Bethesda announces 'BE3' 2016 Showcase

'BE3' there or 'BE3' cubed: Bethesda's E3 event to feature game demos, live band, free food.


It's that time of year: Spring cleaning and early E3 announcements meant to help members of the gaming press pencil in appointments for the perennial extravaganza. Earlier today, Bethesda put out a press release announcing its now-annual E3 Showcase, BE3, to be held at 7:00 p.m. PDT at the LA Hangar on Sunday, June 12. Doors open at 5:00, and online programming begins at 6:45 p.m. for those unable to make it in person.

Wanna go? You can, thanks to Bethesda's open-door policy. Just like last year, the Showcase is open to the public, so book your flight and hotel and check out the Showcase in person. At 8:00 p.m., BE3 Plus invites attendees to cruise the show floor and check out game demos, watch interviews with developers, and load up on free food and drinks. A band will take the stage at 9:00.

As for what we can expect Bethesda to show off, probably not much in the way of future projects. Doom and Dishonored 2 are likely to put in an appearance, but although Todd Howard confirmed that the studio is hard at work on "three big and crazy" projects, per VG247, it's way too early to get a glimpse behind the curtain.

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    April 5, 2016 2:10 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Bethesda announces 'BE3' 2016 Showcase

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      April 5, 2016 2:11 PM

      Elder Scrolls game, i hope! No MMO malarkey either.

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        April 5, 2016 2:14 PM

        Given what they did with Fallout 4, I bet we don't hear jack about ES6 until it's 6 months away from releasing (which likely isn't going to be for several years).

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          April 5, 2016 2:16 PM

          Vincent, why must you step upon my hopes and dreams, like a robot foot crushing a skull in the opening of T2?

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            April 5, 2016 2:19 PM

            Are your hopes and dreams so brittle, Dave-A? To quote a great emperor, "You weak, pathetic Dave-A."

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              April 5, 2016 2:29 PM

              yes apparently so, chronicles of craddock! and I'll thank you not to mention them.

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                April 5, 2016 2:43 PM

                So I shouldn't mention [REDACTED]? 'Cause that could get you into trouble.

                Also, Chronicles of Craddock. Wow. Blast from the past!

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          April 5, 2016 2:22 PM

          Whatshisname said he liked having the title have no news and then BLAM news. I wouldnt be surprised

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            April 5, 2016 2:28 PM

            Yeah, and that was fantastic.

            Like, that FFXV Uncovered event the other day, that was cool as shit, but it would've been much cooler if it was the first time the game was even announced, and then bam, lots of media, and a release date in 6 months.

            I wish all developers would shift to that model.

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              April 5, 2016 3:08 PM

              I truly hope one day I just wake up and load up Steam, and see "Half-Life 3, available for purchase now." No announcement, no teasing. Just bam, here it is. It would still be the best selling PC game ever most likely.

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          April 5, 2016 2:26 PM

          The Elderscrolls:
          [Redguard]---- 4 years ----[Morrowind]---- 4 years ----[Oblivion]----- 5.5 years ----[Skyrim]---- 4.5 years

          [Fallout 3]---- 7 years ----[Fallout 4]----- 5 months

          [Oblivion]---- 2.5 years ----[Fallout 3]---- 3 years ----[Skyrim]---- 4 years ----[Fallout 4]---- 5 months

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            April 5, 2016 2:30 PM

            5 months?

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              April 5, 2016 2:32 PM

              It's been 4 months, 25 days, since Fallout 4 was released, hence 5 months.

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            April 5, 2016 5:55 PM

            This is good, though I'd look at Fallout as

            [Fallout 3] --- 2 years --- [Fallout: New Vegas ] --- 5 years --- [Fallout 4] --- 5 months

            So, hopefully ~1.5 years until a FO4 sequel.

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              April 5, 2016 7:16 PM

              I didn't put FNV in because it was a Obsidian Entertainment title, hence didn't consume much of any Bethesda's resources.

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        April 5, 2016 2:35 PM

        I doubt they'll bother with anything else after ESO going the way it did. I don't imagine it being around after the next couple of years.

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          April 5, 2016 2:55 PM

          ESO is doing pretty well by most accounts, but that's neither here nor there, since Bethesda isn't the developer of ESO, so it's status likely will have no bearing whatsoever on the next proper ES game.

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      April 5, 2016 4:19 PM

      Dude! \m/ :) \m/ you write for Shack! That is freaking awesome, MEGA congrats dude [high five], totally happy for you man, nice.

      My body is ready for Doom 4, can't wait for the SP its going to own.

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        April 5, 2016 4:52 PM

        Thanks, valcan! I am also super stoked ofr Doom 4. And I'm calling it Doom 4 because that's what it is, damn it!

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          April 5, 2016 5:54 PM

          I know right :) its freaking Doom 4 not Doom, Doom is another game made in 1993.

          We know whats really up :)

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      April 5, 2016 7:08 PM

      What if, in lieu of a new Elder Scrolls, they rereleased Skyrim for current gen? How well would that sell?

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        April 6, 2016 1:18 AM

        Pretty damn well I guess. If they did the mod support like they supposedly are with Fallout on consoles, it would probably sell a hell of alot.