Bethesda Says Goodbye to Skyrim, Teases…Something: Wolfenstein Redux? [Updated]

Bethesda teases a new project involving Bach, barbed wire and The Moonbeam Trio.

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You realize figuring out what Bethesda’s up to is basically impossible. That’s by design. No way the publisher of The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim and Fallout 3 and Dishonored is going to tell you what they’re really doing, not when they can send us all off chasing our tails, obsessing over flickering minutia in a teaser video for an upcoming project — said tease authenticated by Bethesda’s Jason Bergman as a tease — like good little post-Lost‘ies.

Before we dive in, let’s get the official “What it’s not” out of the way: a new Fallout game, or probably anything to do with Fallout. There. Bethesda’s Pete Hines confirmed as much in response to presumptions that the VINE-based clip of music and barbed wire somehow referenced the retro-post-apocalyptic setting. Fallout 3 arrived over four years ago, and Hines has said the company intends to make further games in the series, but whatever this is, it’s not that (if you want to get technical, I suppose it could still be something Fallout-related, say a spinoff series in the same ‘verse that doesn’t use the Fallout name, but I’d bet not, though hey, a Fallout pre-apocalypse-quel?).

Here’s the four-second clip, and yes, the scattershot editing and flashing is there to torture puzzle-lovers:

You’re looking at rotating barbed wire, obviously — in fact blue-lit barbed wire, which if we pull out our snobby symbology guides and page to “blue,” suggests the ocean, calm and serenity, which — juxtaposed with oppression, denial of freedom — suggest…okay, I’ll stop. After the barbed wire, you’re looking at a rotating vinyl record referring to The Moonbeam Trio, a musical group (apparently a vocal male sometime trio, sometime quartet) that actually existed back in the 1930s, directed by George Shackley. The record refers to “Planned program service program no. 416,” which Polygon noticed includes songs like “Chanson de Florian” (originally written by Charles Ives) and “Grandfather’s Clock” (a traditional folk song) referring to a real 13-minute, 10-second 33-1/3 LP by “The Moonbeam Trio with organ and violin,” according to WorldCat. Wildly confused? Mission accomplished, Bethesda!

That’s followed by a few seconds of — I don’t think sheet music, as some are saying, but a record (label ASG-6939) of Bach’s “Air on the G String,” one of the baroque German composer’s better known pieces from the Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068. If you’ve never heard it, it’s really lovely — I’m partial to classical guitar renditions myself.

All the while, we hear the sound of something crackling, like a needle scratching a record, or maybe it’s someone typing on a typewriter and shuffling paper around (hey, I’m assuming nothing — remember, they’re trying to trick us!).

Why Bach? That piece in particular? Barbed wire? A sadomasochistic sequel to C.P.U. Bach? This is reaching, but we know Bach was German, and we know German concentration camps employed barbed-wire during the 1930s and 1940s, so if we trip down that road a bit further, what other IP does Bethesda own that involves Germany and World War II?

Update: Bethesda just released a second teaser, just as cryptic (if less busy) involving burning sunflowers and someone (face obscured) standing on a landing.


watch Prey 2 teaser trailer and it starts to fit together


It seems very shawshank redemption to me, perhaps even one flew over the cuckoos nest. also the building behind where the flowers are burning looks like a state institution, and the person appears to be hanging.. (from the white birch tree to the right)


Well I still believe that Bethesda Game Studios is going to make Fallout 4. If you noticed, the video says Bethesda Softworks, the creators of Fallout New Vegas and I believe Dishonored. Bethesda Game Studios was behind Sky rim, Oblivion, and Fallout 3. If Bethesda Game Studios went to work on a new game, it doesn't mean it is this in the video. It could be something new that Bethesda Softworks has been working on. I firmly believe that Bethesda Game Studios is starting work on Fallout 4. Not going to come out this year, but maybe next.



Bethesda Softworks is a publisher, they don't "make games" and they didn't make Dishonored or New Vegas, they simply published them like they published the Elder Scrolls series. 

Obsidian Entertainment made Fallout New Vegas.

Arkane Studios made Dishonored. 

Bethesda Game Studios made Fallout 3, Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim. (Among others in the ES franchise)

Bethesda Softworks published them all, but did not "make" them.


Well thank you for clarifying. Still all I know is the Bethesda Game Studios stamp is on Skyrim, Fallout 3, and Oblivion. You don't see Bethesda Softworks on it. So my main point is the author says that the new game that Bethesda Game Studios is now working on is not Fallout 4 because of these videos which clearly isn't fallout. However, it does have the Bethesda Studios stamp on it so it is something separate from what BGS is now working on.