At E3 2015, Bethesda did not disappoint during its first-ever showcase at the trade show. Here’s what they announced.
Doom launching in spring 2016 on Windows, PS4, Xbox One
Doom will launch next spring on PlayStation 4, Windows, and Xbox One, according to Bethesda.
At the company’s news conference, Doom executive producer Marty Stratton showed a multiplayer overview bookended by two single-player demos.
The campaign demo began with the classic green helmet, and then moved into shotgunning some Imps. The protagonist climbed on top of a box and then jumped down for a few brutal melee executions, like ripping guts out and limbs off. Health and armor packs spill out of enemies when you kill them, and when you’re changing weapons in the weapon wheel, time slows to a crawl. Guns allow players to add new elements like scopes.
Monsters seen in the footage included a Mancubus, Revenants, a Baron of Hell, and a Cyberdemon, in addition to Imps. Along with a Super Shotgun, there was a Plasma Rifle, Heavy Assault Rifle and the BFG.
The next Doom game will put a focus on user-generated content with Doom Snapmap, which allows players in all versions of the game – PlayStation 4, Windows, and Xbox One – to create new modes of gameplay, according to Bethesda.
Doom executive director Marty Stratton showed examples of user creations like a wave-based “horde”-style co-op mode and another mode in which players killed demons to earn credits.
Doom is set to launch next spring.
Dishonored 2 will feature two playable characters
Dishonored 2 is coming from Bethesda Softworks and Arkane Studios, according to the companies.
The sequel will come to PlayStation 4, Windows, and Xbox One, according to Arkane game designer Harvey Smith.
The game will feature optional protagonist Emily Kaldwin, according to a trailer. Kaldwin is the original Dishonored’s princess. Players can also choose to play as Corvo Attano, the first game’s protagonist, and opt to play with pure stealth or guns-out action.
“You can play the game without killing anyone.”
-Harvey Smith, Arkane Studios game designer
In Dishonored 2, the Empire of the Isles is once again in peril as an “otherworldy usurper seizes the throne,” according to Smith.
Dishonored Definitive Edition coming to Xbox One, PS4 this fall
Alongside Dishonored 2’s reveal, Bethesda also announced a current-gen Definitive Edition of the original Dishonored at its E3 press briefing.
Dishonored Definitive Edition will launch for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this fall, including an upgraded version of the original game with all of its DLC.
BattleCry now taking beta signups
BattleCry, Bethesda’s stylized, free-to-play online brawler, will stage a global beta this year and is currently taking signups for that beta now, according to the publisher.
The game is set in the early 20th century around the time of World War I, in which gunpowder is banned through a treaty, and soldiers must fight using melee and other non-firearm weapons.
BattleCry is class-based, with five coming as of its E3 2014 reveal.
The Elder Scrolls Legends coming this year
The Elder Scrolls Legends is a free-to-play strategy card game coming later this year to PC and iPad, according to Bethesda.
Fallout 4 will launch on November 10th, according to Bethesda game director and executive producer Todd Howard.
Bethesda deep-dived into the game during the briefing, showing off player customization (including the option to play as a female Vault dweller), what the game world looked like before nuclear devastation, deep weapon customization and crafting, and a real-life Pip Boy.
The game begins in the world that existed before bombs destroyed the world.
“A beautiful Saturday morning, with the threat of war looming.
“We started designing this one, actually, right after Fallout 3 in 2009. For the last four years, we have been working very very hard to create something special.”
-Todd Howard, Fallout 4 director
Howard showcased a console panel and the level of detail.
A long demonstration showed off concept art that depicted the dessicated Boston cityscape and its surroundings before moving to the game’s opening sequence. The events take place 200 years before the player emerges as Vault 11’s sole survivor.
Fallout 4 will feature customization, building, and crafting at a scale never before seen in the role-playing game. Players will be able to build their own dwellings, modify weapons, and trick out their power armor, according to a presentation given by Todd Howard.
The reel showed players building homes and provisioning them with resources, power generators, and defenses.
The developer also revealed Fallout Shelter, which is available now on iOS.
The base-building game makes you the overseer of your own vault, building out rooms from an anthill side view. You’ll control the vault’s residents, and can expand their number as well as the structure itself.
The game’s signature Pip-Boy is real! Fallout 4’s collector’s edition includes a Pip-Boy cell phone case for your wrist with a companion app.
“As far as stupid gimmicks go, this is the best f**king one I’ve ever seen.”
The Pip-Boy edition will come with the replica Pip-Boy, stand, and Capsule Case. The game will cost $119.99.
Fallout Shelter will be free-to-play, according to Howard, but it won’t contain paywall timers or require an Internet connection. Loot comes in lunchboxes, and you can buy additional ones in the game.
Bethesda will have info “later about [an] Android version,” according to Bethesda vice president of PR and marketing Pete Hines.
Fallout 4 is coming to PlayStation 4, Windows, and Xbox One.