Bethesda had plenty to announce at E3 this year, with new entries in some of their most beloved franchises on the way as well as entirely new and fresh games.
The show kicked off with a look at the previously announced Rage 2, featuring an energetic if awkward performance by Andrew W.K., as well as a jab at how Wal-Mart Canada leaked the game before it was actually properly unveiled. The post-apocalyptic shooter has a focus on cars and combat, with a player character named Walker, who is “the last ranger” in the dilapidated society. It’ll be out in early 2019.
A sequel to 2016’s DOOM was announced, and is called DOOM Eternal. All that was shown was a quick theatrical trailer that promises that players will get to experience hell on earth. More details about the title will be announced at QuakeCon in August. And speaking of Quake, Quake Champions got a new trailer, though the game remains in Early Access.
Arkane Studios announced new content for Prey, the horror/sci-fi game that released early last year. The game will be receiving both a New Game+ mode as well as a Survival mode. There’s also DLC, called Mooncrash, which was called “infinitely playable,” as well as a five-on-one competitive mode, “Typhon Hunter,” in which one player controlling a human must face off against five players controlling mimics.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is getting a standalone follow-up, called Wolfenstein: Youngblood. Taking place in the 1980s, it focuses on B.J. Blazkowicz’s twin daughters; it accordingly is focuses on cooperative gameplay, though it can be played solo as well. It’s due out in 2019.
Fallout 76 received a large amount of stage time, presented by Todd Howard. The game was originally announced before the show and also saw a brief theatrical trailer debut at the Xbox presser, though fans got their first look at actual gameplay here. Howard described the game as “softcore survival,” insomuch that it’s a survival game but that players will never lose their progression or character if they die in-game. Fallout 76 will be an online multiplayer experience, though players will only ever be sharing a world with dozens, rather than hundreds or thousands, of other players. The game will be arriving on November 14, 2018, though a beta (cleverly called the “Break-it Early Test Application”) will be taking place sometime before that.
On the Elder Scrolls front, there was some extended joking about how Skyrim has been ported over and over again with a “Skyrim: Very Special Edition” trailer for the Amazon Echo – though the vocal-text-based adventure is actually a very real thing that can be downloaded to the Echo for free right now. The card game, Elder Scrolls Legends, saw some stage time as well; the game is getting a visual overhaul and is also being ported to Switch, Xbox One, and PS4. Elder Scrolls Online saw a fun sizzle reel touting the adventure so far, and the game also saw some new DLC confirmed in which players will be able to travel to the Argonian homeland of Black Marsh and hunt werewolves.
A new mobile experience, The Elder Scrolls: Blades was also announced. It features touch controls that is playable in both portrait and landscape mode on phones, and features town-building as well as dungeon-crawling and combat. It will be free when it arrives in the fall.
The rumored Starfield, a new IP for Bethesda, was confirmed towards the end of the show. The game is clearly set in space, and Howard described it as a “next-gen” experience. No release date was mentioned.
And though there wasn’t much to show beyond a title and about 30 seconds’ worth of the theme, The Elder Scrolls VI was announced. Howard made sure to mention that this announcement was breaking from Bethesda’s E3 tradition of only discussing games releasing by the end of the year, so it’s safe to say that it will likely be the end of 2019 before this new entry arrives.
The full Bethesda conference can be watched below.