Hype is very dangerous thing. It can either fuel our expectations such that we’re looking through rose-coloured glasses, or it can make them unrealistic and thereby ruin what we view. It’s been a long time coming, but Bethesda’s first E3 press conference has finally happened. And by happened, I mean it kicked ass. There was a ton of information thrown at us, but I’ve broken down the key events of the press conference below. It’s all good news, trust me.
The first game they started off with is Doom. I guess we’re not calling it “Doom 4“. Now Doom was teased a few weeks ago with an incredibly short teaser, but now we get to see incredibly pretty (and violent) gameplay. Now when it first started I thought that it was just a trailer. But then the bullets started flying and I was immediately blown away by how stunning the game looks. Id has truly outdone themselves for this first impression. It’s action-packed and visceral. and this is in the first 10 minutes of the conference. Well done. Oh and then there was bit with a chainsaw that would make Marcus Fenix jealous.
After the gameplay trailer, we get a low down on the multiplayer. After a brief description of whats coming, we get another trailer. We get a sense of the modes we’ll be playing, all the cool power ups we can use, and; as is the case with Doom, all the violent ways that you’ll be blown to bloody smithereens.
But the real surprise was Doom Snapmap, a tool that allows you to create your own maps, and game modes. Essentially the Doom version of Halo‘s Forge.
Ending with more gameplay of the single player campaign and “Welcome to Hell”, Bethesda and Id have certainly shown that they can start their first conference with a bang. Oh, and ending with a release date for spring 2016 doesn’t hurt either.
Bethesda.net and Battlecry
This was then followed by a new online platform that allows for better integration of digital content and Bethesda services with their games. This then lead into a trailer for Battlecry, which essentially is a multiplayer online game similar to that of Overwatch or TF2, except from the third-person perspective. They’re accepting sign-ups for their global beta, so if that’s your cup of tea be sure to check it out.
Ironically, this game “leaked” the day of the conference. Still, we got an impressive trailer for the sequel to Dishonored. The trailer showed off a new character; Emily, that will be playable in addition to the hero from the first one. Now I admit I didn’t play the first Dishonored, but the trailer certainly peaked my interest into playing these games.
Luckily, they also announced a definitive edition of the first game which includes all the DLC. It will be coming out this fall, so I now have no excuse to not play this series.
Elder Scrolls Online
The Elder Scrolls: Legends
Elder Scrolls meets Blizzard’s Hearthstone, that’s literally all we know.
Fallout 4 and Fallout Shelter
After a chuckle worthy “end of the show” gag and Todd Howard’s monologue on “the wonders of discovery with gaming”, We get a beautiful montage of the concept art and get little of background on the games development. But then we get what we’ve all been waiting for from Fallout 4… gameplay.
The demo is simply amazing. From the character customization to the reintroduction of the VATs battle system, Fallout 4 has taken what Fallout 3 did and seems to have fine-tuned it for an even better experience. But enough about that. I’m just going to put this video here and let it do the talking.
In addition to a Collector’s Edition announcement (complete with actual Pip-Boy), there was also an announcement for a mobile game called Fallout Shelter. What appears to be a fun mix of Fallout and Tiny Tower, you play as the overseer to a vault and help built it into a thriving post-apocalyptic society. It was announced that it will be available immediately after the press conference, I’m downloading it as we speak.
Finally, after showing an amazing crafting demo where you can literally build the world of fallout 4, the show ended with a release date. I’m happy to say that my prediction of Fallout 4 coming out this year came true. The game will be available on November 10th, 2015.
Congratulations Bethesda on an amazing showcase. The show hasn’t even started yet and the bar has been set very high. I can’t wait for more.