It’s that time of year again, and I am excited as ever! What’s that you say? Summer? No, I’m not talking about muggy weather, melty ice cream, and trips to the beach. I’m talking about E3. Video games, folks. Get ready for industry jargon, marketing buzzwords, awkward gesticulation, and strange celebrity cameos. As crazy as it sounds, I’ve heard that watching software/hardware press conferences is not everyone’s idea of fun. That’s where I may be of service. I am dedicating myself over the next couple of days to watch these conferences live and relay the important stuff to you. Ever since being a kid, E3 has always gotten me excited and this year is no different. Without further adieu, let’s get started with the first press conference — Bethesda Softworks (publisher for game series such as The Elder Scrolls and Fallout).
Bethesda Softworks — Pre-E3 Showcase
- First gameplay trailer of the newest entry in the Doom franchise, simply titled Doom.
- First multiplayer trailer, showcasing classic Arena FPS combat.
- Mode and map editor called Doom Snapmap showcased.
- Release date to be in Spring 2016 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
- Signups are now open for Battlecry, the third-person multiplayer action game.
- Promotional trailer.
- Dishonored 2
- Announcement and trailer for the follow up to Arkane Studio’s first-person supernatural stealth game, Dishonored.
- Player has the choice to play as Corvo Attano (the protagonist of the first installment) or Emily Kaldwell (another returning character).
- Will be available for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
- Dishonored Definitive Edition, a higher-resolution DLC-bundled version of the first game, to be released this fall on current-generation consoles.
- The Elder Scrolls Online
- The Elders Scrolls Legends announced with a trailer. It is a strategy card game existing in the Elder Scrolls Universe.
- Fallout 4
- Game to start in the “pre-war” era, before the nuclear apocalypse.
- Player character can be male or female and speaks for the first time in the series.
- Player will have multiple choice dialogue options.
- An abridged version of early parts of the game shown — character creation, fleeing to the vault, exiting the vault 200 years later.
- Player character can have a companion dog and give it contextual commands.
- The VATS targeting system has returned.
- New PipBoy shown — can play in-game tapes of audio logs, DOS-like games, etc.
- Fallout 4 collector’s edition to include a 1/1 scaled PipBoy that can hold your phone.
- A “second screen” app will be available that makes your phone’s screen look like that of a PipBoy.
- Fallout Shelter announced — a simulation game for iOS where the player manages a fallout shelter existing in the Fallout universe.
- No “paywall timers,” and no internet connection needed to play.
- Available tonight!
- Player character can salvage materials in the game and can build their own settlements with said materials.
- Settlements can be attacked by raiders, but the player can install defense systems.
- Player can have several settlements with caravans running between them.
- Settlements can have stalls for traders, and be manually wired-up for electricity.
- The same salvaged materials can be used to craft weapons, armor, and modifications to both. There are at least 50 weapons with over 700 modifications available for them.
- Power Armor with a jet pack shown.
- VATS trailer shown.
- Fallout 4 to be released November 10, 2015.
That’s it for tonight, folks! Overall, I feel like Bethesda did a nice job on their first ever pre-E3 showcase. I am excited to play another Dishonored game, especially with the prospect of playing Emily as the protagonist. The heap of Fallout 4 facts and the 2015 release date was great. The base-building, salvaging, and crafting additions to the game are ambitious to say the least. If Bethesda can pull it off, Fallout 4 will be quite the game.
Thanks for reading, and join me tomorrow as I write about the Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft, and Sony press conferences!