Bethesda’s E3 2017 conference happened at six this morning, and I was so excited that I failed to stay up to watch it. But I probably should have, because the developer lifted the lid on the “under construction” games they teased not too long ago, and showed off some really great stuff all coming later this year.
VR is officially cool now
After only one day of experiencing VR at rAge last year, I’ve been hailing it as THE FUTURE OF EVERYTHING. But trying to explain just how immersive and epic it is to someone who’s never tried it is a waste of time. Until now, that is. Bethesda is currently working on VR versions of two of its greatest games, and they look so good you’ll even be able to convince your bank that a headset is a rock solid investment.
First up is DOOM: VFR. What’s DOOM: VFR, you ask? Well, it’s DOOM. In VR. DOOM in VR, people! “If you flinched the first time you saw a ravenous Pinky Demon charging at you in last year’s critically acclaimed DOOM, wait till you get up close and even more personal with rampaging demons in DOOM: VFR,” explains the press blurb.
“In DOOM: VFR, the demons from Hell have wiped out everyone inside the UAC’s Martian research facility – except you. As the last known human survivor, you have to restore operational stability and stop the demonic invasion. There’s only one catch: you’re about to be slaughtered yourself. But thanks to a top-secret UAC research program, your consciousness has been transferred to an artificial intelligence matrix. Along with all kinds classic DOOM weaponry, you’ll be armed with the ability to Teleport and Jet-Strafe so you can move fast in combat and quickly close the distance between you and the demons, then blow them to bloody bits with your Tele-frag ability. As an A.I. operative, you can also transfer your consciousness to UAC devices and robots to solve puzzles and gain access to new areas (including two never-before-seen sections of the UAC Martian Research Facility).”
Release date: Unannounced
Platforms: PSVR, HTC Vive
We’ve known about the existence of Fallout 4 VR for a while now, but it’s never looked as good as it does in its latest trailer. Fallout 4 VR won’t just be “a jaunt through the wasteland, it’s the entire game,” says the blurb. The game will include new “combat, crafting and building systems fully reimagined for VR – including VR-enhanced V.A.T.S.”.
Release date: Unannounced
Platforms: HTC Vive
The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind gets some DLC
We didn’t really expect Bethesda to actually announce a new The Elder Scrolls game at this year’s E3, but we can dream, can’t we? No, no we can’t. The next major entry in the series is still a ways off, but until then TESO should be more than enough to scratch the adventure itch, especially considering how fun its Morrowind expansion looks. Speaking of the expansion, it’ll get expanded soon with two new DLC DLCs.
If you didn’t stop watching the video above right after the stupid reaction stuff, you’ll have noticed two planned DLC packs for the game, called Horns of the Reach, and Clockwork City respectively. The first will include two dungeons, as well as new items, “monster masks” and achievements, and will be out sometime in August. We don’t know much about Clockwork City, but we do know it’ll add ten whole hours of new things to see and do, and will be out “later this year”.
The Elder Scrolls: Legends is still a thing, will get more “dragon-y”
If you stopped playing Gwent for long enough, you may know that Bethesda also has a card game thing called The Elder Scrolls: Legends. I have no idea whether it’s any good or not, but its newly announced Heroes of Skyrim expansion sure looks interesting.
A full breakdown of everything in the trailer can be found here.
Release date: 29 June
Platforms: PC, mobile
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider looks really badass
I’m not much into the Dishonored games. They’re just not my kind of thing, but if I were into them, I’d get really excited right about now. Death of the Outsider will be the “first standalone adventure in the award-winning Dishonored series,” and it’ll star Billie Lurk as she attempts to take down the Outsider. The DLC also features “all-new powers and abilities,” as well as “brutal combat systems, deadly weapons, powerful gadgets and intricately designed levels,” explains a post on Bethesda’s blog.
Release date: 15 September
Platforms: PS4, XBO, PC
The Evil Within 2‘s announcement trailer is pretty terrifying
“In order to save Lily – the daughter he believed he lost years ago – Sebastian will have to step into the madness once again,” says the press stuff. “Set in Union, a crumbling city built using Lily’s mind as the Core, The Evil Within 2 presents a mix of closed off, claustrophobic environments that are reminiscent of the first game, and new, less linear areas that will give you the opportunity to explore at your own pace.”
A quick explanation about new gameplay elements, as well as the game’s story over here.
Release date: 13 October
Platforms: PS4, XBO, PC
OMG, Wolfenstein II totally confirmed!
The first Wolfenstein reboot was a breath of fresh air for the franchise, and its subsequent releases have also been a blast to play, but it’s about time for a fully fledged sequel. And that’s what we’ll be getting. That’s right, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus has finally been unveiled, and its debut trailer doesn’t disappoint for even a second.
“Proving that you can’t keep a good gun-totin’, hatchet-wieldin’, Nazi-killin’ badass down, BJ Blazkowicz is back in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.” The sequel is set in 1961 America, and will “take BJ (dubbed ‘Terror-Billy’ by the Nazis) from post-nuclear Manhatten to small-town Roswell to the bayous and boulevards of New Orleans and beyond, as he leads the Resistance against the Nazi occupation of his beloved country”. HYPED. More details here.
Release date: 27 October
Platforms: XBO, PS4, PC
Quake Champions gets stuff, F4 and Skyrim SE get more stuff, and Skyrim on the Switch really is happening
Quake Champions is an interesting thing, and it’s a thing the NAG Online overlords seem to like quite a bit, so it’s nice to see some more of the game in action during Bethesda’s presser. More specifically, the game’s E3 2017 update, which includes BJ Blazkowicz from Wolfenstein, new maps, a new weapon, and some “new and improved” features. All of those here.
Creation Club is a new thing the developer is working on that’s billed as “a collection of all-new content for both Fallout 4 and Skyrim“. The new content, including gameplay elements, abilities, and items, are all being created by Bethesda Games Studios along with “outside development partners, including the best community creators”. So, mods. Just call them mods.
Release date: later this year
Platforms: PS4, XBO, PC
Back when Nintendo announced its Switch console, I’m sure a lot of people were really excited to see Skyrim running on it. But for a good long time there, it was starting to look like that’ll never happen. Luckily for those of you who bought a Switch, it seems Skyrim will eventually make its way onto the console, and it’ll bring with it stuff like “motion controls for combat and lockpicking, outfits and gear from The Legend of Zelda, plus additional loot unlocked from compatible The Legend of Zelda amiibo”.
The Switch version of the game will also come with the official Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn expansions.