Bethesda E3 Review – Strong Start, Weird Stuff
I do have to say, compared to EA’s EA Play conference, Bethesda’s E3 conference was like night and day. While EA didn’t give us much to be excited about, and left me a little confused as to why I watched it – Bethesda opened with a full CGI trailer for a new QUAKE title. That’s all it took for me to appreciate Bethesda’s show over EA’s, but let’s take a better look.
Off With a BANG
Bethesda opened their E3 conference with a huge announcement that I don’t think anyone really thought was coming. They opened with a full CGI trailer for Quake Champions – a new Quake title, along with announcement of renewed support for Quake tournaments and Quakecon. They also said that some sort of playable demo or more information would be available at Quakecon.
This instantly had me hyped. They just launched DOOM last year – I would have expected a Quake at some point, but not this soon. At least we know where Id’s multiplayer team has been, since DOOM’s multiplayer was…. not done by them. Let’s leave it at that.
The Command Prompt image also teased a new upcoming Wolfenstein game: “New Colossus.” They did not mention it, however. I’m totally okay with this – they just revived 2 older shooters, doing the third so soon may run things into the ground.
We didn’t get any gameplay from Quake Champions, so there’s no way to form an opinion on it, but this was definitely an amazing start compared to EA’s opening. …and their entire conference.
While rumors of a TESV: Skyrim remaster were circling prior to the conference, many of us (myself included) were hoping for an announcement for a sixth Elder Scrolls title. We did not get that.
Instead we just got a very basic trailer for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition. This is supposed to tide us over until they can give us a new title, but I can’t imagine it does. From what the (very short) trailer has shown us, this version of the game probably won’t even keep up with Skyrim’s current visual mods on PC – even ones from 2012. And with no major new additions to the game announced, I find it hard to see the point.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m a huge advocate for game accessibility and I think it’s a brilliant gesture on all devs’ parts to port their games to newer generations, but this does not replace a sequel we’ve been waiting like 4 years for.
Todd confirms to @geoffkeighley that his studio has two other major projects planned before we will see a TES 6.
— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) June 13, 2016
We will just have to wait…
In the meantime, Skyrim “Special Edition” comes out in October for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
(So far most “remasters” of recent games have given PC version for free to those who owned the original. I can only hope for this to be the case with Skyrim, but no word on that so far.)
7 MILLION PLAYERS ON OUR MMOJI
Bethesda then started their own circlejerk segment, praising themselves on how The Elder Scrolls Online is now “the #1 MMOJI” (their own genre they invented to be #1) and their “7 MILLION ACTIVE PLAYERS!”
"7 MILLION PLAYERS" pic.twitter.com/cKImU4lZpX
— The Brown Hat (@TheBrownHatter) June 13, 2016
Also they talked about their new card game “Hearthfirestone.” (It’s not really called that.)
Prey …2? 1? Huh?
Bethesda had teased Prey 2 last year, and this year we got… Prey… what?
It appears they’ve completely re-worked the Prey sequel into a new first-person adventure in-space, headed up by Arkane. This will be interesting.
I just wish we’d stop giving new games the same titles as old ones, it makes it very confusing to talk about the game. But maybe I should go back and finish the first Prey before I complain.
Prey will come out on Xbox One, PC, and PS4 sometime in 2017.
Fallout & Dishonored
To be honest, I tuned out for most of the Fallout segment. They have new construction-focused DLC coming to Fallout 4 soon, along with a big update to Fallout Shelter (the mobile game). Both titles seem to be doing ridiculously well.
I’m happy for them, I just have no interest in the feeling of the game, nor the game itself. Glad to see it doing well, and I won’t hate on it.
Dishonored, however, I was excited for. But instead of jumping into the gameplay or showing us a new trailer (although they did replay last year’s trailer at the start of the event), they spent a very long time showing us how pretty the game is. I can appreciate that – and it is a pretty game – but this was the end of a very long and exhausting day and it just got boring. Very long and drawn out.
I’m still super stoked for the game, but was uninterested in the coverage last night.
Did I MENTION that a lot of the coverage was hosted by ADAM FREAKING SESSLER AND MORGAN FREAKING WEBB?! It’s like it was 2005 all over again.
I miss G4. RIP. :'(
Anywho, time to give this thing a score or something.
Bethesda nets a 7/10 for their E3 2016 conference.
They started of as strong as it got with the Quake announcement, but I wasn’t quite as hyped up by the end of it.
I’m very much looking forward to Quake and Prey, and I’m glad to hear Fallout is doing well. I just wish we were getting a new Elder Scrolls RPG next year (or this year).