Xbox Developer_Direct '24

Xbox starting the year off with the first Developer_Direct presentation for the year on Thursday at 22:00. The show will visit the developers of four upcoming games from four different Xbox Games Studios.

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. We’ll visit MachineGames in Sweden to check in on their Indiana Jones game, swing by Obsidian’s Irvine offices to see more from Avowed, head to Oxide Games’ Maryland home to learn about Ara: History Untold, and take a trip to Cambridge, England to see Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II from Ninja Theory.

Fans should tune in on Xbox channels at 12pm PT / 3pm ET / 8pm UK / 10pm SAST, January 18 to see all the latest on:

  • Indiana Jones game: MachineGames, the award-winning studio behind the recent Wolfenstein series, will reveal their upcoming Indiana Jones game, an action-adventure that puts players in the leather jacket of the legendary archaeologist. Developer_Direct will showcase more than 10 minutes of game and developer insights, including details about the game’s setting and story, how fans will actually play as Indy, additional details from his next globe-trotting adventure, and the premiere of the first gameplay trailer.

  • Avowed: The team at Obsidian will share the first deep dive into the gameplay experience fans can expect in Avowed, their upcoming fantasy action RPG, set in the fantastical, vibrant Living Lands. Learn more about how Obsidian’s expertise in building worlds with deep themes, dynamic gameplay, and thoughtful reactivity come to life in Avowed where players will have agency to make choices to shape every step of their adventure.

  • Ara: History Untold: Hear from the leads at Oxide Games – a studio founded by veterans of the strategy genre and the creators behind classic strategy titles including Civilization V – as they unveil exclusive new gameplay and share more details about the inspiration, key features, and road ahead for their upcoming historical grand strategy game.

  • Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II : Ninja Theory take us behind the scenes at their studio in Cambridge to give us some insight on how they are crafting Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II. The team will speak to the ambition and meticulous care involved in creating Senua’s journey of survival.

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Having recently started Uncharted LOTC on PC, I’m quite curious to see how Indy turns out. If it’s “family friendly” enough, I’m certain a dad-and-son playthrough will go down great with my son. He’s loved Indy since the Lego games and has seen parts of the movies. I obviously curate his content, with hearts being ripped out and monkey brains being eaten, of course…

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Good looking out! The Nazi face melting scene at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark still haunts me.