At last week’s E3 2015, Bethesda Softworks made history with their first exclusive E3 conference, which showed off many long-awaited games like DOOM, Dishonored 2, and of course Fallout 4. While the conference was without a doubt a big success, Bethesda’s Vice President Pete Hines is unsure whether the company will hold another conference in the future. He stated in an interview with The Telegraph that this year just felt like “the right time” for them, and he doesn’t think Bethesda could do something to this scale again.
When asked how he felt about the conference, he said he was really pleased with the turnout and the response from the fans, but that he didn’t know if they could replicate this feeling in the coming years. After all, this is one of the biggest years Bethesda has had, and it’s unlikely that they could make a conference that would bring as much success as this one.
“I don’t know if we’ll do one next year. I don’t know if we’ll do one again. This year felt like the right time to do this kind of thing.”
“Honestly, [this is] where my focus is: execute on this stuff that we’re talking about and work with the MachineGames and Tangos and all the other studios to say ‘ok, how do we do the next thing with you guys even better?’ What does that look like? And how do we push ourselves forward?’”
— Pete Hines
With so many big games coming from the company in the next couple of years, this was the best opportunity the company could have to show off the games to everybody in the gaming community. A simple booth at E3 wouldn’t be enough for them this year, as only a fraction of attendees would be able to see the games they have to present, but a conference would be seen by gamers across the globe:
“No matter what we do in our booth, we only get a subset of people that attend E3. I’m not sure what the attendance is this year but let’s say 40,000. There’s no way we’re getting 40,000 people to our booth to see everything. You’re lucky to get four.
“So part of it was if we do have this line up and feel good about it we need to do it in a way that everybody can see it whether they’re here or not.
“Anybody who wants to can see what we have to show about
Fallout 4. There’s no mystery, we’re not trying to hide anything or exclude people. Whether it’s press or retail or fans or whomever.” — Pete Hines
What do you guys think? Did you like Bethesda’s conference this year? Is it likely that they’d ever be able to replicate the excitement that Fallout 4 brought for the company? Let us know in the comments below!