E3 2018 pre-season is upon us, as such, it is time for every video game website to perform its yearly duties and conduct the sacred ritual. We have all been called upon to attempt the impossible, to briefly look into the future by gazing into the void in hopes of discerning even the smallest fragment of enlightenment; Critical Coins is no different. And just as many have done so before, we too will perform this ancient rite, and attempt to predict what will be announced at this year’s E3.

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Bethesda has always had a smaller presentation at their E3 press conferences. Taking much of the fanfare that other companies typically have, and boiling it down into a purer, more distilled presentation. Resulting in a well-crafted 30 minute presentation that is focused on games first, peppered in with a joke here or there. Last year, Bethesda announced sequels to a few of their popular franchises such as Dishonored, The Evil Within 2, and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, but the largest franchises in their traditional forms were left slumbering. With E3 2018 around the corner, we are left asking, will we see these titles make an appearance? Something else? Or just more sequels to their smaller franchises?

We suspect, a little of everything.

Rage 2 Explained

We suspect that Rage 2 was originally planned for E3, but thanks to Walmart Canada, Bethesda opted to reveal it now and save more information for the presentation. From the looks of the trailer, Rage 2 looks to borrow a lot from franchises such as Borderlands, Mad Max, and even Sunset Overdrive with just a dash of the original Rage mixed it. We predict that Rage 2 will become Bethesda’s “fun” FPS franchise moving forward, filling that void that we all have for a Borderlands 3.

Mobile Is Coming

Bethesda stumbled on a smash hit with Fallout Shelter, and after its success, tried to build off of it with smaller titles that worked equally well on mobile such as Elder Scrolls: Legends. This game, however, hasn’t really taken off. Especially due to the intense competition surrounding the current card game environment. We believe Bethesda is hardly ready to give up on smaller, mobile-focused titles just yet. Now on what that title would be? We are just going to have to wait because there is no information pointing one way or another.

Doom 2

When Doom (2016) released, it was the return of a once great franchise that was finally worth its name. It managed to capture the somewhat frantic nature of the original titles while doing so in a glorious and bloody fashion. Doom 2 (1994) built off the original with better level designs and more weapons while still keeping to the originals…charm. Now, in the year 2018, its time for Doom (2016) to get its Doom 2; improving on the original but keeping the same structure and charm that fans of the original will love.

Switch Ports

Ubisoft may be in the good graces of Nintendo and its fans with exclusive titles and some ports to the Switch, but Bethesda has been making a concerted effort to get their existing titles on the Switch to great success. Considering how well Doom (2016) and hopefully soon, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, were received, we predict many other Bethesda titles to be announced for the Switch. Dishonored, The Evil Within, and even Fallout 4 all fell within the realm of possibility considering the titles that were ported already!

Fallout 76 is Multiplayer Focused

We know, we don’t want a multiplayer focused Fallout, but we are sticking with the rumors on this one for two main reasons. The first is Bethesda’s response to the general disappointment around the idea of the new Fallout being a multiplayer title. With the second, focusing on lore surrounding Vault 76. It is one of only a handful of control vaults, making it a baseline to compare other experimental vaults against. It also makes it a fantastically plain backstory that one might want in a game involving a large number of players. For these two reasons, we predict the rumors are true.

Quake Champions Update

Quake Champions is currently an Early Access title that is still in need of some work before release, but at E3 2018, we predict this title will be getting a firm release date with an overview of what’s to come. 

Starfield Teased

Starfield has been a long-rumored title for Bethesda. With rumors of its existence fueled by trademark filings and a few questionable sources claiming its existence. On the other hand, we know that Bethesda currently has two un-confirmed titles in the works. With Doom 2 being our other un-confirmed predictions, our suspicion of Fallout 76 being multiplayer focused, and The Elder Scrolls 6 being years away, now would be one of the best times for this sci-fi focused Fallout-esque title to finally make its debut!

Final Thoughts

Bethesda has always remained tight-lipped for its titles, typically, only announcing them within months of their actual release. Resulting in Bethesda’s E3 press conferences to be on the smaller side with fewer surprises. But those surprises are usually worth the wait, especially for franchises such as The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, or any other titles that take that unique Bethesda style to RPGs. Regardless of what else Bethesda may announce at this upcoming E3, as long as one of those announcements are for an open world RPG, Bethesda will have done its job.