Bethesda has announced they won’t have a digital showcase as a replacement for their E3 press conference this year.
Posting on Twitter, the developer explained they won’t be staging a digital event due to the Coronavirus pandemic - after E3 2020 was cancelled last month.
Vice president of Bethesda’s PR and marketing, Pete Hines, wrote: “Given the many challenges we’re facing due to the pandemic, we will not host a digital showcase 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
“We have lots of exciting things to share about our games and look forward to telling you more in the coming months.”
Bethesda’s presence at E3 has been growing in recent years, so it’s quite surprising to see them duck out of a digital showcase.
It likely means any news on The Elder Scrolls VI and a potential Wolfenstein sequel is a long way off yet, after the former was announced at E3 2018.
Ubisoft and Microsoft have both confirmed they’ll have a digital showcase in E3’s absence, with the latter expected to deliver a deep dive on the Xbox Series X.
Prior to the show's cancellation, Sony confirmed they wouldn't be attending the event for a second year in a row - with it unclear when they'll debut the PlayStation 5 after showing off some technical specifications last month.