How to watch the Bethesda E3 2019 press conference, and what to expect

Doom, Wolfenstein, and more are sure bets for the Bethesda E3 conference

E3 2019 is quickly approaching, and publisher Bethesda Softworks will once again be hosting its own press conference. The Bethesda press conference is a bit of a wild card every year, mixing in high-profile game announcements with long gameplay demonstrations and even the occasional musical performance. Every year, there seems to be something we weren’t expecting to see, and we anticipate E3 2019 to be no different. Here is how to watch the Bethesda press conference, and what to expect from the show.

How to watch the Bethesda E3 Showcase

Bethesda will be hosting its E3 2019 press conference – technically the “Bethesda E3 Showcase” – on June 9 at 8:30 p.m. ET. It will be streamed live on the publisher’s official YouTube, Twitch, Mixer, Twitter, and Facebook accounts. A select group of fans who will be in Los Angeles during this time will also be invited to attend the show in person.

To best chat along with fellow Bethesda fans, we suggest using either Twitch or Mixer. The latter service is Microsoft’s own streaming platform and features more interactivity than comparable streaming sites. It will also give you the best possible resolution to view the latest games.

What to expect at the Bethesda E3 Showcase

Bethesda currently has several high-profile games in development, including a few that are scheduled to release shortly after E3. If you like first-person shooters, you’re definitely going to want to check out the show, because there should be plenty. Here is what to expect from the event.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood and Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot

everything we know about wolfenstein youngblood shooting 2

Following in the footsteps of the standalone The Old Blood expansion for Wolfenstein: The New Order, the game’s sequel will be getting its own spinoff called Wolfenstein: Youngblood. The cooperative shooter takes place in the 1980s and stars longtime hero B.J. Blazkowicz’ twin daughters on a mission to save their missing father. The game will have more open-ended environments than past Wolfenstein games,  according to producer Jerk Gustafsson, so expect to see a gameplay demonstration.

But that isn’t the only Wolfenstein game releasing just after E3. The VR game Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot is also on the way, and it takes place at roughly the same time as Youngblood. VR games are hard to demonstrate, but we expect it to get at least a little time in the spotlight.

Doom Eternal

e3 2019 bethesda press conference how to watch games announced doometernalsword

2016’s Doom was better than just about anyone was expecting it to be, and if the footage we’ve seen for Doom Eternal thus far is anything to go by, the sequel will be even better. Taking the action away from a Martian space station and back down to Earth, the game delivers all the gory finishing moves and crazy demons we want.

A bigger question mark, however, is the competitive multiplayer mode. We know it will be developed in-house at Id Software this time around, which will hopefully help it avoid the quality disparity that we saw between modes in the previous game. A demonstration of a deathmatch mode seems appropriate for the big stage at E3.

Rage 2

Rage 2 Tim Willits interview Bethesda Avalanche Studios combat gunplay id software

Just launched on May 14, Rage 2 is a single-player post-apocalyptic game, but that isn’t stopping Bethesda from supporting it with a heaping helping of additional content. In June and July, there will be new world events, and we’ll even get new vehicles and weapon skins during that period. The next major release will be the Rise of the Ghosts expansion, which includes new story content, so we anticipate seeing a glimpse of this during the show.

Fallout 76

Fallout 76 Review-in-Progress

Fallout 76’s launch in 2018 managed to sully the franchise’s reputation almost overnight, with bugs and a lack of content making players feel they had wasted their money. Some even threatened to sue. But in modern times, a bad game can turn into a good game with the help of content updates and patches. Given the hype that surrounded Fallout 76 when it was first announced, there’s little chance Bethesda will abandon it. Expect more free content announcements and update news, but don’t expect the game to go completely free-to-play.

The Elder Scrolls: Blades

elder scrolls blades hands on review feat

The Elder Scrolls: Blades took Bethesda’s other open-world role-playing series into the free-to-play sphere in early 2019, and it was met with lukewarm enthusiasm by players who appreciated the environments while criticizing its microtransactions. Systems have been adjusted since its initial rollout, and we expect Bethesda to show off the most significant changes during its E3 Showcase. This will have to do for Elder Scrolls fans because, as we’ll explain below, they won’t be getting much else.

What we could see from the Bethesda E3 Showcase

Alongside the obvious inclusions like Doom Eternal and Wolfenstein: Youngblood are the games we think could make an appearance at the Bethesda E3 Showcase, as well as those we’d really love to see. Here is what we could (and would love) to see at the event.

The Elder Scrolls Online

The Elder Scrolls Online screenshot 19

The MMO The Elder Scrolls Online continues to get new substantial content updates and expansions, and it has a loyal fanbase likely biding their time before The Elder Scrolls VI finally releases. Just before E3 hits, the expansion Elsweyr will drop, so we are very unlikely to hear news about another paid expansion. A greater sampling of what to expect from Elsweyr in the future is a much better possibility.

The Elder Scrolls Legends

The Elder Scrolls Legends Beta Hands On

The collectible card game The Elder Scrolls Legends is still going strong and just had its most recent expansion release in January. That likely means there is not any major content coming for the remainder of the year, but competitive events or new features could still get a plug during E3 2019. Perhaps there could even be some sort of integration with Blades?

Wolfenstein III

Everything We Know About 'Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus'

With both Cyberpilot and Youngblood due for release in July, we probably won’t get a full Wolfenstein III announcement at this year’s conference, but Bethesda has been known to announce games way ahead of time – more on that below. We’d settle for a smaller teaser or even just the title because Bethesda has already confirmed that a full-fledged sequel to 2017’s The New Colossus is in the works.

Games we don’t expect to see at the Bethesda E3 Showcase

We still have to gear up for disappointment during E3, and if you’re a fan of some of Bethesda’s biggest franchises, you’ll want to be prepared for the absent games. Below are the games we don’t expect to see.

Dishonored 3

dishonored death outsider of the 14619

Dishonored 2 brought along many great elements from the first game and gave us more choice on powers to use, but moving away from the Dunwall setting hurt its atmosphere. The story was somewhat redeemed with the standalone release Death of the Outsider, but Bethesda is not currently working on a new game. Expect to wait at least a few more years before hearing any news.

Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI

starfield official e3 announcement teaser 2 bethesda 2018

Sorry if you’re interested in hearing about either of Bethesda Studios’ upcoming games, Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI, because neither of them will be at the E3 Showcase. Bethesda has already confirmed this, and despite announcing both games at E3 last year, we’ve been told practically nothing about them. Neither are likely coming to current-generation systems, either, so stay tuned for next year to potentially learn more.

Product Review

Rage 2 is a chaotic, apocalyptic melee, and we’re dying to play more

Bethesda Studios puts Avalanche Studios in the driver's seat in the second attempt at the world of Rage and the team mostly sticks the landing with Rage 2.

New Need for Speed and Plants vs. Zombies games could be shown by EA at E3 2019

EA is doing things a bit differently for its fan-oriented EA Play event. Multiple livestreams will air on June 8, replacing the traditional press conference format. We expect to see Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order and much more.

Sabrina or Ozark? Netflix has secret games in store for E3

The Netfix video game adaptation Stranger Things will see its third part release this July, and it will be shown at E3 2019. However, Netflix also has other unannounced games that will also be coming to the video game convention.

From new games to hardware, here's what to expect from the Xbox E3 Briefing

Unlike Sony, Microsoft will once again hold its own E3 press briefing in 2019. Here's how, when, and where to watch the conference, as well as what kinds of announcements to expect from the event.

Splinter Cell may not be one of Ubisoft’s three unannounced games

Ubisoft's fiscal report included the news that pirate game Skull & Bones is delayed a year, but also included plans for three unannounced games. A Ubisoft dev tweeted that Splinter Cell was in development, but the company said otherwise.

G-Sync is a game-changer. These are the best monitors with Nvidia's display tech

Looking for a monitor that plays well with Nvidia GPUs? You need G-Sync and we have picked the best G-Sync monitors available. Take a look and find out which monitor works best for your PC upgrade.

Minecraft Earth hands-on preview: The next big AR craze Is coming

Minecraft Earth is a new mobile augmented reality game from Microsoft that has Pokémon Go dead in its sites. The cute monster collect-them-all started the genre, but Minecraft Earth hopes to redefine it.

Get ready to slay spiders and skeletons in real life with Minecraft Earth

Minecraft Earth is the new augmented reality mobile game that uses the Minecraft engine. We have everything you need to know including the release date, features, price, phone compatibility, and more.

Here's where Xur is and what he has for wares this week in Destiny 2: Forsaken

The weekly vendor in Destiny 2: Forsaken always brings Exotic weapons and armor, some of the toughest loot to find in the game. Here's everything you need to know to track down Xur: Where he is, when he shows up, and what he's stocking.

Immerse yourself in a new universe with these incredible PSVR games

The PSVR has surpassed expectations and along with it comes an incredible catalog of games. There's plenty of amazing experiences to be had so we've put together a list of the best PSVR games available today.

Animal Crossing could make an appearance during the Nintendo Direct at E3 2019

Once again, Nintendo will air a Nintendo Direct during E3 2019 rather than take the stage. The showcase will feature games launching in 2019, so expect The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, Luigi's Mansion 3, and much more.

The Razer Core X Chroma is the best external GPU you can buy

The third entry in Razer's lineup of external graphics card enclosures, the Core X Chroma, brings together the best of its previous options in a single package. With RGB lighting and extra USB ports, is this the best you can buy?

These are the must-have games that every Xbox One owner needs

More than four years into its life span, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From Cuphead to Halo 5, the best Xbox One games offer something for players of every type.

Activision reveals game modes, multiplayer maps for Call of Duty: Mobile

Activision revealed the first five modes for Call of Duty: Mobile. The publisher also highlighted five maps from previous entries in the franchise, but said that the game will not only feature multiplayer modes.