After a brief pre-roll of some Bethesda employees to start off the E3 2019 conference Pete Hines takes to the stage to recap some of the big moments of 2019 so far including fantasy and apocalyptic worlds and across a variety of platforms. Hines talked about starting working at Bethesda almost 20 years ago back when he was a community moderator and where he is now. For Bethesda, the community is a key part of what makes them work.
Todd Howard is the first of the Bethesda Games Studios representatives to approach the stage. While briefly making a joke about recent Fallout 76 publicity he did highlight that while it’s a game they haven’t made before they had record numbers of players. While it had a shaky start he did point out some friendly aspects of the player base.
For a quick change of pace Elder Scrolls Blades took the center spotlight. For E3 new jobs and solo arena battles will be added to Blades. There will also be jewelry systems implemented and a dragon questline, these changes will all be available to players tonight. Arena mode will be released this fall and it will also be coming to the Nintendo Switch. A brief trailer followed showing playing Blades on the Switch in handheld, tabletop, and docked mode. The Switch edition of Blades will come in the fall and will be free to play. Blades will be cross play and support cross saves.
After a big announcement, we’re back to Fallout 76. The Wastelanders update is the next big content patch and will fundamentally change the game. Set some time after the opening of vault 76 this patch sees the return of NPC humans and human-driven storylines. This will be the start of year 2 and will also include more choice systems as factions begin appearing across the wastes. This expansion will be free for all Fallout 76 players. June 10th to 17th Fallout 76 will also have a free trial week. To wrap up the announcements a new game mode was also shown off, this new mode is a 52 player battle royale game mode with PvE elements and building mechanics. This game mode will be called Firestorm and will also be free to Fallout 76 players.
Before leaving the stage Howard returned to reassure fans that Starfield and Elder Scrolls VI are still being worked on.
Tango Gameworks, developers of The Evil Within, was up next to unveil their new game Ghostwire Tokyo. It’s an Action-Adventure game where you fight a paranormal enemy to attempt to rid the city of the threat. People are vanishing in Tokyo and it’s up to you to find out why. You’ll need to explore the world and face dangers to learn the truth. A cinematic trailer was shown of Japanese life; transport, ramen bars, shopping malls. Suddenly people disappear leaving clothes behind. A masked warrior with a bow and arrow is seen fighting creepy figures.
After another message from the Bethesda community for The Elder Scrolls Online Matt Firor talked about the progress in this years story and how great the dragons and cat people are. Not only has ESO been continually growing but more server space needed to be added. Elsweyr, the latest chapter in the game, allows you to become a necromancer and visit the Kijhat homeworld. Following on from their last trailer and a dragon attacking a castle at this years E3 they decided to pick the trailer back up right where they left off. After a great battle sequence though we were left off with one more cliffhanger… The characters that we saw in this trailer will be part of the next expansion but more information on that will be revealed at Quakecon and further in the future.
Zenimax Online is also working on a number of other titles, one of which is a new Commander Keen title. This will be a free-to-play mobile title. While the original starred Billy Blaze, Commander Keen, this will instead follow twins Billy and Billie. You will craft different items for the twins and drop them into different levels to have them take on opponents. The game will soft launch this summer on iOS and Android. You can pre-register on gokeen.com to get bonus items when the game launches.
Pete Hines returned to the stage carrying the mobile theme to talk about the various success in Elder Scrolls Legends and Fallout Shelter. A live action trailer played for Ender Scrolls Legends, the next expansion will be Moons of Elsweyr that will be launching June 27th.
A new trailer was shown off for Rage 2 highlighting new abilities set to an 80’s sitcom theme. This expansion will include Cheat Codes like low gravity and vehicles like pilotable mechs. Rise of the Ghosts is the name fo the games first expansion. Bethesda plans to bring new content including vehicles, gameplay modes, and weapons every week.
For Wolfenstein, you’re returning to Europe with Wolfenstein Cyberpilot, a VR title announced last year. You’re working for the French resistance in this game taking over Nazi tanks. This title will be available in July.
A second title is Wolfenstein Youngblood, this title was also first announced at last year’s E3, you will have more weapons, weapon upgrades, and the ability to change up your play style than ever before. Youngblood is also a co-op title. This game is set in the 1980s 2 decades after the previous title and BJ’s twin daughters are tasked with tracking him down. A trailer was shown showcasing some of these changes that were mentioned. This game will release on July 26th for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
Arkane Lyon revealed their new first-person action title, set on the frozen island of the black reef the game takes place during a “time of madness.” The two rivals, Colt and Juliana, were shown off in a trailer. The island is isolated and once trapped there you have no chance of escape, whether you bloom or perish in this environment depends on a person psyche. The title is called Deathloop, you see protagonists dying and coming back time and time again. Much like their previous titles, Dishonored, how you play is up to you and you can approach situations as you please.
Moving away from games and a bit into the tech that runs games the crowd was introduced to Orion. This is a group of technologies that optimizes streamed games through Stadia and Xcloud. Using their knowledge of game engines and development Orion will allow games to stream more efficiently and on lower bandwidth. This means that games enabled to use Orion will stream better in case someone is hogging all the bandwidth or you’re far away from a server. A demo came onto the stage showing Doom 2016 running full resolution in 60 FPS showing full speed. By registering at slayersclub.com you may be able to be part of a group test to stream Doom to your phone for free.
While we’re talking about Doom Bethesda decided to carry straight on to the new Doom title, Doom Eternal. In a brief trailer, we not only saw the hellish landscapes, gore, and machinery that we’re used to but also medieval elements such as castles, swords, and what seemed to be a ghost king? In Doom Eternal Earth is in danger so you’ll need to travel to never before seen locations to try to save it. A brief demo was shown of the campaign showing off a variety of different locations using some sneaky transitions. To wrap up the Bethesda conference an extended gameplay trailer was shown of Doom Eternal and a November 22nd release date was announced along with a collector’s edition.
Battle mode will be the multiplayer experience for Doom Eternal. Two player controlled demons will take on Doomslayer. There will be a variety of playable demons that each have their own abilities for you to learn. To wrap up the Bethesda E3 Conference of 2019 a trailer was shown giving fans a bit of a taste of the new multiplayer modes.
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