The COVID-19 pandemic has had an incredible impact on the gaming industry. With dozens of esports events canceled, several conferences have moved online, and entire development teams working from home, productivity and others seem to have been practically put on hold.
One of the biggest cancellations of all of this was the announcement that E3 2020 would no longer happen. As arguably the biggest gaming event of the year, many people – from the most casual fan to the most dedicated developer – have anticipated the event.
With its cancellation, we have seen many companies move online. Nintendo ended up making a Nintendo Direct Mini, GDC 2020 held its discussions online and will be hosting a smaller event this summer, and much more.
Unfortunately, it seems that Bethesda has no intention of doing the same. The company appears to have been hit hard by the pandemic and will not be holding an online replacement for its E3 presentation. Bethesda Announces That They Won’t Be Holding A Replacement For Their Canceled E3 Presentation
The news comes from Pete Hines, executive vice president of global marketing and communications for Bethesda. Hines went on Twitter to make the announcement earlier today.
“Given the many challenges we’re facing due to the pandemic, we will not host a digital Showcase in June,” Hines announced in his tweet, which we’ve placed above. “We have lots of exciting things to share about our games and look forward to telling you more in the coming months.”
Bethesda has been enjoying a good amount of popularity recently with the release of their highly-anticipated brutality-fueled demonic slaughter-fest, Doom Eternal. The title has won them back some much-needed positivity from their fans, many of whom were ready to give up on the well-acclaimed developer / publisher after the resounding failure of Fallout 76.
It’s interesting to see the team deciding to completely avoid a digital showcase, to be honest. Their competitors are mostly moving online to still give fans some sort of news – whether it’s to fill in the days of social distancing and quarantine with good news or to continue building hype to hopefully recount some financial losses from this whole pandemic.