QuakeCon will remain an online-only event this year

Bethesda has confirmed that QuakeCon 2022 will once again be an all-digital event when it returns in August.

The announcement was posted on Bethesda’s QuakeCon page, with the company writing that while “disappointed not to be returning to Dallas this year,” an event as big as QuakeCon “requires months of planning, and in that cases, we had to make decisions when there was still too much uncertainty to commit to successfully running an in-person QuakeCon.

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Plans for the show are still being finalized, but the team organizing the digital event is currently working, according to Bethesda, “to put in place exciting new streaming programming, online dating, giveaways, charitable opportunities, virtual BYOC, and more.”

QuakeCon 2022 will run from August 18-20, and Bethesda has promised that more information about what it has planned for the show will be revealed in June.

This will mark QuakeCon’s third year as an all-digital event after the 2020 and 2021 events went live in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Bethesda is expressing confidence in its announcement that things will turn the corner in 2023, however, and it’s planning for an in-person show to return.

“We are committed to returning with our full in-person festival in 2023,” the post reads, “and we are already looking forward to reconnecting with friends, a huge BYOC filled with your latest custom PC creations, our crazy contests and Tons of great new games and gear for attendees to try.

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Analysis: err on the side of caution

For a few years, we’ve watched the coronavirus pandemic push once-bustling gaming events online or cancel them entirely. This year, however, we’ve seen a couple – a recent example being GDC – begin to re-embrace elements in person.

It’s a mixed bag, however, and this announcement from Bethesda shows that not all shows will be taking the same approach, which is pretty understandable given that the pandemic is still ongoing. We already know, for example, that Gamescom 2022 will attempt to mix digital and in-person elements, while Summer Game Fest will continue as an all-digital event as it always has been.

E3 2022, meanwhile, has been canceled entirely, with the ESA recently announcing that it was ending plans for a digital show this year. Like Bethesda, the ESA envisions 2023 as the year to get things back on track, stating its intention to “devote all of our energy and resources to delivering a revitalized physical and digital E3 experience next summer.”

As for what we can expect to see from QuakeCon 2022, well, details aren’t available at this time, but the event has already had a good mix of deep dives, tournaments and developer panels as well as some exciting announcements.

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