BethSoft has been on a roll for the past few years with hits like Fallout, Doom, Dishonored, and Wolfenstein, among others. If this year’s E3 presentation is any indication, they’re not about to stop any time soon. Let’s have a quick rundown of what we saw.

Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios)

d2We got a look at the gameplay for Dishonored 2 and boy, does it look pretty. Swapping from the Unreal Engine to a new in-house version of id Tech 5 seems to be paying off. The acrobatics and action look great and as a fan of the original, I’m excited to see how number 2 plays out. Not too much actual news was released on the game itself, however, except to announce a Collector’s Edition that was accompanied by a warning from BethSoft that it will likely be scarce and hard to find.

Prey (Arkane Studios)

The long-suffering sequel to 2006’s critically acclaimed Prey has been in development hell for years, but a new cinematic trailer revealed that it is no longer a sequel or even a reboot, but a reimagining of the IP entirely and can be expected sometime in 2017. It seems as though we’ll be playing a test subject aboard a space station orbiting the moon in 2032 when the facility is overrun by hostile aliens. The footage revealed included some sort of dark sci-fi Groundhog Day-style repetition of events, which may be an important element of gameplay. We’ll just have to wait for more news to develop.

Also of note here is the fact that Chris Avellone, previously of Interplay and Obsidian, is attached as part of the development team. With such credits as Fallout 2, Fallout New Vegas, KotOR 2, and Pillars of Eternity under his belt, I’d say this bodes well for the game.

Fallout 4/Shelter (Bethesda Game Studios)

We got some news on 3 new Fallout 4 DLCs, the next of which is due out sometime next week. It looks like they’ll be following the same schedule as the first 3, with 2 settlement-oriented DLCs followed by a fully story-based expansion. Next week’s DLC is entitled ‘Contraptions Workshop’ and will allow players to build, well, contraptions. Conveyor belts, automatic sorters, elevators, and tons of other mechanical devices will be available to add to your settlements. Following that will be the ‘Vault-Tec Workshop’, which will add native support for building your own Vaults. We’ve seen this functionality in PC mods for some time now, but BethSoft is taking it one step further and also allowing you to run your own ethically-questionable Vault-Tec social experiments on your Dwellers. The final DLC announced is ‘Nuka World’, which seems to be located in a decrepit theme park based on the popular Fallout soft drink. No information on what the story will be, but we were promised new enemies, weapons, and gear, so get those collections prepared.nukaworld

In related news, a gigantic update to the mobile game Fallout Shelter was also announced, to include new enemies, combat encounters, missions, and quests. Shelter is also getting a PC release, so those of us unfortunate enough to live in a country that didn’t get included on the mobile release will finally have a way to see what all the fuss is about.

Quake: Champions (id Software/Saber Interactive)

It seems Bethesda really wants to capitalize on the id catalog, and with Doom out of the way, Quake is next in line. Not too much was shown about what the game will play like, but from the trailer it seems to be a team-based shooter along the lines of Overwatch, albeit with a lot more blood and guts. I’m not too sure why this particular genre seems to be getting so much love these days, but hopefully they do as well with Quake as they did with Doom. We should be getting more information at QuakeCon in August, so be on the lookout.

The Elder Scrolls (Bethdesda Game Studios/ZeniMax Online Studios/Dire Wolf Digital)

While we didn’t find out anything about Elder Scrolls 6, BethSoft isn’t forgetting about their bread and butter. A Skyrim Special Edition/Remaster for PC, PS4, and Xbox One was announced with updated graphics. Lighting, shading, textures, water; from the footage released, it almost looks like a whole new game. I’m not sure if anyone really wants to buy a second copy of a 5 year old game just for updated graphics, but dang, it looks pretty. PC players probably won’t need this, though, as mods have been giving players basically the same effects for years now.skyrimnew

Elder Scrolls Legends, the digital card game based on TES, got a little screen time, but no huge updates. We’ll be seeing a single-player campaign, which seems superfluous to me in a card game, and most of the game mechanics seem to be take-offs of Blizzard’s Hearthstone, albeit with a few interesting twists.

Also announced was an update for Elder Scrolls Online, including a new DLC, a Japan release, and the removal of level-based area restrictions. You’ll now be free to get yourself fried by dragons as soon as you finish the tutorial area.

Doom DLC/Updates

A DLC pack for Doom, Unto the Evil, was announced alongside updates to the multiplayer and snapmap modes. Multiplayer will be getting various tweaks and balances as well as new gameplay modes, including classic deathmatch. Not quite sure why this wasn’t included in the original, considering the whole game is a throwback to early FPSes, but it’s a welcome addition. We’ll also be seeing VR support for Doom, as well as Fallout 4, coming some time in 2017. It remains to be seen just how the frenetic action of Doom will translate, but I imagine it will be quite good.

New Wolfenstein Tease

Finally, we got a tiny tease for a new Wolfenstein game included in the Quake trailer. A faux DOS boot screen included a list of previous id/Bethesda releases, with an unknown entry ‘New Colossus’ inserted at the end of the Wolfenstein games. No comment was made on this, but we should be hearing more in the near future.



Thanks for reading our E3 2016, coverage. Stay tuned for more info on the coming shows.

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