What you need to know
- Microsoft announced the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase for 2022.
- The show is being held on June 12, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m ET.
- This follows the 2021 showcase, which was also a combined presentation between Xbox Game Studios and Bethesda Softworks.
Microsoft is holding the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase again in 2022, as shared on Xbox Wire (opens in new tab). This year's event is coming on June 12, 2022, with both Xbox Game Studios and Bethesda Softworks presenting different reveals. Microsoft has held its summer game shows on a Sunday for the last few years and 2022 won't be breaking tradition.
No runtime for the show has been shared yet. According to Microsoft, the showcase will feature everything players need to know about the "diverse lineup" of games on the way, from the Xbox first-party division and from "partners around the world."
At least one game that should absolutely be present is Starfield, the upcoming role-playing science-fiction title from Bethesda Game Studios. First announced at E3 2018, Starfield returned during the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase in 2021, with a Nov. 11, 2022 release date attached to the trailer.
Another overwhelmingly likely candidate for a game that'll be present is Redfall, a vampire hunting co-op game from Arkane Austin that was revealed during the 2021 showcase. Redfall is currently slated to arrive sometime in Summer 2022 and like Starfield, is coming exclusively to Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PC, as well as launching day one into Xbox Game Pass.
Microsoft held the combined Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase in 2021 to represent the recent acquisition of of ZeniMax Media, emphasizing how both publishers encompassed the Xbox first-party division. It seems like Microsoft will be using that branding for the forseeable future. It'll be interesting to see how or if this changes in the future, as Microsoft is currently working to acquire Activision Blizzard, a deal that is slated to close sometime in Microsoft's fiscal year ending June 2023.
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Interesting. I thought the rumor was they were splitting them up to two shows.
That was a rumor, yeah. Obviously this doesn't mean they can't hold a second show later in the year, but maybe it was something being discussed and ultimately decided against.
I saw an article where a former employee feels that Bethesda are biting off more than they can chew with their expectations for Starfield and its release date. Either it will get pushed back or content will need to be cut. I wonder how accurate that is. That and the engine is "meh", but that's to be expected from Bethesda, no point breaking the norm.
I meant to ask, is there any truth to my initial paragraph? Anything you have heard from your go to's?
Nothing on my end that feels relevant to share right now. I will note the former employee also said they don't enjoy Bethesda games, which kind of colors things to me? That and so many games come together in the last couple of months. Creation Engine 2 is supposed to be a huge step up in terms of what it can do, but wouldn't surprise me if it's still difficult work with.
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