known and the classic for their new console. Here are three exclusive games for the Xbox Series X/S.
Scorn is a survival horror first shooter with elements of adventure. The game is developed by Ebb Software and it’s the studio’s first game. In Scorn, you play as a skinless humanoid lost in a world that can best be described as disturbing. Not a lot is known about the story of this one but that might be because of its nonlinear gameplay.
Ebb Software used the phrase “being thrown into the world” to describe the game suggesting that you get to explore “world building” elements like understanding the world you are in. Your goal is to explore the world in a nonlinear manner and try to figure it out. While you’re at it, you take on enemies, solve puzzles and get to know all you need to.
The environment of the game is a creepy techno-organic mix with a lot of aesthetics of the game using this. We see this in everything ranging from the environment to the weapons. You have two weapons (at least these are the ones we have seen). There is a pistol that doesn’t do a lot of damage and there’s a shotgun that does heavy damage at close range but not so much from far. The weapons still look organic and appear to have a mouth.
The game has been through a lot in terms of development. It was first announced on the 12th of November 2014 after which it went through two kick starter campaigns. The first one failed but the second one was successful. At first it was planned for a two-part release then down the line Ebb Software went for a one-part release. On the 7th of May, Microsoft announced Scorn as an Xbox series X/S exclusive (also available on PC) and it will be running in 4k at 60 FPS. The game won’t be released on the previous consoles. The game is set for release sometime in 2021 but an actual date hasn’t been confirmed yet. There’s no current price for the game but the standard edition should be around $60 which is the standard price.
12 Minutes is an interactive loop where you play as a man reliving 12 minutes of his life over and over again until the mystery is solved. If the sequence of events aren’t interrupted the game starts with the man getting a gift from his wife and finding out she’s pregnant. Shortly after a police officer knocks at the door, accusing the wife of killing his father years ago. The officer gets into the house, knocks out the husband then he attacks and kills the wife and the unborn child. Each time you get to do things differently as you either try to save your wife or find the best ending for the game. Your actions will determine what happens over the course of the twelve minutes.
12 Minutes is being developed by Luis Antonio and will be published under Annapurna Interactive. Luis Antonio walked with Rockstar, Ubisoft and was part of the team that worked on The Witness. His plan for the game was to create something where your decision affected other people. The game was planned to be bigger but he scaled it down and got a team of five. It’s a top down game that takes place in the couple’s apartment (Living room, kitchen area, bedroom and bathroom). The game features voice acting from James McAvoy, Daisy Ridley and Willem Dafoe. The game time is equivalent to twelve minutes in real time and is set for a release this year.
There’s no way you can talk about the big releases of Xbox this year without mentioning Halo Infinite. Halo is an Xbox classic and a true fan favorite so it’s no surprise that 343 Industries has a new game plan for the next generation console. Halo Infinite is the next installment in the franchise and the developer’s said it will set the stage for something more on the lines of a reboot.
The game will see Master Chief as its main protagonist in his biggest Mission to save humanity yet. It’s set on a Halo ring that mysteriously malfunctioned and the game is supposed to be part of the Reclaimed Chapters. In the game, you’ll be taking on The Banished, a violent group of mercenaries and they are led by a brute named Craig. Unfortunately, there isn’t much more known about the plot.
The game didn’t receive good feedback when it was first revealed. There was a lot of backlash on the graphics and especially on the looks of Craig. 343 hinted that this is part of the reason why it was pushed back from its original release (same date as Xbox series X/S launch). They say that the delay is because they want to improve on the game and give players the Halo they truly deserve.
The more recent trailers show how the game shines on 343’s Slipspace engine and also gave us a glimpse of the game play. From the trailer we could see weapons and vehicles (old and new) like the Warthog, guns, a grappling hook and the Mjolnir Spartan armor.
The game will take place on a Halo ring bigger than that of the last two games combined (according to the developer) and a day and night cycle is present. The combat seems similar to Halo: Combat Evolved. The game will support 4k at 60 FPS, have reduced load times and it will bring back split screen gaming for single player and co-op campaigns while multiplayer can support 4 players at 120 FPS. The game is set for Fall of 2021 (September – December) and there isn’t any official price for it yet.
Xbox isn’t taking anything to chance with the success of their new console and these are just a few of the games coming our way. With so many great upcoming titles for Xbox fans and newcomers alike.