Despite a tumultuous year experienced by Bethesda (care of Fallout 76, no less), Bethesda’s E3 2019 Showcase was a chock-full of amazing stuff to look forward to. Todd Howard, ever the honest and tactful gentleman (no sarcasm there), even thanked everyone for the criticisms and feedback received from Fallout 7’s launch year. He was also game enough to take self-afflicted jabs at their messes at one point too. Here’s everything from their 2019 showcase, sorted into their individual franchises.
Fallout 76 had a very rough year, but it’s slowly getting back on its feet. One of the game’s much requested features, NPCs, are now coming to the game at last, in the form of a free DLC called “Wastelanders.” The NPCs, just like the original Fallout games, will have full dialogues, voice-overs, dialogue choices, and even a faction system based on the gameplay trailer that was shown.
Release date: Fall 2019
Also coming to the game is a 52-player battle royale mode (because obviously) called Nuclear Winter. Players will go toe-to-toe against each other while a nuclear ring of fire converges slowly. The winner gets to be the Overseer of Vault 51. A sneak peek of this new mode will be available starting June 10.
Also, Fallout 76 will be free-to-play from June 10-17, 2019.
The Elder Scrolls
No news on The Elder Scrolls VI, sadly. But the other Elder Scrolls games get updates.
The Elder Scrolls: Blades will be coming to the Nintendo Switch! It will still be free-to-play, with cross-play and cross-play progression enabled on both mobile and Switch versions. The mobile version also gets a new dragon questline today.
Release date: Fall 2019
Platform: Nintendo Switch
The Elder Scrolls: Legends gets a new expansion called Moons of Elsweyr. Pre-orders of the expansion will get 50 Moons of Elsweyr packs, 1 Moons of Elsweyr legendary packs, the Wrathstone premium cardback, and the title Bearer of the Wrathstone.
Release date: June 27, 2019
Platforms: PC, Mac, Google Play, and Apple App Store
The Elder Scrolls Online also gets a neat Elsweyr cinematic. The trailer also showed the roadmap for “The Season of the Dragon” with the Scalebreaker expansion on August 2019, and Dragonhold on November 2019.
Bethesda showed a new and exciting Doom Eternal trailer, which features stages in Heaven. Yes, we’re going to raise hell… in heaven! Doom Eternal also gets a new multiplayer called Battlemode, where one Doomguy goes against two player-controlled demons in a large arena.
Pre-orders get the Rip and Tear Pack, which includes the Doot Revenant Skin (a revenant with trumpets for shoulder guns), a shotgun skin, and a bonus campaign master level. Deluxe Editions include the Year One Pass (for the first 2 DLCs), Demonic Slayer Skin, and Classic Weapon Sounds pack. The Collectors Edition will get the 11×17-inch “The Gift of Argent” lithograph, steelbook case, Doom Eternal and Doom 2016 digital lossless soundtracks, lorebook by id Software, and a 1:1 wearable Doom Slayer helmet, apart from the stuff already in the Deluxe ed.
Release date: November 22, 2019
Platforms: PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
We got a new story trailer for Wolfenstein: Youngblood, about the two daughters of the former protagonist, BJ Blazkowicz. Pre-orders get new armor and weapon skins.
Release date: July 26, 2019
Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC
Also previewed was the VR game Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot, taking the reins of a hacker in the French resistance. Also coming this July.
They showed a nice trailer with a “clickbait title.” But a new expansion “Rise of the Ghosts” will be coming later this year.
Bethesda revived one of id Software’s classic IPs, Commander Keen. But instead of a 2D side-scroller action game, this new Commander Keen title is an item-based puzzle action game featuring the original Commander Keen’s children, Billy and Billie.
Release date: Soft Launch this Summer 2019
Platforms: iOS and Android
Despite what the trailer looks, Ghostwire: Tokyo is actually an action-adventure game, and not a horror game. But this game’s coming from Tango Gameworks and Shinji Mikami of The Evil Within fame.
Coming after the Dishonored series, Arkane Studios’ next game is called Deathloop. The trailer only reveals part of the story where time loops after every death (hence the title). Not much is revealed except that.
Orion is a software that will allow your games to stream on a lower latency, and hence enable you to stream games in “max settings.” Their promise is that Orion will let you stream even if your bandwidth is low or if your home is “far away from a data center.”