Bethesda having their own conference is a new development in recent years, and this years may have been their best yet. They may have not talked about as many games as Microsoft did, but they pretty much made a new announcement (or talked about recent announcements) on nearly every major IP they own, announced a brand new IP, and had a lot of showmanship.
Introducing Rage 2, while rocking the half-skinny white jeans (they’re tight on his thighs which makes them skinny to me), was Andrew W.K. to serenade fans with some hard rock n’ roll… too bad the majority of the audience weren’t too into it, if I were there I would totally be rocking out! I never played the original Rage, but I now understand why Rage 2 is all the rage with fans, it looks like a bloody insane game. Cannot wait to try it out next Spring.
Then came Elder Scrolls Legends, which is actually a highly addictive strategy card game. Not only will it be relaunching with upgraded visuals and content, but the company also announced that the game will be arriving on all current gen consoles, including the Nintendo Switch. My phone’s battery is very thankful for this, though somehow I don’t think the battery for my Switch will be!
Elder Scrolls Online is yet another title which I have yet to experience, and after enjoying Skyrim on the Switch so much, perhaps now is the time to join the ESO community. If anything will convince me to sign up though, it would be the newly announced DLC, Wolfhunter, which involves werewolves. If anyone knows me well, they should know that I love werewolves, not the ones in Twilight though… they suck. Additionally, there is another DLC coming out called Murkmire, which will explore more of the Black Marsh region.
Yet another exciting announcement, Doom is getting a brand new sequel in Doom Eternal. I definitely enjoyed the reboot from 2016, so I’ll definitely be on the lookout for new Doom Eternal details at Quakecon 2018 in August. Which reminds me, I still need to write my reviews for Doom and Skyrim for the Nintendo Switch (the delay was due to personal reasons… some of you already know about it), sorry Bethesda, I’ll get right onto it… please don’t trap me in the world of Doom, those demons will use my bones as toothpicks!
A new trailer for Quake Champions was also revealed, never really played Quake before, but may give it a try when it comes out… I’ll probably be crap at it though! It was also announced that Wolfenstein is getting another sequel/spin off in Wolfenstein Youngblood. Not much was revealed other than a trailer and the fact that it will be a co-op experience revolving around BJ’s twin sisters. Yet another franchise I’ve yet to play, but maybe that will change with Wolfenstein II’s release on Nintendo Switch later this month. Yet another Wolfenstein game was revealed, but this time it will be a VR experience in Wolfenstein Cyberpilot, where you play as a hacker who can hack Nazi robots. As Pete Hines explains, it adds to their “never-ending quest to say ‘Fuck You’ to Nazis on as many platforms as possible”.
What’s with all the games that I’ve never tried but really want to now, either way add Prey to the list. Not only have they announced (and released on the same day) free content including Story Mode, New Game +, and Survival Mode, but they also revealed some new paid DLC. First of all, you need to find a way to escape the moon, but each time you play the environment is different in Prey: Moon Crash. Can’t go wrong when the trailer is accompanied by a bit of Dead or Alive. Additionally, later in the Summer, Prey will also be getting a multiplayer mode too in the form of Typhon Hunter. This mode is essentially an elaborate version of Hide and Seek, one person has the job of finding the other five players who all happen to be mimics. It’s definitely great seeing the amount of post game content being added to the title, and should hopefully get the time to pick it up in the near future! Oh, the multiplayer mode mode, along with a brand new story, will also be playable in VR, but details on this were scarce.
Then the moment I’ve been waiting for, even more so than Fallout 76, and that’s what device will be receiving Skyrim next. One thing I like about Bethesda is the fact that they know what the community says about them, both the good and the bad, and that they can joke about it. Enter Skyrim Very Special Edition. Who’s a better person to introduce it that Key and Peele’s Keegan-Michael Key, for Amazon Alexa! How could Bethesda take the joke even further? By actually releasing a playable version of Skyrim for Amazon Alexa, yes they actually did!
Now they’ve gone over to Fallout 76! Thanks to Todd Howards guest appearance at the XBOX conference, we already found out that the game is set in West Virginia, before all the other Fallout games, and we also had a first look at the tailer. That, however, only scratches the surface. The biggest announcement is probably the fact that Fallout 76 will be completely online, and all of the other vault dwellers you encounter on your adventure will be real people. Luckily there won’t be too much overcrowding, as Mr Howard mentioned how each server will have dozens, not hundreds; ‘it’s the wasteland, not an amusement park’. It was also announced that there will still be a story with lots of quests that you can tackle solo, but it may become less difficult if you group up with friends.
Some people may have not liked settlement building, but I’m really happy to see the return of the mechanic in Fallout 76, hopefully it’s gotten an upgrade too. Oh, watch out though, if you piss someone enough, they may be inclined to take on the difficult task of stealing nuclear launch codes and cause a localised fallout on your homestead. You can, of course, choose to do the same if you so wish, and then see if there’s anything valuable to loot.
I’m so excited for Fallout 76, I’ve already planned to put myself into more crippling debt by pre-ordering the Power Armour Edition. Not only does it come with the Break-it Early Test Application (B.E.T.A) as with every preorder, but it also comes with a map of the world, ‘that glows in the fucking dark’, figurines to put onto the map, a carrying bag, and a steelbook. Oh, did I also mention it comes with a wearable Power Armour helmet complete with voice modulation, LED head-lamp, and V.A.T sound effects… I’m basically not planning on eating for about two months, it’ll be worth it though. Additionally, I can reconstitute any lost weight with Christmas dinner, as Fallout 76 comes release a month and a half before then on the 14th November 2018.
Back to Elder Scrolls, Bethesda went on to announce a new title in the series, and it wasn’t Elder Scrolls 6. They announced Elder Scrolls: Blades, an ES game built primarily for mobile devices, with promises that it will also release for other consoles as well as a range of VR devices too. As a free-to-play game, it looks pretty sick, so I’m looking forward to trying it out in the Autumn, perhaps even earlier if I am successful in the early access promo.
For the first time in 25 years, Bethesda went on to announce a brand new IP, Starfield, which will be a new single-player experience. What was pretty exciting in particular, was the fact that Todd Howard mentioned that the game is built for the next generation. This means that the ninth generation is nearly upon us. If that wasn’t enough, Bethesda announced yet another game, however this time it is a game that has been asked about for a very long time… Elder Scrolls 6! The crowd went wild, and I can understand their excitement. Obviously, it looks like the games probably will not release until about 2020 at the earliest, but it’s fantastic to see the reveals anyway.
Bethesda really had a bit of everything for everyone just about, and is probably the first time in a hile where I have been really excited about everything that has been talked about in a conference. I also loved how Bethesda’s conference was presented too, from Andrew W.K rocking out to Rage 2 all the way to how Pete and Todd knowing how to speak to us gamers, I’m pretty sure Bethesda won E3 for me.