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Closing out the first day of E3 is the presentation for publisher Bethesda. It has been rumored that Bethesda may reveal the sequel to the recent reboot of Wolfenstein. It is also heavily rumored that Prey 2 will appear in some form at Bethesda’s E3 press conference.
After a Pre-Show hosted by former X-Play hosts Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb, the Bethesda press conference officially began. To start the show, Bethesda showed a teaser for the return of Quake. Entitled Quake: Champions, the title appears to be a return to form for fast paced, twitch shooters. Studio Director at id Software, Tim Willits introduced the game for the first time. The game will run at 120 hertz with an unlocked frame rate on PC. Bethesda will also offer Tournaments and Leagues to be announced later on this year at Quake Con.
Next, Bethesda’s Global Vice President of PR and Marketing, Pete Hines, took to the stage to reaffirm Bethesda’s commitment to publishing some of the best games available to fans including Elder Scrolls Online, Fallout 4, and DOOM. Following his introduction, Hines revealed a new trailer for upcoming Collectible Card Game, Elder Scrolls: Legends. Hines confirmed that more beta openings will become available soon and that the game will be coming to iPhone, and other platforms later this year.
Following Elder Scrolls: Legends, Todd Howard addressed the audience to reveal what Bethesda Game Studios has been working on with regard to DLC for Fall Out 4. Players will gain access to contraptions such as sorting machines and conveyor belts in upcoming DLC as well as gain the ability to build their own underground Vault. There will also be a new DLC expansion that appears to take place at an amusement park called Nuka World. Howard also confirmed additional content is coming to Fallout Shelter for iOS and Android. Howard also confirmed that he and his team are currently working on a remaster of Skryim for PS4 and Xbox One, complete with console mod support like in Fallout 4.
After Howard’s reveals, the President and Director of Arkane Studios, Raphael Colantonio, appeared to reveal a new game entitled Prey. This appears to be a reboot of the original Prey that launched on Xbox 360. Now taking the form of an alien thriller/FPS the game will be available for Xbox One, PS4 and PC in 2017.
Following Arkane’s surprise reveal, Marty Stratton of id returned to the stage to reveal that further support and updates for DOOM snapmap is on the way. Also new modes such at one flag CTF, Control, and Classic Free For All Deathmatch will be released for free. New guns, maps, and equipment are also set to be released in the coming months. It was also announced that for folks who have yet to play, DOOM a free demo of the first level will be available on all platforms this week only.
Next, Matt Firor , the Elder Scrolls Online Game Director, took to the stage to thank fans for their support of the game through its first year. The presentation then launched into a highlight reel of footage of player’s accomplishments throughout the game’s first year. He next announced the game’s upcoming Japanese launch later this month on June 23rd. Further content will be coming to the game this Tuesday on consoles in the Dark Brotherhood expansion and a trailer was shown to introduce the DLC. Tonight also marked the announcement of upcoming feature, One Tamriel which launches this Fall. One Tamriel does away with level restrictions which allows all players to explore freely and play with anyone regardless of level or progress in the game.
Hines again appeared on stage to invite the audience to the post show festivities including a performance by Blink-182. Hines also confirmed that Bethesda has been working on VR titles. Bethesda announced that DOOM and Fallout 4 will both see VR games and experiences. Fallout 4 will launch for the HTC VIVE in 2017.
To close out the show, Hines brought to the stage, Harvey Smith, the Co-Creative Director on Dishonored 2. Smith showed off the new world premiere trailer for Dishonored 2. The trailer showcases the game’s new VOID engine which allows for incredibly varied and detailed environments and character models. The game will start and end in Dunwall, the location from the previous game, but the majority of the game will take place in the new location of Carnaka. The presentation then moved into the first gameplay footage that has been revealed for Dishonored 2 which features gameplay as Emily Caldwin, whom protagonist Corvo rescued in the first game. Players have the choice of playing as either Corvo or Emily. Each character has their own set of abilities and weapons and missions can be approached in multiple ways. Before closing the show, Arkane showed off one more mission from the game where the character’s supernatural powers are unusable. Dishonored 2 will launch on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on November 11th. A Collector’s Edition was also announced which included a replica of Corvo’s mask and Emily’s ring. The final trailer of the night was the worldwide launch trailer for the game which showed off some more of the game’s varied environments and gameplay.
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