Bethesda’s showing at E3 2017 was a little underwhelming. Heck, it was pretty awkward, too. Overall, it wasn’t what I was expecting. But given the fever dream that was the company’s outing at last year’s E3 (don’t get me started on the weird “woo”-ing in the background), I should have known better.
Granted, there were some killer titles up for display — it’s a just shame they were sandwiched between tinkering circus music and animations that left me feeling unsettled. The presser was concert-style, I’m talking standing room only, and a human (what’s up, Pete Hines?) was on stage only twice during the presser — once to open the “BethesdaLand” show, and a second to close the whole thing out… only 35 minutes or so after it began. Like I said, kind of underwhelming.
It wasn’t all terrible, though. Bethesda had some promising things to show, games that plenty of fans will wanna scream-and-shout about. If you missed out on Bethesda’s presser, I’ve got you covered with everything that went down.
To get you started, here’s a handy list of all the titles announced or talked about during Bethesda’s E3 2017 conference:
The Evil Within
Bethesda kicked things off by confirming that the iD Software-developed FPS title DOOM would be revamped into an all-new title available on virtual reality systems… sometime in the future. No release date was given, but the reveal trailer was a pretty strong start for the company.
“If you flinched the first time you saw a meaty Mancubus charging at you in last year’s critically acclaimed DOOM, wait till you get up close and even more personal with rampaging demons in DOOM VFR. Revealed at Bethesda’s E3 2017 Showcase, DOOM VFR is a new virtual reality game from legendary developer id Software, coming to PlayStation VR and VIVE platforms.”
Fallout 4 VR, coming October 2017
Immediately after DOOM VFR was shown off, Bethesda rolled the tape on a Fallout 4 VR trailer, featuring the creepy original rendition of “Mr. Sandman” by The Chordettes. The game will be available for the HTC Vive.
“With the power of VR, you’ll be able to get up-close-and-personal with the dangers of a post-apocalyptic world as you fight for survival. Featuring new combat, crafting and building systems fully reimagined for VR — including VR-enhanced V.A.T.S. — Fallout 4 VR isn’t just a jaunt through the Wasteland, it’s the entire game. The whole world is fully explorable. That includes hundreds of locations, characters and quests. This is your opportunity to step into the Wasteland and experience Fallout 4 in a whole new way.”
Creation Club, coming this summer
It was hard to discern just what Creation Club when the footage first unraveled, but the voiceover explained that the new initiative is simply a collection of brand-new content for Fallout 4 and Skyrim. Players can get their hands on new items, gameplay, and abilities created by Bethesda Games Studios in collaboration with third-party development partners, including top-notch community creators. All content come to life through the Creation Club is “fully curated and compatible with the main game and official add-ons.” Creation Club launches for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC later this summer.
Skyrim for the Nintendo Switch
OK, this trailer was pretty fun. The upbeat music catalyzed by the now-iconic sound of the Switch Joy-Cons snapping into place is probably enough to spread a smile across any Nintendo fan’s face. What’s better is that it was Bethesda’s way of announcing Skyrim for the Nintendo Switch, which will arrive later this year. The cherry on top for Nintendo devotees is that this edition of Skyrim will blend the Elder Scrolls world with that of The Legend of Zelda. (Try to contain your screams.)
“Winner of more than 200 Game of the Year Awards, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim — the epic fantasy masterpiece from Bethesda Game Studios — arrives for the Nintendo Switch. The legendary open-world adventure where you can be anyone and do anything, now can go anywhere – at home on your TV or on the go.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for the Nintendo Switch includes all-new gameplay features like motion controls for combat and lockpicking, outfits and gear from The Legend of Zelda. Take down enemies with the Master Sword, protect yourself with the Hylian Shield or look heroic in the Champion’s Tunic. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for the Nintendo Switch also includes all official add-ons: Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn. Plus tap other compatible amiibo to gain additional loot including those from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild series, 30th Anniversary The Legend of Zelda series, Super Smash Bros. series, and The Legend of Zelda series.”
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, coming September 15
This standalone title centers around a mechanically modified Billie Lurk who teams up with her old mentor Daud — a pairing that brings about memories of the classic DLC from the first Dishonored game. Dishonored: Death of the Outsider will be available on September 15, 2017 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
“The notorious Billie Lurk makes her return in Dishonored: Death of the Outsider. Reuniting with her mentor — the legendary assassin Daud — Billie will explore the dark underbelly of Karnaca in order to pull off the ultimate assassination: kill the Outsider. From the award-winning developers at Arkane Studios, Dishonored: Death of the Outsider is the first standalone adventure in the critically acclaimed Dishonored series.”
The Evil Within 2, coming October 13
Of course a game as spooky as one in the Evil Within franchise would release on Friday the 13th. The announcement trailer is a bit hard to follow if you’re not familiar with the original game, but if you are, the new footage seems to indicate that the sequel will play out at a much faster pace and the story will be gorier than ever. The Evil Within 2 will be available on October 13, 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
“You are Detective Sebastian Castellanos and at your lowest point. But when given a chance to save your daughter, you must enter a world filled with nightmares and discover the dark origins of a once-idyllic town to bring her back. Horrifying threats emerge from every corner as the world twists and warps around you. Will you face adversity head on with weapons and traps, or sneak through the shadows to survive? This is your one chance at redemption, and the only way out is in.”
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
The highly anticipated sequel to the much-praised FPS title, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus was the bang Bethesda ended on. It follows after Wolfenstein: The New Order, and features plenty of Nazi-bashing, epic guns-a-blazing showdowns, and references to the German language. The cinematic reveal trailer has a lot going on, and darts around in myriad directions. Though it’s… something else… the announcement clip confirms a follow-up Wolfenstein, and a ton of us couldn’t be happier.
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus will release on October 27, 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
“An exhilarating adventure brought to life by the industry-leading id Tech 6, Wolfenstein II sends players to Nazi-controlled America on a mission to recruit the boldest resistance leaders left. Fight the Nazis in iconic locations such as small-town Roswell, New Mexico, the flooded streets of New Orleans, and a post-nuclear Manhattan. Equip an arsenal of badass guns, and unleash new abilities to blast your way through legions of advanced Nazi soldiers, cyborgs, and über soldiers in this definitive first-person shooter.
America, 1961. Your assassination of Nazi General Deathshead was a short-lived victory. Despite the setback, the Nazis maintain their stranglehold on the world. You are BJ Blazkowicz, aka “Terror-Billy,” member of the Resistance, scourge of the Nazi empire, and humanity’s last hope for liberty. Only you have the guts, guns, and gumption to return stateside, kill every Nazi in sight, and spark the second American Revolution.”
Bethesda also announced a few extra bits and bobs.
The Elder Scrolls Legends: Heroes of Skyrim expansion, coming June 29
A new expansion is coming to the collectible card game The Elder Scrolls: Legends. Called Heroes of Skyrim, the add-on is the very first for Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls-themed title and will tack on an impressive 150 new cards. The expansion will be available on June 29.
“This brand-new set of over 150 cards will include new mechanics like Shouts, familiar characters, and, of course, dragons… lots of dragons. Heroes of Skyrim will be available on June 29 on all platforms. Heroes of Skyrim reintroduces some of our favorite characters from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, including allies like Aela the Huntress, J’Zargo and Delphine, as well as some Dragons of legend like Alduin and Paarthurnax. The Dragons in Heroes of Skyrim appear across all attributes, and many will reward players for playing them with other Dragons.
One of the biggest new gameplay changes in Heroes of Skyrim is the introduction of a couple of new keywords, namely the Shouts. Much like in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Shouts have three different levels that increase in power. Where in Skyrim you would be able to “level up” a Shout by finding words of power, your Shouts in Legends power up the more you use them. The first time you play a Shout, you get its first level. The second time, you get the second level, and the third time… well, you get the picture. There are even cards that progress your Shout cards more quickly, which we’ll talk more about soon.
The Companions are represented by a spin on the Change ability introduced in The Fall of the Dark Brotherhood. Companions will change into their Beast Form when you break a rune. Beast Forms are often more powerful, and bringing the beast out can even trigger abilities.”
Bethesda showed off a new trailer for Quake Champions that featured a truckload of new content that’s soon to be added to the closed beta mix. The most notable addition is Wolfenstein character BJ Blazkowicz, who will be available as a playable character in the title’s next update.
“First, we’re introducing Wolfenstein’s leading man, BJ Blazkowicz, as a new Champion! The E3 2017 update also adds three new maps, the brand-new Tri-bolt weapon, and a host of new and improved features to explore. With this update comes some very exciting news: the Closed Beta will continue and will be kept live 24/7 from here on out. If you haven’t been able to join the Closed Beta yet, don’t worry – more people are continuously being let in, so sign up now and you’ll immediately receive your beta key.
This will be especially helpful if you plan on taking part in the just announced Quake World Championships happening at this year’s QuakeCon! With a $1 million prize pool, players will need to bring their best in order to win big.”
That’s it for Bethesda at E3 2017. What was your favourite announcement? Let us know!