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Microsoft teases Starfield reveal at the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase in June

Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase 2021
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Microsoft has confirmed last week's rumor (opens in new tab) about a joint online event with Bethesda Softworks in June, announcing today that the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase (opens in new tab) will take place at 10 am PT/1 pm ET on Sunday, June 13.

Technically, it's strictly an Xbox event, given that Microsoft dropped $7.5 billion on Bethesda parent ZeniMax Media in 2020. But Bethesda has always been a powerful solo presence during the E3 season, and 2021 may be one of its biggest shows in years. Rumors have persisted that we'll get some sort of look at the long-awaited sci-fi rpg Starfield (opens in new tab) this year: The expectation is that it's still far off—late 2022 seems to be where the smart money is going—but some sort of release target (and hopefully some gameplay) could be shared much sooner. E3, even in its slightly discombobulated current format, is a natural home for that kind of big reveal, and dropping a bomb like that during an Xbox conference would be a real power move from Microsoft.

And in case there were any doubts about the likelihood of Starfield at the Xbox event, industry analyst DomsPlaying noticed this:

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Here's the original header image, from the Xbox Wire (opens in new tab), if you'd like to compare for yourself:

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There will of course be more than just Starfield on display during the 90-minute event. Microsoft said there will also be more information on other games coming out of its partnership with Bethesda, plus details on "the incredible games coming to Xbox this holiday, upcoming releases on Xbox Game Pass, and more." 

The addition of the Xbox and Bethesda event makes June even more crowded (and it was awfully crowded already). The June 13 date puts it in the midst of E3, which runs June 12-15 this year (also online-only), and just three days after Geoff Keighley's Summer Game Fest and one day after Ubisoft Forward. June will also see the return of the PC Gaming Show (opens in new tab) and the Future Games Show (opens in new tab). Crowded, like I said—luckily, we've got a full E3 2021 schedule (opens in new tab) to help you keep it all straight. 

The Xbox and Bethesda Games showcase will be streamed on Twitch (opens in new tab), YouTube (opens in new tab), Twitter (opens in new tab), and Facebook (opens in new tab).

Andy Chalk
Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.