Bethesda's E3 2018 press conference was quite the whirlwind of emotional announcements. One of the highest points was the news that Bethesda is working on its first new IP in 25 years, Starfield. Equally exciting is confirmation that The Elder Scrolls VI in development.
Let's start with The Elder Scrolls news. The Elder Scrolls: Blades was announced as a first person RPG playable initially on iOS and Android devices in Fall 2018, but then also PCs, consoles, and virtual reality systems. The best part is it'll be free on all platforms and interconnected between them. Another neat fact is portrait mode play on mobiles. The Elder Scrolls Online is getting a new Wolfhunter dungeon, as well as another Mirkmire story add-on which will take fans to Black Marsh, the home of the Argonians. The card game version of The Elder Scrolls: Legends is getting overhauled visuals and releasing on Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 in 2018.
Other major properties also appeared. We also learned that DOOM is getting a sequel called DOOM Eternal. There will be more on that at QuakeCon 2018 in August. Quake Champions is free to play from June 10-17, 2018. If you play during this free trial, it will continue to be free afterward. Rage 2 was more of a footnote than I think most expected, showing some gameplay and getting a release window of Spring 2019. Also Fallout Shelter is available immediately on the Switch and PlayStation 4.
There is Wolfenstein and Prey news too. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is coming to the Nintendo Switch on June 29, 2018. 2019 will see a new entry in the franchise with Wolfenstein Youngblood, a co-op or single-player game featuring BJ Blazkowicz's twin daughters. Wolfenstein Cyberpilot will have you hack Nazi robots in VR in 2018. Prey is getting a free update tonight adding New Game+ and Survival modes and the DLC Mooncrash, which procedurally generates enemies and obstacles every time you play. Another DLC, Typhon Hunter will be coming in Summer 2018, allowing five players to act as mimics, while one human tries to find and kill them. Prey's Typhon Hunter will also be available separately in VR.
The biggest focus tonight was on Fallout 76, the franchise prequel that is four times the size of Fallout 4. It's an online game, but players will be able to go it alone if they'd like. There will be six regions to explore, and players will be able to build/move encampments wherever they'd like. It's been labeled as “soft core” survival and will have 100% dedicated servers. Players will not have to choose a server, but will rather be put into a game with a few dozen other players. You can join friends' games whenever you'd like, and your progression will go with you (and will stay with you even if you die). Fallout 76 will have a special Power Armor Edition that includes: a map of the world that glows in the dark, figures, and a T-51 Power Armor Helmet (with working headlamp) that you can wear. Fallout 76 will release on November 14, 2018.
Beta (Break it Early Test Application) tests for Fallout 76 and Elder Scrolls: Blades can be signed up for through Bethesda's official websites.
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