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E3 2021 Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase recap: Starfield, Halo Infinite, Forza Horizon 5 and more

Learn what happened at the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase during E3 2021

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E3 2021 is underway, and June 13's Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase was one of the biggest events so far. This marks the first time that Xbox and Bethesda have given a major presentation together since Microsoft acquired the game publisher back in September. And it was a pricey acquisition as well: $7.5 billion, to be exact. 

First things first: If you want to rewatch the conference, it’s very easy to do. The livestream took place at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST on June 13. You can watch a recording on YouTube. We’ve also embedded the livestream link below, so you can watch without ever leaving this page.

Tom’s Guide live-blogged all the latest information as it became available on this page. You can see our notes below, in a full recap of the event. Major events included the Starfield trailer reveal, a deeper dive into Halo Infinite and the announcement of Forza Horizon 5 — which is slated for later this year.

Read on for the full E3 2021 Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase recap.

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The Xbox and Bethesda showcase is still a few hours out. Tune back into this page at 1 PM ET, and we'll start coverage as it happens.

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The event will start in less than five minutes. We'll bring you the latest announcements as they happen.

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Looks like we're another two minutes out. We have a cool countdown screen while we wait, though.

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And here we go! We're starting with an Xbox logo sizzle reel.

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Bethesda's Todd Howard is kicking things off with an onstage presentation. There's no audience, though. He's celebrating Xbox's 20th anniversary.

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Looks like things will kick off with a Starfield trailer.

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Looks like it's just a cinematic trailer. Starfield is all about exploring space, with an emphasis on the explorative human spirit.

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And here's the exciting news! Starfield will come out on November 11, 2022, and it will be an Xbox (and PC) exclusive. It will be available on Xbox Game Pass, too.

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Next up is S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2: Heart of Chernobyl. Like the first game, it appears to be a dark, strategic shooter with a big world to explore.

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We've seen a generous amount of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 footage. Looks like you'll explore a post-nuclear world, fighting off scavengers and mutants in intense first-person shooter matches. There's also a story about surviving in the wasteland.

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The game will be out on April 28, 2022 for Windows 10 and Xbox. It will also be available on Xbox Game Pass on day one.

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Back 4 Blood, the cooperative zombie shooter, will debut on Xbox, PC and Xbox Game Pass on October 12. We got a new trailer, with both gameplay and story footage.

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We didn't hear much about Contraband, save that it's coming out for Xbox Game Pass at some point down the line.

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The legendary Captain Jack Sparrow will be joining Sea of Thieves. It looks like there will be new story-driven content, complete with an appearance from the villainous Davy Jones. The expansion will be called Sea of Thieves: A Pirate's Life, and it will debut for free on June 22.

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Yakuza: Like a Dragon is available on Xbox Game Pass today. That's good news for fans of the series.

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We're getting a look at some pre-alpha gameplay from Battlefield 2042. It's the most gameplay we've seen so far, including on-the-ground and vehicular combat, in huge battlefields with dozens of players.

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Battlefield 2042 will be out on October 22, 2021 for Xbox Series X and Windows 10. 

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Twelve Minutes, a highly anticipated indie thriller, will be out for Xbox consoles, Windows 10 and Xbox Game Pass on August 19.

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Psychonauts 2 finally has a release date: August 25, 2021. We also got a new extended gameplay trailer, which showcases both the action-packed gameplay and humor that fans have come to expect.

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There are now 30 Bethesda games available via Xbox Game Pass, including shooters, RPGs and more. Bethesda didn't outline every single title, but check out the screenshot above for more information.

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Fallout 76: Steel Reign, the game's next expansion, will be out on July 7.

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There will also be a Pittsburgh-themed expansion called The Pitt, which will debut in 2022.

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The Elder Scrolls Online will soon get an update that optimizes it for play on the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. More story content is coming soon as well.

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Here's one we haven't seen before. Party Animals, a colorful, competitive game where cartoonish animals have it out with one another, will be out in 2022.

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Did you miss out on Hades, the beloved roguelite, when it debuted on Switch and PC last year? On August 13, it will be out on Xbox consoles as well - and Xbox Game Pass.

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Somerville is a dark, atmospheric indie game that will debut in 2022.

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Looks like it's finally time for some Halo Infinite news. Once again, we heard about the Xbox's 20th anniversary, and how Halo has been an integral series for the platform.