We're now just a month away from the return of E3 in June 2021, so rumours surrounding the event are bound to ramp up over the next few weeks, and this latest report arrives from Venture Beat's Jeff Grubb on his Game Mess Show.
Grubb, who often dishes out insider info on the Xbox industry, told fans that he believes Xbox and Bethesda will essentially be combining their shows at E3 this year, following Microsoft's recent acquisition of the company:
"In the past I've spoken about Xbox and Bethesda and how their E3 showcase will be kind of separate, but under the same umbrella, and I think in recent weeks they've decided to make it even closer, and make it feel like more of like, one big show.
I think there's still going to be a lot of planning that happens slightly separately, but when they present it to the public, I think it's going to feel more like - here's the Xbox segment, here's the Bethesda segment - but they're sort of just going to go one and the other really quickly, and it's going to kind of all feel like one big thing."
It's no surprise to hear that Xbox and Bethesda might be thinking about combining shows, especially if Bethesda' Starfield is going to be a big part of Xbox's event this year, which seems pretty likely right now.
In any case, Microsoft will probably come out and highlight Xbox's E3 plans over the next few weeks, so it shouldn't be long until we get the full rundown on what to expect in terms of format. Not long to go until the big event!
Do you think Xbox and Bethesda should join their events at E3 2021? Let us know your thoughts below.
This has to be a big E3 for them.
MS has to show of its "here why you want a series___" games and Bethesda has to show of why it was worth all those billions.
Really hope so, we hear from so many platform holder's/dev's that it's the best line up they've ever had only for whats being shown to feel like a slight let down. Hellblade 2 gameplay is what I wanna see most from Microsoft this E3.
I'm pretty excited to watch the shows! I'm hoping the leaks are contained for all shows as i hate spoilers personally, just let people enjoy the show as it was intended...what's the benefit of knowing it a week or two early? All you leakers snooped for Christmas presents as kids didn't ya!
MS and Bethesda are usually on the list of conferences I tune into so this should be good.
I like e3, wish Sony still went. Its good to see the industry all come together
@IronMan30 do you think it'll be merged? surely no point having 2 shows when there MS owned.
@Kopite I feel they will be separated but be back to back. Due to the physiological thing of like hey tuned in for a 3 + hour can make people not want to watch either
I really hope we get the big details on Halo and I hope it is the big game all want it to be at launch. I want Xbox to make a compelling argument for itself at E3, not just fart hype like they’ve done the past few years. And I also hope they don’t do one of those things like patting themselves on the back for being the last console to get DQ11. It’s time for big exclusives!
Bethesda are owned by Microsoft so it only makes sense to merge them, but get ready for a lot of 2022/23 release dates though. I'm just hoping for the evil within 3
Yeah this is definitely going to be a big E3 for Microsoft. Even excluding the Bethesda stuff, most eyes are going to be on Microsoft considering Sony doesn't attend E3 anymore and a lot of PlayStation fans are going to be tuning in to watch Xbox for third-party reveals. At least that's how it was back in 2019 when PushSquare decided to livestream the Xbox conference on their site since PureXbox wasn't around back then and they wanted to see potential third-party announcements. In other words, this could be a great opportunity for Microsoft to reestablish themselves in the market as a force to be reckoned with and have more people acknowledge this as they'll be in the spotlight.
Is this the year that Xbox finally crushes E3?
It's been a considerable wait since Mattrick royally ballsed things up. Fingers crossed.
It's going to be an impressive showcase we are getting.
@Kopite sure, it wouldn't make a lot of sense to keep them separate but I'm more speaking to what Grubb said. He made it sound like they won't be the same conference but maybe I'm misunderstanding what he's saying.
@Terrin yeah maybe have it as a 2 part showcase, that would be pretty great.
I, too, am looking forward to hearing "WORLD PREMIERE" in "announcer voice" no less than 23 times in one hour!
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