French video game developer Ubisoft just hinted at the new bomb to end all E3 news bombs. The Nerdist reports that in a recent survey, Ubisoft lists several games that consumers might buy in the future. Two games on the list, The Elder Scrolls VI and Red Dead Redemption 2, caught gamer’ attention. That’s because, so far, neither game is officially in development.
Mid-June is a magical time of year for the gaming community. Developers from all over the world descend on Los Angeles and announce their release and development schedules for the rest of the year, often the next couple of years. The three major hardware companies and several of the larger game developers each have their own presser. With so many companies pumping out so much information, it’s easy to see how an off-the-wall rumor could slip through.
And it wouldn’t be the first slip up for Ubisoft at E3 2015. Hardcoregamer.com reports that news of the impending release of Just Dance 2016 leaked thanks to a photo of a backdrop with the logo on it.
So, could Ubisoft know something the rest of us don’t?
Maybe, but probably not.
For starters, Ubisoft doesn’t own The Elder Scrolls (owned by Bethesda) or Red Dead Redemption 2(owned by Rockstar Games). In fact, Ubisoft doesn’t own the intellectual property of any of the games listed on the survey, but every other game listed has either been released or is officially in development. Then again, Ubisoft would know their competitors development slate better than the average consumer. That fact could point to more sinister intentions. Could Ubisoft have included The Elder Scrolls VI and Red Dead Redemption 2 in hopes of spoiling Rockstar and Bethesda’s highly-anticipated E3 press conferences?
Gamers won’t have to wait long to find out. Bethesda’s highly-anticipated press conference starts June 14 at 10 p.m. EDT/7:00 p.m. PDT, well on either side of the finale of Game of Thrones for both coasts. Bethesda already announced the next installment in their juggernaut Fallout series. Since the same team does Fallout and The Elder Scrolls, it would be unusual for both games to be announced at the same E3.
There is a slight glimmer of hope. Amazon.com’s listing for Fallout 4 uses the placeholder date of December 31, 2015. If Fallout4 is indeed a Holiday 2015 release, then a The Elder Scrolls VI announcement is possible. Given that Bethesda announced The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim one year before launch and The Elder Scrolls Online two years before launch, don’t expect to return to Tamriel any time soon.
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