Good morning! The birds are chirping, my eyes sting and the sun isn't up. How are you all faring? Have you stayed up?
That, then, was Bethesda - 30 minutes that made you wonder if the publisher really has enough games to warrant a conference of its own. Still, away from the recaps of existing games and drawn out CG trailers there was the highlight of E3 so far, Machine Games' phenomenal looking Wolfenstein 2 - and it's out later this year. This is how it unfolded.
Good shouts for Bethesda's conference include The Evil Within 2...
Wolfenstein 2, Fallout VR and maybe oh maybe we'll get some confirmation about Skyrim Switch.
Dare we dream for a sniff - a mere waft - of The Elder Scrolls 6? Remember, Bethesda unveiled Fallout 4 and six months later released it. I'm not sure it's ready to do the same again with TES6 today.
Birds are making funny noises outside my window
I'm not sure why they feel the need to shout that they've woken up before everyone else, to be honest.
Elder Scrolls 9!!!
Coming to you holiday 2032!
Or a port of WET to the Switch.
It's not too early to hope for something from id is it?
Well gooooood morning.
And a hearty salute to each and every one of you that's got up for this.
And one to myself too for rolling over and picking up my laptop in this Ibis I'm staying in in Brighton.
I only hit snooze on my phone once.
goodmorning martin.any wishes for this show?
That it ends in like five minutes so I can go back to sleep.
Anyway it'll be Wolfenstein, The Evil Within 2 and Skyrim plus maybe Fallout VR.
If Rogue Warrior Remastered was here you'd hear my screams of excitement wherever you are. Still the only Bethesda game of recent years that's got my pulse racing.
We start with a montage that's attempting to make the people at Bethesda seem a little more human.
I just saw a Battlecry logo! That game was canned, obviously, but the studio lives on.
And heeeeeeeeeeeeere's Pete Hines.
The crowd lets out a shriek of what I can only describe as sheer terror as he comes out on stage.
Actually maybe they're just screaming at that shirt.
What on earth is going on with that?
Pete, do a twirl so we can see it in all its horror.
They've hired the shrieking goons again.
And they're leading with VR.
Shall I just go back to sleep?
First up is Doom on Vive.
Which has been doing the rounds as a tech demo for a while. It's a thing!
And now Fallout 4 VR, which again was announced a while ago. It's also still a thing!
From two games that we knew existed to The Elder Scrolls Online.
Apologies, Doom VR wasn't announced as a full game, but a tech demo has been doing the rounds for a while.
Both those VR titles coming out this year.
Elder Scrolls Online is still being highlighted.
This is Return to Morrowind, which is out now.
Apologies if you woke up for this!
My tired brain only just got what 'VFR' means in Doom VFR. That's tickled me a little.
(The 'F' is a naughty word).
Now here's that card game!
Before that we had the announcement of Bethesda's Creation Club, which is alarming some people as it sounds like it could be paid mods.
Details of that are thin at the moment - we're trying to find out exactly what it means.
Skyrim on Switch!
It has Amiibo support, with Zelda amiibos - lol at actually being able to find one of them - unlocking character costumes.
Also motion control support, it looks like.
Dishonored 2 DLC announce klaxon.
Death of the Outsider, and it's out on September 15th.
Quake Champions, which by all accounts is quite splendid, gets its moment in the spotlight.
I'm still reeling from Pete Hines' shirt though tbh.
And now, finally, a new, new game.
Which looks very much like The Evil Within 2.
It's more Mikami, which can only be a good thing.
So, IÂºm guessing that there can be no TES 6 this year, judging by the subdued presentation... (to dodge calling it boring)
Absolutely no chance of that. I don't think we're expecting it for a few years yet!
A CG trailer with a slow-burn cover of an old song. And a slow clap from me.
Get in the sea.
Finally here's some gameplay. It looks pretty sublime, though we only get a brief look.
And it's out soon! Friday October 13th - seems like Bethesda's keen on the short marketing cycle after it worked so well for Fallout 4.
Sweet relief, this is only 30 minutes long. I imagine we're ending on Wolfenstein.
Will we get to see the game itself though?
Ah yes, here we go.
It takes the stylised alternate history of Machine Games' last Wolfenstein to a new extreme as we see Americana lorded over by strawberry milkshake-drinking Nazis.
This looks alright.
And now some proper gameplay. You shoot people, obviously, but it all looks terribly cool as you do so.
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus.
Pete Hines back onstage, doing a swear because Bethesda are edgy like that.
The new Wolfenstein is probably the highlight of the show so far for me, though. It does look like something else.
All those games will be out this year.
A small cherry on an otherwise fairly dismal cake. That's a lot of money to spend for them to show everyone some trailers.
You can all go back to bed now.
To recap: VR, MMO, card game, paid for mods (we think) and DLC.
But to cap it off The Evil Within 2 and the excellent looking Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, both of which will be playable before the year's end.
So not too bad, really. I think I'm just tired and grouchy.
Quite a wait until the next conference, with Ubisoft at 9pm tonight before Sony does its thing at 2am. Hope to see you there!