E3 2016: Bethesda Predictions

Can you believe that E3 is one week away? Leading up to the video game industry’s biggest event, we’ll be bringing you our predictions for each of the main press conferences. Today we are discussing Bethesda who’s up second Sunday on June 12, 7 PM PST / 10 PM EST.

The New Elder Scrolls by Allen Kesinger

With as often as I hear about Skyrim these days, it’s a little hard to believe that it’s now a five year old game. Now that Fallout 4 is over and it’s DLC on the way, Bethesda is going to reveal an all new, non-MMO Elder Scrolls game. Only this time, it’s going to be a return to a much larger Cyrodil for a new adventure not involving Oblivion gates. With a brand new engines that’ll look fantastic on the Xbox and PlayStation (and incredibly amazing on PC, of course), it’s a chance to do something cool on their own instead of modders doing it for them. The new game will also bring in Fallout 4’s base building mechanic that will have received a major overhaul for this new game.

The Evil Is Still Within by Hiram Mojica

Bethesda’s gotten so big at this point that I honestly don’t know what studios they own anymore. Didn’t they buy Tango Gameworks? Doesn’t Shinji Mikami work for them now? It’s only been a couple of years since Evil Within (remember that game? Anyone? Hello?) but that’s enough time for them to start drumming up the hype machine on this one, I think. He’s said in the past it’s going to be a “true survival horror” (just like Evil Within! Seriously, that’s a real game that existed!), so a good creepy trailer to get things going, him coming out and being like “Y’ALL THIS GAME GON BE POPPIN’” and I think that’s a good conference from them.

A Seismic Announcement by Jonathan Miley

This may be a rehash of my prediction earlier this year, but I still stand by it. More so, actually, considering the astounding reception Doom has received. So here we go: Machine Games, the fine makers of the phenomenal Wolfenstein: The New Order will take a crack at another beloved id franchise: Quake. And just like Wolfenstein, it will somehow fit with previous games and will not be a reboot. Also just like Wolfenstein, it will have a strong focus on story and it’ll be amazing. Oh, and the campaign will have optional four player co-op both online and off. *Addendum: And like Doom, it’s going to be crazy fast paced, gorgeous, and be a return to the old school shooters of yore.

It's Time by Jon Fisco

New Elder Scrolls. It’s time. Doom was unbelievably well received, Bethesda is riding high but The Elder Scrolls Online is not the biggest thing going right now. Skyrim came out five years ago and I don’t see another Elder Scrolls being received poorly at E3. Even if the game doesn’t come out until late 2017 or early 2018, getting people buzzing about another incredible open world game is never a bad thing. I think that even with Fallout 4’s lukewarm reception by some, another Elder Scrolls announcement will get the ball rolling in the right direction.

We Came for the Logo by John K.

What do they have that they can show?  I’m guessing that we’ll see some Doom and Fallout IV DLC, as well as a lot of Dishonored 2 footage -- that game is probably their mainstay this year.  And maybe an Elder Scrolls VI logo?  “When is Elder Scrolls VI coming out?” will inevitably be the question that greets the Bethesda guys everywhere they go for the next couple of years.

Full Honor by Jordan Hurst

I know everyone is howling for an Elder Scrolls VI reveal, but I don’t think it’s actually going to happen. Bethesda-developed flagship titles have been getting farther apart for years, and Fallout 4 still has at least two more pieces of DLC in the pipeline. There will definitely be something new from the company’s publishing arm, though. Otherwise, it’s just going to be Dishonored 2: The Conference.

A Rogue-Like Warrior by Brian Tyler

I don’t know about the rest of you, but the recent popular new release of the Doom franchise has me thinking that, at this moment in time, Bethesda can do no wrong with old releases made new again. That means its time to go back to the well and finally, FINALLY, deliver a sequel to the seminal release we’ve all been itching for… Rogue Warrior. That’s right! I predict that Dick “MOTHERF***ING” Marchenko himself will be in attendance to usher in a new chapter in the rootenest, tootenest, most foul mouthed game ever recorded. Get ready, all you sh*tf***s and c**kknockers, cause Demo Dick is back, baby!!!!

Re-Wet by Grant Gardner 

Bethesda games have never really appealed to me for one reason or another. I have never played an Elder Scrolls, Fallout, or Doom games (I know, I know, there's something wrong with me). I did however have a soft spot for The Evil Within and I'm anticipating a new IP from Shinji Mikami's studio Tango Gameworks. I don't think there will be a follow up to The Evil Within, nor do I want one, but a new horror IP with Mikami's name attached to it should definitely generate some buzz. Bold prediction, they announce a follow up to Wet. Does anyone remember that game?  

Another iOS Surprise by Jonathan Paris

As of late, I've been really impressed by some of the games Bethesda had been publishing outside of Elder Scrolls and Fallout. Wolfenstein The New Order was solid game that brought that franchise back to life. Dishonored was another great game and I'm sure Dishonored 2 will build on that success. Doom was well deserved of the perfect score Allen gave it, but despite the recent success Bethesda has enjoyed with those titles, their future is a huge question mark. Last year's E3 was the big "Fallout Reveal" so it made sense to have the conference. This year the unknown is what has me interested, but I honestly don’t expect anything great. Some Fallout 4 announcements will be made along with a closer look into Dishonored 2. Outside of that I predict MachineGames will have their new project revealed and who knows Bethesda may tap the mobile market again after the success of Fallout Shelter.

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