Microsoft Announces The Date And Time Of Its Not-E3 Xbox And Bethesda Event – Forbes

E3 is cancelled this year, possibly forever, and one of the only huge companies that was still a fixed presence there was Microsoft. As a result, they have had to figure out alternative arrangements, and turns out it’s not that hard to just…throw your own event/showcase instead, and that’s exactly what they’re doing right around when E3 would have been.

Microsoft has announced the that its Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase will be on June 12 at 1 PM ET, livestreamed everywhere. Here’s all they had to say about it in today’s announcement:

“Today, we are excited to announce that the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase will stream on Sunday, June 12 at 10 a.m. PT. This show will feature amazing titles coming from Xbox Game Studios, Bethesda, and our partners around the world.

The Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase will include everything you need to know about the diverse lineup of games coming soon to the Xbox ecosystem, including upcoming releases to Game Pass on Xbox and PC.”

What can we expect? Well, of the known projects in the works, here’s what we’re at least hoping to see:

Starfield – This has to be the major reveal of Starfield, in full, at last, if Bethesda really is going to hit its release date of November 11, 2022. We have seen a tiny amount of in-engine footage and a whole lot of videos talking about the game and showing concept art, but if there was ever a time to really roll out the red carpet for a huge gameplay debut, it would be here.

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Halo Battle Royale – This is still just a rumor, but we know Certain Affinity is working on something big related to Halo that all datapoints indicate is a battle royale variant. Given that we will just be two month into Halo Infinite’s six month season, I would not expect much from 343 itself about the base game. But it may be time to start talking about this mode.

Perfect Dark – I am somewhat skeptical there will be much to share about The Initiative’s Perfect Dark, given how many problems have plagued that studio and that project early on here. I’d be impressed if they managed to show anything else besides another teaser trailer, and this still seems like it’s quite far off.

Fable – The same goes for Fable, though we haven’t heard about similar problems, this too feels like a project that is a long ways away. Still, it would be nice to see or hear more from it a showcase like this.

Redfall – Expect a big presence from Arkane’s Redfall, given that it will be released in September 2022 if all goes well. Early leaks have not looked great but they’re…unfinished leaks, so this would be the time to really show off something from this Borderlands-ish vampire hunting game to prove the naysayers wrong.

Avowed – Maybe it’s time for Obsidian to start painting a more clear picture of Avowed, its next big project? I mean we know we’re not getting anything from Bethesda and Elder Scrolls VI, after all.

Hellblade 2 – We already saw impressive footage from this previously, and I would expect we’ll get more from Ninja Theory and Hellblade from this show, along with a release date, hopefully.

Indiana Jones – Sorry, I keep forgetting this game exists, but it’s what Machine Games is working on, and I mean, I’m certainly curious about it.

There’s definitely more potentially coming, but that’s a solid starter list. We’ll see where we are a month and a half from now.

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