Microsoft confirmed last week rumor via a joint online event with Bethesda Softworks in June that announced today that the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase takes place on Sunday, June 13th at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET.
Tech-wise, it’s entirely an Xbox event as Microsoft lost $ 7.5 billion to Bethesda parent ZeniMax Media in 2020. Bethesda has always had a strong solo presence during the E3 season, however, and 2021 could be one of the biggest shows in years. Rumors continued that we were going to take a look at the long-awaited science fiction RPG Starfield This year: the expectation is that it’s still a long way off – late 2022 seems like the smart money – but some kind of release goal (and hopefully some gameplay) could be shared much sooner. E3, even in its slightly straightforward current format, is a natural home for this kind of big reveal, and dropping such a bombshell during an Xbox conference would be a real takeover from Microsoft.
And in case there was any doubt about the likelihood of Starfield at the Xbox event, industry analyst DomsPlaying noted the following:
Whoa.Talk here about subliminal messages from Xbox. That is hard. pic.twitter.com/xPgPbUmE17May 26, 2021
Here is the original header image from the Xbox Wireif you want to compare yourself:
Of course, there will be more than just Starfield on display during the 90-minute event. Microsoft said it will also provide more information on other games emerging from its partnership with Bethesda, as well as details on “the incredible games coming to Xbox this holiday, upcoming releases on Xbox Game Pass and more.”
The addition of the Xbox and Bethesda event makes June even more crowded (and it was already horribly crowded). The June 13 date is in the middle of E3, which runs June 12-15 this year (also online only), and just three days after Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest and one day after Ubisoft Forward. In June there will also be the return of the PC gaming show and the Future Games Show. Overcrowded like I said – luckily we have a full one E3 2021 schedule to help you keep everything straight.