In November of 2013 I had to make a decision, a decision that would separate me from my two favourite games. I decided that if I was going to migrate to the next generation of gaming consoles, it’d be a clean sweep and I’d get rid of everything. So, regardless of the value I would be getting, I went to Game and I traded in my old hardware for the move on to the next generation. Unfortunately with that move came a tragedy, that day I lost two little soldiers I’d cherished, debatably I’d cherished one longer than the other, but they both held a special place in my heart. That day I lost Fallout 3 and The Last Of Us for the PlayStation 3, I’d later find that The Last of Us would be ported to next-gen consoles, however, no such thing had been done for Fallout 3. This June at the 2015 edition of E3, Bethesda has a chance to rekindle my trust, whether they bring me news of Fallout 4, or a remake of Fallout 3, I’m giving Bethesda a chance to make things right.
As you may have heard, E3 of 2015 marks the first year that Bethesda will be holding their own press conference. Now, this might come as a surprise to some, but in terms of games franchises and the amount of development teams Bethesda possesses, it’s really rather fitting. However, just to clear up some possible confusion, I’ll go over the rankings of some of the publishers with conferences at this year’s E3. Whereas Ubisoft and EA are at the top of their hierarchy, Bethesda (Softworks) are not. EA would rank at the top, followed by their subsidiary development teams such as Visceral Games, BioWare and Criterion. Whereas ZeniMax Media would start at the top of its hierarchy, followed by the publishing company Bethesda Softworks, which then publishes games made by their development subsidiaries such as Bethesda Game Studios, ID Software and MachineGames. This means that although Bethesda Games Studios would be limited to talking about the Fallout franchise, Bethesda Softworks is literally responsible for the publishing of every title you could associate with Bethesda.
Now that the complicated names and conventions are out of the way, we can look at the potential for Bethesda’s press conference. The list of franchises under their belt is huge, you’ve got: Fallout, The Elder Scrolls, Dishonored, The Evil Within, Wolfenstein, Rage, Brink and don’t forget about Bethesda now publishing Doom. This basically means that the implications of a press conference based around Bethesda could ultimately blow the minds of every gamer, ever, come this June.
In my eyes, it’s everything I could have wanted from E3, instead of the boring and repetitive Ubisoft and EA conferences talking about Assassin’s Creed, Battlefield and Fifa, we now get a new publisher added into the mix. Not only is it a new publisher, but it’s a publisher which holds a very mushy spot in my gaming heart. This is because whereas EA and Ubisoft have seemingly stopped caring about creativity, Bethesda have continued to step up, creating countless video games which continue to innovate and entertain.
Of course, the talk in everyone’s mouth is Fallout 4, and although that’s also my most anticipated game for E3, there’s so much more to get excited about. I mean, if there isn’t going to be a Fallout 4, then some next-gen remakes would be enough to tide me over. Come on, Bethesda, your list writes itself; there’s the game of the year editions of Fallout 3 and New Vegas, the Elder Scrolls games such as Oblivion and Skyrim, you could even throw Morrowind in there, not to mention Dishonored. Which brings me to my next point, when the Dishonored II infographic was released, leaked or faked last year, it had me waiting for a teaser to be revealed at E3 2014, I was disappointed to find this wasn’t the case. Of course, this could easily be a fake, made by an avid fan, but the content looks pretty spot on to me. Dishonored II would only add to the already stacked list of possible announcements and it’s another one which is near the top of my list.
Let’s look at some other, arguably smaller announcements which could be made about Bethesda’s already existing products. It was recently announced that The Elder Scrolls Online would be opening its doors to all players, free of charge as of March 17th. This news is fairly self-explanatory, as long as the player has purchased the base game of The Elder Scrolls Online, they will be eligible to play without a subscription. This means that The Elder Scrolls Online is now sharing its business model with that of any other online capable triple-A title, such as Destiny, Diablo III or Grand Theft Auto: Online, as opposed to the usual subscription-based payment of an MMORPG. However, this doesn’t mean Bethesda won’t have new information to share with us, perhaps they’ll talk about how this new model will work or what other features await within the free rebirth of the once costly MMO.
You’ve also got The Evil Within which was released in October of 2014, the game was off to a rocky start but it was nothing that couldn’t be fixed with some patches. Who says Bethesda can’t release some downloadable content for this almost forgotten game? I can’t personally say it would have me rushing back to the unfinished save I left it at, but I’m sure there are others who may look forward to more content for this twisted title.
My final prediction would be more Doom information, at last year’s E3 we saw a teaser trailer with some dialogue which set the scene for Doom 4. It showed a strange planet and ended with the shot of a gigantic monster. That was it, that’s all we were shown. I feel that, especially with the beta access given out with pre-orders of Wolfenstein: The New Order, Bethesda really have something to deliver in regards to another iteration of Doom. Whether they show us another trailer, shed some light on the nature of the beta, or just let us know that the game is in production and progress is being made. Regardless, there’s definitely some hype that needs to be built.
Looking at all the possibilities, Bethesda’s E3 conference could really deliver, if it all goes off well, I see no reason why this couldn’t be Bethesda’s E3. They have so much potential and with it being their first year at centre stage, I have all the hope in the world that Bethesda are going to put on a performance which blows the other conferences out of the water. E3 is set to run from Tuesday June 16th – Thursday June 18th and is shaping up to be an interesting event that will definitely be worth a watch.
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