You know you’re in for a bit of a party when Bethesda kicks off it’s conference with Andrew MK doing his best to start the infamous shenanigans with a spot of rock, but admittedly it felt about as normal as watching pornography with your parents, judging by the stilted looks from the audience and the seemingly audible collective groan from Twitter.
It felt like an unnecessary evil we had to face to get to the meat of the show, which kicked off with Rage 2. E3 means a lot of different things to me each year – this year it’s making me play a whole catalogue of games that I’ve never touched in order to be ready for the sequels. Kingdom Hearts, Rage, and I suspect that I’ll need to play some Borderlands before the weekend is out. Either way, the whole package was enough to get me interested, and interested I am! Do you know what gets me over the line? Avalanche Studios … in terms of chaos and destruction, these guys are the masters.
I haven’t really played much of the first Doom, and I absolutely can’t get into Prey, so skipping over those two titles, we next stop at Fallout 76.
Two things: I hate online games, and I love the look of this game. May God have mercy on my soul. Already, I’m very tempted to grab the power armour version of 76, which would match nicely with my unopened, unblemished, display-only Pip-Boy.
Moving right along, and Wolfenstein got some love on-stage this time around. Two new spin-offs were announced, one of them a VR title, and the other which I am incredibly down with – Wolfenstein: Youngbloods – which follows the story of BJ’s twin daughters and is set in the 1980s! Bethesda certainly feel like they’ve ‘leaned in’ with the Wolfenstein IP, and they’re running it for all its worth. And, to be honest, they’ve been doing a pretty darn good job with it – why wouldn’t they?!
Other than a brief mention of their ‘next gen’ new IP, Starfield, the rest of the show was centred around some Elder Scrolls IP. The delightful way that new mobile game, Elder Scrolls: Blades was pitched (“meeting mode” to describe holding the phone in portrait mode is my new favourite gaming slang) got me pre-ordering that game straight away.
Of course, if you weren’t happy with everything that was on display, and you felt like the show needed a little something more to whet the appetite … it certainly delivered with nothing more than a Elder Scrolls VI teaser.
I think the call of the day goes to Twitter user Link40K though …