E3 2021 continues today with perhaps the biggest conference of the entire event: the joint Microsoft and Bethesda showcase. It all starts at
10:00 a.m. PT / 6:00 p.m. BST, and you can watch through Microsoft’s Twitch stream, or here through the embedded YouTube stream above.
Considering the number of studios Microsoft now owns, especially those that were discovered as part of the Bethesda acquisition, this has the potential to bring in a colossal number of announcements. Then again, Microsoft now has so many studios with so many games in development, it can afford to be picky and focus on the ones that come out the earliest. There are probably a lot of Xbox games that
habit see you at E3 this year. Here’s what we think we actually see. Microsoft’s E3 conference begins at 10:00 a.m. PT (click here to convert your time zone) today, Sunday, June 13. You can watch it on Twitch or YouTube.
Microsoft hasn’t said how long the event will last, but based on years past, we would expect a packed game hour.
(Image credit: Microsoft) Bethesda’s Great Contribution: Starfield
Xbox and Bethesda game showcase graphic heavily hints at Bethesda’s long-standing work
Starfield being a big part of the event. In fact, we would expect that and a long look at a new and improved Halo Infinite to dominate this show. If a presentation by Todd Howard is on your E3 bingo card this year, the odds are good.
We don’t know much about
Starfield yet, aside from the fact that this is Bethesda’s next big RPG, and takes place in space. If Bethesda treats this reveal the same as Fallout 4, Starfield could be released this year – Fallout 4 was revealed in June 2015 and released in November of the same year. Everything we’ve seen of Starfield is a trailer from 2018. Maybe it’s almost ready, or maybe it won’t be released until 2022. We should find out at this event.
Bethesda certainly has other games in development, but we might not see many of them in this showcase for a number of reasons:
Death loop is well known at this point, and will likely appear in a timeline but not as a flagship game
Ghostwire: Tokyo has so far only been featured as a PlayStation console exclusive, not a prime contender for the big Xbox scene the
Indiana Jones game teased earlier this year has just started development, and is probably too early to show
The Elder Scrolls 6 is still years away
Bethesda could certainly come up with a surprise. Like a new
Wolfenstein, if MachineGames is developing several projects. Or something new from id Software. Or another game from Arkane, who is definitely working on another game besides Deathloop. Xbox games: Halo Infinite and more
Infinite halo was a big part of Microsoft’s E3 show last year. Hopefully things improve this time around: Reception of last year’s reveal was so bad, Infinite was delayed for a year and is now coming this fall.
I’m expecting a beefy Halo Infinite presentation this year, with a few minutes spent showing the graphics improvements since the previous demo – someone, probably Joseph Staten, will say the words “community”, “feedback” and “we listened to. “while showing some
oh-Worthy HDR lighting. I think the majority of Infinite’s screen time will actually be spent getting a first look at its multiplayer mode, which Microsoft has said. will be free.
It will end with an announcement of the final release date – November 15, presumably, as it’s the 20th anniversary of Halo: Combat Evolved. Irresistible symmetry.
But what else is Microsoft going to show? He has
so many games in development now. Our colleagues from Windows Central expect Microsoft to reveal Forza Horizon 5 is coming out this year. Psychonauts 2 is absolutely is coming out this year, and Tim Schafer will likely step in to give us a surprisingly looming release date (but if you’ve read this far, the joke is on Tim: you won’t be surprised!). Sea of Thieves seems a likely candidate for a short trailer on a new update, as the game is now in its third year and still popular. If the PC gets a little love, Age of Empires 4 will be front and center.
Obsidian has us particularly curious. One of Microsoft’s big debuts last year was a cinematic trailer for
, a new first-person RPG. He could reappear, with an update trailer for Obsidian’s Declared Based and even , whatever. The Outer Worlds 2 is also entirely possible, but since the first game was released by Take Two’s Private Division label, it may not debut on this show. Josh Sawyer’s project
What other well-known Microsoft games could we see? There are tons of them, but some of them are a year or more away from release, so might be missing from this showcase:
And that doesn’t even mention games from other publishers, which Microsoft typically spends time on at their show. These might not be big reveals, but expect at least a few new trailers from EA or Activision or Take Two or Ubisoft. Microsoft also had the privilege of running the first and so far the only trailer for
at E3 2019, so Ancient ring may be we will see it again here.
Microsoft has explicitly called the new Game Pass games a feature of this event, so a montage of cool indie games coming to Game Pass is almost inevitable too.
What are all the studios that Microsoft owns?
(Image credit: Double fine)
It’s hard to follow, I know. Here are all the studios Microsoft has bought or founded in the past decade, and what they’re currently known for:
343 Industries: Halo
The Coalition: Gears of War
Rare: Sea of Thieves, Everwild
Obsidian Entertainment: Confessed, The Outer Worlds
Tour 10 Studios: Forza Motorsport
Playground Games: Forza Horizon, Fable
The initiative: Perfect Dark
Ninja Theory: Hellblade
Undead Laboratories: State of Decay
InXile Entertainment: Wasteland 3
Double Fine: Psychonauts 2
World’s Edge: Age of Empires
Compulsion games: We Happy Few
When Microsoft bought Bethesda, it acquired all of the other Zenimax studios, including: Tango Gameworks (The Evil Within), MachineGames (Wolfenstein), Arkane Studios (Dishonored), id Software (Doom), Alpha Dog Games (mobile developer), ZeniMax Online (The Elder Scrolls Online) and Roundhouse Studios (former Human Head developers).