Bethesda and Xbox are set to hold a virtual and joint E3 conference at 1 PM ET on 13th June. The Bethesda and Xbox Game Showcase is expected to be a 90-minute event with the focus being on software from Bethesda, Xbox Game studios, and others. You can watch the event on Xbox channels on YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, and Twitter.
E3 could not be held in 2020 due to the pandemic and even this year, it will only be held digitally and completely free. It will be held from 12th June to 15th June. The confirmed participants as of now are Nintendo, Xbox, and obviously Bethesda, Ubisoft, Capcorn, Warner Bros Games, Take-Two Interactive, Bandai Namco, Square Enix, and Sega as well as some others. The lineup is missing EA and Sony even though they are not holding any E3 type event. E3 has been skipped by Sony for some years now while EA will hold its own live event on 22nd July.
The Latest on Xbox
ZeniMax Media was acquired by Xbox only three months ago. Xbox paid $7.5 billion for the acquisition. In return, Xbox got 8 studios which included id Software known for Doom, Bethesda known for Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Arkane Studios known for Prey, Dishonoured, and Tango Gameworks known for The Evil Within.
This E3 Showcase is the first since Xbox acquired ZeniMax and launched the ninth console gen. Its been six months since The Xbox X Series has been on the market but Halo: Infinite which is highly anticipated has not been launched yet. The Xbox universe however is sustained thanks to Game Pass Ultimate which is Xbox’s famous PC and console subscription service. It provides subscribers access to over 100 titles for a $15 monthly fee.
Xbox also owns many high profile developers such as Compulsion Games, The Coalition, Mojang Studios, Double Fine Productions, Obsidian Entertainment, Ninja Theory, Rare, and Playground Games and this is not including the ZeniMax collection. These developers create experiences only for Xbox platforms.
Xbox is attempting to combine its mobile, console, and PC businesses under one brand with cloud gaming and cross-play capabilities. They are hoping that the Xbox experience on console and PC will soon become combined.
E3 Schedule on Twitch
Twitch has shared its schedule for this year’s E3 starting on 10th June with twitchgaming gathering. You will be able to see press conferences from studios, interactive and original content from Twitch, and presentations from Summer Game Fest, Devolver Digital, Facepunch Studios, Guerrilla Collective, IO Interactive, Sega, and others. Twitch has not yet released the entire schedule but it has confirmed that Summer Game Fest will be held Live on 10th June at 2 PM ET, Netflix Geeked will debut films and shows based on games at 12 PM ET on June 11th. The twitchgaming gathering party will be held at 2 PM ET on June 12th and the Bethesda and Xbox Showcase will be at 1 PM ET on June 13th. E3 is not just about Xbox and Twitch, it is so much more.