E3 2015 is finally here, and this is the year that it kick off early with Bethesda’s first ever Press Conference. Was it worth the undoubtely millions of dollars spent to showcase the Bethesda library?
While it had a few duds, Bethesda’s first outing was suprisingly solid.
For these kinds of things, you have to start out strong, and what better way that to start than with fans have been wanting for years. Now, the world got to take its first look at the new Doom. It’s pretty much as gory as you’d expect with a next-gen polish. It isn’t just that shallow, as Doom will be bringing content in its multiplayer and it’s mod system called Doom SnapMap.
And how will Doom’s online features be handled? In Bethesda’s new online network of Course! Called Bethesda.net, this new service will connect and manage onile components of current and future Bethesda titles. Really though, unless it does something substantial, there’s not really a need for it beyond brand control.
Another game that will take advantage Bethesda’s ecosystem is Battlecry, a promising game plagued by such a generic title. This free-to-play brawler recent saw alpha and beta testing in Australia and New Zealand, but now those interested can sign up on the game’s official website for the worldwide beta.
This was pretty much the only new announcement from Bethesda’s show, and one could say it’s rather expected. Dishonored 2 will see the return of Corvo Attano from the first game, but players will also be able to play as Emily Caldwin, the daughter of the Empress killed in the first game. Dishonored 2 will be coming to Xbox One, PS4, and PC in Spring 2016. A definitive edition of the first game is also in the works for the Xbox One and PS4, but no date yet.
One of the returning titles to grace the Bethesda conference was the ongoing Elder Scrolls Online. Now, Bethesda is working to bring new zones to the world of Tamriel later this year. In addition, a Hearthstone-esque card game called Elder Scrolls Legends is in development and will be coming to PC and iPad.
Lastly, we get to the star of the show, Fallout 4. We got quite an extensive pre-arranged look at the next Fallout entry, with some notable changes. Your character starts in the pre-war era, and you can play as either a man or a woman. The game will run on a next-gen version of the Creation engine, so you can still expect the engine’s subtle quirks.
Fallout 4’s crafting system is also getting greatly expanded. You will have the ability to gather materials and craft settlements, weapons, and power armor parts.The game will also make use of a second screen Pip-Boy app for your smartphone. In line with that, a special collector’s edition will come packaged with a Pip-Boy replica that you can place your phone in, just like a real Pip-Boy!
A supplimental Shelter-managing game called Fallout Shelter will also be available on mobile devices. In this game, you manage the grown of your Vault survivors and the Vault itself while fending off outside threats like Raiders. The free-to-play design is also very minimal, no sitting and waiting for meters to fill. The app is currently available on the iPhone, with the Android version coming later.
With that, right before the conference finale we got the bombshell release date for Fallout 4. Fallout 4 will be coming to Xbox One, PS4, and PC on November 10th, 2015.
And, that’s pretty much it. Overall it was a good first outing for Bethesda. While most of the stuff shown was predictable, they had some fun with it. I wish there was more new stuff announced, but that’s the nature of things. So far, I’m not disappointed. Let’s see if Microsoft can keep it up for their Press Conference today at 12:30PM EST.Source: Bethesda Conference Stream