The Entertainment Software Association has announced plans to transform E3 into an all-digital event this June, and Xbox is one of the participating companies. Xbox boss Phil Spencer has now further commented on the announcement.
He said on Twitter, “Glad to see the game industry coming together again in June for a digital E3.” The executive went on to say that E3, along with other gaming events, demonstrate that “our industry is strongest when we work together.”
He ended his statement with a tease for Microsoft’s own plans for the summer. “Looking forward to sharing what we have in store this summer,” he said.
Microsoft is participating in E3 2021 in some capacity, but the full extent of its involvement remains to be seen. For what it’s worth, Microsoft previously said it would have more news to share about its games, and those from new subsidiary Bethesda, at some point this summer.
Glad to see the game industry coming together again in June for a digital E3. This and other summer events are proof that our industry is strongest when we work together. Looking forward to sharing what we have in store this summer.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) April 6, 2021
It was previously reported that Microsoft and Bethesda would make announcements during events in the summer. These events might take place on the same day, back-to-back, to deliver a big one-two punch, according to the reports.
As for what Bethesda could discuss, it could be updates on new games like Starfield or The Elder Scrolls VI, or brand-new games altogether. As for Microsoft, the summer show will be just months before Halo Infinite releases during the holiday, while it was also reported that Xbox has more unannounced games to reveal for 2021.
In addition to Xbox, E3 2021’s list of early commitments include Nintendo, Capcom, Konami, Ubisoft, Take-Two, Warner Bros., and Koch Media. The show is slated to take place June 12-15, and its programming will be free for everyone to watch.