Bethesda just hosted their second E3 showcase, giving fans a glimpse of their most exciting upcoming projects. We have all of the details below.
Dishonored 2 was first announced at last year’s presser, but this year Bethesda had a whole lot more to share on their famed steampunk shooter. Arkane Studios’ Harvey Smith took to the stage to detail a host of new updates coming to the second entry in the series.
The audience was treated to a hefty, all new gameplay trailer that gave us a rare look at the game in motion, and it looks like Arkane Studios is doing its best to build off of Dishonored’s surprising smash success.
Set both in Dunwall and the new Mediterranean-inspired city of Karnaca, the studio is making use of their unique Void engine to build better realized worlds that resemble “a painting in motion,” according to Smith. Dishonored 2 is set 15 years after the first game, and stars both Corvo Attano and Emily Caldwin, who now serves as empress. We got the most detailed glimpse of the game in action to date, showing off the game’s multi-directional approach. Players can stick to stealth tactics or engage in all-out combat to complete missions. Corvo will be equipped with upgraded versions of past abilities, whereas Emily Caldwin will boast her own range of skills,
Dishonored 2 is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 11, 2016, and a collectors’ edition will be available for pre-order. This exclusive edition of the game comes with a replica of Korvo’s mask and Emily’s ring. Pre-orders of any edition will be rewarded, though, with a free copy of Dishonored Definitive Edition, the remastered edition of the original game that started it all.
id Studios had its own successful showing, starting off the show by introducing Quake Champions. Presenting a new awakening for the classic first-person shooter, Quake Champions is an arena shooter that aims to be accessible to new comers and competitive players alike.
Quake Champions will be jumping headfirst into the eSports arena, hosting a variety of tournaments and other league events. We’ll be getting more details on the game at this year’s Quakecon in August.
Prey might have been the biggest surprise at the conference this year and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The game is currently being developed by Arkane Studios, but is abandoning the Victorian setting of Dishonored for an eerie, outer-space setting. Interestingly enough, Prey was originally announced by Bethesda by a different developer before it was cancelled two years ago. The game is back, but in a totally different guise.
Players will assume the role of test subject Morgan aboard the space shuttle Talos I. Things have gone awry, however, as aliens have now overrun the space station. It’s up to Morgan to survive by using all the tools at his disposal. Prey is expected to launch some time in 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. You can expect to learn more at Quakecon 2016.
Bethesda also has big plans for VR in the near future, and by big we mean big. Fallout 4 is coming to the HTC Vive in 2017, meaning fans of the classic post-apocalyptic open world adventure will get to experience the game in a brand new, fully immersive way. Not only that, id also has plans to bring DOOM to VR in some capacity, although details are still sparse at the moment. VR is still very much up and coming, so Bethesda is seizing the opportunity to bring Triple A games to virtual reality.
FALLOUT 4 AND FALLOUT SHELTER
Fallout 4 received it’s third DLC add-on, Far Harbor, last month, but that’s not all Bethesda has in store for its recent smash hit. The video game power house revealed three new DLC packs for Fallout 4 titled Contraptions, Vault Tech Workshop, and Nuka World respectively.
Based on what we know from the video above, Contraptions gives us the power to create fun new gadgets for our civilizations, while Vault Tech Workshop looks like a large scale Fallout Shelter, giving players the power to construct and populate impressive vaults of their own. Nuka Cola is the game’s final DLC release, and will open up a brand new area with fresh quests and regions to explore. Nuka Cola will be released this August.
Fallout Shelter, which was announced alongside Fallout 4 at E3 2015, is also getting some updates, boasting a new battle system, characters, and locations. The game is even coming to PC some time next month.
SKYRIM SPECIAL EDITION
Bethesda is keeping quiet on any new Elder Scrolls games that might be in the pipeline, but we are getting a remastered version of Skyrim this fall.
— BethesdaGameStudios (@BethesdaStudios) June 13, 2016
Skyrim is already a visual masterpiece, but this remake for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is stunning. The special edition will be free to PC players who already own the game and all of the DLC. It releases on October 28.
DOOM saw its reawakening earlier in May, and now it’s getting a new DLC pack, Unto the Evil. The DLC will introduce three new multiplayer maps, a new demon, more armor, and much more.
Over the next few months, DOOM will also be getting new multiplayer modes including Exodus, a capture-the-flag style mode, and Sector, which is more of a capture game. On top of all of that, DOOM’s SnapMap editor will be getting some free updates, too.
Bethesda sweetened all of this news with the announcement that the first level of the game is free to download on Steam, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One all of this week starting tonight.
THE ELDER SCROLLS: LEGENDS
While The Elder Scrolls: Legends promises deep multiplayer competition, Bethesda wanted to put the game’s story mode in the spotlight at this year’s showcase. The campaign’s full opening cinematic gives us a better idea of how the story will play a role in this up-and-coming card game.
To celebrate E3, more players will be allowed into the game’s beta test, although specifics weren’t given just yet. If you’re interested in nabbing a spot, be sure to visit bethesda.net and sign up! We also learned that Legends will be coming to iPhone, PC, and Android devices.
ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE
There’s a lot in store for Elder Scrolls Online this year, as the MMORPG prepares to launch in Japan on June 23. The game’s director, Matt Firor, also proudly announced One Tamriel, which will allow players of any level come together to enjoy the game’s content with no level restrictions starting this fall.
Best of all, though, is the Dark Brotherhood DLC which will be launching this Tuesday. The DLC brings Oblivion’s Dark Brotherhood quests to Elder Scrolls Online.
And that’s that for Bethesda’s 2016 E3 showing! While we’re a bit bummed that there’s no Elder Scrolls coming to the current console generation, Bethesda did give us a lot to look forward to with Dishonored 2 and Prey. Not only that, their continued dedication to already released games is not something to be snuffed at. Plus, who knows what we’ll find out at Quakecon in August?
What were your thoughts on this year’s showcase? Be sure to tell us in the comments!
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