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Microsoft reveals console upgrades, new ‘Call of Duty’ and ‘Flight Simulator’ games.



The Xbox Games Showcase took place as part of this year’s Summer Games Fest in Los Angeles, where Xbox announced new releases for three franchises under Activision Blizzard as well as upcoming games for next year. This included new versions of the Xbox Series X|S hardware, expanded storage options, and a limited-edition black Series X with a 2TB hard drive. Xbox reassured fans that they are continuing to work on the next generation of consoles, dispelling rumors of a move towards an all-virtual console market.

One of the highlights of the Showcase was the announcement of Call of Duty: Black Ops 6, set for release on Oct 25. The game’s campaign takes place during the first Gulf War in 1991 and will be available on the Xbox Game Pass on release day. The Blizzard half of Activision Blizzard also unveiled a new expansion for World of Warcraft, called The World Within, scheduled for release on Aug 26. Diablo IV is also on a redemption arc with the upcoming expansion Vessel of Hatred planned for Oct 8.

Another exciting announcement was the new edition of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024, focusing on allowing players to pursue a simulated career as a working pilot with various activities such as operating an airline and air racing. This version will feature Microsoft’s Azure AI technology, providing a more immersive experience for players. The 10th-generation Xbox is expected to include dedicated AI cores, and MSFS 2024 will be the first public project to showcase this technology.

Looking ahead, Xbox has a lineup of highly anticipated games, including the first major expansion for Starfield, Shattered Space, a new Assassin’s Creed game, a new Life is Strange series entry, and the release of STALKER 2: Heart of Chornobyl. With a dense flood of well-received indies and a strategic release schedule, Xbox is set to offer players a variety of gaming experiences in the coming months.

The Showcase also featured trailers for new games such as Gears of War: E-Day, The Dark Age (a prequel to Doom Eternal), and a reboot of Lionhead Studios’ Fable series. Undead Labs revealed a new trailer for State of Decay 3, focusing on its cooperative aspects, and Compulsion Games showcased South of Midnight, an action-adventure game set in a Southern-fried setting. Electronic Arts offered a new trailer for The Veilguard, the next installment in the Dragon Age series, which is expected to be a pivotal release for BioWare.

Overall, the Xbox Games Showcase provided fans with a glimpse of the exciting new releases and updates coming to the Xbox platform in the near future. With a focus on delivering diverse gaming experiences and leveraging new technologies such as AI, Xbox is poised to continue offering innovative and captivating gaming content to its audience.

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