Well, here’s a bit of a surprise: Bethesda have announced that for the first time ever they will be holding a press conference at this year’s E3. A limited number of tickets will be available to fans, but the event will also be streamed via Twitch. The event will take place in Hollywood on Sunday, 14th June 2015.
No details on what to expect were announced, however since it’s an entire press conference there’s sure to be quite a few announcements made. Let’s make a few guesses, shall we?
Fallout 4 would seem to be a pretty good bet. The game has been rumoured to have been in full production over at Bethesda since the final piece of Skyrim DLC was released back in April 2013, and a casting leak earlier this year seemingly suggested that Fallout 4 could be set in Boston, Massachusetts.
A single game doesn’t justify an entire press conference, though, so what about Dishonored 2? A sequel has been all but inevitable since Bethesda previously stated their desire to make it a franchise, saying to Destructoid back in 2012, “So, we’re very pleased and appreciate all the fans that have supported Dishonored and Arkane. We clearly have a new franchise.”
There’s more, though. The forthcoming Battlecry will undoubtedly be shown off, and then there’s also id Software’s Doom reboot.
And let us not forget The Elder Scrolls Online. The console versions of the game will launch a mere five days before Bethesda’s conference, so no doubt they’ll want to shine a spotlight on it and perhaps even announce an expansion or two.
Speculation is that Machine Gun Games could announce something Wolfenstein related after the success of Wolfenstein: The New Order, but it seems too early for Bethesda to reveal anything other than some DLC. I wouldn’t say no to a chunky singleplayer expansion pack.
Speaking of Elder Scrolls, is it possible we could get a new series announcement? There was a gap of four years between Morrowind and Oblivion, and five years between Oblivion and Skyrim. Given that Skyrim launch in 2011 we could be nearing time to reveal the next installment in Bethesda’s pride and joy, possibly for a 2016 release. It’s also worth noting that with the PS4 and Xbox One architecture being much closer to PC than either the notoriously difficult PS3 or the Xbox 360 Bethesda may be able to work far quicker on a new Elder Scrolls game. And staying on topic a Xbox One/PS4/PC only Elder Scrolls is what we really want, so that we can get a truly new game.