Bethesda Software was pretty quiet last year on the development front. They published Dishonored and got a lot of praise for its successful release, but in terms of the big and expansive RPGs they had been turning out every other year, not many developments occurred over 2012.
Bethesda’s vice president Peter Hines has told gamers that 2013 will be totally different.
In an interview with OXM, Hines told gamers to expect more “noise” from the publisher.
“I think you’ll hear us making considerably more noise this year than we did last year, as a publisher. Obviously the Elder Scrolls Online is out and we’ve got the Dishonored DLC, but we will be announcing new stuff and making some noise, and I think when we get the chance to show you guys what we’re up to, that you’ll sit up and take notice.”
Hines failed to mention exactly which games he was thinking of that would make us take notice. Nobody really knows for certain. The Elder Scrolls Online will be released this year, so another huge offline RPG in that realm is unlikely. DOOM 4 is being upgraded by iD Software to next-gen technology, so I wouldn’t be expecting that one any time soon either.
Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami is also working with Bethesda and creating an original horror IP called Zwei. Not much has been seen since its announcement though, so maybe we can expect to see that some time this year.
But the biggest elephant in the room though is Fallout. Fans have been waiting patiently for the follow up to Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas, and given how much Bethesda was able to improve their skills to make Skyrim a reality, fans of the post-apocalypse are waiting for a similar facelift.
Plus, the game has been heavily rumored for years, so patience is running a little low these days.
At any rate, Bethesda has done a great job molding themselves into a trustworthy brand name over the years, and anything from them is an exciting proposition.
You now have my full attention.