Bethesda E3 2019 recap, gameplay trailers, and announcements

Another #BE3 is in the books, so hop a portal to hell and see and read what you missed.


Bethesda’s fifth annual #BE3 showcase touched almost all bases tonight. While Starfield and Elder Scrolls VI were not shown—and, really, did you expect next-gen games to put in an appearance? Silly rabbits—fans of Doom, Elder Scrolls Legends, Rage 2, Wolfenstein, and other Zenimax/Bethesda/id properties received plenty to tide them over.

Below, I’ve summarized every announcement and trailer from Bethesda’s E3 2019 showcase. Be sure to click links to specific announcements for more information on a particular game. 

Fallout 76 Wastelanders DLC brings human NPCs to the post-apoc wasteland this fall

Still playing Fallout 76? Maybe yes, maybe no? Bethesda is giving you a reason to return this fall—several reasons, in fact, all in the form of the human NPCs included in the upcoming Wastelanders DLC, a free expansion. There will also be dialogue trees, choices, and more classic elements that were conspicuously absent from Fallout 76 before Wastelanders.

Ghostwire Tokyo is the next action-adventure (survival) game from Resident Evil Creator Shinji Mikami

It looks like The Evil Within franchise is a wrap or at least on ice, because RE creator Shinji Mikami took the stage to introduce Ghostwire Tokyo, the next game from The Evil Within studio Tango Gameworks. The game’s visuals, aesthetic, and atmosphere are eerily gorgeous and gorgeously eerie. Take a look below. 

Commander Keen is back… kind of, in a new mobile game

Commander Keen was the first property created by id Software. Ol’ Keen’s been sitting on the sidelines for decades, watching BJ, Doomguy, and Quake’s “protagonists” (a utilitarian term at best, here) get all the action. Keen’s legacy is back, if not Keen himself: His kids, Billy and Billie, share leading roles in Commander Keen, an upcoming reboot of sorts for mobile platforms. I’m torn on the visuals, but I’ll definitely be playing it when it soft launches later this year. 

The Elder Scrolls Online Dragonhold is the next chapter in the Season of Dragons

WHERE ARE MY DRAGONS?! In The Elder Scrolls Online Dragonhold, the fourth chapter in the ongoing dragon-themed series in ESO. It’ll launch this August and feature a new dragon, Scalebreaker, for you and other swashbucklers to conquer.

Rise of the Ghosts expansion for Rage 2

If you were iffy on Rage 2 earlier this year, take a look at how Rage of the Ghosts, the game’s first expansion set, is shaping up. The expansion will bring new cheats, vehicles, characters, and mayhem to the game’s colorful world. 

Deathloop is the next game from Dishonored studio Arkane

Dishonored 3? Not yet. Arkane surprised attendees at #BE3 with a reveal trailer for Deathloop, a game that features time manipulation, something in the Arkane developers’ wheelhouse.

A new trailer for Wolfenstein: Youngblood shoots up some Nazis

Nazi scum indeed. Wolfenstein: Youngblood looks better every time we see it. Now you can see it, too! Want a spoiler? Lots of Nazis die in satisfyingly horrible ways. What more do you need to know?

id Software gives Doom Eternal three new trailers and a release date

Doom Eternal closed out #BE3 this year. Of course it did: Doom Eternal is the organization’s marquee title for this fall—this November, to be exact. Check out our release date story for full details, and feast your eyes, fists, and shotguns on three new trailers showing glimpses of gameplay and story details. 


E3 hasn’t officially begun, but we’ve already cleared two days of press conferences, briefings, and announcements. Catch up on news for the 60-ish games revealed during the Xbox briefing—including a tease for Xbox Scorpio, the “NeXbox” from Microsoft due out next holiday—and EA Play.

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David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at and @davidlcraddock.

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