Bethesda hosted their forth E3 press briefing early this morning and boy did they bring the big guns. It is a publisher with a whole library of interesting games that’s all in a very healthy state. So it is no surprise that we all got a little excited seeing everything they had on offer at E3. The show started out with a live performance by Andrew WK to promote Rage 2, and it just got better from there. It was, however, when Todd Howards, the Creative Director of Bethesda Softworks stepped onto the stage, that we should’ve realised we’re in for a treat. Let’s take a look at what was announced:
As mentioned, Andrew WK opened the show with a live performance of Ready to Die. We were then shown some story and gameplay for the upcoming Rage 2, which will be set in a dystopian open-world. Gameplay looks chaotic and frantic, in a good way, and it is clear they’re taking cues from some of their other franchises such as DOOM and Wolfenstein.
The Elder Scrolls: Legends
We were then told a little bit about the digital card game, The Elder Scrolls: Legends. The game will be getting some visual upgrades and will be made available for all consoles, including the PS4, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch. It will launch on the consoles later this year, but a free trial is available right now, and any progress made will be transferred over if you buy it:
The Elder Scrolls Online
ZeniMax Studios came on next and talked a bit about The Elder Scrolls Online and how the game has grown and evolved over the last couple of years. They mentioned that the game currently has over 11 million active players, and they will continue to support and expand on the game. The next DLC will be called Wolfhunter and will be a dungeon based DLC. The also mentioned Murkmire, which is the DLC after that, that will be released by the end of the year and will take players to the homeland of the Argonians.
DOOM completely knocked it out of the park in 2016, so we were very excited to learn of its inevitable sequel. Luckily, we were not disappointed. Really not much was shown or explained, but from what the trailer did show us, we saw that we have a hell on earth situation going, and once again we’ll see the DOOM Slayer stepping in (literally) to strike fear into the black hearts of the legion from Hell. DOOM ETERNAL will be shown later this year at QuakeCon:
Talking about Quake, Quake Champions is the upcoming PC exclusive competitive shooter. It was announced at E3 in 2016, and is expected to release later this year. What was announced though was that it currently have a free trial available right now, and if you sign up for it, you will be able to keep playing it after the trial is over. It was also announced that they will be hosting an eSports event for the game at QuakeCon later this year:
Last year, we saw the release of Prey, and action horror game set on the Talos 1 space station. It received massive acclaim and Arkane Studios, the developers behind the game thanked everyone for the love and support that it received. It was with this that they announced a huge new update for the game, including a new DLC called Mooncrash, which was made available today. Mooncrash is a type of a survival game with enemies, loot and hazards in the environment will be different each time you play the game. Arkane also announced a new mode called Typhon Hunter. which will be an online multiplayer mode that will be five players, playing as Mimics going against one survivor. Typhon Hunter will be out later this year:
It was announced at E3 this year that yet another Bethesda game will be making its way to the Nintendo Switch, and this time it is Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus. They also announced a sequel to the game, which looks more like the standalone game like The Old Blood. The game is set in the 1980s and it is called Wolfenstein: Youngblood. It will follow the story of BJ Blazkowicz’s twin daughters. It will be a Co-Op shooter, but it can be enjoyed as a solo experience:
Bethesda really embraced the VR experience, and they announced that a Wolfenstein Cyberpilot will be released soon. It will be a hacking and puzzle game, and will have take the fight to the Nazis in a totally different way. They also announced that Prey Typhon Hunter will be playable in VR.
It was at this point that Todd Howard was introduced to the stage, and one of the first things he did was joke a bit about Bethesda and everything we’ve come to associate with them, such as their games releasing a bit buggy at times. It is a way of acknowledging their flaws, but also having some fun with it. He also joked about having Skyrim available on every possible device known to man, including an Etch a Sketch, an Motorola Pager and your Samsung Smart Refrigerator:
It was then time to finally learn more about Fallout 76. The game is set in West Virginia, and will see you as one of the first to come out of Vault 76 on what is called Reclamation Day. Fallout 76 will feature a new world with enhanced visuals and lighting systems. The map will include six different regions to explore with new enemies and lore to see and explore. The biggest announcement though is that Fallout 76 is an online open world game, that will have 100% dedicated servers. You can play the game on your own, but it will be best experienced with your friends.
You will be able to build your own towns and settlement, which you will then have to defend against others and/or the monsters that roam the map. A B.E.T.A or Break-it-Early-Test Application was announced and it can be signed up for on Bethesda’s site right now.
Howard also announced the Power Armor Edition, which will feature a wearable Power Armor Helmet, as well as a map of the world that is also glow in the dark
The last bit of Fallout news was an announcement that Fallout Shelter is coming to PS4 and Nintendo Switch and is available right now.
Elder Scrolls: Blades
Elder Scrolls: Blades is a free to play mobile game that’s coming later this year. It will feature console-like graphics and gameplay and will be a full-blown RPG. It will have both pre-rendered and procedurally generated dungeons. It will also have an expansive open world and will feature three modes called Abyss, Arena and Town, with Town being the story driven mode of the game. You get to build and improve your town and can even visit the towns of your friends. Blades will be cross-play between devices, will support VR and is expected to release on all other devices in future.
2019 and Beyond
Bethesda has a habit of announcing games and releasing them pretty soon after that, but they did give us a bit of a tease of what is to come. They showed us a short little teaser of a new IP, this first from Bethesda in a pretty long time. The game is called Starfield and it seems to have a space setting, but nothing else is said or mentioned:
The show finished with the ultimate tease though, with the sequel to the massive hit that was The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim being officially announced. There is no name attached to it, and the trailer only shows us the landscape with some familiar music, but it is certainly something to get people excited:
And it was with the official announcement of The Elder Scrolls VI that Bethesda wrapped up what was quite a fantastic show. They showed us a lot to excited for over the next year or so. The publisher has a very strong library of games, and have a good blend of both Singleplayer and Multiplayer games, as well as some mobile games for good measure. It was a good show and we can’t wait to find out more about the games they had on offer.