E3 may no longer be a thing but that won’t stop publishers and developers from hosting their own event to showcase their slate of upcoming games. Xbox will once again take center stage this summer, confirming today the return of the annual Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase.
While Xbox and Bethesda have, in the past, hosted their own separate events, you’ll recall that the two shows merged last year following Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda’s parent company ZeniMax. Perhaps the highlight of last year’s showcase was the announcement of Starfield’s release date.
You have to figure with Starfield launching this November, it will be one of the primary focuses of the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase. This could very well be the first time we see actual gameplay footage from the highly anticipated sci-fi RPG.
Bethesda’s Arkane Studios also has Redfall scheduled to launch sometime this year, so it’s possible we could get a release date. And, of course, there’s The Elder Scrolls VI, announced back in 2018, but this game is so far off that it’s possible it won’t even be mentioned.
Beyond Bethesda, Microsoft promises the Xbox & Bethesda Showcase “will include everything you need to know about the diverse lineup of games coming soon to the Xbox ecosystem, including upcoming releases to Game Pass on Xbox and PC.” Microsoft has been on a spending spree lately, bolstering its Xbox Game Studios with the acquisition of numerous game developers.
Other game updates we could learn more of during the showcase include Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 (Ninja Theory), State of Decay 3 (Undead Labs), Fable (Playground Games), and Avowed (Obsidian). Of course, there’s also the likely possibility that some new games are revealed as well. These sorts of events are always full of exciting surprises, and last year saw reveals such as The Outer Worlds 2 and Forza Horizon 5. So you’ll definitely want to tune in.
The Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase will stream on Sunday, June 12 at 10 a.m. PT. What do you hope to see?