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Bethesda E3 2019 Press Conference Recap

Bethesda E3 2019 Press Conference Recap
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The Apology

Bethesda showed up fully prepared this year to use their conference to rebuild bridges that suffered damage over the past year with the Fallout 76 debacle. They opened with a taped love letter from current Bethesda team members relating how Bethesda games changed their lives and brought them into the industry. Bethesda’s Vice President of Marketing, Pete Hines, talked about how his experience moderating game forums almost 20 years ago endeared him to the community. Finally, studio director Todd Howard admitted the criticism Bethesda had received was “well deserved” and took the time to compliment Bethesda’s gaming community, particularly Fallout 76 players who he complimented for leaving food, water, and other supplies for newbies instead of going on killing campaigns. He said that gives us hope for humanity when the apocalypse actually happen.

Unfortunately, there was no mention of Starfield or Elder Scrolls VI other than an acknowledgement they were still being worked on. However, Bethesda’s showcase was still full of welcomed updates and a few exciting surprises.

The Games

Elder Scrolls Blades

The list of game announcements kicked off with Elder Scrolls Blades, a mobile Dungeon crawler that also allows players to build their own towns. A new update has been released which includes, among other things, all new jobs, jewelry, solo arena battles, and a new Dragon Questline.

A PvP update will launch this fall which will allow players to visit other players’ towns. Also, this fall, Blades will release for the Nintendo Switch. This release will offer cross-play and cross-progress with the mobile version and like the mobile version is also free.

Elder Scrolls Blades is available for mobile now and offers special rewards for Apple and Google players this week.

Fallout 76

Aside from numerous glitches upon launch, one of the most prominent criticisms against Fallout 76 was the lack of human NPCs. Well, Bethesda made it clear they heard the complaints and have taken player’s desires into account.

Wastelanders, the biggest update yet for Fallout 76, will add a new main quest, new rewards, and, yes, human NPCs with full dialogue trees. Bethesda claims this is part of a multi-year story. The first year focused on vault dwellers exploring and subduing the wastelands. Year two will focus on people finally returning. Wastlanders will come out this fall and be free for all Fallout 76 players.

Finally, Bethesda might have chosen to jump on the Battle Royale bandwagon a bit late, but they definitely showed up in style. In new game mode Nuclear Winter you can take part in a 52 player battle royale which will determine who will become the overseer of Vault 51. Nuclear Winter is free to try June 10-17 on all platforms.

Ghostwire Tokyo

Famed Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami appeared on stage to announce the latest title from Tango Gameworks. Though scarce on details, we know the new title Ghostwire Tokyo is an action-adventure title that, according to the announcement, is definitely not a survival horror despite the fact the game focuses on what appears to be distinctly supernatural forces.

People are mysteriously vanishing all across Tokyo. You must explore your surroundings and take on challenges in order to solve the mystery. Actual gameplay was not detailed, but you will fight paranormal enemies and rid the city of supernatural evil. You will also meet a variety of spirits, some good and some malevolent. Perhaps most intriguing of all, we are told part of this secret involves discovering whether these supernatural events are indeed supernatural, or whether there is a much more natural explanation.

The Elder Scroll Online

The Elder Scrolls Online is continuing to grow as millions of more players dive into Tamriel, causing Bethesda to add additional servers to meet the capacity. Two new additions to the Season of the Dragon storyline are coming up. Dragon Hold, scheduled for release this November, brings back dragon slaying Red Guard. A dungeon DLC titled Scalebreaker is scheduled for release in August. More info will be released at this year’s QuakeCon.

Commander Keen

A throwback to one of the first games created by id Software back in the early 90s, a new take on Commander Keen will soft launch this summer on iOS and Android phones. You play as twin geniuses Billy and Billie who use their wits to build wacky gadgets from household items. You can fight bad guys in story mode, or fight each other in battle mode. You can visit gokeen.com to sign up for updates.

Elder Scrolls Legends

Elder Scrolls Legends, the mobile card game based on the hit series, will release an expansion on June 27.

Rise of the Ghosts Expansion for Rage 2

Rage 2 is receiving a huge expansion titled Rise of the Ghosts. Not only will there be new enemies, but a mass of new content such as pilotable mech, new cheat codes, new vehicles, and game modes. Watch the video above and check out all the new madness!

Wolfenstein Cyber Pilot

Ever wanted to kill Nazis in VR? Well, now you can with Wolfenstein Cyber Pilot. Take on the role of a hacker for the French resistance. Hack Nazi machines and turn them against their creators. Cyber Pilot takes place before Wolfenstein Youngblood and 20 years after Colossus. You can pick it up this July.

Wolfenstein Youngblood

Wolfenstein Youngblood takes place 20 years after Colossus as the daughters of B.J. Blazkowicz, protagonist of the Wolfenstein series, search for him in Nazi-infested Paris, France in the 1980s. Youngblood offers more weapons, more upgrades, and more ways to customize your gameplay than ever before in the series. It also allows you to kill Nazis cooperatively. After all, the family that slays Nazis together stays together.

Wolfenstein Youngblood releases on July 26, 2019.

Deathloop

Arkane Studios announced their new title Deathloop which combines a mind-bending story with meticulous levels wherein you can approach gameplay any way you want. The story pits two assassins against each other, both trapped in a time loop wherein they must repeatedly kill one another for some mysterious reason. Both seemingly have different motives; one wanting to protect the loop and one trying to break it.

Doom Eternal

Doom Eternal takes players to places the series has never been. Earth is being consumed by demons ,and you are the only hope for humanity. You will travel across multiple dimensions to save it, including Heaven, Hell, and even the Sentinel homeworld.

Id Software played up Doom Eternal as the most complex in the series to date, promising there will always be something new to throw at you even deep into the campaign. Every weapon has a purpose and every decision counts, they stated.

There will also be a multiplayer battle mode in which players will take control of two demons in a fight to the death against a fully-armed slayer. Each demon has unique movements and abilities, including the ability to summon AI helper spawn to control the battlefield. More details are scheduled to be released at this year’s QuakeCon.

Doom Eternal will release on November 22.2019.

The Software

Bethesda

Orion

As all the major publishers are introducing streaming services, Bethesda has put their team to work on trying to solve how to make streaming more efficient and affordable. The answer to this is called Orion.  

Orion is a streaming technology that optimizes game engines for streaming in a cloud environment. Orion can stream game content up to 20 percent faster per frame and all while using up to 40 percent less bandwidth. This software will reduce the cost of streaming for players and publishers alike. To prove their point, using a handheld device a team member streamed Doom 2016 at 4K resolution at 60 frames per second on stage.

Do you want to be one of the first to stream Doom using Orion? You can register at Slayersclub.com.

Conclusion

Bethesda stepped it up this year with not only a solid lineup of titles but showcasing their acceptance of fan’s criticism and their ability to learn from past mistakes. Bethesda is one of the more beloved publishers in the industry. Sure, no publisher is without fault or scandal. Nor would it be realistic to assume Bethesda’s pleas for a second chance are purely altruistic. It is certain that the bottom line played into Bethesda’s decision to reach out to fans as a willing and devout party in the fan/publisher relationship. However, the lineup demonstrated Bethesda still deserves their spot amongst one of the top publishers in the industry. Their willingness to accept criticism publicly and use that to move forward in a good direction favorable to fans demonstrates that Bethesda does, at the end of the day, know exactly who keeps them at one of the top places in the industry, and that is the gamers.

Alisa Hail

Lifetime gamer, professional nerd, and amateur cosplayer. Owns a working copy of Duck Hunt (with the light gun). Has never hunted real ducks. Loves horror games but is also afraid of the dark. Journalist, game reviewer, and marketer by trade.