Post by KostaAndreadis @ 06:06pm 10/06/19 | Comments
All the trailer and announcements from Bethesda’s E3 2019 briefing.
Leading up to Bethesda’s showing we kind of knew that DOOM Eternal would take the marque spot – or guessed it would. Unless Bethesda Game Studios pulled a "Here’s Starfield and it’s out this year!". It didn’t. In fact, studio head Todd Howard got on stage to talk about Fallout 76 and the mobile release of The Elder Scrolls Blades, two titles that received quite a bit of community backlash recently. One for launching in a rather poor state, and the other for being heavily geared toward micro-transactions.
Which meant that right from the start Bethesda’s E3 2019 Showcase had the weird air of an apology tour. Where special attention was placed on the community and how the publisher would continue to listen and react and make changes based on feedback. And we say weird, because a lot of this can be chalked up to marketing – and business speak. Even when sincere. Plus, the focus on mobile was a little concerning and the lack of gameplay footage from the new game announcements was disappointing.
That said, id Software DOOM Eternal might just be Game of the Show. And well on its way to becoming Game of the Year.
First up a nice surprise, with news that The Elder Scrolls: Blades is headed to the Nintendo Switch. And yes, it will still retain its free-to-play status in the transition. It’s due for release later in the year and will come with all game updates – including a sizable one that coincides with E3.
Next up it was Fallout 76’s turn to get a dose of fresh news and an apology for just how incomplete it was at launch – with the reveal of a new expansion or season of content coming later this year called Wastelanders. Which, with the introduction of human NPCs, a new main quest, actual settlements and towns and branching dialogue – it’s a return of the Fallout we all know. And love. Here’s hoping the game’s long-standing performance issues are addressed before its debut. And hey, in the meantime there’s a Fallout 76 battle royale mode called Nuclear Winter coming very soon.
The first new game announcement was up next with GhostWire: Tokyo a new joint from Shinji Mikami’s Tango Gameworks. The pre-rendered cinematic sets the scene for a very different survival horror experience than the studio's previous games - The Evil Within. Set in a modern-day city, where people are disappearing, there are hints that there will be a heavy action-focus, so we’re keen to see more. And by more we mean gameplay.
With the recent release of The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr across PC and consoles, Bethesda decided to showcase the new cinematic for the expansion at its press conference. And it looks awesome, whilst reminding us we need to get back to playing so we can put together our review. Also, The Elder Scrolls: Legends card game got a Moons of Elsweyr teaser.
Commander Keen goes mobile. It doesn’t look great. Fans weep. Let’s move on.
The trend of excellent RAGE 2 trailers continues alongside the announcement of the first bit of DLC for the game called Rise of the Ghosts coming later in the year. It’s set to bring new story content alongside a new faction and new places to explore/explode.
Out next month and after making its debut last year today we got a lengthy and impressive gameplay trailer for Wolfenstein: Youngblood. The new co-op take on Wolfenstein that will follow the exploits of BJ’s twin daughters Jess and Soph. With the skill-based combat of Wolfenstein II and the intense Nazi killing action driven by the latest id Tech engine, it’ll be interesting to see just how this translates as a co-op experience. But, with both MachineGames and Arkane Studios developing - odds are it’ll work just fine.
And speaking about Arkane Studios the next game from the studio behind the excellent Dishonored series, is a new project called Deathloop. Announced alongside a stylish cinematic trailer it’s described as a sort of Spy-vs-Spy meets time loop assassination game where you’ll need to revisit and relive your time on the mysterious island of Blackreef. It sounds fascinating, but again, something we need to see some gameplay footage of.
Closing out the show this year was DOOM Eternal which finally has a release date of November 22, 2019. Which just so happens to be my birthday. It's going to be one hell of a party. As per our recent in-depth hands-on DOOM Eternal is well on it’s way to becoming Game of the Year.
The great thing about DOOM Eternal is that there simply isn’t one or even two things you can point to that define even the relatively short section of the game we had the chance to experience. Like any sort of complex machine – DOOM Eternal’s purpose and vision is made apparent once all the pieces come together. And paint the picture of what is set to be one of the defining shooters of not only 2019 - but this generation.
Head here to check out our full preview, and head here to watch the full Bethesda E3 Showcase.