Let’s start off with the list of games announced by Bethesda:
- Rage 2
- Doom Eternal
- Prey: Mooncrash
- Wolfenstein 2: Youngblood
- Fallout 76
- Elder Scrolls 6 (Yeah, you read that right, Elder Scrolls 6 is finally on the way)
Let’s get it out of the way. Elder Scrolls 6 has finally been announced, sort of. At the end of the conference, Bethesda showed a very (very) short teaser announcing Elder Scrolls 6.
A fly over shot of the land with the title The Elder Scrolls VI and that was really all the info that was given. But hey, for some of us, that’s enough.
But back to the beginning. The conference opened up with a show an energy filled, albeit awkward, performance from Andrew W.K.
If you don’t know the party king, I’d suggest checking him out, but I digress.
They then went on to show some Rage 2 footage.
This sequel to the 2007 first person shooter has you play as a guy named Walker in a post-apocalyptic world. He’s referred to as “the last ranger” fighting against “the authority.” The game had a sort of Borderlands feel to it, at least from what was shown. But, overall it looked like super fun, over the top, in your face action shooter. So, we can look forward to that in spring of 2019.
Next up was the continuation of the Doom saga with Doom Eternal.
Not much was shown for this game, but we will see more info revealed at QuakeCon this August. But we can look forward to “Hell on Earth”.
Following Doom, Arkane announced new modes released for Prey that same night, for free.
This included a New Game+ and survival mode. Along with the new modes, a new DLC called Mooncrash. They also announced “Typhon Hunter” where there is one human character vs. a group of players controlling shape-shifting Mimics.
Then came a new Wolfenstien, titled Wolfenstein: Youngblood.
The new game is set in the 80’s and stars Bj and Anya’s twin daughters. Having twin daughters means that the new game will be single play OR co-op. So Wolfenstein fans can get excited for this new title, arriving next year.
Then the moment I think everyone was waiting for. Fallout 76. Todd Howard walked on stage and the crowd exploded, knowing what was next: Another Skyrim. That’s right, Howard played a “fake” commercial for a new version of Skyrim on the Amazon Alexa, as well as some other electronic devices, including a beeper.
Now, I say “Fake” because, while it seemed like it was all a joke, implying that Howard and his team understand that they have gone a little overboard with the rereleases. And while that’s true and he didn’t mind poking fun at himself, it turns out, they actually did release Skyrim on the Amazon Alexa. You can enable the Skyrim Skill on your echo device. After the laughter died down, Howard gave everyone what they were really waiting on, a new look at Fallout 76.
He started with a new trailer, that had had been shown earlier at the Microsoft conference.
The game will be set in West Virginia and is “four times larger than Fallout 4.” It is also “always online”, but Howard stressed that you can still play the game solo. He described it as, and these are his words, more “Softcore survival” than “hardcore survival.” Death will never mean loss of progression, your character won’t be tied to a single serve and in fact you won’t even see a server. The world will be shared with dozens, not hundreds, or other players.
Howard showed other “Vault-Tec” videos, which were some cartoony videos with more gameplay footage, showing off the multiplayer and crafting system. Giving a first look at the outposts you’ll be able to make when you team up with friends. It will have dedicated servers with Bethesda support for “years to come.”
Oh, and I almost forgot to mention: There’s nukes. You can periodically find launch codes throughout the wasteland which can activate nukes around the map, allowing you to completely obliterate enemy outposts and proceed to loot their charred remains. That’s pretty neat. The new Fallout 76 is available fro pre-order and will release November 14th of this year. Oh and one last thing, Howard also announced a collectors edition that came with a wearable XO Power armor helmet, along with working headlamp and voice modulator, but as of writing this article, they are currently sold out.
They had a second wave that sold out almost instantly, but they may be releasing another wave, so be sure and keep an eye out for that.
Closing out the conference, Howard announced The Elder Scrolls: Blades. This new first-person RPG will be a mobile game, but also available on the Nintendo Switch. There wasn’t too much detail, other than it will be available this fall and be free to download. It looks cool, but nothing to write home about.
Then before he walked off stage, Howard showed 2 very short trailers, one being for Elder Scrolls VI and one for their new IP: Starfield.
It looks like a new sci-fi game and Howard referred to it as “Next-Gen” so it’s possible we’ll be seeing this game on the Next generation of consoles, post Xbox One and PS4.
I think it’s safe to say, Bethesda didn’t disappoint this year. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have some bias. Maybe I can’t see past my Fallout/Elder Scrolls goggles, but I felt extremely pleased with this years conference. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that I managed to snag one of the Power Armor editions of Fallout 76. Oh, wait, I wasn’t supposed to mention that.
…So some final thing.
The Elder Scrolls Legends card game will be getting a visual overhaul and be released on Xbox One, PS4 and switch. ESO gets it’s next DLC called Wolf Hunter, and Fallout Shelter is on PS4 and Switch as of now.
So that wraps up Bethesda’s E3 conference. Be sure and check back here for more info on the other conferences and announcements this week!
Author: Albert “Beartoe” Hellebuick