The Bethesda conference for this year’s E3 started with its usual theatricality. As it began, the lights dimmed, and an exciting countdown led to the simple intro video detailing the wholesome values and hardwork found in the Bethesda company.
The Global Senior Vice President, Pete Hines, begins the conference, which is the fourth E3 showcase for Bethesda. After a quick introduction regarding the company’s theme of “create,” the show begins.
Rage 2 – To start the intro for Rage 2, Andrew W.K. performs a very peppy and energetic live show of the game’s theme song, complete with copious hand-banging. Despite the best efforts of the band, the audience has not been sufficiently warmed up and looks more blank and stunned than excited.
Rage 2 is a game that will, transports players to post-apocalyptic world, where they will play as Walker, the last Ranger of the Wasteland. A video featuring some pre-alpha footage of extended gameplay look is shown, revealing to viewers a world where an asteroid killed everything, and brought about mutants to end society as we know it. Rage 2 will include a wide assortment of features, such as all visible cars being drivable, complex vehicle combat, colorful visuals, and “Nanotrite” upgrades that will grant Walker special abilities that can be upgraded throughout the game. The game will have a Spring 2019 release date.
Elder Scrolls Legends – Following the gameplay for Rage 2, Christian Van Hoose , the Community Manager for Elder Scrolls Legends appears on stage. Bethesda will be re-launching Elder Scrolls Legends with new overhauled visuals. The card game will be available for the Switch, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for free. A brief trailer is shown but nothing new is revealed
Elder Scrolls Online – Matt Firor, the Game Director for Elder Scrolls Online, makes a couple announcements regarding the MMO. The next DLC is Wolf Hunter, which is a dungeon-based adventure focusing on Werewolves. Another DLC will be Murkmire, a story-based addition that will feature the Argonian race in its gameplay.
Doom Eternal– Immediately following the small teaser for Elder Scrolls Online, a new teaser immediately begins, showcasing crumbling, hellish landscape. Marty Stratton, the Executive Director for Id Software, and Hugo Martin, the Creative Director for Doom, introduce plans for the latest Doom game. Doom Eternal will be a sequel to the 2016 release of Doom, and will have many new features. The Doomslayer will feel even more powerful, twice the amount of demons will be available to slaughter, and Hell itself will come to earth. More information will be available at Quakecon this August.
Quake Champions – Joshua Boyle, the Community Manager for Quake Champions explains some information regarding Quake Champions. More factors will be added to make the game easier for new players to pick up and enjoy. While still in early access, this week, the game will be open to everyone for a trial before it launches. If you download Quake Champions this week, you can keep playing for free after the trial closes. You can sign up at Quake.com. Some gameplay is shown in a short video, then the conference moves on to Prey.
Prey – Good news for all you Prey fans out there! A free update for the game is being released tonight. Now Prey will include a Story Mode, New Game+, and Survivor Mode. There is a new DLC on the horizon named Mooncrash, where the experience is different each time you play. Given the short trailer, it seems like Endless Mode that increases in difficulty the longer you play, and immediately resets when you die. Typhonhunter is another DLC coming this summer, where one player goes head-to-head with five other players who get to be Mimics who disguise themselves as everyday objects. However, a single-player mode will also be featured. Prey Typhonhunter will be available in VR.
Wolfenstein Youngblood – In the latest installment to the Wolfenstein franchise, Wolfenstein Youngblood will follow BJ’s twin daughters in 1980s Paris as they join the resistance and partake in an action-adventure of their own. The game will be a co-op experience with a single player mode as well, and will be released in 2019. Wolfenstein II will be coming to the Nintendo Switch. Wolfenstein Cyberpilot is a VR game in the works, although not much was mentioned regarding it.
Fallout 76 – Then, the moment everyone has been waiting for;Todd Howard comes on stage. The man, the myth, the legend. He starts with a trailer for Skyrim: Very Special Addition which will bring Skyrim to such many new appliances, including Alexa, a smart refrigerator, and an etch-it-sketch. It was a grand old time.
Fallout 76 will be four times the size of Fallout 4, and will take place in West Virginia. Players will be able to experience what is was like for the first Fallout settlers after the bombs drop. All new renderings and graphics have made this game as aesthetically pleasing as possible, with sixteen times the detail than previous Bethesda games. Players can even view distant weather systems across the map.
The game will feature quests that take you on journeys within six different regions on the map. West Virginia folklore was researched in order to add atmosphere and new monsters to the environment.
Yes, to no one’s surprise, Fallout 76 is confirmed to be an online game. However, you can still play solo.Todd describes the game as a softcore survival game, where death never means the loss of progression or character. The world will consists of dozens of players, not hundreds. In these worlds, you can team up with friends and even play in a band together, according to the gameplay shown. Emotes will also be a thing, which is always fun.
Players can build to their heart’s content, using the C.A.M.P. equipment, and move their creations to other servers/games. Despite this enemies can raid and destroy your camps if you’re not careful though. You can take pictures and selfies in-game as well, so score.
One new feature for the game in the inclusion of multiple nuclear missile sites on the map for players to find and use as per their want. You can find the launch codes in enemy loot, and once the whole code is gathered, the whole map is fair game. Rare and valuable resources will result from these launches.
A beta will be available soon, cheekily named the “Break It Early Test Application”, or B.E.T.A. A Collectors Edition will be released, and gives a map of the world that glows in the dark, figures you can put on the map, as well as a T-51 Power Armor helmet with headlamp.
Fallout 76 has the official release date of November 14th this year.
Fallout Shelter – The mobile game will coming to the PS4 and the Switch, still for free. It will be released tonight.
The Elder Scrolls Blades – The first Elder Scrolls mobile game is in production. It will be a 1st person RPG, and feature combat that follows your movement and timing. There will be hand-crafted and procedurally generated dungeons and, of course, character customization. The whole game will be playable in portrait mode as well. There are many different game modes, including The Abyss, a rogue-like experience in an endless dungeon, and Arena, a 1v1 battle mode. As well as the main story mode, there will also be The Town which is a town building mode. NPCs and quests will be unlocked as you upgrade, and you can visit your friends towns. Elder Scrolls Blades will be coming this Fall for free. It is available for pre-order tonight. Go to Playblades.com to register for early access.
Bethesda also gave very brief teasers to two new games coming post-2019:
Starfield – Described as a brand new, next-generation single player game, Starfield will be Bethesda’s first all new, original franchise in 25 years. It appears to be a sci-fi game, although no details were given regarding what it will be about.
Elder Scrolls VI – It’s happening. That’s all we know. After years of waiting, a new Elder Scrolls game is finally in the works.
That was a truly exciting Bethesda conference for E3! For more articles regarding this year’s E3 conferences, keep your eye on Mammoth Gamers!