Bethesda E3 2018 Press Conference Recap—Games, Trailers, and Announcements

Bethesda E3 2018 Press Conference Recap—Games, Trailers, and Announcements

Bethesda did not screw around for E3 2018.

Whew, it's been a busy two days, and we're only just getting started. Tonight, Bethesda paraded onto its own stage to show off what it has on the way for 2018 and beyond, from things we already knew about like Fallout 76 to surprises like Starfield.

It was a breezy, relatively quick show compared to the non-stop chaos from Microsoft's jam packed press conference. It was also shockingly maybe the only Bethesda E3 showing that didn't reveal something Skyrim-related. They did joke about it though. (I wish it was actually coming to Alexa too—let's be real.) Anyways, here's all the actual announcements and trailers you missed if you didn't catch Bethesda's late night outing.

Rage 2

At last, the love child between Avalanche Studios and id Software has been proudly displayed by Bethesda. The main protagonist is a dude named Walker, as shown by an extended new trailer for the game. Any vehicle you see across the wasteland, the trailer tells us, can be driven. Walmart Canada even got a shoutout, and Andrew W.K. performed (but no one in the crowd seemed ready to party). At least Rage 2 is ready to party in Spring 2019.

The Elder Scrolls Legends, Elder Scrolls Online, and The Elder Scrolls: Blades

You forgot that Elder Scrolls had a digital card game, didn't you? Well Bethesda doesn't want you to forget. In fact, it wants you to jump on board now more than ever. Today it was announced that The Elder Scrolls Legends is getting updated with all new art for its cards soon. It will also be released on Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One later this year.

In addition, Elder Scrolls Online is getting a new dungeon DLC called Wolfhunter, themed around werewolves this year. Elder Scrolls Online is also getting more DLC later this year, taking you back to Black Marsh with Murkmire. Its latest expansion, Summerset, is available right now.

The Elder Scrolls: Blades is a first-person RPG designed specifically for mobile. While it's not quite Skyrim on mobile, but it'll do. The demo on stage showed off the game's handcrafted dungeons and outdoor areas. It'll have three playable modes including "the Abyss," its roguelike, procedurally generated dungeons. You also get a personalized town that you can customize, in addition to being able to visit your friends' towns too. The entire game can be played vertically or horizontally, and was showed off on an iPhone X. It's not stuck on smartphones though. The Elder Scrolls: Blades is being brought to as many platforms as possible, from PC to "high end" VR. The Elder Scrolls: Blades is releasing this fall for free on Android and iOS, with other platforms coming later.

Doom Eternal

The first surprise of the night came in a trailer for Doom Eternal, showing Earth overrun by Hell. It had some demons running around and Doom Guy facing it all with a big ass gun, of course. In 2016, id Software's reboot of Doom released to widespread critical acclaim (of its single-player campaign, specifically). Doom Eternal, despite its name sounding a little bit like a multiplayer-focused game, is a proper "sequel" to the 2016 game, only now it's set on Earth instead of Mars. It will have twice as many demons than the previous game. Doom Eternal will make its formal debut at QuakeCon in August.

Quake Champions

Quake Champions, the arena shooter from id Software, is still kickin'. In fact, it's about to get more accessible than it's ever been before. It's going free-to-play… for just this week, before the actual full free-to-play version launches in the future. Plus if you download Quake Champions starting tonight and login sometime this week, you'll still be able to play the full game even after the trial ends.

Prey DLC galore

Prey released back in May 2017, which feels like an eternity ago. The underrated first-person shooter isn't dead yet though, it's getting three big new modes starting tonight: a story mode, New Game+, and a Survival Mode for players who want a challenge. Prey: Mooncrash is the first major DLC for the shooter that's also available starting tonight. It's an arcade-focused expansion, where "every run is different." So basically it's a roguelike, but in the Prey universe. That's not the only expansion coming to Prey this year though. Typhon Hunter is an upcoming multiplayer-focused mode where one player battles against five others. Only there's a very Prey-esque twist: the five opponents are Mimics who can disguise themselves as everyday objects. Prey will also be getting two new VR experiences.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood and Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot

In another surprise, Wolfenstein is getting a standalone spin-off starring B.J. Blazcowicz's twin daughters. It takes place well after Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, set in 1980. It's a co-op game (though it can also be played single-player) that "pushes the story forward." It's coming out in 2019. The VR experience Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot was also announced, where you play as a hacker that hacks Nazi robots.

Fallout 76 and Fallout Shelter on Switch and PS4

Earlier today during Microsoft's E3 2018 press conference, we got our first trailer for Fallout 76 and learned that it's four times larger than Fallout 4. And now during today's Bethesda showcase, we got more details about what it is. First, it features all new rendering technology, which allows 16 times the detail from previous Bethesda games. Fallout 76 takes players through six different regions, and leans heavily on West Virginian folklore. It also has new monsters, obviously.

This isn't going to be the typical Fallout experience though. It's going to be an entirely online RPG, though don't expect there to be hundreds of players; there will just be dozens. At the conference, Todd Howard noted that if you want to play the game wholly solo, that is still possible too. However, Fallout 76 does emphasize teaming up with fellow players to build and protect camps. You can also move what you build to any location on a whim too, but you should keep them protected. It will also have nuclear weapon sites across the map where you can acquire a nuke and launch it somewhere on the map. If this all sounds exciting to you, then you're in luck, because Fallout 76 is getting an early beta, though its date is unspecified. It's also getting a fancy collector's "Power Armor" edition that comes with a ridiculous Fallout helmet for your next cosplay or whatever. Fallout 76 will be out November 14, 2018.

And for a special bonus: Fallout Shelter is releasing tonight on new platforms. It's coming to the PS4 and Nintendo Switch, and it will remain free on both platforms. For the Switch, it's playable either with the Joy Cons or touch controls.


Bethesda closed out its E3 2018 conference this year with a surprise reveal for the distant future: a single-player adventure for the next generation of platforms. It's the first "wholly original franchise in over 25 years" for Bethesda. That's right, the long-rumored Starfield was finally teased.

The Elder Scrolls 6

Wait, just kidding, that's not all. Bethesda revealed that it is indeed working on a new Elder Scrolls, noted to be the game coming "after" Starfield, whenever that releases in the next generation. The Elder Scrolls 6 doesn't have a subtitle yet—so if you're holding out for Skyrim 2, don't give up hope I guess—so expect to wait a long while to see more of the next installment in Elder Scrolls.

For more on E3, check out our E3 2018 hub for the latest news, previews, press conference schedules, and more!

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Caty McCarthy

Senior Editor

Caty McCarthy is a former freelance writer whose work has appeared in Kill Screen, VICE, The AV Club, Kotaku, Polygon, and IGN. When she's not blathering into a podcast mic, reading a book, or playing a billion video games at once, she's probably watching Terrace House or something. She is currently USgamer's Senior Editor.

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