Bethesda sent out a cute illustration alongside invites to its E3 press conference, depicting the publisher’s games as different worlds on a Disneyland-style theme park map. It’s a neat idea. Trouble is, it may have also just spoiled the event’s big reveals.
Before we get into why, take a look at the image for yourself:
Adorable, right? The Main Street, U.S.A. equivalent is Fallout, which is fitting, considering how big a role nostalgia for the American of decades past plays into both. Fantasyland is, what else, The Elder Scrolls. Other worlds are dedicated to Prey, Quake Champions, Doom, and the Dishonored games.
Two others are listed as “under construction” and “coming soon,” strongly hinting that two currently unannounced games will debut at the presser.
So, let’s do a little basic detective work. Here’s a list of the properties Bethesda has released a game for in the last five years (or for which it’s already announced an upcoming title):
- The Elder Scrolls
- The Evil Within
And here’s the same list once you take away the ones depicted in the map:
- The Evil Within
Hmm… Hmmmmmm… HMMMMMMMMM…
Okay, so it’s not like we didn’t already have ample reason to suspect sequels to Wolfenstein: The New Order and The Evil Within were on the way, and possibly soon. Still, this feels a little bit like letting the air out of the balloons before you drop them at the big event, especially because it hints so strongly at exactly two big announcements.
Sure, Bethesda may announce more than two games, or we’re wrong about which two it’ll announce. There’s always the chance for something brand new, or for an older title like Rage or Brink to finally get a follow-up. But this image just made that look a whole lot less likely.
We’ll have to wait and see if our Sherlock Holmes–level deduction proves correct when Bethesda’s press conference takes place on June 11th, 2017. The even will be streamed online, but it doesn’t look like a specific start time has been announced. Doors open for in-person attendees at 6:30 p.m. PT, so the safest bet is probably for the show to kick off around an hour after that.