Bethesda Game Studios may be farther along on its next major release than we thought. In a new interview, director Todd Howard discussed the studio’s slate of upcoming projects and hinted that its next RPG is nearing completion.
Howard spoke with Insomniac Games president and CEO Ted Price on a recent episode of The AIAS Game Maker’s Notebook podcast. If you don’t have an hour to listen to the whole conversation, however, YouTuber JustDomShow boiled down the most exciting points in a much shorter video.
Still, if you’re just here for the hype, all you really need to know is that a few of Howard’s comments seem to point to the fact that a game Bethesda currently has in full production is nearing the end of development, and it uses some of the same animation tech that powers its existing games. Though that’s hardly an official announcement that a new Bethesda RPG is going to be announced very soon, it does seem to point in that direction.
Elsewhere in the interview, Todd responds to a question about what kinds of games he’d like to work on outside of the Fallout and Elder Scrolls universes with a coy, “I don’t want to say,” delivered with a tone of voice that makes it quite clear he might be spoiling a surprise. (Once he finally does respond to the question, science fiction is the first item on his list. Hmm.)
We’ve known for years that Bethesda is working on three substantial projects in the vein of The Elder Scrolls and Fallout. This new interview mostly serves to add new depth and context to some of Howard’s previous statements.
Still, the tone of these remarks is intriguing. It’s hard to listen to the conversation and not think that something big is coming soon.
Indeed, the studio’s recent past may provide a blueprint what’s in store. Bethesda announced Fallout 4 just a few days before its E3 2015 press conference, and released the game that November. At the time, it spoke of a desire to announce games closer to release, and it’s not crazy to assume it wants to repeat that with its next project.
Plus, with E3 just around the corner, there just doesn’t seem to be much that Bethesda could possibly use to fill a show. A Prey expansion or DLC? Sure. New Elder Scrolls Online and Elder Scrolls Legends stuff? Probably. Beyond that, though, it looks pretty slim. It feels a little too soon for more Doom, and a lot too soon for more Dishonored, Wolfenstein, or The Evil Within. A big blowout on a Bethesda Game Studios RPG, like it did with Fallout 4 in 2015, would be a great way to fill the gaps.
Still, we don’t want to get our hopes up. We’ve been burned before.
Bethesda’s E3 2018 showcase kicks off at 6:30 p.m. PT on Sunday, June 10th.
Source: The AIAS Game Maker's Notebook