Bethesda E3 2019 Press Conference Recap: Shinji Mikami, Arkane, and Fallout 76 [!?] Shine With New Announcements

Doom Eternal, Elder Scrolls: Blades on Switch, and lots more from the Bethesda press conference.

Elder Scrolls: Blades is coming to Switch, Shinji Mikami is releasing a spooky new game, and Fallout 76 is getting a new battle royale mode, which remarkably, doesn't look awful. Bethesda's main theme was "community," and it began with yet another mea culpa from Todd Howard. "We got a lot of well-deserved criticism. But the team kept working on it, and you kept playing it," he said. But then he went on, "And through all of that, something amazing has happened, and it's thanks to all of you. We made a post-apocalyptic community, and everyone is nice to one another."

Bethesda went on to announce new games from Shinji Mikami and the creators of Dishonored; a large new update to Fallout 76, and a new multiplayer mode for Doom Eternal, which also got a release date. As expected, Starfield and Elder Scrolls 6 didn't have a presence at the show, but Howard did lightly tease fans with a brief reminder that they exist. "We're still hard at work on our next-gen RPGs Starfield, and of course, Starfield," he said.

Miss the stream? You can find all the news below.

Elder Scrolls: Blades Comes to Nintendo Switch

Bethesda announced that Elder Scrolls Blades is coming to Nintendo Switch. It will join Skyrim, which came out in 2017, and it will still be free-to-play. It will be playable with motion control, and it will be crossplay and cross-progression with the mobile version.

On top of that, Bethesda is putting out its "biggest update yet," which includes solo arena battles, a custom jewelry system, and a new dragon questline. Bethesda is also introducing a new arena mode. Apple and Android players will have access to special rewards all this week.

Fallout 76 Gets a New Battle Royale Mode

Human NPCs are officially coming to Fallout 76, Bethesda revealed. And not just NPCs, but a full questline and full dialogue trees. It will be a "long-term story," with Year 2 featuring wastelanders who are returning to the area for the first time. The update is called, appropriately, "Wastelanders," and it will be free-to-play to all players.

In a very weird turn, Fallout 76 is also getting a battle royale mode called "Nuclear Winter" in which players fight to become a vault leader. This 52-player mode will feature monsters, power armor, the ability to build forts, and yes, nukes. The winner gets to be the new Overseer.

This week will feature a free trial from June 10 to June 17, as well as a sneak peek at Nuclear Winter. Look for our coverage when it goes live tomorrow.

Shinji Mikami's New Game is Ghostwire Tokyo

Shinji Mikami took the stage to announce his latest game: Ghostwire Tokyo, an action-adventure game in which you fight paranormal enemies. "I think you'll love it," Mikami said.

In the game, you will meet spirits, some of whom are dangerous and some of whom are peaceful. Each one has their own story, and you get to find out what they are. The trailer shows evocative images of dozens of umbrellas in the rain; people disappearing through the city, and a pup sniffing at some empty clothing. The hero looks like a ninja with a bow who intones, "Don't fear the unknown. Attack it."

Ghostwire Tokyo apparently won't be a survival horror game, so it will be interesting to see what comes of it. Its trailer certainly makes a very strong first impression.

Command Keen Returns as a Mobile Game

It turns out that Elder Scrolls Online isn't the only game in development at Zenimax Online. One of id Software's oldest franchises, Commander Keen, returns with a game for mobile designed to look like a Saturday morning cartoon show.

It stars Billy and Billie, two twins who represent the new generation of commanders. It will feature a story mode, power-ups, and a battle mode in which you race to control checkpoints. It will soft launch this summer.

Wolfenstein Youngblood Has a New Trailer

Wolfenstein got a new trailer, in which the two sisterss head to Paris, which they call "Nazi country." It's backed by an appropriately 80s soundtrack, which reflects the time period in which it's set. It's out July 26.

Arkane Lyon's New Game is Deathloop

The latest effort by the creators of Dishonored is called Deathloop, a sweet looking action game featuring a "clash between two extraordinary assassins." Arkane is also promising to include its signature gameplay in "which you get to approach situations any way you want."

The trailer features overlapping voiceovers from the main characters, Colt and Juliana. "This place isn't a paradise. It's a prison. Out here, we're trapped," Colt says. Juliana, meanwhile, intones, "Out here, we're free."

The whole trailer has a 60s mod look that's pretty neat. Of all the Bethesda games shown tonight, I think this is the one that has me most interested.

Orion is Bethesda's New Cloud Optimization Technology

Bethesda announced that it's developing new streaming technology called "Orion." It optimizes game engines in a cloud environment, whether you're streaming on Stadia, xCloud, or another platform. It's intended to address the complex challenges of streaming, reducing the cost of streaming for players and publishers. Bethesda claims that it will be possible to stream at max settings with this technology, with speeds that are up to 20 percent faster per frame. It's being implemented into the original Doom, which they say will allow it to be played at 4K and 60fps. You will be able to test Doom for free on a streaming device to see for yourself.

Doom Eternal is Getting a Cat Helmet of Its Very Own (and a Release Date)

The final reveal of the night was a full gameplay reel for Doom Eternal. According to developers from id Software, it will feature hell, and in a first for the series, heaven. The team also showed a demo, which Caty got to play for herself a couple weeks ago.

In addition to the single-player, id Software announced a new approach to gameplay. Called "Battle Mode," Doom Eternal will feature a new format in which a Slayer takes on two player-controlled demons. It will feature a multitude of familiar creatures from the Doomverse, including the Revenant and the Mancubus, and they will have their own abilities. Seems neat! It kind of reminds me of the old Aliens Versus Predator games from back in the late 90s.

id Software finished by revealing a release date: November 22. It will also include a Collector's Edition that has its very own version of Halo 3's infamous cat helmet. More will be shown at Quakecon, including hands-on with Battle Mode.

Rage 2 is Getting a New Expansion

And finally, Rage 2, which came out last month, is getting a single-player expansion. Called Rise of the Ghosts, it will feature a new pilotable mech, new vehicles, a new area to explore, a new story, and a new enemy faction. Its trailer riffed on "Too Many Cooks," which I've been informed is now five years old. Much like Bethesda's trailer, I feel old and sad.

Anyway, that's it for Bethesda's press conference! E3 2019 will be continuing all this week, and you can find all of our articles from the show here, including our recap of MIcrosoft's press conference and next-gen Xbox reveal. Stay tuned as the show rolls on!

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