Bethesda Softworks hosted its BE3 press conference for the second consecutive year, showcasing titles scheduled for late 2016 and beyond.
If you wish to watch the entire press conference, you can do so here:
The Elder Scrolls: Legends
Since its initial announcement last year, very little has been released about the Elder Scrolls- themed card game until now.
Aesthetically, Legends looks like a watered-down version of Hearthstone. With Blizzard monopolising the genre, Bethesda will undoubtedly struggle to pull players away.
Having successfully resurrected DOOM last month, it seemed inevitable that Quake would receive the same treatment.
At the moment, Champions looks to be a PC exclusive, multiplayer-only arena shooter – a successor to Quake III, rather than a continuation of the Quake narrative.
Last year’s best in show returned to the Bestheda stage, and continues to captivate us with monthly updates throughout the summer.
Contraptions, which launches next week, includes a multitude of mechanical additions for your customised settlements.
Next month, Vault Tec debuts, which will finally allow players to create and design their own Fallout vault, and experiment on those gullible vault dwellers.
The final piece of content, Nuka-World, seems to be set in an amusement park, but Bethesda has yet to comment on the extent of the new expansion. Whether it’s a new piece of land to explore or simply another building simulator, we will just have to wait and see.
Skyrim Special Edition
Prior to the conference, the rumour mill was in full flow, predicting a remastered Skyrim would appear during the event. Yet again, the internet was right.
The improved visuals are particularly impressive. Those grey, dreary environments we endured on the PS3 and Xbox 360 are now flourishing with colour.
Lush forests, an all-new snow and frost system, dynamic depth of field, much improved water and shadow effects; the list seems endless. For the first time, console players will have the opportunity to install the mods PC players have being taken advantage of over the years.
Prey also fell victim to the dreaded ‘leak’ before the presser, but it was only partially correct. Instead, of creating a direct sequel, Bethesda and Arkane aim to reboot the series.
Bethesda motored through the DOOM section with a quick wrap-up of the game’s success, while launching new multiplayer maps, and expanding the custom map feature. What’s more, id Software is offering a free one-level ‘shareware’ demo of the game this week.
Virtual Reality was the dominant trend at this year’s E3, and it was only a matter of time before Bethesda tried their hand at the nascent technology. Confirming both DOOM, and Fallout 4 will be coming to Vive VR in 2017, Bethesda did not show any VR footage.
Bethesda Softworks concluded their 2016 conference with an in-depth look at Dishonoured II’s gameplay and story.
From the onset, players will have to choose between the veteran assassin, Corvo Attano, and his daughter, Empress Emily Kaldwin.
Both protagonists share a range of devastating powers and abilities, with their own perspectives and emotional reactions to the events transpiring around them. The sixteen-minute demonstration focused entirely on Emily’s point-of-view, indicating she can be just as brutal as her father.