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Bethesda E3 2018 Press Conference Live Stream & Highlights

by William Schwartz

All the biggest news from Bethesda at E3 2018.

Bethesda may have only been doing E3 Press Conferences for a couple of years, but now they’re one of the most anticipated of the weekend ahead of E3.  This year, we know a couple of things.  It’s entirely likely that Bethesda spends a lot of time talking about Fallout 76.  The publisher got out ahead of E3 2018 by announcing Fallout 76 prior to their press conference.  Following a leak they also revealed Rage 2.  There have been rumors of Prey DLC due to arrive, so that could also take a portion of the show.  Other than that there are a number of things that Bethesda could talk about.

Obviously there are a couple of elements in the room and they both lead back to Bethesda Game Studios.  Fans of the studio have been waiting for news on The Elder Scrolls VI, but rumor has it that Bethesda has another RPG in the works known as Starfield.  Earlier today, Todd Howard revealed new details about Fallout 76.  The developer said that it will be a massive game, even compared to the already massive Fallout 4.

We’ll find out soon enough.  The Bethesda E3 2018 Press Conference is set to start on June 10th, at 9:30 PM ET from Los Angeles CA.

Check this page later for the highlights from Bethesda’s E3 2018 Press Conference.

Bethesda E3 2018 Highlights

Rage 2

Tim Willits of ID and Magnus Nedfors of Avalanche took the stage to reveal Rage 2.  Willits says that they tapped Avalanche because of the open world chaos in their games.  The main character has been revealed as Walker, the last Ranger in this dystopian universe.

Story details from the gameplay trailer reveal that an asteroid is the cause of the fall of society.  The gameplay mission on display showcased a massive “seamless” open world, with Bethesda claiming that any vehicle in the game be driven.  The first person shooting aspect of the game looks much faster than the original game, something more along the lines of DOOM.

The release window was revealed for Rage 2.  Expect the game in Spring 2019.

The Elder Scrolls Legends

Game is relaunching with overhauled visuals and will be available later this year on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.  It had previously only been available on mobile, tablets, and PC.

The Elder Scrolls Online

Matt Firor once again took the stage to reveal what’s been going on with TESO.  The MMO recently saw the release of the Summerset Expansion.  The next DLC for TESO is a dungeon DLC based on werewolves called Wolfhunter and Bethesda has another expansion in the works that focuses on story called Mirkmire.

DOOM: Eternal

Marty Stratton and Hugo Martin took the stage at the Bethesda E3 Presentation to reveal a new DOOM game with DOOM: Eternal.  The game is explained to be a sequel to the 2016 release.  Martin revealed that they’ve added double the amount of enemies and a number of new features that the developers are holding back for Quake-Con later this year.  Unfortunately, the only thing we’ll get at E3 is the short teaser.

Quake: Champions

Bethesda focusing on eSports for Quake Champions at Quake-Con and Dreamhack Winter.  The game which remains in early access, but a free to play version will be available to all before it launches.  Those who download the game this week will be able to play the free version even after the trial expires.

Prey DLC

Free Update for Prey will feature three new modes: Survival Mode, Story Mode, and New Game +.   Moon Crash DLC in development.  Enemies, hazards and loot will be different each time you play.  From the trailer it appears the DLC is a simulation that players can replay over and over again, claiming that every run is unique and that every death matters in an effort to get off of the moon.  The Prey Moon Crash DLC is available now as well as the free update.

Typhon Hunter will arrive later this Summer.  It’s an online mode that allows players to play against each other Mimics versus Humans where the Mimics can take the form of anything.

Wolfenstein Youngblood

Set in the 1980’s, featuring B.J. Blazkowicz twin daughters, Wolfenstein Youngblood is a cooperative first person shooter.  The first gameplay was revealed which pushes the story forward into an alternate history where the Nazis have won World War II.

Virtual Reality

Prey will feature Virtual Reality experiences.  Wolfenstein is also getting a Virtual Reality experience called Wolfenstein Cyberpilot is a VR experience where players can take control over Nazi robots.

Fallout 76

Todd Howard took the stage to explain Fallout 76 in greater detail.  The game is a prequel to all other Fallout games.  Howard says it’s 4x bigger than Fallout 4, set in the hills of West Virginia.  Fallout 76 will feature a much more detailed world.  The world features six distinct regions where different challenges will be found, along with a bunch of new enemy types.

What it would be like for the first people that leave the vaults.

Fallout 76 is entirely online.  You can play the game solo, be who you want, explore the world, leveling up like a traditional BGS RPG.  However, Howard says this will be a BGS RPG with online functionality that allows players to play together.  The idea is open world, survival, every person and character is real.  Howard says that you will play with dozens of other players, not hundreds, not thousands.  “It’s the apocalypse, not an amusement park.”

Game will feature PvP and PvE gameplay.  Other players in your game can choose to be friendly or hostile towards you.

In terms of the base building mechanics, Fallout 76 will allow you to build anything you want with an item called the C.A.M.P.  This items allows you to build anything you want and then take that building anywhere you want.  Bases can be invaded by monsters or hostile factions.

Nuclear Missile Sites are one of the gameplay mechanics of Fallout 76.  The sites can be taken over which will give you nuclear codes which can then bomb anything on the map… this includes rival camps, complete strangers or any other location in the game.

Dedicated servers will be implemented for Fallout 76.  To make sure that everything runs smoothly the game will have a BETA.

Fallout 76 will release on November 14th, 2018.

Fallout Shelter

Coming to PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch for free.  These versions of Fallout Shelter arrive today.

The Elder Scrolls Blades

Blades is a game for mobile.  Howard calls it a “pure Elder Scrolls game” though uniquely built for mobile.  Blades features three different modes:  Arena, Abyss, and The Town.  This Arena is combat based.  The Abyss is a never-ending rogue-like experience.

Blades will release this fall for free, first on mobile devices and Howard says that they will be trying to put the game on as many platforms as possible.

Starfield

First wholly original Bethesda franchise in 25 years.  Starfield is a game Howard says the team at Bethesda has been thinking about and working on for years.  Little was shown other than a cinematic trailer for the game.

The Elder Scrolls VI

Todd Howard confirms that the BGS team is working on The Elder Scrolls VI.  A short cinematic trailer was all that was shown.

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