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‘Elden Ring,’ CoD 2020, and 4 more games missing from the Xbox showcase

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Venture Beat’s Jeff Grubb previously that the game might appear during the showcase, and in mid-July, a mysterious game called The Red Door appeared on Microsoft’s store.

Microsoft held an Xbox Games Showcase presentation for Xbox Series X today, and while it was was a good showing with heavy hitters like Halo Infinite, Avowed, and Fable, there were plenty of titles both confirmed and rumored, that fans expected to see but didn’t.

This mix of six Microsoft-published and third-party titles make up the games that were surprisingly absent from the July 23 Xbox Games Showcase.

6. Call of Duty 2020

Activision has never missed releasing a new Call of Duty game every calendar year since the series debuted, and this far into the year, we’d normally have gotten a title and release date timeframe some time ago. So there were many signs that an announcement during the Xbox Games Showcase could have made for the perfect timing. Venture Beat’s Jeff Grubb previously that the game might appear during the showcase, and in mid-July, a mysterious game called The Red Door appeared on Microsoft’s store. It was quickly data-mined and apparently outed as an alpha build for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

The Red Door’s data-mine also revealed new info on the game’s single-player, multiplayer, and zombies modes. Because this massive leak originated on Microsoft’s storefront, a Call of Duty reveal seemed that much more likely. That didn’t happen, so Activision really needs to reveal Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War in some other fashion, especially after all of the teases and leaks that it’s experienced.

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