Everything Bethesda Showed At E3 2018

Bethesda capped off the second day of E3 press conferences by showing a bunch more Fallout 76, announcing Doom and Wolfenstein sequels, and teasing The Elder Scrolls VI as well as a new sci-fi game called Starfield.

The show got off to a slow start but picked up steam as it went, with an unexpected focus on multiplayer games so soon after the publisher's "Save Player One" marketing campaign last fall. Also, Andrew W.K. was there. Let's go over everything Bethesda showed off.


We got a closer look at Rage 2.

Well, first, they had Andrew W.K. come out for a spirited if awkward stage performance. At one point, he successfully rocked out while playing keyboard, which any rock band keyboardist will tell you is no small feat. Andrew W.K. seems like a pretty great dude, if you ask me.

Still not sure if I'm ready to rage though, tbh

So then they showed a bunch of Rage 2. You play as a dude named Walker who sure sounds like a pissed off dude in a post-apocalyptic shooter. He's "the last ranger" and his enemy is called "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. Hmm. It will be out in spring of 2019.


Doom Eternal will continue the Doom saga of Doomliness.

The sequel will have twice as many demons, and will let us see "Hell on Earth," as a Doom sequel probably should. They say they will show more at QuakeCon this August.


Prey gets a bunch of new stuff... tonight! Some of it free!

In the second Beyoncé move of E3, Arkane announced some new modes coming to Prey tonight! For free! The free stuff includes a New Game+ mode and a survival mode.

Also out today is some new paid DLC called Mooncrash, which they described as "infinitely replayable." (BTW Prey is a very good game; worth checking out if you missed it.)

They also announced an upcoming asymmetrical competitive mode called "Typhon Hunter" in which one human character takes on a group of five players controlling shape-shifting Mimics. Sounds neat.


The next Wolfenstein game stars BJ And Anya's twin daughters!

It's called Wolfenstein: Youngblood and is set in the 80s. Because you're BJ and Anya's twins, the whole game can be played either solo or in co-op. It's coming next year. I am super down for this one.


Fallout 76 is indeed an online game, out in November.

Bethesda Game Studios' Todd Howard came out to finally properly unveil Fallout 76, after teasing it at the Microsoft conference earlier today.

It's set in West Virginia, it's really big, and as we reported last week, it's an online multiplayer game, though Howard stressed that you can definitely play the whole thing solo.

Howard described it as more "softcore survival" than "hardcore survival." Death never means the loss or progression, he said. Your character isn't tied to one server, and you'll never even see a server as you play. You'll share the world with dozens of other players, but not hundreds.

He then put on some cute Fallout-style mini-trailers with a bunch of gameplay, showing off how the multiplayer will work, as well as a shared crafting system that lets you team up with your friends to make your own outposts. It will have dedicated servers and Bethesda will be supporting it "for years to come."

Also, there'll be nukes you can find and use on other players? It basically looks like Borderlands meets Fallout, which, ok, I'll play that! It's coming out on November 14, 2018.


The Elder Scrolls: Blades is an Elder Scrolls game for mobile devices.

Blades is a first-person RPG with touch inputs, with both unique and procedurally generated dungeons. Howard seemed pretty stoked about how it can be played in both portrait and landscape mode, which does seem like one of those things that's probably cooler than it sounds.

The combat and dungeon crawling footage didn't do much for me (I'd rather just play Legend of Grimrock on my phone, I think), but then Howard showed some town-building that looked kinda neat. You can even visit your friends' towns. Blades is coming this fall, and it will be free.


They announced Starfield, a new sci-fi game.

It was an extremely short teaser for the widely rumoured game, but good to know it exists. Seems safe to say it will be a sci-fi game of some sort, and Howard described it as "next-gen," which at this point probably means it's being developed for the next generation of consoles after the current one.


They closed with a teaser for The Elder Scrolls VI.

It was basically just the Elder Scrolls theme and some title text, but it was still enough to make everyone freak out. Which, yeah. I mean, of course they were making this game, but it's nice to see it confirmed so far in advance.

A few more things: The Elder Scrolls Legends card game is getting a visual overhaul and will be out later this year on Switch, Xbox One, and PS4; The Elder Scrolls Online's next DLC is a dungeon DLC called Wolf Hunter that's all about werewolves, and the gamealso got an exciting sizzle trailer; Quake Champions also got a new trailer; they're making new Prey and Wolfenstein VR games; there was a fun joke trailer for an Alexa-powered Skyrim: Very Special Edition; Bethesda's free-to-play mobile management game Fallout Shelter is hitting PS4 and Switch tonight.


And that's it for Bethesda! We'll be back bright and early tomorrow for a bunch more press conferences, and throughout the coming week with gameplay impressions from the show floor, interviews with developers, and breaking news. Stay tuned.


Comments

    Not a huge fan of announcing logos, will need a beta for Fallout 76 before writing it off.

    That new scifi game clip is down for me. can others see it?

      It's broken, but you're not missing anything. It's just the sun rising over a planet below, a satellite that gets eaten by some kind of effect, and then the Starfield logo.

    So every single player game Bethesda is developing, is not even for this generation of consoles....
    *double facepalm*

      Errrm... there was literally nothing throughout the entire showcase that suggests that. Get your head outta your ass mate.

        "It was an extremely short teaser for the widely rumoured game, but good to know it exists. Seems safe to say it will be a sci-fi game of some sort, and Howard described it as "next-gen," which at this point probably means it's being developed for the next generation of consoles after the current one."
        You were saying?

          You said EVERY single player game. Did you not? That quote refers to only one game out of the showcase. Also that "next-gen" remark might not be as literal as you or the author perceives it to be.

            There is only two single player games Bethesda is developing.
            If Starfield isnt coming out this Generation, and Elder Scrolls 6 isnt coming out til AFTER starfield. Both games will NOT be coming out this generation.
            Perhaps its YOU who should get his head out of his own ass.

              Unless you have a time machine in your own ass, you have no clue when the next generation
              of consoles will be. Skyrim was last gen, compared to that, 6 will be next gen even if it's current gen, it's not literal.

              Do you mean single player, or single player only? RAGE 2 is single player, as is Doom, and Wolfenstein might be as well (cooperative mode may be optional).

                Both games are also NOT being developed by Bethesda.

                  Even under your very specific conditions, there are still three games (not two) that meet them: Elder Scrolls: Blades, Starfield, and TES6. Out of those, Blades is set to release on current gen consoles, and the other two have neither release date nor platform information yet. In the conference, Howard described Starfield as a 'next generation game', which doesn't necessarily mean next generation console target. As GameRant points out:

                  Of course, next-generation doesn’t necessarily mean that the games are in development for the next wave of consoles, but that they are built on the next generation of Bethesda technology.

                  The information is out there and easily findable, but I guess you were too busy choosing which words to capitalise and bold in your replies.

                  Its also a mobile game that isnt coming out on consoles and ill take next gen as not coming out on this gen as how most other people are taking it.

                  It is coming out on consoles, that's what I meant when I said "Blades is set to release on current gen consoles". At the conference, Howard said it's releasing on mobile platforms first, then will hit PC, consoles and VR platforms.

                  also still a mobile free to play game.
                  Still doesnt change the fact that he said next gen, and nearly every single news source is saying it is as such, but no, because gamerant says its the opposite, its the opposite, its not like gamerant is like you and ody who want to believe the game is coming sooner rather than later. When all the showed was a title screen for both games. Its pretty clear to most people that Todd was in fact being literal.

                  Listen man, your statement was mistaken. I wasn't a dick to you, I asked you for clarification and tried to help you out by pointing out some games you might have overlooked. Drop the attitude, it's unwarranted.

                  Its NOT mistaken though.
                  Most other sources are stating its not coming out this generation.

                  So every single player game Bethesda is developing, is not even for this generation of consoles....

                  Blades is a single player game Bethesda is developing coming out on current-generation consoles. Just because it's also coming out on mobile doesn't change that.

    Gotta admit, an online based Fallout game is a bit of a nightmare come true for me. My fear stems from the idea that Fallout 5 (or whatever the next full single player title is) might be neglected in favour of the profitable online version(s).

    Like the case of GTA 5, I was really hoping for expansions of the same quality that GTA 4 got. But we got nothing instead. Not interested in GTA online or Fallout online at all.

    I'll be the black sheep and admit I'm genuinely interested in F76. I'll still wait for more details and have a go in the Beta but I'm certainly not writing it off yet.

      Nah, you're not the only one. There were several people in the Discord I've been modding that were positive about it, and I'm looking forward to it. Especially that power armour head. I need it.

      Yeah but only being able to play the beta after pre ordering.
      Is as shifty as it gets... Especially as once you get your beta code you are no longer able to refund the pre-order.

        The preorder gives access to the closed beta, which is how most every game does it. Open beta is when everyone else can get in.

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