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The 9 biggest announcements from Bethesda’s E3 2019 keynote

The 9 biggest announcements from Bethesda’s E3 2019 keynote

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While we didn’t learn any more about Starfield or The Elder Scrolls VI — both of which were teased last year — Bethesda’s E3 keynote today still had some great reveals. Fallout 76 is getting a massive update, Doom Eternal has a release date, and Shinji Mikami has a new horror game. Here’s what you missed if you couldn’t catch the press conference live.

Arkane’s mind-bending new game is Deathloop

Arkane is a studio best-known for the Dishonored series of action-adventure games, but the team is back with something very different. Called Deathloop, it’s a first-person game about two assassins caught in an “eternal struggle.” Here’s how Bethesda describes it:

Explore stunning environments and meticulously designed levels in an immersive gameplay experience that lets you approach every situation any way you like. Hunt down targets all over the island in an effort to put an end to the cycle once and for all, and remember, if at first you don’t succeed… die, die again.

No word yet on release date or platforms.

Bethesda gets into game streaming with Orion

It wasn’t just games on display. Bethesda also unveiled Orion, a new technology to improve cloud game streaming, that the company says will work with any game engine. It sounds impressive, and the developer demoed it on stage by streaming Doom — the 2016 version — on a mobile phone. A beta is launching later this year — and you can read more about it right here.

Doom Eternal gets a new trailer and a November release date

The sequel to 2016’s reboot of Doom looks as violent as ever in its new story trailer, which details some of the new locations you’ll be exploring and the demons you’ll be shooting. More importantly, Doom Eternal includes a release date: November 22nd.

A better look at Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Last year, Bethesda unveiled Wolfenstein: Youngblood, a spinoff of the shooter series that adds co-op play and a distinctly ‘80s vibe. The latest trailer shows more of what you’d expect: namely, lots of killing nazis. Wolfenstein: Youngblood is launching on July 26th simultaneously on Xbox One, PS4, PC, and the Nintendo Switch.

Elder Scrolls: Blades on the Switch

Bethesda is once again bringing one of its mobile hits to Nintendo’s hybrid tablet. This time, it’s Elder Scrolls: Blades, which just recently launched in open beta on mobile. The free-to-play dungeon crawler will hit the Switch this fall, and it’ll support cross-play and cross-progression with the existing mobile iterations.

Fallout 76 is getting a big update with human NPCs and battle royale

Fallout 76 didn’t exactly have the best launch, but things have steadily improved for the online game, and today Bethesda unveiled its biggest update yet, called “wastelanders.” The big change? Human NPCs, a mainstay of single-player Fallout games, are coming to the game. They’ll introduce new storylines and — gasp! — dialogue trees. Perhaps even more surprising, the update will bring a 52-player battle royale mode, called “nuclear winter.”

Shinji Mikami returns with Ghostwire: Tokyo

Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami revealed his studio’s next project, an action adventure experience called Ghostwire: Tokyo. The premise sounds a lot like the Leftovers, only scarier: people have mysteriously vanished in the titular city, and it’s up to you to find out why and where. And while it’s a horror game, it’s not the survival horror experience the director is known for, with more action-oriented gameplay. It’s the latest release from Mikami’s studio Tango Gameworks, best-known for The Evil Within series, and is being directed by Ikumi Nakamura, who previously worked on games like Okami and Bayonetta.

Commander Keen is back as a free-to-play mobile game

Early ‘90s side-scrolling action series Commander Keen is back, but in a very different form. This time around, it’s a free-to-play, Saturday morning cartoon-styled mobile game, that will be available in soft launch this summer on both iOS and Android.

Rage 2 is getting an expansion with mechs

Over-the-top, post-apocalyptic shooter Rage 2 is getting a big expansion called “rise of the ghosts.” In addition to the typical additions, like new quests, weapons, and vehicles, the expansion will add a very important new gameplay element: mech suits. There’s no release date yet, but it’ll be available later this year.

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