The Bethesda E3 Showcase 2018 is coming! The publishing giant has announced it will be held in Los Angeles June 10 at 6.30pm PST (while the majority of Europe snoozes). They even went to the trouble of creating a trailer to announce it and everything.
Past Bethesda showcases have revealed the likes of Fallout 4, Prey, and Wolfenstein II, so what could possibly be on the agenda this time around? Bethesda clearly has at least a couple of big things to show if it’s bothering to do its own showcase again. We had a quick think and came up with a few ideas/hopes.
Just after the announcement of Bethesda’s E3 Showcase 2018, the Prey Twitter account tweeted this out.
Do we really know what’s out there? pic.twitter.com/TIByM1O738
— Prey (@PreyGame) March 2, 2018
Oddly cryptic to just be a casual tweet, so we can naturally assume Prey will get some fresh action at the showcase. A sequel seems unlikely so soon, but given the side story/standalone expansion route Arkane went with Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, it’s possible Prey will get the same treatment.
The moon as a setting does fit in with some of the lore found in Prey’s Talos-I space station too.
On 15/3/18, The Prey team sent a new tweet out, featuring Arkane’s staff showing off red eyes, that has the date of the Bethesda E3 Showcase 2018 in the top corner. Right next to an obscured bit of Prey artwork that features the Moon in it.
Prey is surely a dead cert for the Bethesda E3 Showcase 2018 now.
Starfield is a name that frequently jumps up in recent times whenever a publisher can showcase video games onstage somewhere.
It’s supposed to be Bethesda Games Studio’s big new IP away from The Elder Scrolls. It’s believed to be a space-set RPG and hugely ambitious, but that is entirely whispers in the dark at this point. Of course, that was the case with Fallout 4 in the years before it finally got announced.
Bethesda have supported PSVR pretty well with DOOM VFR and Skyrim VR last year. Fallout 4 VR came out on PC last year also and there’s concern that it might be a bridge too far for it to appear on PSVR given it’s a touch fresher than Skyrim.
That’s not to say it can’t happen. It doesn’t have to be exactly like the PC version after all. I can’t imagine Bethesda not at least trying to get some form of Fallout on PSVR. Perhaps an older Fallout? Perhaps…Fallout 3?
The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset
Despite a rocky start to life, The Elder Scrolls Online has fought through its troubles to maintain its place at the MMO table. After the huge Morrowind expansion last year, it would have been a good time to get another chunky piece slotted into ESO at the Bethesda E3 Showcase 2018. Of course now we know it’s definitely happening, with a return to Summerset Isle being confirmed on March 21 for The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset. It’s due out June 5 however, just before the Bethesda E3 Showcase 2018.
This means that while it won’t be revealed at the showcase now, it will at least be there in trailer form to promote the recent launch. Possibly backed up with some review scores et al if all goes well. You can read our early thoughts on it now though.
id Software’s Next Game
The DOOM King is in good shape going into this year’s showcase. 2016’s DOOM far exceeded expectations and last year saw the game head to PSVR in a fairly successful fashion.
So what are they doing next? DOOM 2 is the obvious pick, and seemingly Bethesda’s Pete Hines is teasing this being the case but could id draw from the well of history to revive another shooter in its library. Quake may be somewhat alive in Quake Champions, but it has been a long time since a truly decent single player Quake game. A return to the classic Gothic horror-styled Quake would be an intriguing prospect.
On the other hand, maybe the return of RAGE is on the cards. It never got to taste the highs first time around, so why not give it another crack?
The Elder Scrolls VI
It’s been six and a half years since the initial release of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. That game has come out in so, so many flavours in that time. Hell, two versions alone last year!
The big question for at least half a decade has been if that development team are working on The Elder Scrolls VI yet. Fallout 4 managed to keep itself in the shadows despite attempted leaks. So could Bethesda Game Studios just casually throw Elder Scrolls VI at us at the Bethesda E3 Showcase 2018?
Gamesradar’s Zoe Delahunty-Knight recently reported on a possible Elder Scrolls VI direction found back in Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. It’s an interesting theory, and not one that is without history to back it up.
The question now then is when will Elder Scrolls VI show up? Bethesda note it has at least two major titles before then, and neither have shown up yet. If Starfield is indeed a real thing, it could hold off an new Elder Scrolls for a good while yet.
Skyrim on PS Vita
Why not, eh? It’s every-bloody-where else already.
What do you hope for at the Bethesda E3 Showcase 2018?