Bethesda Softworks had an eventful year in 2017, and the coming of E3 brings with it questions of what comes next. Although a new job listing for a quest designer prompts curiosity, most of the company’s IPs are already fleshed out, as evidenced by the Bethesdaland theme from last year’s E3. Despite this, Bethesda’s Vice President of Marketing took to an interview to reveal what he thinks about their next plans.
In a meeting with Dualshockers, Pete Hines revealed that it is currently a hectic time at Bethesda, as the studio continues to prepare for E3. However, he feels very confident and excited about what is in store for players, emphasizing that Bethesda’s E3 lineup is diverse and will appeal to many gamers.
“I couldn’t give you any guesses as to what we’re going to announce and when those games will be out. But I will say, we have a lot of new stuff to talk about at E3. Whether or not folks realize it, this is the hell on Earth time for us with E3. We are in the midst of so much planning and work for all of that content but I’m really excited.
I think we have a lot of stuff that folks are going to like. To my earlier comment, it’s going to be a big mix of stuff that’s all over the place. It’s not going to be like all [one] kind of game or genre. It’s going to be a lot of stuff in a lot of different areas and hopefully, there’s something in there for everybody.”
The remark about the lineup being “all over the place” could be telling that the presentation won’t feature one focused reveal. Hines has previously been noted saying that there are two big games in production before Elder Scrolls 6, but whether or not these two games are included in the “big mix” for E3 is unconfirmed.
On the other hand, it’s no secret Bethesda has been branching out across consoles with Skyrim coming to the Switch and so the next step could be a new mobile Elder Scrolls game. Not only that, with such an intense focus on VR for Skyrim, Fallout, and Doom, it’s also possible that Bethesda may be focusing on bringing VR to its other games.
Pete Hines isn’t the only one at Bethesda talking, as director Todd Howard recently revealed that a new animation engine is in use for a project in pre-production. Whether or not players can expect this to be showcased at E3 is a very tightly held secret, but at least the higher-ups are promising some exciting showcases for E3.