Bethesda Cancels E3 June Showcase

The publisher behind Elder Scrolls, Doom, and Fallout says COVID-19 challenges have forced it to scuttle its planned presentation.

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With E3 2020 canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some publishers are still planning to give digital presentations around the time that E3 would have taken place in June. Those plans now include one less publisher, as Bethesda has bowed out of its annual presentation.

A statement from marketing VP Pete Hines, who often headlines Bethesda's E3 presentations, said the company is facing "many challenges" due to the pandemic, and as a result won't be hosting its digital showcase in June. It does note that the company will still be sharing its plans in the coming months--though it's unclear if this means a single large digital presentation will still be happening, or if the announcements will be split into individual ones.

Bethesda's E3 presentations usually pack at least a few surprises, along with details about ongoing content for games like Elder Scrolls Online. We're not sure what the company planned to show at this year's event, though it has teased long-term projects like Starfield and Elder Scrolls 6.

Bethesda's most recent release was Doom Eternal, the latest from Id Software. GameSpot's Doom Eternal review credited its well-designed arenas and sharp combat. Just make sure you turn off the demon-slaying tutorials for the best experience.

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