Fans who plan on tuning into Bethesda’s E3 conference might be disappointed to learn that the company has no plans to showcase The Elder Scrolls VI or Starfield.
Last year’s bizarre E3 press conference from Bethesda was filled with all sorts of intriguing moments and unexpected announcements, but perhaps none were more exciting than the two games saved for the end.
Closing out their showcase last year, Bethesda revealed teaser trailers for both Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI. The videos offered little besides a chance for Bethesda to tease what looks like some very impressive tech being used to power the highly anticipated games.
We were shown some amazing environmental footage, but it was also clear that both of these games are still very far away, with their release most likely coming on next-gen systems. Bethesda has already opened up on the multitude of reasons for showing these games so early in their lifecycle, and the company has been very transparent in terms of tempering expectations.
So it should come as no surprise that at PAX East this weekend, that Todd Howard, Bethesda Game Studios’ director and executive producer, confirmed that neither Starfield nor The Elder Scrolls VI will be shown at E3 this summer.
"“Before everyone asks, please be patient. It’s going to be a long time. It’s not something we’re going to be talking about at E3, either of those games, this year. And so patience, please, but you know, given the anniversary, we did want to give everybody a taste…”"
While it’s disappointing that neither of these highly anticipated games will be talked about at E3, their absence should allow Bethesda to focus on some of their other games, like Wolfenstein: Youngblood, which finally received a release date of July 26. E3 should serve as a big stage for the highly anticipated game.
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Other games that could get some attention during Bethesda’s E3 conference include DOOM Eternal and Rage 2, the latter of which will have been out for about a month by then; so we can expect some sort of DLC announcement. Maybe we’ll have time for another Andrew W.K. concert?
We can also expect an update on some of Bethesda’s games as a service, like Fallout 76, which has had an incredibly disappointing launch, as well as the long-running titles The Elder Scrolls Online and The Elder Scrolls Legends.
Perhaps most importantly, Bethesda not bringing The Elder Scrolls VI or Starfield to E3 just about confirms that both of these games are still early in development and very likely coming to the next generation of systems.
Bethesda is hosting its E3 2019 press conference on Sunday, June 9.