Earlier this week, it was reported that Microsoft and Bethesda would be hosting a joint E3 press conference this year. It hasn’t officially been announced by either company, but Xbox Game Studios head Matt Booty spilled the beans during an interview with Le Figaro.
On Twitter, author Chloé Woitier noted that the joint conference would take place this summer, “in a few weeks.” This suggests it could take place around E3 2021, which runs from June 12-15.
In the past, both Microsoft and Bethesda have hosted their own individual conferences. But that was before Microsoft acquired Bethesda’s parent company ZeniMax in a massive $7.5 billion deal.
It makes sense that Microsoft would want to leverage Bethesda for its E3 conference, especially as the studio has some very popular games in development. Microsoft has Halo Infinite, which is obviously the most anticipated Xbox exclusive, but Bethesda has multiple titles in the pipeline that could drum up excitement for Xbox owners — especially if these games turn out to be exclusive.
For starters, we could finally learn whether or not Starfield will be exclusive to the Xbox family. According to Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier, Starfield will make an appearance at E3, but the age is “nowhere near done.”
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Starfield doesn’t have a release date, but most industry analysts don’t think it’ll be this year. A 2022 launch is looking to be the earliest we see the sci-fi RPG. But we could finally get clarification as to the platforms it’ll be available on.
And that could be true for a lot of Bethesda’s titles. In addition to Starfield, Bethesda also has The Elder Scrolls VI in the pipeline, but again, we don’t know how far along in development it is. It could get mentioned at E3, but I really doubt we’ll hear anything substantial about it.
I think the most we can hope for is clarity on how Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda will impact exclusivity for the studio’s blockbuster titles.