Microsoft has announced their first livestream event designed to highlight upcoming indie titles coming to Xbox via the console’s Game Pass service.
“We are excited to announce ID@Xbox Game Pass, a stream highlighting great indie games coming soon to Xbox Game Pass,” reads a post on Xbox Wire. “In this show, you can expect to learn more about some of the hottest ID@Xbox titles coming to Xbox Game Pass with new reveals, gameplay highlights, and conversations with the developers…In our debut, we’ll dive into games previously shown at E3 and X018. Expect hits such as Afterparty, Void Bastards, and Supermarket Shriek to be highlighted. In addition to new game announcements, we’ll also share a visit to Night School Studio, the creative team behind the hit game Oxenfree, for a behind-the-scenes look at their upcoming game Afterparty.”
While there’s quite a bit of buzz surrounding Afterparty, none of the titles confirmed to be part of this show probably jump off the page at you. There’s always the promise of some big new game that Microsoft isn’t ready to reveal yet, but that’s not the most important thing about this livestream.
No, what matters most is that Microsoft is spotlighting indie titles coming to Game Pass (thus giving them and Game Pass a bigger platform), and that the company is choosing to further the livestream format they currently utilize with Inside Xbox in order to make more announcements. We know Nintendo are big believers in that format, and we’ve recently seen Sony get in on the livestream action as well.
However, with Microsoft seemingly being the biggest name left holding a press conference at E3 2019, we can’t help but wonder whether or not this should be taken as a sign that they too are trying to create their own ecosystem of reveals via live stream rather than base them around existing industry events. While that might sound like kind of a stretch, you really do have to wonder what E3 2020 is going to look like at this point.
ID@Xbox Game Pass will air on March 26 at 9:00 AM PDT.
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