E3: Bethesda Conference 2016

Posted on 13 Jun 2016 by
Jordan Fong

Welcome again to E3, the biggest event in gaming. Take a tour of our miniaturized “Far Harbor” or sample our CyberDemon steak, maybe even try out one of our cryogenic chambers. No promises that you won’t be killed or abducted in the process. Please sign the waivers in the next room.

Quake Champions

Not what I was expecting to see at all. But after the huge success of DOOM, I really shouldn’t be surprised that they’re rebooting another old and equally amazing series. This time around we’ll be seeing Quake Champions, an arena based team shooter just like the classics, but this time relying on class based combat. Tailoring to the heavier gamers, the host Studio Director Tim Willis claims a 120hz server poll, and unlocked frame rate. Our trailer starts off with a DOS command accessing Quake’s executable. Break to heavy combat with multiple, very colorful characters and guns and finishing with a killing blow. There wasn’t too much revealed, but it will focus on competitive multiplayer and hopes to bring back the original experience. There will be more at QuakeCon in August.

After giving our first look at the new Quake, Pete Hines takes the stage. He goes on to recap what’s happened since last year’s E3. Elder Scrolls Online has taken MMO of the year. Fallout Shelter became an instant hit, citing multiple mobile game of the year awards. Fallout 4 coming to be the game we knew it would, including bringing mods to Xbox One and soon the PS4. And of course in just a month, DOOM possibly becoming the biggest game since…well, DOOM.

Elder Scrolls: Legends

Legends was presented last year as a trading card game based on existing Elder Scrolls lore. The game has both single and multiplayer components, but surely will focus more heavily on the multiplayer aspects. Single player will be narrated and guided by a Moth Priest called Kellen and is followed by the opening cinematic. The characters sit around a fire as they prepare for battle, while Kellen attempts to tell a story. He tells of a forgotten hero who changes the course of history. Gameplay resembles that of Hearthstone but has additional rules like lanes. Where attacking cards directly above your own may yield different results than attacking adjacent.

Fallout 4

Fallout 4’s future DLC were shown off, Contraptions offers fun in your settlements like ball tracks and various active objects to toy around with. Vault-Tec offered something we’ve always wanted – build and manage your own vault. While similar to the nature of settlements it will be even more complex borrowing several concepts from Fallout Shelter. Nuka World was only shown off for a few seconds but appears to be another story separate from the original map in the same way as Far Harbor.

Fallout Shelter

Speaking of Fallout Shelter, get it on PC in July! As someone who downloaded an android emulator just to play this, I’m excited. But that’s not all that’s changing. On both versions, we’ll be seeing a very big update. Overhauled combat, quests, other explorable areas, quests, new enemies. Probably even more quests.

Skyrim Special Edition (HD)

Skyrim is coming to Xbox One, PS4 (and PC according to the trailer) with updated graphics and mod support. NEXT!

Prey

I don’t know the Prey series, I’ve never played it. After seeing this trailer, I really think I should. Starting off in your apartment, you wake up and go through your daily routine. Get some coffee, throw on your space suit, just normal stuff. This isn’t a trailer I want to talk about, I need you to watch it for yourself before I say anything further.

Blown away? I was. Prey will be shown further at QuakeCon and will be released some time next year.

DOOM

SnapMap will soon be updated to allow for much more creation options such as new logics programming and bringing custom single player maps into the world. On the other hand, we’ll also be getting Exodus, a CTF mode, and Sector, a King of the Hill variant as well as the classic Deathmatch mode. Unto The Evil will release next month as a DLC Map Pack featuring 3 maps, 1 demon, 1 gun and various other tools to shred your enemies with. In a nod to our good ol’ pal shareware, starting tonight the first level of DOOM will be available for free, for a week.

Elder Scrolls Online: One Tamriel

One Tamriel is an odd concept for a MMO. When this new update kicks, all areas will be adjusted to your level. No longer will you have problems partying with an end-game friend when you’re just starting. Anywhere you go, enemy’s difficulty will be appropriate to your level. Go anywhere with anyone. The only other points made on ESO were that the Dark Brotherhood DLC were coming to consoles, and that the game would soon be coming to Japan.

Bethesda VR

Yes, I’m quite excited for this, after showing off Doom3 BFG in VR last year, they’re bringing a more tuned version to both the new DOOM, and Fallout 4. While there weren’t many details on this, they had booths set up to demonstrate the new platform capabilities. Now unfortunately, they will be released in 2017, but at least it’s something to look forward to. I’d much rather wait for a good product than get it now while it’s not quite there.

Dishonored 2

Welcome to Carnaka, the windy city of the south. Play as either the familiar Corvo or his daughter and heir-to-the-throne Emily Kaldwin. Carnaka is a much more vertical city and will allow you to explore in much different ways than you could in the first game. Emily has her own unique set of skills letting you play an almost entirely different game, especially since you will see the story unfold from different perspectives. Corvo retains many of his abilities from the first game and have been improved over the 15 year gap between the games.

A very cool look at gameplay we get to see something of time travel in the game. In a particular level, you venture about a manor out of shape and where something may seem untraversable, traveling back to when the building was still inhabited allowed you to resume. Transition is flawless and even allows you to peak into the past or future to see whether you might be caught, truly a looking glass.

During the presentation, our host shows off plenty of gameplay, the city, a trailer, and a touch of concept art. Just like last year, I’m very excited about this game. Dishonored 2 will launch 11th of November 2016. And lastly Arkane Studios announced a limited number of Collector’s Edition packages containing Corvo’s mask, Emily’s ring, a poster stating “Her Majesty Delilah Kaldwin” and of course, the game. And on the final note, pre-ordering or pre-purchasing Dishonored 2, you will receive a copy of the original Dishonored: Definitive Edition.

And with that, Bethesda’s show comes to an end. A good ride, a couple surprises, some I didn’t even know I wanted, and a couple good ones I wanted to see more of. Most particularly I’m quite excited for Dishonored 2 and the Prey reboot. Don’t touch that remote, don’t touch that dial. We still have Microsoft, the PC gaming show, and Ubisoft left to go. See you next time.

Comments (2)


Posts: 41
Stephen Haselden
Posted 22 Jun 2016, 10:20
Are you kidding Fallout Shelter is like a Cow Clicker wonderland. but at least the waits aren't too long, but you're right its still a good game nonetheless, and we need it on PC

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K-putt
Posted 13 Jun 2016, 14:33
Totally stoked for Prey, Dishonored 2 and Fallout Shelter for some reason. I could easily play that on an emulator right now.. but i take a proper PC version any time. Good time waster, that one. No more cookie clicker for me!