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E3 Predictions: Bethesda

Keynote time: Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 5:30 PM PST, 8:30 PM EST

Last year Bethesda introduced Fallout 76, Doom Eternal, and Wolfenstein: Youngblood. We got our first look at Rage 2, Starfield, The Elder Scrolls VI, and The Elder Scrolls: Blades.

Todd Howard confirmed that this year won’t feature neither Starfield or The Elder Scrolls VI. So, that leaves us with an in-depth look at the sequel to 2016’s Doom.

Doom Eternal

Doom returned in 2016 and left us wanting more time with Doomslayer. The soft reboot introduced new open-ended levels and faster, frantic gameplay. Set on Mars, an unnamed space marine dons the iconic armour of the hero foretold in legends, who battles demonic forces from Hell. At Quakecon 2018, we got our first glimpse of gameplay which shifts the story to an invaded Earth. Hell has frozen over our planet and the Doomslayer must banish evil for good.

I’m hoping we get a release date for Doom Eternal. We’ll get a good look at new gameplay, and a release date for the Fall.

Wolfenstein

Youngblood is a spin-off of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and is set two decades into the future. We know that MachineGames is developing the game with Arkane Studios. In an alternate history 1980s setting, our new protagonists are Jessica and Sophia Blazkowicz, the twin daughters of protagonist B.J.Blazkowicz.

Taking place in Paris, the twins search for their missing father while dealing with the Nazi occupation. The two sisters join the French Resistance to liberate France from the Nazis. For the first time ever, you can play the game cooperatively with a friend. Not only that but thanks to open-ended levels, but levels take inspiration from Dishonored.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood launches on July 26, 2019 but I feel as we’ll get a tease for a third entry in the Wolfenstein series with Youngblood serving as the transition point for both entries.

Fallout 76

To close out the show, Bethesda will show new downloadable content for Fallout 76. I can’t say I enjoyed the beta and seeing how awful the game was at launch didn’t help. Over time though, we’ve seen Bethesda work on improving the game, but Fallout 76 still has some way to go. Likely a mix of paid and free content will be revealed with story DLC coming at some point in the future.

Predictions

A new Dishonored would be the perfect way to end the conference. I think we’ll see more Quake Champions and more content for The Elder Scrolls: Legends. As for a new game being revealed, I’d like to see it, but Bethesda could forego any new game reveals for existing properties. The Elder Scrolls: Blades is currently in Early Access on iOS and Android, so we should expect to see more about that, too.

 

 

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