The Best of Bethesda’s 2018 E3 Conference
Just a few weeks before E3, Bethesda teased us with some hype footage of Fallout 76. So as we expected there was a bunch more Fallout news as well as sequels announced for Doom and Wolfenstein, Elder Scrolls and a brand new game called Starfield. Not the hottest conference this E3 but still enough to get a little excited about. Here’s the best of Bethesda.
Andrew W.K. rocks out the Bethesda E3 stage for a spirited if awkward stage performance. The song he performs is ‘Party Til You Puke’ is used in Rage 2, and acts as the “perfect soundtrack” to the post-apocalyptic wasteland that we’re going to be exploring Spring of 2019.
You play as Walker who’s “the last ranger” and facing off against “the authority.” He drives a car around and shoots bad guys, sometimes from the car, sometimes on foot. The game has more of a Borderlands 2 party vibe, and the gameplay reminded me of Bulletstorm more than anything else. It looks slick, bleak, and violent, and most importantly, there appears to be a high-quality slide move. The protagonist talked a lot, though, and kept saying things like “oh hell yeah!” as he blew stuff up.
With so many sequels and remakes being announced this E3 it’s great to see Bethesda taking the leap and launching a brand new IP. It’s the first new franchise that Bethesda has launched in 25 years and while the teaser provides very little information we’re told that it will be a sci-fi role-playing game. It currently doesn’t have a release date so we’ll have to probably wait for QuakeCon for that.
Let’s get down to the big stuff. Todd Howard of Bethesda Game Studios’ came out to properly unveil Fallout 76.
Set in West Virginia the game tells the story of the first people who left the vault. The difference in Fallout 76 is that each character in the game is based on real people. Fallout 76 is entirely online. That doesn’t mean that players won’t be able to have their solo-mode gameplay experience if they wish, though. Options for single player and multiplayer are included.
“You’ll be able to join your friends whenever you want, and all of your progression goes with you,” Howard said. “When we think about games, we think about worlds and the choices that you can make.”
Fallout 76 will be released on Nov. 14, 2018. Bethesda will announce details for a beta version later in the year. For major Fallout fans, Bethesda also confirmed a special collector’s edition, which includes a Power Helmet for players.
A brand new Doom game, Doom Eternal is the sequel to 2016’s Doom. We were told by creative director Hugo Martin that we’d be getting twice as many “badass demons” in the game, and joked about teasing “hell on Earth.” There will be a “ton of features” that the team is saving for a later premiere at QuakeCon this August.
Elder Scrolls Blades
There is a new Elder Scrolls game out this year, at least — and it’s coming to mobile. The Elder Scrolls Blades is a single-player, RPG that Bethesda promises will provide Elder Scrolls fans with “console-quality graphics, but with a unique mobile experience.” The game boasts both tap-to-move controls and dual stick options.
Players can customize players, build their own towns and enjoy an Elder Scrolls game experience they’re used to on PC and consoles. Althought I’m somewhat doubtful of that statement. The game launches this fall and can be pre-ordered on Google Play and the Apple Store now.
Set in the 80s you play as main protagonist’s BJ and Anya’s twin daughters. This marks the 12th Wolfenstein game overall and fourth in MachineGames’ reimagining of the franchise and is set to release in 2019. The official description, as it appears on Bethesda’s YouTube channel, reads:
Wolfenstein: Youngblood is a brand-new co-op game unveiled at the Bethesda E3 Showcase 2018. The game takes place in 1980, 19 years after BJ Blazkowicz ignited the second American Revolution in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Wolfenstein: Youngblood introduces the next Blazkowicz generation to the fight against the Nazis. Play as one of BJ’s twin daughters, Jess and Soph, as you search for your missing father in Nazi-occupied Paris.
The Elder Scrolls VI
It’s officially happening! There aren’t many details to go on but the fact that it’s finally been announced after much waiting around is enough to hold everyone over for a bit. Bethesda closed with the Elder Scrolls theme and some title text. Oh, Bethesda you big tease.