QuakeCon was sadly cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic but it’s not holding back for its 25th anniversary.
The schedule for QuakeCon 2021 has been released and the convention is packing as much as it can into its three days with virtual developer panels, tournaments and discussions about your favourite games.
Arkane, MachineGames, Bethesda and id Software are all on the schedule and fans can expect insight into some of their recent releases and upcoming games.
QuakeCon will begin on Friday, August 20 and continue until Sunday, August 22 in Australia.
Unfortunately, it means another weekend of lost sleep for Australians, but if you’re keen on tuning in to QuakeCon at home here’s what you need to know.
QuakeCon 2021 schedule
The organisers of QuakeCon recently posted the official schedule for the 2021 event.
All the times are listed in ET so we’ve translated the times for the major panels into AEST below:
Friday, August 20:
- 2:00 am – QuakeCon 2021 Pre-Show
- 4:00 am – Welcome to QuakeCon 2021
- 4:05 am – Celebrating 25 Years of Quake with id Software and MachineGames
- 4:30 am – Deep Dive into Deathloop with Arkane Lyon
- 5:00 am – Fallout 76: Making Appalachia Your Own With Fallout Worlds
- 5:30 am – Inside the Award-Winning The Elder Scrolls Online with ZeniMax Online Studios
- 6:00 am – Reliving the Opening of Skyrim with the Creators from BGS
- 6:30 am – Doom Eternal Studio Update with Marty and Hugo
Saturday, August 21:
- 12:30 am – Let’s talk Quake
- 4:00 am – Deathloop Meets its Makers
- 8:30 am – The Elder Scrolls Online – Dungeon Speed Run Competition
Sunday, August 22:
- 4:00 am – Doom Eternal – Battlemode Community Bonanza
- 6:30 am – Quake World Championship Grand Finals
- 8:30 am – The Elder Scrolls Online – Live Art Creation
In addition to these events, there’s a number of other panels and interviews happening at the same time on Bethesda’s international Twitch channels, which you can find in the full schedule.
QuakeCon is a free online event and Aussies can join in live via Bethesda’s Twitch channel below or catch up on the stream later.
Where to watch QuakeCon 2021 and what to expect
As always, the question at every QuakeCon is ‘when are we getting a new Quake game’?
It is the 25th year of QuakeCon, so the announcement of a new game in the franchise would be a timely anniversary gift.
The Australian classification board appeared to leak a new project from id Software earlier this year which could indicate a return to Quake. However, there’s nothing in the QuakeCon schedule to indicate that a new Quake game is being announced outside of a very pesky (since removed) leak. If it was going to happen the Celebrating 25 Years of Quake panel is probably the one to watch.
Arkane’s Deathloop is also getting its share of the spotlight at QuakeCon so we can expect to learn even more about the upcoming PS5 game before its release in September.
Elsewhere QuakeCon will also be selling some exclusive merch with two new graphic tee designs inspired by ZeniMax games. You can check out the Pugcubus and Catloop shirts over on the website and if you purchase one all the proceeds will go to charity.
Will you be getting up early for QuakeCon? Let us know what you’re excited about in the comments.
This article has been updated with information about the QuakeCon 2021 pre-show and that mysterious Quake leak.