Bethesda's first solo E3 press conference back in 2015 was a real doozy: it featured the reveal of Dishonored 2, the surprise release of Fallout Shelter, and the world's first extended look at Fallout 4. Since then, Bethesda's kept its conferences packed with trailers and reveals, but with E3 2020 canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it looks like Bethesda will be skipping a big news event in June entirely.
Pete Hines, Bethesda's senior vice president of global marketing and communications, announced via Twitter that Bethesda won't be having a digital showcase in June. E3 2020 was originally scheduled for June 9 through 11. Companies including Microsoft and Ubisoft are planning digital events to replace their annual E3 press conferences, but Bethesda evidently won't be joining them—or at the very least, it won't be rolling out an event in June.
Given the many challenges we're facing due to the pandemic, we will not host a digital Showcase in June. We have lots of exciting things to share about our games and look forward to telling you more in the coming months.— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) April 1, 2020
USgamer has reached out to a Bethesda for additional comment regarding how the company plans to communicate about its lineup of games in the coming months.
At last year's conference, Doom Eternal and Fallout 76's Wastelanders update were two of the more notable Bethesda releases on the horizon. With Doom Eternal out now and Wastelanders' bevy of NPCs coming to Fallout 76 on April 14, there are still a number of upcoming Bethesda titles that we could hear about soon, with or without a digital show in the near future. Perhaps, in lieu of a single press event, Bethesda will trickle out information throughout 2020 regarding Arkane Studio's Deathloop, Tango Gameworks' Ghostwire Tokyo, or even the long in-development Bethesda Game Studios titles Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6.
It's also possible that Bethesda will show off some of what's to come at a digital event hosted by a platform holder. We're still waiting on Sony to reveal the PlayStation 5 and its lineup of launch titles, and Microsoft's digital event in place of its E3 press conference will almost assuredly feature reveals from big third-party developers and publishers.
Considering that Sony had already decided not to have an E3 presence for the second year in a row prior to the spread of the coronavirus, Bethesda and other large publishers that have either held E3 press conferences in the past or that have considered starting them may reevaluate their 2021 plans based on how this year's slate of digital events pan out. E3 is still a vital opportunity for many developers, but publishers and platform holders are evidently divided on the matter.