Topping 2015’s E3 showing was been next to impossible for Bethesda Softworks. Fallout 4, Doom and Dishonored 2 all made their premieres at the first-ever briefing for Bethesda. Good luck to any company that tries to do better than that.
The studio destroyed the competition this past year, and this year, Bethesda toned things down with a less raucous crowd and announcements that trended toward augmenting games rather than big-time releases. Here’s a rundown of what’s on tap.
This was probably the most-awaited announcement of the conference. The pillar of the Elder Scrolls series on next-gen consoles, Skyrim was one of the largest and most in-depth role-playing games of its time. Now, it’ll make the move to Xbox One and Playstation 4 with enhanced framerate, graphics and new models for water, lighting and other surfaces.
The remaster will launch in October and also feature mod support for console players.
Bethesda led the briefing with the announcement of Quake Champions, a title the company hopes will cement itself in the esports scene.
The cinematic trailer shows off several fighters with different abilities and a fast pace to combat. Bethesda emphasized both in its conference as well as a commitment to growing its Quake competitive play tournaments beyond Quakecon.
This is a bit of a gamble from Bethesda, but with the success of Overwatch and similar titles, publishers are all looking for a way to make a splash in the remarkably lucrative esports market. Quake has proven its staying power in the past 20 years, and this new take might be Bethesda’s best chance to get into esports on current platforms.
Arkane Studios, in the midst of putting the finishing touches on Dishonored 2, revealed its reset of the Prey series as well. The trailer is very well done and a bit haunting, too. This twist on the first-person shooter first released in 2006 by Human Head Studios and 2K Games looks a little more dark than the previous offering.
The game is coming in 2017.
The mega-popular franchise will get three downloadable content pieces in the coming months. They start next week, with “Contraptions Workshop,” followed in July by “Vault-Tec Workshop,” which — *swoons* — lets players build their own vaults.
The last DLC to add areas to the game will be “Nuka-World,” set in a post-apocalyptic amusement park. There will also be a big update to Fallout Shelter that brings the game to PCs. Check out the video below for more.
Arkane Studios showed off its first extended gameplay trailer of the game, and it looks sa-weet. Emily Kaldwin’s abilities are far different from those of the first game’s protagonist Corvo Attano, it seems, though he likely has some new tricks as well.
This one’s being released Nov. 11. Take an early peek below.