Bethesda E3 2019
- All announcements and trailers.
- New streaming technology.
- DOOM: Eternal.
Bethesda’s E3 briefing was roughly an hour and 20 minutes worth of announcements, but for those of you who don’t feel like watching that much footage to get the news, I’ve got everything relevant compiled below for you.
Fallout 76: Wastelanders
Wastelanders is a massive free update to Fallout 76 that fundamentally changes the Wasteland, coming Fall 2019. One year after the opening of Vault 76, other humans have returned to Appalachia. Factions of Settlers and Raiders aim to make the world their own and claim a rumored fortune. Embark on a new main quest of choice and consequence, interact with characters and their unique stories, and collect powerful new weapons and armor. Your choices decide their fates.
Yes, despite the absolute catastrophe that was Fallout 76, Bethesda trotted it out front in center at the start of their E3 briefing. The game is getting a free update this fall that you can read more about on the Fallout site, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram… if for some reason you wanted to. Bethesda also announced a free trial week from June 10-17 that will allow thousands of potential patrons of the Atomic Shop a peek at the game.
Fallout 76: Nuclear Winter
Nuclear Winter is an all-new 52-player PvP Battle Royale mode, free for Fallout 76 players. Nukes have set the world ablaze and the battle to claim your spot as Overseer of Vault 51 has begun – will you be the last one standing or be consumed by the ring of fire? Rank up, unlock exclusive perks and build your C.A.M.P. to weather the storm in true Fallout fashion. Scavenge for weapons, supplies, and nukes to take on other players and creatures and earn unique cosmetic rewards.
The free update wasn’t the only Fallout 76 news, as Bethesda also announced they would unironically be introducing a battle royale mode to the game via Nuclear Winter. A pre-beta of this mode will be available during the same week as the free trial.
The Elder Scrolls: Blades for Switch
The Elder Scrolls: Blades hacks ‘n slashes its way onto the Nintendo Switch this fall! Carry over all your progress from the mobile version or start a new adventure from scratch. Playable in docked or tablet mode, Blades on Switch takes advantage of the platform’s unique Joy-Cons and motion controls to support a variety of playstyles.
Blades isn’t really new news, but the fact that it’s coming to Switch may be of some interest to those whose Elder Scrolls fever burns so hotly that they must consume any and all of its products. If you count yourself among those afflicted, you don’t have to wait until this fall to play Blades, as it’s already free for iOS and Andriod.
After strange disappearances hit Tokyo’s population, it’s up to you to uncover the source and purge the city of a strange, new evil. Armed with your own mysterious spectral abilities, you will face down the occult, unravel conspiracy theories and experience urban legends like never before. Don’t fear the unknown. Attack it.
Man, this one came out of left field… a brand new IP with a compelling narrative and gorgeous aesthetic? Tell me more, Tango Gameworks. Apparently there’s not much to tell yet. There’s no release date yet, and as far as I can tell, no website. There is, however, a Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. This is definitely one worth keeping an eye on.
Dadmiral Keen has been kidnapped, and only twin geniuses Billie and Billy can save him! Commander Keen returns in an all-new mobile adventure from ZeniMax Online Studios. Utilize a zany collection of gadgets that blast, bounce, and baffle your enemies in the solo Story Mode, or go helmet-to-helmet against your fellow commanders in Battle Mode. It’s time to kick some asteroid!
I’m not familiar with the original Commander Keen, but people are pissed at this one. That like-to-dislike ratio is sitting at 0.06975 at the time of this writing. I’d like to hear from fans of the original games in the comments as to why this one is so hated. I’d provide social media and site links, but I don’t want to incur any of the great hate upon myself.
The Elder Scrolls: Legends
Whether you play to win, show off your creativity or assemble hordes of ornery Mudcrabs to overwhelm your foes, there’s never been a better time to join in on the strategy, fantasy and fun of The Elder Scrolls: Legends!
Remember when you were a wildly beautiful boy with striking eyes and raven-haired hotties in full cosplay wanted to play Elder Scrolls card games with you? Bethesda remembers. Having never played a mobile card game, I can make no claims about the sexual tension they invoke in the real world, or whether they are so immersive that you feel as if you’ve been transported into another reality, but man that trailer makes Legends look exciting. Strange then, that the dislikes outnumber the likes over three to one.
A Pilotable Mech? A giant Sandworm? New vehicles? New Cheats? New Game Modes? A new faction!? There’s a lot coming to the wild wasteland of RAGE 2. Watch our official E3 trailer for a preview of some of the newness coming each week, including a preview of our first DLC expansion, Rise of the Ghosts, coming later this year.
“Later this year” is all we’ve got for this upcoming expansion to Rage 2. Given the trend of other titles showcased during the briefing, I would suspect no later than fall. iD Software did promise a lot of news updates soon on their site and social media though, so be sure to check them out at Facebook, Instagram, and here.
Rid Paris of its Nazi problem together with a friend in Wolfenstein: Youngblood, the first co-op game in the series’s history. Set in a twisted 1980, step into the power armor of the “Terror Twins,” Jess and Soph Blazkowicz, on a mission to find your missing father BJ.
Nothing much new here. Somehow, despite having lost millions at this point, the Nazis are still a serious problem. BJ is apparently just done with it at this point, leaving the cleanup to his weird-faced daughters. Release date: July 26th. Coming to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
DEATHLOOP transports players to the lawless island of Blackreef in an eternal struggle between two extraordinary assassins. Explore stunning environments and meticulously designed levels in an immersive gameplay experience that lets you approach every situation any way you like. Hunt down targets all over the island in an effort to put an end to the cycle once and for all, and remember, if at first you don’t succeed… die, die again.
Another new IP, and the second E3 announcement to involve a time loop. This one involves less pregnancy and more assassination though. There’s nothing close to a release date yet, but more news is sure to come through Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
DOOM: Eternal puts you in control of the DOOM Slayer as you blow apart new and classic demons with powerful weapons in unbelievable and never-before-seen worlds. Experience the ultimate combination of speed and power as you rip and tear your way across dimensions with the next leap in push-forward, first-person combat.
Let’s be honest, this is the reason you’re all here. DOOM: Eternal is everything you thought it would be, and more–more environmental interaction, more glory kills, more suit armaments, more weaponry, mobility, demons, labyrinths. The only thing DOOM: Eternal has less of is visor opacity, and I’m not sure I like that. Yeah, it’s more reminiscent of the original DOOM, being able to see the face, but that was doomguy, and this is the DOOM Slayer. There’s definitely a difference. Did you know we’re going to heaven now, boys? I heard Vega’s voice too, so he better be brought back after I had to go through the trauma of shutting him down last time. And if we’re wielding the crucible now, I doubt it’s because Dr. Hayden saw the error of his ways and kindly handed it over to us. There’s also a new asymmetrical multiplayer mode that pits a Slayer against two demons.
But best of all, we got a release date: November 22nd. Mark that down in your calendars as “the day I got fired.” And be sure to check out the Slayer’s Club–lot’s of goodies for you in there.
The mysterious Orion technology is promised to make streaming more powerful and more efficient than ever before. The details of how weren’t very forthcoming, but Bethesda claims that streaming with Orion will easily allow 4K resolution and 60 frames per second. This technology has come from “years of research and development,” and was said to improve compression so that streams need 40% less bandwidth, yet produce the same quality.
Those who sign up for the Slayer’s Club will gain access to a demo of Orion streaming on iOS11+ devices later this year.
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