Hello, and welcome to Ground Punch’s live blog of Bethesda’s E3 2017 press conference.
Join the Ground Punch crew as we watch the conference and hit you with banter on every moment of the show, or check out the archive once everything is said and done for a juicy recap of all the major announcements. Together, we’ll see if Bethesda can go through the entire conference without mentioning Elder Scrolls or Fallout once. My money’s on “no.”
We’ll be live blogging every show from the conference this year, so be sure to stick around Ground Punch for more dives into all of the news coming out of E3 2017.
And we’re on to yet another E3 2017 press conference. Oh boy.
This one is bound to have at least 50% more dragons than all of the others so far.
Lieutenant Graydon, reporting for duty.
Digging this music they’ve got us listening to.
I have only one question I want answered by the time this conference is done: what is the new IP the inhouse Bethesda team has been working on?
If I get that, I’ll come away satisfied.
Captain Wood standing to attention.
If not, well…Wolfenstein 2 will probably be cool?
So what do we think Starfield will be? Or will it be here at all?
Same, Sam. Same Sam, that’s your new name.
T-minus four minutes until the start of Bethesda’s conference this E3.
Colonel Sam reporting for duty.
Hey I am actually on time 😉
Admiral Nelson, stumbling in.
Sgt. Winslow, phoning in.
Oh shit, here we go.
Lol starts by showing the dev’s kids
Don’t like it
Yeah, I don’t care for this.
That faceplant kid stole the show already
Oh yah, Supreme Commander Lord Darth Kelson reporting for duty. Bow to me, peons.
It is actually kinda cute now lol
Now they’re just saying trendy, game-y buzzwords.
Fuck outta here with that.
The kids won me over
Can’t go wrong with this song ever
I can do that, too.
Lol I was just playing prey
Give me Fallout 4 VR gameplay reveal, please. Just remembered I want that.
Lol that would be awesome Sam
Welcome to Bethesda Land, I guess?
Aside from Quake Champions, what else is Bethesda working on?
Perhaps they’ll showcase DLC for Dishonored 2?
Pete Hines strikes me as a genuinely alright dude.
New shit probably
Their inhouse teams are working on Fallout 4 VR, an unannounced IP, and presumably Elder Scrolls 6, Jer.
Right, and also a Doom VR thing.
Global Vice President of Bethesda, Pete Hines, takes the stage, blabbing about Bethesdaland.
This is a peculiar way to present; I almost expect this from Nintendo.
No sir. Haven’t played a Bethesda game in years.
Here we go
Please stop calling it Bethesdaland
2 VR games, both coming out this year. Some guy shouts from the crowd, “Pete, you’re our hero!” I’m all the way into it.
Also, DOOM VR.
Please don’t be a wave shooter, please don’t be a wave shooter.
Yay a wave shooter! JK
Yeah, Graydon, I’m not into this whimsy.
I don’t like “Bethesdaland.” It doesn’t sound like Bethesda at all.
Okay, I’m in. Teleport around with a chaingun, use jumppads and shoot dudes. Gimme.
Welp, looks like Sam is getting all of his wishes granted.
Not bad! Fuck i need a vive now 😉
So, we got DOOM VR and Fallout VR.
Great, I guess.
Annnd Fallout 4 VR looks like what you’d expect. Hang out with my dog in VR and shoot dudes, with somewhat diminished graphics. I can deal.
I only like Fallout for the music
I’m not impressed with these two VR titles.
Very glitchy-looking weapons. Fidgety. But that’s VR
Lol not like Fallout 4’s graphics were even good 😉
Doom VR= Doom VFR because puns.
They’re really going all in on this Bethesda Land stuff.
Lol why am I not surprised Jere
It is silly kelson like Fallout and shit. I like it
Just feels like we’ll never get Elder Scrolls 6 cuz ESO exists
Oh, God, they shot the bear!
So, Bethesda comes to the E3 to promote a game that just came out?
God, do I love some thieving in Elder Scrolls games.
I don’t always thieve. But when I do, it’s online. In Morrowind.
Nice. Way to waste my time, Bethesda.
Lol I like these transitions
Bethesda continues to support the mod community, just not on PlayStation. Baduntiss.
PS and Xbox coexisting on that ferris wheel.
Also, this Bethesdaland is obnoxious af.
I absolutely cannot stand it.
So a mod community created BY Bethesda? Do we need it?
Lol I love it
Damn, dude, I’m pretty ready to go to sleep here.
Feels like I am playing fallout
Cards, anyone? No?
To be fair, I’m enjoying this far more than the car shit earlier today.
Man, good thing we got Jer here to level out all of our positivity.
Somebody poke Jeremy. He’s dozing.
Get this shit out of the way for the new stuff. That’s fine with me
I think I’m a fairly good counterweight.
Lol I am just sitting here excited E3 is back and Jere is being all negative Nancy 😉
Bethesda is killing me here: They haven’t started with anything strong. 15 minutes in and I’m completely uninvested.
They are certainly throwing ALOT at the wall. Is any of this old game content sticking? VR is cool and all but…
Would be fun to get on to some new stuffs soon.
Where does the time go? 15 minutes!
I think so, James. Bethesda’s showing a lot of stuff here that only appeals to niches, but they’re appealing to a lot of niches. CCG fans, VR fans, MMO fans.
You can’t sell me on something that’s already out at a conference that’s supposed to get me excited for what’s coming.
That ESO: Morrowind trailer, in particular, was a completely waste of time.
Oh come on
I’m waiting for them to announce another remaster of Skyrim, this time with 50% more dragons.
Passion Pit+ Skyrim is the music trailer you didn’t know you needed.
Yes we know what a Skyrim is, thanks
OH NO GET OUT LINK
GET OUT OF THIS GAME
Fuck I am sold
Oh my god, while you guys are raving that there’s a Switch, I’m just thrilled at Passion Pit making it in this conference!
More like AmiiNO amirite?
Now I need the amiibos
…and motion controls. Amazing.
Sam gets me.
Here we go.
Let’s see Skyrim run in action on the Nintendo Switch. Also, give us a release date. Otherwise, I don’t care.
Motion controls hmmmm
That was… interesting.
I’m sold on the idea of getting the Master Sword in Skyrim.
Also, those motion controls look incredibly questionable.
And, of course, no release date.
Whoa, a story of REVENGE and ASSASSINATION in the Dishonored universe? How bold!
I’m incredulous of Skyrim on the Switch…
Dishonored’s DLC was awesome, so I’m game for some sick nasty Dishonored 2 DLC.
Why haven’t I touched Dishonored 2 yet? I preordered the damn thing!
Oh hey, are we getting some sweet Dishonored 2 DLC?
I’ll remain bullish on this one
That’s right, I just said “sick nasty.”
THAT LADY HAS A CYBER EYE
Oh wait, it’s Billy!
DAUD IS BACK!
Glad they have a new character
Whoa Old Man Dowd
As much as I loved Dishonored, I still have yet to play Dishonored 2 myself.
There were too many damn games at the time of its release.
This has me excited, though.
Quake Champions release date, perhaps?
Death of the Outsider, September 15.
I’m down with that.
It is kinda funny that Dishonored’s DLC was Daud-focused, and so is this one.
Oh no, forced Esports stuff!
Make this stop
Made better. Made faster. Made deadlier.
Esports has been a part of every conference this year
I wonder if, in the new Dishonored, you play as that other character. What’s her name, Billy? I think.
That would be cool, to introduce another character to the Dishonored lore.
This esports bullshit needs to fucking stop, though.
It’s like no one learned from EA yesterday. Dammit all.
I know I can’t stop until I’m a Quake champion.
I am so excited for Quake though
A little bummed they’re showing the maps we’ve already played. Gimme new stuff!
I hope they bring out a shoutcaster
Oh hey, B.J. Blaskowitcz is playable in Quake Champions.
Is the game this fast and twitchy?
This looks impossible to play.
That’s what Quake is, Jeremy.
I’m down(?) if they just put characters from the Bethesdaverse into Quake and do a Heroes of the Storm thing
30 minutes in lol and only one thing we did know about has been Dishonored dlc
I don’t ever recall playing Quake. Maybe I played it on 64?
Was it on 64?
Lol quake is all about fast paced twitchy gameplay and it is glorious
Lemme check that real quick.
Actually, DoomVR was rumoured/maybe mentioned once, but I don’t think it was properly confirmed. Could be wrong.
Evil within 2
Uh oh, it’s time for some spooks!
Evil Within 2, my dudes.
Actually wasn’t expecting it!
I need to finish one lol
Okay, yes, I can confirm that Quake was on the Nintendo 64.
Excuse my lack of knowledge everyone. I don’t claim to know everything. =P
It’s all cool, man.
I love how crazy this fucking trailer is
Every trailer either needs an Imagine Dragons song or a cover of a beloved song done worse.
This trailer kicks total ass
This is not a great trailer.
What you’re crazy man
I am loving this crazy ass trailer
The trailer does a great job of building tension and atmosphere.
Is it an accurate representation of the game? Of course not, bu that’s not what I expect at this stage of development, especially since it’s merely an announcement trailer.
I will be the middle man and say this trailer looks like an okay trailer.
I kinda love this
I don’t know. The trailer is fine, I guess.
Drop Dead Scary season 2 John?
Lol season 3 or 4 probably
I thought that was neat.
Outlast 2 is next
I jumped. Dammit.
Evil Within 2 release date set for Friday, Oct. 13
I dug the part before the title of it, though.
I got some real Bioshock/Kate Chopin’s The Awakening from it.
Awesome trailer, I’m sold.
near the end? What?
Ooh, big new thing.
Wait, end of our tour?
Wait only a 30 minute conference
Looking forward to Halloween, especially with the new season of Stranger Things.
Bethesda’s Little House on the Prairie
Bethesda never does very long shows. Still, one last thing here, hopefully their new IP
If this is the end of the conference, this is the weakest one thus far.
That’s a big-ass robot dog.
Oh wait, this is Wolfenstein 2. Riiiight.
The fact that they had to go and record this somewhere. Cringeeeeee
This is crazy.
This is a much better trailer.
Drugs are crazy
You kidding me? I love these weird alternate reality TV sketches.
Also, the credits said this was a Neuromod? Interesting.
Ugh, this is bullshit.
Let’s get to it.
Holy fuck, you’re boring me to death here, Bethesda.
I repeat, the word “Neuromod” was used. Wolfenstein/Prey crossover confirmed.
Wolfenstein was so freaking forgettable. Who are these people? lol
Yes! crazy bitch is back
Wake me up when something happens.
More Inglorious Basterds-inspired Nazi conversation scenes? Okay, Bethesda. This is okay with me.
I am with Sam
I mean, it looks nice…
All theses characters making a return nice
Flat head guy is back!
The B in B.J. stands for “Bad Mamma Jamma”
This is just amazing.
This game looks really, really cool. The commitment to the bit is amazing.
That cookie part was great!
This is a badass reveal
This is the most tonally A.D.D. trailer I’ve ever seen.
This looks campy in the best way possible. Make the shooting even better than the first and I’m a happy Sam.
There’s a guy just playing the clarinet in the background.
The music is great
I wanna like it. But I just can’t trust it. I hated the last one SO MUCH.
Okay, so they finally threw the words New Orleans on the screen. Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is definitely set in the American Nazi-occupied south. That’s a hell of a setting.
Think you’re in the minority there, Graydon my boy.
Fuck that was so good
What is happening?
WHAT WAS THAT LIZARD
That was an incredible showcase of Wolfenstein. “Fucking bananas” indeed.
Also, 10/27/17, not bad.
Everything we’ve shown you will be out this year, which was like four things.
Nice I kinda like that they didn’t really want to show anything that isn’t coming this year
There’s nothing is there?
He just needs to say “one more thing…”
Well that was a short ass conference
Wolfenstein was the “one more thing.”
Somebody wake up Jeremy
You alright there James? lol
What? I’m awake, lol.
Well then, that was boring af.
Definitely a small conference for them this time. Lots of development cycles just ending for their teams, and other stuff still in early development.
I think next year will be the opposite of this with just wall to wall new stuff.
Now, which was weaker? This or EA?
Didn’t even get a Skyrim Switch release date. Boggles my mind.
Oh this was weaker by far
I thought that was a short, sweet, tight conference. Not necessarily all things that I care about but was a solid conference.
None of it was compelling for me.
The only few worthwhile things I saw were Skyrim on Switch (specifically for the Master Sword) and the Dishonored 2 DLC.
And exactly, we didn’t even get a release date for Skyrim on Switch.
I’m glad they at least stuck to just showing things that are coming out this year, hence why the show was so brief.
My vote’s with EA because I remember thinking Need For Speed and Prison game was cool, and that’s it.
Bethesda had Wolfenstein 2, Dishonored 2 DLC, and VR games, so that’s like…2 more things than EA?
I think EA’s conference was weaker, but Bethesda’s conference was incredibly boring.
Whatever the case, both we extremely forgettable for me.
So after 2017, Bethesda dies?
Yeah EA was just meh.
That ending for this one was fucking great
I definitely enjoyed this show more than EA’s. EA’s conferences seem to always be the worst.
Exactly. It seems Bethesda has nothing planned for the next year.
Well is it they have nothing planned for next year, or they’re saving 2018 and beyond announcements for their next show?
Next year Doom 2
That’s all they need
Maybe they just don’t have much anything planned for early 2018, so they’ll just hit us with a bunch of stuff next E3, or drop announcements earlier on in the year.
What’s next aside from Gamescom in August and PSX in December?
I guess we’ll find out.
At the current moment, it seems Bethesda has nothing planned for next year. Hopefully, they come hard with announcements either later this year, or early next year to get people excited for Bethesda games in the years to come. As of right now, nothing has me hyped from them.
We constantly complain about publishers only showing games that are years away at E3, but Bethesda did the exact opposite. I think it was an interesting move.
I liked it. I know i can play all those games this year.
Sony will show a shit ton of games that won’t be released for like 3 years with one or two releasing next year
I don’t want to play any of those games lol
Interesting, for sure, but I don’t know if it was wise for Bethesda to promote content for games already out, especially considering this is a conference geared to shareholders to invest in properties that are upcoming. I’m not excited for anything Bethesda showed tonight, and I can’t be the only one. If that feeling permeates the E3 show floor and attendees left perplexed, then that’s not a good look for Bethesda.
I’ll dabble in Evil Within until I piss myself.
It felt like a Nintendo Direct. Nothing bad, just nothing at all exciting either. A lot of known quantaties. Wolf 2 does look great though.
Quake Champions looks interesting.
The Dishonored 2 DLC seems good.
Skyrim on Switch is compelling.
I can get behind an Evil Within 2.
But that’s it.
Good call, definitely got Direct vibes.
Felt like when Capcom used to have shows. Or who was it? “1 million troooobs”.
Well, this was a good chat, all. Supreme Commander Kelson, out!
Konami! That was it.
If you’re curious at all, it seems Devolver Digital will have an E3 stream as well. You can find it here: https://www.twitch.tv/twitch
It follows the Bethesda conference.
Okay yep. Heading to bed. Corporal Webb out!
Ooooo Devolver? Maybe I WILL stay up…