E3 2018: Bethesda Highlights

by Goran Damnjanovic, Gaming Columnist

Published in Gaming and News on 12th June, 2018

Bethesda decided to make a show of their conference resulting in too much style and not enough substance, a complete opposite of what Microsoft did. We got a closer look at Fallout 76, a couple of exclusive announcements along with a closer look at recently announced Rage 2.

The press conference started with the Andrew W.K performance and continued with a long cinematic and gameplay trailer for Rage 2. The game will feature both on-foot and vehicular combat and it looks rather cool sans from weird explosion effects that look like they aren't part of the game. Really, weird, you have to look at them yourself. The game comes out in spring 2019.

After we saw Rage 2, it was time to tease the audience with a new Doom game called Doom Eternal. It seems the game will bring demons to Earth and we were promised more details on the game at QuakeCon in August. Next, we found out that last year's phenomenal Prey is getting new DLC in the form of a new game+ and survival mode. On top of that, gamers can download Mooncrash, which looks like a Moon-based roguelike experience, today for $20. And finally, the game will get a new multiplayer mode in which five players play as Mimics and one player plays as human and have to find and kill them all. Wolfenstein: Youngblood is an upcoming co-op game set in 80s Wolfenstein universe starring BJ's twin daughters; it looks cool but we could've seen more on the game.

And yes, Bethesda showed a long trailer that depicts Fallout 76's gameplay. The game is online-based, will feature a world much larger than the one in Fallout 4 and we could expect dedicated server support. Mods won't be supported from the start, but after a while, the game should allow custom servers with mods. Fallout 76 is a survival game that lets you play alone or with friends (and it looks like the game is much easier when playing with friends) and where death isn't the end. Once you die you will be resurrected and your gear and all you've built and gathered will stay with you. On top of all that, you will be able to carry all of your gear with you when you switch servers. But, the map won't feature hundreds of different players, only dozens. We can play Fallout 76 on November 14, 2018.

And for the end, Bethesda announced a new Elder Scrolls Game! Wait, Bethesda announced a new Elder Scrolls game for mobiles... The game will let you play as a member of the Blades, an elite force that keeps the Emperor safe and will come out soon for mobiles, VR, PC, and all consoles, for free. The end was reserved for a Starfield, a next-gen Sci-Fi RPG (Yup, next-gen means the game will come out for new Xbox and PlayStation, so forget about playing it before 2021), and teasing a proper sequel to Skyrim. The Elder Scrolls VI will come out after Starfield, which means we will have to wait years before it comes out.

Star of the Show: Fallout 76. The game is an online survival game where people can craft whole settlements and launch nukes at each other. It looks like a ton of fun.

Biggest Surprise: Well, either Doom Eternal or the reveal of the Elder Scrolls VI.

Biggest Letdown: The fact that Bethesda, like EA, decided to offer a free-to-play title based on a huge IP in the form of Elder Scrolls: Blades.

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