In past years, E3 didn’t traditionally kick off until Monday morning, when Microsoft takes the stage at the Galen Center for its pre-E3 briefing. However, as E3’s popularity has grown, so too has the event’s reach. What was once only a three-day event, now occupies close to a week.
First out of the gate for E3 2015 is Bethesda Softworks, who will host a pre-E3 press conference for the first time ever. The event is set to kick off at 7pm PDT on Sunday June 14th at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. However, since the Dolby can only hold a few 100 people, not everyone will be able to attend. Luckily, Bethesda is also streaming their pre-E3 press conference, which you can check out above.
When Bethesda first announced their pre-E3 press conference, fans were giddy with excitement. Most figured that if Bethesda saw fit to announce their own press conference, then they must have some big news for 2015. There were many guesses as to the big news, but easy money was on a Fallout 4 reveal.
Then, a few days before their E3 event, Bethesda gave Fallout 4 the official reveal treatment with a tantalizing trailer. They didn’t show any gameplay, though, presumably to save some worthwhile announcements for Sunday night.
Alongside Fallout 4, Bethesda’s pre-E3 press conference is expected to highlight the DOOM reboot, which up until now has been mostly a mystery. Only select attendees at Quake Con have seen footage from id Software’s new shooter, but that will likely change come Sunday night.
Next to Fallout 4 and DOOM, the next likely announcement was Dishonored 2, Arkane Studios’ follow-up to their popular first person stealth title. There was evidence that suggested Dishonored 2 might get announced last year, but nothing became of that. Now, unfortunately, it’s all but a given that Dishonored 2 will be announced, as the testing of Bethesda’s press conference livestream accidentally revealed the game is coming.
Other potential highlights of the conference include the multiplayer shooter/melee hybrid Battlecry and the next expansion(s) for The Elder Scrolls Online. To be honest, though, those three flagship games would be enough to generate plenty of buzz for the developer/publisher’s upcoming slate, but one has to figure that’s not all Bethesda has in store for viewers and conference attendees. Could Bethesda also tease the next chapter in The Elder Scrolls saga? Is there a new IP in development at the studio?
We’ll be on-hand for the press conference sharing all the exciting details, including closer looks at Fallout 4, DOOM, and Dishonored 2.
Which games do you expect to see at Bethesda’s E3 Press Conference? What will be the big surprise?