Of course, the biggest of Bethesda’s titles at this year’s E3 conference was Fallout 76, but the studio had a lot more exciting announcements and gameplay trailers on offer. Here, we’ve rounded up the biggest announcements from Bethesda:
A fiery post-apocalyptic West Virginia greets players in Fallout 76, a game which tells the story of the first people who left the vault. Unlike other Fallout games, in Fallout 76 every character is based on a real person, as the game is entirely online. This doesn’t mean that players won’t be able to indulge in solo gameplay, as options for single and multiplayer gaming are included.
“You’ll be able to join your friends whenever you want, and all of your progression goes with you,” said director Todd Howard. “When we think of about games, we think about worlds, and the choices that you can make.”
In-game footage showed some interesting moments, such as players who can become musicians and a huge sloth monster that people have to destroy. Fallout 76 is set for release on November 14th, and major fans can purchase a special collector’s edition, which includes a power helmet for players.
Bethesda’s original free vault management game, released on iOS and Android three years ago, is now available on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. Given how successful the game was when it was launched, this move isn’t particularly surprising. Todd Howard stated that players logged more than 29 million hours in the game within its first month, so Bethesda are looking to keep the success going.
A new Wolfenstein game is in the works, tied closely to the main protagonist, William J. “B.J.” Blazkowicz. Youngblood will focus on B.J.’s twin daughters, taking place in the 1980s. This title marks the 12th in the Wolfenstein franchise, and the fourth in MachineGames’ new run of the franchise.
Bethesda’s official description of the game reads:
“Wolfenstein: Youngblood is a brand-new co-op game unveiled at the Bethesda BE3 Showcase 2018. The game takes place in 1980, 19 years after BJ Blazkowicz ignited the second American Revolution in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Wolfenstein: Youngblood introduces the next Blazkowicz generation to the fight against the Nazis. Play as one of BJ’s twin daughters, Jess and Soph, as you search for your missing father in Nazi-occupied Paris.”
Starfield is an entirely new IP that Bethesda is developing for next-generation consoles, and their first in 25 years. A long-rumoured sci-fi game, fans were treated to a very brief look at the title toward the end of the conference.
The Elder Scrolls 6
It was officially announced that The Elder Scrolls 6 will indeed be happening. While there aren’t any new details about the title, the studio has confirmed that the game everyone has been asking for is definitely going into production.
The sequel to 2016’s Doom promises twice as many “badass demons”, and creative director Hugo Martin even joked that it would be teasing “hell on Earth.” The team is saving the bulk of feature reveals for August’s QuakeCon, but until then, enjoy Doom Eternal’s newly-released trailer.
Rock star Andrew W.K. kicked off the press conference with a performance of ‘Party Til You Puke’, which is used in the above trailer for Rage 2, and according to Bethesda, acts as a “perfect soundtrack” to the post-apocalyptic environment that players will explore.
It has been announced that Prey 2 is getting a new DLC, Mooncrash, which adds three new stories to the game – Story Mode, New Game Plus, and Survival Mode.
The expansion takes place on the moon, and will introduce an entirely new gameplay mechanic called infinite replayability, which means that enemies, hazards and loot are different on every new loop.
Prey’s DLC is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC now.
The Elder Scrolls Blades
There’s a new Elder Scrolls game coming out this year, for iOS and Android. The Elder Scrolls Blades is a single-player RPG that Bethesda is promising will bring fans “console-quality graphics, but with a uniquely mobile experience.”
Players will be able to customise players and build their own towns, all while enjoying an Elder Scrolls gaming experience that they’re used to. The game launches later this year, but can be pre-ordered on Google Play and the App Store now.