Bethesda is a powerhouse developer in the video game industry. Year after year, they produce gaming experiences that excel in almost every way. I had high expectations for the Bethesda E3 presentation after being blown away last year by the unveiling of Fallout 4.
This year’s presentation felt, for the most part, underwhelming. Bethesda’s E3 2017 presentation mostly focused on games that have already been released or announced some time ago.
Creation Club Updates
Don’t get me wrong, I love that Bethesda continues to support games long after their original release. VR experiences for Fallout 4 are great for consumers and the introduction of Creation Club adds a wealth of gear/equipment content to both Fallout 4 and Skyrim.
More importantly, it allows players to retain their save files and continue to unlock achievements with Creation Club Mods. Up til now, this feat wasn’t possible with the current mods available within Skyrim and Fallout 4. However, there is already a wealth of information available online for all current Bethesda games, and their E3 presentation is not the place to market your existing library as it takes the focus off of future projects and soon to be released titles.
We all come to E3 to see projects that have not been previously announced. The two standout titles that come under this category from Bethesda are The Evil Within 2 and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Both games provide a very different video game experience.
The Evil Within 2 is an atmospheric psychological horror designed to mess with players’ minds and perceptions. Whereas Wolfenstein follows the formula of its predecessors, being an all guns blazing first person shooter experience. Both games showcased well but lacked gameplay footage and instead focused on cinematics.
A Missed Opportunity
I believe both games will be stunning masterpieces in their own right. However, Bethesda did a poor job in showcasing their potential. Less cinematics, more gameplay. Both games release this year, so having gameplay footage is not a matter of still being in the alpha phase of development. Bethesda decided to instead sell an idea or story concept instead of gameplay, which is the foundation of all games.
Sure, there were more announcements and reveals at the Bethesda conference. But the only two that had me ready to click that Pre-order button were Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and The Evil Within 2. What did you think of Bethesda’s presentation? Are you excited for new releases, or stoked that Bethesda is providing enhancements to current games?