A quality conference. Unfortunately, I couldn’t watch the presentation live as it was too late for me, but I want to talk about it anyway. It was the best conference so far in terms of depth and quality of the presentation. Unlike Microsoft, which just showed us a bunch of trailers with no explanation to any of them, Bethesda took the time to make us understand each and every game they were announcing. I felt like they really cared about what they were showing, even joking with themselves with Skyrim Very Special Edition. The only downside is that sometimes it seemed too slow. It took them more than 13 minutes to show their first game, after a song that wasn’t really necessary. Besides that, it was a great conference and gave us something to look forward to.
Now, about the games announced. The first one they brought was Rage 2. It seems interesting enough, but it’s not my type of game. Then, they went on to Elder Scrolls legends and online. Both of which I have no intention of playing. Doom Eternal and Quake Champions were also announced.
But, what I really want to talk about, are the highlights.
Elder Scrolls: Blades
Although you could argue that it is not much of a highlight, think about it. It is an entire game, for free. Let me rephrase it. It is an entire Elder Scrolls game, for free. It may not be the one we wanted, but it’s something. A new experience you can play wherever you want. I just hope they don’t make it like Fallout Shelter in which you had lunchboxes with items and that sort of thing.
Bethesda’s surprise for this E3. Their first original IP in 25 years. A single player experience that seems to be set in space. Besides this information, we don’t know much about it. It will probably be released within the next 2 years.
They revealed a lot about this one. First of all, it is going to be 4x the size of Fallout 4 and will be set in West Virginia. It will be a prequel to all the other games in the series and the story basically revolves around Vault 76, the one built to celebrate US’ tricentennial. With this information, I was getting excited. It seemed the story was good and that it had a promising future in the lands of Virginia. However, they soon announced some other features to it. The game will be entirely online (you can play solo). It bummed me out. Fallout is one of my favorite franchises and I feel like an online game will only make the story disperse and become less impactful. Maybe it is just me, but the idea of having people helping you go through the game or impeding your progressions by constantly killing you is not that fun. I like to get an RPG and develop my character, immerse myself in its plot, bond with the characters and have fun. I hope it doesn’t ruin any of that. I have many reservations about the game, especially after they announced that there will be nuclear sites on the map that you can use to blow parts of it up. I don’t want this game to be a Fallout 4 as much as I don’t want it to be a PUBG. I want the feeling I got when I played Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas. The feeling of desolation that can be filled by meeting characters and doing a quest. Whilst in Fallout 4, everything was colorful and I never felt alone as every corner I turned there were 50 other NPCs. The game is coming out November 14th, so I guess it is close enough for us to see how it is going to be.
Elder Scrolls VI
Finally, the game everyone wanted to see but didn’t actually. They announced its development and that is it. There is not much to go about it. Let’s just wait for next year’s E3.