Well, Bethesda has been busy. So, if you read my latest post on What to Expect at E3 2018 you might know that I wasn’t feeling very optimistic about this year’s conference.
However, there was some interesting news that I am sure you are all very aware of by now… Elder Scroll VI has been officially revealed! This is something I have to talk about as, like most people, I have been waiting for the next instalment of the Elder Scrolls since the release of Skyrim in 2011 and it has been a very long six years. There were, of course, other big announcements made, such as Fallout 76 and Starfield, which I will also be discussing in this post. So buckle up – it’s going to be a long and bumpy ride.
The Elder Scrolls VI
Okay, I’ll admit it, I am quite excited about this and rather chuffed that I guessed it would be announced at this year’s E3 (mind you I have been saying that every year since 2012). Now, I have a lot, and I mean a lot, to talk about with this one, so much that I definitely cannot fit it all into this post. So, instead, I am just going to give a cheeky break down and save my thoughts and theories for some future posts.
You will see lots of nonsense and click bait on YouTube claiming various things about the plot and setting of The Elder Scrolls VI but, at its present state, nobody knows anything. All we know is the following 37 seconds of footage from the official E3 announcement teaser trailer:
And, the following quote from Bethesda:
“Currently in pre-production at Bethesda Game Studios, the acclaimed developers of Skyrim and Fallout 4. The highly-anticipated next chapter in the iconic The Elder Scrolls series.” – Official Bethesda blurb.
Now, before you get your hopes up, by my reckoning, the earliest we will see The Elder Scrolls VI is in 2020 which is rather unfortunate as that extends the wait following the release of Skyrim by another two years (the eight year wait best be worth it Bethesda!). This is because Fallout 76 is coming out November 14th of this year, then Starfield in November 2019 meaning that there is just no way Bethesda will release one of the most anticipated games of the decade, The Elder Scrolls VI, alongside their brand new release, Starfield. So expect it to be released some time in the winter, most likely in November, of 2020 (sorry friends).
Keep an eye out on this website for my fan theory section (coming soon) if you want to know my unique take on this trailer – I have noticed a very important detail that most have overlooked (at least so far).
“Bethesda Game Studios, the award-winning creators of Skyrim and Fallout 4, welcome you to Fallout 76, the online prequel where every surviving human is a real person. Work together, or not, to survive. Under the threat of nuclear annihilation, you’ll experience the largest, most dynamic world ever created in the legendary Fallout universe.” – Official Bethesda Blurb.
So, what makes Fallout 76 so different and why should we care (I mean I kind of don’t given Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI are in the not too distant yet very distant future)? Well it’s multiplayer and apparently 4x bigger than Fallout 4… I know, that’s not much to go on. As much as these sound like interesting features, which I will explore a bit further, I must say I am fearful that this will detract from what is absolutely essential in a Fallout game – narrative.
The main issue for me with Fallout 4 was that the main characters had actual voice actors, detracting from the role-playing element of text dialogue, and the dialogue options themselves were bland and only served to convey a linear, unimmersive story line. Why might this be a problem for Fallout 76? If you make a supposedly immersive singleplayer role playing game multiplayer the quests have to adapt to be easily digested by a group of players – putting more emphasis on gameplay and less on the story we have all come to love.
I was very hesitant to get excited about Fallout 76 when it was leaked prior to E3 and, after seeing it, I still am. Having said this, I am still curious to see how it turns out. If you didn’t manage to catch the E3 footage yet then I have conveniently shared it here for you (I know I’m great):
If you managed to sit through the whole Bethesda conference then fair play to you, it was very long which I suppose is something I shouldn’t complain about. I still don’t know what to think about all this but I will say that it looks like a refreshing change from Fallout 4. Just looking at the landscape and some of the revealed monsters (I particularly enjoyed the big sloth/deathclaw thing – that looked cool) it feels like the map design is far better, but is this enough? We’ll have to just wait and see.
We might have only got a cheeky little reveal trailer but I am excited about Starfield simply because it is something new.
“Discover Starfield, the new space epic currently in development by Bethesda Game Studios. Starfield is the first new franchise in twenty-five years from the acclaimed developers of The Elder Scrolls and Fallout series” – Official Bethesda blurb.
There really isn’t much to go on here other than the trailer below:
Be sure to keep an eye out for updates on this in the future, I’ve heard that the release for this title with be in November 2019.
Other Bethesda Projects
“Wolfenstein: Youngblood is a brand-new co-op game unveiled at the Bethesda BE3 Showcase 2018. The game takes place in 1980, 19 years after BJ Blazkowicz ignited the second American Revolution in Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus.
“Wolfenstein: Youngblood introduces the next Blazkowicz generation to the fight against the Nazis. Play as one of BJ’s twin daughters, Jess and Soph, as you search for your missing father in Nazi-occupied Paris.” – Official Bethesda blurb.
Stylistically this looks quite different from the Wolfenstein we have come to know and love. This could just be the for the purpose of the teaser trailer or it could mean the gameplay of this franchise has drastically changed. Only time will tell.
I am a big fan of Bethesda’s most recent Doom so I was very happy to hear that they are working on another instalment.
“Announcing DOOM Eternal, the direct sequel to the award-winning and best-selling DOOM (2016). Developed by id Software, DOOM Eternal brings the ultimate combination of speed and power with the next leap in push-forward, first-person combat.” – Official Bethesda blurb.
Well that’s all I’ve got on the Bethesda stream at the E3 conference. I think there might have been some more smaller announcements but, honestly, they didn’t leave a great impression on me hence why they weren’t included. If you are interested and want to know more I recommend checking out the full Bethesda stream on YouTube.
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