Bethesda Softworks has announced that they will be holding their first ever E3 Showcase on Sunday, June 14th, 2015. For those of us who won't be attending live, they will be broadcasting the showcase live on their twitch stream at http://www.twitch.tv/bethesda. The question becomes why is this news? Is it the rumors of a Fallout 4 announcement waiting in the wings? Well, anyone who knows me or has listened to any of my shows will be certain that a Fallout 4 confirmation would be reason enough for me to do just about anything, but I believe that this is much more significant than that.
For some time now, many have been speculating that E3 is on the wane, and that the tradeshow is obsolete in the face of new media such as Twitch, Twitter, and other online media outlets. However, E3 still retains a certain cachet amongst gamers, and while companies like Nintendo and Activision are bailing on E3, scaling back on what were traditionally massive PR campaigns and events, it is still an epicenter of gaming news and announcements. Sony and Microsoft both still do multihour showcases at E3, and companies like Ubisoft and EA also host their own dedicated events, featuring never before seen footage, surprise announcements, and big reveals. At last year's E3, EA surprised the public by opening up the Battlefield: Hardline beta live during their own showcase, surprising gamers and causing an immediate rush to grab the limited codes. This proves that despite the doomsayers, a well done E3 event can still generate huge amounts of buzz for a company and its products.
However, not content with having a showcase, Bethesda will be going FIRST. That's right, they don't want to be a part of the pack, instead Bethesda is lacing up their biggest, baddest shit kickers and taking a swing for the fences. A Fallout 4 reveal would be just the thing to (hopefully, please god let it be good!) wow audiences and really build the online/E3 hype for their first ever solo conference. Showing off footage, setting a release date, hell, even just telling us that they have a team thinking about working on Fallout 4 would be enough to get the internet all lathered up at this point considering how tight lipped they've been.