A rumour aired last week that Xbox and Bethesda will be combining to bring a joint showcase to fruition at E3, and according to a new interview with the head of Xbox Game Studios, Matt Booty - it's true.
Speaking to French publication Le Figaro, Booty reportedly said that "Microsoft and Bethesda will hold a joint conference this summer to present their next projects to players". It's unclear how this will transpire, but we expect games such as Starfield to make an appearance throughout the lengthy showcase.
Booty also went into the future of the two companies, reiterating the companies goal to bring titles such as Starfield to Xbox Game Pass on launch. He stated that the companies "intention is for their [Bethesda] games to be on the Game Pass on the day of their release."
Earlier this year, Xbox commented on the future of its Bethesda acquisition, saying the companies future games will appear "where Game Pass exists". They also confirmed that some future titles will be exclusive to Xbox and PC players. With E3 around the corner and the two companies coming together, we'll undoubtedly begin hearing which games will appear where, giving some indication of what to expect in the future.
Are you excited for the Xbox and Bethesda showcase? Let us know in the comments below.
Huh... This is either gonna be a 2 1/2 hour awesome conference or one really packed 90 mintue conference were I feel some of the smaller games that always ended up catching alot of people's radars will not be there (looking at you tunic and cuphead)
@Terrin I'm thinking a 2hr show. But it better be awesome....let Bethesda run it as the 5 day long twitch stream for the indies was a cluster.
Oh myyy, this is going to be a hefty one!
@Terrin I'm hoping there's a much smaller focus on the far future so like a 1 and a half hour showcase only featuring games releasing in 2021 and 2022.
So it's one conference, then? Sounds good, to me.
@Grumblevolcano same I don't want any her I'd chi trailer of a game 3 years off. but still Microsoft's shows are usually 90 mintues and Bethesda range 60 to 90 mintues a large chunk of the show.
I also like seeing partner games some mid range ones usually appear and loosing those just wouldn't feel like a Xbox showcase
@Krzzystuff Xbox didn't run that show twitch did.. Microsoft basically provided the list and out there name on it but it's why it focuses on the streamers not the games.
If you look at there like last 4 e3 confrences Microsoft's gave been just walls of trailers and games which is what I am hoping for just stuff coming in be end of 2021
To me the doesn’t signal a mammoth loads to announce approach. The opposite. The Bethesda titles will merely be slotting into the Xbox exclusives release schedule which will mean less games from them. A separate conference would have signalled they are both announcing a lot of things. I fail to see how this is good news.
They also will know people get bored and there is no chance it lasts much longer than a normal one.
If you disagree let’s just wait and see
@Grumblevolcano Yeah, Microsoft has a huge amount of "future" games but seemingly nothing for short term.
And there, we will FINALLY be able to lay to rest (read: utterly crush) any lasting futile, straw grasping hopes of desperate Sony fans that any other games than the ones promised/already contracted will come to PS5.
It's going to be a fun fair of infinite exclusivity deals and I'm going to enjoy every single second of it....
Opening with the doomslayer and master chief going at it, before being told they're on the same side. Then both walk off, grumbling to themselves. Cheesy goodness.
I'm needing times and dates for all these... Need to book my toil hours to enjoy the gaming goodness!
In what dimension would a combined Xbox + Bethesda showcase result in less games?
Do they have a date and time for the showcase yet?
Can’t wait!! Despite E3 being watered down nowadays, I still look forward to it. Starfield news please 🤞
@gingataisen I understand the logic behind @Stocksy's comment. Take E3 2019 for example, Xbox E3 was 1.5 hours and Bethesda E3 was 1.5 hours with no overlap (no Bethesda games were in the Xbox E3 event). A combined Xbox + Bethesda E3 2019 likely wouldn't have been a 3 hour event, rather a 1.5 - 2 hour event with a lot of content cut from at least 1 of the separate presentations.
Combined presentation does have potential though if done right. Honestly about half of the July 2020 Xbox Showcase should've been saved for like E3 2022.
I always thought this would be the case, no point recycling Bethesdas stuff in Microsofts show since there under the same roof
@Krzzystuff Agreed, often less is more. The Indie stream was FAR too long (almost 5 hours!!!) and many of the titles got lost or forgotten. I tuned out after 4, many did far sooner, this isn't what you want.
60-90 mins is really all that is needed, 2 hours at a push. It should be an overview of the games with perhaps a slightly longer segment for a couple of the big hitters or really interesting smaller titles.
Save the really deep dives and developer interviews for another day when it can be reported in detail and not lost amongst all the new trailers and other announcements.
@SegataSanshiro Post script: I just googled "Segata Sanshiro" what a crazy and enjoyable rabbithole
@Grumblevolcano Or... Maybe they'll cut down on the talking and show the same amount of games.
@SegataSanshiro I was certainly around at the time but had never heard of him... except for you here and on PS.
Not sure you would get away with all the neck dragging and implicit violence nowadays, but as a child of the 80s maybe that's why I like it so much, simpler times, (almost) anything goes!
Here's to you and your namesake!
@SegataSanshiro Definitely not, but I miss this sort of zany advertising. For anyone else here's the rabbithole...
It reminds me of Sony's original PlayStation campaigns in the UK launching with anti-religious slogans on drug paraphernalia.
Here's a great write up on that guerilla marketing campaign
None of these brands would be associated with this sort of behaviour in the West anymore. We've come so far... and regressed at the same time.
Do we even know how long it's going to be? At any rate, they could talk less or show games in quicker succession. I'm actually worried some games might go under the radar if they have too much to show.
@SegataSanshiro Haha! That's a good one too. Though I was surprised the typeface at the end reminded me of the PS3 "Spiderman" font more than xbox
Have a good weekend and Play More!
All I'm interested is the inevitable Bethesda mobile card game that nobody asked for and fewer still want to dominate at least the first half of the show.
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