Update 11/9/2017: Pete Hines has taken to Twitter again to suggest his original comments about there being a new game this year might be true after all.
Upon a tweet by UK retailer GAME about the original claims being ‘corrected’, Hines stepped in to say that, in fact, his original comments as reported below and presented by GAME were true. This means a new Bethesda game is coming in 2017.
I'm positive I knew what I was saying in the interview. The tweet was a joke I was making to MrMatty
— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) September 9, 2017
My money is still on this being something small like a mobile port of Elder Scrolls Legends, but either way this flip-flopping is beginning to get a bit tiring now.
The original story continues below.
There have been plenty of reports floating around today that Bethesda is planning to stealth-launch a game before the end of 2017. They’re (probably) wrong.
In an interview with Youtube channel Teksyndicate at this year’s Quakecon, Bethesda’s VP of PR, Pete Hines, said “we even have a game coming out before the end of this year that we haven’t even told anybody about yet”.
This, of course, set the internet on fire, with people wondering whether we’re going to see a new Elder Scrolls or Fallout drop without any warning. Unfortunately, it looks like it was a slip of the tongue. In a later tweet by Hines, he claims he was simply “rambling” and to ignore him.
I probably just had a concussion from the beating I took online and was rambling. Ignore.
— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) September 6, 2017
Now, this is one of two things: either he really put his mouth in it, and is now trying to cover up that there is a new Bethesda game coming this year… or he really did just misspeak and there isn’t. My money is on the latter, as I’m sure being the VP of marketing at a popular convention based solely on your own company, like Quakecon, must be a bit frazzling. You’re bound to say something silly.
Even if there is a new game, don’t get your hopes up too much. There’s every chance this could be some naff mobile or free-to-play title, which would be much more likely to receive a stealth launch than a new fully-fledged RPG. There’s no way Bethesda won’t give the next big title zero marketing after the relentless march of stuff we got from Fallout 4.
So, biggest PR flub of the year, or just a very tired man getting his wires crossed? 2017’s only got a few months left now, so we won’t be waiting for too long.