Bethesda E3 2019 press conference will be an interesting event. Tell me sweet little lies, Howard!
Bethesda is without a doubt one of the biggest and beloved game creators of our time. The company gave us iconic franchises like The Elder Scrolls and Fallout. But in the last few years, Bethesda is quickly falling from grace and this once trusted publisher is losing its grip on our hearts. It started with the mediocre Fallout 4 and its lackluster DLC, and escalated with the notorious Fallout 76 and The Elder Scrolls Blades.
When we compare Todd Howard’s “16-times” the detail E3 2018 claim and Fallout 76’s reality, it becomes clear how we were lied to. “It just works,” said Todd Howard at E3 2018. Sadly, nothing about Fallout 76 worked. The lack of a storyline, non-existent optimization, clueless online model, and to make matters worse, predatory microtransactions.
It is Bethesda’s first live-service game and the company pulled an EA. Bethesda not only screwed up Fallout 76 as a video game but also did a horrendous job on its marketing and merchandise. Who can forget the great canvas bag fiasco of 2018? And just so you know, Bethesda promised to replace the nylon bags with the canvas bags within 4-6 months. Guess what? It’s been 4-6 months and no one has received their canvas bag as far as we know. YouTuber Yongyea recently did a video about this as well.
Todd Howard not only lied about Fallout 76 at E3 2018 but did the same with The Elder Scrolls Blades, a game he claimed is a “pure Elder Scrolls experience.” I guess we forgot about the part where we used to wait for the timer to run out or spend money to open chests to continue playing Skyrim and Oblivion.
Chests are tied to 3-6 hours wait timers, just like they were in the “pure Elder Scrolls” games like Skyrim and Oblivion? It can take you up to 150 hours to unlock these chests but if you want to skip all of it, pay $15 in total. Bethesda overly monetized this “pure Elder Scrolls” experience, drowned it in microtransactions and killed it. Still, Todd Howard knew but felt comfortable spewing vomit at E3 2018.
Speaking of spewing vomit, and this brings us to our main topic of concern, is the fact that Bethesda will most probably lie on stage at E3 2019. If you missed it, Todd Howard did an interview with IGN recently and admitted he knew about the problems with Fallout 76. The company knew very well that the game in its current broken state may not be received positively by the community and the critics. Still, Todd and Bethesda shipped the product anyway. The “release it now fix and it later” live service model is shamelessly defended by Todd Howard in the IGN interview. And it is quite clear that the company plans to continue this practice with future games, possibly, The Elder Scrolls 6 and Starfield.
Todd Howard hid in a cave for months post Fallout 76 to ride out the backlash storm and didn’t say a word before coming out to IGN days ago. Todd tried to play it as if Fallout 76 is a different kind of Fallout so people weren’t as accepting when in reality, Fallout 76 just wasn’t a good product. Riddled with bugs, lack of content, and no end game on top of predatory microtransactions in a $60 game are just some of the issues.
Watching the IGN interview there is only one question in my mind, why now? Why did Todd Howard come out now to speak about Fallout 76 even though he had numerous opportunities since 2018 to communicate his side with disgruntled fans? The only conclusion I can come to is that he wanted to save face at E3 2019. It would be worse for Bethesda if Todd Howard had shown his face at E3 2018, kept his mouth shut during the storm, and now showed up again at E3 2019 to sell more BS.
At E3 2019 Bethesda will show Doom Eternal and most likely The Elder Scrolls 6 and Starfield. Even though both The Elder Scrolls 6 and Starfield aren’t expected to release any time soon according to Bethesda, they are the company’s best chance at getting a positive buzz. Expect more lies from Todd Howard and Bethesda representatives at E3 2019.
Bethesda E3 2019 press conference is scheduled for June 9th at 5:30 PM PT /8:30 PM ET.