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Kicking off at 9am PT/12pm ET/4pm GMT, the ID@Xbox and Twitch event will showcase over 100 games.
It will include new trailers and gameplay for over 25 titles such as Second Extinction, The Ascent, The Wild at Heart, Voidtrain, and Exo One, plus “an update” on Stalker 2.
It will also feature brand new game announcements from developers and publishers including DrinkBox Studios, Curve Digital, Devolver Digital, and Dear Villagers.
Microsoft said the event will be hosted by “community-favorite Twitch streamers” who will “conduct interviews with developers, take fan questions and maybe even drop some game codes”.
Thursday’s announcement of the Xbox indie games showcase is not a surprise. Multiple reports previously claimed Microsoft was gearing up to show off upcoming Xbox games during an event in late March, with Windows Central correctly predicting the date.
Publicising its report ahead of the official announcement, the site’s editor Daniel Rubino also said: “No surprise, but April, May, and June 2021 will be big announcement months for Microsoft. Instead of one big event, the company prefers smaller ones where it can keep the momentum going.”
In late February, Xbox’s marketing boss told fans not to expect events with “world premieres” or major game announcements “soon”. The comment was made in response to a press article speculating that Xbox could reveal a new Elden Ring trailer in late March.