Once again Bethesda have graced us with another E3 showcase, and… I’m not sure why they bothered. Almost everything on show has been reported on already, and most of the new stuff was a bit underwhelming.
They started with a showing of their VR selections, Fallout 4 and Doom, both games looking like they will hold up well in a VR environment, though not many new features were touched on.
Then came “Creation Club”. A mod service for Skyrim and Fallout (what else?) in which users pay ‘credits’ to access mods made by Bethesda developers and outside developers. To me this just seems like Bethesda trying to monetise mods not created by community members. Does this then lead to restrictions on community mods? Hmm..
After this groundbreaking news, Bethesda went on to announce the gaming worlds worst kept secret – Skyrim on Nintendo Switch. How much flogging can one dead horse endure?
Throw in some news about a Quake Champions E-Sports league and the entire internet had started to fall asleep.
As most showcases play out, Bethesda saved the best for last. Don’t get too excited, it’s not hard to be the best among a selection of turds. The Evil Within 2 will be released on Friday the 13th of October (spooky hey) and looks pretty bloody creepy. Hopefully it doesn’t suffer from the E3 curse of looking great on stage but toilet in real life.
Welcome, then, Wolfenstein 2. This game looks fantastic. The game play and graphics look amazing, and the story and characters seem quite likeable. Also due out in October, this was the pick of the bunch for Bethesda in an otherwise disappointing showing from them.
Hopefully after crushing the souls of hundreds of fans sitting in the theatre who were clearly hoping for a new Elder Scrolls or Fallout announcement, Bethesda can work to make next years presentation just a little less shitty.