Xbox Presents Developer_Direct A deep-dive into some of the biggest games coming to Xbox platforms Presented by the game creators themselves

Xbox Presents Developer_Direct

A deep-dive into some of the biggest games coming to Xbox platforms

Presented by the game creators themselves

January 18 was an incredible day for Xbox players as “Developer_Direct” returned and brought you a deep-dive into some of the biggest games coming to Xbox platforms. At today’s Developer_Direct show, we provided deep-dives into five new games launching across Xbox Series X|S, PC, Game Pass and/or cloud – all of which will arrive later in 2024. Development teams at Xbox, Bethesda, and even one of our third-party partners invited fans into their studios to showcase extended gameplay, reveal key information, and more.

Presented by the game creators themselves, Developer_Direct offers an in-depth look at upcoming titles, how they’re being created, and who’s creating them. During the show, Xbox team visited the studios behind Indiana Jones and the Great CircleAvowedSenua’s Saga: Hellblade IIand Ara: History Untold to find out more about each one. Members of each development team gave us a look into their creation, with new information, and offered a tantalizing glimpse of what’s to come this year. All four of these games will arrive on day one with Game Pass, and will contribute to what’s going to be another huge year for members, delivering incredible games throughout 2024.

Plus, in a special surprise, we heard from the team at Square Enix to learn a lot more about Visions of Mana, the first new mainline entry in the Mana series in over 15 years, and its debut on Xbox platforms. With participation from developers on 3 continents, it was a truly global show.

Here’s a summary of everything we announced and covered during Developer_Direct:

Indiana Jones and the Great Circle – Launching 2024

Xbox Series X/S, PC – Joining Game Pass on Day One’

Official Gameplay Reveal Trailer: Indiana Jones and the Great Circle

The official reveal of Indiana Jones and the Great Circle was debuted during Developer_Direct with over 13 minutes of gameplay footage and developer insights. This new journey starring the legendary archaeologist comes from the award-winning team at MachineGames – the minds behind Wolfenstein: The New Order and Wolfenstein: The New Colossus – in collaboration with Lucasfilm Games and executive produced by Bethesda Game Studios’ Todd Howard. Find out more on

Avowed – Launching Fall 2024

Xbox Series X/S, PC, Cloud – Joining Game Pass on Day One

Avowed Image

Avowed Game Director Carrie Patel gave us a first deep-dive into the gameplay in Obsidian’s upcoming fantasy action RPG, from its dynamic combat, to its thoughtful reactivity, to its “colorful, vibrant, strange” world set in the Living Lands. Avowed continues Obsidian’s signature style of creating games with deep themes and player choice at the forefront.

Not only will you make narrative decisions that can impact changes in the game down the line, but Avowed is also looking to offer choice in combat. Gameplay Director Gabe Paramo discussed not only how varied your weaponry will be – with melee weapons, ranged guns and bows, and magic-based wands (even dual-wielded wands!) to name a few – but how flexible combat can be, allowing you to quickly change loadouts for enemy encounters. Swappable loadouts mean you can approach combat however feels right to you. Avowed will this fall for Xbox Series X|S, PC, and Cloud – and arrives with Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass on day one. For more information, please visit the Avowed website.

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II – Launching May 21

Xbox Series X/S, PC, Cloud – Joining Game Pass on Day One

Senua's Saga: Hellblade II Image

Ninja Theory took us behind the scenes at their studio in Cambridge to take a look at Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, and learn more about the craft behind their new title, which is now in the final months of development.

In the video we learned more about Senua’s new journey, which leads her to Iceland, a harsh and brutal land ravaged by myth and tyranny. We were given a new look at Senua’s experiences of the world, seen through her eyes as someone who experiences psychosis, and saw some of Senua’s visceral and violent battles with the Draugar.

With a studio mission of crafting life-changing art with game-changing tech, Ninja Theory are pushing the boundaries of fidelity, richness and immersion. You can join Senua on her new quest, May 21. Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II is available to wishlist on Steam and pre-install on Xbox Game Pass now.

Visions of Mana – Launching Summer 2024

Xbox Series X|S, PC

Visions of Mana Image

In a surprise appearance, Square Enix joined the show to present Visions of Mana, the first new mainline entry in the series in over 15 years, and its debut on Xbox platforms. Series producer Masaru Oyamada presented a sneak peek at the gorgeous new RPG, sharing gameplay and behind the scenes footage before its launch in Summer 2024. Koichi Ishii – father of the Mana series introduced the adorable new animal companions, “pikuls” and explained the design process behind them.

Oyamada then shared some details regarding the game’s score and revealed that the tracklist for Visions of Mana contains 100 songs in total Oyamada also revealed that in Visions of Mana, The Elementals will assist the player in battle in the form of specialized items, which will each have a different effect in combat. Combined with aerial combat that allows for weapons and magic to be used in mid-air, the combat is fast-paced and flexible.

Visions of Mana launches Summer 2024 on Xbox Series X|S and Windows PC!

Ara: History Untold – Launching Fall 2024

PC – Joining PC Game Pass on Day One

Ara: History Untold Image

The key leads at Oxide Games debuted an all-new look at gameplay and shared an overview of the key features coming to Ara: History Untold during today’s Developer Direct. Viewers learned more about Ara’s crafting system, unique approach to simultaneous turns, and more.

You can learn more about this innovative new historical grand strategy game with our in-depth interview with Design Director Michelle Menard and we will have more to share in the coming months leading up to Ara’s launch this fall on PC and with PC Game Pass. For the latest breaking news follow the Ara: History Untold social channels (TwitterFacebookInstagram/Threads) and wishlist the game on Steam.

Other Streams

Developer_Direct was big day for the Xbox family, with two other livestreams also taking place. Earlier in the day, Blizzard hosted a Diablo IV Developer Update Livestream. Shortly after Developer_Direct, ZeniMax Online Studios also hosted global reveal of The Elder Scrolls Online 2024 to preview 2024’s biggest update – a standalone presentation where the development team unveiled the game’s next major Chapter, including the new zone, storyline, and other major features coming in the game’s biggest update this year.

Looking Ahead

It was a celebration of just a selection of our slate of upcoming games from Xbox. It’s also another part of our commitment to consistently bringing Xbox players can’t-miss experiences. Please note that while this show didn’t have updates on games from Activision Blizzard, you can look forward to news from those teams later this year.

You can expect that 2024 line-up to include more incredible games from Xbox and our partners as the year goes on.

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