So in case you missed anything that went on at Bethesda’s E3 conference yesterday, I’ve got you covered.
So first up, Quake Champions! Hearkening back from the classics, there’s a big focus on graphics for this one – unlocked framerate and running at 120 hz – it’s essentially built for eSports, which Bethesda want to expand beyond QuakeCon for newcomers.
No release date as of yet, but we’re promised more info at QuakeCon in August.
So, this one looks interesting! A lot of people were speculating that Prey 2 would be announced, but this one looks like a reboot that blends Bioshock, Mirror’s Edge, and that little something extra. Not gonna lie, I’m excited; I never played the original, so this is one I’m definitely interested in. Available next year for Xbox One/PS4/PC, with again, more info at QuakeCon.
Skyrim remastered… yay?
The one we all know was coming, but were secretly dreading because that means no Elder Scrolls VI for a while. Although this looks like a pretty significant visual bump, complete with all the DLCs and will support PC add ons on the console, do we really need a remaster for a game that isn’t even five years old yet?
PC, PS4 and Xbox One editions will be out October 28, 2016.
The Elder Scrolls Online and The Elder Scrolls: Legends
Elder Scrolls has been doing well for itself this year – Online now has seven million subscribers, and Legends has been trucking along with its closed better. There were a couple of new announcements for this – a new expansion called One Tamriel for Online, which will allow players to go anywhere and group together, regardless of level. Along with the Dark Brotherhood expansion releasing soon, there’s plenty to do.
Legends announced that it will have a story campaign, and will be supported for Mac, tablets and mobile, along with a the opening cinematic:
The one I wasn’t expecting to see anything of, to be quite honest. Three more add ons, with the first coming next week: Contraptions Workshop, Vault-Tec Workshop, and Nuka-World. Plus, PC mods will be coming to console – already available for Xbox One, and PS4 coming later this month.
Fallout Shelter, on the other hand…
New update 1.6 will add Quests to Fallout Shelter, plus a new combat system, new characters, enemies, and locations to explore. And… Fallout Shelter is coming to PC? Guess none of us saw that coming.
Doom will have a free demo of the first full level of the game – but only for a little while, so download while you can! There’ll be a ton of free updates for Snap Map and multiplayer, and there’s going to be a premium DLC pack, available next month.
VR out of nowhere
Fallout 4 is coming to VR devices in the next year or so, but you can demo that (along with Doom) at 2016’s E3. Because Bethesda’s nothing if quick off the mark!
Dishonored 2 – AKA, the game that stole the show
Dishonored was a game that never really got much attention in my circles, but Bethesda seem determined to push the sequel as one of their big titles, which I’m glad to see. We always need fresh blood in the AAA industry, and from the look of things, Dishonored 2 will do just that.
Playing as both fully voiced Emily and Corvo, Bethesda showed off Karnaca in all its Victorian inspired glory, as well as a gameplay demo of the Dust District and a Crack in the Slab.
You’ve also got a gorgeous collector’s edition coming your way:
Go and pre order it right now, because we all know what happened with the Pip Boys. It includes a replica of Corvo’s mask (13.5” (h) x 6” (w) x 5.5” (d), a replica of Emily’s ring (made of zinc alloy) and a premium embossed black ring box with purple velvet lining. Along with that, there’s a full colour propaganda poster, a steelbook, the digital Imperial Assassin’s pack. This includes bone charms like Duelist’s Luck and Void Favor, and find new lore and art like an Antique Serkonan Guitar and the book “Goodbye, Karnaca – A Musician’s Farewall.” There’s also five hundred in game coins, and a digital copy of Dishonored: Definitive Edition.
It’ll retail at $100, €100, or £80, but if you don’t want the Collector’s Edition, for a limited time, when you pre order, you’ll get the digital Definitive Edition anyway. The whole lot will release on November 11, 2016.
Not the best we’ve seen from Bethesda, though it’d be hard to top the bombshell of Fallout 4 that was last year. Many were hoping for TES VI, but I can’t help but feel Dishonored 2 will turn out to be one of those hidden gems? Only time will tell.