This afternoon was weird. We had some strange conferences, with Bethesda being forced to win their audiences back after a lackluster year, and Devolver Digital going full on crazy. Let’s get into it.
Bethesda was in a pretty interesting spot entering E3 2019, after releasing maybe the worst quality game of all of 2018 (and definitely the worst quality AAA game). There was lots of tension surrounding what they would say, would they say anything, where could we possibly go from here? They chose to open with a “we love our fans” segment, and tossed in a bit of “our developers love video games too” for good measure. But after that, the first honest to goodness game they open with?
- Elder Scrolls Blades – I didn’t realize this was a good game? But apparently it is! There’s a new update coming out tonight with new jobs, a solo arena, custom jewelry system, and a new dragon quest line. Also, it’s coming to Switch this fall! It will still be free, and will offer cross play and cross progression, which gives you reason to have it both on mobile and on Switch. Pretty dang cool. Check out the trailer here.
- Fallout 76 Updates – The info we were all hoping for: what would Todd do to make it up to us after his big promises from last year? Apparently, offer the biggest update so far. Titled “Wastelanders,” we finally get everything we wanted: actual human NPCs! With a new main quest, new gear, and full dialogue trees, this DLC will be free for current players, and will come out Fall 2019. There will also be a free trial week June 10th – June 17th for all of those who were rightfully scared off by Fallout 76’s bad reviews. Check out the trailer for the new update here.
- Nuclear Winter – Doubling down on battle royale games, “Nuclear Winter” is a new mode available in Fallout 76. It is a 52-person mode where you fight to lead Vault 51, and it really doesn’t seem much more complicated than that. The mode will officially release this fall, but it, too, is included in the free trial week June 10th – June 17th. Take a look at the new PvP mode here.
- Ghostwire Tokyo – The hype is so, super, incredibly real for this game. It’s an action adventure game with supernatural elements, a Leftovers style twist, and gorgeous animation. No date or platform information was given, but boy is it reaching Death Stranding levels of hype for this gamer girl. Take a look at the full segment here.
- Elder Scrolls Online Expansion– ESO is a game that certainly exists. They spent most of their time focusing on a cinematic trailer for a chapter that has already been released titled “Elseweyr,” and insisting that this is a good chapter for players to jump in on, especially now that there are dragons. They also announced that the next chapter will be titled “Scalebreaker,” but there was no other information attached to it. You can see the segment here.
- Commander Keen – Now a mobile game soft launching this summer, this was perhaps the most underwhelming announcement of the day. All we really have to show for it is a short trailer, which you can watch here.
- Elder Scrolls Legends Expansion – The only thing I really gleaned from this is that the new expansion, Moons of Elsweyr, will be available on June 27, 2019. Here’s the cinematic trailer we saw during the presentation.
- Rage 2 Expansion – Titled “Rise of the Ghosts,” Rage 2 will start getting new things dropping weekly, new mechs, cheats, vehicles, a new story, a new enemy faction, new weapons and abilities and even areas to explore. This will all start dropping later this year, though we have not received an exact release date yet. Here’s a sneak peek at the new expansion.
- Wolfenstein Cyberpilot – A new VR game where you play a hacker who kills Nazis with mechs. Bethesda is leaning hard into the Nazi killing this year, and this feels a bit crazy, but maybe it’s just crazy enough? Only time will tell, and by time, I mean the time between now and July when this game becomes available for the HTC Vive or PlayStation VR. You can watch a short trailer for Cyberpilot here.
- Wolfenstein Youngblood – A new Wolfenstein game that also has a multiplayer options. You can play solo or with a partner, you guessed it, to kill Nazis. The game will release for Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC on July 26, 2019. Catch a trailer for the gameplay here.
- Deathloop – A new game that looks very cool. Two assassins play as unstoppable forces meeting immovable objects as you fight through a time loop in an attempt to gain the advantage against the other person. Is it just me, or are there lots of games that are messing with time loops this year? Anyways, it hasn’t been announced which platforms or what release date it will have yet, so stay tuned for more information. You can watch a segment about the new game here.
- Orion – A new technology for game streaming that is supposed to improve player experiences. Not sure what this has to do with us, but ok, sure. You can join at slayersclub.com to try it out using Doom. You can watch a live tech demo from the presentation here.
- Doom Eternal – This ended up being Bethesda’s big closer. They had lots of new gameplay trailers and announced a release date of November 22, 2019 for PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Google Stadia. There will also be a multiplayer mode called Battlemode, which lets you fight as a Demon or a Slayer in an asymmetrical fighting experience. More information is set to come during QuakeCon, but for now, here’s about 14 minutes of info from the presentation..
There was no updates on Starfield or Elder Scrolls VI other than Todd Howard confirming that yes, they are games that exist. That was disappointing for me, since those were probably the things that I was most curious about but ah, well. Such is life. If you want to watch the whole conference, where they gives lots of little details that may add up to something you care about, you can watch it here.
Now. Devolver Digital. I know they are kind of an alt-developer, not AAA but not quite indie, but I gotta say. They tried way, way, way too hard with this presentation. What started out as a fever dream of an introduction turned into a fever dream of a Direct, and I’m sorry, this simply did not work for me. But they did make a few announcements, so let’s get through those.
- Fall Guys Ultimate – Looks like if Runner and Human Fall Flat had a baby, which essentially means I’m not interested. Scheduled for an early 2020 release on PS4 and PC, and you can catch the trailer here.
- Devolver Bootleg – By going to devolverbootleg.com, you will get redirected to a Steam page where you can buy 8 Devolver Digital knock-off games, for money. Available now, only for PC, with a trailer available here.
- Carrion – A 2D horror game with lots and lots of blood. It’s difficult to tell what this will really be like (it feels like it has bits of “Alien” inspiration in there) but if you are a fan of this kind of game, I’m sure it’s right up your alley. Available for PC and consoles in 2020, with a trailer you can watch here.
- Enter the Gungeon House of the Gundead – A real life arcade cabinet available for purchase in your home. Because people were asking for that. Here’s a 30-second look at the product coming in early 2020.
- The Messenger Expansion – Titled “Picnic Panic” and available for free on Switch, PS4, and PC starting July 11, 2019. Again, the format of the presentation made it difficult to tell what was going on with it, but I’ve heard good things about The Messenger, so I imagine this would just be more of the same. You can find the trailer here.
- My Friend Pedro – One of the most highly anticipated indie games for the Switch, My Friend Pedro gets its final release date of June 20th, when it will also launch for PC. This was the trailer they spent the most uninterrupted time on during the presentation, but it was also probably the game we knew the most about going into it, so the whole thing is kind of a wash.
This presentation honestly left such a bad taste in my mouth (you can see the full thing here), and I’m bummed it was the last thing of the day. There was more time spent on the silly interstitial scenes than anything of substance, which made the whole thing feel yucky. Just tell me why your games are cool and I’ll buy them. It’s not that hard.
Anyways, that’s the end of Day 2. Tomorrow, we’ve got the PC Gaming conference, Ubisoft, and Square Enix, so hopefully there will be some fun surprises. I miss Sony’s presence, but who knows, maybe they’ll hit us with another Direct-esque presentation like they tried a couple months back. Bleh. What a weird day.
Catch y’all tomorrow!