Following EA’s previous separate conference event EA Play, Bethesda kicked off this year’s E3 by sharing some more information surrounding some of the developer’s recent releases, as well as its up and coming ventures. You can check out what was mentioned at this year’s E3 conference below.
Quake is Back.
Quake is one of the most influential games in gaming history. Released twenty years ago now, The Quake games welcomed client-server online gameplay, and contributed massively not just to multiplayer gaming, but the popularity of gaming in 3D, and the rise of eSports. And now it’s making a comeback, by way of Quake Champions. A trailer was shared shortly after the show began. What a lovely start to an evening. You can see the trailer below.
Bethesda mentioned that the game will be “fast,” running at an unlocked frame rate to give players control over how much power they want to use in the game, without neglecting more casual players. It was also stated that Quake Champions will feature competitive ‘classic arena combat’ on the PC, offering a diverse cast of characters with contrasting attributes and capabilities to support a variety of playstyles.
As the Quake games have been so inspirational in the field of eSports, the studio shared that Quake Champions will be designed for “world class eSports play,” with the company supporting and expanding competitive Quake leagues across the eSports scene.
Although an official release date wasn’t confirmed at the show, more information will likely be in store for QuakeCon this August.
Bethesda’s Todd Howard shared some more information surrounding Fallout 4’s upcoming expansion packs. Players will now be able to can build their own vault and experiment on settlers thanks to Vaultec Workshop DLC (to be released next week), with a variety of new mechanisms and features also coming in the game’s Contraptions expansion, launching a little later in July.
Players will even be able to take advantage of Nuka’s killer branding to construct a ‘Nuka World Theme Park’. That expansion will launch in August 2016.
Fallout Shelter will also receive a “really big update” next month, to include a new combat system, fresh characters and post-apocalyptic skirmishes with a host of new enemies. The game was also confirmed to be headed to PC in July 2016.
Skyrim – Now Sparklier Than Ever Before
New additions to Fallout weren’t the only thing Howard confirmed. Rumoured have floated around the possibility of a Skyrim remastered edition for quite some time now, and between Bethesda’s current work on The Elder Scrolls Legends and the fervently (and in many cases hopefully) rumoured The Elder Scrolls 6 , whether or not the studio would have anything to say regarding the matter couldn’t be known for sure. That was until Howard finished his Fallout presentation by confirming that yes, “We’re working on it,” and that Skyrim: Special Edition will be making its way to current-gen consoles this October.
A short preview showed how some of Skyrim’s expansive environments have been overhauled, whilst Dynamic Depth of Field, Remastered Art and Effects, Volumetric God Rays and New Snow Shaders were just some of the areas that have been tweaked for current-gen consoles. The game will also support mods on console, allowing players to translate friendly dragons, Bandit quests, Giant followers and more to furnish their Elder Scrolls antics.
The game is set to release on October 28 for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. You can watch the trailer for both Fallout updates and Skyrim Special Edition below.
During the Bethesda conference, we were given a brief look into Doom’s first DLC The expansion is called Unto the Evil, and is set to include a player-controlled Harvester demon, new UAC EMG Pistol, new equipment, armour sets, taunts, colours and more. The DLC will also include three new maps: Offering, Cataclysm and Ritual.
Doom’s multiplayer will additionally see a host of free-for-all additions, such as new flag Mode Exodus and Classic Death Match. SnapMap is also seeing new tweaks, including new functionality and logic options, new props and items, fresh construction modules and enhanced user access within the SnapMap hub.
The first level of Doom will be available to download for free this week, Bethesda announced, who invited players to “fight like Hell, on us.”
Bethesda unveiled some of the gameplay for the anticipated Dishonoured sequel. The studio have created the custom Void engine to help environments feel like “a painting in motion”. Bethesda aren’t just aiming for a city that’s beautifully detailed and stunningly lit – but to have it make sense, with each alcove of the Dishonoured world retaining an authentic sense of history, with many pathways to explore and numerous ways to defeat “nefarious targets.”
In addition to the original’s Corvo Attano, players can also opt to play as the Empress’ daughter, Emily Kaldwin. Both characters will now be fully-voiced (a similar style adopted in Fallout 4), and have different playstyles and abilities. An excerpt of gameplay showed Emily Kaldwin’s ability to pull her enemies and objects towards her from a distance, as well as the ability to transport herself swiftly straight toward her foes. Also shared was ability Shadow Walk; a nifty tool for both Kaldwin’s stealth and combat manoeuvres.
Both Corvo and Emily’s special abilities can be upgraded via developed and expanded skill trees, giving players more opportunity to customise their chosen character to suit their style of play.
It also appears that time-travel is an option in Dishonoured 2. By way of a special time-device, players will be able to be transported back in time, as was shown during the Dishonoured showcase.
Bethesda confirmed that Dishonoured 2 Collector’s Editions, which will be available to preorder soon. In addition to a copy of the game, the special editions will include a poster of Empress Delilah Kaldwin, a replica Corvo’s distinctive mask, and a selection of other Dishonoured goodies. The Collector’s Editions is available to pre-order from Bethesda’s official store, though as was mentioned during the show, “supplies are limited.”
Dishonoured 2 is set for launch on November 11 2016 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. A new gameplay trailer for the upcoming adventure was also shown, which can be seen below.
After three years in the works, we’re finally hearing more about the new Prey game. Originally alluded to in 2011, Arkane Studios took to the E3 stage to share some information about their dark, futuristic thriller, titled simply Prey.
The game’s official trailer overlooked a stunningly realised, yet unnervingly controlled home environment, and follows a protagonist named Morgan. Initially – amidst his repetitively-donned spacesuit and his morning coffee – his daily life seems dull, but all nuance of banality dwindled after a few short moments, as the trailer saw Morgan swept into a chaotic, dangerous world, shrouded in darkness and dominated by ominous, otherworldly monsters.
The player was said by the studio to assume the role of a test subject, in an experiment meant to change humanity in the year 2032. When that inevitably all goes wrong, it transpires that the once-controlled station has been overthrown by formidable alien creatures. Using your wits, surroundings and unique mind-bending abilities,players will survive amidst a dark, lethal setting, encountering ominous beasts and mysterious areas from a first-person perspective.
During a post-E3 interview, director Raphael Colantonio mentioned that that game will take place in an open-world that players can explore freely, rather than assuming a mission-based style. He also stated that you’ll be able to either play as a male or female character in Arkane’s Prey.
Whilst there are visual traces of the original Prey to be seen in the game’s trailer, Arkane’s version feels much darker and psychological than its , with a palpable storyline that was shared by Bethesda:
“You are Morgan Yu, the subject of morally dubious experiments designed to improve the human race. You awaken aboard the Talos 1 in the year 2032 and must uncover the secrets hiding in the depths of the space station while being hunted by the mysterious alien force that has taken over. You’ll have to rely on the tools you find on the station—along with your wits, weapons and mind-bending abilities—to combat the growing threat and, hopefully, survive.”
A new Prey game was originally announced at E3 2011 as Prey 2. Back then, it was being developed by studio Human Head, only to be cancelled by Bethesda a few months later (via. Kotaku).
Arkane’s stealthy sci-fi adventure, on the other hand, is set to release in 2017 for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. The company promised that more information surrounding Prey would follow at this year’s QuakeCon. You can see the official trailer below.
The Elder Scrolls: Legends
Officially announced last year, Elder Scrolls Legends enjoyed some limelight during this year’s Bethesda conference. A new trailer for the game’s campaign was released, which is available to watch below.
Marketing Vice President Pete Hines stated that Legends will allow players to explore The Elder Scrolls universe in a fresh way, featuring battle and arena modes set both between players or against an AI opponent, as well as a single-player campaign with a compelling story and unique characters.
After receiving positive feedback from April’s beta testing, Bethesda also announced that more players will be inviting more players into the beta soon. Players can currently sign up to participate via the Legends official site.
The Elder Scrolls Legends is set for release in 2016. The studio also announced that the card game will be coming to Mac, Android and iPad later this year, in addition to the PC release.
- Elder Scrolls Online
After a relatively lukewarm launch in 2014, The Elder Scrolls Online has since become loved by many. As such, Bethesda announced that the MMO will be hitting Japan on June 23rd this year. It was also said that current players can look forward to “lots more content” headed their way soon.
A snippet from the game’s upcoming Dark Brotherhood DLC was additionally shown, and was reported to bring “all-new repeatable quest content” to The Elder Scrolls Online. Players will be able to take to Tamriel as a confederate of the notorious guild, keeping to the shadows and as a hireable mercenary.
Finally, the studio announced that Online will be getting an all-new feature: One Tamriel, which will level all characters automatically, allowing more people to play together with no restrictions on alliances or questlines. One Tamriel will launch “this fall.”
To close, Bethesda dropped some promising news concerning their Virtual Reality ventures. Whilst headset-donning players will be able to “take a virtual tour of Hell” in Doom, a VR version of Fallout 4 was also announced to be in the works. With a world as expansive and unrestricted as the original game, players will be able to wander throughout the Wasteland, with a modded firearm at their hip and a trusty companion by their side. Fallout 4 for VR will be released in 2017 on the HTC Vive platform.