After having a rocky year in 2018, Bethesda needed to knock it out of the park during the Bethesda E3 2019 press conference. Surprisingly, Bethesda managed to appease to fans, despite the rampant failings of Fallout 76‘s controversial launch. Fans hoping for news on The Elder Scrolls VI or Starfield were left without any new information, but nonetheless, the press conference was packed with a slew of announcements and intrigue. From new software to new technological breakthroughs, Bethesda brought their A-game at E3 2019. Let’s review everything Bethesda announced at their E3 2019 press conference.
Every Announcement from the Bethesda E3 2019 Press Conference
The Elder Scrolls Blades Official Release
The mobile spin-off of the Elder Scrolls RPG franchise, The Elder Scrolls Blades received an official release date, along with a smattering of new content announcements. Of the new additions to the game, the one that seemed to garner the most crowd excitement was the inclusion of a brand new story line focused on a dragon invasion.
Mobile users can grab The Elder Scrolls Blades on their platform of choice free of charge, as the game is available now. A Nintendo Switch version of the game will also be releasing for free sometime in Fall 2019.
Bethesda Apologizes for Fallout 76 Launch with Tons of New Content
Bethesda figurehead Todd Howard spent a minute talking about Fallout 76‘s less than desirable launch, and in a way, apologized for the lackluster product that was released. As a way to say “I’m sorry”, Bethesda announced a slew of new content for Fallout 76 as they kick off their second year of content delivery. Players will be able to experience the new Fallout 76 Wastelanders update later this year, and it’s free for current Fallout 76 owners.
As you can see, the update will bring a number of new features and game mechanics, many of which should’ve been in the game from the get-go. This includes human NPCs to deal out quests, dialogue options, and a more vibrant game world.
It seems like Fallout 76 will also be getting a battle royale mode, with the new “Nuclear Winter” mode launching soon. This extra piece of free content will see 52 players battling to the death, all for the position as Overseer in a newly discovered Vault.
The studio responsible for The Evil Within and The Evil Within 2 will be bringing Eastern horror to game consoles in their new horror/action game, Ghostwire Tokyo. The third-person action game centers around a mysterious event in Tokyo, where humans start disappearing by the masses. As paranormal creatures appear on the streets, you play as the one person who can take them down.
This creepy game looks incredibly realistic and full of style, and will surely scare the pants off most players. From the trailer, we see a combination of legendary Japanese mythological beasts and cryptids, which should provide a nice variety in scary themes.
There’s no word on an official release date yet, but we would guess this is set for 2020 or later.
The Elder Scrolls Online Gets New DLC Announcement
Following the recent success of the new expansion Elsweyr, The Elder Scrolls Online is becoming a more and more popular MMORPG. The hype train shows no sign of slowing, as Bethesda announced two new pieces of DLC as the conclusion to the “Year of the Dragon” story line. Along with these announcements, we got an awesome CGI trailer for Elsweyr that showed some insane dragon action. Move over, Game of Thrones.
The two new DLCs will be arriving in the coming months, starting with Scalebreaker, which will bring two new dungeons to the region of Elsweyr. A few months later, players can experience the end of the Year of the Dragon story in Dragonhold, a new story-focused DLC.
Bethesda also resurrected an early 1990’s PC property, Commander Keen. The classic id Software character will be in a brand new mobile game, that includes platforming and action elements. You can play the game either solo or with a friend, competing to reach the high score.
You can dive back into the 90’s in this free-to-play mobile title when it releases sometime in Summer 2019.
The Elder Scrolls Legends: Moons of Elsweyr
The competitive card game The Elder Scrolls Legends has been around for a few years, and the community has been slowly growing along with the game. At the Bethesda E3 2019 press conference, they announced a brand new expansion for the game, based on the Elsweyr region. This new expansion will have over 70 brand new cards, as well as two major card mechanics to keep gameplay exciting.
The expansion will be launching this month on June 27th, 2019.
Rage 2: Rise of the Ghosts
The recently released Rage 2 got a DLC announcement, promising to bring some crazy new features and gameplay modes to the chaotic first-person shooter. This information was unpacked in a humorous new trailer, which plays out in a 90’s family-sitcom style.
Players can expect more Rage 2 insanity in the form of the Rise of the Ghosts expansion when it releases sometime this year.
Wolfenstein Cyberpilot and Wolfenstein YoungBlood
Two new Wolfenstein games got a bit more information, promising to add tons of Nazi killing to this summer. Virtual reality lovers can strap on their headsets for Wolfenstein Cyberpilot, a VR game that has you hacking Nazi war machines and using them for your own. It will be launching in July 2019.
We also got a better look at Wolfenstein Youngblood, the cooperative first-person shooter set in the 1980’s. The game follows the twin daughters of B.J. Blazkowicz as they attempt to find their father in Nazi-occupied Paris.
You can play the game either solo or with a friend when it launches on July 26h, 2019.
Developer Arkane Studios are well known for their first-person action games, including Prey and the Dishonored series. They announced their new game, also a first-person action title, named Deathloop.
The game follows two unique characters stuck in an endless time loop battling each other. Although not much gameplay was shown, the teaser trailer was full of atmosphere and style. If it’s anything like Arkane Studio’s other games, Deathloop will be a quality open-ended action game with tons of detail and player choice.
There’s no official release date for Deathloop, but this one will probably fall in 2020.
Orion Streaming Technology
In a blur of tech lingo and marketing buzz words, Bethesda announced their new solution for upcoming streaming services. Orion is an additional piece of technology that game developers can use to ensure that players on streaming services have an uninterrupted and seamless experience.
In short, it’s Bethesda-owned technology that will make your games run faster, whether it’s on Google Stadia or the xCloud. This isn’t something the general consumer can buy, unless you plan on developing a video game. It’s exciting though, as it shows that companies are taking into consideration the mounting technological issues that come with an all-streaming video game marketplace.
Although it was originally announced at E3 2018, E3 2019 was the year for Doom Eternal. Aside from a handful of new trailers, there was plenty of new gameplay shown.
In general, Doom Eternal looks like a more chaotic and arcade-like experience than DOOM (2016), which is quite a feat. Armor collectibles pop up in the environment as colorful beacons, which is a stark difference from the bloody and grimy environments. In addition to the new weapons and enemies, Doom Eternal will contain a new competitive mode that pits one human player against a team of demon players.
You can rip and tear through hordes of demon hellspawn when Doom Eternal launches on November 22nd, 2019.
That’s all for Bethesda’s E3 2019 press conference! You can find out more about select Bethesda titles during Quakecon 2019, which takes place later this year. Be sure to grab all the free content and install Elder Scrolls Blades, and keep visiting A 90s Kid for your E3 2019 coverage!