E3 2016: Bethesda press conference reactions

After an un-eventful EA Play (and yes that’s as nice as I can be right now), I was very hesitant with what we might see from Bethesda. The rumor mill had been flowing all week and luckily that river flew right into relief:

The press conference opened up with an amazing cinematic trailer for a brand-new Quake game called Quake Champions that will feature the beloved fast-paced, competitive arena action that the series is acclaimed for. Unfortunately, Quake will only release on PC as of right now.

Next, Bethesda went into Elder Scrolls Legends which looks just like Hearthstone in the Elder Stones Lore. You can make your decision to play it yourself by heading over to www.bethesda.net to sign-up for the beta.

Fallout 4 was showcased next with an applause from the general public and the audience in my living room. Next week, those residing in the Wasteland will have access to elevators, armor racks, conveyor belts and several other industrial gadgets in the Contraptions Workshop. That wasn’t all! A short tease was shown mentioning the capacity to build your own vault and run your own experiments followed by a Nukaworld expansion coming August 2016. Not much was mentioned, but the teaser trailer was enough to deprive us of what feels like our last Nuka Cola.

This cut right into what we knew was coming but did not surprise us any less… Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition. A brief trailer showcased a few of the various shaders and lighting effects used to make the most beloved RPG of all time ready for another 200 hour go round. If you own Skyrim and all its add-ons or own the Legendary Edition on Steam, you’ll get a free upgrade. Mod support will also be available for consoles.

Bethesda pulled their shocker out next and left us on our knees bowing to our merciless leaders. A cinematic trailer for Prey was released with a new branding coming to PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One next year. I won’t spoil it, watch it here.

Doom was mentioned briefly in regards to the upcoming Unto the Evil DLC that will feature three new maps, weaponry and other multiplayer elements. Bethesda also mentioned if you are looking to try Doom for free, you can access the first level on all platforms this week.

Elder Scrolls Online also made a brief appearance broadcasting the infamous Dark Brotherhood quest line coming to consoles next week as well as the new One Tamriel update which will enable you to freely group with anyone out of the tutorial with no restrictions.

VR was briefly mentioned with the Fallout 4 releasing on the HTC Vive next year.

Last but not least, a plethora of Dishonored 2 videos were shown broadcasting different playable builds as Corvo and Emily along with the different environmental affects within the new districts. A Collector’s Edition was announced that will be coupled with a free copy of the Dishonored Definitive Edition for those who pre-order. Dishonored 2 will be hitting the shelves on November 11, 2016 for PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One.

Grade: B-  A few games were rumored that weren’t announced which is the bummer in spoil sports, but a great conference showcase great games and a few surprises.

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