The Bethesda E3 Showcase is returning to the holy week in gaming that is E3. This marks the fourth time in which Bethesda are having a press conference at E3, much to the delight of myself and many others. 2017 for Bethesda features a strong line-up of content, including Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, The Evil Within 2, Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, the Morrowind expansion for The Elder Scrolls Online plus Fallout 4 VR and Doom VFR. If that wasn’t enough, both Skyrim and Doom came to the Nintendo Switch.
This year, the mist is heavy, there is a lot of uncertainty as to what Bethesda are going to bring with them. The majority of their IP has come out within the past two-three years already with only a main series The Elder Scrolls game left and that has already been confirmed to not be releasing anytime soon. This leads to the thought process of new IP and previously, Bethesda confirmed they were working on two new games that are much bigger than Skyrim, and neither is the next Elder Scrolls.
Bethesda Game Studios
As much as I would dig another Elder Scrolls, the thought of a brand new IP from Bethesda Game Studios gets my blood pumping. Todd Howard has said that both are “different than anything we [Bethesda] have ever done, but they’re still going to feel like a Bethesda Game Studios game.”
I have no clue as to what it could be, and frankly I prefer that. I would love a fantasy-based title but would that be too close to Elder Scrolls, I love post-apocalyptic but that’s Fallout all over. Either way, if they announce a new game from the highly decorated studio and a release date for later this year then I’m a happy Welshman.
The only seemingly leaked / spoiled game would be the sequel to 2011’s Rage. Walmart Canada recently put up a lot of listings which seemed to perhaps spoil many E3 announcements, one such announcement would be Rage 2. I never played the first game due to a lack of funds at time of release and never made the jump to go back and give it a try. So I really don’t know what to expect, but I love id Software and what they have done with their recent instalments of the Doom and Quake series. DOOM and Quake Champions are two of my favourite shooters from this generation and if the satisfying and addicting gameplay from these two are anything to go by, then I’m hyped, bring it on!
We only just had Wolfenstein II, which was my second favourite game of 2017, so I honestly think that we aren’t seeing anything from MachineGames unless they are making some more DLC. Wolfenstein II will be shown but it will be a quick trailer for the Nintendo Switch release later that month.
The same scenario, we just got The Evil Within 2 last year and the only I believe we are seeing Tango Gameworks during Bethesda’s E3 conference is to either announce a Switch version or some form of DLC or standalone story.
Yet another developer who brought a big game out in 2017 with Prey. So now I’m really stumped, this is by far the conference that may perhaps contain the most surprises and unknown announcements. Arkane Studios seems the most likely out of the three (MachineGames, Tango Gameworks and Themselves) to show up with a new game announcement for something releasing next year.
It has long been rumoured that there is a Fallout: New Orleans in the works, much like what happened with Fallout 3 and then Fallout: New Vegas. It’s a pipe-dream I think that fans of the series are after, BUT DAMN IT THAT’S WHAT I’M ALL ABOUT! HOPES AND DREAMS! Fallout: New Orleans being developed by a partner would be a nice boost to the Bethesda line-up whilst freeing up there main studio for other ventures.
No doubt The Elder Scrolls Online will make an appearance to put a spotlight on it’s then released new chapter, Summerset. I would not be surprised to see The Elder Scrolls Legends Card Game to get another content pack of some form too.
MY BETHESDA E3 WISHLIST
- New IP From Bethesda Game Studios (Release Date This Year)
- First-Person Shooter From id Software
- Anything else, I’ll be happy regardless just for the surprise.
No matter what Bethesda show up with, I feel as of right now, it’s going to be the most surprising, unless of course it all leaks before-hand. Unlike my Microsoft article, I don’t think I can really give a plan of what I believe they should do based on the fact I want to keep this grounded as opposed to out of this world insane.
Written by Rhys Baldwin.