This month, Bethesda announced it would hold it’s first ever press conference at this years E3, and here’s why everyone who’s ever played a videogame should be excited.
First thing’s first, this is a press conference Bethesda is holding, which basically means they’ve got a whole lot to say if they’ve booked out a huge hall for an event. I expect them to mix in game announcements with possibly sales figures and profits for the past year, and most likely something to do with the recent release of the Elder Scrolls Online on console, for example how they’ll support it in the coming year.
But let’s speculate on the possible game announcements for this event, because if we’re honest, that’s what everyone’s hoping for. I’ll say this right now, I really believe this is the year for a Fallout 4, it’s been almost 7 years since we’ve had a Fallout game from Bethesda (New Vegas doesn’t count since it wasn’t made by them) and it’s high time we’re due for a huge release, particularly with the failure of the Elder Scrolls online on PC.
Fallout 4 makes so much sense for a huge press conference at E3, it’d be the perfect place to set the stage for a truly blockbuster release from Bethesda. Trademarks have been filed in the past year to support a new Fallout game, and speculation has been rampant to point to a Massachusetts setting around Boston, which is particularly exciting when you consider it wouldn’t be a million miles away from the Brotherhood of Steel in D.C.
If it’s not to announce a new Fallout game I might just break down emotionally, but there’s also a few other things it could realistically be to announce. A beta for Doom 4 was attached with copies of Wolfenstein: The New Order last year, so it would likely be to formally announce that game, and a release window for it, but you’ve got to believe that such a huge event could only correspond with such a huge announcement, such as Fallout.
So my prediction for the conference is this: we’ll get both a new Fallout and a new Doom game, with Fallout releasing next May in 2016, and Doom releasing at the very end of 2016.