Andre’s E3 2018 Bethesda Press Conference Thoughts
The E3 2018 Bethesda Press Conference was a bit of a roller coaster. I wont discuss everything at the conference, but they started it off with a performance by rocker Andrew W.K., who recorded a song for Rage 2. Rage 2 gameplay was shown that completely shocked me. I was never interested in Rage, but Rage 2 has a very interesting action-packed type feel in a very open area. The vehicle gameplay caught me by surprise the most. Even as someone who probably wont play Rage 2 on release, I am still in awe at what was shown in the trailer.
I can’t get excited for some of these additional updates and DLCs, like for example The Elders Scrolls Online, although it popular, just not for me. The Elders Scrolls: Legends, a game I was once interested in, has fallen down the depth charts for me in the CCG list. They announced a relaunch that I couldn’t give two you know whats about because there was little to create any excitement within the announcement. Bethesda also announced Doom Eternal with no gameplay, but it is interesting to me that they are creating a new one so quick.
The one DLC announcement that intrigues me is the Prey: Mooncrash DLC that is now released, which is roguelike DLC that is a completely different experience than the Prey base game. The problem is that it isn’t a standalone DLC, so anyone who wants to enjoy Mooncrash has to also buy the base game. I would be a customer if I didn’t have to buy Prey first, and I think this is a bad business decision for it not ot be standalone.
The main course of the E3 2018 Bethesda Press Conference was Fallout 76, which we know now is a multiplayer online game that has basebuilding, quests, and PvP. Todd Howard, a very good spokesperson normally, dropped the ball in explaining enough of what Fallout 76 is, but during this past week a lot of questions were finally answered. Fallout 76 intrigues me, but I don’t know if I will be a player.
The Elder Scrolls Blades was announced, which is a complete mobile game. We were treated to the very not so fun appearance of mobile controls on a phone. The presentation was so deep, it was frustrating to see. That being said I know I will try it out, but this type of dedicated presentation for a mobile was concerning because we are still awaiting The Elder Scrolls VI.
Bethesda finished off the presentation with a short teaser for StarField and The Elder Scrolls VI, with the explanation that StarField will be released before The Elder Scrolls VI. I guess we will have to wait till 2019 to see footage of those games. All in all, an up and down E3 2018 Bethesda press conference with highs and lows, with Rage 2 being the clear surprising highlight. Be clearer about your games next year Bethesda.