E3 2017: Bethesda’s Late Night

Bethesda’s E3 showcase came back for its third consecutive appearance in Los Angeles at a questionable time. 9pm is late enough. I can’t imaging having to watch this thing from the east coast or Europe. Anyway, Bethesda’s games are worth it. Here’s what they showed and what I thought of it.

Recent Games

Doom. Dishonored 2. Prey. Fallout Shelter. Fallout 4. Skyrim Special Edition. You may have heard of these games. Maybe even played them. Good job, person who has heard of and/or played these games.

Bethesda VR

Doom VFR

This looks fast, frantic, and gory as hell (I’m not sorry). In other words, it looks like Doom. I’m sure it’s going to be great, but it’s gotta have some killer motion sickness issues.

Fallout 4 VR

It’s Fallout 4. In VR. We knew this was coming. Still cool though.

The Elder Scrolls Online

The Morrowind expansion’s just a few days old, so of course this had to show up at Bethesda’s conference.

Creation Club

New content (weapons, armor, outfits, crafting, and gameplay) for Fallout 4 and Skyrim Special Edition isn’t the sexiest thing to advertise, but it’s cool to see Bethesda continue to push the boundaries of what console gaming means.

The Elder Scrolls Legends

The card game is getting new cards. That’s good, right?

Skyrim Switch

I want to make fun of this because the original game came out six years ago, but Bethesda is a third party supporting the Switch. That’s nothing to laugh at.

Plus, it’s Skyrim with a playable Link skin and what will hopefully be interesting motion controls. I won’t be getting it (I already have two copies of Skyrim I haven’t even started playing yet), but it should be at least some good fun for Nintendo loyalists who’ve been wanting to play Bethesda’s games.

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider

Yeah. I’m sold.

Quake Champions

No, you zoned out when e-sports came up.

The Evil Within 2

Well that looks terrifying. And absolutely gorgeous. I’m really into Bethesda’s new strategy of not even announcing games until they’re practically finished.


Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Bethesda)

Wow. This looks great. And completely freaking insane.

Shameful fact time: I’ve never played a Wolfenstein game. Yeah, I’ve failed.

Fun fact time: Bethesda just claimed October with these last two games coming out two weeks apart from each other.

There’s no way this game is going to be anything less than ridiculously awesome.


Possibly the best part of this: everything Bethesda showed at this event is coming out this year. As much as I’ve loved the PlayStation conferences over the last few years, the constant stream of game reveals for titles years away from release gets old. Fast.

There was none of that nonsense here. Want to play something you saw tonight? You know you do. Well, you’ll get to play it in the next six months.

I love it.

E3 coverage continues tomorrow with Ubisoft’s press conference in the afternoon and the PlayStation conference a little later. Until then, what are you most looking forward to from Bethesda’s showcase?


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