Nicely Done: Bethesda E3 2016 Press Conference

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Quake. Check! Skyrim remaster. Check! Prey reboot. Check! Dishonored 2 gameplay. Check! Elder Scrolls 6…maybe next time. 4 out of 5 still is not bad, especially since no one saw Quake and Prey being announced at all.

Bethesda knows how to get gamers excited for their games. Build hype on anticipated franchises, show off something that no one saw coming, and then leave something out that they know gamers wanted to see. A simplistic strategy, but a winning strategy.

Bethesda kicks things off with the announcement trailer of Quake Champions. That is right. Quake is alive and well. The trailer looked pretty, but no actual gameplay footage was shown.

Quickly transitioning from Quake Champions, Elder Scrolls:  Legends was shown off again. This online strategy card game was announced at last year’s E3, but more gameplay was shown of this time. This begs the question, “Will Hearthstone players find this appealing?” The mechanics of ES: Legends looks similar to Hearthstone and with Hearthstone being one of the most popular online card games to date, massive appeal will need to come from Hearthstone players in order to validate how fun and balance Elder Scrolls: Legends will be.

Fallout 4 from what my friends and colleagues tell me is an amazing game. I have never played any of games from the franchise, but I definitely can see the appeal. Director Todd Howard was shown in a vidoc (short video in a documentary style) talking about the success of both Fallout 4 and Fallout Shelter. Before he wrapped up, he stated “Their is something else though that you’ve been asking about. And yes, we’ve been working on it.” Elder Scrolls: Skyrim Special Edition confirmed or how most would phrase it, Skyrim remaster. I wanted to cry on how gorgeous it looked in the trailer, but I remained strong.

Another unforeseen game was announced, Prey. Prey 2 was shown off in 2012 and then disappeared from the limelight. Apparently, it is back and better than ever, at least that is what the announcement trailer is suggesting. This definitely wowed the crowd and surprised me.

DOOM made an appearance to talk about the snap map feature. From my understanding is a level creator within the game. And that’s pretty much it.

The popular Elder Scrolls Online will bring the Dark Brotherhood dlc pack to consoles soon with Elder Scrolls Online being released in Japan on June 23, 2016. However, the crowd pleaser (especially to the lady who kept woohoo-ing during this segment) was the announcement of “One Tamriel.” This allows everyone to group up and play with other regardless of level. Absolutely no restrictions. That is pretty cool!

Next, Bethesda talked a little bit about their VR initiatives with both Fallout 4 and Doom coming to VR next year.

Last, but no least was the in-depth look of the world of Dishonored 2. Dishonored 2 is definitely my contender for game of the year. Co-creative Director, Harvey Smith, discussed the gameplay mechanics and aesthetics of this steam punk-ish dystopia. Protagonist Emily Kaldwin finally had her time to shine in a new gameplay walk through with a follow up gameplay trailer. Emily’s domino power brings other enemies to die in the same way as one of the first enemy guard. Her shadow walk power turns her into a shadowy-clawed presence that her can her enemies apart. This game is definitely my favorite part of the entire press conference.

Again, Bethesda knows how to stir up hype! Quake is back. Prey is rebooted. Dishonored 2 looks awesome! Cannot wait for all of these games to be released into the wild! Fantastic job Bethesda. EA I hope you were taking notes.

 

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