Bethesda is a big enough publisher these days to have multiple projects in the works, a welcome change for fans who may remember waiting years between new releases. Not so long ago, we learned the publisher is even big enough to keep upcoming titles secret until very nearly the last moment, which is precisely what it is doing now.
In an interview with Tek Syndicate, Bethesda PR guy Pete Hines said “We even have a game coming out this year that we haven’t even told anybody about yet.”
Unfortunately, Hines wasn’t prepared to elaborate on that statement. He later joked on Twitter that the statement was the result of a concussion and should be ignored.
I probably just had a concussion from the beating I took online and was rambling. Ignore.— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) September 6, 2017
As you may recall, Bethesda is already working to release Wolfenstein 2 on PC and some consoles, and its long-awaited Switch port of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is on the way ahead of Santa’s tour of chimneys this December.
We do know that in February, Bethesda’s Todd Howard noted the company had seven games in the works. Some of those have already released, and we also know one is a mobile game and one is The Elder Scrolls VI (which is probably still years from completion). There is also the rumored VR game, Starfield.
Since the unannounced game is potentially so close to release and we still don’t know anything about it, the natural assumption is that it would be something small. It’s also possible the publisher will go in the opposite direction. “We have two larger projects that are more classically the scale of what we do, but even bigger,” Howard said in February, adding that “they’re bigger than anything we’ve ever done.”
Until Bethesda is ready to talk, we won’t know what to expect from the upcoming mystery game, but surely a little speculation can do no harm. What do you think Bethesda might reveal by year’s end?