E3 - Everything that happened at Bethesda's conference0 Comments
After a very successful conference last year, Bethesda made a return trip to E3 last night to show off a ton of cool stuff coming over the next year or so. If you didn't get to catch it then here's a breakdown of everything that you missed out on, from returns of long-lost franchises to expansions on modern ones.
Bethesda started the show off strong by announcing the unexpected return of Quake, one of the most influential deathmatch shooters ever. Unfortunately, we don't learn a whole lot from the reveal. One thing we did learn was a bit of news that will no doubt be divisive — it seems that Quake Champions will feature some sort of hero system, with different characters who have unique abilities.
We also learned that the game has been built around eSports, which should come as no surprise. Bethesda promised more news on Quake Champions would be revealed at this year's Quakecon, which goes down this August. This was a pretty cool announcement overall, and one we probably should have seen coming considering they've already revived Wolfenstein and Doom to great success in the past few years.
The Elder Scrolls: Legends
The upcoming strategy card game based in the famous RPG world of Elder Scrolls was touched on during the conference, mostly in regards to the single player campaign that it will feature. This seems a bit more fleshed out than, say, Hearthstone's adventures, with cutscenes and a full story to go through. It will follow a Moth Priest named Kellen, and you can learn more about his adventure in the story trailer above.
If you're eager to try out Legends, then you may be pleased to hear that Bethesda will be expanding their beta, and you can sign up over at bethesda.net. Just create an account and you can sign up for a chance to get in. They also announced that, in addition to PC and iPad, Legends will be arriving on iPhone, Mac, and Android devices later this year.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
That's right, that "Skyrim Remastered" rumor turned out to be more than just a rumor, but the real surprise is how much this release seems to have actually improved. It's easy to hear of remasters and think of cases such as the Dishonored: Definitive Edition, which didn't actually improve much and was more of a Game of the Year edition all-in-all. Skyrim, however, will feature totally overhauled visuals, bringing the game more on-par with some of its impressive visual mods.
You can check out a couple of before-and-after scenes in the trailer above. It's rather impressive, especially for those who don't play on PC. Skyrim Special Edition will be coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 28. In an extra pleasant bit of news, if you already own the Legendary Edition on PC, or just happen to own the game and all its DLC there, then you'll be given the Special Edition for free.
The Elder Scrolls Online
The Elder Scrolls news doesn't stop there. Elder Scrolls Online just recently received a new bit of DLC surrounding the Dark Brotherhood on PC, and Bethesda took the opportunity to talk a bit more about it at the conference, as it will be hitting consoles this week. That's not all — ESO will be receiving a very substantial update this Fall called One Tamriel, which will remove all level restrictions from the world.
This means that, as soon as you finish the tutorial, you'll be able to set off where ever you wish in the world of ESO to play and explore alone or with friends, regardless of what level you are. For an MMO that's a rather large deal, I'd say.
Fallout 4 and Fallout Shelter
The next few pieces of DLC for Fallout 4 were shown off during the Bethesda conference as well, with two smaller pieces and one more substantial piece. The first is the addition of Contraptions, which gives you a chance to fill out your settlements with everything from armor and weapon racks to conveyer belts and sorting machines. After that is the Vault-Tec Workshop expansion, which will finally allow you to create your very own Vault. You'll even be able to experiment on its dwellers! Finally, we get a bit of a tease for a new location coming in the form of Nuka World. Fallout 4 will also be getting a VR release on the Vive next year.
Fallout Shelter received a bit of news as well. After being a huge hit for Bethesda last year on mobile devices, the Vault sim will now be coming to PC. It will also be receiving some new updates, which will add quests, a new combat system, a day-night cycle, and more. That's all planned for release next month.
Arkane Studios, the devs behind the excellent Dishonored, are apparently hard at work on more than just Dishonored 2. The studio revealed their next big first-person project — Prey. While not actually tied to the old title you may be thinking of, it still looks pretty damn cool. You can check out the trailer above, which shows off the upcoming title in all of its creepy glory.
The game stars a character named Morgan who has been the subject of some strange tests meant to improve humanity. Unfortunately, something has gone wrong and now he's stuck on a space station with some very strange things going on. I love games with a psychological twist to them, so I'm definitely keeping an eye out for this next year.
After the recent success of the long-awaited revival of Doom, it's no surprise that we learned a bit about the game's future. The SnapMap feature will be getting plenty of updates soon that will allow you to create an even larger variety of custom scenarios for people to try out, including Hell landscapes to mess around with, as well as new props, weapons, and more.
If you're more into the multiplayer scene, then you'll want to keep an eye out for two new modes that will be added in — a variant on one flag CTF called Exodus, and a capture and hold mode called Sector. A classic deathmatch will also be added in. The first piece of DLC was also shown off, which adds three new maps, a new demon transformation, and more. I'm not a fan of map-packs, as they split up the audience, but what they're adding in doesn't look bad at all.
One last special bit of news for Doom is that if you've still not tried out the acclaimed FPS, you can now do so for free across all platforms for just this week. Just hop onto Steam, Xbox Live, or the PS Store, and you can download the first level of the game for a free demo. Doom will also be joining Fallout 4 on VR.
Bethesda closed the conference out with a hefty look at Dishonored 2, a game I'm particularly excited about. We got to see not only a new gameplay trailer, but glimpses at two seperate levels from the game, showing off the fascinating stunts that you'll be able to pull off with your new powers and gadgets. You can play as either Corvo from the first game or the now grown-up Emily, each of which will explore the story differently and with entirely different powers. For instance, one of Emily's powers is an ability called Domino, which allows you to link NPCs together, and anything you do to one will affect the others as well.
If you haven't tried Dishonored out yet, then you're in luck. Bethesda revealed that anyone who pre-orders Dishonored 2 will get a free digital copy of Dishonored: Definitive Edition. There's also a fancy collector's edition that includes Corvo's mask if you feel like dropping $100 on the game.
That's all for Bethesda's E3 conference. Be sure to keep an eye out over the next few days as we try to keep you up to date and all the big info coming out of E3.