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E3 always holds some big surprise at some point in time; if it's not from Nintendo then it's from Sony, and if not Sony then Microsoft. In the case of this past year's E3 one of the big surprises unveiled during the Bethesda stage conference was the revelation that a sequel to the 2016 outing of Doom was in the works called Doom: Eternal. The upcoming first-person shooter didn't have any gameplay footage on display and we didn't learn anything about the story (other than where the location will be set) but we will get to see the game in action for the very first time during this year's upcoming QuakeCon in August.
The QuakeCon 2018 event, set to take place between August 10th and August 12th, will host a variety of reveals, events, competitions, and a firsthand look at Doom: Eternal. The keynote address will kick things off with updates on a number of games starting at 11 a.m. CST, and this includes Marty Stratton and Hugo Martin from id Software taking to the stage to present the very first gameplay reveal of Doom: Eternal. If you can't purchase tickets and see the gameplay for yourself in person, you can tune into the Bethesda Twitch.tv channel, and watch the livestream reveal of the game.
This was originally promised during the E3 press conference that Bethesda held in June, where it was revealed that the first glimpse of footage from the game would be on display at QuakeCon, the annual event that Bethesda holds to celebrate the company's illustrious history of action-oriented gaming.
The initial teaser trailer gave us a glimpse of Doom Guy (or Doomslayer) making his way back to Earth after being betrayed by Dr. Samuel Hayden. When Doom Guy appears on Earth, it's being ravaged by the demons of hell. It's a recreation of Doom 2's "Hell on Earth" campaign, where the Doom Guy had to avenge the death of his bunny and clear out the demon hordes.
Bethesda will also showcase more gameplay and information about RAGE 2, the upcoming first-person shooter for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The game had a lengthy session showcased during this past year's E3, but even more content will be on display at QuakeCon. Bethesda will also give an update on Quake Champions, the competitive arena-shooter that has been in development for some time now.
But it's not just love-fest for first-person shooters... well, technically it is. But still, if you were also interested in learning more about Fallout 76, Bethesda will have more information on the game during a Fallout 76 panel and a Q&A set to take place on August 11th. The team will address the community's "most pressing questions" when it comes to the upcoming Fallout game.
Now, as a complete departure from action-shooter games, there will also be new updates unveiled for The Elder Scrolls Online, along with some eSports competitions set to take place for The Elder Scrolls: Legends, which will feature up to $50,000 in prizes.
But the real highlight of course is learning more about Doom: Eternals, the sequel to the high-octane 2016 shooter. Let's just hope that the reveal will be as exciting as gamers hope.