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Bethesda has confirmed that this year’s QuakeCon event will be an all-digital show for the third year running.
However, announcing the event on Wednesday, the company said plans are in place to return to a physical show in 2023.
“This year’s QuakeCon will once again be a digital-only event, August 18-20, 2022,” it said.
“Like you, we’re disappointed to not return to Dallas this year. An event of this size requires months of planning, and in this case, we had to make decisions when there was still too much uncertainty to commit to successfully executing an in-person QuakeCon.”
The annual celebration of the major franchises of id Software and other Bethesda studios has been running since 1996 and traditionally includes a large paid, bring-your-own-computer LAN party for competitive play. The event usually attracts some 10,000 attendees.
Wednesday’s statement continued: “The QuakeCon team is already working hard to put together exciting news streaming programming, online meetups, giveaways, charity opportunities, the virtual BYOC, and more, and we will announce more details in June.
“We’re committed to returning with our full in-person festival in 2023 and already looking forward to reconnecting with friends, a massive BYOC packed with your latest custom PC creations, our wild contests, and tons of great new games and hardware for attendees to try out.”
Highlights from last year’s event included the surprise release of a Quake 25th anniversary remaster, which featured new content from Wolfenstein developer MachineGames, which is currently working on an Indiana Jones game.
Last year’s show also featured the first in-depth look at Deathloop’s multiplayer mode from Arkane Lyon.
Bethesda is due to offer the next major Starfield reveal this summer, perhaps during parent company Xbox’s regular E3-style games showcase, which is expected in June, and it’s likely we’ll get more information on the game at QuakeCon too.