In recent years, Bethesda has gone from new kid on the block to E3, officially wrapping up the first day of press conferences. The interesting thing about Bethesda conferences is that they tend to go for less quantity and more quality. Ultimately, they typically eschew rapid-fire teasers and engage in prolonged discussions and demos of their upcoming titles and it is a welcome change. There is no doubt that gamers still remember the griping Fallout 4 reveal and demo from a few years ago and there is no reason to believe that Bethesda is changing their game plan.
Bethesda seems focused on making good on the large number of classic IPs they have and Quake will be no exception. While Quake Champions has already been announced and has been playable in closed beta, E3 is the perfect place to show off this fast-paced free-to-play title and perhaps announce an open beta.
So far, we know very little about the characters and classes, but do not be shocked if they offer a full breakdown during their conference. In addition, being a free-to-play game, we expect that Bethesda will show off some of their content release schedule and maybe even delve into how the game will be monetized.
The Evil Within 2
The original Evil Within was an interesting case study in a new franchise taking an old formula and adding some new elements. The Evil Within was the third person horror game that many gamers have been waiting for from the Resident Evil franchise, although it certainly was not perfect.
However, the game garnered mostly positive reviews and somewhat of a cult following thanks to services like Twitch. With streaming more easily accessible than ever, The Evil Within became a great example of a game that viewers may actually enjoy watching others play more than actually playing the game themselves. Look for Bethesda to focus more heavily on telling a well-crafted story and refining some of the technical issues that plagued the original game. Look for Bethesda to show off a chunk of gameplay and announce a release date.
Doom and Fallout VR
Even though Bethesda has already been relatively outspoken about their upcoming VR efforts, especially Fallout VR, we have yet to see an official reveal. We know Doom and Fallout 4 are coming to VR, but we still do not know when or for what platforms. Expect an announcement on both fronts that includes a description of the content, pricing, and on what platforms they will ship.
Also, do not be surprised if Fallout VR turns out to be a timed exclusive for Scorpio as Todd Howard has been at the forefront of developers singing their praises for Microsoft’s new powerful box.
Wolfenstein: New Colossus was already been teased at last year’s E3 and while they could still hold off a year until unleashing a full reveal, we expect that we will see something on this new entry. On the other hand, there is not much that can be said about a new Wolfenstein, right now.
MachineGames successfully resurrected the singleplayer-focused franchise several years ago with a modern take of one of the oldest shooters in gaming and without a doubt, nailed it. They also followed it up with some great DLC that was essentially a smaller scaled campaigned that paired well with the original release. Hopefully, MachineGames can capture that same magic and continue to make Wolfenstein a must play singleplayer shooter in an excessively multiplayer shooter world.
New Elder Scrolls Game
The best thing about E3 press conferences are the unexpected announcements that take us all by surprise. Surely, Bethesda’s surprise announcement has to be a new Elder Scrolls game, right? Ok, probably not, but it is certainly fun to think about.
Odds and Ends
- Expect more information on Bethesda’s TGC Elder Scrolls: Legends
- Elder Scrolls Online is prepping a Morrowind expansion for release right before E3, so do not expect anything more than an in conference advertisement from them.
- Perhaps we will finally see one of the announced projects Bethesda is supposedly working on.