E3 2018 Highlights: Bethesda Softworks Press Conference

By Mike Sousa on June 11, 2018, 12:12PM EDT

After the successful press conference for Microsoft, where they showed off lots of games including both new announcements and world premieres, Bethesda Softworks was the next big conference at E3 2018. With Fallout 76, Rage 2, and a few other surprises, Bethesda had everything to deliver an awesome show.

Bethesda kicked off its press conference with Rage 2. id Software Studio Director Tim Willits and Avalanche Studios Game Director Magnus Nedfors took to the stage to show off one of the game's missions, giving fans their first extended look at Rage 2 in action. From Walker’s arsenal and abilities, to vehicle combat and open-world exploration, the demo was packed with a meaty taste of what the game has to offer. It was also announced Rage 2 will release in Spring 2019 on PS4, Xbox One and PC, with Bethesda also revealing the game's Deluxe and Collector's Editions.

Christian Van Hoose, Community Manager for the Elder Scrolls Legends, went up on stage to announce that the free-to-play Elder Scrolls Legends is coming to PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch later this year. In addition, the PC and Mobile versions of the game will be re-launched with new visuals and a brand-new game client.

The next person to come on stage was Matt Firor, Game Director of The Elder Scrolls Online, and he announced that later this year The Elder Scrolls Online is getting two additional DLC game packs: Wolfhunter and Murkmire. Wolfhunter is the game’s next dungeon pack, and it’ll bring two new and challenging group experiences: Moon Hunter Keep and March of Sacrifices. These two dungeons are themed around Tamriel’s werewolves, and you’ll be able to dive into all new stories surrounding those afflicted with the lycanthropic curse. Murkmire is ESO’s next zone and story content expansion, and it will take you deep into the home of the Argonians. There, you will win the trust of reclusive tribes, delve deep into crumbling xanmeer ruins and hack your way through the savage wilds of Black Marsh to discover one of the Hist’s greatest secrets.

This was followed by the official announcement Doom: Eternal for PS4, Xbox One and PC. Doom Eternal is the direct sequel to the award-winning and best-selling Doom (2016). Developed by id Software, the game will deliver the ultimate combination of speed and power, along with the next leap in push-forward, first-person combat. As the Doom Slayer, you’ll return to take your vengeance against the forces of Hell. Set to an all-new pulse-pounding soundtrack composed by Mick Gordon, you’ll fight across dimensions as you slay new and classic demons with powerful new weapons and abilities.

If you are a player that has yet to give Quake Champions a try, there's some great some great news for you. Bethesda announced that Quack Champions will go free-to-play. However, there's a catch, as players need to download the free-to-play version of Quake Champions via the Bethesda.net Launcher or Steam before June 17. The Free-to-Play version contains all the game modes and maps currently available in Early Access and comes with one Champion - Ranger.

Even though Prey was released a year ago, that doesn't stop Bethesda from continuing to support the game. With this in mind, Bethesda announced that a new DLC for Prey, titled Mooncrash, is now available on all platforms. In Mooncrash, players take on the role of a hacker named Peter who’s stationed aboard a spy satellite tasked with intercepting TranStar communications. Shortly after the events of Prey, TranStar’s secret moon base stops transmitting – and now it’s up to Peter to find out why. Trapped on the station and bound by a ruthless contract with TranStar rival KASMA Corp, Peter’s only hope of seeing his family again is uncovering the moon base’s lost secrets. Against all odds, Peter must escape a TranStar base rife with enemies and hazards… with the goals – and loot – changing each time you play. Mooncrash is available as a standalone DLC for $19.99. Mooncrash also includes the upcoming Typhon Hunter multiplayer update, a tense game of hide and seek between a single survivor and five other players who stalk, hunt, and hide in plain sight as mimics. Typhon Hunter update is expected to release later this summer on all platforms.

In addition to the new DLC, a new update has been released for Prey today. The update introduces Story Mode, for those looking to casually experience the game’s immersive narrative; Survival Mode, which will put your veteran cosmonaut to the test with hardcore hazards like oxygen levels and bleeding; and New Game +, which gives all players a whole new reason to return to Prey after they complete the game.

Coming up next, Bethesda announced Wolfenstein: Youngblood for PS4, Xbox One and PC. The game is set two decades after the events of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, and stars Jessica and Sophia Blazkowicz, the twin daughters of Anya & BJ. Together, they’ll wage a tag-team offensive to take back Paris from Nazi tyranny and locate their father in an intense co-operative campaign. Wolfenstein: Youngblood releases in 2019.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood was not the only Wolfenstein game showed during the conference, as Bethesda also revealed Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot for PlayStation VR and PC. Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot drops you into the role of a resistance hacker on a mission to tear apart the Nazi forces in Paris using their own machines. Take control of a fire-breathing Panzerhund and more as you fight Nazis in the City of Love in order to aid the French resistance. Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot will be available as a standalone VR game in 2019.

Bethesda then shifted its attention to one of its most anticipated titles for this year, Fallout 76. The company announced that Fallout 76 will release worldwide on the 14th of November on PS4, Xbox One and PC. Just as revealed yesterday during the Microsoft Conference, Fallout 76 is a prequel to all the other Fallout games and is set in the hills of West Virginia. Players take on the role of one of the first survivors to emerge following the nuclear apocalypse who will venture into an "untamed and very different wasteland". The game is the biggest title in the series, with Howard claiming that Fallout 76 is four times the size of Fallout 4. Finally, Bethesda also revealed the Fallout 76 Power Armor Edition, which includes a full-scale, wearable T-51 Power Armor helmet along with Bethesda Game Studios’ newest game and other essentials perfect for any Fallout fan ringing in the Tricentennial.

Speaking of Fallout, Bethesda also announced that the free-to-play Fallout Shelter is now available worldwide on PS4 and Nintendo Switch.

With the Bethesda conference nearing its end, Bethesda revealed The Elder Scrolls: Blades, a new free-to-play title for iOS and Android devices. In The Elder Scrolls: Blades you are member of the ancient order of the Blades. Forced into exile, you seek refuge in your remote hometown only to find it reduced to rubble. Now, it’s up to you to restore your town back to its former glory. Fights are settled using the touchscreen to slash your sword, deflect oncoming attacks, cast a mighty bolt of lightning and more. Restoring your town will take more than tools and materials. It also needs your guidance. As you rebuild your surroundings, you will also be able to customize your city as you choose. Pre-registration is now open for a chance to try the game in Early Access prior to its launch later this year.

Before ending the conference, Game Director Todd Howard revealed the future of Bethesda Game Studios with a tease of what players can expect to see from Bethesda in the years to come. Howard announced that Bethesda is currently working on a new project called Starfield, and revealed that The Elder Scrolls VI is already in development.

What did you think of the Bethesda Conference? Did some game in particular pick your interest? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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