Bethesda’s E3 2019 press conference has concluded and they had some interesting updates to games like Doom Eternal, Fallout 76, Wolfenstein: Young Blood, and Elder Scrolls Online. But they also had interesting new reveals that could get you excited for the rest of the year and beyond. Here’re the highlights of the show:
Fallout 76 is getting human NPCs and other features we expected last year
Fallout 76 started the press conference with Todd Howard showing up and hinted at the game’s…well, let’s call them issues for now. Despite the negative backlash and poor sales, it looks like Bethesda is determined to turn things around for their online-only RPG.
They quickly started talking about their Year 2 plans and it begins with the Wastelanders DLC, a free content update for Fallout 76 that will bring back human NPCs with full dialogue trees. More is coming to Fallout 76 players and Bethesda also announced a free trial of Fallout 76 from June 10 until June 17.
To end their Fallout segment, they announce another free piece of content for the game - battle royale. It’s a free update called Nuclear Winter and it’s available today, together with the trial.
The Elder Scrolls: Blades is going to the Nintendo Switch
We were hoping The Elder Scrolls 6, but we’ll just have to make do with The Elder Scrolls: Blades. It’s a mobile game for Android and iOS devices and now for the Nintendo Switch. Switch Blades is what the presenter called it and it will also be free to those interested.
Ghostwire Tokyo is Tango Gameworks’ next title
Shinji Mikami of Resident Evil and The Evil Within fame, together with his studio Tango Gameworks, has announced their next title - Ghostwire Tokyo. Mikami mentioned that this is less of a survival horror and more paranormal, but regardless, it’s the first trailer was a bit creepy but intriguing.
More stuff to do in Rage 2 thanks to the upcoming expansion
Yes, as early as now, Bethesda is talking about an expansion for their open-world shooter Rage 2 which just came out last May. Based on the trailer, you can expect a mechanized walker, a sandworm, cheat codes, new vehicles, new game modes, and more. Bethesda also promised to bring weekly content to keep us playing. Have a look at the trailer below.
The Elder Scrolls Online getting more DLC this year
With the release of the Elsweyr expansion a few days ago to the 14 million players milestone reached, The Elder Scrolls Online is having a great year. Mike Firor from ZeniMax Online Studios came to note the MMO’s success so far and revealed a new trailer to see what’s next in the coming months.
The DLC Dragon Guard is coming and more details will be revealed at QuakeCon this summer. Also, we are getting a new dungeon DLC called Scalebreaker soon.
The Elder Scrolls: Legends’ getting dragons too
Bethesda’s card game, The Elder Scrolls” legends, is getting another expansion and it’s called Moons of Elsweyr and launches on June 27 on PC, iOS, and Android. We get a new trailer showing us a guy imagining himself in the world of Tamriel, which is weird.
Legends is pretty aggressive in releasing content so far as the last expansion, Alliance War, launched on April 15.
Commander Keen makes a return…and goes to mobile
Bethesda pulls the nostalgia card with the reveal of Commander Keen coming back but for iOS and Android devices. ZeniMax Online Studios is working on this project and the game features Billy and Billie, twins of the original Billy Blaze.
It’s a drag-and-drop game with a story mode and a battle mode, tasking players to hold checkpoints and claim an enemy flag. Commander Keen is set to soft launch summer 2019.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood’s latest footage asks you to kill Nazis with a friend
We get more footage of Wolfenstein: Youngblood, which follows Jessica and Sophia Blazkowicz, twin daughters of B.J. Blazkowicz, in a journey to find their father. In that journey, there will be lots of Nazi killing, and Bethesda suggests we do our killing spree antics with a friend.
The latest trailer shows off co-op and it will be out on July 26, 2019, on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Google Stadia, and the Nintendo Switch.
Arkane Studios announces Deathloop
Arkane Studios, developers of the Dishonored franchise, was silent in last year’s Bethesda press conference. This year, they have a new game and it’s called Deathloop, and it focuses on a rivalry between two people.
In what they call the Black Reef, Colt and Juliana are the protagonists but are in opposite sides. Death isn’t the end in this game and its trailer is probably one of the most interesting reveals so far in E3 2019. It’s best to just take in the trailer now and see for yourself.
Orion is another streaming service to think about
Robert Duffy and James Altman from id Software went on stage to discuss their new technology: Orion. Surprise! It’s another cloud-based service to rival Google Stadia and Microsoft’s project xCloud.
"Orion will optimize game engines for performance in a cloud environment," says Altman, who is the director of publishing operations at id Software. They state that Orion will allow games to stream content up to 20% faster per frame, reducing latency. They also claim that the service will stream with up to 40% lower bandwidth.
To showcase the tech, they showed someone playing Doom 2016 off camera on a mobile phone attached to a controller. it was brief but it did show no hitches, fps drops, or any issues while going through one of Doom’s chaotic levels. Just like the rest of them, they are promising, but only time will tell if it will actually be viable service, or at the very least, a service in demand.
A good chunk of details for Doom Eternal
The sequel to the 2016 Doom was given a lot of screen time, showing an extended gameplay demo which honestly made me want to revisit the first game. It also looks like we are going to heaven. We then get the release date - Doom Eternal will launch on November 22, 2019.
Also, a new multiplayer mode was announced and it’s called Battlemode. It pits one Slayer against two play-controlled demons. Feast your eyes on everything Doom Eternal above.
Get the latest E3 2019 details with Too Much Gaming. Expect more news and reports as the rest of the E3 week continues.