Bethesda’s Pete Hines explains in Twitter that “Given the many challenges we’re facing due to the pandemic, we will not host a digital Showcase in June. We have lots of exciting things to share about our games and look forward to telling you more in the coming months”. Bethesda’s website has updated the information of QuakeCon.
QuakeCon has always been a special event for us and for you – a time when we gather together to play games and build bonds that, for some, have lasted a quarter-century now.
In recent weeks we have spent a lot of time discussing how we might still move forward with QuakeCon this year, particularly given that it’s the 25th year of the event. However, with all of the logistical challenges and uncertainties we currently face due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s QuakeCon. The health and safety of our employees, volunteers, vendors, sponsors, and players will always be our top priority, and in these times it felt wrong to be talking about a gathering when gathering is the last thing any of us should be doing right now.
While we don’t know what the state of the pandemic will be this August, we do know it will not be possible to complete the work and planning with partners, vendors, volunteers, and others that is required to make QuakeCon a success.
Until then, be safe, look after each other, and play games.
QuakeCon 2020 not being hosted via digitally is a tough pill to swallow for impatient hardcore fans, specially after QuakeCon 2019 not bringing much else other than the 50 minutes of Doom Eternal gameplay, and the disappointment of Quake Champions in 2018. Nintendo has hosted two Nintendo Direct recently, covering the information expected to be released between E3 2020 and GDC 2020. Microsoft and Sony has revealed the technical details of their next generation consoles. It’s safe to assume that Bethesda will face some backlash about QuakeCon 2020.