Rumours have begun circulating that Bethesda Softworks will reveal another virtual reality (VR) compatible title at this month’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Los Angeles. In addition to Fallout 4 VR and the prototype version of DOOM that were both revealed at the event last year, a version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim may also be announced.
The rumours began on 4Chan, a website which is notable for its hit-and-miss leaks. Therefore, the rumour – despite being believable given Bethesda Game Studios’ continued investment in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, following a recent re-release and upcoming Nintendo Switch version – should be taken with a pinch-of-salt at present.
A supposed ‘leaker’ claiming to work internally at Bethesda Game Studios has stated the following:
“There will be a few announcements at E3 one is a new major title from Bethesda themselves aswell. The two Major announcements are Fallout 4 VR and Starfield. They are working on Skyrim VR aswell but they aren’t sure if they are going to show it yet since they don’t want to take the light away from Fallout 4 VR or Starfield. [sic]”
The first clue that the supposed ‘leaker’ may not be accurately informed is that Fallout 4 VR was revealed – and actually playable – at E3 last year. However, the word ‘announced’ could simply be an inaccuracy on the poster’s behalf.
It doesn’t currently look as if the aforementioned Starfield will be VR compatible, however it’s suggested to be part of the same timeline as Bethesda Softworks’ other big franchises.
“The game has actually been in conceptual stages since around Fallout 3’s release. It went into pre production officially very low tier pre production after Skyrims Release. After Fallout 4’s release it went into full pre production and after all the DLC was out they sped into full development.
“The game is going to be a sci fi open world RPG in typical bethesda first person fashion. Its going to feature 5-10 races there’s still some debate on what should and shouldn’t go in and takes place in the Fallout universe just so far in the future and far away from earth that it’ll only be mentioned in hints. This is part of an ongoing planned interconnected universe of every Bethesda franchise. They gave hints of this by implying the Brotherhood of Steel created nirnroot in Fallout 4. They’re getting a little wacky with the lore and using “Elder Scrolls time wounds” to justify lore inconsistencies.
“Basically Fallout is the beginning of the timeline, Starfield is the middle, and Elder Scrolls is Far Future. The game will feature space travel and hub worlds aswell as RNG worlds. Its meant to be a test into more sandboxy/minecraft ish AAA thing but with Bethesda gameplay and still actual designed worlds/quests/etc. [sic]”
The poster wraps up their comments speaking of The Elder Scrolls franchise. Bethesda Game Studios has already stated that another title in the bloodline of the franchise is some time away, however the anonymous poster suggests that it would be coming sooner than expected:
“They have another Fantasy game of a famous franchise in the works. Game of Thrones and preproduction Elder Scrolls VI and conceptual for Elder Scrols VII which is Todds Magnum Opus. [sic]”
A lot of information has been included then, but very little in the way of evidence. We’re expecting more details on the VR edition of Fallout 4 for Xbox One/Project Scorpio and other formats, as well as a potential release for DOOM in VR. Will we see any further announcements from Bethesda Softworks? VRFocus will of course keep you updated.