Bethesda Won’t Be Hosting a Digital E3 Showcase in 2020
While Microsoft, Ubisoft, and Devolver Digital will be hosting live-streams instead of E3 2020 press conference, Bethesda has other ideas.
Coronavirus has already disrupted many jobs, forcing people to shut stores for a while and stay at home. When it comes to the video games’ industry, the virus has made it difficult for publishers around the world to ship their games on time. Besides that, it has caused many developers to avoid taking part in many of the world’s most popular gaming events this year such as E3 2020. However, some of the E3 presenters, including Ubisoft and Microsoft, have already announced that their press conferences will be hosted digitally this year, but the same thing won’t be happening for Bethesda.
Pete Hines from Bethesda officially revealed via Twitter that the company doesn’t have any plans for launching a live-stream showcase in June to replace their canceled E3 2020 press conference. This would mark the first time that the company has not had an E3 Showcase since their first presentation in 2015. That said, Hines clarified at the end that there are “lots of exciting things” about Bethesda’s upcoming projects that will be shared with fans in the coming months.
It’s been nearly two years since the time that Bethesda announced The Elder Scrolls VI and Starfield back at E3 2018. While most fans were hoping to get new details on both projects during E3 2020, the coronavirus disrupted everything. Unlike Microsoft and Ubisoft, Bethesda doesn’t have any intentions to live-stream the showcase as an alternative to a live presentation.
Given the many challenges we're facing due to the pandemic, we will not host a digital Showcase in June. We have lots of exciting things to share about our games and look forward to telling you more in the coming months.
— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) April 1, 2020
Aside from Starfield and Elder Scrolls VI, Arkane Studios’ new title Deathloop and Tango Gameworks’ new horror experience Ghostwire: Tokyo are a few of the other projects that Bethesda is expected to release more details about in the near future.
Bethesda’s latest launch, DOOM Eternal, has been one of the most notable games of 2020 so far, thanks to its crazy fast-paced gunplay, stunning visuals, and not to forget, the incredible music. The game managed to break the record for the opening sales of the franchise one week after launch.