It's hard to envision Bethesda topping their first-ever E3 showcase. Last year, the publisher set the bar incredibly high for themselves, unveiling debut gameplay from Fallout 4, surprise launching the tie-in idle game Fallout Shelter, and showing off Dishonored 2's first breakneck trailer.
Lofty expectations aside, Bethesda has a truly stellar catalog of titles currently in development, which may well make this year's showcase the sequel that doesn't suck. Here's what we'd like to see from the studio at E3 2016.
The Elder Scrolls 6
2, 6, 4, 5. The year-length intervals between each numbered Elder Scrolls game would lead us to believe that the next is due imminently. It's now been almost 5 years since Skyrim lit the world on fire, going on to sell more than 20 million copies and earning its spot on countless game-of-the-year lists. A sequel, though officially unconfirmed, seems all but inevitable.
But that doesn't mean Bethesda is willing to rush out any old follow up. Vice President Pete Hines has previously talked about the studio's "slow but steady" process, snidely commenting that other developers wouldn't have had the patience (or more accurately, the financial freedom) to spend this long working on a sequel:
"They'd be spitting out a Skyrim 2 the year after or two years later. That's just not how we view it. [We] make sure everything we do is noteworthy. Our approach to that hasn't differed."
After the relative under-performance of Fallout 4, Hines needs to back those words up with a "noteworthy" Elder Scrolls 6. We're waiting.
We have an official November 11 release date, but we've yet to see an extended clip of live gameplay from Dishonored 2. The follow up to 2012's stealth-action-adventure game will introduce a new playable protagonist, Empress Emily Kaldwin, as well as welcome back returning assassin Corvo Attano. Players will be able to choose to play as either, lending an alternate perspective to the same missions that will allow for multiple approaches to the same condemned targets.
Hopefully, E3 will provide the perfect opportunity for showing off some of the game's new powers. Game Director Harvey Smith has been surprised by the new and creative ways testers have been combining the game's mechanics, stating that, “This is the emergent gameplay thing that we all love.” I can't wait to see more!
A new Wolfenstein sequel?
Last September, Eurogamer reported that actress Alicja Bachleda-Curuś, who played Anya Oliwa in Wolfenstein: The New Order, let a certain secret slip during an interview on Polish TV, claiming she was working on a "second one"; presumably a fully fledged follow-up to the FPS reboot. Bethesda's E3 press conference seems like the right time to put speculation to bed. And speaking of resurrected 90s shooters...
Doom DLC announcement
Doom blew everyone away last month with its frenetic, old-school gameplay, gushing crimson bloodstreams, and relentlessly stomping soundtrack, leaving many gamers pining for more. Updates to the game's user-generated level service SnapMAP are sure to come, but, personally, I'm gunning for more single-player content. Bethesda produced a separate, self-contained campaign for Wolfenstein in the form of The Old Blood, so why not something similar here? My thirst for blood is not yet quenched.
Fallout 4 DLC announcement
After Far Harbor's poor sales performance, the future for Fallout 4 DLC is looking uncertain. Bethesda has its work cut out if it's to offer gamers persuasive reasons to return to the wasteland. If a whole new map didn't quite cut it, it makes you wonder what aces the publisher is holding in its sleeve for E3. More robots, new companions, expanded settlements? What do you want to see?
Cancelled back in 2014, Prey 2 looked like the Blade Runner-esque, sci-fi adventure I've had cooked up in my head since Mass Effect so nearly fit the bill. Some have speculated that the unannounced title from Arkane's Austin branch could be the revived sequel. Prey 2 will, hands down, be Bethesda's greatest surprise announcement.
That's my personal list, though. What do you want to see from Bethesda at E3 2016?