After a VERY successful show at last year’s event, Bethesda have returned to E3 again to reveal what’s to be coming next from the house that Elder Scrolls built. With Fallout 4 being a big success and DOOM winning over gamers both old and new, the publisher continues on a run that seems hard to beat.
After the success of id Software’s recent game it seems almost appropriate that another one of its innovative franchises of the past would return. Quake Champions continues the competitive multiplayer strengths of titles like Quake 3 and Team Arena coupled with the unique characters and abilities of modern multiplayer titles. The game will run at up to 120Hz refresh rates with an unlocked framerate meaning gamers wanting the absolute best in game performance can achieve it.
Next was The Elder Scrolls Legends – a strategy card game bringing Bethesda’s fantasy franchise to the growing genre of digital card games. Players interested can sign up here to be part of the beta.
Fallout 4 continues to receive even more DLC including additional toys for those who enjoy building complex settlements or turning NPCs into guinea pigs. A new location called Nuka-World will be added soon, perhaps with more quest content too.
Fallout Shelter gets more content including character quests and finally a PC version. After putting in plenty of hours already on the Android version this might chew up a few more of my hours every week.
And in one of the worst kept secrets, an updated version of Skyrim will be arriving on current consoles with a decent graphical boost. Of all of the presentation’s announcements, this one might be the most divisive. Someone who is new to the series might take up the opportunity to check out one of the biggest selling games of the last generation. But as someone who has played a lot of the 360 version, I’m not so sure I’d want to be spending money again to revisit it. If it were backward compatible though…
Another potential franchise that appeared to die then return but disappear again has finally been revealed. Now under development at Arkane Studios, the Prey trailer hints at a storyline and it appears to have taken a different route to the previous iteration and that game’s interstellar bounty hunter with what appears to be a few unique horror elements as your character appears to escape his possible captors.
The Elder Scrolls Online is expanding further on console with new DLC focused on the Dark Brotherhood – a guild of assassins and murderers that had one of the coolest quest branches back in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
A new initiative for the game called One Tamriel is launching in Fall which will remove level restrictions from all of the game content in TSO allowing anyone, no matter their level, to experience the full breadth of content from the outset.
For those with a love of VR, Bethesda will also be looking to leverage that technology in the future by releasing versions of DOOM and Fallout 4 that will work on the HTC Vive (and possibly Oculus) headset. It’s still early but the updated Fallout 4 is hopefully going to be arriving in 2017.
Lastly, Dishonored 2 returns and shows off a new engine and more of the world only teased at in last year’s trailer. The game will arrive on the 11th of November… a notable date for Bethesda games as Skyrim launched five years ago on 11/11/11.
Bethesda didn’t stray too far from what was being expected and perhaps that was all they needed to do. With a strong line up of titles coming, they only needed to keep fans confident that the games were still coming and that they are going to be worth it. They did a pretty good job of that I’d say.
The full presentation is below including pre and post show material. The meat of it begins at 1:12:00 though if you prefer to cut it back from three hours to something more manageable during an afternoon or lunch break.