Bethesda @ E3 2015 Preview & Analysis

One of two new shows this year, Bethesda probably has the most straightforward lineup and is the least likely of any of the major players to come out with something that we weren’t expecting. Yet even with a press event likely lacking in big reveals of games we were not expecting, many are, and rightly should be, ecstatic.

Games We Know About

The main reason everyone seems ecstatic is due to the games that have already been announced. The crux of that is Fallout 4, which will undoubtedly be focused on at the event with the first gameplay trailer and, expectedly, a demo. There shouldn’t be more than six games shown off at this, the first presser of E3 2015, so the only way this conference takes more than twenty to thirty minutes is if Bethesda gives each of their games enough attention, rather than a single trailer and a passing glance. Chances are, that is exactly what they do.

The other game we know will be there, but of which we’ve seen barely anything is the new Doom game from id Software. The new iteration in the classic FPS franchise has been kicked around for quite a while, but its venerability alone makes it an easy assumption that it gets the next largest focus and time at the event after Fallout 4.

The next game we know about is Battlecry, the competitive team action game that many are describing as “medieval team fortress.” Online multiplayer games, due to their existence being based around having players online to play it, generally get a lot of advertising and public relations attention to make sure they have that user base. (You need only compare the ad campaign of Splatoon to any of the other games from Nintendo this past year, including fellow new Nintendo IP, Codename S.T.E.A.M.) With that in mind, it would be in Bethesda’s best interest to give it further attention. Also maybe change the name. Everyone I talk to thinks I’m talking about Gearbox’s Battleborn.

The last game on the list is already released, but like I expect we’ll see with Destiny at Sony’s conference and Final Fantasy XIV at fellow newcomer Square Enix’s conference, there’s a good chance that we’ll see more information about expansions, additions, or progress on Elder Scrolls Online. Specifically, they’ll likely talk a little bit on how their release on PS4 and Xbox One went, seeing as the game launches for those systems in only two days.

And that’s it. That’s all we know so far.

Fallout 4

Courtesy of Gematsu

Expected Announcements

With one quick look over the developers owned by ZeniMax Media Inc (the company that owns Bethesda and all of the companies whose games they publish), it becomes fairly obvious that each are busy with known quantities. id Software is working on Doom, Bethesda Game Studios is working on Fallout 4, Shinji Mikami’s Tango Gameworks just released The Evil Within this past year. The same goes for MachineGames which released Wolfenstein: The New Order last year as well. And, of course, ZeniMax Online Studios released and is still managing The Elder Scrolls Online. There’s only one studio that has not released any game recently or is known to be working on something new, and that is Arkane Studios.

Arkane is known for a few games, and by that I mean they are known for one game, in Dishonored, which released in the fall of 2012. It has been two and a half years since that game released to rave reviews and end of the year awards, so it comes as no surprise that rumors have been swirling about a sequel for the next generation of consoles.

However, alongside those rumors come others that suggest that Arkane is not near enough to completion to perhaps even show the game, which is where a listing on the Brazilian ratings board for a Dishonored: Definitive Edition becomes more intriguing. To spark the interests of those who did not play the original on PS3 or XBO, a definitive edition would be a smart choice, especially if there is a significant amount of time between the release of the port and a possible sequel.

But other than that, there are no expectations that Bethesda will announce anything else. Considering they’ve already announced Fallout 4 and Doom, you’d think they’d need something to really provide a surprising spark to their presser. Maybe a Dishonored sequel reveal would do the trick, alongside the port’s announcement. (Which would also be a good idea because many gamers are getting a little tired of all these ports instead of new games being released.)

Or perhaps Bethesda just doesn’t think it needs one.

For the next few days leading up to E3, I’ll be posting these press conference preview articles for each presser being held at this year’s show. Since I feel Bethesda’s lineup is pretty easy to see coming, there aren’t any predictions I could make that I honestly feel are bold, but future previews will include at least one at the end, here. Alongside those bold predictions, I’ll be putting up videos on the DKSC YouTube Channel laying out further predictions I have for each press conference, where I’ll discuss related E3 happenings or expectations in more detail.

Bethesda’s Predicted Game Lineup

  1. Fallout 4
  2. Doom
  3. Battlecry
  4. The Elder Scrolls Online
  5. Dishonored: Definitive Edition
  6. Dishonored 2
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