Bethesda is most well known for 2 games franchises; Fallout and The Elder Scrolls. Every year fans hope for news about a new core game from either series. Going into this year we already had the reveal of Fallout 76 and Bethesda unleashed a pile of new information during their conference. They finished with an Elder Scrolls VI teaser that simply showed the logo but that was more than enough to win over everybody in attendance and those watching at home.
Stepping away from the behemoths of Fallout and Elder Scrolls, Bethesda showed more of Rage 2, revealed DOOM Eternal and announced their first new IP in 25 years Starfield. Bethesda had a very strong conference and delivered just what fans wanted.
I’ve lost many hours to the Fallout series much to the chagrin of my girlfriend and now that we know Fallout 76 is 4 times bigger than Fallout 4, I fear it may be the end of our relationship. It was announced that the newest installment will be the first playable online, as dozens of others will be roaming the post-apocalyptic wastelands. This is a bold move that leaves more intrigue than hope or doubt; but thankfully the game is still completely playable in single player so you don’t have to worry about being pestered whilst doing important missions. The prospect of taking down Deathclaws with the help of friends and not having to explore the huge landscape alone offers the 21 year old series the opportunity to refresh itself and remain relative to the ever-growing need for every game to have online aspects.
Although only a teaser video was shown for the sequel to 2016’s reboot, it was enough to work me into a frenzy. DOOM (2016) was a breath of fresh air during a stagnant time for shooters; it was fun! We can expect more information on the sequel at QuakeCon in August.
Having never played the first Rage, everything that was shown was new to me. I wasn’t blown away by it but it did catch my eye with it’s Mad Max vibe; it had the exploration feel of Borderlands but with the speed of a quick shooter like Doom or Bulletstorm. Whilst this likely won’t be a day 1 purchase for me, it’s something I’ll definitely keep my eye on.
Starfield – Although only the logo was shown off for this brand new IP, it’s exciting to know that Bethesda are working on new things outside of what we love them for.
The Elder Scrolls VI – In contrast to Starfield, it’s damn good to know that a new core Elder Scrolls is in production!
Skyrim: Very Special Edition – We’d be remise to not mention the hilarious trailer for Skyrim being played via Amazon’s Alexa. Bethesda being self-aware of the memes regarding Skyrim led to one of the funniest E3 moments of all time.
Checkout the links below to see everything that was revealed:
– Ciarán Hayward