Bethesda’s E3 conference was rather disappointing this year. There were, however, a few neat little surprises to be found and some interesting news was revealed. It was mainly presented via a Fallout 4-ish announcement cartoon entitled, Bethesda Land, the idea being that Bethesda is a sort of amusement park with different areas for everyone to enjoy. Here is a breakdown of what Bethesda presented.
First up was the announcement of two VR games, Fallout 4 VR and Doom VFR.
Fallout 4 VR looks to be a simple port of the original game only entirely playable in VR. This could create a new gameplay experience for the now two year old game. It will be interesting to see how this one plays out, literally.
Doom VFR looks to be an entirely new game, created from scratch to adapt especially for VR gameplay. The game takes place in the UAC research facility, where you play, I suspect, a different character than the famous Doom-guy. It looks like your character’s arms have been replaced with robot arms too. The game looks as gory and fast paced as ever.
There was no word on any release dates or what VR platform these games will be on.
All things Elder Scrolls
Sadly, there was no announcement made for a new Elder Scrolls, single player, open world game. Maybe next year? Fingers crossed! There was however, plenty of news in regards to previously released Elder Scrolls games, beginning with a brief reminder that The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind is out.
Next was the announcement of Creation Club. A collaboration between Behtesda and outside developers (in other words, modders) to create an effective modding system for consoles. Basically, Creative Club will serve as an area where you can create, browse and download (using in game credits), all kinds of mods for Skyrim and Fallout 4. Creative Club is set to be released this summer on PS4 and Xbox one.
Elder Scrolls Legends, the card game set in the elder scrolls universe, presented it’s brand new expansion Heroes of Skyrim, released on June 29th this year.
The last piece of Elder Scrolls news was a funny one. Remember last year when Nintendo made a big deal of Skyrim coming to their brand new console the Switch, which was consequently followed by Bethesda nonchalantly shrugging when asked if it was really happening? Well, it’s finally been officially confirmed, Skyrim is indeed coming to the Switch and surprise, surprise, you’ll get a free link costume for your character, you know, because Nintendo.
Dishonored 2 DLC was announced via a brief and totally bad ass trailer, where Billie makes her way through a ship, taking out anyone in her way, in order to free Daud. Much to many fans delight, it is made clear that you’ll be going after the outsider. The DLC is called Death of the Outsider and will be released on September 15th.
Quake footage was shown, also showcasing the addition of B.J Blazkowicz from Wolfenstein as a playable character. An e-sport announcement was made, revealing that the Quake World Championships will be happening in Dallas on August 26th and that the prize is one million dollars (feel free to read that in a Dr Evil voice). The Quake Beta is free to play now.
The Evil Within 2
A cinematic trailer for the nightmarish The Evil Within 2 was shown. I never played the first one, so I personally had no idea what was going on. But it looks sufficiently evil, as the title entails. Watch the trailer here. The game will be released on the appropriately spooky date of Friday the 13th of October 2017.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Bethesda finished on an exhilarating note, showing of a huge trailer for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. B.J Blazkowicz is alive (apparently), and is being rescued by his now pregnant partner Anya, carrying his twins. The trailer was mainly story focused, revealing it will take place in an alternate, Nazi infested, New Orleans, where B.J attempts to organise a revolution. It looks fun, wacky and as Pete Hines, Bethesda’s director of marketing put it , “f***ing bananas”.
That was all from Bethesda’s E3 conference 2017. All the games mentioned will be showcased on the E3 grounds of course, so there will be plenty more news to come over the next few days.