E3 2018: Bethesda

Bethesda followed up Microsoft’s conference today, and to be honest, I wasn’t expecting much. I was wrong, though, and very glad to be. The intro announced that Metacritic awarded Bethesda with the title of the #1 best-rated developer in the world, which isn’t terribly surprising, as although not all of their games appeal to me, they are always very popular and of extremely high quality. Kudos to Bethesda. This was then blown out of proportion with a live performance by Andrew WK (yes, he is still around, and actually released a new album only a couple of months ago) to introduce Rage 2. He was extremely high energy, which is his thing, and the crowd was… not. Anyway, read on for some nice surprises.

Rage 2

A whole bunch of gameplay was shown off, demonstrating the variation in weaponry, and showing that the game is going to be balls-out insane. It very much reminds me of the same kind of insanity that was experienced in Doom, so there’s no doubt it will be good.

The Elder Scrolls: Legends

Business as usual really, but there will be a relaunch with better visuals later this year, most likely to better support the expansion to consoles at the same time (Xbox, PS4, and Switch). All versions will, of course, remain free-to-play.

The Elder Scrolls Online

The ESO devs really just wanted to get on stage to share their excitement at the success of the game (11 million registered players!) and to announce two upcoming pieces of DLC – the “Wolfhunter” DLC, which will introduce a new dungeon and be centered around Werewolves, and the “Murkmire” story DLC, which is coming later this year and will focus on the Argonians. No other information was shared at this time.

Doom Eternal

An unexpected (but welcome) sequel to 2016’s Doom! Not much information was shared here, beyond that it will be Hell on Earth and be chock full of enemy demons, but the team will be debuting the game at Quakecon in August.

Quake Champions

Quake Champions has been doing very well within the esports scene since its initial release on PC and there will be tournaments held at Quakecon and Dreamhack Winter. The game will be free to play June 10-17 so interested players can get a taste. No mention of the game coming to other platforms.

Prey

The devs jumped on stage to announce that a free update would be released for Prey tonight – “Mooncrash”. There will also be another piece of content coming later this year –  “Typhon Hunter” – which will also be playable in VR. “Typhon Hunter” is essentially a PvP mode, and is unlikely to also be free, but nothing was mentioned in regards to this.

Wolfenstein Youngblood

Wolfenstein Youngblood tells the story of BJ Blaskowitz’s twin daughters and is set in an alternate 1980s. Given there are two daughters, it can be played co-op or solo. Release is set for sometime in 2019. There was also mention of Wolfenstein Cyberpilot, which will be a VR title, but no video was shown.

Skyrim

If anyone can pick on Bethesda, it’s Bethesda themselves. Showing their good spirits, they released this trailer with some “announcements” for upcoming platforms on which to play Skyrim.

Fallout 76

As per the rumours, Fallout 76 will be played entirely online, solo or with friends. It’ll be out 14 Nov 2018, but keep an eye out for a Beta prior to release. There was a lot to take in, but suffice it to say that this will be an online persistent RPG that you can play with friends (and build your own settlement – anywhere). For those interested, there will be a Power armour special edition:

Fallout Shelter 

There was no video, but Todd Howard announced that not only was there 120 million registered players, but the game would also be coming to Nintendo Switch and PS4 as a free-to-play title – available for download today. I’ve embedded the original release trailer for reference, in the off chance you don’t know the game.

The Elder Scrolls Blades

I don’t think anyone was expecting this, but Bethesda has been working on yet another mobile game, and it’s set in the Elder Scrolls universe. It’s a first-person RPG with both handcrafted and procedurally generated dungeons. And PvP arenas. And a town-building component. Oh, and it’s not just coming out on iOS and Android – it’ll be available on virtually everything, free-to-play, in Spring. You can apparently pre-order on iOS and Android now, or register interest here. Mind blown.

Starfield

The rumours were true – Bethesda is working on a new single-player RPG IP, and it’s called Starfield. Maybe it’ll come out next year, maybe not. But I was happy they showed something!

The Elder Scrolls 6

Yes, they showed a teaser for The Elder Scrolls 6. it is “beyond” Starfield, so it’s still years away, but I fell over and had a heart attack (I got better). No subtitle has yet been announced, so consider this… just an announcement that they are working on something.

Tomorrow, both Ubisoft and PlayStation will hold their press conferences (as will Square Enix and the PC Gaming Show), but I will be hard-pressed to get these done within a reasonable timeframe (due to other commitments). I will get them done, however!

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