After setting the bar massively high for last year, Bethesda did not disappoint fans this year either; after the huge success of Fallout 4, released in the November of 2015, the developers at Bethesda are only adding to its success, and the high calibre of its impressive folio of games.
With a solid hour of huge news and announcements, Bethesda has given its fan base a ton to keep them happy and occupied for the time being.
The new Quake, developed by id Software, opens Bethesda’s showcase of games – Tim Willits, co-designer of the original Quake twenty years ago, brought the new game to the fore – assuring all players of all skill levels that the championships will be running up to a blindingly fast 120Hz, with unlocked framerates. Classic Arena, badass characters with different attributes and abilities will be present and ready for action once the game releases. More will be revealed at Quakecon in Dallas, August 2016.
Dishonored 2 follows the story of an assassin with supernatural powers in a steampunk city, giving people the unique ability to follow their own paths to their objectives, by way of these unique combinations of powers and abilities.
Following on 15 years after the first Dishonored game, the story picks up with the choice of two main characters – the original Corvo Attano, or his daughter Emily Caldwell in the city of Karnaca, the jewel of the South. Both are fully voiced with their own emotional responses, along with their own unique set of abilities.
By way of a new game engine called the Void Engine, the environments and how they are rendered are atmospheric, vibrant and amazingly rendered. The grungy Victorian Steampunk-esque world that the game is set in looks surreal, with every minor detail addressed.
A new psychological thriller from Arkane, the makers of Dishonored, Prey is set in 2032; the main protagonist, Morgan Yu awakens on board a space station, a key subject of an experiment destined to alter humanity forever. However, when aliens overrun the space station Yu is now being hunted – uncovering his past and the secrets of the space station while surviving the alien threat with all the tools and abilities at your disposal will be key.
The game releases on Xbox One, PS4 and PC, and more details will be released at Quakecon.
Fallout 4: DLC Announcements and VR on HTC Vive
Several DLC announcements have been opened up for Fallout 4, including:
Contraptions DLC: Build your own armour racks, weapon racks, conveyor belts, sorting machines and more; the DLC releases next week.
Vault Tec DLC: Build your own vault, complete with dwellers that can be experimented on, due in July 2016.
Nuka World DLC: Due in August 2016
Bethesda have also revealed plans to release Doom and Fallout 4 with VR support onto the HTC Vive in the not-so-distant future – 2017, to be precise.
Building on the success of their release of the mobile game from this time last year which won several awards, Bethesda are promising a huge update for the game, and Fallout Shelter will be on track to getting its own PC desktop game.
The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim HD Remaster – Special Edition
Bethesda has been listening to the pleas of its fans, and now it has delivered; Skyrim is being remastered for PS4 and Xbox One, with mouth-watering HD graphics; volumetric light rays, remastered Art and Effects, Dynamic Depth of Field, New Snow and Water Shaders, and Screen-Space reflectors all contribute to making the legendary game look even more spectacular, and now for the first time, mods can be installed on console version of the game.
The Elder Scrolls Online: One Tamriel & The Dark Brotherhood
With over 7 million players joined since this time last year, TES Online has been highly praised, winning awards such as Best MMO Game of 2015, and was one of the best-selling games of the year of all genres. June 23rd marks the expansion of TES Online being introduced in Japan.
One Tamriel will allow all characters of all levels to pass through, group with anyone they want, and all content barriers are gone; as soon as the tutorial ends, the world is your oyster, with no restrictions on alliances or questing.
One Tamriel will be introduced to TES Online in the Autumn of this year.
“Sweet Mother, Sweet Mother… Send your child unto me…”
The Dark Brotherhood DLC available for TES Online will be released this week, with an appropriately dark and blood-soaked story line and content.
The Elder Scrolls Legends
A strategy card game based on the lore of The Elder Scrolls universe, Legends was teased at last year’s E3 event, the subject of much speculation and intrigue. The game has surprising depth for a card game; a full single player campaign as well as multiplayer, battle and arena modes are available; the beta is available for signing up at Bethesda.com, and the game will be made compatible across PC, Mac, Android and Apple phones and tablets.
Doom: Unto the Evil DLC, SnapMap, Free Updates Incoming
The new Doom game released last month will be receiving new content, including free updates to SnapMaps, with new construction modules and visuals, along with props, weapons, items, and objects available. Creators can look forward to new logic options and functionality for their designs. Multiplayer will have two new modes, a Doom variant of a one flag “Capture the Flag” called Exodus, and Sector, a multizone capture-and-hold mode, as well as classic Deathmatch mode, later this summer.
Unto the Evil DLC will receive 3 new multiplayer maps, Offering, Cataclysm and Ritual, a new demon called the harvester, guns, armours, taunts and loads more.
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