Following reports that Xbox and Bethesda would be hosting a joint E3 conference, Microsoft officially set a date. The Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase will stream on Sunday, June 13 at 10:00 a.m. PT.
The Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase will run for 90 minutes with Aaron Greenberg, General Manager of Xbox Games Marketing, promising “everything you want to know about the epic gaming lineup coming out of this partnership, the incredible games coming to Xbox this holiday, upcoming releases on Xbox Game Pass, and more.”
Microsoft, of course, acquired Bethesda’s parent company ZeniMax in a massive deal earlier this year. One of the biggest questions surrounding this acquisition is how Microsoft’s ownership of Bethesda will impact the studio’s future game releases.
Microsoft has already acknowledged it will honor Bethesda’s previous PS5 exclusivity commitments for Deathloop and GhostWire: Tokyo. But there’s a lot in Bethesda’s pipeline and the future of how these games will be handled is cloudy.
I’m hoping this showcase provides a bit of clarity on the subject of console exclusivity. You have to expect Microsoft will want to capitalize on this acquisition in some form of Xbox exclusivity. The question is how far will they push it. Will games like Starfield and Elder Scrolls VI be exclusive to Xbox consoles?
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Beyond Bethesda, Microsoft has quite a lineup of its own from its Xbox Game Studios. After going on a developer acquisition spree, Microsoft now has multiple studios developing games under its Xbox Game Studios banner. This includes Halo Infinite (343 Industries), Avowed (Obsidian Entertainment), Everwild (Rare), Perfect Dark (The Initiative), Fable (Playground Games), Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 (Ninja Theory), and a new Forza Motorsport (Turn 10 Studios). Suffice to say, fans can expect to see a lot of games during this showcase. And I can’t wait!
That Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase is actually right smack dab in the middle of E3 2021, which will be an all-digital event that runs from Saturday, June 12 through Tuesday, June 15. Perhaps this suggests some other publishers will be filling in the space for that Saturday.