Prior to joining the Microsoft fold in 2020 after a $7.5 billion buyout, Bethesda Softworks was a major highlight of E3 since starting their own independent showcase of titles. Now with Microsoft as their parent company, Bethesda is poised to make waves in the industry as an Xbox Game Studios member.
Compared to previous years, Bethesda’s showcase at E3 2019 was largely a lighter affair, showing off expansion content for Rage 2, The Elder Scrolls: Legends, Fallout 76 and The Elder Scrolls Online, updates for already announced games, and smaller projects such as The Elder Scrolls: Blades, Commander Keen Mobile, Wolfenstein: Youngblood and Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot.
Here’s what happened to the major games from Bethesda’s showcase at E3 2019.
Following a first-time reveal at E3 2018 and a gameplay demo at QuakeCon 2018, id Software would show off a gameplay demo and new trailer for the hotly-anticipated DOOM Eternal at E3 2019.
Released to rave reviews praising the action pacing and badass soundtrack, DOOM Eternal would go on to have several post-launch content events for the multiplayer modes. The story expansions, The Ancient Gods, would release with Part 1 on October 20, 2020 and Part 2 on March 18, 2021. DOOM Eternal currently sits at a score of 88 on Metacritic on PC.
For the first time in 20 years, a new Commander Keen project was revealed in the form of a fully animated teaser for a mobile game.
A mix of strategy and platforming, different from previous Commander Keen games being traditional side-scrolling platformers, Commander Keen Mobile was very divisive among fans. Originally planned for a soft-launch in late 2019, the game was very swiftly removed from social media and development was cancelled in June 2020.
Announced by Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami alongside (now former) creative director of Tango Gameworks, Ikumi Nakamura, this new “karate meets magic” game generated significant buzz for being something of a departure for Shinji Mikami and Tango Gameworks after the survival horror series The Evil Within.
Shown for a second time in June 2020 at Sony’s PlayStation 5 showcase, Deathloop was also revealed to be a timed console exclusive for the PlayStation 5 for one year before arriving on Xbox consoles. Following a short delay in April 2021, Deathloop is due to release on September 14, 2021 on PlayStation 5 and PC.
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