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Bethesda at E3 2018: 10 biggest and best announcements

From Fallout 76 to Doom Eternal and Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Bethesda’s biggest title at its E3 2018 press conference was, of course, Fallout 76, but there were a number of other exciting announcements and trailers shown throughout the night.

Rage 2 received an exciting new trailer, Wolfenstein: Youngblood was announced, a new Doom game is on the way and DLC for Prey was announced. We even got a pretty great performance from legendary partier Andrew W.K., who came out to hype up Rage 2. (It’s perhaps the most video game event-like moment of E3 2018 so far.)

Here are the best and biggest moments, announcements and trailers from Bethesda’s E3 2018 press conference.

Starfield is a next-gen, entirely new game from Bethesda

Starfield logo Bethesda

Starfield is a brand new IP that Bethesda is developing for next-generation consoles. The long-rumored sci-fi game received a very brief look toward the end of the conference. The new franchise is Bethesda’s first in 25 years, the company said during the event.

The Elder Scrolls 6 is happening

Elder Scrolls 6 logo

The Elder Scrolls 6 is officially happening. There aren’t any new details to go on, but it’s happening. It’s the game that everyone has been asking for, according to Howard. Hopefully this is enough to hold everyone over.

Doom Eternal

Prepare yourself for a new Doom game.

Doom Eternal is a sequel to 2016’s Doom, according to creative director Hugo Martin. Martin promised twice as many “badass demons” in the game, and joked about teasing “hell on Earth.” There will be a “ton of features” that the team is saving for a later premiere at QuakeCon this August.

You’ll have to wait for more details on this, but hopefully the trailer will hold you over until then.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

There’s a new Wolfenstein game in the works, and it ties closely into main protagonist William J. “B.J.” Blazkowicz.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood will focus on B.J.’s twin daughters and take place in the 1980s. This marks the 12th Wolfenstein game overall and fourth in MachineGames’ reimagining of the franchise; it’s also the first game in the series since last year’s Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus. The official description, as it appears on Bethesda’s YouTube channel, reads:

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 II: 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.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood will be released in 2019.

Fallout 76 details, beta information and collector’s edition

We got our first in-depth look at Fallout 76, the newest Fallout game from Bethesda.

Fallout 76 is set in a hellish version of Earth, with a fiery post-apocalyptic landscape greeting players. The game is set in West Virginia, which director Todd Howard called one of the most important and interesting places in America — and a good place location for the game.

The game tells the story of the first people who left the vault. The difference in Fallout 76 is that each character in the game is based on a real person. Fallout 76 is entirely online. That doesn’t mean that players won’t be able to have their solo-mode gameplay experience if they wish, though. Options for single player and multiplayer are included.

“You’ll be able to join your friends whenever you want, and all of your progression goes with you,” Howard said. “When we think about games, we think about worlds, and the choices that you can make.”

In-game footage showed off some delightful moments, like players who can take on the role of musicians and a giant sloth monster people must destroy.

Fallout 76 will be released on Nov. 14, 2018. Bethesda will announce details for a beta version later in the year. For major Fallout fans, Bethesda also confirmed a special collector’s edition, which includes a Power Helmet for players.

Andrew W.K.’s performance

Rock star and iconic party animal Andrew W.K., kicked off Bethesda’s E3 press conference with a performance. The song he performs in the video above, “Party Til You Puke,” is used in Rage 2, and kind of acts as the “perfect soundtrack” to the post-apocalyptic wasteland people will explore, according to Bethesda.

A gameplay trailer for Rage 2 incorporated the song and, to Bethesda’s credit, it certainly works.

Prey DLC announced

Prey Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks

Prey 2 is getting new DLC, “Mooncrash,” which adds three new stories to the game: Story Mode, New Game Plus, and Survival Mode.

The expansion will take place on the moon, which confirms a cryptic tweet developer Arkane Studios tweeted earlier this year. “Mooncrash” will introduce an entirely new gameplay mechanic called infinite replayability. Infinite replayability simply means that enemies, hazards and loot are different on each new loop.

Prey’s DLC and update are available to play on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC today.

Rage 2’s wacky collector’s edition

One scene in Rage 2’s gameplay trailer finds a punk watching an old CRT television set, while an advertisement for the Rage 2 collector’s edition plays.

That ad is for a real product, and people can pre-order the Collector’s Edition right now. The edition comes with a Ruckus the Crusher talking head, a regular and steelbook version of the game, monster truck, deluxe edition content, a “BFG,” a special weapon and armor, collector’s edition poster, an exclusive mission (“Cult of the Death God”) and “Wasteland Wizard” cheat code.

Fallout Shelter heads to PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch — right now

fallout shelter Behaviour Interactive/Bethesda Softworks

Fallout Shelter, Bethesda’s original free-to-play vault management game released for iOS and Android three years ago, is available on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 tonight.

Fallout Shelter was well-received at launch, and eventually moved over to Xbox. The move to Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 isn’t too surprising. Bethesda wants to keep that success train moving. Players logged more than 29 million hours in the game within the first month of its release, according to Todd Howard.

The Elder Scrolls Blades is a mobile Elder Scrolls game

There is a new Elder Scrolls game out this year, at least — and it’s coming to mobile.

The Elder Scrolls Blades is a single-player, RPG that Bethesda promises will provide Elder Scrolls fans with “console-quality graphics, but with a uniquely mobile experience.” The game boasts both tap-to-move controls and dual stick options.

Players can customize players, build their own towns and enjoy an Elder Scrolls game experience they’re used to on PC and consoles.

The game launches this fall and can be pre-ordered on Google Play and the Apple Store now.