Going into E3 I felt as if Bethesda had the best chance to provide a solid conference. Touting a stable of successful and popular games and franchises placed them with a strong foothold in the yearly conference competition. Some could say that the fact their are only a handful of games under the Bethesda umbrella is a disadvantage concerning what will be shown. Although the quality of those games is what overcomes that handicap. Unfortunately leading up to the conference there were some leaks that had already been heavily speculated, so we got no surprises. Even so, we were given a tight, compact, and satisfying experience of what’s to come from Bethesda. Check out the recap below.
Bethesda staked their claim in the VR arena by showing off their two titles, Doom VFR and Fallout 4 VR. Even though I have yet to play any VR games even I know that the platform is about experiencing not showing. Simply watching a VR game being played falls a little flat. Nonetheless, the fact they exist and that those particular titles have been developed for the platform is impressive in itself. Definitely something to keep an eye on for the VR enthusiast.
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider was announced following up the successful Dishonored 2. It will be a stand alone title, much in the same vein as Wolfenstein: The Old Blood was to The New Order. No gameplay was shown but a very slick pre rendered trailer was enough to get those juices flowing to be back in that world again. Prepare to assassinate again September 15th.
The Evil Within 2 had already been leaked on Reddit so it was no surprise to see it show up. We we’re treated to a lengthy pre-rendered trailer utilizing some very artistic concepts ending with some glimpses of actual gameplay at the end. I wasn’t sure how well the original game performed critically and sales but apparently well enough for Bethesda to continue on with a sequel. Survival horror is on the bit of a surge at the moment and The Evil Within 2 plans to continue where they left off, releasing October 13th.
The closer for the show was a game that had many gamer alike speculating and hoping was a reality, a sequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order. Our dreams came true with the reveal of Wolfenstein: The New Colossus. Almost immediately we were drawn into the Wolfenstein universe giving us insight into the upcoming story as snippets played throughout the trailer. This is what drew me in and has gotten me even more excited for this game. The gameplay is already well known to be top notch but the story seemed to take the driver’s seat in the trailer. Machine Games is once again crafting another great single player experience based off what was shown. At the end of the trailer a barrage of headshots and brutal take-downs caressed our senses and reminded everyone of the fun action that Wolfenstein represents, in case anyone forgot of course. Right now this is my most anticipated game I’ve seen coming from E3. We’ll be destroying Nazis again on October 27th.
Aside from those highlighted announcements, Bethesda kept things very lean. Of course Elder Scrolls Legends, Quake, and Elder Scrolls Online all had minor moments to either just advertise or talk about small additions. Something to take note of was the Creation Club announced for The Elder Scrolls Skyrim and Fallout 4. It is more or less paid mod system. You really have to dig into the verbiage on the website, but all in all it is indeed for paid mods through this new program using credits. It will be interesting to see how severe of the backlash is concerning this as the mod community isn’t too keen on paying for modded content. All that being said, it kind of rounds out what Bethesda presented at this years E3. They did not have a great deal to show but they most definitely proved the statement, “quality over quantity”. With such fantastic IP’s such a shortened but worthwhile conference is refreshing to come across in the sometimes bloated or terrible paced shows that E3 is consumed with yearly. The one thing I was a bit disappointed with was something I’m not even sure exists. The rumor of the “Elder Scrolls in space” RPG game titled, Starfield was nowhere to be seen. Of course I took that revelation with a grain of salt but the idea of it tickled my Bethesda RPG fancy. We can only dream.