You read that title right—it looks like Bethesda’s got a secret game saddled up for release in 2017, also known as the current year with only three months left in it.
In a recent PAX West interview with Bethesda’s very own Pete Hines, their VP of Public Relations, the man seems to have slipped up and revealed a juicy tidbit regarding a game Bethesda still doesn’t want anyone to know about, even though it’s got less than one hundred-something days to launch if it wants to land within 2017, as per what the accidental announcement suggests.
If we choose to ignore Hines’ back-pedaling on the statement, as we always should when a corporate good-boy slips up publicly, this leaves one question on the table: what could the secret game be? Basic understanding of the gaming industry hints at it being a small release, possibly along the lines of a smartphone card game or something of that nature, in which case we’ll be receiving a totally new game. The other possibility is that it’ll be a port of Fallout 4 for the Nintendo Switch. With Skyrim releasing on the system sometime later this year, it makes sense that a second port would receive a minimized marketing schedule from Bethesda and serve simply as an alternative for Nintendo consumers who aren’t interested in an Elder Scrolls game. And this isn’t just smoke-blowing conjecture: product links have already cropped up for a Nintendo Switch Fallout 4 GOTY Edition.
Only time will tell, of course. Until then, we’ll just have to wait and hope Pete Hines dishes out more classified info in-between his battles with fans over Bethesda’s ludicrous Creation Club fiasco.