Bethesda, the publisher, is the bringer’s of such fantastic titles as Fallout 4, Doom, Wolfenstien and Dishonored. Last year’s conference was incredible for them as they dropped the megaton bomb known as Fallout 4 on us and we lost our minds. This year they have kept that trend alive with a slew of new announcements designed to empty the wallet, revitalize older games and give us new fun tools we didn’t even know we wanted!
First out the gate is Quake Champions, the third in “Hey we have these older awesome games we can make and you guy ate up Wolfenstien and Doom, so let’s go for one more” series. As with many of the first person shooters put out by Bethesda, Quake harkens back to its roots, then adds those flavor nuggets of modern game mechanics to give us (hopefully) the perfect blend of fast paced arena based combat. The only downside in my opinion is its PC only, but it is understandable when they are wanting the game to run at 120hz with an unlocked frame rate.
The Elder scrolls Legends and Elder Scrolls Online both made an appearance which is cool, though I will admit neither game is in my wheel house. Legends is a digital trading card game, similar to Hearthstone and while it is still in beta, if you are into those types of games it looks to boast a fairly robust battle system for you to sink your teeth into. The other Scrolls was their MMO, Elder Scroll Online, and they revealed that there will no longer be a hard level cap for players trying to group with their friends. If you are high level and you want to jump down to help a friend just getting in, you get scaled down and vice versa. The problem I see with this though is that if you don’t have to do the lower their stuff as a new player because you can just join up with your high level friends, how is loot and the economy in general going to sustain itself. *shrug* either way, good news for ESO fans.
Keeping in the Elder Scrolls universe, Skyrim is getting a remaster for both PS4 and Xbox One! This game is revamping the games look with higher-res textures and the like, as well as the top mods, sans the nudity ones, for players to re-immerse themselves into a monster world. As someone who has sunk over a thousand hours into Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim combined, I am pretty excited to delve back into this much better looking world .
Switching gears completely, Bethesda kicked off a series reboot/refresh (whatever you want to call it) with a kick ass trailer for Prey, giving off a killer survival horror-shooter type vibe. I have not played Prey in MANY years, so I don’t know what to expect from this new iteration of the franchise. I am hoping to have a rock solid single player campaign to sink my teeth into for this. Cannot wait!
We then transition into Fallout. They announce a few new DLC packs, one of which is being able to take the iOS/android game Fallout Shelter, and basically do that in-game! This is huge as it allows you to get super meta with your game and build a settlement truly from the ground up. They also announced Nuka World, a seemingly run down theme park you can fix up and start using. I didn’t look too much into it as I was still geeking out over the Vault DLC. On the small-scale aspect of new content, they also announced a pack that will give you items like lifts, and allow you to make weird contraptions. I don’t know what the appeal of that is, but hey, you can do more stuff in your town now. Closing out their Fallout section they dropped a bomb on us, and that bomb is Fallout VR! Not a ton was revealed about this but I know many people who are looking forward to getting this going and replay Fallout in VR.
Bethesda’s last game was Dishonored 2. The game looks great, as they have expanded upon their unique look at the world and how they blend their awesome architecture with stylized characters and powers. If you are a fan of the first game, you will be super stoked for this second game. There is a problem here though, this demo/trailer/announcement KILLED the momentum of the conference, which was moving along at a decent pace until this point. The demo dragged on, and turned my excitement for the game into a “meh” over all. Another theme E3 has had this year is pacing problems, and Bethesda was no exception to this rule.
The conference itself was mostly well done minus the issues I mentioned above. Lots of cool games to look forward to, even if some of them are PC only, and that leaves us other games like Wolfenstien for next year so it’s likely we will see Bethesda again, which is news I can get behind.