Bethesda 2015 E3 Press Conference Highlights

Late Sunday night, Bethesda kicked off E3 by holding their E3 press conference. With it, they brought us a first look at Doom, reveal trailers for Dishonored 2,  release of Fallout Shelter, trailers for The Elder Scrolls MMO and Fallout 4. Here’s a quick roundup of all of that was shown.

 

Doom

After years of talk of a new Doom, we got our first real look at the series reboot. The footage they showed at E3 looked pretty impressive, giving off a sense of speed that they mentioned right before presenting it. There’ve been complaints that it doesn’t look as fast as the original Doom, but I’d assume it’s to keep a good balance between looks and speed.

The gameplay looks like what you’d expect from a shooter, but it also seems to have a focus on visceral executions, as through out combat there are body parts of different enemies being highlighted. It’s a cool idea, and from what I can tell, pulling them off nets you extra ammo/health.

My only complaint is the enemy design, as I didn’t think there was much variety, but it’s only a demo, so I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt.

Doom releases Spring 2016 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

 

Dishonored 2

Dishonored 2 was supposed to be a secret, but E3 secrets are rarely kept nowadays. Announced alongside a Definitive Edition of Dishonored, we got a trailer for Dishonored 2.

Judging by what’s in the trailer, it looks like the game takes place quite some time after the first game. The star of the trailer is Emily, the little girl from the beginning of the first game, kinda tipped me off at the time jump between games. I guess that the events of the last game really took a toll on her and she picked up a few tricks from her old pal, Corvo. Speaking of Corvo, it seems like you’ll also have the chance to play as either him or Emily. Personally, I think I’ll take a shot playing as Emily because the marketing seems to imply that’s where the most interesting story is.

Not only is there a difference in character selection, but according to interviews with the developer, Arkane, the two will have different sets of powers.

Pick up Dishonored 2 sometime next year on Xbox, PS4 and PC.

 

Fallout Shelter

One of the smaller announcements was Fallout Shelter, a mobile Fallout-themed game that takes a lot of character management from the Sims games.

The game was announced during the last half hour with the rest of the Fallout stuff. It was announced to be free and on the App Store and Google Play Store by the end of Sunday night.

The Elder Scrolls Online

Here’s another trailer for the Elder Scrolls Online MMO, coming to PS4 and Xbox One later this summer.

Fallout 4

Bethesda closed out the night with the star of the show, the long-awaited Fallout 4, giving it and it’s creator, Todd Howard, about a half-hour of stage time. I knew they’d be focusing on Fallout during this thing, but that’s something.

Fallout 4 was shown off with a couple of gameplay demos. We saw everything from the character selection to power suit modifications and settlement creation. Everything they showed off was fairly impressive. They went over the weapon, settlement, and power suit customization pretty in-depth. From what I saw in the trailer they’re giving you hundreds of combinations, making sure you get your money’s worth when you pick up the game.

They didn’t say anything about the story during the presentation, and I’m fine with that. I’d rather go in fresh and experience the story and the world alongside everyone else.

Fallout 4 is set to launch November 10, 2015 for PS4, Xbox One, PC.

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