Bethesda are hosting one of the handful of new conferences at this year’s E3, and what better way to kick off our pre-E3 content than with the company that take to the spotlight first. There’s a lot to look forward to at Bethesda’s conference considering they own such an excellent array of developers and IPs, but the three of us have nailed down just two things that we want to see during the company’s presser this year.
Doom – Gameplay Reveal and Beta Details
It’s safe to say that I’m quite the fan of DOOM, and considering those who purchased Wolfenstein: The New Order last year were entitled to a beta of the highly anticipated reboot before release, this one’s fairly inevitable. The game’s already been teased by Bethesda and we know DOOM is going to be a massive mainstay for the conference, so I’m interested to hear how the beta (if it’s still happening) will work and what it’ll entail.
DOOM — even just as a name — is one of the biggest and most well known icons in gaming history. It pioneered a lot of titles we see and enjoy today, so I hope Bethesda and the developers take this game seriously, because if done well – it can be a massive hit once again. Obviously gameplay is a must, but reinvigoration and a re-imagining of what DOOM is and what it represents would be a compelling way to reintroduce the iconic series to both new gamers and old. It’s important to keep the structure of what DOOM is and what it represents, and if the series is given the treatment Wolfenstein has I can see a lot of potential in the reboot.
Dishonored 2 – Reveal Trailer
I really liked Dishonored. It was such a breath of fresh air from what we’d been handed over the better part of the console cycle and introduced both new and old elements into a highly enjoyable, stealth-focused action game that required a fair amount of thought, understanding and execution. Of course, there was always the time and place to pull out the weapons and go to town, but I loved the way the game encouraged you to take on objectives in the world with an ounce of stealth and that it enabled you to feel like a genuine badass.
There’re rumours that Dishonored 2 won’t be happening (this year at least) and instead Dishonored: Definitive Edition will be announced at Bethesda’s conference. As much as I see it as a strong business move to shift Dishonored to the current-gen platforms for those that haven’t played it, I think the time is right to bring the sequel into the open. If players are so inclined to try the game out before the sequel drops, they have methods of doing that. Don’t force loyal players to another needless taste of remasters and tease them about a Dishonored 2 that could have been. Give them what they want – a deserving sequel to an excellent game.
Elder Scrolls – Teaser Trailer/First Details
With the unveiling of Fallout 4 there are a lot of fans excited about the return of immersive Bethesda RPGs. After the success of Skyrim back in 2011 both critically and for introducing fans to the world of the Elder Scrolls, it’s about time we saw another title in the series. With so much of the world left unexplored outside of the Elder Scrolls Online, a true next generation title on a brand new engine would definitely keep Bethesda’s fanbase buzzing long after Fallout 4’s release.
While it’s likely that internal studios will be working on Fallout 4 for a while after release, with patches and DLC, it would be cool to see another Bethesda studio tackle the new title like Obsidian did with New Vegas. This would allow a new take on the single player RPG series and maybe even a rebirth of the game, with a different studio adding their own style to the world.
I’d love to have confirmation that more Elder Scrolls is on the way, as inevitable as that may seem. A change of setting to Elsweyr (see what I did there), or to the Black Marsh to explore the origins and home of the Argonians would be really cool to see. The Summerset Isles and realms of the Elves would also make a great setting to follow up the icy tundras and mountains that made Skyrim so iconic.
Battlecry – More Details, Classes and Release Date
After playing Battlecry at PAX Australia last year I’ve found myself longing for more information on the title. The mix of Team Fortress 2 and Chivalry with a really stunning steampunk aesthetic grabbed me from the first trailer, and the game played quite well in its alpha form. With a beta already promised (coming to Australia and New Zealand first!), a confirmation of the availability dates or even a release date would be fantastic to see from Bethesda at E3.
I’d also really like to see a new cinematic trailer, along with the announcement and details of new character classes they were planning on adding in the early stages. While there are a lot of games that fit this free-to-play arena combat style on the market already, Battlecry seemed to have carved out a stylistic niche, with decent gameplay to boot. I’d hate to see it go down in flames, so any love Bethesda can show it during their conference to keep interest strong seems like a good move to me.
Doom – Gameplay and (Hell Knights)
Id Software has been really quiet about their upcoming DOOM reboot but we definitely know it will make an appearance next week at Bethesda’s E3 conference thanks to their latest teaser trailer. Thank you – finally some news after being in the dark for so many months.
I believe DOOM will showcase some serious ground breaking tech in its visual department (hopefully) because of IdTech 6 driving the game. Just like with Doom 3, Id Software will impress its audience with next-generation visuals and what’s better way to showcase it than in DOOM’s universe.
It’ll also be interesting to see what the DOOM Beta they marketed Wolfenstein: The New Order with is all about. I’ve never really bothered with any of DOOM’s multiplayer side because I was really deeply engaged with the story but it seems like they’re emphasising it more now so I can’t wait to see what they’ve done.
Fallout 4 – More Gameplay and (Possibly) Multiplayer
We’ve seen the Fallout 4 trailer already and if you were like me – you’ve seen that trailer more than 30 times. Fallout 4 is happening and it’s been quite a while indeed. Bethesda has already shown quite a substantial amount of the game like where the location is and how the visuals hold up etc. I can’t wait to see more of the game and maybe go deeper into the newer features of the game and see what’s improved and has been added since Fallout 3 and New Vegas.
I know this is a long shot but I wonder if there’s a possibility that they’ve also included some sort of multiplayer aspect into the game. It would be awesome to tackle the wasteland with friends (or enemies) which would make it quite ground-breaking for the series.
What are you looking forward to seeing at Bethesda’s conference this year? Let us know in the comments!