Bethesda cleared up the questions about whether or not they would have an E3 presser this year in a single tweet.
— Bethesda Softworks (@bethesda) February 1, 2016
I was leaning towards Bethesda not doing another press conference, but I’m not surprised. Publishers have more ways than ever before to control their message. If I were running one of these companies, I would do my own presser too.
Sunday, June 12, is going to be quite the day. Mass Effect: Andromeda, Fallout 4 DLC, Dishonored 2 and Battlefield 5 on the same day? Bring it on!
According to the tweet, Bethesda’s E3 presser is at 7:00 pm. I’m pretty sure that is Pacific Time. So, 10:00 pm ET. Here’s how Sunday shakes out now.
EA Play (EA is ditching E3 this year for their own events) – 1:00 pm PT/4:00 pm ET.
Bethesda’s E3 conference – 7:00 pm PT/10:00 pm ET.
What to expect from Bethesda’s E3 2016 conference
Bethesda had plenty to show in 2015, but what about this year? Let’s take a look.
Outside of Fallout 4, Doom was one of last year’s biggest reveals. It’s back and gorier than ever. The slick gameplay Doom is known for is now interspersed with devastating melee attacks. Doom looks outstanding too and is the first game to use the id Tech 6 game engine.
Blasting hell-beasts is cool and all, but it’s Bethesda’s focus on creation that has me most excited. Doom SnapMap could have been a simple multiplayer map editor, and everyone would have gone nuts. Instead, Bethesda and id are going the extra mile and letting us create custom experiences. Want a Horde Mode? Go for it. How about creating your own missions? Yep, SnapMap lets you do just that. I hope Bethesda and id hit a homerun with Doom so that we can see more developers adopt that kind of expansive editor. Imagine Halo with a map editor this powerful.
Doom was set for a spring release, but we still haven’t heard any specifics. My money is on a summer release (June/July/August timeframe).
Dishonored made a huge splash when it released in October 2012. Arkane Studios is hoping to make an ever bigger splash with the sequel. Here’s what we know.
15 years have passed since the events of the first game. Arkane is changing things up by offering us a big choice at the beginning. You can play as Corvo Attano (the hero from the first game), or Empress Emily Kaldwin. The choice is up to you. But, you’re locked into that choice. According to Arkane, each character plays the same series of missions – but you’ll see different things depending on the character you choose. Plus, each character has their own unique set of powers and abilities. We see some of Emily’s abilities in the reveal trailer.
Dishonored 2 takes place in Karnaca. It’s a city located on Serkonos, a continent to the south of the Dunwall (setting of the first game). Dishonored fans will recognize this city as the birthplace of Corvo.
Adding character choice is a brilliant move by Arkane and instantly adds replayability. Not only will the missions play differently from a perspective standpoint, but Emily and Corvo have radically different powers too.
Look for a gameplay blowout at Bethesda’s E3 conference.
Elder Scrolls Legends
I’ll admit; I’m not a fan of these type of card games. But, you can’t argue about their popularity. Bethesda will be looking to get a piece of the Hearthstone action with their Elder Scrolls version.
No word on when exactly Legends is releasing, but Bethesda’s VP of PR and Marketing Pete Hines told Polygon last year they will be releasing it similar to how they did Fallout Shelter. Look for a possible ‘start playing today’ announcement at their conference.
Look for DLC news on Fallout 4 and The Elder Scrolls Online. Fallout 4 does have a season pass and E3 is as good a time as any to talk about it. And while Elder Scrolls Online isn’t the most popular MMO out there, Bethesda still supports it.
These are franchises that would make sense to see new games for.
You can never have too much B.J. Blazkowicz. Haven’t played Wolfenstein: The New Order or The Old Blood? You’re missing out on a pair of quality shooters. What other Nazi killing adventures are in store for Blazko? Hopefully, Bethesda gives us a look.
The Evil Within
Horror games continue to be a popular genre thanks to YouTube and Twitch. Will Bethesda publish another one? I won’t be surprised one way or the other.
We want it, but it’s not happening.
The Elder Scrolls 6
I know, I know. I want it too. But, it’s not happening. Bethesda Game Studios just released Fallout 4. Unless they have another team in hiding that’s been working on it for the last few years, it’s not happening. There’s always next year. Or, the year after.[divider][/divider]
So, there you have it. I’m sure Bethesda will drop a surprise or two on us. Maybe Prey 2? I can’t wait to see more from Dishonored 2. And give me another Wolfenstein. What about you? Which Bethesda games do you want to hear more about?