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Xbox Developer Direct: How to watch Xbox and Bethesda’s games showcase

Promised updates on Redfall, Minecraft Legends, and Forza Motorsport

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Microsoft will show off its early 2023 Xbox Game Studios and Game Pass lineup Wednesday in a new showcase called Xbox Developer Direct. Games confirmed to appear at the event include ZeniMax Online Studios’ The Elder Scrolls Online, Arkane Studios’ Redfall, Mojang and Blackbird Interactive’s Minecraft Legends, and Turn 10 Studios’ Forza Motorsport.

Bethesda Game Studios’ Starfield won’t be at January’s Xbox Developer Direct, however. The sci-fi role-playing game will be the star of its own stand-alone presentation at a later date, Microsoft says.

When is Xbox Developer Direct?

Microsoft’s Xbox Developer Direct showcase will stream on Xbox’s Twitch and YouTube channels, as well as Bethesda’s Twitch and YouTube channels on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 12 p.m. PST/3 p.m. EST.

Xbox games marketing VP Aaron Greenberg said on Twitter that Developer Direct is expected to run 43 minutes long. During the event, Microsoft promised to show the following: “more gameplay and exciting new details” from Forza Motorsport; “an insider’s look into the PvP multiplayer experience” in Minecraft Legends; and single- and multiplayer gameplay — including combat, customization, bosses — in the open world of Redfall.

Where to watch Xbox Developer Direct

Here are all the Xbox and Bethesda channels where Wednesday’s showcase will be streaming:

Xbox Game Studios also has a long list of announced but mostly missing-in-action projects, including Avowed, Everwild, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2, State of Decay 3, The Outer Wilds 2, and reboots of Fable and Perfect Dark, on its slate. Xbox fans may have to wait until closer to E3 2023 (or later) for updates on those games.

2022 was a comparatively quiet year for Xbox, with the Xbox Game Studios’ brand publishing a handful of games like Interior Night’s As Dusk Falls, Playground Games’ Hot Wheels expansion for Forza Horizon 5, and Obsidian’s Pentiment. But as 2023 rolls on, Xbox fans should expect a busy, crowded year filled with new things to play.

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