E3 2017 is just around the corner, and that means Bethesdaâ€™s E3 show is, as well. The company has been on a roll the last few years, revealing big games each year and delivering on them before the next E3. Bethesdaâ€™s marketing boss Pete Hines tweeted out an adorable image on Friday made up to look like an amusement park map giving us an idea of what we can expect to see at this yearâ€™s show.
Starting clockwise from theÂ Fallout-themed entrance, we first have Dishonored 2, which released in 2016, andÂ Prey, set to come out on May 5. Then thereâ€™s the first of two â€œUnder constructionâ€ sections of the park. Next are theÂ Elder Scrolls Online, Doom,Â andÂ Quake Champions,Â followed by that second unannounced section.
Letâ€™s break this down
The two unannounced sections are, obviously, the most exciting, There are a few possibilities as to what those could be. WhileÂ Elder Scrolls VIÂ is one possibility, itâ€™s a distant one. Bethesdaâ€™s creative director Todd Howard has said that ES6 is a long way out, and Bethesda usually doesnâ€™t let the hype train run long enough to show a game at E3 twice.
So whatâ€™s more likely? Bethesda has a few potential irons in the fire they could pull out. One of these is almost certainly a sequel toÂ Wolfenstein: The New Order. Hints have been dropping since E3 2016, and itâ€™s been nearly 3 years since the last one. Hints suggest the game will be calledÂ Wolfenstein: The New ColossusÂ or something along those lines.
Aside from MachineGames, Bethesda has a few other studios. Arkane Studios is about to releaseÂ Prey,Â while Id Software is working onÂ Quake Champions. That leaves us with Tango Gameworks, the studio behindÂ The Evil Within.Â A recent job posting suggests that a sequel to that game is in the works, too. While a newÂ Wolfenstein would certainly be worth the airtime, Iâ€™m not sureÂ The Evil Within does, so Iâ€™m hoping thereâ€™s something thatâ€™ll really surprise us in there. Bethesda has a few other studios that focus on multiplayer for studiosâ€™ existing games, and Bethesda Softworks itself is big enough to be working on multiple titles â€“ something theyâ€™ve confirmed. As much as I likeÂ Fallout andÂ The Elder Scrolls, I wouldnâ€™t mind seeing that team tackle something completely new.
As for the announced and released (or soon-to-be-released) games on the list, it seems likely theyâ€™ll get some airtime, too. TheÂ Elder Scrolls OnlineÂ andÂ Quake Champions are both online-only games, so additional content for those is a foregone conclusion. Iâ€™d love to seeÂ Doom, Prey,Â andÂ Dishonored 2Â get some expansions as well, though. AÂ Doom one seems unlikely at this point, butÂ DishonoredÂ is new enough that itâ€™s a very real possibility.
Bethesdaâ€™s E3 show is on Sunday, June 11, and we canâ€™t wait to find out what Pete Hines and Co. have prepared.