This year Bethesda already made gamers excited with the announcement that one of the most beloved developers would be making their appearance on stage at this years’ E3 conference. Rumors upon rumors started to circulate with some of the most popular being that Fallout 4 would be revealed behind closed doors or that The Elder Scrolls 6 would be announced in some sort of fashion. Luckily, one of these turned out to be false as Bethesda released the reveal trailer to Fallout 4.
So with Fallout 4 already revealed, it beckons of what else that Bethesda could be revealing? While the trailer was great to see, it is also easy to see that it looked like in game footage rather than the typical CGI trailers that developers love to prod gamers with. If the game engine is already working, and that was literally an aspect of in game footage, does that mean that a Fallout 4 release date is due at E3?
Our good friend Anchorman V talks about his thoughts about Fallout 4. Definitely a HUGE fan of the series.
It is very likely that we will know the release date at E3. The great thing about Bethesda is their track record, not only for quality but commitment to the gamers who glamour over their franchises. Aside from the delays that did hit the developers latest IP, The Evil Within, they typically hit their release dates. Skyrim was announced in 2010 with a release date of November 11, 2011 [11.11.11.] and they nailed it; despite Bethesda being honest that the PlayStation 3 port was not up to par with the others.
Speaking of their track record, they recently had Skyrim as one of the games listed for modders on Steam to have mods sold for [which has since been reversed as a thing for Steam altogether]. Whether you believe that to be a good or bad thing, it does show the buying power their franchises are capable of.
So for the remainder, we are left with a question of what is Bethesda up to? A few months back I did an article, as well as a video, detailing what I thought that Bethesda could be up to. Even with the pre-E3 announcement of Fallout 4, I still stand by every statement. Doom and Battecry are two obvious locks. As we have been getting closer, there have been many gaming circles talking of a Dishonored HD for the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, as well as a Dishonored 2. Chances for another Elder Scrolls game will solely rely on an expansion to The Elder Scrolls Online, which is set to be released on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One next week, June 9th. I would believe it more likely, and not shocking at all, if Skyrim were to be announced for the current-gen; hell I wouldn’t even be surprised to see most of the anthology make its way to the console because people would still buy it without questioning, me included.
There still could be room for new IPs as well as sequels to games. I still hold out that Bethesda will not let the Prey franchise lay to waste, despite the cancellation. If they could truly put in the effort to make up the wrong-doings of Brink and turn it into the game they envisioned, maybe a free to play model, they could probably find themselves another gold mine. However, as of now, lock yourself in for some more Battlecry, Doom and Fallout 4; that doesn’t sound like bad pickings either.