E3 2017 Preview & Predictions: Bethesda

We’re two and half weeks from E3 and games are starting to pop up all over the place. Whether they’re an announcement from the publisher themselves or from some kind of leak. However, Bethesda has been sealed shut when it comes to information slipping out so we don’t have too much to work with, but it’ll be something.

Right before E3, Bethesda will be releasing the Morrowind expansion for The Elder Scrolls online. I’m sure they’ll talk about something relating to the game at their conference but I’ll be leaving it off the preview list since it’s just totally new. Also, Bethesda just rolled out Arkane Studio’s new game, Prey, earlier this month so I wouldn’t think that Arkane’s next game will be ready to be shown at all. So they’re off the list.

I’m going to go over the games I expect to make an appearance at E3 this year, outside ESO and give them a small run down on what we can expect from each. Of course, predictions will be found at the end of this article where I predict some unknown games that we’ll see.

Since we’re talking about Bethesda and not one of the big boys like Microsoft, Nintendo or Sony, this article may be a bit shorter than the previous weeks. But it’ll be something to get you ready for E3.

Fallout 4 VR

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Fallout 4 VR made an appearance at last year’s E3 during Bethesda’s conference. While Fallout fans didn’t seem to care for Fallout 4, I enjoyed it as a first person shooter. I’m not sure we’ll see too many gameplay changes made to the game but the idea of playing the full game in VR is exciting.

Speaking with GameRant, Pete Hines relaid Todd Howard’s message of Fallout 4 VR: “Fallout 4 VR is the most incredible thing you’ve ever seen in your life. You can’t even imagine what it’s like, playing in VR and how realistic it looks and everywhere you turn your head. It is going to blow your mind. It is the craziest thing you’ve ever seen.”

Not much else to say about the game, it’s going to be Fallout 4 in VR. You should understand what that means. I do think we get an idea of when we can see this project making it’s way to consumers. So I expect a release date and also one other announcement (see predictions).

Doom VR

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I could just about copy and paste the Fallout 4 VR section and put it here also. We’re getting Doom in VR and that’s about the brunt of it. Again, I’m expecting some kind of release window, at least. Outside of that, Doom is a fantastic shooter which should be fun to play in VR, unless you get motion sickness.

Quake Champions

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Quake Champions was a bit of a surprise during last year’s E3 and a year later we’re in a world where the game is in closed beta currently. I anticipate more information regarding an open beta, full release and even some kind of tournament schedule to promote the game. Also expecting more character announcements.

With a free-to-play game, for the most part, you can expect constant content updates so anything being added to the game to get you to buy it when you can, wouldn’t surprise me.

New Wolfenstein Game

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I have this section called, “New Wolfenstein Game” but honestly, I think we’re all pretty confident in saying the game will be called, Wolfenstein: New Colossus. This game has been teased by Bethesda, dating back to last year’s E3 and even the voice actor for B.J. Blazkowicz (Brian Bloom) said this about the potential sequel, “If you look at Bethesda’s E3 2016 lineup there was a title hinted at in a cool way,” Bloom said. “It sparked a bit of wildfire. That subtle, very simple DOS language, going through the titles. Perhaps we’re working on that as we speak.”

Pete Hines has gone on to say that he has played the new game that MachineGames is developing (same developer of the most previous Wolfenstein Games) and mentioned On the Kinda Funny Gamescast, “MachineGames has been hard at work on something, which I can tell you I have played, … It is f**king bananas. And I can’t wait to show what it actually is.”

We’re bound to see what MachineGames is cooking up at this year’s E3 and we’re bound to say, “Oh hey, that Wolfenstein game was real.” And from the sounds of how development has been going and considering development time, this game may launch sooner than we think.

Evil Within 2

Following another path of small hints and job listings here, it’s not unreasonable to say that Evil Within 2 is happening. The first bit of evidence we have comes from a leaked job listing for a translator and a Q&A position for a game called Psycho Break 2 at Tango Gameworks. Psycho Break is the Japanese title for Evil Within.

Secondly, and this is just putting the puzzle together, Bethesda announced their E3 conference times with this picture of “Bethesdaland.”

On the map, there are two sections of the theme park that are under construction. Everyone is buying into that one site is the new Wolfenstein title and the other is Evil Within 2. I buy into that thought also as I’m not so confident in anything else that follows this passage.

I think this is the most likely thing we’ll see from a new title at E3, other than Wolfenstein. Full reveal incoming!

New Obsidian Game

Nope. Don’t get your hopes up for another Fallout game. Obsidian is busy working on Pillars of Eternity 2. Here’s a quote from Obsidian PR manager Mikey Dowling via email to Kotaku regarding the rumors:

“We’ve said plenty of times that we’d love to work on a Fallout again if Bethesda wanted us to, we just aren’t at this time. Right now we’re very focused on the Fig campaign to make our first ever sequel in Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire. Whenever a new Fallout comes around though, whoever is doing it, we all look forward to playing it!”

Sorry, Fallout hopefuls.

New Elder Scrolls Title

Nope. No reveal this year.


Prediction: Fallout 4 VR will be exclusive to Scorpio VR for some period of time. Microsoft is showing off the Project Scorpio earlier in the day before Bethesda takes the stage later that night. Todd Howard is featured in the first video of the Project Scorpio talking about bringing Fallout 4 VR to the new console. Xbox and Bethesda have a fine relationship and have had partnerships in the past. Just connecting the dots here to make a prediction, I think there’s an incredible chance that when Xbox has it’s own VR headset, Fallout 4 VR will be on it and only it for six months to a year.

Just connecting the dots here to make a prediction, I think there’s an incredible chance that when Xbox has it’s own VR headset, Fallout 4 VR will be on it and only it for six months to a year.

Note: I’m talking about the console release for the game and not including the PC version. So this is me saying the game will be exclusive to Project Scorpio’s VR first and then Sony’s Playstation VR later. 

Prediction: The new Wolfenstein game will come out this year. Bethesda is a fan of the small marketing cycles, especially as of the last two years. I can fully see a reveal for Wolfenstein and a release in October.

Prediction: The Evil Within 2 will come out in the first half of 2018. I don’t think we’ll get an actual release date at E3 for this game but I do think it’ll be out before the end of May next year. Very similar to the release schedule of Prey from last year’s announcement to this year’s release.

It’s not much, but there’s how I think Bethesda will handle this year’s E3. Of course, there could always be extra surprises that no one knows about but I’d rather not just sit here and make up announcements with zero ground to stand on. Just seems lazy and an annoying way to get your hopes up.

Reminder, I will be doing these previews for everyone who has a presentation at E3 (except Devolver Digital). So be back next week on Thursday as I dive into Ubisoft and what they have in store for E3 this year.

Don’t forget to go back and check out my previews and predictions for XboxPlayStation, and Nintendo!

  • E3 Preview: Ubisoft – June 1
  • E3 Preview: EA – June 8