The new partnership of Xbox and Bethesda hit this year’s virtual E3 with an impressive array of 30 games for us to hanker for over the next year or more.

We’re going to go through everything in the order that it dropped, with proceedings kicking off with a look at the upcoming Xbox exclusive – and new IP – from Bethesda, Starfield, which is currently slated for an 11/11/22 release:

Promising a “true next-gen experience” is S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl, which is giving us Metro feels. It’s due on April 28, 2022:

The spiritual successor to the Left 4 Dead series, developed by many of the same people, is Back 4 Blood, which is due on October 12 this year (pre-order now at JB Hi-Fi). Here’s a new look:

To the strains of Steely Dan, the latest from Avalanche Studios, Contraband, was revealed:

Next up, Sea of Thieves is set to get a whole lot more interesting with the arrival of Jack Sparrow and his motley crew in the A Pirate’s Life expansion, which is hitting on June 22:

Didn’t get enough of EA’s Battlefield 2042 earlier in the week? Have some more gameplay! It’s due on 22/10/21 – pre-order now at JB Hi-Fi.

An impressive cast including James McAvoy, Daisy Ridley and Willem Dafoe head up forthcoming interactive thriller Twelve Minutes, set for release on August 18:

Hello old friends! Yes, it’s Psychonauts 2, and it will finally be with us on August 25:

It’s Bethesda update time now, with a look at two expansions for Fallout 76 that are in the pipeline. Free update Steel Reign is due on July 7, while The Pitt is due in 2022:

Get ready for enhanced ESO on consoles:

Changing tack entirely, it’s cute overload time with a bunch of floppy fuzzy furries in the multiplayer mayhem of the 2022-bound Party Animals:

Want some of the multi award-winning action of Hades on your Xbox? August 12 is the date:

The fascinating-looking Somerville was up next, due in 2022:

It’s big one time – and they don’t come much bigger than Halo Infinite. Still undated beyond “Holiday 2021”, we got a look at some free-to-play multiplayer action:

A classic will be reborn when Diablo II Resurrected, optimised, remastered and otherwise spruced up, arrives on 23/9/21:

Rats! It’s a sequel to A Plague Tale! Requiem is due in 2022:

It’s now time to revisit the fictional Caribbean island of Yara, and Ubisoft’s Far Cry 6 (pre-order now at JB Hi-Fi):

It’s little creatures time again, with cuter shooter Slime Rancher 2 coming in 2022:

Want some snowboarding action? You’ll be sorted when Shredders hits in December:

Ooh, eurodisco! It’s Atomic Heart, which is currently undated:

[Reads notes] “2022 Replaced”… With what?! Erm, oh! Replaced is coming sometime in 2022!

Grounded is getting an update very soon – June 30 – entitled Shroom and Doom. What a fun trailer it is, too, except for the Brood Mother. Thank goodness for arachnophobia mode!

The multiplayer madness of Among Us is coming soon to Xbox:

505 Games have two hard to pronounce but fun looking games coming in Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising (2022) and Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes (2023):

Next, an update on The Ascent, which is coming on July 29:

Time to get historical now, with Age of Empires IV. It’s slated for release on October 28 – pre-order now at JB Hi-Fi.

And the award for best voiceover on an E3 trailer goes to… this one for The Outer Worlds 2!

Next up, some news that we all hoped for – Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox, and it’s arriving on July 27! There’ll also be a special – and free – Top Gun Maverick tie-in DLC later in the year. Pre-order now at JB Hi-Fi.

Lots of great stuff, but any massive surprises yet? No? Well there is now… Forza Horizon 5, baby! This one will take the festival to Mexico, promising the series’ largest and most diverse world yet. Oh, and it’ll be here on November 9! Pre-order now at JB Hi-Fi.

It would be hard to top that announcement, so official Head of Xbox Phil Spencer wisely didn’t try. But he did leave us with a sneak peek at a new Bethesda open world shooter that’s in development, Redfall. It’s due in our winter 2022: