E3 2019: Bethesda | Press Conference Rambles

I have a soft spot for the Bethesda conference every year because it’s usually the most exciting to watch, even when I don’t care about most of their games. The 2019 show fulfilled a lot of their promises from 2018. The Elder Scrolls Blades, that Elder Scrolls phone game they announced last year, is now available for everyone. There’s apparently a Switch port of it coming, too. Beyond that, nothing was really that surprising. Bethesda dropped trailers for all their announced stuff like Wolfenstein Youngblood, The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr, and Doom Eternal. They touched on updates for Rage 2 and the continued efforts to save Fallout 76 as well. Overall, they just had lots of things you would have already expected, but presented in an entertaining show. I love seeing Matt Firor’s enthusiasm for Elder Scrolls Online every year.

In terms of new stuff, Bethesda showed two games I wasn’t expecting and both are now in my top five most interesting games of E3 2019. The first was Ghostwire Tokyo from Shinji Mikami, a legendary game developer best known as the creator of Resident Evil (and also a key player in stuff like Resident Evil 4, Devil May Cry, and Vanquish). The trailer for Ghostwire was entirely CG, and they gave basically zero information about the game, but it’s an incredibly compelling trailer even out of context. I was entertained and curious the entire time.

The second big new thing was a game from Arkane, the studio known for Dishonored. It’s called Deathloop, and it was, again, just a CG trailer. The premise put forth seems to be that it’s about two people stuck in a time loop, but also forced to kill each other…? This was yet another cool trailer and it’s also notable that it had two African-American lead characters, which is something I don’t think I’ve seen in a game since… 50 Cent: Bulletproof, probably. Oh, and The Elder Scrolls Legends, which is the card game for smartphones, is now available for free on PC, iOS, and Android, too.

Lots of time was spent on phone games, there weren’t any details about the new games they announced, and we didn’t hear anything about the next-gen titles Bethesda teased last year, Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI. Still, the show was fun to watch.

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