Bethesda’s E3 2017 press conference was weird. Though it had a charming opening that showed the children of the company as they shared their dreams and the dreams of their parents, from then on it became clear that Bethesda didn’t bring much. A large portion of the show was dedicated to games that are already out, serving as a large, overly drawn, and completely unnecessary sizzle reel. There was DLC for Dishonored 2 here, more content for ESO there, and just lots of gameplay for games that many of us have already played. This isn’t to say that they didn’t show anything of importance. However, the important bits could easily have been crammed into a 10 minute video or within other conferences.
The new Wolfenstein game looks just as amazing as its predecessor, and The Evil Within 2 is bound to scare the life out of someone when it releases this October. But those were the only two huge reveals of the night, and they were at the tail end of the conference after sitting through trailers that we really don’t know why they existed. It felt like Bethesda padded the conference to justify the cost of setting up the show in the first place, and that’s not what these should end up feeling like. E3 2016 was very strong for the company, as they showed off tons of new games and content on stage. This year was more like a recap of that stunning show with a few extras thrown in for good measure. Sure those extras were great, but when surrounded by the mundane it was difficult to really walk away from that conference feeling awed.