After launching a new indie-centric showcase just last week, Microsoft is back tomorrow with a new Inside Xbox presentation that'll bring news regarding Gears Tactics, Obsidian's Grounded, Sea of Thieves, Game Pass, and more. That "and more" won't include new information about the Xbox Series X, however.
This week's Inside Xbox presentation is scheduled for April 7 at 2 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET, streaming live via YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Twitch, and Mixer. It'll be about 20 minutes long, followed by an extended post-show on Grounded.
In the show's announcement, Microsoft adds that Jason Ronald, director of program management for the Series X, will be on-hand for the show to discuss the recently revealed technical specifications, but "won't have any new details to share" on the console.
Instead, we'll likely spend a lot of time on Gears Tactics, out for PC later this month (read News Editor Eric Van Allen's recent hands-on and interview), and Grounded. First announced at X019 late last year, Grounded will be Obsidian Entertainment's first Xbox Games Studios release. It's a survival game starring kids who've been shrunk down to the size of pebbles, now forced to fend for themselves in a backyard crawling with bugs and other threats.
Journalists got to see some of Grounded in-action before its reveal, but immediately following tomorrow's Inside Xbox show, there'll be a live single-player stream on Mixer and Twitch featuring developers from Obsidian. Grounded is set to debut via Xbox Game Preview this Spring.
It's very likely that tomorrow's Sea of Thieves update will pin down a Steam release date alongside news regarding what's to follow this week's Forsaken Shores anniversary event.
With the launch of ID@Xbox Spotlight and Microsoft planning a digital event as a replacement for its annual E3 press conference, tomorrow's Inside Xbox may also serve as a look at how Microsoft intends to deliver news about new games and the Series X throughout the year.
While we now have a pretty good idea of what's powering the Series X thanks to the Xbox team and Digital Foundry, we're still in the dark about its targeted launch lineup—apart from Halo Infinite—and the console's price. Last week, Xbox Head Phil Spencer indicated that Microsoft is not settled on either given the production complications and economic ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic.