Bethesda's second annual keynote, ahead of the E3 show next week, has just happened, with announcements for Quake Champions, Fallout DLC, Skyrim: Special Edition, Dishonored 2 and more! Here's a roundup of everything you need to know!
The first announcement made was confirmation of the next Quake game, Quake: Champions. Much like the recent DOOM release, Quake: Champions looks like a modern iteration of a classic formula, with focus on providing what hardcore gamers want; for example the ability to play at 120hz or with unlocked framerates. There will be a focus classic arena style combat, much like the classic games. The game will also be taking the franchise back to unique characters with special attributes and abilities.
More information for this will be announced at QuakeCon later in the year, but hopefully we see features such as Snapmap brought over to Quake Champions.
Fallout 4 Announcements
Another new DLC pack, the Contraptions DLC, will be coming next week to Fallout 4. In this new DLC pack, you will be able to build interesting and creative machinery for your settlements, for example conveyor belts, tracks and other contraptions.
Coming later in the year though; a much more interesting building DLC, Build your own Vault! - yes, build your own vault. I wasn't sure what to think of this one. There will be terrain modification tools so you can dig caverns and holes into the terrain, build your vault exactly how you like it, give your vault a number, decorate it as you please and populate the vault.
Sounds awesome, right? Well, yes, except for one thing; you will also be able to set up your own vault experiments on your Vault Dwellers. Kind of ironic considering what happened to the main character, right?
There was also a brief look another upcoming DLC pack, Nuka World Theme Park. A theme park-based DLC has been rumoured for a while, and from the brief glimpse we saw, this certainly looks like a nice change of pace and an interesting addition to the game.
Skyrim: Special Edition (Yes, we were wrong.)
The rumour that Skyrim was getting a next-gen re-mastering proved true, and several side-by-side comparisons were given for the new features in the game, which will be getting new art and effects, volumetric god-rays, all-new water effects, depth of field effects, and, yes, you can play mods on the console versions.
I'm happy to see mods come to consoles. This is, to be fair, good news for PS4 and Xbox One players who love the game. There are some other unanswered questions, however; while no specific mention was made of a PC release of this version, three boxes were shown during the trailer.
If a PC release of this game does happen, it sure as hell better be a free update; there's literally no reason to pay for the game again when essentially all of these features can be modded into the game, today, for free, on the PC version.
Update: Somewhat good news. Bethesda just announced via Twitter If you have legendary edition or all the DLC for the PC version, you will get a free upgrade to Skyrim: Special Edition when it is released on PC.
A new Prey game was announced and a trailer was shown introducing the game. The main character wakes up on a space station, caught up in an experiment to oust mankind forever (y'know, as you do) - when - naturally, the space station is over-run by aliens.
You are hunted, struggling to survive using only tools you can find on board the station (most of which will be heavy weaponry, no doubt) - with nothing but your wits, weapons, and mind-bending abilities to help you.
The game will be coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC, and more information will be made available at Quakecon.
So here's the exciting bit for the modding community and fans of the new Doom.
SnapMap will be getting free updates, which will allow you to use all-new visual themes, props, weapons and items. There will also be brand new logic options, adding new functionality like the ability to create single player-type experiences, for example the popular weapon wheel. These updates will be free for all players.
Next month, two new multiplayer modes will be announced, one will be a CTF (capture the flag) more called Exedus, and a new capture and hold mode, called Sector. Even more excitingly, more modes will be coming for free, this summer, including a classic Deathmatch mode.
Next month, an all-new premium DLC pack, Unto The Evil, will be released, with three new multiplayer maps, a new playable demon called "Harvester", new guns, equipment items, armour sets and taunts.
Oh, and for those of you who've not tried Doom yet? Demos are back! Kind of.
Starting tonight, you can download and play the first level of Doom for free on Steam, Xbox One and PS4. Sadly, this will be only for one week, so get it while it's hot.
The Elder Scrolls Online
Good news for all one of our Japanese readers; on June 23rd, The Elder Scrolls Online launches in Japan.
But that is not all; there is a lot of new content on the way for the game, the most interesting of which is a new Dark Brotherhood DLC pack coming this Friday for PS4 and Xbox One, with whole new stories and quest lines.
There are also going to be major changes to how the game works coming this fall, which Bethesda are calling "One Tamriel" - what does this mean? Basically, all characters will be automatically levelled so that all content barriers are gone and there are no restrictions to content or questing, basically meaning you will be able to go anywhere you want and with anyone you want.
Bethesda are pushing ahead with their investment in VR, and at the show they will be giving people VR previews of Doom and Fallout 4. I really wish I was there right now.
The big news? Fallout 4 will be coming to the HTC Vive platform in 2017. I'd better start finding a house with a spare room so I can set one up.
Gameplay footage of Dishonored 2 was shown, with specific commentary about how much detail is put into every character, every alleyway, and every market.
The trailer is down below; but the full playthrough will no doubt be online shortly. The game shows promise over the original, but at this stage, it's still hard to tell how good the game will be. It was mostly an emphasys on the world and details, which is great, but gameplay is key in my opinion.
So that was the big news from Bethesda's E3 keynote. Excited? Disappointed? Feel like you've been told lies, sweet little lies? Let us know in the comments below!