It is only Bethesda’s fourth year hosting an E3 press conference, but already they have gone through what feels like as many ups and downs as some of any of the big players. 2015 was obviously a huge event - their first, and more importantly, where they announced Fallout 4 officially. From there it was a bit of a decline, with 2017 being particularly weird. 2018 picked back up, but a lot of that came in the last 30 minutes when Todd Howard came on stage and provided a lot of information about Bethesda Game Studios latest projects.
One thing Bethesda need to be praised for though is that their announcements almost always come with release dates, if not immediate launches. It’s sadly too rare at E3 to be told ‘This comes out on this date’, rather than just vague seasonal suggestions, if that.
Leaked early by Walmart Canada, Bethesda started the conference with Rage 2, after a very out of place performance by musician Andrew W.K.
The game is set in a post-apocalyptic setting where 80% of humanity was wiped out after a meteor hit the Earth, and bacteria created horrendous mutants. The game is a collaboration between id Software and Avalanche Studios, who are famous for Just Cause and Mad Max. It will be a first-person shooter with an emphasis on vehicular battles.
It also has a collector’s edition which comes with an awful talking head.
‘F*ck Nazis’ - Pete Hines.
A great message for life, and also the continuing theme of the rebooted Wolfenstein series by Machine Games. The first two games of this series have received wide acclaim for their gameplay and Nazi-stomping antics, and Youngblood will see this carry on, this time in France during the 1980s. You will play as main protagonist BJ Blazkowicz’s twin daughters. Not a lot what given away, but the game will come out in 2019.
It was back in March that this was first teased on Twitter, but finally the DLC to 2017’s Prey was show off, and was made available to download the same day.
Prey: Mooncrash will see players take on the role of Peter, a hacker for KasmaCorp where you repeatedly try to break out of Transtar’s secret moonbase. It also includes a new multiplayer gamemode called Typhon Hunter, where a group of humans will attempt to find a shapeshifting alien.
In addition to this, there is also a free upgrade that adds three new modes: Story, Survival and New Game+. The game has also been updated to be Xbox One X enhanced. This update is also out now.
Another game that Bethesda pre-announced, Fallout 76 is a departure from the traditional Fallout game in that for the first time ever in the franchise’s history, it is multiplayer, and online only. The game is set in West Virginia, at is a prequel to all the other games. Vault 76 was one of the first vaults to open after the bombs dropped, and you will role play as one of those vault dwellers released in the world. Every person you encounter in the vast environment will be a real human - there are no human NPC’s.
There is a big emphasis on crafting, although don’t get too attached as triggered events can see your base attacked by the irradiated monsters that lurk… or it can get nuked. Some of the end-game content includes acquiring the nuclear launch codes scattered around and then firing a nuke into an area of your choosing. That will result in the whole area becoming incredibly inhospitable to all but the strongest players, and will be where you find the best gear.
There is a beta later this year, and the game will launch 14 November.
Bethesda applied to trademark Starfield the same time they applied for Fallout 4. Since then they have said absolutely nothing about this project, and the internet went crazy with speculation. Bethesda haven’t said anything more about this game, other than it exists, and it is a next generation single player game. The chances are that we won’t see it on this console generation, then.
The Elder Scrolls Blades
Bethesda seem increasingly interested in the mobile sector, starting with Fallout Shelter (now available on the Switch and PS4) in 2015 and now being followed up with The Elder Scrolls Blades. The 3D RPG iis being released on every platform imaginable – mobiles, consoles, PC and VR. Even better is that your progress will transition across devices, and you’ll be able to play with people on different platforms.
Blades will see you as a member of the legendary Blades Assassins, and you have to rebuild your town after it has been destroyed. You can customise your character with new gear, which, when considering this is a free game, might be the easiest avenue for monetization down the road. Still, this is a game you can play in portrait mode on mobile.
Elder Scrolls VI
Oh yes. (No release date)