Live feed E3 2021: Halo, Forza, Starfield … Follow the Xbox & Bethesda conference live
1h30 is the time when Microsoft and Bethesda have to present their projects. This year again, no party in the Microsoft Theater, but a fully digital event. Follow the announcements of this highly anticipated show minute by minute.
A suggestion for the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase
Why are Xbox and Bethesda a common thing?
In September 2020 Microsoft throws a real bomb: Satya Nadella’s company buys ZeniMax Media for 7.5 billion dollars. As a result, Bethesda and all of its studios have moved under the Microsoft and Xbox Games Studios flag. If Bethesda still seems to enjoy some autonomy, the two conferences are now one.
Where, when and how is it?
In a world where the Covid-19 pandemic did not occur, the Microsoft conference would be held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, this world doesn’t exist, and Microsoft is hosting its online conference this Sunday at 7 p.m. The show should last 1h30. For the rest, we should find a classic format, with trailers and some interventions.
A first look at the connection between Microsoft and Bethesda
As the title of the E3 conference announces, Microsoft Xbox and Bethesda are holding a joint conference tonight. If you missed the final episodes, be sure to return in September 2020. The sun is shining and Microsoft is catching everyone by announcing that they have reached an agreement the acquisition of Zenimax Media. If you are unfamiliar with this group, note that they are the parent company of Bethesda. In early 2020, the United States and the European Union confirmed the acquisition, so Microsoft who spend $ 7.5 billion promised. As a result, all of Bethesda Studios became Xbox Games Studios. But how will this union be reflected for E3 in 2021? No chance of getting a new preview of Deathloop developed by Arkane Lyon as the studio signed a deal with PlayStation. However, there are many rumors that the next starfield could be an Xbox exclusive, while the case of The Elder Scrolls VI remains unclear. We definitely hope that Microsoft opens the floodgates and presents us with great games in the making.
The realization of the many buyouts and the return of large licenses?
In a few years, Microsoft bought many studios to explode the number of his first-party productions. For now, 23 studios are under the Microsoft umbrella and know that some of them have multiple teams working on multiple projects. 343 Industries, Bethesda, Playground Games, Ninja Theory, Obsidian, Ninja Theory, Double Fine, Undead Labs, InXile Entertainment, or Addition Mojang, all of them are capable of producing Xbox titles. Last year, Xbox announced the return of Forza Motorsport, Fable, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, and Perfect Dark. Other titles are also eagerly awaited, we’re thinking in particular of Avowed, State of Decay 3, 12 Minutes or STALKER 2, TUNIC and Everwild. According to some sources, 5 triple-A announcements are expected during the showwhich takes 1 hour 30 minutes. Not to mention Halo Infinite, which was originally expected to launch the Xbox series and has been postponed to the end of 2021 based on feedback from players after its presentation last summer. We hope to see the result of this additional year of work and get a release date. It is possible that the studio and Microsoft are trying to “redeem”
Update to Game Pass, xCloud and ID @ Xbox
Xbox consoles and the PC are obviously at the heart of Microsoft’s strategy. THE star is the Game Pass. The service, which launched on the console on June 1, 2017, really picked up speed when it arrived on the PC, but especially during the launch of the Game Pass Ultimate, which combines: access to PC Game Pass, access to console Game Pass, access to xCloud and subscription to Xbox Live Gold. Service counts now twenty million subscribers, and is regularly updated with titles, especially those by l’EA Play. Microsoft plans to expand its service further. And of course when we say that we think of it now ancient sea serpent that is Game Pass for Switch, at least for part of the catalog. In addition, Microsoft should continue as usual Inventory of the program ID @ Xbox, which enables independent developers to sign partnerships. An even more important point tonight that Microsoft announced yesterday The return of ID @ Xbox Summer Game Fest demo event from June 14th to 21st. During this week, players will have access to over 40 demos. A great way to take a look at what’s to come.
By MalloDelic, Journalist igamesnews.com