Bethesda Softworks made headlines across the gaming industry Monday with the announcement that the publisher will be holding its first ever E3 conference at the massive tradeshow this June. As reported by Polygon and numerous other industry sites, Bethesda made the announcement yesterday with no other details regarding what will be revealed, discussed, or featured at E3. Speculation, as it is wont to do, ran rampant once the story broke.
Most of the buzz surrounding the announcement centered on the much discussed and highly anticipated Fallout 4, which has long been wished for by the gaming public.
While a new entry into the Fallout series would certainly be a treat, Bethesda – as both a publisher and a developer in years past – has a steady roster of IPs that are due for a comeback. Below, you can find four franchises that would make for amazing announcements if Bethesda revealed them at E3 2015.
4) The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (HD)
Wishful thinking, right? Morrowind has long been regarded as one of the most engaging and memorable role-playing games of all time. Remarkably deep in its mechanics and atmospheric throughout its open-ended exploration, anyone who experienced Morrowind when it was first released in 2002 will be quick to acknowledge how amazing an HD revisit to Vvardenfall would be. Skryim and Oblivion modders have been attempting to do this for ages, so it’s a safe bet to say that public interest is there.
3) Rage 2
Rage was developed by iD Software and published by Bethesda in 2011. The game was lauded for its remarkable visual achievements, thanks to the impressive power of iD Tech 5 engine. Post-apocalyptic games are immensely popular in the current market, and the brutal shooting and high-octane driving of Rage might just have the potential for a sleeper hit. With the Mad Max game quiet for some time now, a game like Rage 2 could certainly step in to rule the wastelands.
2) Dishonored 2
The smart money is on Bethesda and Arkane Studios publicly confirming a sequel to 2012’s surprisingly great stealth title, Dishonored. One of the most beautifully designed games of the last generation, Dishonored proved that mixing supernatural skills, a smart narrative and an open approach to mission structures was a recipe for success. Over the last couple of years, the rumors surrounding Dishonored 2 has been swirling, and all signs point to E3 2015 being a good a time as any to finally announce the game.
1) Call of Cthulhu
Oh, Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth, how maddeningly bizarre and equally amazing you are. Developed by the late Headfirst Productions, Dark Corners of the Earth was essentially a first-person shooter/stealth video game reimagining of H.P. Lovecraft’s The Shadow over Innsmouth. Players were thrown into the strange town of Innsmouth, tasked with investigating a missing persons case. Dark Corners of the Earth featured rich atmosphere and some genuinely terrifying moments, including one of the best chase scenes in video game history. Dark Corners of the Earth released with game-crippling bugs that hindered sales of the title and ultimately led to planned sequels being canned. Horror enthusiasts who have played through Dark Corners of the Earth, however, know that another Lovecraft-inspired title on current generation hardware has almost unlimited potential.
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