Xbox and Bethesda at E3 2021
The second day of E3 2021 has begun, but aside from Tuesday’s Nintendo Direct, the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase, during which Microsoft and Bethesda Softworks will team up to show off what they have in store for 2021 and beyond, will undoubtedly be the highlight of the event.
The show will begin at 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET and run around 90 minutes. The complete live stream is available in the attached video below.
Finally, what can we expect?
Or should you not anticipate anything? There are a few things we already know or have heard rumours about.
Obviously, Halo Infinite will be strongly featured in today’s presentation, and if I had to guess, we’ll learn more about a multiplayer beta.
Far Cry 6 (which we already saw at the Ubisoft event) and Battlefield 2042 have been confirmed for the Xbox event, with the latter likely to reveal gameplay in addition to the teaser we saw earlier this month.
Jeff Grubb Views
We shouldn’t expect to see the following, according to insider Jeff Grubb:
If Grubb’s projections are true, that’s a large list of high-profile titles that aren’t quite ready to be featured yet. Meanwhile, according to Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier, there will be one major Bethesda game included, Starfield, which will reveal a late 2022 release date as well as a first look at the game.
It’s disheartening to see so many large titles omitted from the potential reveal list, but I think it all depends on how other games like Halo and Starfield present their promise. Unannounced games are always a possibility during a Microsoft event, because it wouldn’t be a Microsoft event without them these days.
Because Bethesda has been presenting its own hour-long demonstration in previous years, and will certainly have enough to talk about, Microsoft will need to be efficient with its time. Starfield, Bethesda’s space-faring RPG that was announced three years ago, is almost certain to see an update, if not actual gameplay. In fact, with The Elder Scrolls VI unlikely to have much of a presence, Bethesda’s share of the show may have to be carried by Starfield.
Additionally, when Microsoft purchased ZeniMax, it also took on MachineGames (Wolfenstein), Arkane (Dishonored, Deathloop), id (Doom), and Tango Gameworks (Ghostwire: Tokyo), so expect updates from some or all of these studios during the showcase.