This June, the games industry will stand in the big hole where E3 used to be and start firing off game announcements like nobody’s business. According to the “E3” Summer Games Fest calendar (opens in new tab) so far, most livestreams will be happening over the course of a single weekend: June 9-12. While it’s still not clear if some of the biggest publishers will have anything to show this year, Microsoft is coming out swinging with the Xbox & Bethesda Showcase.
As you’ve probably noticed, Microsoft has been on a spending streak lately. Earlier this year it began the process of buying the entirety of Activision Blizzard for $69 billion (opens in new tab). That merger, plus ongoing projects at Bethesda and internal studios, tees up Microsoft for a potentially killer show. We already know that we won’t get to play Starfield or Redfall this year, but E3 is the perfect excuse to build buzz by showing off games that are still far off.