E3 2010 Preview: Bethesda

By Jordan Douglas on June 7, 2010, 7:57PM EDT

E3 is fast approaching! Those of us lucky enough to attend are starting to feel the weight of this beast of a games expo coming down on us, or maybe that's just me. Gaming Union's publisher preview series started off with a little Japanese company you may have heard of, Capcom. Next on the list is Bethesda Softworks, probably best known for the Elder Scrolls RPG series and more recently Fallout 3. Bethesda has revealed their lineup for the show floor, but what surprises will be in store behind closed doors, and at the major press conferences?

As mentioned above, Bethesda recently released their booth lineup for E3 which includes heavy hitters such as Fallout: New Vegas and Rage, as well as relative unknowns Brink and Hunted: The Demon's Forge. The next iteration in the Fallout series, New Vegas, is being developed by Obsidian - which is composed of some of the team behind the original Fallout games. Hopefully, New Vegas turns out better than Obsidian's last project, Alpha Protocol. Rage is also expected to have a big showing at this year's show. The hybrid shooter-racer from id Software has been through numerous changes throughout its development cycle, now slated for a 2011 release. The game is being spearheaded by John Carmack, the man behind Doom, Quake, and Wolfenstein, so there's reason to be optimistic.

Brink, from developer Splash Damage, is an upcoming FPS set around a utopian city, The Ark, in the midst of a civil war. The game's unique twist on the shooter genre is a campaign designed to be played online with up to eight players. Still slated for a 2010 release and announced for Bethesda's booth, we'll likely learn a lot more about this title. Little is known about Hunted: The Demon's Forge except that it's a co-op fantasy game featuring two main characters, E'lara and Caddoc. Players must make their way through a dark, mysterious world full of dungeons, ruins and crumbling towns.

The more interesting questions lie in what we still don't know. Will we see a sequel to 2009's WET? Probably not. Elder Scrolls V or an MMO? Possibly. 2006's Oblivion was a huge success and Bethesda Game Studios is overdue for a large project after completing a steady stream of Fallout 3 DLC. If Elder Scrolls V is indeed in the cards for E3, we'd most likely see it teased at one of the platform holder's press conferences. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see Todd Howard at Microsoft's event in a couple of weeks as both companies have a history of cooperation - Xbox frequently getting timed exclusive content. There's also the mystery of DOOM 4. Unfortunately, id has already confirmed no new information will be revealed until this year's QuakeCon.

Whether or not we end up seeing a new Elder Scrolls, Bethesda has definitely got a solid lineup planned for E3. Stay tuned for GU's E3 coverage from June 13th - 18th and many more publisher previews as the convention draws nearer.

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