2017 marks publisher Bethesda Softworks’ third appearance at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. With their solid lineup of critically acclaimed titles released in the last two years (alongside a few instances of controversy regarding the company’s review policy and unpolished launches) fans have been anxiously awaiting to see what the publisher has in store. Here is what was shown during the conference.
Bethesda VR Titles Detailed
The first titles shown at the event were Doom VFR, and Fallout 4 VR both for the HTC Vive headset. While Fallout 4 VR seems to more or less replicate the experience found in the base game, Doom VFR utilizes the hellscape of the UAC’s facilities to highlight new mechanics suited specifically for virtual reality play such as a blink-esque movement system to avoid motion sickness.
The Elder Scrolls Online Update
The VR segment was followed up with a hype trailer for The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind Expansion (available now). The bear featured in the expansion’s announcement trailer is apparently popular.
Creation Club Announced
Next, Bethesda introduced a system for top mod creators to collaborate with Bethesda Game Studios developers in order to create high quality add-ons for both Fallout 4 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition. It is unclear at this time how the system’s credits are earned, but these premium additions are designed to represent top quality content, prevent save data corruption and allow for trophies and achievements to remain enabled during modded play on console.
The Elder Scrolls: Legends Expansions Detailed
The strategy card game is receiving new content including card packs dedicated to the Dark Brotherhood as well as an expansion Heroes of Skyrim due later in June.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for Nintendo Switch has Amiibo Support
The fantasy roleplaying game that will never die is coming to the Nintendo Switch *snap* with added Amiibo support, giving players Nintendo themed items in game such as Link’s weapons and apparel from Breath of the Wild. This portable version of Skyrim is releasing this Fall.
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider Announced
A seemingly standalone expansion for the 2016 critical darling Dishonored 2 stars Meagan Foster and Daud, a character featured prominently in the first game and it’s follow up DLC, in a quest to assassinate series staple character The Outsider. The expansion is releasing on September 15th.
Quake Champions Open Beta and Price Pool
More footage from the fast-paced multiplayer shooter was shown, emphasizing each of the player character’s abilities as well as new maps. In addition, Wolfenstein’s own B.J. Blazkowicz is being included as a playable character. An open beta is live on PC now, and a $1,000,000 prize pool is on the line at this year’s QuakeCon.
The Evil Within 2 Announced
A cinematic story trailer for the sequel of designer Shinji Mikami’s 2014 survival horror game highlighted the title’s heart pounding and psychologically impactful action. The trailer ended with snippets of intense gameplay and is set to release on Friday the 13th this October.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Announced
Set to release on October 27th of this year, the scarred and bearded B.J. Blazkowicz awakens into a world (with twins on the way) still stricken by the Nazi regime’s control. After being teased during last year’s conference introduction, Bethesda unveiled a full cinematic and gameplay trailer as an end cap to their presentation. The
New Colossus takes B.J. to the United States, where he is tasked with sparking rebellion in a demoralized and Nazified America.
Despite the absence of E3 heavy hitter Todd Howard and any news of what Bethesda Games Studios proper is working on, the publisher came forward with a slew of announcements catered to their library of existing franchises and followed the precedent they had set with Fallout 4 in only discussing games and expansions due for the 2017 calendar year. What did you think of the announcements? Is Wolfenstein II going to be the best shooter of 2017? Let us know in the comments!