To be honest with you I thought the first 40 minutes of the conference wasn’t really that interesting and the jokes not being funny made it even worse, I was actually struggling to stay awake. Bethesda have a lot to announce though, showing projects that are to be released in the distant future, of course referring to Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6.
The biggest title that was shown was of course Fallout 76, which I am really looking forward to. The Elder Scrolls: Blades also looks like a great cross platform game and I was really impressed by detail shown on a mobile device game. They did announce at the end of the mobile gameplay that The Elder Scrolls: Blades will be a cross platform game that will be free and I feel this game will diversify each players experience into one, which is seeming like an interesting concept.
I know it sounds crazy but most of the games shown don’t really take my interest. From the games shown I think Quake Champions looks like real fun, Prey: Mooncrash seems interesting as well, but the main one is definitely Fallout 76.
I must say Todd Howard segment was the best by far and he was actually funny during his presentation of Fallout and Elder Scrolls (unlike the others).
Fallout 76 is set to be released on the 14th November 2018, which is great news because most the games announced at the Bethesda press conference are for 2019 and beyond. Fallout 76 will be a online multiplayer game, which diverts from its traditional single player roots. Every human that you meet will be an actual player playing the game, which I think is pretty kool to be honest. Of course, the game is during an apocalypse so you wont be seeing people with every corner you turn, there will only be a couple dozens of players will be put per server. There is also the ability to construct your own bases and defense anywhere upon the map and will also have the ability to pack it up and move it anywhere as you please.
Of course with this new online multiplayer concept the big question is will you be able to play the game solo, and the answer is yes! Todd Howard stated in the press conference: “”Of course you can play this solo,” “You’ll be who you want, exploring a huge world doing quests, experiencing a story, and leveling up.” Although, from the footage seen from the press conference on Fallout 76 it would seem like a tough task fighting off not only mutants, monsters and robots, but also other players in the game! So teaming up wouldn’t seem like such a bad idea.
Another kool feature they implemented into the game is the ability to launch nukes, yes actual nukes! In the video shown for Fallout 76, it displayed how you can find nuke codes, which would be in the form of a fragments of the same code (which can be done with the help of others). Once each fragment is found the code can then be used to nuke any location on the map, which I know would cause a lot of chaos.
Overall I wasn’t really satisfied with the Bethesda Press Conference. The games shown aren’t really ‘my type’ so it was hard for me to really get into it. The press conference was kind of strung out a bit and could have been a lot shorter. like there was really no need for that performance before rage (I don’t even like rock music or whatever it was). Although I know a lot of people will be looking forward to Rage 2 and Elder scrolls, those games are just not for me. Overall I would give this conference 3/5 stars, mainly due to the fact Todd Howard saved what was a lackluster press conference TO ME.