This August will bring QuakeCon back around one again, but it won’t be a live and in-person show. Once again, Bethesda’s convention will be digital.
Quaking at home
It seems like the dividing line for the return of the larger in-person conventions is this fall. And with the latest news coming out about the ongoing pandemic, that actually seems realistic. A smaller NYCC is (so far anyway) scheduled to return to the Javits Center in October, and the mighty SDCC is even planning a cozier-scaled con for over Thanksgiving weekend.
But instead of possibly waiting a bit longer and having its own show return, Bethesda will be once again holding a remote and digital QuakeCon. Announced today, the annual celebration of all things Quake, Doom, Wolfenstein, and more will be landing on your device of choice this August.
The digital show promises a second digital-con filled, with virtual “Peace, Love, and Rockets”, for the weekend of the 19th. Bethesda is promising news of the show’s “streaming lineup, charity opportunities, giveaways, and more” in June, so stay tuned for that.
Overall it’s kind of a bummer that the physical show won’t be returning in some form here in 2021. But even so, especially with the timing this is the safe move from every angle. Even if there’s some kind of issue over the summer, a digital QC can still roll on without hinderance. A physical one, even with a smaller venue, would have to be cancelled or moved.