Today Bethesda announced its annual E3 press conference would take place on the Sunday before E3, but what are they getting ready to show? Last year’s conference was a bit less exciting than some were hoping for, but this year’s could be poised to be pretty big.
Miranda and I sat down to discuss what we might expect to see in the video above, and there’s a lot of potential. From brand new Bethesda Game Studio reveals to new expansions and DLC for current games, here’s what we think the conference might have in store, broken down by how likely we think it is.
Check out the teaser trailer Bethesda released for E3 2018 below:
There are a few things we can almost definitely bank on being there:
Safe bets include an expansion for The Elder Scrolls: Legends, as well as an expansion or big update for The Elder Scrolls Online.
It’s also safe to assume that we’ll see new content for Quake Champions, potentially from other Bethesda games as co-founder Tim Willit said last year that a Vault Dweller and Dragonborn were both on the table.
Last but not least in the ‘certain’ section, it seems extremely likely that Bethesda will announce something new for VR. Whether that’s more Doom VR, Wolfenstein VR, Dishonored VR, etc. is unclear, but Bethesda has invested a lot in VR, and it seems unlikely they wouldn’t try to keep the ball rolling.
Some other reveals seem likely to show up this year, but aren’t quite as certain:
The biggest of these is a new major AAA game from Bethesda Game Studios. This seems very likely to me for a number of reasons, the most obvious of which is that Bethesda has been working on two games it says are “bigger than anything we’ve done before.” We first heard about them back in 2016, and it seems about time we get more concrete info on at least one of them.
Whether that manifests as a Fallout: New Vegas-style spin-off or an entirely new IP, we don’t really know — the only thing we know for sure is that they are “kind of different,” but still “Bethesda-style” games in line with Skyrim and Fallout. We also know that they definitely aren’t The Elder Scrolls 6, which is in development but farther out than these.
It could also be that one of these games (or an entirely different announcement) is the “bleeding-edge AAA freemium game” that was inadvertently revealed through a job listing last year. Your bet is as good as ours on what that means, but a Bethesda-made ‘game as a service’ seems like it’s on the way in some capacity.
Apart from that big reveal, we could also easily see new DLC for Wolfenstein 2 and/or The Evil Within 2. That’s not a sure bet, but it would make a lot of sense and be exciting to see.
Similarly, we could also see some sort of DLC for Prey, which Bethesda said told AListDaily it “absolutely” wanted to make just before the game launched last year — though Prey’s disappointing sales could certainly have changed those plans. Still, the official Prey Twitter account seems to have just started teasing something.
Bethesda has also confirmed that they are working another a new mobile game, so it’s definitely possible we’ll see that revealed at the show. Fallout Shelter 2 is the most likely in my eyes (or, ideally, Fallout Shelter: New Vegas), but it could also be something entirely different.
With the success of Doom on Switch, it’s also easy to imagine that we’ll see more Switch ports, maybe for Fallout 4 or even Dishonored 2 if we’re lucky. And if it hasn’t already been announced (or released) by June, we’ll finally get a Wolfenstein 2 Switch release date.
There are a few things we know are definitely not going to make an appearance, and some that could but that we aren’t as confident in:
Right out of the gate, there will almost certainly be no Elder Scrolls 6 shown. Bethesda has consistently said it’s still a long ways away, and that it’s two other large, unannounced games would surface before we see it. Unless they go crazy and announce all three at once (which is doubtful) it’ll be a no-show.
A sequel that might actually happen is that we could see Doom 2. At E3, it will have been two years since the reboot launched, so a June announcement with a late 2018/early 2019 release wouldn’t be unreasonable. Not certain, but certainly possible.
A longer stretch is some potential reveal from the BattleCry studio. If rumors are to be believed, BattleCry was officially canceled last year and the team is now working on a new FPS. I wouldn’t hold your breath waiting for it, but an announcement about that project (our BattleCry’s triumphant return) could happen.
That’s what we think you can expect out of Bethesda’s E3 conference. Let us know in the comments below what you hope to see! And be sure to check out our list of every game confirmed and rumored to be at E3 2018.
Tom Marks is an Associate Editor focusing on PC gaming at IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.