E3 is only a couple of short weeks away and one of the game developers I am most curious about is Bethesda. In a recent tweet company marketing Vice President Pete Hines said, “Might be our longest E3 Showcase ever?” Last year, Bethesda won people over by taking us on a trip to “Bethesdaland.” It was a succinct video presentation that didn’t waste time and announced games coming out relatively soon. The question is, what will they do this year?
What We Know Will Be There
After Walmart’s Canadian site leaked several unannounced games, including Rage 2, Bethesda went ahead and announced Rage 2 soon after. There has been no word yet on if the leak has caused Bethesda to announce Rage 2 sooner than they initially planned but I think it’s a safe bet that they were hoping to announce it on the E3 show floor. We will have to wait until E3 to hear more about the new first person shooter.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset is a new expansion for the popular Bethesda MMO. It released for PC and Mac just four days ago and is coming to consoles on June 5. I certainly don’t think this is going to be their main attraction of the show but they have put so much time and money into The Elder Scrolls Online that they are definitely going to be promoting this new expansion at some point.
What Might Be There
Way back in 2010, Obsidian Entertainment released Fallout: New Vegas. The studio has kept busy for the past eight years making games like South Park: The Stick of Truth and the Pillars of Eternity franchise. But it does feel like it’s time for another Obsidian addition to the Fallout universe. Fallout: New Vegas was released just two years after its predecessor Fallout 3. It’s now been three years since Bethesda released Fallout 4. It’s now or never! Or they could just announce it later. There are no rules to these things.
Recently, Bethesda added some new achievements to Steam’s version of 2017’s Prey. The achievements were not available to the public but data miners still managed to find them. Thus far, there is no description to any of the ten achievements and they all have one word titles hinting at a future moon setting for DLC. The achievements are, “If, You, Believe, They, Put, A, Man, On, The, Moon.” It is unclear if these are the final titles of the achievements or just placeholders in order to tease data miners. I’m hoping it’s the former so I can get that sweet “A” achievement.
Five years ago, ZeniMax (Bethesda’s parent company) filed a trademark application on a project known only as Starfield. Needless to say this got the rumor mill churning. Next to nothing is known about this game except for what little information you can gleam from trademark applications. The title makes it sound like a massive sci-fi RPG but other than that lies simply speculation. And the knowledge that at one point ZeniMax took out a trademark that could make Starfield a mobile game. If they ever make Starfield at all.
Does anyone remember Quake Champions? No? Sure you do! It’s like if Quake and Overwatch had a baby that was less fun than both its parents. Anyway, that game is still around and still in early access. Maybe Bethesda will announce a new champion. Or they will finally announce a release date.
Does anyone remember The Crossing? No? Well I don’t blame you. Arkane Studios began working on the first person shooter that was not just going to be multi-player it was going to be CrossPlayer! Unfortunately, we never got to learn what CrossPlayer actually means. Arkane ran into financial trouble and put the game on hold in 2009. They were bought by ZeniMax in 2010 and that was the last of The Crossing. OR IS IT? In 2016 ZeniMax filed a trademark application for The Crossing and that was actually the last of The Crossing. But it might pop up at this E3.
Lastly in this section is Doom 2. The most recent Doom game came out in 2016. That’s only two years and with Bethesda’s tradition of announcing games and releasing them soon after I know that is not enough time to make a sequel to the epic Doom 2016. But I want it. I want it really bad. Doom 2016 was a critical and commercial success and a sequel was strongly hinted at by the game’s end so please Bethesda, give me Doom 2.
What Will NOT Be There
Machine Games did a great job with Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus coming out just last year. With three DLC packs releasing in the months after the game’s release. I think it’s safe to say that we will not get any Wofenstein news at this year’s E3. I just hope we don’t have to wait too long for the third game in the series to be announced.
Previously in this article, I wrote about how The Elder Scrolls Online will certainly be on the E3 stage this year. That is why it pains me to say that we will not be seeing The Elder Scrolls VI any time soon. If Bethesda was to release a new single player Elder Scrolls game now, it would ruin the player base of The Elder Scrolls Online.
I can’t even begin to speculate about all the surprises that Bethesda has in store for us this year at E3 but I can’t wait to see. What do you think? Are there any games that I forgot to mention that you think will be there? Is there anything that you think I was wrong about? Tell me down below. While you’re down there follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay updated on all of our E3 coverage. Also, be sure to check out all of our other E3 speculation stories.