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Bethesda is arguably and admittedly one of my favorite AAA video game developers. I'm a huge fan of The Elder Scrolls series, I love the Fallout games, and I'm a big fan of everything they're doing in the virtual reality sphere of development. Needless to say, I was super psyched about the Bethesda E3 press conference. I was fortunate enough to snag it for coverage and I have to say, even I was a little let down. The conference ran just over 40 minutes and almost all of that consisted of add-ons for already existing content. Let's get down to brass tacks on what was revealed, eh?
DOOM VFR and Fallout 4 VR
These titles were both announced last year, but this time around we've been given a bit more tangible evidence of what they will look like. The first person shooter hands in DOOM VFR have that detached virtual reality appearance to them. The Fallout VR trailer showed how intuitive the crafting system will be in VR. Fallout 4 VR will be releasing in October for HTC Vive, and DOOM VFR will be on PSVR and Vive platforms. There's no release date for DOOM VFR yet.
One of the coolest sets of news from the Bethesda conference is the Creatio Club. The company has previously shown its support for the modding community by integrating mod support into games like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Fallout 4. Now they're taking this support a step further with the Creation Club. It's essentially a modding community on steroids. All Creation Club content will be either made by Bethesda or made with Bethesda's help, so it will be brand compatible. New content will be available through the Club for popular Bethesda games on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC starting in summer 2017.
The Elder Scrolls Legends: Heroes of Skyrim
The Elder Scrolls Legends is the collectible card game version of the popular franchise that has been out since March of 2017. Bethesda revealed a new addition to the game that features everyone's favorite iteration in the series, Skyrim. Heroes of Skyrim will be the newest addition to the The Elder Scrolls Legends on June 29. The game will also be coming to Android platforms and iPhones sometime in July 2017.
Dishonored 2: Death of the Outsider
There's a brand new DLC coming for the ever popular Dishonored series. A familiar evil face appears in the Death of the Outsider DLC. You'll have your chance to play it September 15, 2017. It looks pretty epic to be honest.
The Evil Within 2
The one that we were all pretty certain was coming has finally been revealed. In a fairly lengthy trailer, we got an amazing first look at The Evil Within 2. The cinematic was gripping and spooky, and so was the gameplay that was shown at the end of the trailer. All of this excitement was heightened by the fact that we got a release date with the reveal! The Evil Within 2 will be scaring everyone starting Friday, October 13, 2017.
Wolfeinstein II: The New Colossus
This last giant announcement from Bethesda had some crazy lead-up. It started with a live action segment, blasted through some Robot Chicken-esque short clips, and ended with cinematics and gameplay that looked indicative of the game's visual engine. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus will be releasing on October 27, 2017. Get ready to kill some Nazis!
- Pete Hines (Vice President of PR and Marketing) was the host of the Bethesda conference this year, rather than Todd Howard.
- Over 300 million mods have been downloaded for Bethesda games since they started officially supporting them.
- The Elder Scrolls Online has had 10 million players since launch.
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is coming to the Nintendo Switch and will have Amiibo support as well as Joy Con interactivity.
- The Quake World Championships will be taking place August 26 for a one million dollar prize pool. You can play the beta for Quake Champions at Quake.com.
- The Evil Within 2 trailer shows that developers just can't give up the jump scare ending.
- Bethesda will have hands-on opportunities at E3 for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Fallout 4 VR, DOOM VFR, Quake Champions, The Elder Scrolls Legends: Heroes of Skyrim, The Evil Within 2, and The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind.
- Everything shown during the Bethesda conference will be released in 2017.