The Elder Scrolls: Blades Update and Switch Port
Bethesda opened up proceedings with the news that mobile RPG The Elder Scrolls: Blades is coming to Nintendo Switch. Referred to as “Switchblades” (hur-hur) the port will be out this autumn. It will feature full compatibility with Joy-Con motion controls and will also be free-to-play. Furthermore Cross-Play and Cross-Progression will be a thing, so if you’ve already been playing the mobile version you can carry on where you left off on Switch. Bethesda also revealed that Blades will soon be getting an update with an all-new “dragon questline.”
Fallout 76 Wastelanders and Nuclear Winter
Bethesda have been continually working on Fallout 76 since its controversial launch, and at this year’s E3 we received confirmation that they’re in this for the long haul with the announcement of Wastelanders. The expansion marking the start of Fallout 76 year 2, Wastelanders brings back a lot of features that the community has been clamouring for for a long time. Human NPCs, a campaign questline, and choices with consequence are all promised to return.
An all-new Battle Royale mode was also announced for Fallout 76 entitled Nuclear Winter. Piggybacking on the success of games like Fortnite and Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, Bethesda unveiled a sneak-peek at the new mode during their E3 presentation. Nuclear Winter will pit 52 players against one another in a fight across Appalachia’s wilds, with the victor being crowned the Overseer of Vault 51.
The makers of The Evil Within, Tango Gameworks, had a new IP to show off at this year’s E3: Ghostwire Tokyo. The official description reads: “After strange disappearances hit Tokyo’s population, it’s up to you to uncover the source and purge the city of a strange, new evil. Armed with your own mysterious spectral abilities, you will face down the occult, unravel conspiracy theories and experience urban legends like never before.”
The game certainly has the horror vibes that Tango are known for, but Apprentice Game Director Ikumi Nakamura assured us this is an action-adventure title. The game will feature spirits, of which there will be both good and evil types for the player to interact with as they strive to find the source of Tokyo’s mysterious disappearances.
The Elder Scrolls Online
A new cinematic was revealed at Bethesda’s E3 presentation showing off the recently released ESO Elsweyr expansion. Zenimax Online Studios director Matt Firor also unveiled the next expansion for ESO: Dragonhold, promising more information later this year at QuakeCon. Finally there was the announcement of a smaller DLC drop in the form of Scalebreaker, a new dungeon adventure due to release this August.
The Elder Scrolls Legends Card Game
Bethesda also took the time to plug their mobile card battle game The Elder Scrolls Legends with a fun (if cheesy) trailer, and to announce the next expansion for the game – Moons of Elsweyr, which will be out later this summer.
Rage 2 Rise of the Ghosts DLC
Weekly content drops and an expansion are coming to Rage 2. Regular updates will add new game modes, new vehicles, cheat codes, new monsters, and a pilotable mech called “The Boom Bringer.”
Rages 2’s first expansion will be called Rise of the Ghosts and will feature an all-new enemy faction. No release date has been confirmed, but a 2019 release is expected.
Wolfenstein Young Blood
A new trailer was shown at Bethesda’s E3 presentation for the upcoming Wolfenstein: Youngblood. Machinegames next instalment in the popular Wolfenstein series is a co-op first-person shooter set in an alternate 1980s Nazi-occupied France. The game follows sisters Jess and Soph Blazkowicz as they journey towards Paris in search of their missing father, the famous BJ Blazkowicz.
If you thought the Wolfenstein series was ridiculous before then get ready, because Youngblood is taking it to a whole other level. The game releases on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch on July 26th.
Wolfenstein Cyberpilot VR
The studio behind Dishonored is working on a brand new project: Deathloop. There wasn’t much information besides what could be gleaned from the trailer, but Arkane have promised us a “mind-bending story” and “meticulously designed levels.”
Orion Streaming Tech
id Software has unveiled a number of game streaming technologies, collectively known as Orion. This isn’t yet another video game streaming service like Google Stadia, but more like an add-on that will greatly reduce the latency, bandwidth, and computing power needed to deliver a solid experience when streaming video games. Later this year, members of the Doom Slayer’s Club will be selected to experience the power of Orion for themselves in a tech demo running 2016’s Doom.
Doom Eternal and Battlemode
id Software also revealed the release date for Doom Eternal. The game will launch on November 22nd for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and Google Stadia. But that’s not all, Doom Eternal is getting a Collector’s Edition that comes with a life-size wearable Doom Slayer helmet! In addition to the helmet is a lore book, lithograph, steelbook case, and the usual digital cosmetic bonus items. The Doom Eternal Collector’s Edition will cost £199.99 and preorders are now live.
Doom Eternal will also feature a new 2-on-1 multiplayer game mode called Battlemode, where two demons go will head to head against a fully loaded Doom Slayer in a contest of “Strategy vs. Skill.”