When Bethesda launched their Fallout 4 trailer last week, minds were blown—close to 14 million minds, according to YouTube stats. Now that we've finally gotten a taste of Fallout's future, will those merciful, Marylandian developers dare to show us more? There's only one way to find out: by watching the stream below, when the conference goes live today at 6:30pm PT!Watch live video from Bethesda on www.twitch.tv
Hello, hello, USgamers! Mike here. While Kat is attending the Bethesda event itself, I'll be here posting my thoughts on the publisher's announcements. We're expecting Fallout 4, Dishonored 2, Doom, and much more! So let's strap in and see what Bethesda has to offer in its first E3 press conference.
So we've started things off with the Fallout 4 teaser trailer the Bethesda released a week and a half ago. Still look good, but man I want to see some gameplay, not necessarily people talking about the trailer we've already seen.
It looks like we might be moving on to Doom (yesssss), which is the other game Bethesda's already officially announced for this event. What I'm hoping for is a reboot that does for Doom what Wolfenstein: The New Order did for that older series.
Pete Hines is welcoming us to Bethesda's first E3 showcase! "We aren't here to hand out statues, but we are going to have a celebration of our own with blood and guts," says Hines. The man knows what we're looking for: VATS explosions, cacodemons, and maybe something brand-new. First up is Doom and executive producer Marty Stratton.
The trailer kicks off in a burning refinery that recalls Alien 3 to me. The thing that's really striking about new Doom is how flippin' fast it is. The combat and character movement is a priority this time, not like the survival horror-style Doom 3. Running, double jumps, vaulting, tons of enemies, and lots of bloody explosions. Looks gorgeous too, running at 60fps of course.
There's a bit more storytelling this time, with the Marine in the demo using a echo device to show what happened around a blood-splatted console. And the Chainsaw is back! The demo ends with our hero getting beaten to death with his own arm. I mean, damn.
The surprising thing to me is new Doom doesn't look worlds better than id Software's last game, Rage. Instead, it looks like they prioritized speed above pure graphics. This is very apparent in the brief snippet of multiplayer, which looks a lot like an updated version of Quake III Arena. Have we jumped back in time? New Quake III Arena-style multiplayer and Unreal Tournament is coming? Hot damn!
The team also showed off new Doom's version of hell and the new SnapMaps feature. Like an upgraded version of Disney Infinity's map creation systems, you can create new maps and game modes. It doesn't look to be full-on mod support, but that's probably because of console support. New Doom is coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC in Spring 2016.
Next up is Dishonored 2, being shown in what looks to be a CG trailer. You can play the game as Corvo or Emily this time, with Emily being featured in the trailer itself. The beginning of the trailer felt more like a first-person Assassin's Creed than Dishonored, but it eventually gave way to the time-stopping, teleporting, crossbow-wielding game we know and love. (Well, I know and love.) Dishonored 2 is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, like everything else.
Oh, and while you're waiting, you can pick up Dishonored: Definitive Edition for Xbox One and PlayStation. That game features all of the game's released content with graphical upgrades. It's coming this Fall.
Elder Scrolls Legends
In an interesting announcement and what seems to be a blantant attempt to get that Hearthstone money, Bethesda reveals Elder Scrolls Legends, a new strategic free-to-play card game for PC and iOS. Hence the reason for Bethesda.net, I guess.
After a pump fake by Hines, Bethesda veteran Todd Howard takes the stage to talk about Fallout 4. According to Hines, the key to creating Bethesda's great games is an attention to detail. To that end, there's a montage full of great Fallout 4 concept art.
The new character creation system is based on sculpting the face of your character, pulling and pushing the features around to make your player. And yes, you can be male or female. The game will even create a child based on the two male and female characters you create in the game. When the bombs fall, you're stuffed into Vault 111 without your family, only to emerge 200 years later as the Vault's only survivor. The first thing to greet you is Codsworth, your helpful robotic butler.
Don't worry though, your dog is there too. You can give your faithful canine companion commands and VATS is back of course. Poor dead, Mole Rat.
The PipBoy has been improved with better graphics, animations, and even mini-games. The best part is the PipBoy Collector's Edition comes with a real PipBoy you can slide your smartphone into. Bethesda's also made a Fallout app, providing a second-screen experience that integrates with Fallout 4.
Speaking of apps, Bethesda's been working on a standalone mobile game called Fallout Shelter. The game places you as the overseer of Vault-111. It's a bit of city building, a bit of character management, and a bit of RPG (inspired by Progress Quest according to Howard). Fallout Shelter will be available tonight on the App Store. (Sorry, Android fans.)
Now Howard is going back to Fallout 4 and the new workshop and settlement system. You can build... anything really. You can create a new home, power it, and protect it from raiders using anything in the game. Tear stuff apart, put it back together into new configurations. You have multiple plots of lands available and you can even make caravans between your various settlements! Some people are going to lose hours or their lives to this game.
This tear-it-apart, put-it-back-together system extends to all the game's crafting. That means you have thousands of bits you can use to make weapons, equipment, armor, and even your very own power armor. According to Bethesda, you can expect 50 base weapons and 700 mods. Bethesda wants Fallout 4 to be all about playing your own way and that extends to combat, whether you play in real-time first-person, real-time third-person, or in VATS.
Fallout 4 looks incredibly deep and the best part? It's not even that far away. Bethesda reveals that Fallout 4 is coming out on Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4 on November 10, 2015. Hot damn.