I don’t know if Walmart Canada ever thought they’d get a shoutout at E3 but I’m sure if they did, they didn’t expect it to kick off Bethesda’s press conference.
Before I get into all the stuff Todd Howard and Pete Hines showed off, I need to address the biggest announcement of the night.
Elder Scrolls VI
Skyrim was seven years ago and, as a fan of the Elder Scrolls series, I was starting to worry that it was just never going to get another full game. No offence to Elder Scrolls Online, but I really, really, really wanted a full, single-player game. Two years ago I thought we were close, but nope. And then in just 37 seconds, I became the happiest woman at the Bethesda press conference. There’s no title giving us a setting and no indication of when it’s coming. BUT it’s coming. And right now that’s enough for me.
Much like the unexpected Andrew WK performance, Rage 2 seems like a high energy, crazy, thrill ride. It’s easy to make a comparison to Mad Max with the savage desert environment, but Rage 2 also takes you to lush green locations, giving a good variety to explore. But really we’re all here to drive awesome cars, shoot many guns and cause general chaos. And it looks like that’s just what Bethesda is delivering. Also the collector’s edition has a super gross talking severed head so that’s pretty hilarious. Rage 2 is scheduled for release next year.
DOOM is getting a sequel and for some reason it’s not called Hell on Earth. From the look of the teaser, everything is going to be bigger, more bad ass and have way more demons trying to kill you. It’s a direct sequel to the DOOM reboot, which came out in 2016 and was amazingly successful. More details will be announced at the upcoming Quakecon in August.
Speaking of sequels, the twin daughters of B.J. Blazkowicz are ready to take over their father’s mission and kick some Nazi butt. Wolfenstein: Youngblood will be a two player co-op game so you and a friend can stir up trouble together. But I’m sure you’ll still be able to play solo if you don’t like your friends. Youngblood takes you to Paris in the 1980s. It’ll come out some time next year. But Bethesda wasn’t done with Wolfenstein announcements. Wolfenstein: The New Colossus is coming to the Switch and VR version is coming out called Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot. That’s a lot of places to kill Nazi’s.
Hey, Bethesda’s got a new IP! And it’s in space! The sci-fi adventure game will be the company’s first new franchise in 25 years. There were not a lot of details given but it will be first person. So that’s exciting.
There’s now so much we know about Fallout 76. It’s a full game. It’s entirely online. You can play it solo. There will be a storyline. It’ll still be open world. There are six regions, each with their own style and rewards. There will not only be base building but it sounds like complete town rebuilding. You can build wherever you want and then move the whole place to wherever you want. There’s a photo mode. There are nuke sites in case you are a player who just likes to watch the world burn. It takes place in West Virginia. There are TONS of new creatures out there to battle – which may make up for the fact that there probably won’t be any raiders since Vault 76 opens earlier than all the previous vaults – Fallout 76 is literally the prequel to every Fallout game. Because of this, your online game will not be filled with thousands of others playing, but just dozens. There will be dedicated servers. The game looks colourful, including fun new fonts. There was no mention of a VATS system but I hope it’s there because that flying animal thing looked like something I would definitely need help with killing. There’s a beta coming out that you can sign up for – help Bethesda work out some of those classic glitches. The collector’s edition has a super awesome wearable helmet that has a voice changer. It’s coming out Nov. 18.