The E3 2019 Bethesda showcase is behind us, but how did the publisher fair, overall? Given the fact that Bethesda elected to abstain from showcasing any footage of either Starfield or The Elder Scrolls VI, two of its most-anticipated upcoming blockbuster titles, the event was still surprisingly substantial.
While Doom Eternal largely dominated the highlight reel, a handful of new IPs acted as welcome surprises. That said, their trailers were mostly cinematic, leaving gameplay purely to the imagination. Also included in the conference was some substantial DLC relating to Fallout 76, a revival of cult-classic Commander Keen on mobile, and a new Bethesda streaming service referred to as Orion.
Below, we’ve handpicked all the essential titbits from the E3 2019 Bethesda conference for your delight and delectation. You’re welcome, friends. Now enjoy the gaming gamut on us!
Fallout 76 DLC
Although the release of Fallout 76 was a turbulent affair by most accounts (and that’s putting things rather mildly), ever since the developer’s persistence to moderate and fine-tune the game, their post-apocalyptic game has paid dividends. Bethesda Game Studios Austin has already introduced many quality of life improvements alongside fresh features designed to align Fallout 76 with previous games in the franchise.
However, nothing could have prepped fans for what was to follow. Announced live on air, at the E3 2019 Bethesda briefing, the eager audience got a sneaky glimpse of an all-new battle royale mode entitled Nuclear Winter. Not only that, though; the Wastelanders update promises new questlines and NPCs with full dialogue trees. Yes, you heard me correctly, NPCs!
E3 2019 Bethesda: Orion
In truth, streaming is becoming the go-to platform. And, to stay ahead of the curb, Bethesda has an iteration of its own, waiting in the wings. The technology, developed by id Software, will give players access to the latest titles in Bethesda’s catalog, and will make them available across devices.
During a brief demo of the upcoming Software at the E3 2019 Bethesda show, we got to see Doom Eternal operating on a mobile device at 60 FPS. Pretty awesome stuff.
E3 2019 Bethesda: Ghostwire: Tokyo
Shinji Mikami is a legend of the horror genre, having created two iconic series, Resident Evil and The Evil Within. But instead of a sequel to one of those IP’s, which many thought would surface, fans got treated to a brand new horror game, courtesy of Tango Gameworks.
Set in what appears to be a re-imagining of modern-day Tokyo, the cinematic trailer shows civilians going about their daily business. That is until the rapture comes, and they vanish entirely out of their clothes and into thin air. Pretty spooky, ey?
What interested me most though about this reveal was the use of imagery. Mainly, its unique tie-ins revolving Japanese folklore and mythology. Without doubt, this is a game that we’ll be keeping a close eye on in the coming weeks and months. Hopefully, at some point, we’ll get some game footage. But of course, it’s still in its early days.
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E3 2019 Bethesda: Deathloop
Another all-new IP to grace the stage at the E3 2019 Bethesda conference was Deathloop. In the slick trailer, we witnessed two characters facing off. Each were armed with an array of unique abilities and were all but lost in an unfamiliar land. Also, both appear imprisoned, in some form of time-loop. The polished teaser, which boasted of high production values throughout, gave us no gameplay to drool over.
Though that may be, the trailer’s hyper-stylish presentation has all the hallmarks of the certified Arkane Studios stamp. In truth, we can’t wait to see more on this niche, hybrid hopeful.
Well, at least Ghostwire: Tokyo and Deathloop made an appearance with trailers. Metroid Prime didn’t even show up at E3 this year.
E3 2019 Bethesda: Wolfenstein Youngblood
The Wolfenstein series of games is known for its high-octane action and super-tight gunplay. Due to release on July 26, this Wolfenstein spin-off will once again involve killing droves of Nazi scumbags.
But there’s one unique difference, this time around.
In Youngblood, players can take on the Reich and its lethal legions as part of a grand co-op experience. In truth, Youngblood appears to adopt a more action-heavy approach than its predecessors. But that can only be a change for good when partnering up with pals, right?
Last, but by no means least, to take the floor was id Software’s Doom Eternal in what was, hands down, the creme of the crop. At least, from my perspective. Of course, Doom wouldn’t be Doom without the trademark gore and bloodthirsty anarchy. On a surprising note though, it was in the all-new elements of level traversal that the trailer truly sparkled.
Added to that is a new two-on-one multiplayer battle-mode which pits a pair of demons against the slayer, and a wicked collector’s edition kit featuring a wearable helmet. Then, you’re onto a winner.
And now, the news you’ve all been waiting to hear:
Doom Eternal releases on November 22, 2019, across all major systems. And also, the Stadia.
And that just about wraps-up the E3 2019 Bethesda briefing. But we want to hear from you, the gamer. What are your worst and best moments to come out of the E3 2019 Bethesda briefing? Did it match your expectations? Or, were you hoping for a little more meat on the bone? As always, we welcome any contributions. So, get in touch via the chat below.