Microsoft has confirmed last week's rumor of a joint online event with Bethesda Softworks in June, announcing today that the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase will take place at 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the afternoon (ET) on Sunday, June 13th.
Technically, it’s strictly an Xbox event, as Microsoft dropped $ 7.5 billion to ZeniMax Media, Bethesda’s father, in 2020. But Bethesda has always been a solo presence during the E3 season and 2021 may be one of its great shows in years. Rumors have persisted that we’ll take a look at Starfield’s long-awaited sci-fi role this year: the expectation is that it’s still a long way off (by the end of 2022 it looks like that’s where the smart money goes), but there’s a kind of launch target (and hopefully some game) can be shared much sooner. E3, even in its current somewhat cluttered format, is a natural home for such big revelations, and dropping a bomb like this during an Xbox conference would be a real powerhouse for Microsoft.
And in case there were any doubts about Starfield's likelihood at the Xbox event, industry analyst DomsPlaying noted:
We’re talking about Xbox subliminal messaging here. This is heavy. pic.twitter.com/xPgPbUmE17May 26, 2021
Here is the original header image, from Xbox Wire, if you want to compare for yourself:
Of course, there will be something more than Starfield during the 90-minute test. Microsoft said there will also be more information about other games coming out of its partnership with Bethesda, as well as details about "the amazing games that will be coming to Xbox this holiday season, upcoming versions of Xbox Game Pass and more."
The addition of the Xbox and Bethesda event makes June even more crowded (and already very crowded). The date of June 13 places it in full E3, which is held from June 12 to 15 this year (also only online), and only three days after the Summer Game Fest by Geoff Keighley and a day after Ubisoft Forward. June will also return on PC game show and the Future Game Show. Crowded, as I said, luckily we have a full E3 2021 calendar to help you keep everything right.