E3 2015: Bethesda Predictions, Rumors & Expectations

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E3 2015 is almost upon us! This week, GameSided staffers will be discussing what we should see, think we’ll see or hope to see out of the eight (!) separate press conferences scheduled to go live starting early next week. Our up-to-date preview schedule: 

This year, E3 will kick off with something the Electronic Entertainment Expo hasn’t seen before; a press conference event from Bethesda. The Maryland-based publisher has crafted quite a name for itself over the past decade, building respectable titles and franchises including Elder Scrolls, Wolfenstein, Fallout and Dishonored, among others. That said, it’s not your typical “thousands of employees” publisher that one is wont to see from gaming’s annual marketing extravaganza, making the Bethesda E3 Showcase debut a noteworthy occasion. Let’s take a look at what we’ve heard, can expect and predict out of Bethesda during E3 2015.

Things I’m sure we’ll see at the Bethesda briefing

  • An Extensive Fallout 4 Gameplay Demo

The biggest piece of news to come out of last week was the official reveal of Fallout 4 by Bethesda. Developed by Bethesda Game Studios under the direction of Todd Howard, one of Western RPG’s shining examples of series-wide excellence will see “a world premiere of (Fallout 4)” during the Bethesda E3 Showcase. We already know the game will be coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One (sorry, PS3 and Xbox 360 owners), will feature Dogmeat once again (a tag from the trailer on Youtube is “Dogmeat“), is set in Boston and that “War never changes.” What more could you want?

Perhaps a release date?

  • A Full Doom Match Will Be Featured Sometime During The Show

Coming long after the release of Wolfenstein: The New Order without its promised beta access, at the very least, comes a Doom gameplay trailer to the Bethesda E3 Showcase. With gameplay initially shown off to the media who were in attendance at QuakeCon 2014 last July, one would hope that a Doom release date is paired with its likely prominence as a headliner attraction. I mean, why else would you hype up the game with just an 11-second trailer?

  • We’ll Be Reminded Of The Existence Of Battlecry

Remember Battlecry? It wasn’t until researching for this piece that I was reminded about this game as a concept, myself. A refresher; Austin-based Battlecry Studios has been quietly working on a free-to-play 32 player online action game. Outside of a launch trailer more than a year ago, alongside some class names, there’s not much else to say about this title. However, when you dedicate at least an hour to showing off games to the press and fans at home, it seems almost guaranteed that it will at least be mentioned.

  • The Elder Scrolls Online Will Get Some Sort Of Major Announcement

The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited launched without subscriptions on the PS4 and Xbox One earlier today. Knowing that the game was in development for close to a decade before launching last year, it only makes sense that some sort of content update will be announced during the Bethesda E3 Showcase. Whether it be in the form of free updates at specific times throughout the next 12 months or in the form of an expansion, for Bethesda to not announce something major for The Elder Scrolls Online during E3 2015 would seem like they were giving up on it.

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