Bethesda at E3 2018: Fallout 76, The Elder Scrolls VI, Starfield, Doom Eternal and more

Bethesda just put together one of the best E3 conferences of all time, right out of nowhere.

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When Bethesda announced it was showing off a new Fallout game at E3 this year, it was safe to assume that game would be the major focus of the show. That it would be what we were all be talking about afterward.
That would have been normal. It's Fallout, for God's sake.

But that wasn't the case.

In what I'd call one of the best E3 conferences in recent memory, Bethesda announced The Elder Scrolls VI -- plus a whole new Elder Scrolls mobile game -- a new Doom, a new Wolfenstein, showed off Rage 2 and Fallout 76 (of course) and also showed off its first totally new franchise in 25 years: a science fiction game called Starfield.

It was insane.

So let's start in terms of importance...

Elder Scrolls VI is real

We know nothing. We know literally nothing. All Bethesda showed at the conference was a logo, playing alongside the soundtrack to Skyrim. At the conference, Todd Howard called Elder Scrolls VI the next, next game it was working on, so we'll forgive it for that.

The Elder Scrolls: Blades is an all-new mobile game

While we know almost nothing about the next installment of Elder Scrolls, we know quite a bit about its brand-new spinoff, The Elder Scrolls: Blades. This is a mobile-first game coming to iOS and Android later this year, with additional platforms promised to follow, including a planned VR mode. And the game will be free to play, too. 

Here's the next game Bethesda is working on...

This is Starfield

Again, we know very little except it's a science fiction game set in space. One would hope it's a science fiction game set in space with the scope of, say, an Elder Scrolls or a Fallout. That's reasonable to assume given the way Todd Howard was talking about it. This is a major Bethesda game. Howard referred to it as the first major new franchise game for the company in over 20 years. 

This is a very big deal. I suspect we won't see this game in action for a long time, but it's enthralling to know it exists.

Fallout 76 is a new type of online experience

Watch this: E3 2018: A deeper look at Fallout 76

Earlier at Microsoft's E3 conference, you'd be forgiven for thinking Fallout 76 was a brand-new Fallout game.

It is and it isn't. 

Fallout 76 is expressly an online video game. "Of course you can play this solo," explained Howard. But he also mentioned that Fallout 76 is "entirely online."

The idea of Fallout 76: Every human you meet in the world is an actual human being in real life. But Howard stressed that this is a game that will be played with dozens of other players, not hundreds. Survival is the focus.  

Howard did an incredible job of communicating the concept of this game to a player base that might not interested in playing an online version of Fallout. "It's a little bit scary," he admitted, but tried to communicate that it was a journey he hoped to take with a community used to single-player experiences.

BioWare, take note: This is how you brace your customers for something a little bit different.

Fallout 76: Why we can't wait until Nov. 14

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Rage 2 was everything you thought it might be

Rage 2 was the sequel nobody asked for, but we're getting it, so it might as well be a souped-up shooter in the style of Mad Max: Fury Road by a developer who literally just got done making a Mad Max video game.

Considering the aesthetic we've seen so far, Rage 2 is everything you thought it might be: It's pitching itself as a frenetically paced shooter. Think Bulletstorm, think Sunset Overdrive. This could be a lot of fun.

An E3 joke that actually worked

I can't believe they pulled this off. I actually enjoyed an E3 inside joke. Please give me my Alexa Skyrim Edition.

A sequel to Doom is incoming

Doom was a game that looked terrible right up until it was on sale and actually really, really good. A sequel was a no-brainer, and we got it. Bethesda showed very little of this game, but it definitely exists. Plan is to show more at QuakeCon in August.

And the rest

That covers the headlines of the Bethesda E3 conference. But there was also a new Wolfenstein game set in the '80s called Wolfenstein Youngblood...

More information on Quake Champions:

And information on what's next for The Elder Scrolls on online:

What an incredible show.

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Editors' note: Updated June 12, 9:04 a.m. PT, to add info on related E3 news.

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