E3 2016, Video Games

E3 2016: Bethesda Conference

I am a fairly large fan of Bethesda. While Fallout is easily my favorite of their franchises, I am a fan of a number of their games. I was pretty hyped up for the Bethesda show case, and for the most part was pleased, though not blown away.

Bethesda started off with a Quake announcement, a MOBA type first person shooter will be the next installment in the franchise. This was rather exciting as nothing has been heard from Quake in a very long time. While the trailer had it’s appeal, and the promises of more information at QuakeCon were interesting I can’t help but be a little disappointed. I would love to see another installment in the series story line, or even a reboot as with DOOM. However, it does make sense that they would take this direction. After rebooting DOOM it might be wise to switch the focus for Quake to the multiple player experience. I am not 100% sold, however I am curious.

Elder Scrolls got a number of announcements. Legends got a bit of focus, their new strategy trading card game. They showed off the campaign introduction cinematic, as well as promises for more Betas for players to try out.

ESO introduced it’s new Dark Brotherhood expansion. The assassin clan from the other games is coming to ESO. They also promised that it will be fully integrated to the earliest stages of the game, instead of forcing players to reach a high level before being able to experience the new content. This could have mass appeal to bring new gamers to the series, as they would get access not only to the core game but also add-ons.

There was a quick showing off of Skyrim Special Edition, though it lasted only a brief moment and almost no information was given during the show. However, it has been confirmed it will be on PC as well as consoles, while rumors were circulating there would be no PC release before E3. Beyond that it will bring mod support (as with Fallout 4) to the console versions of the game. The release date will be in October.

Fallout related announcements were also brief with little detail. More DLC is coming that will allow a lot more in depth crafting, and even one that will allow gamers to build vaults. There will also be the Nuka World. Little information was given about Nuka World, but the trailer implies it’s more like the Far Harbor DLC in that it will be a new location.

Fallout Shelter will also be getting some upgrades, and a PC version will be released soon.

A rather unexpected announcement was Prey. Prey 2 has gone through various ideas and cancellations, but it seems they’ve finally settled on a sort of reboot to the 2006 horror themed FPS. It promises to be a very dark game set on a space station in the year 2032. You play a character that was part of an experiment that went horribly wrong, and you are being hunted by aliens. It will have mind bending abilities like the 2006 game, while also focusing on combat and survival. It’s really hard to compare it to either the previously canceled Prey 2 or even the original Prey game. Despite that it looks rather compelling and we are excited to learn more. It might have been worth everyone’s while to completely separate it from the previous Prey game. However, as more unfolds there might be a stronger connection to the first game, thus explaining the need to not just rebuild this.

A major chunk of the show was given to Dishonored 2. There was further confirmation on story, setting, and gameplay. They confirmed that the foundation of the game was the question of what happens to Emily, and they built from there. You will still have a choice to play as either Corvo or Emily, though both characters have unique personalities, and it promises to be worth playing the game with each character. They have unique powers, play styles, and are both fully voiced and will respond and interact with the world and story differently. Aside from that, the game looks beautiful. The new setting is more vibrant and detailed, and graphically speak everything looks beautiful. As a limited time pre-order bonus you can get Dishonored definitive edition for free.

The other big push was DOOM and Fallout 4 on VR. I mentioned in my E3 wishlist my lack of excitement over VR, but that is largely personal. This is a rather huge and impressive step for the technology, and aside from being fairly certain it would make me sick playing DOOM, that way would be a unique experience. With more games coming to VR and a clear push to make it a viable experience for gamers, it will be interesting to see how these two games do.

Speaking of DOOM there is now a demo of the game that will be open for the next week. Everyone can try out the first few levels of DOOM for free now. Console owners can find it it the stores for the console, while PC players will be able to find it on Steam. If you’re on the fence about the game check it out while you can.

Despite being rather excited for everything offered at the conference, there didn’t seem to be one wow moment like last year. Everything was good, and I am rather excited for what Bethesda is going to be offering gamers for the next year, but I was left feeling like I wanted just a touch more. Most of what was shown will be further highlighted at QuakeCon. We will bring you more news on these announcements and more as we are able.

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