Bethesda’s E3 showcase brought us updates on some games that we’ve been hanging out for – and announcements of a couple more that we’ve added straight to that ever-growing want list.
After a video introduction focussing on the people of Bethesda, much like last year’s (but a little less daggy), the fifth annual Bethesda E3 showcase got straight into the important stuff – games. It ping-ponged through various properties and back again, so we’ve tried to compile it for you a bit more neatly.
A double dose of new Wolfenstein games from Machinegames – Youngblood and Cyberpilot – isn’t far off now, as they are both set to drop on July 26. We got to clap eyes on a new trailer for the former, showcasing the ability to play solo or in co-op. Read more about them here.
In other DOOM-related news, although the tech will be applied much wider in future, Bethesda unveiled a new project that’s the result of years of R&D. Known as Orion, they’re claiming that it’s a breakthrough in streaming technology that’s optimised for cloud playing, claiming that it will render frames up to 20 per cent faster, and use 40 per cent less bandwidth. If you want to check it out, join the DOOM Slayers Club (it’s free) for more info.
You want some new titles? Sure thing! Bethesda dropped news of two new IPs that both look very cool.
First up, Ghostwire: Tokyo from Tango Gameworks. It’s a Japanese-developed action/adventure in which players fight paranormal enemies and general supernatural evil. The big question is, why are people vanishing?
The other newbie is coming from French studio Arkane Lyon, and it’s a stylish, exploitation flick-vibed assassin vs assassin shooter called Deathloop:
If you’re knee deep in Rage 2 currently then prepare to sink gloriously deeper, with a pile of new stuff heading its way. This includes dynamic events, a new mech, some new vehicles, new missions, new cheats, new weapon skins, new daily events, new Wasteland challenges, new community events and likely other new pink bits to boot. New DLC, Rise of the Ghosts, was also teased. Dig this ’80s sitcom-styled trailer:
What about Fallout 76? Respect to Bethesda for owning a lot of the criticism that’s been levelled towards the game, which has improved incredibly following several updates so far this year. They’re not stopping there, though, with details of Year 2 additions to the game. A free update coming this spring, Wastelanders, will apparently “fundamentally change the game”. It will include the return of human NPCs, new rewards and full dialogue trees. But before then comes Nuclear Winter… 52-player battle royale!
If you haven’t experienced Fallout 76 yet, give it a free trial from June 10-17.
Now, time for the Elder Scrolls news. While there was nothing on TES6, other than mention that it’s still coming, there was some other stuff to satiate fans’ dragon lust.
In the ESO corner, The Elder Scrolls Online: Elswyr is just out, and new additions to it are already on their way. These include the Scalebreaker dungeon quest in August, and Dragonhold DLC towards the end of the year.
Meanwhile, free-to-play mobile game The Elder Scrolls: Blades will be coming to Nintendo Switch this spring, allowing for crossplay between formats.
So, news on hotly-anticipated titles and a couple more to get keen on for the future – in all there should be have been something for everybody in this year’s Bethesda E3 showcase.
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