The Bethesda E3 Conference took place June 9th at 8:30 PM EST. Going into it I wasn’t sure what to expect since not much had been given away with regards to what they’d be talking about. I had high hopes, based on comments that this year’s conference would be “bigger than ever”, but I was left feeling ambivalent about the whole thing.
The show featured some video montages of fans and creators alike, sharing their love for Bethesda and the games. It was nice to see such a diverse group of people talking about what the games mean to them. A bit more heartwarming and less showy than what we saw last year. There was also a big focus put on listening to what the fans want and like about the games. After a year full of criticism, this was probably a good route to take. You can also watch the full conference below.
Speaking of criticism, Todd Howard managed to address the mistakes they made with Fallout 76 in a very upfront manner, while still maintaining the humour he usually approaches his segments with. He did outline a lot of the updates coming to Fallout 76, including Wastelanders – a full storyline with dialogue trees and human NPCs. This is something fans were asking for and will be a big improvement. They also announced Nuclear Winter, a Battle Royale mode. While this is sure to receive some harsh criticism itself, I’m a big Battle Royale fan and rejoice whenever it’s stuck in anything.
I was disappointed to see that Battle Royale wasn’t being added to Rage 2, but there is an expansion called Rise of the Ghosts. This expansion features a new questline, new enemies, and a bunch of new vehicles (including a pilotable mech). I’m hoping it’ll add some much-needed variety to the Rage 2 landscape. If they continue to add to the game, I’m sure my thoughts on it will improve.
Elder Scrolls Online
Other expansions that were featured were both from the Elder Scrolls universe. An exciting new trailer for the quarter 4 Elder Scrolls Online Elswyr DLC, Dragonhold, showcased characters that would be appearing when the DLC is available later in the year. The Elswyr chapter for ESO just came out, but unfortunately, no new chapters were announced. Elswyr was originally shown at last year’s E3 showcase.
Elder Scrolls Blades
Elder Scrolls: Blades, the free to play mobile dungeon crawl, got an update that includes a new dragon quest line. It was also announced that Blades would be coming to Switch later in the year. I enjoy Blades and think being able to play on my Switch will be a nice change from having it drain my phone battery non-stop.
Elder Scrolls Legends
Finally, there was also a rather lengthy add for Legends, the mobile card game, that basically told me nothing new about the game. It felt more like time filler than actual announcements relating to the app. While there was no information about Elder Scrolls 6, this was made clear by Bethesda beforehand so it wasn’t a surprise. While my hopes were high, the game isn’t set to release for a while.
New Games: Ghostwire: Tokyo & Deathloop
The two big hitters from the show were the two new games announced. The first was a game from Tango called Ghostwire: Tokyo. The trailer for the action thriller had stunning graphics, and was equal parts beautiful and creepy. Fighting supernatural enemies throughout Tokyo sounds like a solid concept, and I can’t wait to see more. The other game everyone has gotten excited for is by Arkane Lyon, and it’s called Deathloop. The premise is two assassins caught in a time loop, trying to stop one another. It’s a game plot I certainly haven’t seen before, and I will definitely be keeping an eye on it.
Doom: Eternal & Wolfenstein Youngblood
Besides new games, some previously announced titles were shown in more detail, including a significant amount of gameplay footage for Doom Eternal which looks out of this world… no pun intended. You can watch the gameplay trailer below. A collectors edition of the game was also announced, which includes a sweet helmet. Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot has a few moments of screen time, along with a new trailer for Wolfenstein: Youngblood.
Along with games, Bethesda announced a streaming software called Orion. It can be added to a wide array of games across platforms, and apparently enables 20% faster streaming using 40% lower bandwidth. Streaming games will be fast and better, and at a reduced cost. For someone with terrible internet, this seems like a dream come true, but we will see whether Orion can live up to the hype.
Overall, Bethesda gave us a few cool new games, some welcome updates, and a closer look at the games coming out soon. There were no big, shocking moments, and it seemed like some of the trailers and footage were just taking up time, but if it means time and effort are being put into the new installments of their big franchises I won’t complain. Here is the release information for all of the games shown at BE3.
- Fallout 76 Nuclear Winter – Now (Free Trial)
- Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot – July 26, 2019
- Wolfenstein: Youngblood – July 26, 2019
- DOOM Eternal – November 22, 2019
- Commander Keen – Summer 2019
- Fallout 76 Wastelanders – Fall 2019
- Rage 2: Rise of the Ghosts – Q4 2019
- Elder Scrolls Online Elswyr Dragonhold – Q4 2019
- Deathloop – TBA
- Ghostwire: Tokyo – TBA