QuakeCon will once again be a digital-only event in 2021. This is the second year in a row QuakeCon will be digital after Bethesda canceled the live convention in 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.QuakeCon 2021 will take from August 19 to August 21 online. In a statement published on the official QuakeCon site Bethesda writes, “We can’t wait to get back to Dallas with our QuakeCon family, but for the continued safety of our staff, the volunteers, and the community, this year’s QuakeCon will once again be a digital-only event.””We’ll have all the Peace, Love, and Rockets — remotely — August 19-21.”We can’t wait to get back to Dallas with our QuakeCon family, but for the continued safety of our staff, the volunteers, and the community, this year’s QuakeCon will once again be a digital-only event. We’ll have all the Peace, Love, and Rockets – remotely – August 19-21. pic.twitter.com/8EaM7EY5Sv— QuakeCon (@QuakeCon) May 11, 2021Bethesda’s decision to keep QuakeCon digital this year out of safety concerns is admirable. Especially since Texas currently has fairly lax COVID-19 restrictions on businesses and loosened mask mandates (wearing a mask in gatherings is still strongly encouraged).Have you played Quake?YESNOFull details, streaming lineups, charity opportunities, and more will be announced at a later date, according to Bethesda.In 2020, QuakeCon was one of the many convention casualties of the pandemic. After announcing there would be no physical event in Texas that year, Bethesda pivoted to a digital-only event where the company announced updates for Doom Eternal, Elder Scrolls Online, and Fallout 76.Who knows what’s in store for this year’s digital event, especially after Microsoft acquired Bethesda and parent company ZeniMax for $7.5 billion. Since then Microsoft and ZeniMax’s many studios, which include id Software, have kept quiet on their next plans.Confirmed Xbox Series X GamesAll we know is that Bethesda is still hard at work on Starfield, while Arkane and Tango Gameworks are working on Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo, respectively.Other digital-only conferences this year include PAX, Comic-Con, E3, and more.
Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor.