Bethesda Game Studio’s Director Todd Howard announcing The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim at the 2010 VGA’s.

Before 2015, Bethesda Game Studio’s was like every other developer... just a developer. They didn’t publish games. Actually, they still don’t. Bethesda Softworks publishes games and Bethesda Game Studio’s is under that umbrella, but these days the two get mushed together simply because they both start with Bethesda. So when people think of the Bethesda E3 conference, they immediately picture the face of Bethesda Game Studios, Todd Howard. You have him to thank for Oblivion, Fallout 3, Skyrim, and Fallout 4(Can’t remember if he had a hand in Morrowind.). He’s the guy that came out at Bethesda’s 2015 show, showed off Fallout 4 shelter, and said, I quote, “this is the best fucking gimmick.” This is also the guy who had a bunch of actors go out on a stage wearing dark robes, with smoke covering the stage and an image of snow-capped mountains in the background, all while the actors are chanting, just to announce Skyrim like he’s some kind of celebrity. So what kinds of gimmicks do they have this year? Not a lot, but quite frankly, they don’t need anymore than this.

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1) RAGE 2

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Status: Unannounced, possibly leaked.

Release: If it really does exist, I’m gonna say 2018.

Odds: ???

Earlier yesterday, Walmart reportedly leaked a bunch of games that were set to be revealed at E3. While its questionable if the store pages were actually based on legitimate knowledge and not just random guesses, Bethesda did respond to the leaks, albeit jokingly, acting as though the leaks were true and the cat was out of the bag. So who knows, maybe it is real. Or, just maybe, they’re trolling all of us.

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2) DOOM 2

Status: Unannounced

Release: Unknown

Odds: 0%

Sorry DOOM fans, but you’re getting your hopes up if you think DOOM II is already on the horizon. It’s only been two years, so sit down and take a chill pill. Don’t have a chill pill, take a chill strip. Put it on your tongue, it desolves, chill.

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3) Quake Champions

Status: Announced

Release: 2018

Odds: 100%

The game is set to release this year, and I honestly haven’t heard anything about it since last E3. So I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that yes it will be at E3, and yes it will get a release date. Why? Because that’s how Bethesda does things.

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4) “Starfield”

Status: Unknown, but rumored.

Release: If it exists, 2018 definitely.

Odds: 100%

Two years ago, when asked about The Elder Scrolls VI, it was stated that they had ideas for the game, but that it was not in development yet. In addition to not having the tech they needed to realize their vision for TESVI, Bethesda Game Studios’ is also working on two new IP which they said would “likely” release before TESVI. That first new IP is more than likely releasing this year. Ever since before even last years E3 there were rumors of a game called “Starfield.” Starfield, like other Bethesda games, would be an RPG. Except, rather than being medieval fantasy or post-apocalyptic retro sci-fi, it’s supposedly straight up sci-fi. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t interested. This is likely to be the title that will carry Bethesda’s E3, and like Fallout 4, it will likely be announced with a release date only a couple months away.

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Long Shot - Skyrim for TI-84

Status: You know it’s coming.

Release: Right after the show.

Odds: 100%

You know what game was great? Skyrim. Bethesda knew that, so after they brought it to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC, they brought it to Xbox One and PlayStation. But why stop there? They also brought it to Nintendo Switch! Lets not forget the recently released Skyrim VR, oh man. But now they gotta take it to the next completely logical platform: The TI-84. Its dominated your life outside of work, outside of school, but you always had to leave it behind. But not anymore. Teacher thinks you’re doing your math homework, but actually you’re slaying dragons. It’s the greatest fucking gimmick.