Watch Bethesda take the E3 stage for another solo presentation this year and see if the company can top last year’s Fallout 4 presentation with some updates on Dishonored 2, Doom, and hopefully a few surprises.
Bethesda may be new to standalone E3 press conferences, but the company certainly got off on the right foot in 2015 with the reveal of Fallout 4’s release window and gameplay footage. The studio returns this year for another Sunday night presentation.
Last year, the whole world knew that Fallout 4 was coming before E3 kicked off, but the company was able to use that hype to fuel a great presentation involving gameplay demos, Pip-Boys, and the announcement of a release window that was way sooner than anyone expected. This year Bethesda likely isn’t sitting on a finished game with the cult following of Fallout, but the studio still has some major projects to show off.
Although a few different games are sure to take the stage, it seems most likely that Dishonored 2 will be the Fallout 4 of this year. The game was revealed a while back and although a November 11 release date is on the books, details have been kept very secret. We expect a combination of live gameplay footage and a new cinematic trailer to kick off the hype leading into this fall. The game’s new dual male/female protagonist team may sound like old news now that Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate has come and gone, but knowing Bethesda, the company will find a way to make the feature unique and exciting again.
In addition to Dishonored 2, Bethesda already has a few games out that could benefit from expansions and DLC. Fallout 4 has exhausted all of the season pass’ DLC with the launch of Far Harbor, so Bethesda may announce the next major expansion to keep the game alive. Although the hardcore scene is likely to stick around and play with mods forever, more casual gamers will require new official content to return to the wasteland. Doom also is still riding the high of a successful launch, but will likely want to see some DLC content later this year. New maps for multiplayer will likely be the bulk of added content, although the campaign is a ton of fun and many players would love a few new hours of that content.
Bethesda may also take viewers by surprise with a new IP or an unannounced remaster. Rumors of a remastered version of Skyrim for Xbox One and PS4 have been swirling around in the pre-E3 buzz and this does sound like a realistic possibility. The success of console mods for Fallout 4 means that Skyrim could also have the opportunity to run wild on consoles. Although Elder Scrolls fans would definitely prefer the reveal of a new installment in the franchise over a remaster of a game that they have already spent hundreds of hours playing; there’s no denying that revisiting Skyrim would still be a lot of fun.
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