Bethesda E3 2019: The Year After Last

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Bethesda recently announced the date for their E3 press conference, which will be on June 9th. This is also the start of big E3 talk outside of companies pulling out. What makes the Bethesda conference so interesting, however, is what they are going to show, considering all of the stuff they showed last year. It’s time to talk about the show after last.

Last year, Bethesda had an…interesting press conference. At this conference, awkward jokes and all, they announced a bunch of games. Games they are publishing, games they are developing, updates to ongoing games, and more. The big announcement of the night for them was Fallout 76, as well as Starfield and Elder Scrolls 6. As for the publishing side of things, plenty of FPS games took stage like Rage 2, Doom Eternal, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, and more. On top of that, a few games on the outer edges got some stage time as well, such as Elder Scrolls: Blades, Elder Scrolls Online and Fallout Shelter.

The big question is, what makes this show so unique? The most important games announced at last year’s conference were the Bethesda-developed games, which are either really far off or a disaster. I’m guessing Starfield won’t be around until at least 2020 or 2021, and Elder Scrolls 6 will be even farther out. As for Fallout 76, well, I don’t think I need to get into that disaster. As for the other games at last year’s conference, they have either released or on the cusp of release, which will make them the front runners of the show. The reason why this show will be interesting is because based off the content of last year, Bethesda doesn’t really have much new to offer.

Last year, I made a set of blogs on E3 on all of the announcements made at all of the different press conferences. For this blog, I decided to look back at the one I made for Bethesda and walk through each game announced and see where they are now, as well as some predictions here-and-there. Let’s get into it.

Doom Eternal

I decided to start with Doom Eternal because it is the only game confirmed for this year’s conference. Last year saw the initial trailer for the game, and gameplay was revealed at QuakeCon only a few months after. This is the only game confirmed at show, which means it will probably have a decent amount of stage presence, which is concerning for the show. Pretty much everything we need to know about the game has already been revealed gameplay-wise, with the only things we don’t entirely know about is its multiplayer aspects and release date. We already know the game is like Doom 2016 with new features and a strange PvP mode, so there isn’t a lot left to show.

Starfield

Doom Eternal is confirmed for showing, but the theme around this year all-but-confirms Starfield as well. The tweet that revealed the conference had the hashtag ‘#BE3’ made out of stars in the sky, which can’t be a mere coincidence. Last year saw a vague trailer for the game (essentially just a title), and the only other info coming out being the game using the same engine as their previous games and rumors of a next-gen release. I don’t see this game getting a lot of time because I’m guessing the release of this game is still pretty far off, but I predict there will at least be a new trailer shown.

Elder Scrolls 6

Even though it was all-but-confirmed, Bethesda still showed an Elder Scrolls 6 trailer that was just as vague as Starfield. The two things I know about this game are that it will release after Starfield and will still use the same engine. My guess is this game won’t see a release until at least 2022, so I don’t think this game will have any presence this year. At most, there will be a small bone thrown out to please fans, but I’m guessing any major info will come out next year. It’s kind of sad to think that a game that I’m guessing will release at least three years from now will still use the same engine as their current games despite knowing their track record with it, but maybe Bethesda will pull a rabbit out of a hat and release something that isn’t an outdated, technical mess.

Fallout 76

The most amount of stage time last year was given to Fallout 76, which was met with mixed feeling even at the conference. There is no need to get into everything that went wrong with the game, because I don’t have time to write a book. Bethesda is known to poke fun of themselves without actually improving upon the things they make fun of themselves for, so I’m expecting a lot of jokes about bags and glitches while they talk about an upcoming release of theirs with the same issues. In terms of an actual stage presence, I don’t know if they want to spend some time talking about new content or just drop the game altogether, but I’m sure it will at least be talked about.

Rage 2

Rage 2 saw an official announcement on stage despite the whole Walmart Canada incident, but this game is already set to release before this year’s conference, so at best there may be tiny bit on possible DLC. My guess is there won’t be a presence from them.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood and Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot

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Two Wolfenstein spinoff games got announced last year, but not a lot of new information has come out since then. Youngblood is a co-op game that plays just like the other Wolfenstein reboot games where you play as the daughters of Blazkowicz in 1980s Paris, and Cyberpilot is a vr game where you ride a mech dog and kill Nazis. Since the mech game doesn’t look that interesting, I don’t think it will get any stage time, but Youngblood probably will considering its 2019 release date. It will probably have a new trailer and/or gameplay as well as a release date this conference.

Prey

Prey saw the announcement of new content, including a multiplayer mode and DLC. All of that has already released, and I highly doubt this game will get any new content, which means this game will most likely not make a presence.

Elder Scrolls: Blades

ES: Blades, Bethesda’s mobile game, saw an announcement last year. It also saw a delay to 2019. My guess is it will get a stage presence this year, but its presence last year showcased a lot the game, so whatever they show won’t be much.

Quake Champions/Elder Scrolls Legends/Fallout Shelter/Elder Scrolls Online

I lumped all of these games together because they all saw content updates and changes at the show last year. Some of these may return with new content to talk about, some may not, but in the end I lumped them together because they make up the filler of the show that ultimately isn’t as interesting at the new releases.

Just from looking at what may come back this year, there isn’t much. Elder Scrolls 6 is too far out for anything meaningful, Doom Eternal and ES: Blades doesn’t have a lot new to offer, Wolfenstein: Youngblood will probably be about what is expected from a Wolfenstein reboot game, and everything else will either not be there or will be filler content. This show is essentially riding on Starfield and new games that haven’t been announced yet, but even Starfield doesn’t seem entirely ready for a huge reveal. The only new Fallout announcement I see happening is either an older release on Switch, a remaster, or both, but that still isn’t as significant as a new release and the current stigma around Fallout certainly doesn’t help. In the end, I see this show riding on new Bethesda-published announcements, and the only company I see that hasn’t release a new game in a little while is Arkane (Prey, Dishonored developers).

Only time will tell on this stuff, and everything I said could be completely wrong, but I think the Bethesda press conference this year will be a disaster. They pretty much put all of the cards on the table last year, leaving them with nothing this year. Whether it be dealing with disasters, showcasing games we already have the gist of, or showing off a game we know won’t be out for awhile; Bethesda put themselves in a corner this year, and it will be interesting to see what they have in store for us when June comes around.