E3 2019 has already given us so much with EA PLAY and Microsoft‘s conference, yet Bethesda didn’t want the fun to stop there, and they did nothing but impress during the conference. Let’s go over the news and announcements, shall we?
BETHESDA SOFTWORKS ANNOUNCES ORION
Developed by the engineers at id Software, renowned for the industry-leading id Tech 6 game engine, Orion is a game- and platform-agnostic game streaming technology that will stream video games at lower latency and lower bandwidth, making streaming games accessible to more people, in more areas, at higher quality.
In contrast to game streaming services that focus on hardware solutions to stream games, Orion is game engine-based technology that optimizes a game for the cloud. Integrated within the game engine itself, Orion can achieve dramatic latency reductions of up to 20% per frame plus up to 40% less bandwidth required. The Orion technology is complementary to the hardware technology in data centers built by other streaming providers, ensuring much better results when paired together.
For players, Orion means enjoying high-speed performance with imperceptible latency even in a twitchy shooter; lower usage against ISP bandwidth caps; and a wider availability, making quality play available to players living far from data centers.
For developers, the Orion SDK is easily integrated into a game, which means they can be confident in delivering a best-in-class experience to players while streaming, with minimal additional effort.
For streaming providers, Orion means reaching a bigger audience, at reduced costs, with a superior level of service. Orion makes possible substantially reduced capital investments in data centers, and can materially lower the cost in operating a streaming service.
Orion was demoed live on-stage at Bethesda’s E3 Showcase, showing DOOM (2016) running at 60 FPS with high visual quality streamed to a mobile phone. Bethesda will begin public trials of the Orion technology soon, offering fans a chance to stream DOOM at home, for free. To sign-up for a chance to participate in the Orion public trials, fans should register now for the DOOM Slayers Club at www.SlayersClub.com.
DOOM Eternal | Raze Hell on November 22; Pre-Order Bundle, Deluxe Edition, and Collector’s Edition Detailed
Take control of the unstoppable DOOM Slayer and rip and tear across hell-on-earth and never-before-seen dimensions when DOOM Eternal releases for consoles and PC on November 22. Beginning today, fans can pre-order the standard, Deluxe Edition, or the extremely limited Collector’s Edition, containing a full-size, wearable DOOM Slayer helmet, Year One Pass with access to single-player campaign add-ons, soundtracks, lore book, lithograph, unique steelbook case, plus in-game digital items!
DOOM Eternal picks up after the events of DOOM (2016). As the DOOM Slayer, you return to find Earth has suffered a demonic invasion. Raze Hell and discover the Slayer’s origins and his enduring mission to rip and tear…until it is done.
Fallout 76 | Wastelanders and Nuclear Winter Battle Royale Modes Detailed; Free Trial Week and Nuclear Winter Pre-Beta Sneak Peek Begin June 10
Coming in Fall 2019, Wastelanders is a massive, free update that fundamentally changes how you experience Fallout 76. One year after the opening of Vault 76, other humans are returning to reclaim Appalachia. Factions of Settlers and Raiders, each with a host of human NPCs, dialogue with choice, and new quests, aim to make the world their own and claim a rumored fortune. Embark on a new main quest of choice and consequence, interact with characters and their unique stories, discover faction settlements, and collect powerful new weapons and armor. Your choices decide their fates.
Nuclear Winter is a uniquely-Fallout 52- player PvP Battle Royale mode, free for Fallout 76 players. Nukes have set the world ablaze and the battle to claim your spot as Overseer of Vault 51 has begun – will you be the last one standing or be consumed by the ring of fire? Rank up, unlock exclusive perks and build your C.A.M.P. to weather the storm in true Fallout fashion. Scavenge for weapons, Power Armor, and even nukes to take on other players and the creatures of Appalachia to earn unique cosmetic rewards. Any XP or Caps earned in Nuclear Winter also carry over to Adventure Mode or Survival Mode. Join in for an exclusive pre-beta sneak peek starting June 10.
The first ever free trial week for Fallout 76 begins June 10 and runs through June 17. During that time, Fallout 76 will be free to play for all Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC players. Experience all that Appalachia has to offer, including the full breadth of Wild Appalachia content, Survival Mode, and a Sneak Peek at the newly-announced Nuclear Winter.
GhostWire: Tokyo | Announced
GhostWire: Tokyo is a new action adventure game from Tango Gameworks, the studio that brought you The Evil Within and The Evil Within 2. GhostWire: Tokyo represents a departure from the survival horror games Tango is known for, focusing more on creepy mythology and mysterious suspense set in Tokyo.
People are vanishing in Tokyo, and it’s up to the player to unravel conspiracies to find out why, fighting through paranormal anomalies to rid the once-bustling city of supernatural evil. Some spirits in the world are peaceful, and some are truly dangerous. Don’t fear the unknown – attack it. More on GhostWire: Tokyo will be revealed in the future.
“DEATHLOOP” | Announced
From the award-winning studio Arkane Lyon, creators of Dishonored, comes an innovative take on first-person action. “DEATHLOOP” pits two extraordinary assassins, Colt and Jules, against each other in an eternal struggle on the lawless and frozen island of Blackreef, where one assassin looks to break the cycle while the other works to maintain it. “DEATHLOOP” builds on Arkane’s legacy for creating innovative and stylish action games with meticulously designed levels that offer the freedom for players to approach every situation anyway they like. More on “DEATHLOOP” with be revealed in the future.
Commander Keen | Announced
Originally created by id Software in the early 1990s, ZeniMax Online Studios re-envisions Commander Keen for a modern audience on mobile devices. The offspring of the original Commander Keen—twin geniuses Billy and Billie spring into action with a shipload of gadgets when an alien invasion threatens humanity, heading out on adventures in Story Mode and going head-to-head in Battle Mode. Players will drag and drop gadgets that blast, bounce, and baffle your enemies in order to become the ultimate Commander.
Commander Keen will head into a soft launch this summer. Players can pre-register for the game to receive updates and unique in-game rewards at www.gokeen.com.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood | Follow in Dad’s Footsteps (Together) on July 26
The legendary BJ Blazkowicz has gone missing in Paris. In Wolfenstein: Youngblood, BJ’s twin daughters Jess and Soph will rise together in the series’ first co-op experience to locate their old man and bring him home. MachineGames, in partnership with Arkane Lyon, bring you Wolfenstein: Youngblood, available for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch on July 26. Check out the explosive new trailer for the game.
Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot | Experience Wolfenstein Up-Close and Personal on July 26
Sometimes Nazi killing takes a little more brain than brawn. In Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot, you play as the best hacker in town, and the French resistance needs your help. A MachineGames production developed by Arkane Lyon, this virtual reality gaming experience puts you in the cockpit of Nazi war machines, turning the oppressors’ creations against them to smash, burn and shoot your way through the once-beautiful streets of Paris. Saddle up as the Cyberpilot the resistance needs on PSVR and PC VR headsets on July 26.
RAGE 2 | DLC and Live Events Coming Soon
Insanity’s rule began when RAGE 2 blasted onto the scene just a few weeks ago, but its reign is far from over. Walker’s still here with his cast of whacky characters, and RAGE 2 fans are getting a slew of updates and content this summer. Giant sand worms, a pilotable mech, new cheats, new vehicles, new community events, and more will begin to hit the Wasteland starting next week.
In the bigger-badder-better section, RAGE 2 announced the first DLC for RAGE 2 – Rise of the Ghosts – coming later this year. The DLC will bring a new story, new enemy faction – The Ghosts, new weapons and abilities, new places to explore, and new ways to [email protected]#$ stuff up.
RAGE 2, the game that was called “FPS Porn” in reviews, continues to evolve and grow. Stay tuned for more updates.
The Elder Scrolls: Blades | Coming to Nintendo Switch This Fall and Large Mobile Update Out Now
The Elder Scrolls: Blades hacks ‘n slashes its way onto the Nintendo Switch this Fall. Players can carry over all progress from the mobile version or start a new adventure from scratch. Playable in docked or tablet mode, Blades on Switch takes advantage of the platform’s unique Joy-Cons and motion controls to support a variety of playstyles.
Available tonight for mobile players on iOS and Android is a free update that adds a ton of new content and player-requested features including a new dragon slayer questline, solo Arena battles, new job types, jewelry system, support for level 50+ players, new decorations, and voiced NPCs for key story moments and town interactions.
The Elder Scrolls Online | Scalebreaker & Dragonhold DLC Announced
New player milestone unlocked! The Elder Scrolls Online has welcomed more than 13.5 million players to Tamriel since launch. That’s more than two million players in the last year alone, who have come for the incredible Elder Scrolls stories and hundreds of hours of adventuring with millions of their new best friends.
The Season of the Dragon, ESO’s first year-long interconnected adventure, is in full flight. Announced tonight, Summer’s Scalebreaker DLC dungeon pack will test players as they search for ways to defeat the winged beasts through two new challenging group dungeons: Moongrave Fane and Lair of Maarselok.
Also revealed tonight, ESO’s Fall DLC, Dragonhold, features the return of Sai Sahan—one of the original Five Companions—as leader of The Dragonguard, a legendary group of warriors feared by dragons everywhere for their slaying prowess and the epic conclusion to the Season of the Dragon.
The recently released Elsweyr Chapter opened up the arid plains and grasslands of the cat-like khajiit race and let loose ferocious dragons upon the land. This Chapter, now available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC and Mac, also saw the release of the dark and mysterious Necromancer class, allowing players to command the dead and master the arts of the living dead.
The Elder Scrolls: Legends | Moons of Elsweyr Dropping June 27
The Elder Scrolls: Legends, the award-winning free-to-play strategy card game, unveiled Moons of Elsweyr at E3, the latest card expansion set in the savannahs of Elsweyr, set to release this month on June 27.
Moons of Elsweyr welcomes many new Elsweyr-themed cards, from Khajiit to dragons to dastardly Imperials. With 75+ new cards shuffled into the already-expansive array, Moons of Elsweyr promises to shake up the game’s meta once again.
Starting now, players can prepare themselves with the limited-time Moons of Elsweyr preorder bundle. Players will receive 50 card packs and a Legendary card from Moons of Elsweyr when it releases, plus they’ll unlock the exclusive “Bearer of the Wrathstone” title and premium Wrathstone card back for their collection right away.
Download Legends for free today and journey through unique Elder Scrolls stories, conquer your enemies, and test your skills in a best-in-class strategy card game built for diehard Elder Scrolls fans and newcomers alike.