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Don't get your hopes up too high. Just get your hopes up a little bit. Bethesda has announced that for the very first time they will be hosting a live, full E3 briefing at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California. The Briefing will take place on Sunday, June 14th, 2015. What does this mean? It means Fallout 4 might be announced at E3 2015.
Over on the Bethesda blog, they announce that they will be attending E3 live this year and that they will have a full show for gamers to enjoy. Usually, publishers only take out the time to do a full press conference if they have a full slate of games to unveil, including new intellectual properties, major updates to existing brands... and sequels.
The blog keeps it sweet and simple, only stating...
“We’re hosting our first-ever E3 Showcase in Hollywood, CA on June 14th and we’ve saved some seats just for you, our fans. Feel like a celebrity by attending our most exciting event yet, live and in-person! Keep an eye out – in the coming months we’ll be sharing details on how you can register to attend.”
Fans of Bethesda automatically know what this could entail. It only took the very first comment to recognize what this news might mean, and thus prompted for this excited bit of ebullience.
GamesIndustry.biz also offers a bit more context on the importance of this E3 briefing, reminding gamers about the profitable slate of IPs under Bethesda's belt, writing...
“Though Bethesda was built largely on the success of the Elder Scrolls games, it has expanded its catalog to include a number of successful properties that could conceivably anchor an E3 press conference. Thanks to a spate of brand and studio acquisitions, the Bethesda catalog now boasts franchises like Fallout, Dishonored, Wolfenstein, and Doom.”
It's understandable that fans of Bethesda are on edge given that people have been asking about Fallout 4 for like... forever. I mean, they asked about it when Bethesda made it known that they would be showing off Doom at QuakeCon 2014, and they asked about it for E3 2014, and they asked about last spring, where Bethesda told people to stop asking about Fallout 4.
One thing we do know for sure is that Doom will play a big part at this year's E3 for Bethesda. They had already mentioned last year that 2015 was going to be the year where gamers get well acquainted with the new and improved Doom.
Also, given Bethesda's silence on Fallout 4 it wouldn't be too shocking to find out that a surprise entrant for E3 is Fallout 4.
For those of you thinking that maybe Bethesda is working on a new Elder Scrolls game, it seems somewhat unlikely given that they already have Elder Scrolls Online on the horizon for launching on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Plus, Skyrim is still fairly popular at the moment and there's no real rush (or request) from the community to indulge in another Elder Scrolls game so soon.
With Fallout 4 rumors, teases and talks dating as far back as 2008, it seems like now would be a perfect time for Bethesda to capitalize on the swelling popularity of the franchise. I guess we'll find out on June 14th.