The arc of redemption.
By jordan sirani
Betting is high for Bethesda at E3 2019. What will be the fifth press conference at the annual exhibition will also be the most important, as the editor presents a year marked by controversy surrounding Fallout 76.
That series of public relations disasters in late 2018, ranging from nylon bags and half-baked features to piracy problems and data from committed players, damaged the reputation of one of the most beloved companies in the games. Now, stage E3 offers Bethesda the opportunity to regain balance and get away from the ghosts of Vault 76. But to achieve this, he will have to rely on the breadth of his internal development studies.
The Elder Scrolls Online will surely come back. It has been shown that the four previous Bethesda press conferences for E3, and 2019 should not be different. Machine Games and Id Software have games that will be released in the months after E3, so he hopes to be on stage with Wolfenstein: Youngblood and Doom Eternal, respectively.
If you're expecting the unexpected, pay attention to Arkane Studios and Tango Gameworks. Arkane is working with Machine Games on Youngblood. Meanwhile, tango has been quiet since the release of The Evil Within 2 in 2017. Will the horror developer reveal another sequel or a completely new twisted project?
Then there's Bethesda Game Studios. Despite the controversy, Fallout 76 will probably return to the stage. It is an opportunity for Bethesda to highlight the improvements it has made since the launch, as well as to discuss future content.
And although Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI were launched at E3 2018, Todd Howard previously moderated expectations by announcing that BGS is showing some of those next-generation RPGs at this year's show. Bethesda will probably hold on Starfield until E3 2020 at the earliest, the last show before the reported release or the next generation consoles. The return of Elder Scrolls VI to stage E3 should come later, if it is scheduled to be released after RPG RPG.
Bethesda is dealing with a base of despised and pessimistic admirers, though one who would love nothing more than to witness their rise again. Perhaps the E3 2019 will provide the stage for the first chapter in its redemption story.
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Jordan is a freelance writer for IGN. Connect with him on Twitter @jdsirani.