The Electronic Entertainment Expo started on a strange note this year with Bethesda going first with their first ever E3 Showcase. Bethesda already had a big announcement before the show a week ago with Fallout 4 being announced on Twitch. And rumors were already circulating that Dishonored was getting a sequel and that Doom will be showcased in some way during this conference. So, let’s get down to what happened at the show:
Two different types of videos were shown, filled with grisly kills and explosions aplenty. The game’s fast pace was particularly shown, although it’s hard to believe that this was the footage from the game proper. On the post show, however, the presenter for Doom said that what was shown was “In-Engine”. The multiplayer, which was briefly shown, seemed to be basic multiplayer that looked a lot less polished than the single player showings. However, the creation of Snapmap, which has players creating maps on any platform with what looks to be easy tools and the use of playing with AI scripting, shows a lot of promise. Overall, Doom looks promising and definitely looks great. But, let’s see where it is when they start revving this game up for a full release. No release date was announced, but my bet will be Winter 2016.
Battlecry Studios announced their game Battlecry will have a Beta soon, so you can sign up at Battlecrythegame.com to sign up for a chance to get it. As for the game, it’s a class based multiplayer game that looks like a weird cross of Unreal Championship 2 and Team Fortress 2. It looks fairly generic, so there really isn’t anything that I can gleam from that would make it any different from more popular games of the like. We’ll see what comes out from the beta.
Dishonored 2/Dishonored Definitive Edition
A trailer was shown for Dishonored 2 from Arkane studios. Good trailer: shown uses of the powers from the first game with a different character shown instead of Corvo. Also announced for a release soon is Dishonored Definitive Edition, which is an remaster of the original game and its DLC. No price point or specific date was announced.
The Elder Scrolls Legends
For release on iPad and PC is The Elder Scrolls Legends, which is a collectible card game based on the Elder Scrolls universe.
So, yeah, why wouldn’t they do something like Blizzard is doing with Hearthstone?
It is free to play, but no announced date was shown.
Oh yeah, and stuff was shown for The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited. Like, places.
Finally, Fallout 4 was shown in good detail, including shown footage of character creation, combat with and without VATS and some other surprising aspects to the game. The game will include dynamic scrapping and building of properties, which you can mean you can create you own town in the game. Turrets, buildings, social centers, stores: a lot was shown of this feature.
Also was shown was the weapon modification system in the game. Todd Howard said that you can have 50 weapon bases and up to 700 modifications to weapons to create your own type of artillery. You get modifications by salvaging everything you can find in the game.
The game has an official release date of Nov. 10, 2015.
A Free-to-play game called Fallout Shelter was also announced for Android and iOS phones and Tablets. You can download it now.
Clocking in at just over an hour, Bethesda showed 5 games in total (6 if you count the Dishonored Definitive Edition. Considering that the show was bookended with two huge game properties, fans of those properties got what they want.
However, why have a show if you have next to nothing to show? Fallout 4 seemed like the only thing that looked playable and to be genuinely excited about, while everything else was “In-Engine” cinematics and trailers.
Hopefully, this isn’t the start of a trend for this E3, because Bethesda just came out with a nice pair and not much else.