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Bethesda E3 2019 conference live report

Commander Keen is back! But...

Look, I'm sorry.

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Our live coverage of this event has finished.

Well good evening everyone.

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Or is it good morning? Gawd E3 really messes with your head when you're on the home team.

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Anyway, I'm just heading down to Easy Hours for a quick beer run before Bethesda kicks off in just over 30 minutes.

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Does anyone want anything?

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I feel your pain. This beer possibly isn't helping.

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INSOMANiAC: This is the bleakest E3 live Eurogamer chat I've seen since they began. Bethesda not keeping people up until 2am any more?

I will endeavour to make it bleaker still.

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What to expect from Bethesda's show?

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Well, lord knows.

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They announced everything last year.

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Maybe they can announce Elder Scrolls 7 this time out?

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Fallout 5 and 6 and 7.

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And Wet 2, obviously.

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Disappointed that none of you have mentioned Rogue Warrior yet.

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Also what celebrity cameo would you like, in the wake of Keanu's appearance at Microsoft?

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Oh yes please.

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Richard Briers too?

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Oh shit, he dead.

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I liked Brink!

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So much potential there, and a lot of it wasted, but I still had a fun time with it.

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Oh, we've started.

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Totally here for Brink 2 btw.

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We're starting with *feelings* and a celebration of all of us as gamers.

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I, too, hate this.

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This vapid shite is certifiably worse than Brink. We can all agree on that right?

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We stand together on that simple fact. This intro vid is shite. #betogether

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Right, so what really to expect. A new Arkane project?

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Er, Rage 2 DLC?

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Oh, more on Doom Eternal and Wolfenstein: The Young Ones.

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Oh look Pete Hines walks out from the crowd because he's just one of us!

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That jacket Pete Hines is wearing is very similar to the one Phil Spencer wore at the MS conference.

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It's the latest line in exec chic - the bomber jacket that says they're just regular joes.

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We're getting customer feedback piled in through the show, though, which could be lolz.

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We're are also getting Todd Howard's regrettable stand-up routine, which is fast becoming an E3 tradition now.

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Fallout 76 is up for discussion! It got a lot of deserved criticism, admits Todd.

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The community is lovely, apparently.

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Also the pre-orders for Todd Howard Live at the Apollo DVD are going live round about now.

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We're getting a look at Elder Scrolls Blades, which you might have played already on mobile.

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It's not very good!

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TotesBreakfast: Well I'm already depressed.

I was already depressed. I don't even know what this new feeling is. I don't like it.

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But wait! Elder Scrolls is coming to Switch!

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The slightly underwhelming mobile game that is.

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Bethesda's E3 conferences are so weird. In a good way I think?

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But they could have let us know so much of this in an email rather than hiring out a theatre in LA.

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Fallout 76 update now, from two lads who look like they kept their coathangers in their shirts as their arms hang stiffly by their sides.

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Anyway, there's an update coming to Fallout 76. And it introduces NPCs!

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Wastelanders 76 is the free update, coming this autumn.

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As weak as this is, I do really appreciate the announcement of dialogue trees being given a rousing applause.

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Mazzle: Drink to forget your mistakes.

*gulps*

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And here's a Battle Royale mode for Fallout 76.

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There it is.

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52-player battle royale, an update called Nuclear Winter and it's coming on June 10th.

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Oh that's today!

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People are cheering executives as they announce a battle royale for a game they admit they knew was less than brilliant when they first started asking for money for it.

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What even is this world.

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Anyway here's Todd come tell us a joke son.

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Also of note, Todd Howard is wearing his own spin on the exec bomber jacket.

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Thank the lord, then for Shinji Mikami, who comes on wearing a hoodie.

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As he gets ready to unveil God Hand 2.

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It's a new IP!

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So not God Hand 2. But it's Ghostwire Tokyo!

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Let's see it in action please.

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Creative director Ikumi Nakamura is here to take us through the demo, and she's brilliantly enthusiastic about it all.

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A cinematic trailer is what we're getting, showing a gritty take on Tokyo where the paranormal juts up against the 'normal'.

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Well, I have no idea after that.

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Still, new IP from Tango Gameworks, and there's a nice edge to its vision.

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Right, there was a quick montage about pepole who like Bethesda games, here's an update on Elder Scrolls Online, I'm going to the fridge.

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a8a: Games journalists are an embarassing bunch

Well *excuse* me!

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But also yeah I'm an absolute embarassment to myself and all who know me.

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Quite appreciate the applause really. It is quite a walk!

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Hi I'm back did I miss anything.

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Another prerendered trailer, you say?

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INSOMANiAC: Can we please find out who else makes their own yarn? What's with all this games shit??

I'm making my own yawn right now if that's any use.

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Anyway I'm ignoring the fact that a cat is killing a dragon, which is something.

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It looked like the cat might be hurt but the cat's okay, we'll find out more about the cat in the expansion.

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People are out of their seats in the front row, screaming at every sentence that comes out of the presenter's face.

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So much screaming.

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The screaming gets louder.

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It gets more aggressive.

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'We're humbled by your enthusiasm' he says as the screams ring out, louder, more desperate.

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That's not enthusiasm.

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It's horror. Despair. An emptiness in the pit of the stomach that can only be expressed by opening your mouth as wide as it goes and letting out a low, guttral noise.

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Anyway here's a new game it's a free-to-play mobile Commander Keen game thanks.

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So yeah, Commander Keen is back. But...

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Kami: Why does this hurt? WHY DOES THIS HURT?!

I don't know, but if you scream loud and hard enough the pain goes away, if only for a short while.

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GrayHeart: I cant believe you've done this

Don't blame me!

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Also I don't know what's going on but you can go helmet to helmet apparently I don't know if this is even real anymore.

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Someone just let a fox into the auditorium then stood on its tail and now I think it's just dead there.

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It let out this horrible yelp and now its corpse is just there, lying in one of the aisles, maybe even blocking one of the fire exits I hope they see to it soon.

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That poor fox.

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It sounds like another fox just got its tail stamped on. The poor things.

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In amidst all that, there was something on Elder Scrolls Legends and now here's an update on Rage 2.

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Kami: Who the fuck even uses VHS any more?!

I'm still Betamax all the way.

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Right, all that's done, let's have a good look at Wolfenstein.

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Wolfenstein Youngblood will have more weapons than before, more Nazis to kill.

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It looks fun and energetic going from that trailer but good lord stop with the 80s schtick.

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Also I'm a fan of this lad sticking with the trad exec outfit of t-shirt, jeans and blazer.

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Because bomber jacket chic is back as Arkane Lyon take to the stage.

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It's an all-nw Arkane game, which I'm very much behind.

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A 70s vibe, which is a bit different, and it's about two assassins but this is another cinematic trailer so honestly I have no idea.

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It's Deathloop - proving that time loops are the new big thing in games after 12 Minutes and Outer Worlds.

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It's Spy v Spy?

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'It's really fucking cool' they say.

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'Swearing isn't cool' I say. Pricks.

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So, Deathloop - an all-new game from Arkane Lyon, and something to very much look forward to.

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Fox89: *Outer Wilds, for the other looping one? I know, I do it all the time too

Sorry! I do it all the time and will continue to do it becuase frankly it's silly. And also I'm an idiot.

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Here's a look at all-new technology, dubbed Orion - I believe it's centred around streaming.

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It optimises performance for streaming games and I'm not sure this is the time for this lads.

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Here's Doom Etarenal, I hope to end this sorry show.

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morikaweb: WTF is with the audience? They practically gave an expansion pack for mobile microtransaction based card games a standing ovation. I have never heard an audience so obviously planted as this one.

Glue-sniffing is the only reason I can come up with for the screaming. That or all the foxes that are either fucking/being slaughtered in there right now.

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Doom Eternal! It looks bloody brilliant.

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INSOMANiAC: The irony of slayersclub.com currently not loading due to people trying to sign up to Bethesdas streaming tech is not lost on me.

Phenomenal.

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At last! A look at a video game in action, what feels like a first this E3.

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A goddamn wonderful looking video game too. A lot more environmental stuff in there than Doom 2016, and I like how intricate it all looks.

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Apologies for the radio silence - I'm kind of lost in reverie as Doom Eternal fills my sleep-deprived mind with all sorts of garish, gorey brilliance.

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I shouldn't really complain about this press conference. It's all the weirdness and awkwardness that I missed in MS's slick presentation earlier on, bundled together.

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And we get a Doom Eternal release date thrown in for good measure too - it's out on November 22nd.

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The one weakside to Doom 2016 - the multiplayer - is being addressed now as they talk about Battlemode.

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We're also going to get a proper look at Doom Eternal's multiplayer in motion - and there'll be plenty more details at Quakecon later this year.

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And that was Bethesda's show. Kind of awful in places, but I'm still grateful for it all. Thanks Bethesda!

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INSOMANiAC: They're not seriously going to not mention elder scrolls... Are they?

They mentioned Blades! And Legends!

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