Despite this only being its second outing, Bethesda’s E3 conference had a lot to live up to following the announcements of Dishonored 2, DOOM and Fallout 4 last year.
This year we saw the return of classic franchises, unexpected remasters and a push towards VR.
Below you can find all of the important announcements, trailers and more:
Bethesda kicked off its E3 conference with the massive announcement of Quake Champions.
Quake Champions is a competitive arena-style first-person shooter for the PC designed for players of all skill levels. Whether you are new to Quake or have been fragging for the last 20 years, Quake Champions will give you the challenge and rush you’d expect from iD Software multiplayer games.
One new addition is the introduction of unique playable characters (classes) that will each boast a unique skill-set (not unlike the recently released Overwatch).
No official release date has been confirmed but the title will appear on PC, Xbox One, PS4.
The Elder Scrolls Legends
Next up is collectible card game The Elder Scrolls Legends, and the news that the title would no longer only be releasing on iOS and PC, but on Mac and Android devices too.
The game will include a number of new features, including battle and arena modes which can be played against AI or human opponents.
The game also debuted its single player campaign, where the player takes control of a moth priest named Kellen.
Bethesda announced three new pieces of DLC for Fallout 4.
Contraptions will allow players to make Rube-Goldberg style machines to help improve your settlements.
“Use conveyer belts, scaffolding kits, track kits, even logic gates to construct crazy and complex gadgets to improve your Wasteland settlements. The Contraptions Workshop also includes all-new features like elevators, greenhouse kits, warehouse kits, fireworks, armor racks and more!”
The 2nd DLC, Vault Tech Workshop will allow you to experiment on your settlers allowing you to create your own massive vault.
The third announced DLC (and the game’s last) is Nuka Cola World, a story-based add-on that will see you explore a Disneyland parody.
It was also announced that Fallout Shelter would be releasing on Steam some time in July.
A number of gameplay tweaks are coming to DOOM, including the removal of the two-weapon restriction and updates to Snapmap.
A new multiplayer DLC titled Unto the Evil was announced, bringing with it three new multiplayer maps, a new player-controlled demon, new weapons, and new hack modules.
As of right now, you can also grab DOOM: Shareware edition which will give you completely free access to DOOM’s first level.
TES: Skyrim remastered and Bethesda VR
Bethesda finally confirmed the existence of a Skyrim remaster which will not just be a 1080P upgrade, but a complete reworking of the game’s assets.This upgrade will be free to everyone who owns all of the content on PC.
The title will be releasing on 28 October 2016 for Xbox One, PS4, PC.
Alongside this news, the company also revealed VR versions of Fallout 4 and DOOM, which will be releasing on the HTC Vive in 2017.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the evening is that Bethesda would be bringing back the Prey franchise.
This new version appears completely separate from the original (and the released footage of the planned sequel), and will instead feature a brand new protagonist and environments.
The game will arrive some time in 2017 on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
The show closed with Dishonored 2 and confirmation that you get to choose to play as either returning protagonist Corvo or Princess Emily Kaldwin.
The game will feature dynamic weather and more vertical level design, making the game world feel more “lived-in”.
Completely new skill trees have also been introduced, but you may not get to see all of them as there will be entire zones where powers cannot be used but the new time travel mechanics can.
A Collectors edition of the game was also announced, and pre-ordering it early will secure you a free copy of Dishonored: Definitive edition.
The game will release on 11 November 2016 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
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