six hopes for this year’s not-E3: Since the dust has finally cleared, we are in a position to evaluate not-E3 now. The following year of gaming seems like it will be quite exciting, especially for fans of sci-fi horror and frogs, but there were some no-shows that made us a little bit sad. The next year of gaming looks like it will be pretty exciting. (Opens in new tab) Only a tiny bit. Every one of us has our own preferences when it comes to video games, and there are certain titles about which we are eagerly awaiting further information. And even if there are announcements made at other times of the year, we always keep our fingers crossed for some tantalizing trailers during E3.
But, sadly, we did not get to witness some of our most desired games at this year’s event, so let’s all raise a glass to the video games that we did not get to watch this year but hope to in the near future.
The Elder Scrolls: Sixth Edition
The work of Imogen Mellor as a Features Producer – It should come as no surprise that Bethesda’s attention is entirely concentrated on the launch of Starfield. Following a series of teases and documentary-style excerpts of the game’s development, we were at last given a look at some of the action that takes place in the space adventure game. And although that’s all well and dandy, what I really need in my life is to get my hands on some Elder Scrolls. Because there have been so many re-releases of Skyrim, they serve as a gentle reminder that one of the finest role-playing games of all time has not been followed up on in more than a decade.
I recall playing Skyrim for an entire year and not playing any other video games. It was all-consuming, and I cherished every second of it. And since then, I haven’t come across a game that can satisfy that itch quite the same way, with the perfect combination of silly and ethereal elements. Despite the fact that Bethesda’s developers are putting a lot of effort into Starfield, I couldn’t help but feel a little bit of regret. This year’s non-E3 presentation did not include The Elder Scrolls 6 in its lineup of games. Oh well… I suppose there’s always the next year, right? Is that correct, Bethesda? Please.
Associate Editor Ted Litchfield is as follows: I continue my solitary watch for Obsidian’s first-person, open-world role-playing game that is set in the same universe as Pillars of Eternity. I feel like a sailor’s wife who has turned to stone as she waits on the cliffs for her husband’s return. Since the trailer that was released in 2020 to introduce Avowed, we haven’t seen much of the game, other than promises from Obsidian that it is still being developed. According to a comment made by Jason Schreier of Bloomberg on Resetera, Avowed has been through “several reboots” and experienced the departure of high-level staff members. Keeping all of this in mind, it seems increasingly unlikely that the game will ever be released in 2023. I shall now go back to keeping a watchful eye on Avowed all by myself for the next half a year; perhaps there will be some development at The Game Awards.
The Blood-Red Wasteland
Associate Editor Lauren Morton’s contributions include: It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but I’m ready to wager that a lot of people have stopped paying attention to Crimson Desert. The creators of the grind-heavy massively multiplayer online game Black Desert are also working on a single-player action role-playing game that was once scheduled to be released in the winter of 2021. The delay occurred during the summer of 2017, and Pearl Abyss stated that “we will publish an updated timeline in the future.”
That has not yet taken place, and I had hoped that perhaps I would get a fresh look at it once a year had passed. Black Desert is such a time suck that it worries me out, but I really appreciate its fighting, and the sections we saw in the Crimson Desert reveal video look like some amazing third-person sword-swinging and finisher move action. I’m definitely looking forward to playing Crimson Desert. The fact that the developer has been so tight-lipped about their upcoming single-player game makes me a little bit sad since I’m still really interested in it.
The Third State of Decay
Jorge Jimenez, Hardware Writer: It has been two years since we last saw or heard anything about the cooperative zombie survival game developed by Undead Labs. There were some people who spent much too much time putting up the ideal anti-zombie base, which consisted of a group of weirdos equipped with baseball bats and automatic rifles. I was quite aback when I observed that this Microsoft-only offering did not even receive a mention during the Showcase.
And when I say nothing, that’s exactly what I mean! Even the official blog for State of Decay 3, which opens in a different tab, does not provide any screenshots or more information on the game. Only a computer-generated trailer was released in 2020 and nothing further was released. The absence of general updates is troubling, and it gives me a reason to fear that we won’t be able to play this game until much, much later, in the year 2023.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
Jody Macgregor, Weekend/AU Editor: A year ago, the CEO of Paradox, Fredrik Wester, stated that the troublesome role-playing game about vampires had been given a last-minute reprieve and was now being developed at a new studio rather than Hardsuit Labs (opens in new tab). Wester decided not to disclose the name of the game’s developer “to offer the studio a scenario where they can focus totally on the game production, and without having to answer fans reaching out to them,” according to Wester. Instead, he responds to inquiries from fans through Twitter (opens in new tab), where he stated in February that “it is still under progress and we will let you know more when we have anything to share.” Although I didn’t anticipate that we would be shown anything during not-E3, I still hoped that we would. Oh well, perhaps the year after.
Elden Ring Expansion
To quote Ted Litchfield: The conclusion of the Summer Game Fest the year before included our first in-depth look at Elden Ring. Maybe it was too much to expect that this year’s event would have a trailer for the unverified but come on, they’ve got to do it Elden Ring expansion pack, but I really wanted to see it. It is common for FromSoftware games to receive one or two expansion-level downloadable content packs within the first half-year after their debut. The sole recent exception to this pattern was Sekiro, and it is probable that this was because the team required all hands on Elden Ring. However, as FromSoft data miner Zullie the Witch pointed out on Twitter (opens in a new tab), based on the quality of previous add-ons, it’s likely that we still haven’t seen the best that Elden Ring has to offer despite the game’s increased scale in comparison to previous efforts by FromSoft. This means that we’re likely in for a longer than usual wait for this hypothetical expansion.