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First Xbox Series X gameplay coming May 7

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla gameplay confirmed for next week

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A Viking raid on a dock in a screenshot from Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Image: Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft
Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Microsoft will show off gameplay from its next-generation console, the Xbox Series X, on Thursday, May 7, the company announced on Twitter. It will be the first look at next-gen gameplay on the new Xbox, and Microsoft is teasing “lots of games.”

Xbox Series X gameplay will debut on the next episode of Inside Xbox, Microsoft’s livestreamed video presentation, on May 7 at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT.

One game we’ll definitely get a peek at is Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Ubisoft said on Twitter, “We will be happy to reveal our first Assassin’s Creed Valhalla gameplay trailer during the First Look Xbox Series X Gameplay on Inside Xbox.” Ubisoft revealed a cinematic trailer and first details on its Viking-themed Assassin’s Creed game earlier today.

Based on Microsoft’s tweets, it appears that the majority of gameplay (if not all of it) will come from third-party publishers and developers. “We’re bringing friends to our next [Xbox Series X] showcase and they have games, lots of games!” said Xbox senior marketing manager Josh Munsee on Twitter.

And it sounds like Microsoft’s own Xbox Game Studios will showcase its Xbox Series X games sometime this summer.

“So pumped to see our partners showing us a first look at Xbox Series X gameplay next week!” Xbox games marketing general manager Aaron Greenberg tweeted. “Also know the Xbox Game Studios teams are hard at work on some big summer plans.”

Microsoft has shown a handful of games for the Xbox Series X, including early looks at Halo Infinite and Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2, but next week’s reveal will be its first to feature actual gameplay footage.

The Xbox Series X is scheduled for release sometime during the holiday 2020 period.

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