E3 2019: Bethesda is giving us more «Doom Eternal», more «Fallout 76» and some real surprises
After the disastrous launch of «Fallout 76», one could wonder whether Bethesda would keep the subject under wraps, pull some flimsy marketing gag or just stand by the game. It was a bit of number two and three. Fortunately, «Fallout 76» wasn't all there was to see at Bethesda's E3 press conference in Los Angeles.
«Fallout 76 Wastelanders»
In autumn, the first free expansion «Wastelanders» will come out. Anything else probably wouldn't have been accepted by remaining players. There will be NPCs again, dialogue opportunities, a new 52-player battle royale mode called Nuclear Winter, and several other things we should have received at launch.
There will be a free trial period from 10/6 to 17/6.
«The Elders Scrolls Blades»
The mobile game «The Elders Scrolls Blades» didn't initially meet with the best response from critics and fans either. Nevertheless, it obviously was quite a cash cow for Bethesda. Hence why few where surprised by the announcement of a Nintendo Switch port.
An action-adventure game with supernatural elements all about finding out why people are mysteriously disappearing in Japan's capital city. Seems like a pretty weird trip. I wouldn't have expected anything less from the creators of «The Evil Within».
«Deathloop», another action game trying to catch our attention. It's being developed by Arcane Lyon. The story's supposed to be «mindbending». In the trailer, a woman and a man seem to be fighting to the death. Charming.
«The Elders Scrolls Online»
With over 13.5 million players, «The Elders Scrolls Online» is almost reaching peak «World of Warcraft» levels of fame. The new expansion «Elsweyr» is now available, attractive to both experienced players and newcomers.
«Commander Keen» was the first game by id Software, the developers of «Doom». Now, 30 years later, Android and iOS will be graced by a sequel.
The game will be rolled out gradually this summer.
«The Elders Scrolls Legends: Moons of Elsweyr!»
Fans of the mobile card game will receive new content in the form of the expansion «Moons of Elsweyr!».
«Rage 2 Rise of the Ghosts»
The open-world action rager is also getting an expansion with sand worms, a controllable mech, new areas, new cheats, and even more.
«Wolfenstein: Youngblood» and «Cyberpilot»
While «Cyberpilot» is a rather entertaining VR romp, «Youngblood» will be an extensive new co-op shooter in which you play the twin daughters of B.J. Blazkowicz. It seems as if the newest instalment wants to smash even the sequel's record for over the top action. Not an easy task, mind you. July 26th is the day to look out for. Available on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Switch.
Orion is a new streaming innovation designed to optimize game engines for cloud streaming. Sounds abstract, as was the presentation. Still, Bethesda is sending an interesting message: 40 times less bandwidth, 20 times faster streaming per frame, lower costs for game(r)s and manufacturers, ultra-graphics settings, works with Google Stadia or Microsoft xCloud, on PC and on smartphones. Orion should significantly reduce input lag when streaming from the cloud. This was demonstrated at the press conference with a demo on a smartphone.
The best was saved for last. The Doomslayer cometh. With new weapons, new abilities and new power-ups, he's carving a bloody canyon straight through the hordes of hell. Blood, guts, gore and more – true happiness. All accompanied by the heaviest metal sound around today (no wonder he's called the DoomSlayer).
Then a quick look at the new multiplayer battle mode was shown. In team duels, one side assumes the role of the demons while the other team revs up the Doomslayer's chainsaw. It's not only about fast reflexes, but also tactics.
The carnage commences on 22/11 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
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