Every year in June, the video game industry heads to Los Angeles for a week of showmanship at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). Companies debut their upcoming software and hardware, allowing the press and those with industry credentials to get a sneak peak at what they have to offer.
The highlight of every E3 is undoubtedly the press conferences that kick off the show. Publishers and platform holders typically each hold a 1-2 hour press conference packed with announcements and live stream them to fans around the world.
Bethesda came to E3 2015 in a big way, hosting the company’s first ever E3 Press Conference. With Fallout 4 and Dishonored 2 to announce and Doom to show off, having a press conference last year made a lot of sense. Now, for the second consecutive year, the publisher has an event scheduled to show off the upcoming titles in their portfolio. Although I’m not sure they can top the hype generated by last year’s Fallout 4 announcement, here’s what I expect them to show…
Dishonored 2 Gameplay
With its release planned for November 2016, this is the perfect time for Bethesda to show off Dishonored 2 in depth. Barring a huge surprise announcement, this will be Bethesda’s big game for Fall 2016 and I expect to see it presented with an approach similar to Fallout 4 from last year, meaning they’ll likely discuss multiple aspects of the game in detail.
It’s been discussed briefly on Kotaku, but it seems that Prey 2 is in development at Arkane Austin and will be revealed at E3 this year. Originally announced in 2011, Prey 2 has undergone a rough development cycle and was even cancelled in 2014. A surprise revival would certainly excite fans however and, if the rumors are true, Arkane is set to show the world what they’ve been building come June.
Speaking about Fallout 4‘s development in an interview with Game Informer last fall, Todd Howard stated “The first thing we did was port Skyrim to Xbox One.” However, he also cautioned the interviewer by saying “Don’t get your hopes up yet.” Yet. Bethesda is certainly no stranger to publishing remasters on the current generation consoles with its release of Dishonored: Definitive Edition last fall. If it’s true that Howard’s team has already done a significant amount of work porting Skyrim onto current generation consoles, I imagine that Bethesda would jump at the opportunity to push the project to completion and release it.
Surprise Project from Todd Howard
While the three above predictions are exciting in their own right, they probably don’t warrant the expense of a press conference. Bethesda could more easily partner up with Sony and Microsoft to get exposure for these games if they were all the publisher planned to show off. Speaking at DICE this winter though, Todd Howard mentioned that his studio currently has three projects in development.
They’re different than anything we’ve done before, while also being Bethesda-style game[s]…big and crazy, but in many ways different than things we’ve done before. It’s an exciting time.
Bethesda seems to be working towards a more steady release schedule for their games and I expect to see at least one of Howard’s projects revealed during this E3, continuing that trend. A new project from Howard just months after Fallout 4‘s release would certainly justify the expense and planning required to pull off an E3 press event.