Every year, developers from around the world gather in June to showcase their most secret and anticipated projects. In the months leading up to E3, gamers witness the spectacle of influencers and industry veterans discussing the rumors of what might be, further fueling their desired announcements come to life. In the spirit of fun and excitement, E3 allows for the passion of gaming to be broadcast on a world stage and recognized for its influence on the entertainment industry.
Now that the industry is approaching the eve of E3, OnlySP is counting down the days remaining in a segment we like to call ‘12 Days of E3’. Please join OnlySP in celebrating an event that can be described as Christmas for Gamers, as we come together in anticipation for E3 2019!
Single-player gamers have come to expect a lot from Bethesda. With big name titles such as DOOM, Elder Scrolls, and Wolfenstein under the Bethesda banner, the publisher literally manufactures high hopes. After E3 2018, single-player fans felt cheated, and, on reflection, the disappointments were not unreasonable. From the highly criticised multiplayer stylings of Fallout 76 to the underwhelming narrative in Rage 2, imagining what E3 2019 has in store to redeem its failings is near impossible. So what do players deserve to see that might atone for the mistakes of the past twelve months?
The damage caused to Bethesda’s reputation by Fallout 76 is irreparable. The multiplayer, online-only title angered many fans who were hoping for a new mainline entry in the franchise that was exclusively single player. Bethesda missed the mark and lost players’ trust in the Fallout franchise. Assumedly, the only way to win fans back would be with the announcement of Fallout 5. The likelihood of this is incredibly slim considering Fallout 4 was released in 2015, seven years after Fallout 3 in 2008. However, Bethesda is no stranger to teasing a game’s existence to satiate the fanbase, so we may see a reveal not unlike that of The Elder Scrolls VI last year, simply to start healing self-inflicted wounds.
To add to the Fallout drama, Fallout 4 was an incredibly disappointing experience for players after Obsidian found such success with Fallout: New Vegas. Do people really want to watch the series continue to fall from grace or would we rather place our hopes in new IP such as Starfield?
Meanwhile, Rage 2 promised a narrative-focused experience and delivered the opposite. What makes the game so disappointing is that the Bethesda name was once synonymous with crafting incredible single-player experiences. Each new entry in the Elder Scrolls franchise has revolutionised gaming and what players should expect from open-world narratives. Whilst Bethesda would reap the benefits of showcasing the story behind some of its current developments, the possibility does not match what we have witnessed in past years. Another year with little talk of story content could prove troublesome to the success of the publishers upcoming releases.
Of all the games currently known to be in development by Bethesda-owned studios, DOOM Eternal seems to be the most likely star of the 2019 showcase. The question here is whether the title will just be a disappointment. The nostalgia of the 2016 reboot has worn off, so can a new entry in the franchise really hold its own in 2019?
A welcome, and not too far fetched, announcement would come from Arkane Studios. Since the release of Prey and Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, little else has come out of the studio, which presents an opportunity to give fans something big this year. Whilst a reveal may be wishful thinking, as the studio is currently involved with Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot, the prospect is exciting as it could be a highly redeeming feature for the 2019 conference.
Excited musings aside, the let downs of the past few months could truly make the Bethesda E3 2019 showcase something unexpectedly worthwhile. We are yet to see how Wolfenstein: Youngblood pans out, so hopefully that is the success that returns faith. Maybe our expectations have just become too high. Maybe our opinions have just become too negative. Regardless, I am (maybe naively) optimistic that this year’s E3 will offer something spectacular to restore our faith in this once-great publisher.