By Jeff Neuenschwander / June 14th, 2015
We are two days away from the beginning of E3 proper but we’ve already started covering E3 presentations. Nintendo had a special Super Smash Bros. Direct where they revealed new DLC and amiibo figures coming soon (and some even earlier today).
But we are now coming up to major company presentations. Tomorrow, we have the barrage that is Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft, and Sony. Tuesday will have Nintendo and Square Enix while a special PC Gaming showcase will happen Tuesday night. But today, we are greeted with the first ever E3 conference for Bethesda.
For those that have been living under rocks, Bethesda is the company behind the critically acclaimed and popular Elder Scrolls series. Along with that, Bethesda also holds the rights to the Fallout franchise, which had a pre-E3 reveal of Fallout 4. They are also part of the larger company ZeniMax, which also owns id Software, Arkane Studios, and others, each with games that Bethesda has worked on either as a developer or publisher, such as Doom, Wolfenstein, and Dishonored. So, with a grand library of Triple-A titles that are critically acclaimed, what does the company have in store for its first E3 conference?
We start Bethesda’s first conference with a montage worthy of Sony… Okay, maybe it wasn’t on that level but it was hype inducing.
First game up is Doom. This is the newest game in the series and first since Doom 3. While it isn’t necessarily something we usually cover on this site, I must say HOLYS**TTHATWASAWESOME!… Sorry, my inner 8 year old was rather excited for the gameplay shown, featuring the ability to brutally kill demons up close in melee. Anyways, multiplayer was also highlighted and will feature matches on Mars and in Hell. And they announced something called SnapMap. This is their way to allow you to create your own map. You can expect to kill more demons on Mars and in Hell Spring 2016.
Next, we have something called Bethesda.net. This is a new website for Bethesda games that will feature news and mods for Bethesda games.
Following that, we get back to games with BattleCry. This is a team-based game that will be coming this Fall. However, you can sign-up for the global beta between now and June 18th to get priority access. You can sign up at battlecrythegame.com.
Next is Arkane Studios with a new game, Dishonored 2. This is a sequel to the critically acclaimed Dishonored. While no gameplay was shown, the cutscene did look interesting. A new character named Emily will be available to play this time around. No date given but it will be coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Also, a definitive edition of Dishonored will be coming to PS4 and Xbox One.
After this is The Elder Scrolls Online, which just released on consoles. We are given a look at what will be coming to the game through the Tamriel Unlimited expansion.
Up next is a look at The Elder Scrolls Legends, a free-to-play strategy card game coming to iOS and PC… I guess it’s their answer to Hearthstone. The game will launch later this year.
Finally, we get a look a pretty in-depth look at Fallout 4, which apparently had been in development since 2009. The game will actually start pre-Nuclear fallout, where you’ll sculpt your character in your bathroom mirror, whether you want to play as a male or female. You will also have a child that will look like the characters you develop. After a nuclear explosion, you appear 200 years later as the sole survivor of your vault. A special Collector’s Edition of Fallout 4 will include a Pip-Boy that you can put your smartphone in and use an app that works with the game. In addition to playing the storyline, you can also rebuild your area and create unique weapons and power armor. Fallout 4 launches November 10th, 2015.
In addition to Fallout 4, a mobile game called Fallout Shelter will be coming out as well. In this game, you create your own vault and control the people inside. Your vault residents will have stats that can be leveled up. And you can add more people to your vault by having them procreate. The game will be free-to-play, have no paywalls, and feature lunch boxes you can purchase. Oh, and it launches right now.
So, what did you think of Bethesda’s first E3 conference? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
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